Review: Dark Blue – Dead Flowers/Personal Effects

Carter and his crew get involved with a drug smuggling ring using flower delivery as a front. But this comes only days after Carter is nearly gunned down for being outed as a cop. This job will require the entire team and will end up being much bigger than any of them realize. At the same time, everyone tries to deal with their own relationships and by the end, Carter will make a call that will shock everyone to the bone.

And so begins the two part season finale of Dark Blue.

What worked: Anything involving Dean in the episode was cool. I really feel like his character has been thrown to the side this season for the occasional hard ass gag. But this episode was him doing his thing. Similar to the Dean we were introduced to in the pilot last year.

The curve ball about the dirty bomb thrown at the end was interesting too.

What didn’t: But that’s about the only good part to this episode. At first I was all pumped for an episode featuring an emotionally rattled Carter after having a gun put to his head and being outed as a cop. But no, that story line was just completely forgotten about. Apparently the writers needed room for their mack truck so they put some giant plot holes in the script.

Then there’s the really unnecessary angst… Just like every other freaking episode this season. Whether it’s Dean and Jamie, Alex and Carter, Ty and his ex-wife or the god damn criminal brothers who are really bad at their jobs, everyone has an emotional issue in this episode. It’s just getting old at this point and frankly I have nothing else to say.

Oh, and the mere thought of Carter proposing to Rice is gag worthy.

Episode: “Dead Flowers” (Season 2, Episode 9)


It’s been two weeks and the team is still under with the flower smuggling drug ring. But things take an unexpected turn when a drive-by occurs on Jamie’s watch. Now it’s up to Carter and the rest of the team to figure out who the real shooter is and smooth things over before the entire case is blown to hell. All while some how keeping a dirty bomb off US soil. Ty will also make a choice about his divorce, and Rice will be forced to make the choice she has been dreading for months.

What worked: The second part of the finale worked better than the first, but that’s not saying much. I do think this was probably the most well-paced episode of the season, but what do you expect from a finale? That’s when the production/writing team pulls out all the stops. Action, suspense (or lack there of) and some great camera work, that’s a season finale for yah.

I also think this is the first time since the end of season one that the old Carter Shaw showed his face. The whole thing about him defying FBI orders, planting evidence to keep drugs off the street and chasing down the Arab dude in the ally, I was digging every part of it. Though usually he doesn’t have nearly as many qualms about defying orders. What gives?

What didn’t: All that said, it all really got boring after a while. Just like the episode before this, and frankly the rest of the season, I just don’t give a rat’s ass about anyone anymore. They all become whiny a******s. Now don’t get me wrong, they were all a******s before season two, but now all they do is bitch and moan.

And now I have to contend with the fact that Rice is sticking around beyond this season. Oh how I wanted so badly for her to eat a bullet. But what do you expect when the character you want to die does nothing except sit on her ass back at HQ.

Final thoughts: Season 2 of Dark Blue was one giant let down and I’m sorry for ever telling anyone to get into it after what I considered an amazing freshman year.

Episode: “Personal Effects” (Season 2, Episode 10)

Airs: TNT, Wednesdays, 9pm

What’s next: Don’t know. Don’t care. I’m so done with this show.

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