Review: Dark Blue – High Rollers

Carter and Rice have been building their relationship for a while and things seem to be going well for them. But Carter isn’t to happy when he and his team are called in to investigate the murder of a 20 year old kid. The team figures out that he was murdered over a debt and now the team must infiltrate the inner workings of a casino and a local loan shark, in order to make a case. However, unbeknown to the rest of the team, Ty has gone into a deep depression after his wife leaves him. Now it’s Carter that stands between Ty and a career ending mistake after Ty loses $5,000 of the departments money at the black jack table. And Agent Rice must figure out a way to turn a local TV agent against his boss before another kid is murdered.

But none of that is going to save Dark Blue from depths of awful television…

What worked: There was a fairly decent, but oh so short chase sequence in the last three minutes. And Tricia Helfer fills out a Victoria’s Secret bra very nicely.

What didn’t: As you can once again tell by the really short “what worked” section, this episode sucked. In fact, it didn’t just suck, this was the worst episode of the entire series. Ya know, I really don’t understand it. There was nothing wrong with the shows style, pace and all around attitude last season. But now it’s nothing more than an over directed angst fest every week.

This entire episode just dragged on and on. Not a single redeeming moment until the short chase in the end. Episodes in season one had stuff going on. Actual peril bring brought upon the characters, people’s lives being put at risk, innocent people. But the only “shocker” this episode was that Ty’s wife left him, and some how he turned that into a gambling problem.

The writing of this episode was piss poor, and that’s under selling it. And while I understood what was happening, I didn’t care. I found the updates coming in through twitter more interesting than any of the dialogue being spoken. And the story went nowhere.

I have a feeling part of that has to do with Carter’s team playing detective this week. These guys aren’t traditional detectives. They are deep cover assholes doing what normal law enforcement refuses. To be honest, nothing in this episode couldn’t have been handled by regular homicide detectives. I’m still trying to figure out why the LAPD even bothered calling in Carter’s team. And since when does Carter react negatively to working a murder involving a kid? His views are that, of of one who wants to bring justice for families. Seriously, every character has done a complete 180.

Also, since when are the guest stars on Dark Blue this annoying. I am a big fan of Rick Hoffman, the guy is one of TV’s go-to guest stars. He’s been on a lot of shows and while you may not know his name, you damn well know his face. But here, I just wanted him to get shot. And guess what, HE DID! But it didn’t kill him. You’re going to tell me that a crazy lone shark is only going to shoot the guy who ratted him out in the god damn shoulder? Come on!

Last season had some A-list talent in it. Talent like Sasha Alexander, Andrea Roth, Gregg Henry, and a little unknown actor named Michael Biehn! But this season’s only big time guest star was Jordana Brewster, and she just tanked.

I have nothing else to say. This episode sucked, and I have yet to see any sign that Dark Blue is going to return to the bruiting nature it existed within last season.

Final thoughts: This is the worst episode of the entire series.

Episode: “High Rollers” (Season 2, Episode 4)

Airs: TNT, Wednesdays, 9pm

What’s next: The team goes undercover to find a militia leader planning to a assassinate a federal judge. Meanwhile, Ty’s drinking starts affecting his job performance.

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