Carter goes undercover as a porn king that wants to expand his business into pharmaceuticals in order to bust the head of an important Mexican drug cartel . Meanwhile Dean gets involved in a complicated relationship with a drug dealer’s daughter.

Major developments: That depends, does the complete lack of show quality count as a major development?

What worked: There was this really brief, but awesome shoot out at the start of the third act. Can we get more of that? O, and those “hookers” were pretty hot, too bad they were all dressed up in nice cloths looking like goodie goodie porn stars.

What didn’t: As you can probably tell by the extremely brief “What Worked” section, this episode sucked, and sucked hard.

Let’s begin with the relationship between Carter and Rice. It shouldn’t exist. In fact, the character of Rice shouldn’t exist. The only reason someone would want to bring her character on and give Carter a love interest, is to boost the ratings with an increase in angst. Well, in doing so the quality of the show has gone way, way, way, way down.

Then there’s the “fling” between Dean and his mark. The first – and really only rule – is to never get personal with a mark… Ever. This rule was followed through and through in the first season, but I guess the writers just stopped caring about that. Because now Dean is in a relationship, O but he’s still a loner so he breaks up with her in this episode. What’s the god damn point then? This kind of writing serves no purpose but to annoy me.

Over all, the series has severely gone down in quality. Between the angsty character relationships and the hap hazard writing, I’m surprised TNT hasn’t canned it all together… Actually, I’m not. Because I guarantee that the moves the show’s making to a much lighter, more angst filled tone will bring in a larger female audience, thus improving the ratings and allowing Dark Blue to live on as just another piece of crap angst show. Well in that case, hey Dark Blue writers, I know some Toronto cops on ABC that could use some of your very “talented” skills.

Final thoughts: An awful episode of Dark Blue, and I have a feeling this trend is going to continue. A question to the production team: what did you do with the real Dark Blue?

Episode: “Shelter of the Beast” (Season 2, Episode 3)

Airs: TNT, Wednesdays, 9pm

What’s next: The team must go undercover to investigate a law-school student that has gone missing. Meanwhile, Alex has concerns about Jaimie’s performance in their undercover job.

To listen to Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.


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