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An Amazon Prime show. It was an okay show. It is a gritty crime drama staring Titus Welliver. I know, Titus who? This is a character actor who has been in all sorts of stuff in supporting roles, Deadwood, Lost, The Last Ship, and Suits to name a few. He usually plays 'the heavy' sort of antagonist roles. That said, he is one of the highlights of the show as Bosch, the lead character. The detective he plays is a sort of 'Dirty Harry' shoot first and ask questions later type of cop. He can be a bit cliche at times but what do you want from a tough guy cop show? He pulls it off quite well.

 

One of the not so great things about the show is its writing. The climax with the main antagonist is a let down. Even some of the lesser antagonists get some underwhelming resolutions. For a gritty crime show this is not such a good thing. The pacing could be a little better but considering this is the first season it can be given a pass. For example, the entire last episode was a 'clean up' episode of all the minor antagonists that should have been dealt with earlier. It made the season finale a sort of, "... oh, by the way." episode.

 

The show is getting a second season that starts in March. It has the potential for being a hit if Titus Welliver continues to play the role well, the bad guys gets a little more interesting, and the show improves on its pace. It would be a good thing if Jamie Hector's character, Bosch's partner Jerry Edgar, gets some more development.

 

And yes, there are two Walking Dead stars that have supporting roles: Scott Wilson and Madison Lintz. Wilson probably won't be back for season 2 as he had a minor supporting role. Lintz probably will be back as Bosch's daughter. Sarah Clark, Nina Myers from 24, is also in the show.

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Started watching the second season and so far it has been an improvement. Welliver is still doing a great job playing Bosch. We've only got a brief glimpse of who the possible antagonists are and there is a side plot about some possibly dirty cops.

Still, this is what I meant about the writing. The first season was a bit too much 'cookie cutter' with the bad guys. So far, in this season, they're pretty much keeping the bad guys off screen. You're only getting glimpses of them so it is not quite clear who they are and it adds a sense of mystery.

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A better outing this time around. A bit more grittier and the plot had some interesting twists. Yet once again, the season finale was more of a clean up episode. It is strange that they write it this way.

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It has been picked up for a third season. They got a good show. The only thing they need a little work on is continuity in that they need to wrap up the side stories before the main plot.

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The third season was pretty good but could have been better. The book it was partly based on was better. In the book Bosch knew the victim and it put a bit of a 'revenge' motive that got left out of the TV show.

I think the show would have been a bit edgier if they had left that in.

 

All in all, a good, gritty, crime drama. If that is the sort of thing you like then Bosch is a good show.

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