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  1. I guess I figured that at least one member of the detective branch would be firearms qualified in case things went wrong when they went to investigate; especially if they were going to a location where backup response times could be measured in hours. That's interesting. I can only think what would happen if a copper failed to maintain his vehicle properly and the brakes went out causing a civilian death as a result. Ditto here. Investigators will be assigned their own unmarked departmental units to take home (sometimes only if they're on call), or if they've driving their personal car to the office, they'll roll out in a pool vehicle to a scene, etc. But the ones I knew were assigned a department unit for personal use, and had to have it serviced in the departments' motor pool. These had lights, siren, and mobile radios installed. Often these radios were secured (encrypted) and custody of the vehicle was critical. I would think it many rural communities that door locks probably haven't worked in decades, and keys are left in car ignitions. That still should not have given them the right to go inside, lock or no lock. I'm not sure about British law, but within the U.S. anything that came about from that kind of thing (entering or searching a premises without a warrant signed by a judge) would be inadmissible under the "fruit of the poisoned tree" doctrine. Of course, anything that can be seen in plain sight through a window or a physically open doorway would be fine. Indeed, similar to here. But the whole "if he/she is available" thing is odd. As for the last part, I wonder what sort of criminal defense solicitor would ever allow his or her client to talk to the police, with or without him/her there. You can bet anybody with the I.Q. of a small soap dish or greater would basically tell investigators to pound sand. Yet in virtually every British or European detective series you always see the interviewee being interrogated and his/her solicitor just sitting there and taking notes, silently, and without stopping the client or advising him that answering isn't in his best interest, etc. After being cautioned there is absolutely NO benefit to giving any kind of statement to investigators except on the advice of counsel. Ever. Period. End Of Sentence—and likely the beginning of one if this is ignored. I just wasn't sure if this was actually allowed under UK or EU law since as I said, this is done in every TV detective series I think I've ever seen. As an aside, one of my retired investigator friends turned me on to The First 48 on A&E. If that's available where you are, and you're interested in real homicide investigations, you should check it out. About a third to half the suspects they get are morons who agree to answer questions (i.e. refuse legal counsel) so they can "clear their name." That rarely ends well for them. The rest stop the interrogation by asking for an attorney and that's that. But in all but a very, very few cases, the detectives have enough evidence for an arrest warrant anyways, so even if they don't say a word they're still getting charged and going to lockup. My buddy was saying in about 25+ years on the job he only had a handful of suspects come back with their lawyers and make statements, and usually they ended up being accomplices who the prosecution agreed to drop charges against if they'd testify in full as to what happened.
  2. More likely this was a tactic to elicit her testimony at trial. Cooperate with us and give us everything or we'll hang murder one on you. A scared kid will search for any lifeline they can find, especially if they know they didn't participate in the crime.
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    That's what made it much better than S1 in my opinion. I reviewed S1 about a dozen or so posts above and so many of my criticisms were addressed in S2. I want to care about the characters I'm watching. I want to see them grow and become three dimensional. Sandy's path was easy to see coming. She drinks the kool-aid from day one and is extremely malleable. Jules, you could tell from early on, that she was going to be a stone cold killer. Clara was just wonderful and her actor played her wonderfully. And then of course there's Arya Hanna. This season she became everything I'd hoped for. I honestly don't care about the main plot, holey as it is in many places. The whole concept of Utrax should just have been allowed to leak to the press and move on to other Big Bads in future seasons. This season was a joy for me to watch, and for as much as I hate-watched the last 3 or 4 episodes last year, I loved this season immensely. So glad they get a 3rd kick at the can, although we probably won't see it until 2022.
  4. In the last few weeks I've DVR'd and rewatched some of the older episodes that they run during the day on Thursday. I'll occasionally go online and see if they appealed their conviction, or maybe to learn more about the various stories. In about a third or more of the bigger cases that have gone to verdict there are transcripts of appeals courts' decisions. I don't think a single one of them ever had their appeals granted and their convictions vacated or sentences reduced. In some cases there's much more going on that never makes it on screen, while in many others what your see on TV is essentially everything. And speaking of appeals court rulings, this is an interesting ruling regarding The First 48 that came down recently. Someone who was blurred out onscreen when he gave information in the interview room ended up getting shot for his troubles. He survived and sued the production company. He lost at trial and on appeal. This is interesting reading: First Amendment Protects True-Crime Show From Negligence Liability
  5. I just wish Hallmark didn't assume their audiences are completely brain dead. There's a distinction between a sweet family-friendly story and something so insipidly syrupy as to cause diabetes after a single serving. It's OK to put your characters in a little bit of genuine risk once in a while or tackle a real-world issue on occasion.
  6. I'm coming in very late to this thread but I have a question, and it will be incredibly spoilery for those who haven't finished it yet. I loved this show, and watched one 90-minute episode every night. The cinematography and music were just perfect, and the sound mixer deserves a BAFTA award for how to properly use the 5.1 Dolby Digital format. Just beautiful. Count me as a big fan of brooding, sullen detectives in mystery series and Tom plays the role with aplomb. As others have said earlier in this thread, I wish they'd have given some extra dimension to DS Owens and Lloyd. They're both young, attractive and no-doubt have interesting personal lives that would build the overall story. Also as others have chimed in, regarding product placement, it was a bit annoying. Both leads were almost always dressed in exactly the same outfits. His jacket was Canada Goose, but hers wasn't, I don't think. I forget what the patch said but I'm pretty sure it wasn't CG. Regardless, don't they have other clothes? She had two different red jackets (one with the fur-lined hood, one without). The Land Rover (or was it a Range Rover?) didn't bother me at all either. We bought a used two year old 4x4 luxury SUV for about 40% off the new sticker price, and if you buy 3 or 4 years it's about half the price. But the bigger question is why would they be driving their personal vehicles to crime scenes? What if they get involved in a traffic accident--who's responsible? There would be huge liability risks if it was the officers' own cars. My guess is they're police agency vehicles that they're assigned as part of the job. Now I've never lived in the U.K. or Europe, but am I correct in assuming that even today, British homicide detectives are all unarmed? One would think that chasing people who've actually committed murder in the past would involve a level of risk that a regular plainclothes detective might not face. Seems surprising that at least one member of the squad didn't carry a firearm. And you'd think that in training for the job, they'd teach their officers how to disarm a suspect if he's within arm's length (it's surprisingly easy once you learn how--albeit with incredible risk) Also, and this seems to apply to most EU/UK mystery shows, don't the pleece over there need signed warrants to enter premises? Certainly on this side of the Atlantic that would invalidate the entire case if the lead investigator entered the premises. And on the same note, you have a potential suspect in the interrogation room. His solicitor is sitting beside him, yet the suspect is being grilled like a cheese sandwich by the detectives. Do suspects in the U.K. not have the right to refuse to answer questions? In the U.S., in real life, if they get you in the box, all you have to say is "I want a lawyer" and that's it. They can't ask you anything further. And no attorney worth his retainer would ever allow a suspect to answer a single question (unless the person is more witness than suspect and they guarantee no charges in exchange for testimony against the primary actor(s)). Of course, in real life, if they've got you in the interrogation room they've already got enough to charge you most times; they're just looking for you to incriminate yourself as icing on the cake. Either way, you're getting locked up once the interview's over 🙂
  7. I binged through seasons 2 and 3 over the course of a week, and I'm just completely done with this series. After the last 5 minutes of the S2 finale the whole thing came unravelled for me and I stopped caring about her completely in the final two episodes of S3. I'm fine with the high body counts but does everything always need to be so edgy and dark today? Can't you just give us a great but flawed detective with an interesting personal life, and some good crimes to solve? The McGuires' story itself was excellent, and if this was a stand-alone show without being a Marcella story I'd have liked it a lot more. It made me miss the crazy world of the Sopranos, a show shot in my neighborhood (Tony's house was 1.3 miles from my front door). The intertwining of her mental collapse(s) and the family was compelling through the meat of the series, but it all went pear shaped at the end. Also not unlike The Sopranos, sadly. Can you just imagine the 999 call she made? After she says "Hello, this is D.I. Marcella Backland," she's lucky the call taker didn't reply "What? You're crazy. Impersonating a dead copper. I ought to have them send a padded wagon for you. You're a loony. Stop wasting our time." Click. Why...WHY does every European cop show have armed people (good guys and baddies alike) racking the slide their pistols all the time? It wastes time and leaves you without one in the pipe in an emergency. Load, rack, safety on (optional), holster. And racking the slide clears out a round if one IS in the chamber, so you're wasting a cartridge, damnit. The Scandi-Noirs are egregiously guilty of this too. You expect the audience to believe that there's no video surveillance of an interrogation room in a modern police station? That said, Roz was a surprise twist. An unpleasant one, but a twist nevertheless. I loved that Kiera took the surname of a famous fictional D.I. (her same rank). A nice nod by the writers? Now if only someone would make those into a TV series.
  8. I knew that Nora somehow looked familiar but the penny didn't drop until I read your comment. Yes, that's a great show and I strongly recommend it.
  9. Yes, the latest seasons have had a lot of hot garbage and I couldn't agree more with the insipid plots where FFs are performing LEO acts constantly. I'll give 'em kudos when warranted, but yeah, the writers and showrunners think the only way network procedurals can work today is to be of the police or medical variety. I like PD. I hate Med. But Fire doesn't fit either one neatly and I'm not sure TPTB know what to do with it. It's the red headed stepchild of the Dick Wolf universe now. And that's a body blow because there's just so much good material for the show to draw on based on real life rescues and fires, and still leave room for those ridiculous firehouse B- and C-stories. And to circle back to Emergency! for a minute, their B- and C-plots were unwatchably bad. But the rescues were SO well done, and there were more of them. I'd watch Chicago OFI in a heartbeat., but I think it would have very limited appeal. Severide and PixieCut (sorry, I forget her name) do play well onscreen so that could maybe work. Air it when CF is on hiatus, maybe?
  10. Spend time with their kids/wives/girlfriends (or all three)? A week of backbreaking labor for a lousy $1,000 isn't a good deal, but if it's substantially more, then maybe. Yeah, he's lucky he still has teeth, to be honest. But I wonder how good he'd be on a vessel with a different skipper and deck crew? He's obviously skilled at sea, but was a horrible fit for Wild Bill's boat.
  11. They usually mix the boats up a bit more than they have recently. No Wizard and no Northwestern for a while now. I'm guessing maybe Edgar is running the NW for this part of the season and if that's the case it makes sense that they're not featured on the show, but Keith usually gets more screen time than he has. I almost said "Maybe there's no drama this year" but this is the Wizard we're talking about.
  12. That story is definitely manufactured and not particularly germane to the overall thrust of the show in my opinion, but I honestly don't mind it. Maybe it plants the seed of an idea for a few young women in real life to consider the fire service as a career. Now granted, probably not very many high school kids are watching this show with the same passion that kids in my generation tuned in Emergency! in the '70s. But that one, single TV show begat tens or perhaps hundreds of thousands of career firefighters and paramedics and was responsible for the explosion of paramedic services worldwide in the years that followed. If this silly bit of dramatic fluff can have even 1/100th of the effect that Johnny and Roy had then count me in as a fan. As a friend of mine on the job said of younger people in today's generation, what are the odds that you're even alive today because some kid watched the boys from the real Station 51 saving lives, hired on and saved your mom or dad in a crisis 25 years ago. So count me a fan of the storyline, regardless how silly it is.
  13. It's not unheard of that a cop decides that the fire service is more in line with his career goals and takes the test to hire on. One could speculate that maybe he knew his career in the police department was over (no promotion from patrolman would ever come through), and/or his supervisor could pull a few strings to get him into the Fire academy with a clean slate and perhaps a chance to make good for his misdeed. Again, these kinds of things really do happen (or at least did, before the current social attitudes). To be promoted within the fire service, in real life, is not trivial. Firefighter, apparatus officer, assistant battalion chief, BC, district chief, assistant deputy chief, deputy chief, fire chief could be a typical path in a paid department. Politics plays into it a lot, obviously but you don't become a white helmet without being able to take full command of the fireground and know what's going on at every stage of the attack. If you don't already know your own son is a liability on a scene then you haven't earned the rank. Dixon the Lesser would definitely not survive more than a few weeks in real life either. If you can't trust members of your company, or if your probie is flat-out useless then there's no conceivable way you're going to roll out of the bay doors with an assclown like that in the jumpseat beside you. Respect the chain of command, yes, but make damned sure that the officer on the apparatus is well aware of this probie's limitations. Now that Bishop knows it's up to her to follow this through.
  14. What the actual crap has happened to this show? Ye Flippin' Ghods, just rename it to High School Firehouse and have done with it. I liked it in the first season. They at least got the firefighting somewhat right despite some over-the-top drama. Now this show is written for people with the IQ of a small soap dish. The building is a one story bowling alley with fire showing near one wall. All of a sudden the whole thing is becoming a raging inferno and the roof collapses? There's so much wrong there that my head is spinning. A commercial structure like that with public access would almost certainly be protected by sprinklers. If they failed (yes, it happens), then a hose line or three upon arrival would have gotten it in short order. Walter's crush injury probably would have been fatal, but if that fire was as bad as portrayed why wouldn't there have been a heavy rescue company for the pin job (sorry, bad pun), and a couple of 2-1/2s working on suppression? Such horseshit. Of course, in real life that would have gone to 2 or 3 alarms if the fire started spreading. But here's the thing. Bowling alleys, the lanes themselves, are almost all made of an artificial surface that is NOT flammable. If they were old lanes then the oiled hardwood would take flame, but wouldn't go up so fast that an inch-and-3/4 or a 2-1/2 wouldn't get it out in seconds. Why are kids over the age of about 7 or 8 on TV shows always portrayed as helpless waifs incapable of independent thought and self preservation? I'm sure that by the time a child is 8,9, or 10 years old they've been repeatedly taught what an emergency exit sign is and what to do those frequent school fire drills. We had 5 or 6 a year when I was in my first elementary school around ages 6 or 7, and we had one or two kids trained to lead the others out (surprise surprise, I was one of them) if there wasn't an adult in the room for whatever reason, and where to assemble. So the roof collapsed right over top of where they were. Do a quick assessment of the damage and how stable the rubble is. Drop a ladder down if it's not too bad, or position a half dozen members strategically to pick the kids up and pass them along. Breaching the wall the way they did was utterly ridiculous. I don't mind the occasional character crossover on the One Chicago shows, but this show assumes that the viewer knows every plot on the other show. I don't care about any of those characters since I have never watched Grey's and don't plan to. Dixon's downfall will be well deserved. And can you imagine what a reputable news organization would do in this woke age when they find out that the head of the fire service was once a copper whose actions allowed a family to die. Bishop's captains bars need to go away. End game is obviously Andy's captaincy. Hell, with her skills and instincts she should be putting in for battalion chief; she sees the big picture probably better than most.
  15. Peter's Evil Overlord List item number 4: Shooting is not too good for my enemies. Live it, love it, and learn it, writers! Like others, I couldn't get through this one without giving the fast-forward button a serious workout. I wasn't sure they'd actually end that miserable asshole this season but I'm glad they did. And for all the Sophie Hate on this forum, I actually like how she handled things at the very end. And it wasn't until the comments here that I realized that Gerald Forbes was Pippin! I knew I recognized his face from something, but the penny didn't drop until I read this forum. No second breakfast for him now.
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