Life: Tear Asunder
(S01E02) I'm trying to figure out Officer Bobby Starks, former partner to Charlie Crews. We know from the snippets of documentary that are interspersed throughout an episode of Life that Starks was one of the people who turned Charlie in for the triple-murder he didn't commit. Now that Crews is out of prison I'm not sure how Bobby feels about that.
I'm sure that he's feeling guilty about turning in his former partner, and he's doing his damnedest to make Charlie feel like nothing has changed between them. Hence, the reason he invited Crews to a barbecue under the premise that his wife wanted him there (Turns out, Stark's wife wanted nothing to do with the man who left his husband without a partner for four years). But, somewhere down deep inside, I have a feeling that Starks is really unsure of Crews' innocence and is rightfully pissed that he got away with it.
You could see that potential when he invited Charlie into his garage. He turned out the outside lights and locked the door so prying eyes wouldn't see anything. With the ominous soundtrack in the background you could just feel that a confrontation between the two former friends was about to take place. Instead, all that happened was the return of Crews' badge and gun by Bobby; he stored them in his garage after Crews' conviction. A little messing with our minds by the producers? Perhaps. Personally, I think that Starks is hiding something very big from Charlie.
Then again, in Life it seems that everyone is hiding something from Charlie. So, Bobby is in good company.
This week's episode felt stronger to me than the pilot, which suffered from too much data packed into 43 minutes of show. Much of the previous episode's introductions were out of the way, which gave the viewer a bit more time to explore the personal lives of Crews and Reese. Oh, and there was a crime to investigate as well. However, if you've seen one criminal investigation on <insert your favorite procedural drama here> you've seen them all. It wasn't the crime we were concerned about, however . . . it was how the crime was solved.
As I mentioned in previous reviews of this show Charlie reminds me a bit of Shawn Spencer from Psych. Because of his Zen disciplines he has a fine-tuned sense of what is askew in life. He displayed this in detail during this week's investigation, which focused on a very new bride who was murdered in her honeymoon suite. The discovery of keys and wallet in the very new husband's shoes intrigued me: I saw Charlie looking at the shoes, but I just didn't know what he was looking at. What got me was the way he found out that the murder suspect was not the husband. He noticed the tiniest detail and was able to pounce on it by viewing all of the disposable camera photos.
Besides the murder investigation, this is a criminal procedural after all, there were other things going on. So as to keep the viewers interested in Charlie's back story, there were a few moments featuring Charlie's own investigation on who framed him for the triple murder. Through flashbacks we got to see the bloodied victims throughout the house that Charlie was visiting in present time. We also saw one of the first pieces of the puzzle put into place: the fourth member of the family that was murdered was able to escape the actual killer. This means that there is someone out there who saw what really happened. Now, all Charlie has to do is find this girl.
We also got a better glimpse into the life of Detective Dani Reese. I'm still undecided on how I feel about this character. I like how she stands up to her lieutenant (whom I've decided I don't like) when it comes to Charlie, and the way she handles the uncooperative suspects (nothing like a high-voltage taser dipped into a swimming pool to calm a crazed person down), but I'm not particularly interested in her after-work hobbies. It seems to me that she has replaced her drug addiction for a sexual one. And, not just sex with any old guy off the street, but with married guys. This is leading her down a bad path.
Another event taking place was the introduction of the young lady who was going to marry Charlie's father. This is a bone of contention for Crews, who feels that his mother's death was due to his father's insistence that she never visit him in prison. Now, he feels a bit uncomfortable meeting the woman who is going to take his father's place. This brings me to Ted, who brings Charlie's future stepmom to the bus stop for their first meet-and-greet. What is his role on this show? Give this character more meat or send him on his way, please.
So, with two episodes out of the way I want to know if you feel that this show still has promise or has already fallen off the tracks. Let me know in the comments and I'll see you here next week.
|I think that he's genuinely sorry about what happened and trying to make amends||35 (14.8%)|
|He's really not sure how he feels about Charlie's return to the force||136 (57.6%)|
|He hates Charlie for what he did and is trying to lull him into a sense of safety before taking him down||58 (24.6%)|
|Wait. I thought this was Law & Order||7 (3.0%)|