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The Closer: Season 4
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2008
I have been an avid fan of this television show since the first episode of the first season. I have purchased all previous seasons. I noticed that with the beginning of season four an upgrade had been made with regards to the writing, plots, and characterizations of the shows regulars. (We still don't know Provenza's first name...) The most rewarding thing for me is that everything about the show improved in a very dramatic way. I love watching all the previous seasons' shows over and over again, but I anticipate that season four will be equally great especially without all the commercials! Kyra Sedgwick is the tasty bait for this show, but every other actor on the set is a joy to behold. I applaud the writers and the directors for bringing out everyone's best!!!!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Kyra Sedqwick is not only interesting, but slightly annoying (in a good way) in her role as Brenda Leigh Johnson. In one scene she can give us a performance full of drama lightened by the quirkiness of her character.

Season 4 of The Closer was excellent. It was full of change and of very good and well written episodes. The team came under fire from the press for what is and what is not called Priority Homicide. This leads to a major restructuring of the squad and a very interesting turn of events thanks to Brenda's quick thinking. The squad had to deal with their own problems: interpersonal relationships (Daniels and Gabriel) and one of them has to deal the loss of a loved one. Brenda's parents came for an episode and put Brenda and Fritz' relationship in the limelight. Just when are they going to get married?!

Brenda and Fritz also had to deal with moving to a new (temporary) place and with their relationship. The episodes of the closer were excellent coming to a rather explosive and great season finale.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick)has one of her most challenging cases when Detective Sanchez's (Raymond Cruz)younger brother Oscar is murdered. It's one of the stand out episodes of the fourth season of "The Closer" in a season full of stand out episodes. Although "The Closer" has always been exceptional the show took a leap to excellent with episodes like "Sudden Death" and the clever, amusing "Dial `M' For Provenza" where Lt. Provenza (G. W. Bailey)goes undercover posing as a hit man to snare a woman looking for someone to kill her husband. The pressure is also on as Fritz and Brenda find that her father is pushing them towards the altar just a bit earlier than they had planned. With a cast featuring J.K. Simmons ("Spider-Man), Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, Tony Denison, Jon Tenney, Michael Paul Chan, Gina Ravera, Phillip P. Keene and others it's hard to go wrong and with the top notch writing/direction on this show the actors have great material to work with.

As with previous seasons the performances are flawless but more importantly, the writing and direction equal the actors in this terrific 15 episode season. The nice thing about the show is that the series constantly employs the best character actors working in Hollywood. That's fortunate for viewers of the show but unfortunate for other TV shows. More importantly we get some strong work by some terrific directors from actor Kevin Bacon to Roxann Dawson ("Star Trek: Voyager"). That's not to suggest that the other directors are slouches when it comes to doing their job--all the director's do an outstanding job with the best written episodes.

There were only a couple of weak episodes for the fourth season and they were few and far between. The episodes that didn't stray from the series formula much tended to be the weaker ones of the bunch. Luckily, the writers/directors/producers play with that formula quite a bit.

"The Closer" looks extremely good with a nice, crisp presentation on DVD that doesn't look over processed. Flesh tones are natural looking. The anamorphic transfers looks better than most TV shows on home video.

Audio isn't unusual or adventurous but the show is primarily a dialog driven show. The few, brief action scenes are nicely placed around the Surround speakers.

No commentary tracks which is a pity I would have loved to hear Kevin Bacon or Roxann Dawson discuss their role as directors on the show particularly with their backgrounds as actors.

We do get deleted scenes for "Speed Bump", "Tijuana Brass", "Good Faith", "Fate Line" and "Double Blind" the concluding episode of the fourth season.

We get two very good featurettes that show quite a bit of imagination and should be saluted for the exceptional work that went into them. "To Catch a Lie" features an FBI interrogator discussing how law enforcement catches folks messing with the truth.

"A Day in the Life of a Homicide Detective" features series star Corey Reynolds riding along with a retired LAPD Detective.

Finally we an amusing gag reel as part of the mix.

The fourth season of "The Closer" continues to develop the wonderfully realized characters on the show. The writing and direction take a jump up in quality producing the best season yet and some of the most exceptional episodes of the series' run.

With some of the best character actors in Hollywood featured on this show, it leaves other shows wanting. That's too bad for those other shows and great for fans of "The Closer".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2009
We love The Closer...but missed several episodes. Watching this 'in order'
really helps us learn more about the interaction of the characters...and
where their lives are headed.
We love it!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2008
I love this show! Kyra Sedgwick is finally getting her just deserved! Please don't change any of the characters relationships. I love the chemistry just the way it is. Don't make the mistake of changing how the characters interact with each other. My other favorite show did and now I don't know how long I'm am going to continue to watch it. So, please, please , please, don't change a thing!!! I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2009
This is a great show.I never get tired of these characters or the clever storylines. The episodes are well written, suspenseful, and satisfying. Kyra Sedgewick is excellent in the role.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Socially challenged Southern Belle genius detective wins over pagan squad of non-southern-speaking Los Angelenos on her way to getting murderers to confess. One way or another she closes each case with a confession: She's The Closer. (and way fun to watch)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2009
I love this show. Not only is it full of drama but it has the humor that was in a Show that I loved so much St Else Where. The entire cast of this show just makes it fantastic. From Kyra Sedgewick's quirky Brenda Lee to all of her detectives and thier "baggage". Never has their been a detective show that could appeal in quite this way. I never miss a show and I have thoroughly enjoyed my other DVD's from the prior seasons more than any other set of DVD's that I have.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2009
I am a VERY BIG FAN OF THIS SHOW-I have watched every episode of this series from Season 1 to 4 multiple times! Season 4 episodes have ran the gambit from serious to comedic-the plots have been a joy to watch- but I will say the quality has somewhat suffered this past season & I truly hope the next season of episodes will return the show to its past glory. This show in my opinion is ONE OF THE GREATEST SHOWS EVER TO GRACED TV & KYRA'S PORTRAYAL OF BRENDA LEIGH JOHNSON AS ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED/UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS IN TV HISTORY!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2015
We love watching the closer and not very happy with the removal of the show from Amazon Prime. It is almost like a bait and switch.
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