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The Glades: Season 1
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The 13 episodes in this season-one set all follow pretty much the same formula. A body is discovered in some exotic location in the first scene, usually carrying signs of a grisly demise. They end with Jim tidily solving the puzzle for us and explaining his process to the killer in a denouement that also has a posse of FDLE backup poised to swoop in and snap on the cuffs (shades of Columbo). What keeps the stories from falling into the humdrum of mundane TV-ness is the terrific chemistry of the cast and plot arcs that hew to themes of Floridian lore, but always with a playful sense of spice. Episodes involve things like golf, alligators, golf, manatees, hurricanes, golf, NASA, treasure hunting, prostitution, smuggling, and golf. (Jim likes spending time on the links almost as much as he does chatting up babes and solving nice juicy murders.) There are limited special features in the DVD set, but the selected commentaries add some extra color, as do the ubiquitous deleted scenes and a couple of on-set documentaries about the casting process and the importance of the show's varied uses of the locations available in Florida's big, hot backyard. In all, The Glades is a top-tier cop show from a lower-tier cable network, as satisfying as a powerful drive down a sun-drenched fairway. --Ted Fry
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As with most procedurals, oftentimes the case solutions are fairly obvious or secondary to the journey of arriving at the finale. Most of the drama and comedy comes from Passmore interacting with the suspects as well as his team. He enjoys an easy chemistry with Carlos Gomez as his primary confidante and the two play off each other well. Of course, the show provides a requisite love interest. Kiele Sanchez plays a local med student raising a son alone while the boy's father is locked up. Sanchez has a genuine appeal and starts off the season as a terrific romantic foil. Passmore plays the surrogate father, naturally, and this element can be overplayed at times--but, for the most part, it works. The initial banter between Sanchez and Passmore has real heat and fire.Read more ›
It's refreshing to watch a Florida show that does not take place in Miami. There is a very brief (8 minutes) special feature devoted to filming on location. In it, something very important was brought up: no matter how hot it is in conjunction with high humidity, TV characters don't sweat.
Another interesting special feature is on the casting. All of the major characters and the show people have a say in how/why they were cast, and what they think about the characters. This short feature makes it pretty clear that the cast meshes very well off screen, which explains why the show is so much fun to watch. This was about 15 minutes long.
Usually, deleted scenes on TV shows aren't really worth watching because they are really short and don't stand alone, so don't make much sense. This is so with some of the deleted scenes here, but others are very interesting. It's pretty easy to see why they were cut, but they give a glimpse into some of the ideas about how the show might have progressed - especially the deleted scenes from the pilot episode.
The only other special features are commentaries on the Pilot and second to last episodes. There is also a gag real which, refreshingly, is not taken up with countless mess ups followed by giggles.
It would have been nice if the special features were more extensive, but all in all, I'm really glad I bought the DVD. I hope there will be many more seasons to buy - hopefully with expanded special features. :-)
This new A&E crime, homicide, cop drama is American fresh, laced with comedy and a bit of romance. Worth seeing. It's reminiscent of Britain's TV series "Midsomer Murders" also filled with murder, humor, and love; but the Florida location is different, not countryside England, and the characters are at least a generation younger. Will "The Glades" experience the longevity of "Midsomer Murders", lasting years and still going strong? Well time will tell, but it has a very good start. Try a set of "Midsomer Murders". Murders as delicious as chocolate.
Meet the rest of the cast too. Callie Cargill (Kiele Sqanchez); Carlos Sanchez (Carlos Gomez); Callie's son Jeff (Uriah Shelton); and Daniel Green (Jordan Wall). Then Randy Cromwell (Alexis Martinez), a new detective, & Colleen Manus (Michelle Hurd).
1. Pilot- TV airing 7.11.10
2. Bird in the Hand- 7.18.10
3. A Perfect Storm 7.25.10
4. Mucked Up - 7.31.10
5. The Girlfriend Experience- 8.8.10
6. Doppelganger - 8.13.10
7. Cassadaga - 8.22.10
8. Marriage is Murder - 8.29.10
9. Honey - 9.5.10
10. Second Chance- 9.12.10
11. Booty - 9.19.10
12. Exposed - 9.26.10
13. Breaking 80 - 10.3.10
It is amazing to me, though, that someone; producers, some obscure rating board, or the network, finds it perfectly acceptable to show a graphic series of mutilated bodies and body parts, week after week, but any kind of nudity is strictly forbidden. We are exposed to beaten and strangled women, head shot exit wounds, and digested human remains from a slaughtered wild boar's gut, but not even one nipple ever makes it past the censors. Maybe that's more of a comment on society than on the show. Whatever.
At any rate, the show is "formula," with its handsome wise cracking super cop that solves every case, the hard working girlfriend with the felony convict husband, the archetypical 12 year old kid that thinks everything mom says is "lame," but shooting guns and seeing a dead body is "cool." Oh, and the obligatory über-geek intern who can magically fly past computer passwords, initiate instant phone traces, and identify the mating habits of any insect, reptile, or mammal the cops uncover in an investigation.
Lastly, there is an almost criminal overuse of one particular plot device.Read more ›
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This is one of those old series that is just fun to watch. We sit down and watch it through the reruns about once a year or so.Published 20 hours ago by Kindle Customer
Just ok. Far fetched that they were able to immediately identify and kill alligator.Published 23 hours ago by Gary Timmerhans
Light hearted crime investigation that takes place in the Florida Glades. Matt Passmore plays (Jim Longmore) an ex Chicago police officer with a quirky sense of humor. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by teresa harris
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