Life 2 Seasons 2008

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Season 2
(1,056) IMDb 8.4/10
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12. Trapdoor TV-14 CC

A dead engineer's trapdoor helps uncover a mobster's secret.

Starring:
Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi
Runtime:
43 minutes
Original air date:
December 17, 2008

Available in HD on supported devices.

Trapdoor

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Season 2

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Genres Drama, Mystery
Director Elodie Keene
Starring Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi
Supporting actors Brent Sexton, Donal Logue, Adam Arkin, William Atherton, Garret Dillahunt, Jessy Schram, Shashawnee Hall, Jon Sklaroff, Tessa Thompson, Geoff Pierson, Edin Gali, David Ury, Kevin Indio Copeland, Ed Corbin, Aria Pullman, Ondrej Habinak, Mark Casimir Dyniewicz, Mohammad Kavianpour
Season year 2009
Network NBC
Executive Producer Marjorie David
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We really enjoyed the show on TV and love watching reruns!
Karen Lee Williamson
The characters were well written and acted by a great ensemble cast.
G. D. Williams
There was a good story line, interesting, fun & quirky characters.
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127 of 127 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2009
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The quirky NBC crime drama "Life" gets a second season, featuring understated British actor Damian Lewis as LA detective Charlie Crews, who spent 12 years in prison for a mass murder he didn't commit before returning to duty anchored by the Zen Buddism he learned to survive his incarceration. His partner is detective Dani Reese (Sara Shahi), recovering substance abuser and daughter of the policeman who may have helped frame Crews. The pair are assisted by Bobby Stark (Brent Sexton), Crews' last buddy from his former days on the force. Their new boss is Lieutenant Kevin Tidwell (Donal Logue), a transfer from New York who seems out of place in laid-back LA but who learns to appreciate Crews and Reese for very different reasons. Adam Arkin returns as Ted Early, once Charlie's white collar criminal cellmate.

The new season follows a familar formula: the detectives each week are handed a new case that proves far more complicated than first appearances. Crews' Zen Buddist approach invariably provides unique, unexpected, and often humorous insights to cases involving, for example, a murder during a student prison experiment, the landing of a plane by a dead astronaut, and the suffocation of a rock star impersonator.

The weekly cases also allow the viewer to watch the slow blossoming of the relationship between Crews and a once skeptical Reese. Crews is by turns a quirky but kind searcher for truth and a shockingly tough cop, a combination Reese learns to value. As Reese learns the truth about her father, she and Crews will discover they have more in common than just a badge.

In a parallel story arc, Crews secretly unravels clues to the conspiracy responsible for his frameup.
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111 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Angela G. Birt on April 20, 2009
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The first season of Life was strike abbreviated and just enough to get you hooked on the premise, the characters and the writing. But Season Two of the show was like opening a gift - both in terms of the acting, writing, technical direction, choice of interesting LA venues and wonderful camera work; and advancing the story arc of Crews wrongful imprisonment's genesis. The relationship of Crews and Reese has become stable and supportive, that's not to say that Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) still doesn't irritate, exasperate and often amaze Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi), but they are balanced and he's not constantly rescuing the "maiden in distress". This season you get to see the cracks in Charlie's Zen armor and the effect his trust and confidence has on a very distrusting Dani. And as much as it pains me to admit it, Captain Kevin Tidwell (Donal Logue) has proven to be more than a comedic foil. He's a real person who adds to the story and helps the team through the season, whilst continuing a irregular and illicit romantic relationship with Dani. But he's good for her and that relationship moves Dani toward the season finale reveal that most viewers were looking for with Crews. It's about how you find your faith again, the renewal of trust and the connections we make and the importance and wonder of love (in all forms).

The appearance of wonderful guest stars doesn't take the focus off the central relationship in the series, that of Crews and Reese.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By D. M MITULSKI on May 24, 2009
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How often can you say that? I'm usually happy with anything that's not Reality TV. But this show leaves you craving more. Even though the Second Season wraps up some of the answers of Charlie Crew's conspiracy theory, there are still a lot left. I'm hoping NBC lets USA pick up a new person for their 'Characters Welcome' add. I can't imagine not seeing this show for a few more seasons. I would love to see Charlie and his first partner, Bobby, work together on some more cases. And now that Shahi has had her baby, she can get back to work as Charlie's best partner, Dani. Regardless, Season Two is great to watch over and over. If you haven't got Season One yet, make it a dual purchase. It's worth the money.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Schoenburg VINE VOICE on August 11, 2009
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If you ever wonder why NBC is the cellar dweller, wonder no more. They take very good shows like this and Journeyman, jack them around on the schedule, underpublicize them, and there you have it. One of the best cop shows on TV, and now it's gone.

You can see and feel the frustration in the last few shows on the actor's faces.

There are several eloquent and detailed reviews here, so no reason to go over the same issues.

Cheers was a new show that was at the bottom of the ratings. Brandon Tartikoff the NBC honcho at the time, saw the quality of the show and stayed with it. Cheers turned out to be a blockbuster hit in it's second year. Life never had a chance. We watched every episode but what a chore trying to find it!

TOO BAD for us and NBC....
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