The Glades: Season 2
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Returning: Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore, an Aussie using American accent recognized only by bonus material in Series 1 DVD) is a top crime solver, but knows it and up-talks everyone from his boss to his partner. Capable of his own quick funny jabs, forensic med. examiner Carlos (Carlos Gomez-a real Cuban/American playing one in a super performance) is an extra smart Dr. while FDLE boss Colleen (Michelle Hurd-who began in the pilot as a barmaid, is stunning as well as in charge). Tough and hot, as quick-witted as Longworth, Callie (Kiele Sanchez) is a nurse with a kid Jeff (Uriah Shelton) and jailbird husband Ray (Clyne Crawford) but he's about to be released for narking aid, and Callie will soon gain new employment. The new employment only adds to the romantic conflict for her and Longworth, sometimes generating spontaneous frivolity. The great regulars must include Daniel (Jordan Wall-FL local actor making it big in this series) intern who's funny, quick, smart, and a good bit of a computer nerd.Read more ›
I think it's the lead characters that endear The Glades to viewers rather than the cases.
I'll try to explain.
Det. Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore) a Chicago detective, who took his payout after being falsely accused of sleeping with his captain's wife. Looking for a less hectic law enforcement job he lands at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in the make-believe town of Palm Glade, Florida.
He meets, and becomes infatuated with Callie Cargill (Kiele Sanchez). She is married. Her husband, Ray, is in prison, but she plans to wait on him to return, reformed and ready to start over with her and her 13-year-old son, Jeff. It's the chemistry between these two characters which keeps The Glades fresh and interesting. It reminds me of the relationship between Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) on Bones.
By the start of Season 2, Callie has decided to divorce Ray, who has just been released. The problem is Ray does appear to have reformed. He asks her for three months to prove himself and re-bond with her son. She decides to trust him, and give him the time with Jeff, but keeps any of his romantic advances at bay.
Jim's former partner and lover from Chicago, Detective Samanatha Harper (Natalia Cigliuti) comes to Florida, putting a little peg between Jim and Callie. I understand there was a fan war on who Jim should pick. Ultimately, the writers always win.
The Glades debuted with 3.6 million viewers, breaking A&E's records for most-watched and highest-rated original drama series telecast ever according to Nielsen Fast Nationals numbers.
Unfortunately, the second season's plots began to fail on this important note. The show became preachy, the bad guys more stereotypical, and action scenes sometimes became amateurish, indicating a drop in production values and script writing.
For example, Jim confronts a non-suspect customer in a gun store suspected of gun running, telling the customer to hire an exterminator instead of buying a gun to deal with his "rodent problem." Granted, the buyer may have been lying. However, this scene represents the producers' simplistic view of gun ownership and their promotion of the gun control agenda, where civilians must obtain police permission in order to buy a gun. In the real world, the customer would have cause to file a lawsuit against the state of Florida and the officer for assault, because Jim had no probable cause to grab a gun out of his hands and shove him. This episode also included law enforcement repeating another gun control standard about the availability of guns on the street.
In other episodes where teams entered a suspect residence to clear it, there's a bit of sweeping going on, where one officer points the muzzle of his gun at another officer as they move through the house.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoy the chemistry & complications between the characters.Published 5 months ago by Tracey D-H
This show was one of the very best on TV! Why would the powers that be end it and in such an unsatisfactory way? So DISSAPOINTING!!Published 6 months ago by sassy
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