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Monday, February 22, 2010

Derailed - last of the original 7 episodes of Southland, Feb. 23

The principal cast of SOUTHLAND

Derailed, the last of the original seven episodes, airs tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 23 at 10/9c on TNT.

The first episode began with gunfire and the last ends with it in a cliffhanger that makes me glad that TNT picked up the series. The police work focuses on two story lines, Dewey's alcoholism and the efforts of Marta's Avenue Gang to get rid of Janilla,the young girl who can identify Marta's son as one of the shooters in a drive-by.

In an earlier episode we thought we had seen the last of Dewey when he retired. A divorce and money problems brought him back to plague his partner, Chickie, with his unreliability. Chickie decides that she has had enough and Dewey reacts violently.

Det. Sammy Bryant is still trying to find a safe place for Janilla to stay while waiting for the trial where she will have to testify. Det. Lydia Adams gives up her Memorial Day weekend to watch Janilla and proves that she is as tough as she is compassionate.

The police work is balanced with the personal lives of the detectives and officers. No one is in an uncomplicated relationship. Mostly it is how the civilian family and friends deal with being with people in law enforcement. We've has some clear indications about training officer John Cooper and it will be interesting to see how his character is handled when new episodes begin on March 2.

This is the second time I've watched this season of Southland and my initial impression still holds - it is a fine police drama with an excellent cast and good stories. Indications are that the focus is going to be on Det. Lydia Adams and officers John Cooper and Ben Sherman but they have a diverse and interesting cast backing them up. There aren't any about which I don't want to know more, even Dewey.