Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Twitter contest winner announced tonight!

Just a reminder....


Twitter contest redux


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ETA....our contest winner was @mazzasaurus_rex who has already received her prizes! Thanks to all who participated. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

SouthLAnd Season 4 Retrospective

The season began with the highly anticipated return of Officer John Cooper after rehab and back surgery.  Will he be able to return to the streets?  Did he make it through rehab?  And who would be his next boot or partner?  Our first look at Cooper is at the gym.  He’s leaner, healthier, and obviously more fit as he works the various equipment. When he is welcomed back during roll call, he takes the razzing with a smile.  In fact during the entire first episode, the expression on his face tells it all.  He is so happy to be back on the streets. 
Jessica Tang, a veteran officer (a P-3 like Cooper) was paired with Cooper this season.  We weren’t too sure about Lucy Liu before the season started, but she turned out to be an excellent partner for Cooper (at least at the beginning of the season).  Tang, like Cooper, has a backstory that influences her work greatly.  By the end of the season, we realize Tang is not the great cop she thinks she is.  There are three situations where she did not follow police procedure (that we know of): when she allowed the big, tall guy to get close enough to give her a vicious beating; when she removed the orange tip of the toy gun; and when she put her partner in danger at the car wash. 


Tang and Cooper work together well as they handle calls from the crazy invisible guy, to the guy that tries to take out Cooper by biting Cooper’s neck.  From the “Jesus and two more white folk” mother to trying to save a suicidal kid.  From arguing jurisdiction of body parts on some train tracks to helping a homeless marine.
But all that good rapport would go down the drain when Tang messed with the evidence of her in-policy shooting of a teenager.  Cooper didn’t see Tang remove the orange tip of a toy gun, but he was positive that she did.  And because he didn’t witness her action, he couldn’t say anything to FID about his suspicions.  He tried numerous times to get her to correct her statement to FID, but she was testing for sergeant, and there was no way she was going to ruin any chance of that promotion.  And with that she lost all of Cooper’s trust and respect.  There was no longer any chit-chat and you could cut the tension in the patrol car with a knife.  Let’s see Cooper paired with a female boot next season.


Lydia began the season with yet another new partner: Ruben, a new detective trainee and veteran of the Afghanistan war.  Dorian Missick is such a natural actor that he makes his work look easy.  But I think he was marginalized when Lydia found out that she was pregnant.  She doesn’t tell anyone.  However, Ruben, the happily married father, is on to her.  Lydia continues to deny that she’s pregnant until she is stabbed by a suspect late in the season.  In the meantime, every case that she and Ruben work has something to do with babies, parents, pregnant women, etc.  The writing was a little heavy-handed about the subject, but maybe that was meant to mean that that was all Lydia was thinking about.  All baby, all the time.  We finally found out the father was Terrell, a married man with a young son.  And a man with which she had previously had a relationship. We saw him briefly at the end of the second episode of season one and Lydia used to keep a picture of him on her desk.  Lydia meets with Terrell in the season finale to let him know she is pregnant with his son.  He seems very ready to let his wife in on the news, but Lydia says she didn’t come to, “Blow up his life.”  She just hopes someday that he and his son can get to know each other. Hopefully the time between season 4 and season 5 will allow her to have the baby so that we don’t have to go through the entire pregnancy with her.  One of the best scenes for Lydia this season was in Episode 1 when she confronted her former CI that said things had been rough on her (the CI).
What can we say about Dewey?  Dewey is Dewey.  And C. Thomas Howell plays the hell out of this role.  From wanting his S.A.G. card to motor-boating a BBW (“Kinda like riding a moped.  It’s fun as hell till someone catches you on one.”).  Dewey adds the crazy to this show.  I think we should see a little more of Dewey next season (Why wasn’t he in the finale?), along with an encounter with a BBW.  At the least, he should be in each episode.  


When Season 4 began, Sammy and Ben had been working together for 6-8 months. Sammy kids with Ben about the badge bunnies and then tells him he should really move out to the suburbs where he would have a much bigger house for the money.  In addition a pool which is a chick magnet.  Ben is disgusted by the attitude of another officer named Ferguson.  To the point of wanting to go to the Watch Commander and ask him to remove Ferguson from the unit.  Ferguson is very jaded and cynical and doesn’t care if he does things by the book or not.  Sammy tries to explain why Ferguson is the way he is.  But that doesn’t matter to Ben.  Ferguson confronts Ben in the locker room about Ben’s by-the-book manner.  Ben more or less says that Ferguson can be the way he wants, letting kids play with a body and taint a crime scene.  Ferguson says it’s time Ben picked a side.  Ben responds that he’s picked a side - he’s going to do things the way he’s been taught.
Ben’s and Sammy’s partnership stumbled during the middle of the season.  Ben accused Sammy of planting evidence and that broke the trust between them - and trust is everything to a cop.  Ben discovered later that day that it was evidence from the previous shift.  Neither the cops from the previous shift nor Ben searched the car very well in between shifts and that resulted in Ben’s accusation.  Ben apologized, but Sammy couldn’t get over it.  That resulted in a tension-filled patrol car for a bit, but Sammy finally let things go. 


Contrast Ben’s attitude in the first episode with his attitude in the last few episodes, especially the finale.  Ben is no longer a by-the-book officer.  He finds Ronnie, the pimp husband of Amber the hooker and father of Daniela, and beats him up.  Sammie knew what Ben was going to do and came and got him before Ben beat the guy to death.  Ben’s beat-down causes Ronnie to come after Ben; chasing them down in the patrol car and shooting at them.  This results in someone crashing into their patrol car, putting Sammy in the hospital.  So now Ben has even more reason to go after Ronnie.  When Ben visits Sammy at the hospital, Sammy realizes what Ben will likely do.  In one of the most emotional scenes of this season, Sammy tries to keep Ben from doing what Sammy thinks he’s about to do.  Sammy tries to get him to stay at the hospital with him and explains why he stopped being a detective and came back to patrol - to help mentor younger officers.  But now he feels like he failed Ben because he knows what Ben is going to do.  Ferguson is Ben’s partner for the day and even Ferguson comes to realize what is going on and tells Ben he can’t be judge and jury - that’s not a police officer's job.  Ben ignores this advice and puts Daniela on a bus, without getting the permission of the parents.  Then he seeks out Ronnie and maneuvers him into a confrontation where Ronnie pulls his gun. That allows Ben to return fire, which will end up being ruled an in-policy shooting.  The next day Sammy and Ben are at the pool hanging out.  Ben puts his shades on and leans back in his chair.  I don’t think he feels any regret at what he did.  And as the voice-over at the beginning of the episode says; Ben has decided what kind of cop he is going to be.
What do we want to see next season?
Ben move back from the edge a little bit and continue to partner with Sammy.
Very little about Lydia’s baby.
Ruben still partnered with Lydia.
A little more Dewey.
Cooper with a new female boot.  And we don’t want to see him backslide into addiction again.  That would be completely out of character for him.  Cooper knows how lucky he is to have been able to come back from addiction at his age.  He knows he probably wouldn’t be able to do it again.  And as he told Ben in a previous season, “If I can’t be out on the streets; you may as well put a bullet in my head.”  He wants to make six stripes plus one day and we want to see that too.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

SouthLAnd Episode 4.10 "Thursday" Review

After a couple of years on the job, every cop has to make a decision about what kind of cop they’re going to be.  The time has come for Officer Ben Sherman to decide.
Sammy’s trying his best to help Ben, but Ben’s just not listening.  Ben isn’t listening to anyone.  Cooper told him during his training that he had to let things go.  Ben’s response was, “I can’t.”  Even Ferguson is telling him not to go there.  But no one is going to divert him from his personal mission.  He is so involved in doing the right thing for Daniela, that he is choking up almost crying when he puts her on the bus.  Who will be the lucky recipient of his next mission?


I don’t think Ben planted a gun on Ronnie. He didn’t have the time from when Ferguson heard the shot to when Ferguson could see Ben.  I think Ben’s biggest transgression was to maneuver himself into a position where he could take an in-policy shot.  But regardless of whether you think Ben planted the gun or not, he still killed Ronnie.  And it was completely pre-meditated.  So we now know what kind of cop Ben has chosen to be.
The scene with Lydia and the little girl who had been burned was very emotional.  We didn’t even hear the words but we knew how much Lydia was affected.  Until then, Lydia was all about staying on the job for the duration of her pregnancy.  But now, Lydia finally realizes how much her job might influence her baby and decides to stay home for the remainder of her pregnancy.  Wonder if she will return to police work if she’s that concerned about it?  Lydia’s talk with Terrell was very interesting.  That Terrell’s first response is to ask Lydia if he should talk to his wife about this is unexpected.  He seems to be putting Lydia above his wife.  And willing to bring this explosive matter into his marriage.  This is Lydia’s second major relationship with a married man.  She told the dying witness in Season Three’s “Sideways” about an affair with her married TO.  Is Lydia subconsciously choosing (unavailable) married men?  Even Rodrigo would classify as unavailable since he was her former partner’s son.
What a turnaround for Tang.  At the beginning of the season, she told Cooper she chose him because he was “squared away” (by-the-book).  It seems she values that in partners, but not in herself.  There are three situations where she did not follow police procedure (that we know of):  when she allowed the big, tall guy to get close enough to give her a vicious beating; when she removed the orange tip of the toy gun; and when she put her partner in danger at the car wash.  She’s not as good an officer as she thinks she is.


Cooper has lost all trust in Tang and trust is everything to a cop.  Despite lying to FID, Tang has been promoted to Sergeant.  During their last shift together, Tang is going on her Farewell Tour 2012.  How Cooper kept from throwing her phone/camera at her when she requested a picture with the Hollywood sign in the background, I don’t know.  At Tang’s farewell party, Cooper can’t find anything to say about her and he looks on with disgust as Sergeant Hill talks about what a great cop Tang is.  As Cooper leaves, Tang confronts him about not saying anything in her honor.  He talks about how she screwed up at the car wash, but she doesn’t see it that way.  She defends herself about the shooting where she removed the orange tip on the toy gun and says it was the right decision.  To which Cooper says, “For you.”  Tang then compares his drug rehab to her lying about the toy gun.  Cooper’s response to her is phenomenal.  “We are not the same,” and “I was an addict.  I am an addict.” The scene ends when Tang throws the orange tip of the toy gun at Cooper.  The fact that she was carrying it around with her means she hasn’t let the incident go, either.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

SouthLAnd "Risk" review

As the title suggests, there is a risk for every character in this ninth episode of the season. Let’s address each one and toss in some random observations about this differently paced, unusually written chapter of SouthLAnd.  

Lydia’s risk is, of course, her baby. She continues to proceed about her job as if she is not pregnant, running about and just generally not taking care of herself. As she and Ruben investigate a gang homicide, they are ultimately led to where the suspected murderer is. At her own great risk, Lydia enters a rundown house alone where she is ferociously attacked at knifepoint by said suspect. That scene is brutal. Regina King nailed it as always; she’s one of the few actresses on episodic television who can bring tears to your eyes just by having them in hers. Lydia finally confesses her pregnancy to Ruben at the end of the scene. Is he surprised? No. He’s known all along, potnah. 


Jessica Tang’s risk seems to be over. She lied to the FID about the shooting involving the teen with the toy gun and lo and behold, she got the promotion to sergeant. We’ll see what the season finale holds for her. One thing she has risked is the respect of her partner. It seems to be lost, as it should be. 

Ben’s risk is his career. One he seems to be willing to put in jeopardy in order to get a prostitute’s daughter off the streets and out of town. Despite repeated warnings and advice from Sammy - “I’ve been in your shoes. I know where it leads. Now please take my advice and stop.” Ben just won’t let it go.

Sammy’s risk is his life apparently by being Ben’s partner. As the partners flee the bullets the pimp daddy begins firing into their patrol car, a shocking, sudden violent crash of an SUV into their car  leaves the viewer with the question…will Sammy survive his injuries? An added note here - as reviewer Darren Croucher has pointed out, Shawn Hatosy as Sammy prowls around a scene. If you re-watch, you’ll often think to yourself - what did he just do there? It’s interesting what you might have missed. Always watch each episode at least twice.  



Cooper’s risk is he’s a veteran officer, working to fulfill his goal of getting those 30 years plus one day. He suspects Tang tampered with evidence in the shooting (keeping the orange tip off the toy gun) but he can’t prove it. If he accuses her and is not believed or is wrong? He loses all trust from his peers because you always, always have your partner’s back.  He knows in his heart she lied. Coop and Tang are finished; a sharp sword could not cut the tension between them in that squad car. Coop did not risk his moral compass though; he told FID what he saw; nothing more, nothing less. Michael Cudlitz is the master deliverer of the one liner, the slow, angry burn, and expressing the weariness and resignation that comes with being a veteran officer, dealing with things you simply cannot change but must accept. 



Random musings:
1)      Favorite line: “An asshole with a small carbon footprint is still an asshole.”
2)      This episode as always was visually stunning, particularly the scene with the skateboarders speeding down an empty highway. Bravo, director and DP J. Michael Muro.
3)      Bravo as well to Peewee Piemonte and his stunt crew. No one will ever question why this team won an Emmy for stunt coordination.
4)      This reviewer has thoroughly enjoyed Dorian Missick as Ruben. Hope he is back next season.
5)      Loved the golf ball guy scene. Perfection. 
6)   And it's always a delight to see Dewey (C. Thomas Howell), no matter how brief the scene. 




Speaking of next season, 12-15 episodes seem to be in order from TNT. SouthLAnd has a brilliant ensemble that won’t be found again, award winning producers, directors and crew, one of the most loyal fan bases in all TV (and growing!) plus critical praise and a rise in ratings.

Next week is the finale. After we recover, we’ll be patiently waiting for what we know will be the brilliance of season five. Raise the bar, SouthLAnd. Keep raising the bar on every drama currently on television.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Twitter contest redux!

Our first Twitter contest promoting the premiere of season four was such a success we at SouthLAnd First decided to do another to promote the season finale. And the prize just got sweeter!

Contest details:

1. To be eligible, you must follow SouthLAndFirst at Twitter.

2. Beginning March 16 and continuing through the 19th, at approximately midnight EST, SouthLAnd First will tweet a "tease" question for the finale with the added text, "Watch the #SouthLAnd finale Tuesday night at 10E/9C on TNT." On the 20th, we will simply tweet the added text.

YOUR job is to retweet it once a day. That is all. Remember to RT everyday during the contest period as this will increase your odds of winning. The contest ends March 20 at 10pm EST. (So we can all watch the finale together!) 

3. All Twitter accounts that retweet will have their account names and the number of days they RTed submitted for a random drawing to determine the winner. Our previous contest winner was announced here.

4. The winner will be announced March 28 at 10 EST in the chat room here at SouthLAnd First.


The Prizes:

1) A season four SouthLAnd promotional poster signed by a cast member.



2) A $20 egift certificiate from Amazon.com to hopefully be used towards the purchase of SouthLAnd episodes or DVD releases.

*Be sure and check if Amazon.com egift certificates are available for redemption in your country before you participate*


THANKS SO MUCH! We appreciate your participation and support throughout the season and let's encourage everyone to watch the finale!

Friday, March 9, 2012

SouthLAnd Episode 4.8 "God's Work"

Cops are often asked if they believe they’re doing God’s Work.  Officer Ben Sherman is just trying to do the job without losing his soul.
Ben is once again trying to save the world.  Female by female.  How many times have we heard Cooper tell Ben, “You can’t save everyone.”  Or,  “You have to let it go”.  Even Sammy has said this to Ben.  But apparently it’s just not sticking.  Ben continues to put his career on the line with his savior tendencies.  And he’s bringing his partners along with him.  Cooper has also given Ben the “I’ll back you up as long as it doesn’t land me in jail or cost me my job” speech several times.  Sammy added to it in this episode.  Is Ben really hearing it?


Cooper finally gets to drive! Yay!  But Cooper is still upset over Tang’s suspected action during her in-policy shooting of the teenage boy. He knows she is squared-away, but the fact that she may have taken the orange tip off the gun is truly bothering him.  So much so, that he sees his sponsor twice in a day.  I’m kinda surprised that Cooper is going to meetings.  He doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy that would talk about his problems, much less talk about them to strangers.  I really like the actor that plays the sponsor.  “God grant us the serenity to accept what we cannot change.”  The gay bar didn’t look as happening this season as in the past - and no hot bartenders either. 


Lydia is once again involved in a case involving children. Both her mother and Ruben are letting their feelings be known about parenthood.  And finally her mother lets us know who the father is.  Terrell from episode 2 of the first season.  He was on maybe 2 minutes at the very end of the show.  Although Lydia had his picture on her desk for at least the first season, I never gave a thought to him being the daddy.





I would really like to see Cooper and Sherman in a scene together before the season ends.  They need to resolve whatever issue is between them and maybe support each other with their individual issues.


I think i know why I'm having a hard time writing the review for this episode.  First - enough with the Lydia pregnancy storyline where her every case has a point to make about babies/parenthood/pregnancy.  Second -  I don't understand what's going on with either Sherman or Cooper. I know that their backgrounds/histories are pushing what they're going through. But it seems like their reactions are out of proportion to what's happening. Or not. I just don't know.




Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Exclusive interview with "Fallout" director Allison Anders

SouthLAnd First had the extreme privilege of recently interviewing iconic director Allison Anders. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_Anders   Allison has directed two episodes of SouthLAnd thus far; season three's "Sideways" and this season's "Fallout". She gave us personal insights and details into her episode of SouthLAnd this season; discussing the cast and crew, her choices in directing, and even that taco truck crash scene.


SLF: You often keep the camera close to the actor's faces - do you usually do multiple takes so they can try different ways/nuances of playing a scene?

AA: I generally do very few takes on my own movies, and I'm blessed that on Southland they like to work that way too.  I have to say that Jimmy Muro (Director of Photography & sometime episode director) ,when we work together, that is always his instinct, to go in close on the actors,  And maybe it's that the scripts I direct are always loaded with character crisis, so we tend to instinctively go there.  There are some of my favorites in this episode:  Michael Cudlitz on the bridge after Tang walks away, Lucy Liu in her apartment alone, and Regina in the car when she realizes her partner was right -- this girl's baby will end up in foster care. 

SLF: The "colors" of this episode seemed so rich! Could you share with us the process of working with Jimmy Muro on the lighting and framing of a scene?

AA: I can't take any credit at all as much as I'd love to -- but that's all Jimmy and his crew.  But we do discuss, and he offers up ideas and we decide.  Like, when Cooper is waiting for Shuman to come in to question him on the shooting, I had said I really wanted something straight on Michael, cause Michael had told me what he was going to play in his nervousness waiting -- and I wanted to make sure we milked that for all it was worth!  So Jimmy said, "Okay Okay -- let's do a Wes Anderson."  I didn't know exactly what he meant, but when he set it up -- I cracked up -- cause it was SO Wes Anderson, and something you would never expect to find its way into an episode of Southland.  And that's Jimmy, man right there -- bold ideas -- and what works for the scene is worth trying.  And it worked so great without breaking the Southland vibe at all.

(Photo courtesy of Ms. Anders)

SLF: How much storyboarding /pre-planning was involved with the taco truck scene - and how many takes did it take to shoot?

AA: It was really a matter of committing to do the scene as scripted with the one truck crashing the other -- which is not a cheap thing to do! So the first thing we had to consider is -- how can we do this within the budget, but make it really awesome, and what Etan, the writer of the episode, had in mind.  J.P. the show's producer said some of the kitchens in those food trucks are $100,000 operations -- I had no idea, did you? The production designer Mazxine Shepperd had driven past a sort of food truck graveyard and said maybe THAT was a possibility.  So John Carpenter who is in charge of all the picture vehicles looked into it, got pictures for us and we looked at pictures together and all loved it, and the trucks were affordable.  Maxine's art department painted them beautifully and we were ready to go.  Next we had to find the perfect location, and Michael Hara and his team found us the perfect spot which is what is known as Mariachi Square in East LA.  

Then Peewee, Southland's brilliant stunt coordinator, walked us through his ideas -- we never even really needed to commit it to a storyboard cause it was pretty clear how it would happen.   And the rest just really depended on everyone being awesome -- which they so were -- the stunt guys, the actor trying to save his truck, and of course Ben and Shawn and all the background players...and all the cameras being in the exact right spots cause we could only do it once!

Every time I look at it I'm so pleased.  I love how the drinks and ice and everything comes spilling out of the food truck when it's hit.  That was such a fun scene to shoot.  The day players in the scene were awesome too.  And it was really Shawn and Ben coming up with the idea of not putting the guy in the car yet, and arguing with each other with this guy standing there cuffed.  Loved it.

 
SLF: What part of directing do you enjoy the most?

AA: Oh god, I love production - working with the actors and crew - it's so exhilarating and I'm the happiest of my life when I'm on set directing.  I admire every single person who works on production and whether it's Southland or one of my own films, I really appreciate everyone's hard work and great ideas.  

SLF: Do you have a favorite scene from this episode?

AA: Well, I love the episode, but I gotta say for me, I got to direct a scene similar to Regina's last scene with her partner last season in terms of drama and great, great acting -- and this episode it was Michael Cudlitz in the alley with his sponsor.  That killed me. I knew it was going to be powerful cause of how it was written and that Michael would be giving all his heart to it -- but I was stunned when we shot it. And how blessed were we to have Lawrence Gilliard, Jr from "The Wire" in that scene???

When the sponsor says to Cooper "I thought you'd seen it all" and that's key -- because as you Southies know -- yes Cooper has seen SO MUCH.  But this is a crisis of conscience for him, and that's very powerful.  Etan wrote such a beautiful script which was full of so much space for actors to fill in -- pretty extraordinary. I also LOVE the final scene in the episode with Ben and Shawn when Ben mentions Nate -- they both killed it in that scene.

Lucy's last scene was really beautiful too, and I loved her scene on the bridge with Michael.

AND I love the more playful stuff too -- I love Regina and Dorian with the little old lady who hadn't driven her car since she went to vote for Obama.  Regina has such an adorable smile, tickled by her -- and she really was tickled by her for reals.  And Dorian was awesome and funny too in that scene, I loved it.

And of course - the food trucks!!

(Photo courtesy of Ms. Anders)
 
SLF: Anything you want to add?

AA: SEASON FIVE please!   


We at SouthLAnd First hardily thank Ms. Anders for her time and graciousness in granting us this interview. It is our hope she directs many more SouthLAnd episodes in the future!

We'd also like to thank Darren Croucher for his contribution.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Fallout" review


Partnerships formed. Partnerships united. Partnerships fractured.

With the emphasis this SouthLAnd season being on partnerships, we appear to be at an important juncture in episode seven; which partnerships will survive their fallout?

Currently, Lydia and Ruben seem to have the best odds for survival. As the duo investigates a murder of an addict killed by his pregnant girlfriend, Ruben remains firm in his belief that Lydia is pregnant. How much longer can Lydia hide her “condition” and why does she want to? It’s clear she is going through with the pregnancy; her hesitancy to acknowledge this to her boss and colleagues is becoming baffling. Dorian Missick was particularly compelling in this episode, giving one of his best performances this season. 



Sammy, unable to forget or seemingly forgive Ben for the crack pipe incident in episode six, is a bit baffling as well. As this duo deals with a taco truck accident, a crazed homeless woman and a bar mitzvah celebration, Sammy continues his passive aggressive behavior towards Ben, refusing to acknowledge his apologies (and this after Ben has even bought the house in Castaic). After apologizing for the umpteenth time, Ben lays down this ultimatum in his final scene with Sammy, “Savor this one; it’s the last one you’re gonna hear.” 



Tang and Cooper are in the most difficult of situations. The two officers respond to a home invasion call. They split up trying to catch the perp in foot pursuit. Tang chases the man through a yard and climbs over a fence; when a teenage boy emerges from his home wearing a similar hoodie to the perp's and is carrying a toy gun, Tang shoots him. Coop arrives after the shooting; the actual perp being apprehended by assisting officers. Coop does not see that Tang has removed the orange tip from the toy gun but, he has a very strong suspicion. Tang’s reasoning for lying to investigators of the shooting is once again baffling. It was an accidental shooting; why doesn’t she just tell the truth? Does she not want this on her record as she is soon to take the sergeant’s exam? Coop’s reaction is also baffling. “Stick with what you saw” Tang tells him after the FID investigation when Coop implores her to tell the truth. We assume Coop does not share his suspicions with the investigator and it clearly is troublesome to him because he is very close to the edge of narcotic use again to dull this emotional pain. Wisely, he chooses to attend a Narcotics Anonymous meeting instead.  



So, we are left baffled by many questions. Typical SouthLAnd. Nothing is ever tied up with a pretty bow. 

One thing that was perfectly clear in “Fallout” was the hand of iconic director Allison Anders. Her touch was felt in all elements of the episode: the lighting and framing of scenes, the raw emotion from each actor and the ever so subtle way of telling the story. There is an underlying tenderness throughout this episode; it’s seen in Sammy’s response to the kid wanting to impress the girl at his bar mitzvah, Ben’s comforting words to Crazy Carol as he cuffs her (“You’ll be alright. It’s gonna be ok.”), Coop asking “How’s the kid?” before his FID questioning and in Lydia’s expression after she tells the killer her unborn baby will ultimately be placed in foster care. SouthLAnd’s cast is brilliant; Ms. Anders made them even more so. 

(DP J. Michael Muro and Ms. Allison Anders
Photo courtesy of Ms. Anders)

Three more episodes left this season. Hang on. The ride may get even bumpier.

SouthLAnd renewal looks likely!

According to Variety...