Posted: 03/02/2010


Southland Returns With New Episodes to TNT on Mar. 1


by Laura Tucker

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Now that we had a nice little refresher and got to lick our chops seeing the episodes of Southland that had previously been shown on NBC a year ago, we finally get to see some new episodes on TNT, and they’re not holding anything back. As action-packed and drama-filled as the first season was, this new season is even more so.

We pick up right where the other episodes left off. With the end of the Janilla storyline, now that she was sent to witness protection at the end of the last episode, we have new issues to deal with. Nate and Sammy (Kevin Alejandro and Shawn Hatosy) are called to a shooting on the freeway which leads them to a guy with a long history with the law. He assures them that he’s on the up-and-up, and they later find out he jeopardized an undercover operation tailing him. They’re invited to join the investigation.

Russell (Tom Everett Scott) was shot in the last few seconds of the last episode, and we find out at the beginning of this episode that he’s alive, but barely. Lydia (Regina King) goes into work expecting to work on her own until he returns, but finds she has been issued a new partner instead, as no one is sure if Russell will ever be better enough to come back. She is definitely not happy, as the one flaw found in this guy Rene Cordero (Amaury Nolasco) is that he’s not Russell. They investigate a missing persons case together, of an elderly man who has disappeared with a drug addict.

Chickie (Arija Bareikis) had reported Dewey (C. Thomas Howell) after he rolled his squad car. She just couldn’t take his drinking on the job anymore. He’s now in a treatment facility, and her fellow officers are not happy at all with her for being a snitch. She gets stuck with a new partner that ends up being worse. He makes a major mistake as well that ends up placing the two of them square in the middle of a riot. Ben (Ben McKenzie has finally completed his second phase of training and is onto phase three, as it seems his partner John (Michael Cudlitz) is finally cooling to him.

What I really like about Southland is that it plays out like a movie. I don’t feel like I’m watching a TV drama, but a quick movie, between the action, language, violence, etc. It’s taking  NYPD Blue to the next level. That was shocking to people when it first came out, and Southland seems to go that next step. I like that in a TV show and wonder if NBC will regret letting it go, especially after their experiment with Jay Leno didn’t go well.

Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, provides reviews at Viewpoints, and provides entertainment news pieces at Gather. She is also an Associate Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at

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