The Closer – The Final Season

| July 6, 2011

Ever since I saw a marathon of the first two seasons on TNT in 2007, I have been watching each subsequent season of The Closer with great anticipation and excitement. A lot of people claim to be suckers for cop shows. Me, I’m a sucker for a good cop show. There are more cop shows on TV than you can count, but the good ones you can count on one hand, and The Closer has long been one of the good ones.
For the small few people who don’t know, The Closer is in reference to Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick’s character Brenda Leigh Johnson, Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and the head of Major Crimes, an investigative unit within the L.A.P.D. Known for her ability to close cases (hence the title), more often than not due to her skill at extracting confessions from suspects, Johnson’s controversial methods are finally catching up to her, and neither her investigative brilliance nor her Southern charm will be able to get her out of the trouble she finds herself in at the start of this upcoming season.
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and it has been officially announced that the upcoming seventh season of this hugely popular police drama will be the final season. The first episode of the historic final season is called “Unknown Trouble,” and it follows the Major Crimes investigation of a multiple homicide at a home owned by a notorious rap producer. An up-and-coming rapper, his brother, and a group of friends were shot to death, and Johnson and her squad must find out who the target was, why they were killed, and who killed them.
In addition to her investigation, Johnson is also dealing with the impending restructuring of the department courtesy of Chief Thomas Delk (Courtney B. Vance), who is threatening to remove Johnson’s longtime friend and colleague, Assistant Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons), from his position and possibly even shutting down Major Crimes altogether. And lastly, if all of this wasn’t enough of a headache for Johnson, she is informed by Chief Delk and Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) that she is the target of a civil suit stemming from the events in the season six episode “War Zone.”
For as much as I have loved this show, I have not been without criticisms. One of the strengths of the series is its ability to have a harmonious balance between genuinely hilarious comedy and gripping drama, but I felt the last season was a bit too light. Now, approaching the final episodes and tasked with wrapping up the show satisfactorily, I am eager to see how the creative team will handle bringing this series to a close (no pun intended).
As soon as I learned this seventh season would be the show’s last, I was hoping they would really crank up the juice and raise the stakes to an intolerably high level, and if this premiere episode is any indication, the climb in this season is going to be terrifying and the drop will hopefully be adrenaline-fueled and emotionally satisfying.

About the Author:

Kyle Barrowman is a graduate of the Cinema Studies program at Columbia College in Chicago. In addition to his work for Film Monthly, he has previously published essays for Cashiers du Cinemart, Offscreen, and The International Journal of Žižek Studies, on subjects ranging from film noir to Alfred Hitchcock, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Lee.
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