Rush of jus­tice brings cold com­fort to crims

Cold Case 8.30pm, Nine

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv -

THE best Cold Case episodes are the ones that delve back decades to mine rich veins of nos­tal­gia. Those set in the 1970s, with their flash­backs of hip­pie head­bands and protest mu­sic, work par­tic­u­larly well. The set and cos­tume de­sign­ers cre­ate the per­fectly de­tailed look. And where else are you go­ing to hear Danc­ing Queen on prime- time television?

Tonight’s episode is set in 2002, which is re­cent enough for most of the guest ac­tors to be used for both past and present. Such a slim time gap can be a dis­ap­point­ment as one of the ge­nius fac­tors of Cold Case is the way yes­ter­day’s char­ac­ters are matched to to­day’s greyer and ( usu­ally) stouter ver­sions. Al­most with­out ex­cep­tion, it’s like look­ing at the pro­gres­sion from child to adult.

De­tec­tive Lilly Rush ( Kathryn Mor­ris), with her fine- china com­plex­ion and gor­geous smile, is still the al­pha fe­male star, but se­ries four episodes, tonight’s in­cluded, give more lat­i­tude to other mem­bers of one of TV drama’s best ensem­ble casts. This is good for two rea­sons: we can stop fo­cus­ing on why Rush can’t af­ford a hair­dresser ( al­though her blonde locks have be­come more groomed) and my part­ner can drool over her a lit­tle less.

My re­venge is to drib­ble over spe­cial agent Jethro Gibbs ( Mark Har­mon) in NCIS : not so much for his clean- cut looks but his in­spi­ra­tional per­son­nel man­age­ment style.

Rush’s fel­low de­tec­tive Kat Miller ( Tra­cie Thoms) is in the thick of things tonight as the crew looks into two seem­ingly un­re­lated shoot­ings that oc­curred at 8.03am on dif­fer­ent sides of Philadel­phia. Dead are a mid­dle- class stu­dent with a straight- A re­port card and a small- time drug dealer who’s back at school to get his life on track. The puzzle un­folds to a U2 sound­track against the crack houses and ten­e­ments of north Philly and, as usual, in­stead of bal­lis­tics and DNA pro­vid­ing the clues, we have spade- loads of em­pa­thy and in­tu­ition.

Thoms is in ter­rific form: as a ju­nior un­der­cover nar­cotics cop, she was the first on the scene when the re­formed dealer was shot and he died cra­dled in her arms. On the fifth an­niver­sary of his death, she’s de­ter­mined to solve the case.

It’s no spoiler to re­veal the perps are caught. Clo­sure is what Cold Case is all about and that’s why we love it. It’s jus­tice come full cir­cle, de­spite the odds. Un­like Law & Or­der, where ju­ries may ac­quit the vil­lains, there are few moral or le­gal co­nun­drums here. Cold Case doesn’t of­fer the ir­re­sistible ca­per­ing of Amanda Red­man and her band of over- the- hill cop­pers in New Tricks or the dark psy­cho­log­i­cal puz­zles of Wak­ing the Dead , but it’s rare in­deed for Rush and co to fail to de­liver.

Susan Kuro­sawa

Turn up the heat: Kathryn Mor­ris as de­tec­tive Lilly Rush

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.