Faux FBI agent gets redemption, justice

Cary Ashby
Mar 29, 2010

 

Not much to say about Thursday's episode (especially since I pretty much spoiled it with my headline if you hadn't seen it before reading this blog). As far as specifics, I will say I remain impressed with Fishburne as Langston; having him learn the ropes — despite getting first-billing — is a smart way to introduce the character. He is a great addition to the cast. One of the great moments was Langston taking the initiative to do the fingerprint dusting himself. Another one was when the lab tech took the time to do a "teachable moment" while getting evidence from the gun in the lab. They should do more of those! Also, loved seeing Brass getting downright pissed after the drive-by shooting. (Did we ever learn who the driver was?) More of that, too! The storyline kept me guessing. That doesn't happen too often. The twists and turns made for a fine TV experience. It's one of the rare episodes I wouldn't mind sitting through again, so I could catch the connections I missed the first time. (Just like when I watch my favorite flicks for the umpteenth time; I just noticed something in "The Dark Knight" several days ago, in fact. …) The only time I could guess the said faux FBI agent wasn't the real deal was when Langston responded to the dead body which belonged to [the rest of this sentence was deleted because I've given away too much already!]. Now that I think about it, when the female FBI agent gave Langston a puzzled look about being a "CSI Level 1" should have given me pause. The first scenario wasn't a big surprise; the rest of the show was pleasantly surprising. The last scene between Langston and the imprisoned agent was what had me thinking the most. Tying in the felon's quest to Don Quixote was nothing short of insightful. It made me realize (again), and now be able to put down to paper, why cops-and-robbers and superhero stories are so darn appealing to me. In short, it's the quest for justice and a possible chance for redemption. The fiction I enjoy most, whether that's from books, comics, TV or movies, is where the "bad guy" gets caught. Unlike the real world, there is closure and justice. My heart breaks for real-life victims who never have their crimes solved. I simply love seeing justice being done, especially in fiction. While I abhor the evil that real and imagined villains do to their victims, there's nothing better than having the responsible person brought to justice. I'm not a violent person and certainly no pacifist, but I have to say I "enjoy" when the protagonist roughs up the bad guy. In the fictional world is when I can handle the eye-for-an-eye mentality. The best characters, especially in the comics and movies, are the protagonists who seek justice and solve crimes all while looking out for the downtrodden. It's great to know someone's looking out for the world's victims and the oppressed — even if it's just pretend. That's makes Batman such a compelling character; after seeing his parents gunned downed Bruce Wayne's life work is to make sure no one else has to go through losing their loved ones, as he did as a child. Now redemption is a powerful thing. Turning one's life around is no easy accomplishment. It's what makes the finale of the "Star Wars" saga so powerful. (And why it was important to explain to my daughter that Darth Vader was a good guy-turned-bad guy who made the right decision when it counted after she simply asked who the Christmas ornament was.) Closure, like the closing moments of each "Cold Case," can bring a smile to my face, but there's nothing quite like having someone redeem themselves or make their situation right. Redemption brings us peace, both in the "proper" closure of the circumstances, but also a sense of all is right (or can be) in the world. What do you think?

Comments

Tess

I agree with the teaching aspect. It is an interesting touch and I am always happy to learn new things myself.

Where do you think the anger Brass showed us came from? I liked the spin of it but it caught me off guard as it was so unlike him. I am thinking maybe just the pressure of all the changes and that he really misses some of the old team. His emotion has come about in the past, especially in the story line with his daughter. Do you recall whatever happened to her?

Closure definitely is a feeling of peace and happiness. It is not often in our lives we can feel true closure but your words have made me wonder if that is something controllable or moreso than I have thought. Maybe closure could bring peace so many of us crave and with that we could find the happiness that is longed for. Sometimes I believe people don't mind (and even sometimes enjoy) the fact they are unhappy, per se. Grief and sadness just brings more of the same; as would happiness.

I finally caught Gran Torino this weekend and it comes to my mind when thinking of this subject. But in case you have not watched it yet, I don't want to give it away. But I will say that is is a "must see" in my book and I believe you will feel the same. No matter who you are.

Cold Case, it's flashbacks, the memories, the closure, the great feeling of finally having "the know" makes my Sunday nights a pleasure and a nice end to a weekend.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.