Airtime: Friday, March 11th on Amazon Prime
Episode: Episodes 1-4, Season 2 (S02E01-04)
Tweetable Takeaway: #Bosch is back with a Los Angeles noir mystery
BOSCH is back, and improved in all the right ways. The minor characters are further fleshed out and this season has even more of a noir feel to it, with gorgeous shots of Los Angeles and a classic femme fatale played by Jeri Ryan. This review will address episodes one through four, which do a solid job of drawing fans back into Bosch’s world and introduces a juicy murder investigation.
Bosch remains a decidedly old-fashioned cop show, featuring an aging male LAPD detective who plays by his own rules, able to see through criminals and corrupt cops alike. As with last season, my biggest issue with the show is the dialogue. It’s archaic and predictable at times, but if you binge the entire thing like I did, it starts to bother you less and less. Last season was stubbornly, almost frustratingly slow-paced, and thankfully this season speeds things up. Let’s get into it.
Bosch is back from his six-month suspension for throwing his superior throw a glass window. The superior has been transferred far away from homicide/robbery—to the dregs of art theft detail. Great. The subplot of fellow detectives shaking their heads angrily at Bosch for his unwillingness to follow procedure was one of the most dated and boring storylines from last season, so hopefully the show is done with that.
The catalyst to this season’s mystery is that Bosch and Edgar get called into investigate a body found in the trunk of an abandoned Bentley on Mulholland Drive. The body is that of pornography producer Tony Allen, who’s being investigated by the feds for what they say is classified reasons of national security. The feds stonewalling the local police is another old-fashioned storyline, but that’s the world of Bosch.
His not-so-grieving widow Veronica (Jeri Ryan) lives in a fancy gated complex, where ex-LAPD detective Carl Nash (Brent Saxon) works as a security guard. She casually tells them that Tony had many girlfriends in Las Vegas, where he went to scout new talent. Edgar finds that Tony changed his name. He’s Armenian, and used to be involved in the Armenian mob. Harry receives a tip about his mother’s murder, but doesn’t follow up with it.
We catch up with George, Deputy Chief Irving’s son. He’s now working undercover for Internal Affairs, partnered up with a suspected dirty cop, Eddie Arceneaux (James Ransone). Irving has his own storyline. Both mayoral candidates, District Attorney O’Shea and the incumbent, want his endorsement. O’Shea has the grand jury records from the investigation into the disastrous Raynard Waits debacle last season, so Irving has to tread carefully.
Bosch’s family is much more involved in this season. The Tony Allen investigation takes Bosch to Vegas, where he looks for Tony’s girlfriend Layla. His own wife, Eleanor, is drawn into suspicion. Her job playing poker has put her in close contact with some unsavory people. Bosch meets Luke “Lucky” Rykov (a great Matthew Lillard), a strip club owner, who works for Tony’s cousin Joey Marks. Rykov knew Layla, but doesn’t know where she’s at. Bosch of course takes an immediate dislike to him.
George’s investigation takes an intriguing turn. He goes to a bar, where a woman, the same woman who Tony pulled over to help right before he got shot, eyes him suspiciously. The woman turns out to be fellow cop Maureen O’Grady (Leisha Hailey), who’s working with his partner. So the dirty cop ring is somehow involved in Bosch’s murder case. This is getting good.
Bosch receives a middle of the night call. The Las Vegas police got a hit on Rykov’s fingerprints on Tony Allen’s jacket. They got a warrant for his place. Bosch finds the murder weapon in his bathroom, but Rykov insists it was planted. At the police station, he sees that his wife has been brought in for questioning, as she is a “known associate”. She really has nothing to do with Marks or the murder, but the Las Vegas police captain is using her to force Bosch to let them be involved with the case. It’s now a joint investigation.
Rykov claims that he saw Tony in Vegas, but didn’t kill him. He also says that Joey Marks didn’t order a hit on him. Marks (Tom Maridirosian) and his lawyer, Martin Weiss (Christopher Cousins) find Bosch and ask him to stay another night in Vegas. Rykov didn’t do it, and Marks wants to switch out the guns. Bosch turns him down.
Back in LA, the lab looks into the gun, which is untraceable, but it matches the bullet found in Allen. It’s the murder weapon. Special Agent Griffin (John Marshall Jones) is there. He has proof that Rykov wasn’t in Vegas. He took a flight to LA. Griffin wants him extradited to Los Angeles, but this is suspicious. The evidence is too neat. Bosch and Edgar go to update Veronica on the case, and as they leave, another security guard, who’s also a cop, makes a mysterious call, prompting a car to follow them.
Bosch thinks the case is tied up too neatly, as since Bosch is always right, I think so too. It’s only four episodes in, so I’m sure there will be even more twists and turns as the series continues.
Jennifer Trofa lives for two things: spreading the “Superstore” gospel and themed “Law & Order: SVU” marathons on USA.
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