Southland, TV review: As the sun-bleached LA noir draws to a close our law enforcers are all well on the way to burnout
Ellen E Jones
Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.
Thursday 13 February 2014
If you felt Channel 4's Babylon cast a harsh light on the Metropolitan Police Service last Sunday, then you haven't seen Southland, which has had LAPD locked in TV drama's interrogation room since it first aired in 2009.
The show's fifth and final series began on More4 last night, and by now our law enforcers are all well on the way to burnout – not that they were bright eyed or bushy tailed to begin with.
Officer Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie from The O.C.) has just received a medal for bravery, but does that make him a better cop? His partner Detective Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) doesn't think so and decided to leave Sherman's congratulatory drinks early to visit a traumatised pensioner. Has Bryant become too emotionally involved? Or is Sherman now too detached to protect and serve? In Southland's complex moral universe that's no easy question to answer.
These troubled public servants have always been more interesting than the average TV cop, but as the sun-bleached LA noir draws to a close, it is Detective Lydia Adams (the ever-regal Regina King) I'm most rooting for. Currently, she'd rather do overtime on a grisly rape case, than go home to her newborn baby, so clearly her Hollywood ending is still some way off.
Filming to begin on two new series due to be aired on Dave from next year
TVBBC hopes latest Danish import will spell success
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
- 4 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 5 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils