I was so, incredibly, immensely freaking beyond belief fidgeting and gawd almighty BORED. Bored. Bored bored bored. Bored. There are many points by earlier reviewers I agree with completely, and noticed the same. NY is having an interesting relationship with the relativity of time this season. Evidence is collected and subsequently processed before Mac & Don have left the scene with a confession. Well. Ok. Apparently only the murder weapon. Otherwise there'd have been nothing left for anyone else to do the rest of the ep, or ways for Haylen and Lindsay to show off their respective awesomosities. Danny goes from I'm Done to walking his daughter (ten months old btw) by ep's end, and gets the fade to black, no less. Danny's beard is back and Flack's stubble is gone, as are his suits. Haylen was to be part-time but is now apparently full-time, while Adam gets no time at all. There's a sudden leak to the press and pressure from upstairs resulting in Sinclair's return but with little sense of urgency for all that. Who says "curvature of lettuce," btw? :lol: Even in explaining to your supervisor an uneaten element of a meal documented at a crime scene? Elicited the first outright snort of bemusement. Eyebrows had already been wearily tweaked by NY's theory of relativity. At least the temporal inconsistencies with the dinner of steak and asparagus etc seemed eventually logically worked out, though that also included Sid pointing out seemingly curious properties of corn. Thank you Sid :lol:. Nice to see him again. Appreciated that there was at least a second follow up scene of Danny at physio and that he didn't simply waltz into Lucy's room at the end of the ep thru sheer willpower after being frustrated earlier. That woulda been too much. (And it was too much as it was). I guess waltzing comes back next week, right before hand-ball and Harley riding, and playing in the leaves at Thanskgiving or snow for Xmas. After a lot of Uber Processing Montages, I liked Stella and Flack going repeatedly door to door to door to door, and at least a hint of the "tedious side of investigating" with regards to newbie Haylen's taskings. I also thought the calling out out of "what about the compass killer" was a nice tiny continuity bit tossed in when the press conference finally went ahead. (I hadn't at all caught the World Send reference). Not enough to wholly balance the temporal distortion of S6NY so far, but all the aforementioned is appreciated nonetheless . I didn't feel this week was at all an example of Mac taking or making a case personal. Which was a bonus. After a minor brow wrinkle for the phrasing, I did kinda like Stella's scene with Sinclair. I suppose I liked it more for the implied history between them and the stature she was accorded. It otherwise did seem a bit ...blunt. I also appreciated that Mac didn't get solo credit for figuring out how they'd Messed Up, though in the end of course none of them really had. Feel free to keep faith in the System folks, it's the suppliers ya gotta watch out for . Things not so keen on. The doubly married guy was the meh basis for motive. Had to up it a bit from just cheating. Can't have mundane in NY. Drugs might seem to fit that bill with the second perp, but she turned out to be a serial killer of sorts, with three victims of her own regardless. The sound effects puncutating a lot of the processing scenes, especially the flash back bits. Irksome. The early muddlesome dealings with regards to the unknown mystery female dna donor/perp. Uber processing. Super guru lab wonder Lindsay. Where o where tf is Adam? Anyone. Plz. Find him. Was also admittedly mildly peeved if bemused that the first, early confession and the ep's compacted introduction stood the test of time, such as it is these days. The notion of evidence processing supplies being tainted by poor enforcement of quality control was interesting, but it also made for an anticlimactic conclusion to the case. And that's really quite a feat, after the incredibly slooooow hour of airtime that had passed to get there at all :lol:. I sat thru an hour of that ...because a line employee didn't like how gloves made her hands sweaty? That's your revelatory twist? ...Thanks. Thanks a lot. Mighta been a more interesting Twizt had any of the preceeding drawn me in to be invested in the goings on at all. Not hardly. What a grind of an ep, and to get to that, of all things, and then the tacked on Flack At A Bar, Haylen Working Solo, and DLL sequences at the end. Ack. Danny's physio scenes, while nicely played, were both a little perplexing and a little predictable. Predictable for the first struggling moment that induced Hawkes giving him a mental adjustment; perplexing for having Danny struggling to the point of giving up, after Long-Shot Miracle 10% Rain, and how he was literally pumped just last week. I guess even more time musta passed. It is so very hard to keep up :shifty:. As for Danny/Hawkes in particular, was well played and all, and I kinda took the "shoulda been out of the chair weeks ago" more to do with the physio rehab itself than walking outright. Something that induced another bemused snort: the rather long, drawn out, close up of Mac ponder-scowling, while Stella was in interrogation with the second suspect, Lindsay slowly and carefully frowning at him and then observing "...something's bothering you..." What else. Can't avoid this. DL. And DLL. Ack. Cannot even go there. Meh and bleh. I don't care how Cute the ending was intended to be. Duly recognized as such. But. Christ. Plz. Mighta been more tolerable had the rest of the ep been more engaging. This was just another sledgehammer brought out. And man it was a doozy tonight. And I will stop there. Also can't avoid this. From the moment I saw Flack and Lindsay in the car, I had a sinking feeling in my stomach about the contrived nature of what was going to follow. And I somehow exactly knew what was going to follow. Aaaaand, it did. F*ck. Suicide by cop attempt thwarted by a Troubled Flack, Lindsay taking down the knife wielding perp. Don actually asked a lot of the same questions that crossed my mind, and yet I also hafta admit that Mac's point about it being an involuntary result as opposed to a choice was also true. Mac did come across a tad agressive, for lack of a better word, but that felt kinda an exemplar of the writing & dialogue style overall. I do rather laugh at the notion that Lindsay "saved Don's ass." It coulda been Stella or Sheldon and I'd feel the same. (Yes, for me it's a helluva lot worse cos it's Monroe :lol:, but I'd generally feel the same had it been one of the others). Makes for a great sound bite but I somehow doubt the woman could have easily killed Flack, no matter how carefully the scenario was set up to provide Flack with a moment to illustrate his Ongoing Disintegration (nor Lindsay a moment to further illustrate her uber Montanaism). I liked that Flack got a few good lines to read into a little. "No matter how much you think you're okay, when you close your eyes it's going to haunt you." The good side of the Freeze segment, I suppose, was Mac finally calling Flack out directly, even if the response was equally foreseeable, complete to another vignette at a bar swigging a beer. (And if they don't find a way to bring Sam back into this, I will be sorely disappointed). At least Terence is something else to look forward to. I suppose the Mac/Flack scene could also make the future ep of Mac trying to help cover for Flack with Sythe a little more interesting, given the ultimatum Don essentially presented him with, while shutting down on both Mac and the relayed concerns of the others. Flack's storyline is the most interesting thru line of everything so far, and the writers are demonstrating an unfamiliar patience and discipline with it's portrayal. I've been generally wary of it, and mostly impressed. But tonight's Freeze was the hardest to swallow for me, even over the barhopping playa scene from earlier this season. Felt more than a little contrived, and didn't sit easily. Correct me if I'm wrong, but all the flashbacks have dealt with his relationship with Jess, inlcuding her getting shot (which he didn't see, as opposed to him arriving or rushing her to the hospital), and none of them have actually been of the sequence where he shot the suspect. Perhaps that's an element of why the Freeze felt a little odd for my own reading of his character, and a little forced in terms of a tevee set-up, given what they've been focusing on with Jess, though I don't doubt the shooting did effect him. *Sigh*. Do I at least think he'd have pulled the trigger had the woman actuallly lunged at him, instead of simply screaming at him to provoke him? Or had she directly threatened someone else to do the same? Might be moot, but yes, I do. The general grieving slide into alcoholism is a little easier to swallow than what we got tonight, for what it was and for how it was done. It's all a mixed bag for me, but the storyline is still the most interesting and compelling part of the season so far. Right now that doesn't necessarily seem to be saying much. They seemed to be making an overt effort to mix up a lot of work pairing in this ep, which I like. Stella/Flack. Danny/Hawkes. Haylen/Stella. Mack/Flack. Haylen/Hawkes. Stella/Sinclair. And goddamn but Lindsay was freakin everywhere alluva sudden :shifty:; can't say I enjoyed that :lol: I'd much rather she go back to background, thanks. I liked Hawkes being Persistent and Charming. I did find Haylen calling him Dr. Hawkes oddly formal, especially given the contrast with how bold she's previously been with Mac and also in how she addressed Adam with regards to her intentions, and the fact Sheldon called her a crime scene hottie, if only to poke at Ross. What the hell happened to the personality that got Haylen into the labs in the first place? ...I guess she was just tooooo tired. Dare I say it? :shifty:. Already, it's come to a Poor Dear portrayal? Oh I hope not. I really hope not. (Sheldon's been moonlighting too. No poor dear him). Haylen's final scene, I was kinda wondering why it was there. Was looking at the clock and wondering what else was gonna happen. And, she's still continuing to do her Kleen Up gig solo (??). Still seems strange to me. Budget cuts really are a bitch. Still not sold on her. Should be more compelling. There should feel like there's a reason she's here. What does she bring? All her defining drive previously seen was gone. Disinterest is very rapidly settling in. What an odd rollercoaster introduction to the season so far. I'm expecting more and better. From the whole show. It looks like it could be another very frustrating season. Not a good show tonight. Not an impressive start to the season overall. Odd, slow, boring, disjointed. Still waiting for an ep that will manage to put the pieces together for a solid hour of tv. Mebbe Stella's Battle Scars or Sheldon's money woe ep will be the one. Gave it a C. A very generous average, all told, for the hour that was spent. Shoulda given it lower.