Thursday, August 26, 2010

AUS Television: City Homicide, Episode 4.8 "In Harm's Way"

City Homicide
Season Four, Episode Eight, In Harm's Way
Original Air Date:  August 25, 2010

The press is reporting on Ivan Bosnich who is extending an olive branch to the man who violently kicked his son to death three years ago.  Three young men are murdered and homicide is called in.  The press is swarming over the scene.  Two more young men are murdered by the man they try to rob.  A quick and quiet arrest goes south when the killer has other ideas.  Meanwhile, Matt and Emma's relationship ends.

This episode focused on the lives of those left behind when a loved one is the victim of a violent crime.  It went beyond the usual story lines of a murder happens, you see a family member crying then you go back to the investigation.  The devastation left after a violent death were the investigation.

The standoff between Clegg, the man who killed his son and the police is tense.  Extremely tense.  Not only do the detectives have to deal with Clegg but they have to deal with the press who wants to be right in the middle of the action.

Nick sympathizes with how the families dealing with loss feel, their anger towards the individuals who killed their loved ones.  However, when he is faced with knowing that someone he sympathized with is a killer (Clegg) and intends to kill again, he steps up and tries to talk him out of yet another murder.  Unfortunately, things don't end on a good note.  Nick has to shoot Clegg or be shot himself.

As if Nick doesn't feel bad enough about having to shoot Clegg, media coverage of the shooting makes it even worse.  The police aren't doing enough if they don't solve the cases fast enough and are doing too much if they have to use deadly force.  I wouldn't be surprised if this case didn't follow Nick for a little bit.

The standoff didn't end the way I thought it would.  I thought Clegg would put the gun down and surrender with no more blood shed.  That he would listen to Nick and not want more blood spilled in his sons memory. 

This was the first time we've seen Bernice Waverley in a few weeks.  It's good to see her back.  I've always liked her character.

Matt and Emma cannot see eye to eye on her new job in France.  She has agreed to take the job and he doesn't want to leave Australia.  Emma leaves him and Matt confides in Jennifer about the troubles in the relationship.  He uses the ending of the relationship as justification to finally sit the sergeants exam he's wanted to sit for ages.

Next weeks episode looks amazing!  I really like Terry Jarvis and it's going to be all about him.  From the preview, I just hope David Field will be around after next weeks episode!

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