In this final season of the popular series, Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) has to solve several baffling cases, including the murders of a Catholic priest, an up-and-coming rapper and also “Santa Claus”. But, the primary focus this season is on Brenda herself, and how her questionable handling of past cases come back to haunt her.
Mega-million dollar lawsuits, stemming from the deaths of several despicable criminals, are filed against her and the LAPD and, as they proceed through the legal system, it becomes apparent that there is a “mole” in her Major Crimes Division that is leaking information to the other side.
Kyra Sedgwick is her usual neurotic, candy-munching self as the multi-faceted Brenda. She’s the top cop who can always figure out the clues and come up with a clever way get the killer to confess. But, in this season, the lawsuits and the illness of one of her parents threaten to destroy both her career and her personal life. Indeed, there are several plot twists this year that will take even the most astute viewers by surprise.
The murder cases that Brenda and her team are called upon to solve are always intriguing and this season is no different. In both the “Hostile Witness” and “The Last Word” episodes, for example, Brenda, once again, encounters Phillip Stroh (Billy Burke), the lawyer who she suspects is a rapist/murderer that has always been able to escape the law.
“Fool’s Gold” features detectives Flynn (Tony Denison) and Provenza (G.W. Bailey), the “Laurel and Hardy” of Major Crimes, in which, while trying to help Provenza’s first ex-wife and her ailing dog, they walk into a robbery/murder situation and inadvertently allow the perps to escape. Worse yet, the pooch eats the key evidence.
Among the guest stars or recurring cast members who appear this season are Mary McDonnell (as Internal Affair’s Captain Raydor), who will be starring in the series (after Sedgwick’s departure) under the new title, Major Crimes, Barry Corbin and Frances Sternhagen (as Brenda’s parents), Courtney B. Vance, Adam Arkin, Ken Howard, Elizabeth Perkins and Fred Willard.
The regular supporting cast, J.K. Simmons, Jon Tenny, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, Bailey, Denison, Phillip P. Keene, Michael Paul Chan and Raymond Cruz, is well chosen, and the writing quality of show continues to be first-rate, intelligent and funny. The Closer retires under its current title as one of the finest series on television today.
However, without being a Spoiler, I do feel that, script-wise, Chief Brenda Johnson’s actual exit from the series was weak. I certainly understand why the writers did it that way, but I think the final scenes could have been handled in a bit darker, more creative and intriguing manner. Think The Shield or“24”.
The final season of The Closer consists of 21 one-hour episodes on 5 discs.
The widescreen picture is broadcast sharp. There are no noticeable flaws.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound is excellent.
Confessions of The Closer – A forty-five minute roundtable discussion about the series, featuring the series creators and almost the entire regular cast. Simmons and McDonnell are absent.
Gag Reel – Missed lines and other bloopers. Cute.
Police Files: Unaired Scenes – Scenes that wound up on the cutting room floor.
Two Music Videos round out the bonus material.
Great show. Good season.