Monday, November 21

'Close to Home,' closer than you think

'Close to Home,' closer than you think: "Ultimately, the challenge for 'Close to Home” will be where it goes next. And next. And next. The risk is that it will attempt to further exploit the stressed-out working mom cliche at the expense of the crime-solving and prosecuting work. At the least it would be a waste of Finnigan's talent, as well as a promising premise."

Interesting take on the story at least. I like the contrast of the idea, the "nice middle america city" with the layers under it, but not the expected layers like psycho killers and mob guys and gangs. Those are all over the story lines of every other show.

I have this great visual of driving down a lane in Poway, and ticking off the crimes that have happened in the homes with manicured lawns and freshly skimmed pools. Nice neighborhood, close to schools and the super market, with 3 rooms, 2 baths and a blood stain in the bathroom where the previous owner killed a woman. Blackmail is involved. Crime was never reported, the new owner never suspected, and now it is out. Her husband is away at war, she now lives in a house where a murder happened. She wants to move, but can't afford another house unless she sold this one, and of course not many families want to live in a house where a murder happened.

A few streets down at the house with the black walnut tree in the front lawn, a single mom is suplimenting her income with a short, very selective list of male lovers. prostitution. Her date for this evening is killed in a car accident, she is only wounded and in a mild coma which she comes out of to discover that her children are in foster care and her side business is now well known in her neighborhood, because the wife of the dead man made sure of that.

I think the real idea here is that the neighborhoods ... there is a lot of crime that happens out there in the regular world, and most of it is being done by average joes. That stuff has to be overflowing somewhere, into schools, and work and across the street. Crime doesn't happen in a vacuum, if it did it probably wouldn't bother us so much.

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