Series Review: Bosch – Season 2 (2016)

A long time ago (October 2015) I reviewed the first season of this show, and I liked it a lot. So naturally I was excited to see a second season… which didn’t air here until this year. And I know that you will mention that I could simply stream it last year on Amazon, but this is a show I watched on TV with my parents, and I didn’t wanna break that for season 2. So I patiently waited and it finally came out here weeks ago. And a day or so ago the season finale aired. So, let’s just get into it and see if this follow-up is any good.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Bosch” season 2.

Detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) is called back into active duty after a six month absence to investigate the murder of a pornographer. And as Harry, with his partner Jerry (Jamie Hector), investigates this case they find that this guy might’ve had ties to the mob. And as the two continue investigating, they find that this case is a lot more complicated than it might’ve seemed at first glance. So now we have our gritty cop drama. And while this season admittedly lacks some of the tense unpredictability of the first, it’s still a well constructed plot filled with twists, turns, engaging drama, and intrigue. In a world filled with cop dramas, “Bosch” and it’s plot stands out.

The characters here are layered, entertaining, and interesting. Titus Welliver returns as Detective Harry Bosch, the eponymous cop with a less than shiny past. He’s not necessarily a “bad” cop, but he is a bit rough around the edges. We get to see a more vulnerable and emotional side to Harry this season as he learns more about what happened to his mother, and also because of some other stuff that I won’t spoil here. But he’s a really interesting character, and Welliver is great in the role. Jamie Hector is back as Jerry Edgar, Bosch’s partner. He’s funny, he’s cool, he’s interesting, and he’s a good counterpoint to Bosch. And Hector is great in the role. Amy Aquino returns as Grace Billets, Bosch’s friend and superior. She’s still the tough yet charming and lovable woman we got to know in season 1. And Aquino is great in the role. Lance Reddick returns as Irvin Irving (actual name), the highly ranked police that Bosch often works for/with. And without saying too much, he goes through a pretty interesting and even emotional arc this season that made me care a bit more for him. And Reddick is great in the role. Then we have Sarah Clarke and Madison Lintz returning as Bosch’s ex-wife and daughter respectively. And they add some interesting dramatic weight to the season that I won’t go into. But both actresses do a really good job here. Now for newer people worth talking about. We get Jeri Ryan as the widow of the dead pornographer. And she’s an interesting character that gets to go through some stuff this season. And Ryan is great in the role. Then we have Brent Sexton as a security guard that Bosch gets to know through the season, and he gets some interesting things to do here. And Sexton is great in the role. Then in a couple more supporting roles throughout we get actors like Robbie Jones, James Ransone, Matthew Lillard, John Marshall Jones, and more… all doing a great fucking job.

Jesse Voccia returned to do the score for this season, and he once again did a great job. The score is tense, exciting, emotional, and just overall works very well for the show in general, at a lot of times elevating certain scenes. Then there are some licensed tracks used throughout and they work pretty well in their respective scenes.

The show was created by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, and is based on Connelly’s book series about Bosch. And it was written/directed by a whole bunch of people. And I think they did a great job. This world/show feels fully realized, and they make it feel interesting. The directing here is great, often adding tension and/or energy to a lot of scenes, making sure it never feels dull. The action scenes in this show too are pretty exciting. They don’t do anything unique, but they’re done well enough and they have enough tension so that you can’t help but sit and enjoy them. The first season’s sly and dark sense of humor is back, and it’s just as enjoyable.

This show/season has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 100% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,3/10.

Season 2 of “Bosch” is a great follow-up to the great first season. It has a great plot, really good characters, great performances, really good music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Bosch” season 2 is a 9,82/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Bosch” season 2 is now completed.

As far as modern cop shows go, “Bosch” is one of the best.

Series Review: Bosch – Season 1 (2015)

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With VOD (Video on Demand) becoming as big as it is right now, it’s not that surprising that those types of platforms would start putting out their own content. The supreme ruler at this time when it comes to VOD original content is Netflix with it’s god knows how many subscribers and the amount of shit they have put out. But then we see Amazon starting to put out a lot of stuff in their name. I mean, later this month we will get their new show “The Man in The High Castle” based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. Anyway, let’s have a look at one of Amazon’s shows.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to… “Bosch”.

“Bosch” is based on a series of books by Michael Connelly and is about LAPD detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver). We follow Harry as he tries to solve the murder of a 13 year old boy while at the same time standing trial for murdering a serial killer. And while this sounds like any ol’ crime novel/show, I gotta say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the plot of “Bosch”. Not only is it surprisingly enjoyable, but it even manages to have some good twists in the show combined with some genuinely good suspenseful moments. There were even one or two moments that made me go “Oh shit” which I don’t do too often. So good on you “Bosch”, your plot is good.

What I like about the character of the show is that they are consistently entertaining, thanks to a really sharp script and some damn fine performances. Titus Welliver fucking nails it as Harry. Now to be fair, I have not read any of the books so I can’t really compare the characters in the show and say if that’s how I expected them to look/be like. But I can at least say that the actors are really good. The only other character I want to mention is the sort of main villain of 99% of the season, Raynard Waits (Jason Gedrick). I have to say that he was a really good villain, being a perfect challenge for our hero and his colleagues. Not only that, but he is also one of the creepiest bastards I have ever witnessed on television. Great job, Gedrick, you fucking nailed it! Everybody nailed it, even the writers!

The score for the show was composed by Jesse Voccia and I do think he did a great job with it. Have I heard better thriller soundtracks? Yes, of course I have, but I do still think this one was really good. It was suspenseful, it was well-composed and it overall fit the show splendidly. I also like the mix of licensed tracks they had in the show. We mostly get jazz because that is what the character of Harry Bosch seems to enjoy listening to. But there is also some rock, blues and other genres. And the song “Can’t Let Go” by Caught a Ghost is pretty great too.

This show in my opinion got some pretty great cinematography. It gives it a pretty gritty and almsot real feeling that makes it really fun to watch. And each episode is splendidly directed. And thew occasional action scenes in the show I think are pretty good too. And of course I have to talk about the opening credits… they are fucking amazing, I absolutely love them. Check them out… HERE!

“Bosch” has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes the season has a 72% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 71/100. And on imdb.com the show has a score of 8,3/10.

“Bosch” is a crime show with a surprisingly good plot, great characters & acting, a great soundtrack, terrific directing and great cinematography. Time for my final score. *Cough cough*. My final score for season 1 of “Bosch” is a 9,85/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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Review of season 1 of “Bosch” is completed.

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