SOUTHLAND “Let It Snow” Review

Southland Season 3 Episode 1

SOUTHLAND “Let It Snow” Season 3 Episode 1 – After nine months, Southland is back and as good as ever. The first fresh episodes made since the show moved to TNT, season 3 starts off with an episode that encapsulates what makes this series great.

It’s New Years in Los Angeles, and the detectives find themselves dealing with the aftermath of two similar cases – which have had very different outcomes. Sammy and Nate investigate the deaths of two gang members who were recently acquitted in a rape trial, while Lydia and her new partner, Josie, try to prove a security guard is guilty of the rape and murder of a cleaning lady.

Elsewhere, officers Cooper and Sherman are called to a bank robbery and find themselves in a shootout. Thanks to a bit of quick thinking by Cooper, an injured cop is saved, but the only robber left alive promptly commits suicide. Cooper’s back pain issues are reaching a head – as is his addiction to prescription painkillers – and witnessing the robber’s suicide may have lead Ben to seek a little distraction with a cougar-esque woman. Will this end well?

We only saw a little of Officer Chickie Brown and Detective Russell Clarke in this episode. Season 2 ended with Chickie apprehending the Canyon Rapist and regaining confidence in her skills as an officer and Russell realising that he would have to move on from his desk job after being shot and seriously injured in season 1. Hopefully both characters will get more screen time this season, Russell in particular. While Lydia has an interesting new partner, the dynamic between her and Russell is beautiful to watch.

Southland is first and foremost a police drama, but unlike a lot of procedurals currently on air, Southland puts its characters into the drama, not the other way around. These are people with full lives, with families and friends, who have to deal with bad situations. Things like Nate Moretta’s quiet doubt about locking up a man who was trying to get justice for his daughter, and Lydia Adams’ anger at no one encouraging a rape victim to seek police help, are what give this series heart.

The characters’ personal drama is always interesting too. John Cooper is an upstanding cop, but he descends into a desperate drug addict when he’s not on duty. Ben Sherman gets the job done, but he has moments where he looks as young and inexperienced as he really is. Nothing on television will ever be completely accurate, but Southland feels real and deserves to be on air for many seasons to come.

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