THE PROTECTOR “Bangs” Review

Chris Payne Gilbert

THE PROTECTOR “Bangs” Season 1, Episode 7 – It’s probably not a good sign when the most memorable part of an hour long drama such as “The Protector” ends up being the location at which the murder took place in the first five minutes. Seriously, whatever Malibu dream house they used for filming…I want to live there. Maybe if I start saving my pennies now…

Okay, in all fairness, it wasn’t a bad episode, but it wasn’t particularly memorable either. I’ve seen murders in the world of high-end salons, I’ve seen murder victims with multiple sex partners and I’ve seen jealous siblings kill each other. Put all three of these things together and you’ve just summed up the plot to “Bangs.”

I guess I was expecting a show with such a strong title to have an equally strong premise, at least stronger than “a single mother/intuitive cop solves crimes with her logical, down-to-earth partner in Los Angeles.” That being said, I have to confess that I did find myself liking Gloria Sheppard (Aly Walker). She’s got her fair share of that quirkiness which all main character cops are required to possess these days (think Monk without the OCD or Gil Grissom without the Aspberger’s Syndrome), but she’s not over-the-top. In fact, she’s balanced out quite nicely by her partner Michelle (Tisha Campbell-Martin). They make a believable, if not totally dynamic team.

But the highlight of the show for me, after that incredible beach-front house, of course, was Gloria’s brother, Davey (the delicious Chris Payne Gilbert – Pictured above). I’ve always been a fan of his, ever since I was behind him in the check-out line at Ralph’s in Studio City and I spent five minutes trying to come up with a way to say, “I loved you as that guy who murdered that other guy in the pool in that CSI episode,” without sounding weird.

If nothing else, “The Protector” has now given me something to say to the man should I ever bump into him buying wine again.

I guess what I’m getting at is that I want more out of this show. I feel like it’s missing one vital part, some mysterious factor that will take it from “I’ll try to catch it” to “I gotta program my DVR so I don’t miss it.” Not sure what that is yet, though. I’ll need to watch more in order to figure it out, or to determine whether I just caught the show on an off-night.

What did you think? Have you ever wanted to sleep with your hair stylist? Do you happen to know where they shot that murder scene? Could you give me directions? I’ll be checking the comments below!