Sorry for the delay in getting the discussion post up. I'm feeling a bit under the weather today. However, finally managing to stay awake long enough to watch the latest episode improved my well being and mood greatly. :)
This seemed like a more straightforward case than pretty much any case before. By that I mean, I knew there was no way John Smith (I wonder if Freema had any Doctor Who flashbacks? ;) was going to walk out of court a free man. Even James seemed more confident than usual. It was just a matter of the extent of his sentence and whether or not he would get the help he needed.
Rupert Graves did a marvelous job as John Smith. When off the medication, he didn't overplay the affects of John's disease on his behavior and he managed to make me feel a bit of sympathy for the man. John knew what he had done, confronted both by overwhelming evidence and buried memories, but it's easy to understand why he fought so hard not to face the truth.
We got to see more of Natalie this week. We're only three episodes into the latest series, but it seems as if her role has been expanded. I very much approve of this.
And was I the only one excited to see the detectives and prosecutors, once again, hanging out in the detectives room to discuss the case? I'm really loving these moments. Not just because it provides another setting for most of the cast to interact with each other, but because I feel such interaction allows everyone to be viewed as equals. Maybe it's just me, but in the original Law & Order, I always felt as if the order side felt superior to the law side. I don't get that impression at all on this show.
James and Alesha. Is there any doubt there is something going on there? At this point, I'm just waiting for the episode where one of the other characters notices one of them is wearing the same outfit two days in a row. ;p
What is it with Jamie and uniforms? OK, it's just the police flack jacket, but, still! And when he tackled John in the library? Sigh.
Thanks to zegeekgirl for the caps. She'll have more to share in comments. ;)
For the Canadian viewers who may be a week behind, the "Hounded" discussion is HERE.