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THE PROTECTOR “Safe” Review

THE PROTECTOR  "Safe" Season 1 Episode 13 – I believe it was the late, great Notorious BIG who said "mo’ money, mo’ problems," and in "Safe" the season (and series) finale of  The Protector , his prophetic words ring all too true. There’s a reason why I never go into group lottery pools–money changes people and usually not for the better. For this week’s victim, a winning lottery ticket leads to him being shot to death in his colorful, hippie book bus (which I want to be  my new home, by the way). A rather unusual end for a peaceful man who lived in a polyamorous commune. When a safe is found on board the bus, the whole detective team starts making bets on what might be in it. I particularly loved the captain’s bet on the safe being full of nothing. I would have placed my money on a water-logged drawing of Kate Winslet’s breasts, but it turns out that the safe holds two million dollars worth of gold bricks. Better than Kate’s rack? Not in 1997. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/09/20/the-protector-safe-reviews/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

THE PROTECTOR “Ghosts” Review

THE PROTECTOR  "Ghosts" Season 1 Episode 12 – After watching an episode of  The Protector  like "Ghosts," it’s not hard to see why Lifetime has decided not to renew the show for a second season. Everything that has bothered me about it was fully evident in this week’s offering, proof that, for once, a studio executive  made the right choice. So, two people are killed during a robbery of a high-stakes poker game. It becomes clear right away that the robbery is just a cover to murder one of the players , who has mob ties. Of course. After a series of very boring twists and turns, the detectives are lead back to a gang  boss  and convicted murderer who skipped bail and has been on the run for years. Having become something of a legend, he suddenly decided that  revenge  took precedence over hiding and risked being exposed (which he was) to kill again. Um…okay. I wish I could say that I was fascinated by this story, but I found myself struggling to keep my eyes open (thanks in no small part to Lifetime moving it back to 11 p.m.) It was formulaic and half-baked and just could not hold my interest. That spark  of life that I have been hoping for ever since I started watching the show…I think I just have to admit now that it was never going  to be there. I was wishing for a miracle. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/09/13/the-protector-ghosts-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

THE PROTECTOR “Blood” Review

THE PROTECTOR  "Blood" Season 1 Episode 11 – The body count is high in "Blood," this week’s episode of  The Protector , but not as high as Gloria’s mother (portrayed by Patty Duke). All three murders are set against the backdrop of a family-owned Mexican restaurant; the first to die is the bartender, who bites it in a parking lot. The whole thing is caught by cameras that are angled just perfectly as to capture every detail. Except, you know, the shooter. Oh, TV surveillance cameras…why can you read the VIN number on a car, but you always miss the killer’s face? The second to die is the family matriarch who ends up wrapped in a rug and poured into the foundation of the second restaurant that her youngest (and favorite) son was trying to open across town from the original. I usually let TV cops slide a bit on procedure (hey, they have a lot on their minds…it’s hard to walk a crime scene in heels), but I found it a little laughable to imagine that the victim’s family would have been allowed to watch as the body was dug out from the concrete. Or that they’d even want to be there in the first place! Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/08/30/the-protector-blood-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

THE PROTECTOR “Rats” Review

THE PROTECTOR  "Rats" Season 1  Episode  10 – This week on  The Protector , it’s all about "Rats." Fortunately not the gross, disease-riddled variety, but the cute, white kind on which scientists love to experiment. Every heroine has a flaw and it turns out that Gloria’s is musophobia, the fear of  rodents. But when an entire university research team is poisoned and one of them doesn’t survive, our Protector must face that fear in order to solve a murder in  a lab full of rats. I’ve been trying to remember if in all the cop shows  that have ever used the backdrop of an animal research institution (and that’s pretty much all of them), the killer ever actually turned out to be everyone’s first suspect, the animal rights activist who threatened the scientists. These guys have the worst reputation. Yes, they are responsible for most of those abused puppy commercials set to Sarah McLachlan’s "Angel," but when it comes to fictional murder, they’re always proven innocent by the second commercial break. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/08/23/the-protector-rats-episode-10-2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

THE PROTECTOR “Affairs” Review

THE PR OTECTOR  "Affairs" Season 1, Episode 9 — I really want to like  The Protector , but an episode like "Affairs" makes me wonder just what is the driving force behind the show? I haven’t figured it out yet, but I’m a woman on a mission . Because there’s just got to be more to the premise than just two female detectives solving crimes. Right? This week, Gloria and Michelle investigate the murder of a young woman who had a thing for cops. A so-called "badge bunny," the victim was last seen in a bar full of cops, which immediately puts the detectives on red alert. No one wants to get internal affairs involved, but if we know anything about IA from pop culture, they are sneaky, sneaky bastards who live for the day when they can bust an innocent cop. All leads seem to point to a cop as the killer, however, in particular, Detective Van Stone, with whom Gloria has butted heads  in the past. Turns out he was a very good friend of the badge bunny, a fact that didn’t escape his wife, who threatened to kill the little home-wrecker. When the girl shows up dead and the bat used to kill her is found in the family’s minivan, it seems pretty clear that either the cheater  or the cheated-upon ended the affair…permanently. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/08/16/the-protector-affairs-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

THE PROTECTOR “Bangs” Review

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. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/08/09/the-protector-bangs-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

THE PROTECTOR “Class” Review

THE PROTECTOR  "Class" Episode 3  – In tonight’s episode of  The Protector  "Class", Gloria tries to find out who killed a school counselor that everyone seemed to like, her partner Michelle (Tisha Campbell-Martin) hooks up officer Ramon aka Romeo with a job , and also Gloria’s son Nick might be a genius. The murder investigation seemed pretty straightforward at first but ended up being complex. First, we get thrown the usual red herrings in the form of the gilted boyfriend, married lover and, to top it all off, the jittery latino student. I did not see the crazed drug dealing high school over-achiever angle coming though. I had my money on the headmaster’s wife who might have been tired of all the floozies her husbands was banging. I am sort of confused about how they wrapped up the whole confession. I am pretty sure that Gloria cannot interrogate a minor outside her parents’ presence, but I am wondering if the whole confession scene can be considered a confession at all. Not sure what to think about this. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/06/26/the-protector-class-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

THE PROTECTOR “Pilot” Review

THE PROTECTOR  "Pilot" Episode  – Did you catch the debut of Lifetime’s latest series ,  The Protector ? Starring Ally Walker as Gloria Sheppard and Tisha Campbell-Martin as Michelle Dulcett, The Protecter  centers around Gloria, a divorced mother of two and detective who recently moved her two sons in with her brother, Davey, a recovering alcoholic with a big house  and a wife that deserted him. Gloria struggles to raise her boys as a single  mother while working her demanding job as a homicide detective. Let me start by saying that I am the biggest Ally Walker fan. Ever since I saw her in The Profiler as Dr. Sam Waters, I was hooked. From there, I have tried to watch anything she has been in including her stint on The Shield and Sons of Anarchy . I have always loved her best as the character in The Profiler and was rather hoping that this show would be similar and Ally’s character would be similar. That is not quite true. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/06/13/the-protector-pilot-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

TV Review: Lifetime's 'The Protector'

As Ally Walker was in the midst of her run as Agent Stahl, Worst Woman In The History Of The World, on FX's "Sons of Anarachy," I had more than a few moments when I paused and looked forward to what the "Profiler" star would do next.  I wondered if TNT would shape a "Closer"/"Saving Grace"-style vehicle around her, or if Showtime might let her topline or co-star in one of its tragicomedies or even if CBS could build her something "Good Wife"-esque. My thought was that I respect Ally Walker and like her and as much as I relished (and she clearly relished) her wicked "SoA" turn,  it might be nice to see her on a show that didn't force me to plot elaborate strategies for her death.  On Sunday (June 12), Lifetime premieres "The Protector," which superficially is the Ally Walker Vehicle I'd been hoping for. Unfortunately, although "The Protector" gives Walker the stage all to herself, it's too bland and generic a project to take any pleasure in.   Read More... //www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-print/posts/tv-review-lifetimes-the-protector