The best part, for me, is that Gabriel is ok. He won't be on Major Crimes not because anything bad happened to him, but because Brenda took him with her to her new position in the LA DA's office.
Which, of course, is good news about Brenda for us, too. Contrary to a lot of what's been said or implied in cast interviews, Brenda could indeed come back for a guest appearance - just as Fritz in fact did last night in Major Crimes.
But the new show will significantly different in tone and storyline from the original, if only because Raydor is so different from Brenda. The Captain speaks softly, is much of a team player than Brenda, but gets things done and has a heart of gold, too. She doesn't have Brenda's sweet tooth, but seems every bit as good as Brenda in sweet talking.
The kid who was with Brenda when she shot Stroh - in self defense, and whom Brenda promised about finding his mother - will continue in Major Crimes, indeed under the same domestic roof as Raydor, who also promises to find his mother. Rusty (the kid's name) looks to be a good addition to the mix.
Beyond that, the emphasis of the new show and remade unit will be not on getting not confessions but convictions. We'll likely see more courtrooms than in The Closer, and of course more lawyers.
Law and Order: LA had a tough time of it. I expect Major Crimes with its lighter touch to fare much better.
See also: The Closer 7.2: Pope ... Who's The Leak on the Closer? ... Who's The Leak on The Closer, Part 2 ... Penultimate Closer
And The Closer 6.1: The New Building ... The Closer 6.2: Fun Bumps ... The Closer 6.11: Andy Flynn
And from Season 5: The Roots of Testimony on The Closer and Finding Killers vs. Hearts on The Closer and Brenda Leigh's Niece and Libby from Lost on The Closer and Tom Skerritt on The Closer and Det. Richard Tracy on The Closer and Pres. Laura Roslin vs. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and The Closer Closes on a Fine Note for the Season
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