A superb quartet of concluding episodes of the second season of Bosch: Legacy, put up last week and last night on Amazon Prime Video. Every one of these episodes had the masterful dialogue, riveting action, and mix of surprise and satisfaction that comes from seeing characters behave as you ultimately expect -- all of which typify Bosch at its best, which this second season of Legacy certainly is, as I've been saying all along.
Here are some of the highlights for me:
[And of course here's an advisory about some Spoilers ahead, though I've tried to talk about them in generalities, in case anyone reading this hasn't seen these episodes ... ]
1. Maddie saves Harry, literally, just as Harry saved her at the beginning of this season, albeit in very different circumstances. This provides complementary bookends at the start and end of this season, and allows Maddie to get even closer to her father as a result. But one of the fundamental, seemingly inviolable principles of this series and these characters is the two can't be happy together at the end, however close they may have become. Whatever demons Maddie maybe be able overcome in her relationship with her father, which means everything to do her, he will always do, or will always have done, something that can and maybe does undermine that father-and-daughter unity. Their relationship is so deep, and so important to both of them, that I'd guess it can never be broken, certainly not permanently. But Harry can and will always put their relationship to the test, especially when he acts and reacts to protect his daughter, whom he loves more than life itself. It's tough to see, but realistic, given who Harry is.
2. I said in an earlier review that it was good to see Mo get some love. Well, it turns out that the love was not physical, and worse than that, the attraction was not completely mutual. But Mo is put in a position where he would have had to turn on Harry and Honey, and of course he's not going to do that, and so he can't continue with the woman he was falling for, even though she truly had at least some feelings for him. Tough world, tough life -- there's that word again -- for just about all the main characters in this series. Ringo's "It Don't Come Easy" would have been a good theme song for this series, if Harry didn't prefer jazz to rock 'n' roll.
3. Speaking of Honey, she's on her way to an unexpectedly big job. At least, she hopes so, and I hope so, too. Elections are increasingly more difficult to predict, on our side of the screen and surely on Honey's. I'd donate to her campaign if I could, because I know it would be fun to see her in this new job next season.
4. As I've been saying in these reviews, the acting this season was outstanding, and especially impressive was Madison Lentz as Maddie. By the conclusion of this season, I'd say she was on a par with Titus Welliver as Bosch, which is high praise indeed. One of the pleasures of Bosch and Bosch: Legacy has been watching the acting, top-notch for every character in every scene.
5. But speaking of acting, it was good and sad to see Lance Reddick one more time in his role of Irvin Irving in the season finale. A great actor in everything from The Wire to Fringe, and I'm glad we all got a chance to see him one more time, filmed before he left us way too soon in March of this year.
See also Review of Bosch: Legacy 2.1.-2.6