Amazon’s ‘Bosch’ is coming to an end, but you haven’t seen the last of Harry Bosch!Category: Television
When I read novels I often imagine actors as my characters in books. The problem of this habit is when they are made into films or TV shows, I’m almost always disappointed with their casting choices and boycott them entirely. I don’t want to see my characters played by ‘wrong’ actors.
Fortunately for me, I’ve never read Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch thrillers before! I accepted and welcomed Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch, the most iconic character of contemporary crime fiction. Bosch is Welliver and Welliver is Bosch. He is just the man for the job. It’s hard to imagine anybody else as the hardcharging, righteous Hollywood Homicide Detective with a sense of humor, love for jazz and the city of Los Angeles.
Adapted from Connelly’s best-selling novels with some tweaks, this character-based procedural series follows Harry Bosch who grinds away in his job relentlessly pursuing bad guys and trying to bring a little justice to the world. Although it’s a tad bit too sunny and bright because it concentrates on the city from Hollywood east, Bosch has a film noir feeling and the premium cable network’s unflashy grittiness.
The seventh and final season, released on June 25, 2021, finds Detective Bosch investigating an arson that claims five lives, including a 10-year-old Sonia Hernandez. An abandoned son of a murdered prostitute, Bosch is an advocate for victims, particularly for defenseless children. Harry and his partner Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector) pursue two separate murder investigations (a white-collar crime and a street-level drug trade) and every step of the way encounter roadblocks after roadblocks put up by the LAPD and the FBI. Bosch’s had it with the corruption of the system, through power and political influence! Enough is enough! His philosophy — ‘everybody counts or nobody counts’ — is shaken.
I won’t spoil the ending of this superb drama. Let’s just say when Bosch closes its door, another door opens. Bosch fans do not have to look regretfully upon the closed door. The Bosch saga will continue in a slightly different universe — IMDB TV’s untitled Bosch spin-off. It will be executive produced by returning creative team staples and will follow our hero Bosch as he embarks on the next chapter of his career as a private eye working for his one-time enemy and power attorney Honey “Money” Chandler (Mimi Rogers). Maddie (Madison Lintz), Harry’s daughter who interned with Honey Chandler, might end up on the other side of the law enforcement. This father-daughter relationship certainly needs further exploration; both of them are products of broken homes and suffer from great losses and abandonment issues.
All seven seasons of Bosch are streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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Meg Mimura is a TV critic who actually watches shows zealously in search of thought-provoking and paradigm shifting human drama worth our precious time. She is a member of Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter.