Though the final episode of The Closer, directed by Kevin Bacon, was good, it lacked a real punch, despite the strong subject matter about a serial killer.
There was a compelling twist in the search for the culprit, a visiting Texas law man already on the hunt for the same killer. Who was going to find him first and who was going to be able to prosecute? Texas, with the death penalty? Or California, without it? Of course, Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) would outsmart her competitor. Or would she? In the end, she gave in to her sympathy for the victims and conceded to the Texan.
On the home front, it was Brenda vs. her husband and her father over whether visiting neice, Charlie, would return to her parents back East. She surrendered on this, as well.
The producers of The Closer billed this season as "one of change," which led me to believe there would be significant character development. I really didn't see it. The character of Brenda Leigh Johnson continues to put the search for murderers above all else.
On the other hand, this show is extremely entertaining and the characters (particularly G.W. Bailey as Lt. Provenza) and the smart dialogue are the draw. Sedgwick is deservedly nominated for an Emmy for her role. I will be watching when The Closer returns in December.