I’ve been watching Cold Case for several years now, and even though I don’t post about it on this site, it’s one of my favorite shows. Well, at least it used to be one of my favorites. Recently, however, it’s becoming far too repetitive and the characters seem to be stuck in a rut. So now I’m considering whether I should even bother watching it anymore.
For example, in the most recent episode that aired on Sunday night, the victim died after being pushed down a flight of stairs. By someone he knew. In a fit of passion/anger. Are you kidding me? How many times has this happened on the show? From watching Cold Case, I’d think that staircase deaths are more common than anything else in Philly! I mean, it’s truly laughable how many of these vics die from falls.
And how about the characters? None of them have made significant strides (in terms of development, maturity, growth, etc.) since Season 1. Lilly Rush is still an emotionally unavailable loner who has no time for a personal life. Instead, she seems content to hole up in her apartment with her cats night after night. You know things aren’t right when someone has more cat furniture than friends, and that’s pretty much where Lilly stands right now. There’s a lot that the writers could do with her, but so far nothing has happened in this area.
Ditto for Scotty, Nick, Jeffries, and Stillman. None of them have had significant character arcs since Season 1, which I find odd in a primetime series. I suppose Nick comes closest, as he did go through a divorce and that period of dating his neighbor. But overall, there’s very little difference character-wise between a Season 1 episode and a Season 5 episode.
I suppose this would be ok if the cases were interesting, but like I said above, those are getting repetitive now as well.
I used to think that Cold Case was one of the best shows on TV, back in Seasons 1 and 2. Now, however, I’m thinking of dropping it from my viewing lineup altogether.
(CBS promotional photo)