BOSCH: LEGACY – Review by Diane Carson

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Bosch: Legacy continues to pursue the fascinating Harry Bosch character.

For all of us Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch lovers, season one of Bosch: Legacy continues to reveal the complexity of this fascinating character who straddles and expresses conflicting emotional worlds. At the end of Bosch season seven, Harry has left his job as an LA homicide detective and now pays the bills by working as a private investigator.

As usual in the Bosch series, several subplots intertwine. There’s wealthy Whitney Vance, close to death, who hires Bosch to investigate his past and assist deciding his legacy. Lawyer Honey Chandler returns, still living in the home where she was shot last season and intent on learning more about the man responsible, Carl Rogers. In other developments, daughter Maddie has graduated from the Police Academy and serves the force as a green ‘boot’ (slang for a rookie) who will make several costly mistakes. Add in the mysterious murder of a doctor caring for the homeless, a serial rapist, and cameos from the beloved Bosch series’ regulars.

As always, Michael Connelly’s savvy, absorbing work provides the source material, this time his 2016 novel The Wrong Side of Goodbye. But, as we fans know, it’s the actors who bring us back as they deliver complicated characters through their nuanced performances, both verbal and nonverbal. Titus Welliver heads the ensemble, that contradictory, riveting coiled spring, as unforgiving of greedy, cruel lawbreakers as he is loving, albeit often restrained, with daughter Maddie. She, played by Madison Lintz, has grown into her own blended toughness with a soft, responsive center. Her scenes, sprinkled throughout the episodes, highlight a personal, moral sensitivity often missing from crime dramas.

Similarly, both Bosch’s and Maddie’s interaction with Mimi Rogers as lawyer Honey Chandler suggests ethical dilemmas not easily or cavalierly solved, especially Chandler’s unmitigated desire for revenge. An inspired addition, Stephen A. Chang as tech wizard Mo offers Bosch skilled support with occasional flippant commentary. As Chandler’s expert assistant Marty, David Moses adds common sense with exacting authority. And William Devane, always a professional, knows exactly how to present billionaire Vance. Finally, Los Angeles itself, earthquake included, stands in as an equal character with an ethnic diversity of the poor to ultra-wealthy.

I’m ready to revisit all this as soon as possible. Bosch: Legacy streams on Amazon’s ad-supported service Freevee.

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Diane Carson

Diane Carson, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, has reviewed films for over 25 years and has covered the Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, Palm Springs, and Sundance festivals. She writes for KDHX, 88.1 FM. St. Louis’ community radio. One of the founders of the St. Louis International Film Festival, she continues to serve on juries. A past president of the University Film and Video Association, she taught film studies and production at St. Louis Community College and at Webster University. Her new book, written with two colleagues, is “Appetites and Anxieties: Food, Film, and the Politics of Representation,” Wayne State U. Press, 2014.