"If you can smoke and drink while doing it, it's not a sport" - a thread for BOSCH

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Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 21 April 2018 04:22 (four years ago) link

Anyone else watch season 4 yet?

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 21 April 2018 04:22 (four years ago) link

Finished it last night. It was very good, but I feel like it ends in a way that would allow me to walk away if season 5 (which has been promised) is uninspiring.

I've only read like 3 of the books, so there's always that.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 21 April 2018 11:33 (four years ago) link

just finished ep 4....

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Sunday, 22 April 2018 00:10 (four years ago) link

I lost interest mid first season due to serial killer fatigue. Is it worth picking up with s2?

Simon H., Sunday, 22 April 2018 00:21 (four years ago) link

I certainly think so. I am also mid-S4 and have no regrets.

fajita seas, Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:42 (four years ago) link

just wrapped season 4. really solid season. simon I think season 1 is the weakest but i still liked it.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 20:28 (four years ago) link

I love the books, but I've never managed to get into the show, or Welliver's portrayal. It's well-made but I've never been gripped enough to keep watching.

That said, this season is part-based on Angels Flight, my favourite of the Bosch books, so I'll give it yet another try. Is it ok for someone who's only seen the opening episodes of every season?

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 18:06 (four years ago) link

you may miss some context on some character arcs / story lines but i think you could easily fill in the blanks as you go.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:21 (four years ago) link

Will this help to fill the Justified-shaped hole in my life? I’ve read the first two Bosch books and liked them but didn’t feel the need for any more.

Is the show funnier than the books, I guess is what I’m asking.

sciatica, Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:24 (four years ago) link

cant answer that v accurately as i havent read the books. but i did watch justified and i dont think this quiiiite scratches that same itch. maybe a little but bosch is not nearly as magnetic/dynamic as raylan was.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:38 (four years ago) link

Season 4 feels a little padded (better to disperse the padding evenly throughout than to shoot entire episodes of pure padding I guess) but agreed, it's solid and catchy. I keep finding myself expecting Marlo to order somebody executed.

Nothing close to the humor and rich, good-natured ain't-humanity-somethingism of Justified, though. This is a show about people in bad moods wearing business attire and talking to each other on cell phones.

mick signals, Friday, 27 April 2018 01:52 (four years ago) link

I don't know why but I always pictured Bosch as Jon Polito


Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 27 April 2018 09:25 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Will this help to fill the Justified-shaped hole in my life?


we just finished the last season. Jamie Hector is fantastic in this. So are the guys playing Crate & Barrel. Bosch and Billets and Chief Irving are good but not as much fun as the aforementioned.

There are a several moments in Season 4 that are really all-time - so much rewinding just to see it again

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:13 (four years ago) link

nine months pass...

Season 5 premiere tonight!

In the meantime:
All the LA Bars and Restaurants Featured in Modern Noir Cop Show Bosch

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 19 April 2019 19:23 (three years ago) link

yes! gonna crank this season out over the next week for sure.

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Friday, 19 April 2019 20:04 (three years ago) link

Bosch really gets in some trouble this time around

mh, Friday, 26 April 2019 22:43 (three years ago) link

im about halfway through s5

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Friday, 26 April 2019 23:10 (three years ago) link

had to go back in this thread and check to make sure I didn't already post about how every season combines plots and characters from multiple books, which are also good.

sarahell, Friday, 26 April 2019 23:12 (three years ago) link

this show rules, only have watched first episode of season 5 but first 4 all solid, love the location shooting too (rip Smog Cutter)

buzza, Friday, 26 April 2019 23:25 (three years ago) link

Just finished the new season. Really good.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 26 April 2019 23:26 (three years ago) link

was drinking some groundwork when i watched ep1. also an ND law mug. so many ties.

camp pendleton subway yelp review (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 26 April 2019 23:28 (three years ago) link

Still not sure what exactly was the purpose of the plane expeditions

mick signals, Saturday, 27 April 2019 02:04 (three years ago) link

Yeah, the whole scheme seemed like a lot of work for relatively little reward.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 27 April 2019 02:09 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

Forgive the thread spam, but I wanted to note that this show's 2019 season is nominated in the 2019 ILX TV poll:

ILX's Best Television of 2019 Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD / Voting Ends January 31

If you like this show and you'd like to see it have a good showing in the poll (running in February) all you need to do is submit a ballot including it and your other favorites (4 minimum, 25 maximum, organized by your favorite to least favorite) to forksclovetofu at gmail by end of day today. It'll take five minutes; get to it!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 January 2020 14:26 (three years ago) link


7th season will be the last

na (NA), Thursday, 13 February 2020 20:59 (three years ago) link


Thybulle on the Dash (Spottie), Thursday, 13 February 2020 21:01 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Those words you have wanted to hear: Bosch season 6 trailer

absolute idiot liar uneducated person (mh), Monday, 23 March 2020 20:34 (three years ago) link


Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 05:20 (three years ago) link

looks corny as hell, gonna be great

na (NA), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14:08 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

season 6 is out. 2 eps in. bosch looks a little more ripped than past seasons is my only takeaway so far.

Spottie, Friday, 17 April 2020 23:12 (two years ago) link

This is the Overlook, right? Connelly’s wannabe 24 novella that was serialised in the nyt. (Its good, though.)

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 17 April 2020 23:52 (two years ago) link

Bosch is back, baby!

I feel like all the seasons have been contemporaneous in recent memory for me, but the fact the daughter character is somehow an adult now is jarring

But I mean, the pilot came out in early 2014 and it’s now 2020, so...

mh, Saturday, 18 April 2020 01:13 (two years ago) link

i like that there's 2nd-tier cast character-typology overlap with brooklyn 99

mark s, Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:24 (two years ago) link

Eight episodes in. I like the b-plots with the Haitian underworld and Maddie/Honey Chandler, but I'm really missing the Nickel Diner downtown.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 20 April 2020 20:33 (two years ago) link

is the Los Angles Ace Hotel the new Mondrian or Standard or w/e when it comes to "semi-famous and some shit's going down here" now?

mh, Monday, 20 April 2020 20:35 (two years ago) link

bosch is such a judgmental dick

mark s, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 18:37 (two years ago) link

bosch is good, i liked it when he quietly radiated conviction so hard his daughter became a fascist too

adam, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 13:16 (two years ago) link

i enjoyed the last season even if half of it was just wrapping up loose threads from the previous season. i feel like in the middle seasons they started to move slightly away from the COPS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT AND ANYONE WHO GETS IN THEIR WAY IS EVIL philosophy, but they really circled back to it in the end. i loved maddie and honey chandler continuously having to explain the basics of the u.s. justice system to bosch. why would criminals need defense attorneys? need i remind you that COPS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT AND ANYONE WHO GETS IN THEIR WAY IS EVIL. also wasn't crazy about them making j. edgar a proponent of vigilante justice at the very last minute.

na (NA), Monday, 11 May 2020 14:20 (two years ago) link

also wasn't crazy about them making j. edgar a proponent of vigilante justice at the very last minute.

lol I got kinda teary-eyed at that tbh -- like, wishing for him to say, "you want things to be one way, but it's the other way"

sarahell, Monday, 11 May 2020 18:46 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

someone in the S7 trailer mentions stringer bell. very disrespectful to pull that shit with jamie hector imo!!

goole, Monday, 21 June 2021 23:36 (one year ago) link

last season comes out friday :(

pure rim rest (Spottie), Monday, 21 June 2021 23:59 (one year ago) link

Just started S07E04 and I think I'm binging the whole season today.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 27 June 2021 22:05 (one year ago) link

3 episodes in and liking it. The person I thought was gonna be the Big Bad is...not. Curious how the B-plot is gonna tie in, too.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 27 June 2021 23:03 (one year ago) link

Finished last night. I’ll wait til some more are done.

pure rim rest (Spottie), Sunday, 27 June 2021 23:08 (one year ago) link

A little bit of background on the real-life event that Connelly used for The Burning Room (S7 is based on it)

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 02:09 (one year ago) link


na (NA), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 15:10 (one year ago) link

Bosch is such a boomer cool dad caricature, particularly this season - but I guess that makes him realistic. He reminds me of so many people around me.
Sad to see this ensemble go and it will definitely leave a hole in my TV landscape - this was such a welcome break from blue-tinged scandi-noir copycats.
I guess they could launch a reboot with a new cast for Bosch's second act - god knows there is enough material around.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 08:41 (one year ago) link

The spinoff show is already being shot, will be on Amazon’s IMDb TV service (content shows up in the Amazon Prime apps),


mh, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 14:34 (one year ago) link

i found the last season mildly disappointing, too focused on revisiting old characters instead of presenting a compelling crime story.

na (NA), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 14:45 (one year ago) link

it does feel big-sleepy! needs more orchids in a hothouse to make bosch sweat uneasily

mark s, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 09:29 (ten months ago) link

i'd love more flirty scenes a la Dorothy Malone's bookstore clerk and the horny female cab driver but Bosch is way too leathery and stolid to pull that off. that's why i would love a Santiago spinoff with him and the punky bartender getting some real screentime.

buzza, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 09:36 (ten months ago) link

has there ever been a good or interesting take on the russian gangster as the new mafia concept ?

(this version is bad and boring) (og law and order had some entertaining characters now and then i guess in the 00s, this doesn't have that either)

mark s, Friday, 13 May 2022 17:55 (ten months ago) link

the procedural drama in the o/g series was hardly sparkling or boldly original but legacy REALLY misses it: hours of the newly minted PI and his high-end lawyer foe-chum tippytoeing round warehouses and whatnot to catch the crims at it is NO SUBSTITUTE AT ALL

also where is maddy this ep, i dont even love her sections but

mark s, Sunday, 15 May 2022 14:05 (ten months ago) link

Watched the first episode and it definitely feels like a cheap knockoff of the original. Don't give a fuck about Maddie's police training; there's already a whole procedural about that on network tv — it's called The Rookie and it's dull as shit, too. Bosch without a badge is just an old crank, and honestly I don't think the show has the budget to actually film his house sliding down the hill by season's end so I suspect that's just a distraction. Willam Devane in his wheelchair looks kind of amazingly like John McCain.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 15 May 2022 14:12 (ten months ago) link

lol baby bosch is in this flashback ep and he's a belligerent prick

(good casting tho tbh)

mark s, Friday, 20 May 2022 17:32 (ten months ago) link

show frantic to have it both ways re bad-apple cops and not in a deft or an interesting way really

mark s, Friday, 20 May 2022 17:42 (ten months ago) link

So if enjoyed Bosch non-legacy version but don't really care about the Bosch extended universe, should I put legacy in my viewing queue? most comments ITT are on the negative side...

that's not my post, Friday, 20 May 2022 19:48 (ten months ago) link

not really feeling it adds anything tbh

i will watch the series out probably bcz who wants to be left hanging but

mark s, Friday, 20 May 2022 20:01 (ten months ago) link

its bad and the theme song is bad

adam, Saturday, 21 May 2022 00:02 (ten months ago) link

ima still watch it tho

adam, Saturday, 21 May 2022 00:02 (ten months ago) link

TY. Think I’ll spend my limited TV time elsewhere and enjoy the memories from the original series.

that's not my post, Saturday, 21 May 2022 00:54 (ten months ago) link

watching bosch: legacy sandwiched between la reina del sur s2 and better call saul (with ulvede on the news) is not doing bosch: legacy any favours at all

mark s, Friday, 27 May 2022 20:18 (ten months ago) link

i mean uvalde

mark s, Friday, 27 May 2022 21:07 (ten months ago) link

wow waterboarder war criminal bosch flashback was unexpected, so many bad decisions in this show

adam, Saturday, 28 May 2022 01:42 (ten months ago) link

Haven't watched the streaming show yet, but I've been listening to the books in order and have gotten up to the 17th Harry Bosch novel, The Burning Room.

It is the first one read by Titus Welliver. I don't know how he is as an actor, maybe ok, but as a narrator he is an incredible bore. It really puts a damper on the whole series

Dan S, Saturday, 28 May 2022 02:48 (ten months ago) link

I want to like the remaining 7 novels. It's a reminder to me how important the narrator is with audiobooks

Dan S, Saturday, 28 May 2022 02:58 (ten months ago) link

xpost I really liked Welliver as Bosch in the TV series.

that's not my post, Saturday, 28 May 2022 03:25 (ten months ago) link

he's very watchable but it's kind of a recessive minimalism with the other more expressive characters as foils: i can easily see it getting tiresome when he does everyone else and the narration

mark s, Sunday, 29 May 2022 17:29 (ten months ago) link

Bosch going full on Jack Bauer (sort of) out of nowhere not a great shift for the series

buzza, Sunday, 29 May 2022 17:45 (ten months ago) link

yeah this series is dumb and bad

mark s, Sunday, 29 May 2022 17:46 (ten months ago) link

did we already know he was a vet? i dont remember anything abt it on the show (i haven't read the books)

mark s, Sunday, 29 May 2022 17:48 (ten months ago) link

yeah that’s why I qualified slightly
They did reference his special forces background in Iraq and Afghanistan (how he took out the S3 baddie and how he was a credible vet junkie in S6) but still …..

buzza, Sunday, 29 May 2022 17:51 (ten months ago) link

Sad to hear this isn’t good. Not even sure I’m gonna give it a shot. Might just leave things be and enjoy my mems of the og series.

Spottie, Sunday, 29 May 2022 17:53 (ten months ago) link

I think the loss of the great supporting cast is what hurts it the most + really can’t stand that phoney “jazz cat” Mo (urgh)

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 29 May 2022 18:02 (ten months ago) link

In the earlier iteration of the show I’d hope the goes Bauer scene would be a set-up for reflecting on what his time in special ops did for his sense of why he became a cop, why being a PI is a better fit for his moral crusade, but that bit about red tape or whatever and Maddie pondering what it means to be a “good cop” in just about every scene, in parallel with Chandler basically being cool with having a guy murdered despite having some bad dreams…sigh

KPH, Sunday, 29 May 2022 18:04 (ten months ago) link

His military background is all over the original series.

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 29 May 2022 18:07 (ten months ago) link

lol is it? lucky for me there isn't a test i guess

mark s, Sunday, 29 May 2022 18:10 (ten months ago) link

the dumbest thing for me in this season is how utterly pointless and perfunctory the J Edgar cameo is. The Crate and Barrel scenes at least had a tiny bit of the old flair.

buzza, Sunday, 29 May 2022 18:17 (ten months ago) link

Watched the first one last night, it's hard to pin down exactly what's wrong - everything's just a bit off. When Bosch is talking to the coroner buddy, his manner is wrong and there's this real ugly shot and reverse at the end. Bosch was always AMC basic cable but this is more USA Network.

Maddie is... not a good actor?

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 29 May 2022 19:23 (ten months ago) link

She should have gone to law school and the show picks up with her just passing the bar and working as a lawyer under Mimi Rogers, that's more believable than cop.

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 29 May 2022 19:25 (ten months ago) link

Early USA Network at that

Yeah she basically has a few modes and they are not suited to expressing very much (although I guess I’m holding out hope that her main mode, the indignant one, will strengthen her arc as it currently just feels like an awkward fit which could be fun to explore)

KPH, Sunday, 29 May 2022 20:22 (ten months ago) link

many xps

the very first Bosch book, Black Echo (1992), was about his flashbacks from his days as an infantryman in Viet Nam clearing enemy tunnel complexes

Dan S, Monday, 30 May 2022 00:56 (nine months ago) link

Dan S, yeah, the time shift from the novels to the tv show (and the desire to have Bosch be more virile, as opposed to elderly) made him a post-9/11 soldier in the middle east ... as opposed to a Vietnam vet, in a less elite unit and ... actually, I forget whether he enlisted or was drafted? The switch in military background (from Nam to Bush 2 Crusade) was something that always was a little cringeworthy for me in the series, (along with Maddie's acting, and the amount of screentime she was given) even though, more than most book-to-TV series, the original Bosch was really faithful and a good adaptation of the books.

sarahell, Monday, 30 May 2022 17:19 (nine months ago) link

Bosch’s hepcat helper is pretty rough going.

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 03:11 (nine months ago) link

I keep pretending he's the Nightlife character from the Achewood comics

mh, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 16:17 (nine months ago) link

it's very unkind to suggest that he's fedora guy but he kind of is fedora guy

mark s, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 16:38 (nine months ago) link

I like his rookie partner, Lucia Soto, who first appears in The Burning Room

Dan S, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 23:42 (nine months ago) link

I keep pretending he's the Nightlife character from the Achewood comics

I don't know anything about Achewood but holy shit that is spot on.


papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 23:44 (nine months ago) link

Bosch and Nightlife trading jazz names is even more awkward than Crate and Barrel starting to Remember Some Movies And Movie Guys around season 4.

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 23:45 (nine months ago) link

Art Pepper, man…

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 1 June 2022 06:21 (nine months ago) link

Titus Welliver's narration of The Burning Room has put me to sleep more than once over the last week and a half, but I finally finished it and am warming to him slightly as a narrator

Dan S, Friday, 3 June 2022 02:38 (nine months ago) link

It's nice to see Bosch, Honey, even Maddie again... but yeah, this season felt really off. They had like six different storylines that would usually be given to six different characters but with the tiny cast, the mains each got 2 or 3 different stories. very weird to have what seemed like the A-story (Bratva) abruptly wrap up mid-season. the Bosch vs. the assassin stuff was terrible, so out-of-place for this show. theme song and incidental music were also noticeably bad

I don't think the show has the budget to actually film his house sliding down the hill

No, but they tried their best with that terrible oil plant explosion shot

Vinnie, Saturday, 4 June 2022 15:01 (nine months ago) link

maybe I'm picking on it too much though. I would watch another season, it had enough Bosch essence for me

Vinnie, Saturday, 4 June 2022 15:05 (nine months ago) link

any one else watch the Lincoln Lawyer series?

sarahell, Saturday, 4 June 2022 20:54 (nine months ago) link

Yeah, I watched it. It was supposed to be a network show orginally, I think, and it definitely had that feel. But it wasn't terrible.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 4 June 2022 22:57 (nine months ago) link

seven months pass...

Have watched 7 seasons of the OG show over the last few months and had a total blast. Agree that S7 was rushed and a bit of a mess but enjoyed a snarling Bosch handing over his badge at the end. Like a few others have said, I desperately wanted to see more of Bosch (and Captain Reddick) in action but the overriding tone of interactions in the whole show is suppressed rage so it figures.

- like mark s, I frequently found myself saying 'but he doesn't ever *listen* to Coltrane!
- did Bosch ever sleep in a bed in the whole show?
- I have been learning to move like Jimmy Santiago and
- if there's a spin-off, I'd watch Jimmy just sitting on a bar stool
- where does Edgar by his shirts?

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 February 2023 10:22 (one month ago) link

Wait, Santiago Robertson, obvs.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 February 2023 10:24 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

I know it's happening in multiple places but goddamn Irv :(

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 17 March 2023 23:14 (one week ago) link

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