Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 8/16/2014...
As the years (and seasons) went by this series grew and kept us entertained. Many cast members went on to bigger and better things but this ensemble cast works so well together it would make any other programs work even harder to compare!
Homicide: A Solid, Intense Season
Ryan | 04/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The fourth season of Homicide is packed with all the things that make it great television; intelligent writing, complex characters, top-flight acting and unique photography. However, the drama is ratcheted up a notch, removing it somewhat from its book-based, slower-moving roots in the first season. It is also the year of the Dynamic Duo (Pembleton and Bayliss, plus Lewis and Kellerman.) Meldrick Lewis has been without a partner since the suicide of his former partner, Crosetti, in the show's third season. Enter Mike Kellerman (Reed Diamond), a hotshot detective from the Arson Squad who impresses Giardello and is transferred into the unit. Lewis and Kellerman find that they are a good fit and their light and breezy chemistry is a breath of fresh air in an often dark atmosphere. The two bring a spark of fun into work, as evidenced by such episodes as, "Full Moon," "I've Got a Secret," and most notably, "The Hat," in which they allow a seemingly harmless suspect to escape from custody over a dish of rice pudding. But the two have their differences as shown in, "Scene of the Crime," when they clash over the role of a Muslim neighborhood patrol group in the murder of a drug-dealer. Lewis and Kellerman would also have their first encounter with ruthless drug lord, Luther Mahoney in, "The Damage Done." Mahoney would turn out to be a major villain and would start a running plot thread that would last throughout the following two seasons. Meanwhile, the more philosophical, serious pair of Frank Pembleton and Tim Bayliss would face their own difficulties throughout the year. Bayliss is haunted by the unsolved Adena Watson case from the first season in, "Requiem for Adena," when he finds himself working on another child murder. Pembleton also faces his personal demons in the Law & Order crossover, "For God and Country," when he confronts a domestic terrorist who bombed a black church several years before. Pembleton is burdened by the knowledge that he is about to become a father, but his problems only get worse when he is felled by a stroke in the season finale, "Work Related." Shift Commander Al Giardello is developed more fully in the intense episode, "Thrill of the Kill," as well as, "The Wedding." Unfortunately, while some characters get more camera time, others like Howard and Munch, are seen less. The departure of Stan Bolander and Beau Felton left them without partners. Kay Howard remedies her situation by taking the Sergeant's Exam. Her promotion restricts her to the squad room and she spends less time solving cases, which was always her strong suit. John Munch lands an unexpected partner when Megan Russert is demoted from Captain, but the two don't share the same interplay that afforded Munch so many of his verbal gems with Bolander. Luckily, one of Munch's finest episodes comes along in, "Heartbeat," when he matches wits with a poetic killer who is a fan of Edgar Allan Poe. This would be Russert's final year, as Isabella Hofmann would leave the series at the end of the season. We are also introduced to Brodie, a nerdish free-lance photographer who ends up taping crime scenes for the unit. Other notable episodes include, "A Doll's Eyes," in which two parents struggle through the grieving process after their 10-year-old son is shot at a mall and left on life support. Also, "Stake-out," a character-driven episode that is reminiscent of Homicide's first season, and the two-part, "Sniper," in which Baltimore is terrorized by a killer who plays a mysterious game with the police.As is the case with the previous seasons, the picture quality and sound are far superior to the reruns from TV. The folks who put together the box sets for The Sopranos could take a lesson from the song listings on each disk in this package, as they are a nice touch for those who enjoy the music in each episode. I was disappointed to find that A&E again excluded the previouslies, and they again did not incorporate chapter breaks in between episodes. They made a chronological slip when placing the episode, "Scene of the Crime," as it is out of story order. The events in, "Work Related," take place directly after, "The Wedding." New viewers may be a bit confused by this error. Some viewers will inevitably complain that only the second half of the Law & Order crossover is present. It would be nice to see the first half of the story, but it is not imperative to fully appreciate the events in the Homicide conclusion. Clark Johnson seems to have a good time with his commentary on, "The Hat," and the bonus documentary was a plus. Despite some technical blunders, the fourth season of Homicide is another solid television masterpiece that belongs in anyone's collection, fan or otherwise.Episode List:
*A Doll's Eyes (Guest Star Marcia Gay Harden)
*Thrill of the Kill
*Sniper 1 (Cameo by Jay Leno)
*For God and Country (Law & Order crossover)
*The Hat (Guest Star Lily Tomlin)
*I've Got a Secret
*Map of the Heart
*Requiem for Adena (Guest Star Chris Rock)
*The Damage Done
*Scene of the Crime
In Its Prime
Jason A. Miller | New York, New York USA | 02/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Homicide" season 4 preserved the show's unique trend of realistic murder mysteries mixed in with a decidedly non-soap-opera look at the lives of its detectives. This year featured the show's first true crossover with "Law & Order", and also featured three other two-part episodes, as well as some surprising guest turns.Beau Felton and Stan Bolander are gone. That's the bad news. However, Mike Kellerman (Reed Diamond), a hot-shot arson detective, joined the squad in the season-opening two-parter ("FIre) and soon we're introduced to Brodie (Max Pehrlich), the oddball videographer hired by Giardello (Yaphet Kotto) and Russert to document the unit. Bayliss ("Requiem for Adena") and Pembleton ("Work Related") remained the show's signature detectives. Bad news was in store for Russert's (Isabella Hoffmann) rapid career advancement, shortly after Howard (Melissa Leo) got promoted to sergeant."Homicide" was also noteworthy for its guest stars. Names you'll recognize this season include Chris Rock, Lily Tomlin (nominated for an Emmy), Stephanie Romanov ("Angel"), Illeana Douglas, J.K. Simmons ("Law & Order"), Dean Winters ("Oz"; reprising a role from the previous season), and surprising glimpses of Mandy Patinkin and Jay Leno. Also appearing are Melissa Leo (doing double-duty playing Howard's sister) and Peter Gerety, as a uniform who'd go on to join the regular cast during the show's final seasons.This season's episodes are:* Fire (1 & 2)
* Thrill of the Kill
* Hate Crimes
* A Doll's Eyes
* Sniper (1 & 2)
* The Hat
* I've Got a Secret
* For God and Country
* Justice (1 & 2)
* Requiem for Adena
* Full Moon
* Scene of the Crime
* Map of the Heart
* The Damage Done
* The Wedding
* Work Related"
The Original Police Drama Show !!!
ThatsMrGrinch2U | 04/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What can I say? I'm watching Season 4 of HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS and am amazed how the show keeps its high quality of characters and storylines consistent with the previous 3 seasons. Even with the absense of Bolander and Felton (they were suspended by Captain Barnfather) the other cast members carry the show just as well, and with the introduction of Detective Kellerman, is a further positive addition to the cast. I've heard rumors that this may be the last good season of HOMICIDE and the show begins to slide downhill with the start of Season 5. I believe this may be the case, but Season 4 is a MUST BUY for any and all HOMICIDE fans out there!!! Without this show, others like NYPD BLUE, LAW & ORDER, and CSI would never have been produced!"
The Last True Great Season of Homicide
ChupacabraNJ | United States | 02/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While Homicide would continue for three more seasons, season 4 was the last true great season of this marvelous show. This is thanks to NBC's tampering. This season includes the best episode of any television drama (a bold statement, but watch it and see), "A Doll's Eyes" a heartbreaking tale of a little boy shot in a mall, and the trauma his parents suffer. Other episodes of interest: Thrill of the Kill, Full Moon, and Stakeout. Homicide season 4: Buy it!"
Homicide at Zenith
C. Jannuzi | Fukui, Japan | 06/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The quality here is almost indescribable. So many great episodes, so much fine acting from the entire cast to match the top-notch writing and production. Fortunately, much of the quality is sustained through Season 5, so I'm waiting for the DVD release of it and Season 6 (which was still better than 99.99% of the other stuff on US TV at the time)."