DVD Review: THE CLOSER – The Complete Sixth Season

Warner Home Video
Release date: June 21, 2011
MSRP: $39.98

Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) and company return to a television near you for season six of THE CLOSER. Brenda is a CIA trained interigator that moved from Georgia to Los Angeles where she runs the Major Crimes Division of the L.A.P.D.

Over the years, Brenda has worked hard to earn the trust and respect of her crew, as well as making adjustments to living in L.A. and now being married.  This season, Brenda is dealing with a new building, one that is loaded up with the latest crime-solving gear. But change is never easy and Brenda is less than pleased with being uprooted.

Brenda is also interested in becoming Chief of Police. Her main rival for the post is none other than Asst. Chief of Operations Will Pop (J.K. Simmons). Pope is the man that brought Brenda to L.A. and has a long (and at one point, steamy) history with her.

Kyra Sedgwick has done an amazing job of fleshing out the character of Brenda. While some of that must go to the producers and writers, Kyra’s physical performances are top notch. She has created a number of little mannerisms (for example, the way that Brenda cranes her neck and examining a body) for the character and is pretty consistent with them. It makes it much easier to see Brenda as more than just a scripted character. The rest of the cast does fine, but Kyra shows why the role has brought her numerous awards and nominations.

After six seasons, THE CLOSER has maintained a level of consistently that few shows match. While this season did not raise the bar, it did give viewers more of what they want, and at a level that will keep them coming back for more.

Jeremy Lynch