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In last night’s Low Winter Sun, Frank and Joe finally met eye to eye on their murder conspiracy. Unfortunately, their understanding is rocked when a surprising someone shows up at their office. “No Rounds” gave us more of the same; more flashbacks, more incriminating stares and more weak plot.

The Players:

  • Director: Andrew Bernstein
  • Writer: Dave Erikson
  • Cast: Mark Strong, Lennie James, James Ransone, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sprague Grayden, Athena Karkanis

Episode Title: “No Rounds”

Frank and Joe work to cover up the evidence in McCann’s murder. Damon’s crew prepares for the Blind Pig opening.

The Good:

  • The Questioning: To Frank and Joe’s misfortune, an eyewitness shows up at the unit office, claiming to have seen McCann’s murder in action. They keep calm (though they do exchange annoying looks that make them look so damn guilty), and together question the witness — a steel worker with 20/20 vision. The guy has a lot of confidence, sure of what he saw, but doesn’t recognize Frank or Joe. He says he saw a black guy and a white guy push McCann’s car into the river. Soon Frank and Joe realize he isn’t a real threat to them, and that he could actually help them cover up their crime. The cops start playing mind games with the man, making him doubt himself, and also blame him for not paying his child support and getting a DUI. In the end, Frank and Joe cunningly make him change his story. They’re not off the hook, but they’re covering their tracks really well.

The Bad:

  • Careless Conspiracy: Frank and Joe make lousier murderers than detectives. They can’t keep their crime hidden at all. Every two seconds they’re exchanging incriminating looks; they also talk about their crime in all the wrong places (e.g. the bathroom inside the police building). Seriously, these guys needs to take a class called Secrecy 101. At the rate they’re going, the whole world will find out they killed McCann.
  • Damon and His Crew: We still don’t know much about Damon, except that he’s an up-and-comer with a shiny new whorehouse. He’s also the one who killed that Black man in the first episode, thus linking him to detective Dani Kahlil who’s investigating the murder. Other than that, we don’t know what role he’ll play in Frank and Joe’s plot. And we don’t really care because he isn’t that interesting. It’s unfortunate because James Ransone is such a good actor.

Overall:

Three episodes in and Low Winter Sun still fails to deliver something worthwhile. There’s a good story in it somewhere, but anything interesting gets lost in between the out-of-place flashbacks and irresponsible glances between Frank and Joe, a.k.a. the world’s most clueless detectives.

Rating: 5.5/10

Low Winter Sun airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on AMC.

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