I’m Zenish

Damian Lewis and Sarah Shahi on "Life"
Damian Lewis and Sarah Shahi on

Life was his sentence.  Life is what he got back.

Over the past week, I’ve watched Disc 1 of the first season of “Life.” Now I remember why I liked that show last year when it debuted on NBC.

“Life” is the story of Charlie Crews, an LAPD officer, wrongly convicted of the murder of his business partner and sentenced to life in the notorious Pelican Bay Correctional Facility.  After serving 12 years, he is freed with a huge cash settlement and a promotion to homicide detective.

No longer looking for his “20 and pension,” Crews has developed a far more Zen approach to police work and life in general.  To the dismay of his new partner Dani Reese, this often leads to Crews using odd and unorthodox methods to solve the murder of the week.

That’s right, he’s House the cop.

Did I mention the subplot where Crews is trying to unravel the conspiracy that sent him to prison in the first place?  Or the wall in his mansion where he connects the dots from week to week?

No?  That’s cool too.

Or Crews’ weird obsession with fresh fruit?

That being said, Damian Lewis is a marvel to watch as Crews.  He brings genuine emotion and depth to what could be a cypher.  Crews’ facial expressions tell it all.

The show was one of the unfortunate victims of last year’s writers’ strike in that only 12 episodes aired before the season came to an end.  That’s hardly time for a quirky show like this to find its audience.

The show returns to air this year, moving from Mondays to Fridays.  It has a special premiere on September 29 at 9 p.m. CST following “Heroes.”

If you like a good police procedural, or a good odd couple cop outing, or a good conspiracy theory, or smart quirky characters, give “Life” a try this year.

I think you’ll be glad you did.

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  1. I also like the show and after seeing the first ep of S02 I like it better. I hope NBC will continue the show.

    However, Crews is not the same as House. Probably a little in the look department. But that’s about it. In terms of character Crews is more of a believer than House. He still believes in people, or at least not as cynical as House.

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