Heavens help me, I'm DVRing this. I can't help it. It's got to have some of the worst writing I've ever come across in a weekly hour-long. It's like a case study, a cautionary tale. I get bored with the mediocre-lame that litters the networks, but this show is genuinely fascinating in its badness. I continually have to see what the next dramatic failure is.
The "conspiracy" as presented makes no fucking sense. Whatsoever. It's almost brilliant in its stupidity. The Seattle PD continues to be the most inept law enforcement agency on the planet. Linden has turned the corner from obsessed rogue detective to full bozo. In fact, all of Seattle's city services are full of clowns, as seen in a bit of slapstick when the fucking EMTs roll the recently shot councilman off his stretcher onto the pavement in the sprint to the ambulance that's pointlessly parked 100 feet away. But that provided a moment for him to lose a shoe that Gwen could clutch tearfully. Linden's kid continues to be the least necessary storyline on television, with a teen actor so poor he can't even convincingly portray "sullen teen." And the Larsen sit-dram is now only missing a weep-trak. By now, Fat Louis CK only emotes by punching inanimate objects and yelling at his kids or cops (he's ON THE EDGE). Oh, he'll be fucking the sister-in-law soon, no doubt (she's slutty, but mothering!).
Oh, and How To Direct The Killing For Tension In Two Steps: Shoot everything in 75% shadows -- including ICU wards! ICU wards! -- and lay down moodily oppressive synth soundtracks. (I picture Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall: "I don't write music! I play tones!")
Not even the appearance of Duck as the new lieutenant can save this.
I'm also becoming increasingly annoyed with being told viewers turned on this show ONLY after last season's finale and ONLY because the murder wasn't solved. The awfulness is so much more than that. It's systemic. I can't even hate it. And seven hells, I cannot look away. Forgive me.
ETA: Matchstick and Dr. Murder, both those moments had me giggling like an idiot.