It’s hard to believe that Bosch first hit Prime Video nearly a decade ago, back in 2014. The show had a great run for seven seasons, ending in 2021. Based on the Michael Connely series of books, Bosch followed LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch (Titus Welliver). Bosch: Legacy continues the stories of Harry, now a private investigator. However, another key part of “Legacy” is his daughter Maddie Bosch, who has followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the LAPD. Season 2 of Legacy picks up at the conclusion of Season 1, with Maddie having been abducted by the serial rapist the “Screen Cutter”. The new season debuted on October 20 with the first 4 episodes released on Amazon Freevee which can be found through Prime Video.
BOSCH: LEGACY WELLIVER SHINES
After 10 years in the role, it’s becoming difficult to distinguish Titus Welliver from his role as Harry Bosch. The actor, once again, looks right at home as the grizzled former detective. This season, especially the first two episodes that deal with the continuation of Maddie being abducted, allows Welliver to truly shine. Each of those first episodes, finds Bosch going through a roller coaster of emotions. Anger, frustration, sadness, and the trademark Bosch doggedness are all on full display. Welliver takes the audience on that ride allowing the viewers to feel each emotional high and low throughout the journey to find Maddie. Welliver has always been excellent as Harry, but the beginning of this season stands out as some of his best work in the role.
The other two series leads, Madison Lintz (Maddie Bosch) and Mimi Rogers (Honey Chandler) are also excellent in their roles. Each has been part of the Bosch-verse since the original series. This extended length of time really shows, as each has taken their respective roles and made them their own. That length also brings with it additional emotional attachment for the audience, especially with Maddie. Viewers who have been around since 2014 have watched Maddie grow up before our eyes and deal with the loss of her mother, boyfriends, going to college, and numerous other life milestones. This familiarity further ramps up the emotional connection as Harry rushes to save Maddie.
BOSCH: LEGACY S2 TRAILER
WHAT IS OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Bosch: Legacy is considered a “spin-off” but more than anything it has been a continuation of the original Bosch series. Which, in my opinion, is perfect. One danger any spin-off or continuation series can suffer from is the slippery slope of either being too similar or being too different. Legacy deftly walks that line without straying too far into either side. This season continues that, with again not falling victim to too many cameos to the previous show. While there are appearances once again from Crate and Barrel and Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector), they are done perfectly. For fans of the original, it is always great to see these familiar faces. But to the writers’ and showrunners’ credit, these appearances never feel out of place or forced. They feel natural to the stories being told and this is something that many other shows could learn from. Too many series these days fall into a nostalgia trap that hinders their storytelling.
On the other side, of feeling too different, Bosch: Legacy once again succeeds. The series knows who it is and what works. Audiences want to see Harry Bosch solve mysteries using his unique brand and style. To that point, that is still the core of Legacy season 2, allowing viewers a degree of comfort in knowing what they are in for. However, to avoid the danger of going stale, Season 2 continues to expand on the journey of Maddie Bosch and her growing LAPD career. While the cases she is working on might not be critical to the main storyline case, they still are enjoyable to watch. They also allow for plenty of father-and-daughter moments as Harry sees Maddie becoming more like him.
Bosch: Legacy is a strong second season that starts off with a bang. It offers something new for viewers, while still feeling like the show it’s spun off from. Also, using the first two episodes to wrap up the cliffhanger from Season 1, instead of allowing it to be the primary focus of the new season was a strong move. The mystery of finding Maddie could have played out for the majority of the season, but likely would have felt too long. Instead, the first 4 episodes that were released, allow us to wrap up that storyline and move right into what is next for our characters setting the stage for the rest of the season. Season 2 is off to a great start and Amazon must agree, as they have already announced Season 3 of Bosch: Legacy is headed our way.
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