BOSCH: LEGACY (Season 2) -- Another Stellar Season of Television Featuring the Tough PI, Harry Bosch
Review by Dan Skip Allen
Michael Connelly has created quite a legacy during his writing career. Having created a big connected universe as part of his literary world, that world has spilled over onto streaming services as two of his most popular literary characters, Mickey Haller (aka “The Lincoln Lawyer”) and Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, have had successful series in the last handful of years. Bosch: Legacy is the extension of the latter’s story.
Season 2 of Bosch: Legacy starts out a bit ominous, as LAPD officer Maddie Bosch (Madison Lintz) gets kidnapped by a man in a lucha libre mask and held captive as a ransom for his past crimes of rape and kidnapping of various women. Her father gets wind of this, and nothing can get in his way to try and get his daughter back from her sandy underground prison, which could become her tomb if he doesn't get to her in time. He has to use all his experience to help rescue her.
This follow-up series relies on many characters from the previous 7 seasons of Bosch on Prime Video. Honey Chandler (Mimi Rogers) is a close friend of Harry and Maddie now, and she has a big case she has gotten herself and Bosch embroiled in, besides a case from the past that has come back to haunt them as well. She has to use all of her courtroom tricks and lawyerly ways to help herself, Bosch, and her client convicted of a murder he didn't commit.
Welliver has played the character of Harry Bosch for quite a while now, but he and his blue Jeep Cherokee are ready for what comes their way. Harry can't do all the work himself though, so he also relies on Maurice (Stephen Chang) — "Mo" for short — his trusty hacker friend. Together, occasionally with Crate and Barrel and Detective Jerry Edgar, they have quite their work cut out for them.
With this series — and the same goes for the past series — the writers, directors, and creators of this show have infused it with plenty of realistic police and law enforcement jargon. The show details procedures of all the various law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and other Los Angeles police departments. This is what makes this show and its predecessor so good.
As mentioned, the first two episodes dealt with the kidnapping of Lintz's character, but the rest of the show settles into what audiences are used to in these series. There are action sequences and quite a bit of cat and mouse games, as Welliver's character and his allies have their hands full with the FBI, circling an old case with a controversial ending to it.
Bosch: Legacy has many twists and turns from the start of this series. Ten episodes were barely enough to contain it. The main story was brought to life immersively, and the subplots were all fleshed out very well. The stellar cast — including Welliver, Lintz, Rogers, and Chang — are all quite good this season. There is even a cameo from the late Lance Reddick, who played a major part in these shows. That was a nice touch from the producers and showrunners. The writing and direction of the show are so realistic to law enforcement and how the police and various other agencies work, making it one of the best shows in this regard. And this season is even better than the last.
Bosch: Legacy streams on Freevee with two episodes on October 20, with new episodes streaming subsequent Fridays. All ten episodes reviewed.