It’s been a year since I said goodbye to the members of Southland‘s incredibly attractive, incredibly damaged LAPD, and I still can’t let them go. You can blame it on the fact that we left John Cooper lying on the ground bleeding, or you can blame it on the fact that the finale was one of the show’s greatest episodes to date, but honestly, I think it’s simpler than all that. I blame it on the fact that I still can’t wrap my head around the idea that some people think a show that good didn’t deserve a future.
For five seasons, Southland had delivered rich stories, complex characters, and mesmerizing performances. And personally, I felt like season 5 was the culmination of all that. I don’t think I’ve ever been more captivated (and scarred) by an hour of television than I was by season 5, episode 9 titled “Chaos.” And just one week later, before I’d even recovered, we were saying goodbye.
At the time, the only thing holding me together was a rumor of a Southland movie, and even though that never came to be, I recently spoke with EP Christopher Chulack, as well as stars Michael Cudlitz, Ben McKenzie, and Shawn Hatosy about the idea, and everyone is still on board.
So now that we know what the show’s cast and crew would want out of a two-hour movie, I have a few thoughts of my own: READ FULL STORY