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Language: English
Category: TV Series / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Original Title: Cold Case
Duration: 44min
Video type: TV Series
Lilly Rush is a Philadelphia police detective working for the department's homicide squad and being assigned "cold cases": crimes that were committed many years before and have not been solved. Lilly must try to re-think the crime scenes and interview other people involved with the victims to find a link to solving the cases.


Series cast summary:
Kathryn Morris Kathryn Morris - Lilly Rush 156 episodes, 2003-2010
John Finn John Finn - John Stillman 156 episodes, 2003-2010
Jeremy Ratchford Jeremy Ratchford - Nick Vera 156 episodes, 2003-2010
Thom Barry Thom Barry - Will Jeffries 156 episodes, 2003-2010
Danny Pino Danny Pino - Scotty Valens 151 episodes, 2003-2010
Tracie Thoms Tracie Thoms - Kat Miller 106 episodes, 2005-2010

The flashback scenes were usually shot with the type of film stock used at the time of the setting (as much as possible).

Songs played in each episode generally come from the year the crime took place, with some notable exceptions where the soundtrack features a particular artist or theme, instead of a year: Season six, episode eleven, "Wings" featured the music of Frank Sinatra. The season five opener "Thrill Kill" features only Nirvana tracks. Season four featured episodes containing the music of U2 and Bob Dylan. Season three featured episodes containing the music of John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen, as well as episode eighteen, "Willkommen", which featured music from "Cabaret". Season two had an exclusively Johnny Cash themed episode, as well as episode twenty-one, "Creatures of the Night", which was set around The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) theatrical phenomenon, and features music from the film soundtrack.

Due to the use of contemporary music in each episode, none of the seasons are available on DVD because of music licensing issues.

Danny Pino (Scott Valens) also played a cop, Nick Amaro, on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999).

Justin Chambers was originally part of the main cast, appearing in the first 4 episodes of season one before leaving to take a role on Greys Anatomy. Danny Pino was hired several weeks later as Chambers replacement.

Silas Weir Mitchell auditioned to play Nick Vera.

A cold case is described as a criminal investigation that has been rendered inactive and unsolved due to a lack of evidence, witnesses, or suspects to form a solid lead

Danny Pino appeared as his Cold Case character Scotty Valens on season 3 episode 32 of CSI: NY

In season 3 episode "A Perfect Day" Cold Case set a series rating record by attracting an audience of 19.36 million viewers

Reviews: [25]

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    I starting watching COLD CASE while in a hotel room at a conference. When I returned home I found that my wife had also begin watching the very same episode. So we started making it our regular Sunday viewing. It is in a word - fantastic! The mood, the music, the actors, the back stories and the weird plots draw you in each week. In addition they work in themes that are important but they never beat you over the head with them. So far i have seen stories on the ease of getting guns and how they harm society, child abuse, pedophiles, and racism. But I never feel I am being preached to. The episode about the little boy sold into sexual slavery by his uncle and the tragic way this evil pedophile ruined his and others lives will stay with me forever. It was very heartbreaking. The opening credits and the great music by ES Posthumus ( as well as the songs that set the time, place and mood throughout the episodes) are eerie and evocative and just wonderful. I love this show.
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    I didn't get into Cold Case until half way through the first season but I LOVE it! It has quickly become my first choice when I turn on the TiVo - surpassing all the Law & Orders and Without a Trace..... I found the use of music to bring you back to whatever era the crime was committed to be terribly effective and the last few minutes of each episode are haunting.

    My favorite "effect" ( not sure what to call it ) is when they are talking to a family member or suspect currently but briefly flash to what they looked like at the time of the crime - it helps to keep track of all the characters. Lily Rush's acting is, at times, stiff but improves as the series progresses - almost as if she is getting more comfortable with herself......

    The episode "Fly Away" was the best. The first scene is a mother and 7 year old daughter crashing thru a high window and landing on the sidewalk - it was so scary and haunting that I couldn't watch it a second time around and I kept thinking about it for days later. ( I do that often with this show - how many times does that happen watching TV these days? )

    In short, I think this series is excellent and will continue to watch avidly :)
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    "Cold Case" features fictional cases that have been unsolved for years. The stories are touching, even though we know these situations are not real. The show never ceases to amaze me and touch me in ways most television shows cannot. Somehow it seeps under your skin because you know thousands of people in the real world live with the things that go on in the episodes. Kathryn Morris gives a stellar performance each week and always has the audience rooting for her to kick some butt. The editing is unique, as well, and I think the strongest tactic the show uses is how they always wrap up the case and the episode by arresting the person as they are now, but never failing to cut to show what they would look like if they had gotten arrested when they first committed the crime. The victim almost always appears vindicated at the end. This of course works best when they go back to cases some ten or more years earlier. This is a new show, and it has certainly broken out of the mold. It is not just another formulaic crime drama. The fact that each episode is about the individual case and not the saga of the detectives makes it easy to tune it at any time and get heavily involved. CBS has done it again - their demographic is no longer just middle aged middle class individuals. With shows like this they are proving they can reach a wider, savvier audience. Jerry Bruckheimer is back on top to stay,
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    This is brilliant ! In a time where "best shows"are simply physically exhausting to watch-this is a revelation. Each episode leaves you in deep thought-and you get insight in the feelings of both victim and criminal. And indeed others involved. Some wonderful touches, like "then and now" footage adds to the brilliance. I am still young myself (well, ok...31..) but I dislike the mtv-style of filming in many American series. Cold case gives you an opportunity to think for yourself, unlike an other popular show- where a hero with one facial expression saves the world from the bad guys over and over again. I will not name this show-seems I am the only one hating it:) But-cold case-yes, bravo. More of this please !
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    A few years ago, I remember hearing stories about actual cold case squads, and how they successfully solved cases that went unsolved for many years. I was so intrigued by such stories that it soon occurred to me that it would be cool if there were a TV series involving characters solving unsolved crimes. To my knowledge, there wasn't one. But that has finally changed, thanks to this clever new show.

    In my personal opinion, Cold Case is television's best new drama of 2003. What sets it apart from most other "whodunit" shows is that we see detective solving old crimes, rather than new ones (that, of course, is why they are part of the cold case squad). When characters associated with a given cold case are introduced, we get to see images of how old (or should I say young) they looked when the crime in question took place. When the case is resolved and arrests are made, we see an image of the murder victim (or victims). It's as though the deceased is actually seeing justice about to be done, and realizing that they can finally rest in peace, now that those responsible are about to get a long overdue punishment.

    Cold Case may be dealing with fictional cases, but it just goes to show that there's no statute of limitations on murder. If you commit a murder, your punishment (whether in life, in the afterlife, or both) may be postponed, but it can't be prevented.

    Since Cold Case is doing very well in the ratings, I am optimistic about its future. Hopefully, the show will go on for at least five or six years. I highly recommend this show.
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    Low-key, well written and very well acted.

    Kathryn Morris is a find, and the supporting cast is way above average.

    Anyone who really likes CSI and Without a Trace will enjoy this gem.
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    First there was "Cold Squad" set in Vancouver masquerading as.... Vancouver! Now while Vancouver is only barely Canadian it was refreshing to see a Canadian-made show set in Canada rather than New York having Vancouver's Coast Range mountains in the background as in one infamous example in a Jackie Chan movie. (I bet all those people in Brooklyn and Harlem enjoy the snow-capped peaks they can see from Manhatten.) "Cold Squad" was a reasonably good police procedural and worth a look.

    Then there was "Cold Case" set in Philadelphia masquerading as Philadelphia - or so I think, never having been to Philly. The star was and is most appealing, the soap opera aspects not too overdone, the use of music unsurpassed, and the writing! Perhaps the best written show now on television, writing not merely skillful as in "Law & Order" and "CSI" but filled with compassion, heart, sympathy and simply that most elusive quality of love.

    I admit that several of the episodes have so moved that I have found tears in my eyes by the ending. I know it is emotionally manipulative in use of music, plot and scene but it is quite simply superb. This programme, at best, touch the heart.

    P.S. Having seen the first show of the new (2005-06) season I must modify my above opinion. This is not, in my opinion, "perhaps the best written show now on television"; this is probably the best written television programme ever.
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    I'm glad I got the opportunity to catch this show. It's no doubt one of the really good shows on TV these days. Cold Case follows homicide detective Lilly Rush of the Philadelphia police as she digs up the "cold cases". Old unsolved crimes.

    This is a very well written show. The episodes always has their twist even though the cases, at first sight, might seem pretty much alike. This show captures the individuality of each crime, the persons involved and the surroundings in a very good way. The fact that the crimes have been committed years ago and that everything involved has changed over the time, gives this show something different then every other cop show. It also captures the humanity of both the victims the suspects and the investigators. There are a lot of feeling in it and it often gets rather touching. Some episodes might contain elements from the characters personal life, but this hardly ever a great storyline of it self in single episodes. It just gives the characters a life beyond the job and this is good as it never takes over the episode or is used to cover a bad plot. The show involves several investigators and you get to know them as well. They got lives and personalities too, yet they don't steal the show from Rush, witch in the end is the star of the show.

    The cast is great. Kathryn Morris does a great job portraying Rush and the others does a good job as well. The directors does a good job instructing the cast.

    The cinematography and lightning of this show is just beautiful. It all looks great. Both scenes from past and present. They have given the show a unique look. A kind of white or blue, cold look. They also manage to capture the unique eras in witch the crime was committed. You know just by looking witch decade we're in. It's the colors, the way they shoot, the quality and the overall look that make this. The art director, production designer, costume etc. deserves credit for this too. Making the sets and such fit the era.

    The original music of this show it catching and good. In addition there is a lot of none original music from the year the crimes are committed. This really gives the right feel and easy gives you the idea of witch year we're in. I find the use of non-original music very nice. Including the none original theme song by E.S. Posthumus. It fits like a glove.

    Cold Case is a well written, good looking and well made show. Over all I would give this show a 7,5 out of 10 and a warm recommendation.
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    Whilst seen by many as a poor copy of the superb Canadian television show, Cold Squad, Cold Case is actually a lot less than that.

    The team's remit appears to be to look at any unsolved murder cases - often dating back to the first half of the twentieth century - and piece together enough anecdotal evidence (as opposed to actual physical evidence, which is almost never unearthed) with which to flesh-out a story.

    The one bit of detective skill they demonstrate is the uncanny ability to locate surviving participants in the often-ancient series of events.

    We are then treated to a series of hazy recollections, hearsay and gossip - accompanied by a dramatised re-enactment of the alleged events - related fluently by the witness/suspect, with our central protagonist, Detective Rush (a less suitable candidate for the job of police officer one could not imagine), forever appearing on the verge of tears, as she listens to them ramble on.

    Naturally, several of these witnesses will have had some sort of tenuous motive to commit the crime, so each becomes a possible suspect for the intrepid Nancy Rush.

    Now, remember that there is no actual evidence linking any of these possible suspects with the crime. None whatsoever. So, how is the case solved?

    The guilty party simply confesses!

    How wonderfully convenient.

    This leaves us with a couple of conclusions:

    a] The Philadelphia Police Department must have been staffed by utter incompetents, between the early twentieth century and the first few years of the present century.

    b] The present Philadelphia Police Department has a constant stream of people, often over eighty years of age, queueing-up at their door, desperate to confess to long-forgotten crimes.
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    Love Me

    This is awesome television! My opinion is that the writing & format of this show is FRESH! I love how they reflect the characters & story to the year of the crime. I hope this show stays for a long time. I look forward every week to this show.
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    I hate this programme: not only is the very concept ludicrous, but it tries so hard to be feasible (something that was left out of similar "I confess" ending programmes like, Muder: She Wrote).

    Sigh. Why is it that the writers can't ever be intelligent enough in this programme to come up with evidence that would stick and win a decision in court?

    Come on: after X-amount of years of the cases being unsolved, why must EVERY SUSPECT, EVERY EPISODE *CONFESS* (damn it!) to a murder which would otherwise go unsolved?

    I bet all police wish that criminals were this good sportsmen: "Aw, shucks, officer, you're a bright one - I guess if you've uncovered enough to convince yourself I did it, I may as well admit to it and make it easier for you in court. What can I say? It's a fair cop."

    Absolute dog s**t and an insult to those of us with with enough brains to even have heard of I.Q.
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    I used to like this show. The juxtaposition of the characters, how they used to look at the time the case occurred, to how they look now, was interesting.

    Now, this show seems to have gotten tiresome. The cops go about asking their questions, interspersing them with "Maybe you did ..." as if hurling unveiled accusations is a good investigative technique. One might think that they expect the 'interviewee' to break down and say, "Yes, yes! I did it. Take me in, please..." Real investigators strive to have their interviewees not even be aware that they are a suspect, so that they don't clam up.

    Really tiresome.
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    This program is really overrated. A detective like Danny Pino's hot-headed character would have been transferred to the "rubber gun squad" years ago. The whole squad is made up of sanctimonious egomaniacs who judge people whose actions go back decades by the standards of 2007. Every Vietnam veteran character they've ever had has turned out to be the killer, unless it was another Vietnam veteran. There has only been one black murderer, and he was put up to it by his white boss. The only Hispanic killer was a "race traitor" who killed another Hispanic to frame a Hispanic street kid for a crime that (naturally) two rich white kids committed. What a bunch of propaganda. Hey,screenwriters: minorities and poor people commit murder too. Only on this show are most murderers upper-class whites.

    What's more, the arrests of people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s for crimes they committed 50-60 years ago are a joke. No real-life DA will push for murder one because it means the state will be stuck with their humongous medical bills until they finally kick. The state would be doing their families and insurance companies a favor. The prosecutor will just plead them to involuntary manslaughter and they won't serve a day. The only really old criminals who go to prison are either organized crime figures or ex-Nazis, whose high-profile convictions boost DA's careers.
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    The most attractive part to Cold Case is the fact that the Filmography is a great indicator of what moment of the story you are living in. The full present day during the Episode uses a low saturation method which makes the actual scene look Cold. The flashback scenes are usually tinted or in black and white depending on time and circumstance. Kathryn Morris plays her part with no concession and use of the skin-tones created by the filmography her Lilly white skin suites her character name. Her Character name inherits the Cold of the White Lilly. So you have stand back and look at each episode as a character in itself.
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    *Cold SPOILERS*

    This show takes place in a seldom used city in TV shows such as Philadelphia, where the Cold Case Unit of the Philadelphia PD tackles a case each episode.

    Being a Cold Case unit, the cases take place in the past, whether recent or remote; they solved cases that range from a few months ago (August 2007) to 88 years ago (May 1919).

    The main character is Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris), who until Season 3 was the lone girl in the cast. She seems to have a knack for this kind of cases, and she moved to this unit from Homicide. The other members of the unit are John Stillman (John Finn), who's like a father to Lilly, her partner Scotty Valens (Daniel Pino), with whom she forms a winning squad, Nick Vera (Jeremy Ratchford) who can make suspects and witnesses chirp out whatever they may try to hide, new addition to the team Kat Miller (Tracie Thoms) and Will Jeffries (Thom Barry), who's been in the PD for enough time to know where all the bodies are buried.

    Together each week they reopen a case (and sometimes more than one) and try to find out the truth, by interviewing anyone involved in the case and studying the evidence.

    Whenever a suspect or a witness begins to talk, we see a flashback scene that is filmed with footage of the year of the crime, in the style of the time, and with well-known music of the time to comment it.

    To tie the flashback scenes well with the contemporary part of the show, whenever a character related to the murder is introduced there is a brief flash showing him/her as how he/she looked like when the murder was committed.

    At the end, a ballad from the year of the crime plays while the murderer is arrested - with a flashback showing the younger self arrested -, the reactions of the people involved in the case, both the witnesses and the cops, and one of them 'seeing' the victim for a brief second.

    'Cold Case' is probably the most engaging crime drama in years, bar none, and the only one I make an effort never to miss.

    Watch it, and you'll understand why.

    Cold Case: 10/10.
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    'Cold Case' is indeed in itself a very cold case. It has not produced any remotely exciting episodes since the first season. More often than not the obvious killer is the killer. Every episode basically has the same tiresome plot: A person is killed. The detectives interview a person that leads them to another person, whom leads them to another person, and so on and so forth. Eventually, the detectives have gone through everyone the victim has ever known, and now they discover that one or more is lying. So they question the supposed the liar, who in turn puts the blame on someone else, and so on and so forth. In the end the killer is caught, and the same tiresome montage is played, with switching back and forth between the present and the past, the victim waves goodbye to someone, and this of course is all in slow-motion. And of course accompanied by an acoustic indie song.
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    Most crime shows give their undivided attention to the culprits, leaving the victims as nameless, faceless plot devices. Cold Case takes a different route, giving life to these victims, treating them humanely and respectfully and putting them at its heart. And through the eyes of the victims, the show subtly addresses many past (and present) social issues, telling the harrowing stories of millions of people subject to systemic oppression and cultural degradation as defining hindrances throughout their lives. Cold Case isn't afraid to shed light on stories which are largely swept under the rug out of guilt, fear and ignorance.

    Though the show takes advantage of its platform, Cold Case never pontificates but rather gives viewers a window into the lives of disadvantaged people as they simply try to navigate around the many obstacles in their paths. It sets aside the typical rich white male hero archetype to give the vulnerable - the impoverished, women, people of color, LGBT people, etc. - their chance to have their stories told. In turn, people whom society regularly spits on are given representation in its purest form. And with stirring music, powerful writing and compassionate characters, Cold Case injects human emotion and heart into every frame, poignantly illuminating the tragedies of these disenfranchised people in hopes of spreading empathy in a largely merciless society. The show will often leave you moved, inspired and teary-eyed, profoundly resonating with you unlike anything you've ever seen.
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    Why aren't these TV shows obligated to film a final episode for their loyal fans? Or a TV movie. Love this show and feel that we, the fans mean nothing to the executives that make these decisions. As a senior viewer I have enjoyed the seven years of the original seasons and now the reruns on the ion station. The stories were always very interesting especially with the flashback scenes. The music of the times brought back some very fond memories for myself and others I'm sure. We were drawn into the personal lives of Lilly and Scotty and never were given the opportunity to see if Lil found her sister Christina who Lil always tried to protect. How about that Movie?
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    The only detective show worth watching and Detective rush makes it even more watchable.She is like a librarian who appears intelligent and hides many past secrets but can let her hair down and occasionally her guard and become the stunning blonde that she is. The cases are intriguing and if you can correctly guess "whodunnit" earlier than half way through the show your a genius. I love the lookalikes they use for flashbacks and the retro music really transforms you to that era. More recently the writers have delved deeper into the private lives of the team. This has revealed a murky past for our heroine that includes parental neglect,alcoholism, child abuse and addiction which while not dominating the show gives the audience an insight into the stars while still concentrating on the cases.

    My only beef.... You cant expect me to believe the phenomenal memory of nearly every witness to recall an exact piece of dialogue from 30 years ago. I am lucky to remember what I had for lunch last week :)
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    Best West

    The first time I watched Cold Case was after it had run for about a year on Danish television. At the time it came to the TV it nearly drowned in 4 or 5 other American crime shows aired roughly the same time.

    I saw it and I was bored to death. The substandard actors with the self righteous faces and morals were a pain in the behind. The entire premise that so much money was given a team of investigators to solve murders dating back 10-20-30 or even 60 years seems so unlikely.

    The time is also a factor as they only have 50-60 min to tell the story which means that they get a break through just in the nick of time to solve the case and bring justice to surviving family members, if they are still alive. This combined with the "personal" problems and relations of the investigators which there HAS to be time for leaves the show a complete lackluster.

    I give it a 2-star rating because of the music i the end which is really the only reason for watching it....which you then of course won't do as that is TOO lame a reason for watching this crap.
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    well, in many American police series, there is the same problem: the disrespect for civil rights. Suspects are beaten, lawyers are a problem etc. But in this series, "cold case", the disrespect for rights is at maximum: during the whole series, during all seasons, you will not find even a single episode where appears a lawyer! When a suspect asks for lawyer, the usual answer from any of the detectives is: "why? you have something to hide?" and the suspect does not insist. So do not wait to see any lawyer in the series-you will not find one. Furthermore, the detectives violate any right, beating suspects, creating false evidence, doing whatever they want without any fear. Its simply a fascist series. Made to influence anyone who watches, to the fact that police detectives can do whatever they like, without any control. Its a fascist series, worst from any other.
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    Throw her heart


    CWMFM earlier wrote, "If I can coin a term, it can be called "agenda strain," when a painfully politically correct world-view clashes jarringly with what the viewer knows to be true, in today's reality.

    If we see a white character, we can assume he is a potential Klansman unless informed otherwise. All minorities are wise, noble and - of course - put upon. The American government is always evil and anything having to do with (non-Jewish) religion is suffocatingly oppressive."

    Well, after tonight's show, I can report that the series' producers & writers have relaxed somewhat. Two minorities are actually two of the killers. Of course they are Asian; I'm reminded of the cartoon I once saw in which the PC teacher remarks, "Blacks are good, Hispanics are good, whites are bad and Asians we're still not sure about." And of course the other two killers are comfortably part of the Lily-white (pun intended) parade of murderers we've gotten used to.

    This episode parodied the "True Love Waits" movement, which promotes the novel idea that saving your sexuality for marriage is actually a good thing. Not in Hollywoodland; of five kids in the group, two of the kids are hypocrites, one is a closeted gay and the fourth is a repressed psychopath. The only normal one of the five is the girl who joins the group because she's tired of being the school "slut" -- and other than that is perfectly happy, well-adjusted, intelligent, wise, etc. Naturally the four conspire together and murder her.

    Next week the show takes on the Amish. What fun!

    I suppose I might not be as angry if the show even pretended to be even handed -- in other words, if it treated ALL religions with equal contempt. How about an episode where a Buddhist monk is actually a serial killer, or a school Islamic group murders a classmate for "sinning?"

    Yeah, we should all live so long. The shame of it is this used to be a moving and thought-provoking show. Too bad the producers can't resist the overwhelming urge to mock the last group in America it's OK to stereotype -- conservative Christians.
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    I had some appreciation for the special effects: people appearing as they did at the time of the crime, period music, dead people walking about. After a few rounds of that though, I could only wonder if Mad Magazine had done a parody of it yet.

    The real turn-off is the moralizing tone of the show. Every episode addresses some specific social or political issue. It is like an after-school show for kids. Themes of the episodes I saw include Nazis, abortion, lesbians, class boundaries, integration of baseball, interracial love, and Communists. They always seem to be trying to sell me something. Once, they actually implied that the Rosenburgs received the death penalty for being Communists.

    There is also the problem of the confession scene, a weakness they share with the CSI shows. The killer simply has to get it off his chest. When confronted with even the most tenuous of evidence, he starts singing like a canary. Oh, it gives closure, but it also undermines the very premise of the show, that someone was able to keep a secret for a very long time.
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    So now the old slanders are dragged out, Viet Nam veterans as rapists, baby killers, and the murderers of mothers, grandmothers, and little girls. And of course, when a Viet vet fails to show enough patriotism, well another Viet vet murders him! Well folks, I am a Viet Nam War veteran and I never saw American soldiers commit a single atrocity, but I have seen the innumerable atrocities and war crimes committed by North Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong. And on this ridiculous show, Cold Case, I have seen political atrocities carried out on American TV against brave and heroic Viet Nam War veterans like myself and my fellow vets for no other reason than to pump a TV show and perpetuate the vicious libels and slanders that have plagued American Viet Nam War veterans by empty headed liberals who happen to have a public TV platform. This episode about the Viet Nam veterans sickened me, and should disgust any decent and moral American citizen.
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    Seriously....what liberal baloney. I watched my first Cold Case tonight and the over all theme had to do with the big bad banker making money on the backs of others. Who writes this junk? Seriously do your homework. There was very little in this tear-jerking hokum that had any truth to it and/or related to truth. Why don't you make a real cold case in which the bad guy is simply a bad guy, without blaming it on his upbringing, others, his employer who fired him, and on and on. Bad guys simply are bad guys. Bad values, bad morals, and evil. They are that way for a variety of reasons.

    If you want a lesson in screen writing let me know.

    Probably my last Cold Case.