Second Chance: That Time in the Car

second chanceWell, Second Chance is still playing, that makes me happy on its’ own. And as the show goes it just proves how so many didn’t give it the fair chance it deserved. All they saw was another cop show with a little twist they didn’t find intriguing enough, but it’s that twist that is setting it apart. It isn’t just about solving some crime with a dude that used to be old, it’s about a man whose getting the chance to look at his life in a new light. Seeing the impact he’s made on his kids, the good and the bad, and having the chance to perhaps make things better. Though, they are still managing to make the crimes a lot different from the other crime shows I’ve seen. Which is saying something, because I watch a lot of them. It isn’t just some who done it, but the thrill of the chase and watching the events unfolding. But it’s really the family aspect that makes this show worth watching.

Jimmy Pritchard being able to talk to his children, especially his daughter, Helen, who doesn’t know who he really is, has given him the chance to see how his own actions shaped their life. It drove Duval to be a better law enforcement officer at his job in the FBI. He walks the straight and narrow, and likes everything by the rule book. Which is the opposite of Jimmy, who was willing to bend the rules to get the job done, leading to him being asked to step down due to evidence tampering. Duval is protective of those around him because he never felt like his father never took care of his family in the way he should have, as shown when Duval admits he busted out the windows of his dad’s car for making his mom cry. But in this episode it shows how when Jimmy thought he was protecting Helen as a little girl, but he was really just standing in her way.

He sees how some off hand remark (calling her an idiot) which he doesn’t even remember saying still effects her to that day. It still makes her unsure of her choices when trying to find a boyfriend. It’s left her alone. Jimmy gets to see that something he might have considered small and unremarkable meant so much more to the children he was raising. How his idea of protecting was hindering her from growing. It’s the emotional binds and the family aspect of this show that is making it so wonderful with each new episode. It’s seeing someone like Jimmy, who was so set in his ways, so sure of the choices he’d made, coming to new realizations that is helping him grown as a person. Helping him become better, because he’s finally getting the chance to see the truth that in some ways had been kept from him, but in other ways he’d been unwilling to see himself. It’s for these reasons that I do hope this show makes it, because it’s bringing a new life to the screen and I just want to see where they’ll take it.

And don’t forget it’s actually on Fridays now…


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