New crime show is wickedly good

Caroline Clayton
News Editor
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“Wicked City”, a new drama based in 1980’s Los Angeles begins the saga of the next Bonnie and Clyde. Starring former “Gossip Girl” star, Ed Westwick, and, former “Parenthood” star, Erika Christensen it invites viewers into an insatiable world of sex, drugs and murder.

“Wicked City” is about a LAPD homicide detective, Jack Roth, (played by Jeremy Sisto) who is determined to bring down the two Bonnie and Clyde like serial killers, Kent Grainger (played by Ed Westwick)  and Betty Beaumontaine (played by Erika Christensen). You find out early on in the show that Kent is a necrophiliac and an attention seeker, but also has a genuine gift in caring for children. Betty, a nurse and mother of two, almost becomes one of Kent’s victims until he finds out she has kids and is also has sociopathic tendencies.

First of all, it is great to see Westwick back on TV! His character on “Gossip Girl”, Chuck Bass, was the typical bad boy, but now Westwick is bringing his bad boy act to an all new high. Westwick does a great job of showing two different sides to his character, the homicidal side and the caretaker side.

Christensen did a great job in a different kind of scene than what she is used to. She was still a mother, like back in “Parenthood,” but darker. You can tell she isn’t too sure about Kent, but knows being with him is going to be interesting.

The other half of the show dealt with the police department’s point of view, which in my opinion was kind of bland. It was very similar to “Law and Order,” which is a great show, but I was hoping for something more from this perspective of the show.

Another good feature of this show is the production’s soundtrack. It includes many 80s hits like “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol and Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”. The songs really add to the plot, and every time Kent finds a new victim it is almost as if the songs are helping tell the story and giving clues to his next attack.

I definitely recommend “Wicked City” for those of you interested in a crime drama and also for those of you who have missed seeing Ed Westwick on TV. The show definitely has its dry spots, but I am willing to look past them and hope that further into the season it picks up.

“Wicked City” is on Tuesdays at 10 P.M. on ABC.

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