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Originally Posted by Vidop
Just an observation of no importance. A station in my area once a week carries reruns of the series all the way back to the pilot episode. It is interesting to see the changes in the series. In the pilot, the character of "Nicky" was played by someone other than Sami Gayle. In the second episode forward it was Gayle as it has continued to be to the present time. On the earlier episodes, the seating arrangement at the dinner table changed quite often. Only "Frank" and "Grandpa" remained the same. At "1PP", the earlier episodes showed some sort of "status room" that involved many computers/screens showing car locations/calls/incidents. That is rarely seen now. As to appearances---of course "Danny's kids" have markedly changed. Sami Gayle has somewhat evolved. The rest of the cast pretty much looks the same as they did in the beginning seven years ago. A little aging is present, but not much. "Frank's" house in the earlier shows was different (both interior lyout/exterior) than later shows. In the pilot show, "Danny" was quite violent. He almost drowned a suspect in a toilet (and pounded his face against the toilet) to extract info to save a little girl's life. Of course now, "Danny" still has a temper, but I feel it has been somewhat moderated compared to the early episode. Also,"Danny's" temper was pointed out to be from PTSD from Afghanistan tours in the military. "Frank" (back then) was urging "Danny" to seek professional help for the problem. You don't see that mentioned much at all anymore.
Anyway, I find it fun to see how the show has changed over the years.
Interesting and accurate observations!
The "Status Room" you mentioned was scripted as "Real Time Crime" and represented the world's major terrorist and crime status as currently unfolding.
I don't remember Real Time Crime ever being used to tether a stoiryline so that is why it was probably dropped.
It was a particularly expensive set, the Production and Post Production expenses it incurred must have been huge. .... a large cast of extras to fill the room, as well as a large loop group cast of voices to fill out the background chatter, as well as expensive video effects to fill all those monitors. It was a good looking backdrop that served no purpose in solving the crimes that the show focused on
I wonder what's in store for next season.
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