Major Crimes – Can We Be Done With Rusty Beck?

Let me start by saying I like Major Crimes.  If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a spin-off of The Closer and airs Mondays at 8pm on TNT.

Spin-offs are a mixed bag.  It seems like for every good one there are a host of bad ones.  For every Jefferson’s (parent show – All In The Family) there’s a Bionic Woman (parent show – Six Million Dollar Man).  For every Boston Legal (parent show The Practice) there’s a Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (parent show Toddlers & Tiaras).

Currently, Major Crimes is headed down the home stretch of a very successful second season.  There are three episodes left and the show has already been renewed for a 15 episode third season set to air sometime in August 2014.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that things are almost perfect on the Major Crimes front.

Rusty BeckI know, I know get to the point of my article.  For the 3 of you who’ve even made it this far to read about my gripe du jour, wow!  You had nothing better to do?  But seriously, my gripe is the whole Rusty Beck story line.

Don’t get me wrong, this kid’s no Ted Mosby.  Meaning he’s not a soul devouring succubus that is inexplicably featured on a major television series.

Rusty plays a homeless teenager that was a witness to a crime by a really bad guy (sorry for the overly technical cop speak).  So bad in fact that Rusty requires full time police protection prior to him testifying against this really bad guy.  Captain Sharon Raydor played by Mary McDonnell decides to take Rusty into her home out of the goodness of her heart.

It seems like there are so many positive things about Rusty, what could my problem with him be?  Even with his sad back story, at the end of the day he’s a whinny, bratty, sniveling teenager.  If I wanted to watch a story line about a punk teenager I’d either be watch Glee or follow around Justin Beiber, neither of which I want to do.

On last week’s episode, one of the characters criticized Rusty for not taking an interest in other people.  So we got to watch an entire episode where Rusty walked around asking the other characters why they got into law enforcement.  It was painful and so forced it made my skin crawl every time he asked the question.

I suspect that we will get a resolution in the next few episodes and Rusty can go back to being a less featured character on the show.  If not, this show will have to move down on my DVR playlist.