Amazon’s first run at a drama series in Bosch is a throwback to the more deliberate, plot-and-dialogue-driven detective dramas of yesteryear, rather than like the fast-paced, action-packed crime serials of today.

The series, based on writer Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, stars Titus Welliver (Deadwood) as Los Angeles police homicide Det. Harry Bosch, a tough, committed crime fighter who finds himself on trial for the fatal shooting of a murder suspect. At the same time, Bosch is investigating the discovery of human remains which belong to a missing child presumed lost years earlier.

As he investigates the case, he is quickly drawn into a mystery that could have political ramifications for the city and the police force itself. Complicating matters is Bosch’s on-and-off relationship with a young police officer played by Annie Wersching (24).

Bosch features an impressive cast of veteran actors, including Lance Reddick (Fringe); Troy Evans (ER) and Mark Derwin (The Secret Life of the American Teenager). Viewers, though, will need to be patient with a plot that feels flat and meandering in places to hopefully get a big payoff at the end of the 10-episode show.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.