Matt Passmore stars as incredibly likable Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Jim Longworth in the new A&E television series The Glades. My wife and I caught the first episode last night and really had a good time with it.
Longworth is kind of a Jim Rockford character, smart and savvy, but really laid back and a believer in taking things easy, even though he’s dedicated to getting the job done. If Longworth’s mysteries stay as entertaining as last night’s, the series could become a staple for a few years.
The show is set in Florida and is filmed there. The setting is beautiful and definitely user-friendly to the television cameras. I loved the colors and the greenery and, of course, the golf courses. Given the people that traipse through Broward County on any given day, Longworth is going to have his hands full of criminal cases that will interfere with his golf game.
His history is interesting. Once a Chicago homicide detective, he was shot (in the butt) by his captain, who thought he was sleeping with his wife – Longworth insists that he wasn’t. But he’s obviously a fantastic investigator who won’t let go of any thread that presents itself.
The show’s pacing last night really drew me in. The mystery was spread all over the place and brought Longworth into contact with a lot of people. I thought the 16-year-old girl who loved a guy that was tragically killed, then tried to replace him with the brother, was touching and a well-done lead. I liked the fact that Longworth recruited a college student who knew a lot about alligators and caimans (a subfamily of alligators) to figure out what happened to the murder victim’s missing head. I really love the fact that the college student is evidently going to be part of the show’s ensemble.