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The sixth and penultimate 10-episode series of "Bosch" has been dropped on Amazon Prime Video, and it continues what has become a dependable tradition - a serious-minded, nuanced police procedural with elements of noir and classic detective fiction, written and produced with respect for the form.

Who could ask for anything more.

For the uninitiated, "Bosch" is based on a long-running series of novels by Michael Connelly, who could be considered a legitimate heir to Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald if that were not such a cliche.  No matter.  Since his first effort, "The Black Echo," published in 1992, former crime reporter Connelly has crafted an extended chronicle focused on Harry Bosch, an LAPD detective with a tragic past who compensates for it with a simple manta:  "Everybody counts, or nobody counts."  It is more than a mantra, to be fair.  It is a mission.

The sixth season, which is cobbled together from his novels "The Overlook" and "Dark Sacred Night," is an inventive panoply of plots - Bosch and his partner, J. Edgar, are investigating a possible domestic terrorism threat while separately probing a couple of murders that take them down what Chandler called "these mean streets" where "a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid."

The various plots - there is a mayoral campaign with political implications for the police department, a sexual harassment suit, and, of course, a subplot concerning Bosch's daughter, Maddie, who is working the other side of the road as an intern in a defense attorney's office - weave in and out and around each other, creating a patchwork quilt of characters and scenarios, each one interesting in its own right.

The casting, as always, is sterling - Titus Welliver is a perfect Bosch, different in some ways from the books' original but consistently compelling.  In supporting roles, actors like Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick, Madison Lintz make the most of their moments;  one of the things I admire about the writing is that each one has a plot line, and never is consigned to being supporting wallpaper for the main plot.

"Bosch" isn't fancy or particularly innovative, but it is sold, professional storytelling - respectful of the source material but understanding that a TV series or movie is a very different thing than a book, and so things need to be changed and/or adapted - in other words, the very opposite of what peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg did with Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Ace Atkin's "Wonderland" when they produced an execrable version for Netflix.

"Bosch" is terrific.  Who could ask for anything more.

If you haven't seen the series, go start from the beginning and binge the whole thing.  If you haven't read the books, start with "The Black Echo" and read them in order.

You can thank me later.

I finished watching "Tales from the Loop" on Amazon Prime, and must confess that I still haven't quite made up my mind about it.  "Loop" takes place in a midwestern community, probably sometime in the late fifties or early sixties, but in a parallel universe where some of the technology is way beyond what we have now, and basically lays out eight stories that are connected to each other - some more than others - all concerning the people who live above The Loop, a scientific installation designed to investigate the unexplained.

"Loop" is sort of like "Twilight Zone" mixed in with "The X-Files," except that it seems to be dedicated to avoiding drama or overstatement.   It moves along slowly, deliberately … but never is lethargic or boring,  Cast largely with unknowns (except for the great Jonathan Pryce), the stories manage to be touching and somehow filled with dread about what people are capable of, and what can happen when events are set in motion that cannot be controlled.  I must admit that I kept wishing that there would be more happening, more drama … but in retrospect, it seems unfair to want "Tales from the Loop" to be something it isn't.

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That's it for this week.  Have a great weekend … and I'll be back Monday.

Stay safe.  Stay healthy.