Grant White writes: "Black Lagoon gets a hearty recommendation. The series explores and homages many of the themes seen in Hollywood crime thrillers, but does so in way that is not only fresh but contains a clear intellect and dark wit. It’s rare to find a show that can be introspective without being needlessly taxing. Though it is split across two sets, they clearly go hand in hand as one 24-episode story. The conclusion itself is nicely open-ended, presenting a workable ‘conclusion’ to Rock’s journey but playing into reality as nothing in life really has an ending and also leaving room for more. On which note, I’m off to hunt down the original books."