Friday, July 15, 2011

What I’m Watching: Rizzoli & Isles (Season Premiere)

Rizzoli & Isles: Season 2, Episode 1 “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (B+)

I know that I had become somewhat disillusioned by the quality of this show towards the end of last season to the point where I was considering not picking it back up this year since this summer has become inexplicably crowded all of a sudden. I’m glad that I changed my mind, however, because this premiere was both strong dramatically and plenty entertaining. Mainly, it’s the characters that make it work. Of course Jane is going to be the worst possible patient, unwilling to remain benched and vehemently insistent on being reinstated. And Maura is a perfectly stubborn match for her, eternally diagnosing her in the middle of a conversation and refusing to let her friend go about her business as usual without giving her a hard time. Maura dating Jane’s surgeon who uses the royal “we” all the time was amusing as well, and it’s no surprise that she would boot him at the drop of a hat when he got pompous after she questioned him about his diagnosis of Jane. On the more serious side, it was good to see Chris Vance playing an American military man who Jane dated in high school and whom she connects with quite quickly when she sees him again, even though her mom gets in the way. The explosions made for an intense premiere spectacular, and pulling a grenade in a confined space is always a major step. I think I’m inclined to hang around and enjoy some more of this show as everything gets back to normal.

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