Rizzoli & Isles Season 3 Review “Virtual Love”

This week Rizzoli & Isles set out to solve the murder of a married microbrewer with a secret apartment, multiple online gaming liaisons, and a crazy assistant. Got all that? Well if that wasn’t enough excitement for you noobs, there was also a side story about underprivileged children in search of mentors, a motorcycle gang, and Rizzoli’s mom trolling for a new man. If you missed the episode and are having a hard time picturing how all this came together, imagine a combination of Road House, the Hobbit, Fatal Attraction, and Dangerous Minds. Great, we’re all on the same page.

Let’s start first with the main story – the virtual gaming world. This often-scoffed-at pastime evoked the same stereotypes that it usually does – old and overweight people pretending to be young, attractive warriors who carouse through burnt out villages to meet up for virtual sex. This is well-trod ground. From South Park’s "Make Love Not Warcraft" to Big Bang Theory’s "The Barbarian Sublimation," online gaming has been ridiculed for attracting the nerdiest of nerds. Yawn. I will give Rizzoli and Isles some credit for making Detective Frost an online gaming expert. This softened the mockery towards the gamers, who in one scene hung out in some bizarre cyber den in plastic Viking helmets. While I have never actually played a multiplayer online role-playing game, I expect that if a show is going to make fun of my nerd brethren, the jokes better be smart and funny. That wasn’t so much the case here. Read More...



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