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RIZZOLI & ISLES ''Iâ??m Your Boogie Man'' Review Episode 8

In the episode “I’m Your Boogie Man”, we are reintroduced to characters from the premiere of RIZZOLI & ISLES. A dead man is found sitting on a park bench; he was involved in a domestic violence case two years ago, when his wife disappeared. The murder has all the indications (severed carotid artery) that it was Charles Hoyt’s (Michael Massee) work. Jane begins to have nightmares about Hoyt. A flare is left outside her building; no DNA or fingerprints found. Someone is taking photos of her; they end up with Hoyt who is locked up in prison. FBI Special Agent Gabriel Dean (Billy Burke) shows up to make sure that Jane is all right. Maura and Dean question Hoyt about the whereabouts of Emily Stern’s body. Hoyt says that he will keep Jane alive, so that he can have her all to himself. He unnerves Maura when he says that she’s not scared because she is like him. A discovery of mold leads the team to a DVD from Hoyt, containing images of a living Emily Stern. From this, they determine her location, only to find a tape recorder playing her plea of help over and over. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

RIZZOLI & ISLES ''Born to Run'' Review Episode 7

RIZZOLI & ISLES seems to have hit its stride with the episode 10 Born to Run . Jane and Maura participate in the Boston Marathon with Jane’s parents in the crowd waiting to cheer her on at the finish line. Soon after starting, they run into a dead body but cover up the death, in order to prevent widespread panic and stampede. The only other people who know about the shooting are Lt. Det. Sean Cavanaugh (Brian Goodman), Boston Marathon organizer Ron Garvey (Balthazar Getty), a volunteer named Quinn (Sam Lerner), and of course Korsak and Frost. Maura is forced by Jane to use a medical tent as a makeshift lab, along with whatever materials are at hand. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Rizzoli & Isles: Episode 6, "I Kissed A Girl"

This episode had to be one of my favorites! The beginning was really interesting and throughout the episode it had a great mix of intense and comedic moments. This show keeps getting better and better. I also like how it's Boston (Irish?) themed and how Rizzoli's mom & dad has that Boston accent. This show is unique and I don't think I've seen a show that actually has the main characters as two females (one a detective & the other a doctor). Overall, I'm hoping that this show won't get boring and die off like many others that tried to debut during this summer. [ 'Like' this post if you agree or comment ]

RIZZOLI & ISLES Episode 6 ''I Kissed a Girl'' Review

In this RIZZOLI & ISLES episode, entitled I Kissed a Girl , we have a diabetic, lesbian lawyer named Katie, who is found dead. Initially thought to be a hate crime, it turns out to be a murder with a personal motive. First, the team thinks that the killer is a man, namely the bouncer at the lesbian bar where Katie is last seen, because he uses a false name and has a history of trouble. Second, they think that Katie is cheating on her wife, because the bartender said she was seen with other women. Maura determines that Katie was not raped and her injuries from the beating occurred postmortem. From the blood on the murder weapon (a wood plank), Maura then discovers that the killer is a woman. A life insurance policy is found under Katie's name, providing the motive. Jane goes undercover with Maura to get DNA samples from women at the bar, in order to match the blood on the weapon. No matches. Now the spotlight is on the wife who has an airtight alibi, but it's found that Katie's insulin pump has no fingerprints on it. So the wife has an accomplice. It's the bartender; she cooperates with Jane and gets the wife's confession. (Antonio Sabato, Jr also guest stars in this episode as the yoga instructor that Maura sets up Jane with.) To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

RIZZOLI & ISLES ''Money for Nothing'' Review Episode 5

RIZZOLI & ISLES is giving me a case of whip lash. Just when I think I'm out, the show pulls me back in with a better episode. The drowning victim at the center of Money for Nothing is Adam Fairfield, whose brother Garrett (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) used to date Maura. The Fairfields are considered a Boston Brahmin family, meaning they are direct descendants of the English Protestants who founded Boston. This high class society is the main conceit that runs through the show, giving us a new perspective on Maura. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

RIZZOLI & ISLES ''She Works Hard for the Money'' Review Episode 4

Despite my dislike of snakes (if you remember from last week's episode of RIZZOLI & ISLES), I think I preferred last week's show over tonight's She Works Hard for the Money.  It seems that we have taken a step in the wrong direction. I am a bit perplexed by Rizzoli & Isles. The ratings must be doing well, because the show is already renewed for another season. Yet I still find myself bored silly by the evidence gathering, chase scenes, and peering over dead bodies. There is a generic feeling to the scenes that seems to dull the show. Is it just me? The case tonight revolves around the murder of Danielle, a straight-A student with a full soccer scholarship at Boston Cambridge University (BCU). There are no witnesses, but evidence consists of a piece of plastic from a broken laptop and a bracelet coil key chain with a barcode key. Jane and Frost learn that Danielle was cut from the soccer team and lost her scholarship after getting hurt. Korsak tells them that she paid her tuition in one big lump sum. Frost discovers that the key is for a locker at a high end gym, containing a fancy dress and high heel shoes. Deduction: she's a hooker with a pimp and a schedule book. The book is found in the form of the calendar in her computer, which was at the repair shop. In the meantime, Maura finds a hair on Danielle's body, which she determines to be synthetic material from a toupee. That toupee belongs to a professor at BCU, who is being blackmailed. He is found dead. The gun that killed Danielle and the professor are the same gun. Cut to vigil for Danielle. Korsak finds a way to read the scratched off serial number on the gun and tells Jane that it is connected to Danielles Resident Advisor. The RA senses something is wrong when Jane and Frost start closing in on him, so he grabs Danielle's friend Natalie. Mayhem ensues. She gets shot but survives; the RA gets shot and dies. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

RIZZOLI & ISLES ''Sympathy for the Devil'' Review Episode 3

After the first two episodes, I was apprehensive about watching this week’s RIZZOLI & ISLES again. I had looked forward to the pilot episode, but high expectations brought big disappointments, specifically in the writing. Still I kept an open mind while watching episode three “Sympathy for the Devil”. Rizzoli & Isles can’t be approached like your traditional procedural, despite its same old crime drama facade. It is part procedural, part drama, and a sprinkling of comedy. So it was a relief to find out that this week’s episode finally gave my senses a bit more stimulation. The episode centered on a family from Cape Verde. The victim Matt appears to have died during an exorcism or purification ritual. But Maura is unable to find a cause of death (obvious or otherwise), until after she and Jane meet with Matt’s mother; search the church; question the priest; witness an exorcism ceremony; and visit Matt’s father Malcolm and his second wife. Jane and Frost also follow the trail of evidence, leading to Matt’s fellow gang member. He is strong-armed by Frost, and then later throws a fire bomb into the church window, in revenge of Matt’s death. This conveniently eliminates gang ties as cause of death. After being set up on a surprise date by her mother, Jane solves the case with the help of a premonition dream, where Matt is showing her a bunch of purple flowers - the same kind that Jane saw at Malcolm’s house. Maura immediately thinks of a plant, commonly named Monkshood, which is one of the most toxic plants known to man. They trick Malcolm’s wife into confessing and get their killer, who just wanted her own child. The episode ends with Lieutenant Grant, who was the surprise date, and Jane almost kissing but not kissing, because he is leaving for a new job in Washington DC. Do I smell a recurring character? To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

RIZZOLI & ISLES ''Boston Strangler Redux'' Episode 2 Review

With the popularity of Tess Gerritsen’s novels, RIZZOLI & ISLES was a highly anticipated show. But reviews were mixed for the first episode with the majority of people clearly hating it. (Strike one!) Episode 2 of Rizzoli & Isles, called “Boston Strangler Redux”, introduces us to Jane’s childhood friend Lieutenant Grant (Donnie Wahlberg), who transferred from the drug unit to homicide. To Jane’s chagrin, he is now her new boss. When three dead bodies turn up one after another, Jane, Frost, and Korsak surmise that they may be the work of the Boston Strangler who could still be alive despite all evidence to the contrary. Or it could be a copycat reenacting the crimes of the serial killer. Jane and Korsak request help from former homicide detective Leahy (Brian Dennehy), who gives them his private files from the Boston Strangler case. Surveillance camera photos that Jane’s brother produce lead them to arrest Redmond Jones, a suspect from the murders 40 years ago. But while everyone is celebrating and taking credit, Jane has a “gut feeling” and discovers that Leahy’s alibi doesn’t check out. She captures him in the end, right before he is about to kill Maura. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Episode 1

OMG!!! I'm a huge Tess Gerritsen fan, have read pretty much every single one of her books. The Rizzoli and Isles series.... my favorite. When I saw on Sidereel that they were going to make a TV series out of it? Well of course I had to add it to my tracking list... I don't know.. about .... hmmm .. 3 months ago! First episode? My thoughts... So awesome. Got me all excited like I got when I started reading the first book by Tess and discovered what a talented writer she is. Love her style of writing, and the writers for this show did her so much justice. I was very sceptical about how good it would be. Blew my mind. That's all I have to say about that now. Ciao for now. See you next episode. Crazy.

Ladies vs. Killers: First Look at Rizzoli & Isles

TNT has added to its lineup of crime dramas featuring female leads. Wasn't until yesterday that I really thought about this, but that's quite a trend for the network. The Closer , Saving Grace (ended), HawthoRNe ...and now, Rizzoli & Isles, a double-X double-team solving murders in Boston, MA - the series is based on the work of thriller writer Tess Gerritsen, who is part of the show's writing team. There's not anything particularly original or outstanding about Rizzoli & Isles; its main schtick is having a lead female duo, which is unusual - possibly the only one on TV right now - but not unprecedented (see: Cagney and Lacey). The pair is made up of a hardass tomboy homicide detective, Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), and a brainiac fashionista medical examiner, Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). If nothing else, this show is awesome just for the fact that it features (excellent performances of) a pair of beautiful, strong, talented women who get along rather than bitch at each other. That awesomeness aside, the rapport between Rizzoli and Isles could definitely use some work. So far, the show is rather lacking in terms of the quick back-and-forth that usually characterizes shows in this genre. No sign yet of the snappy dialogue typical of, say, Bones (man-and-woman duo), White Collar (man-and-man duo), or even CSI (larger team). (Although, I did learn that after 10pm on cable you can say not only "bullshit," but also "tits" nowadays.) There were some moments of verbal excellence, though - mostly snarking on the part of Rizzoli - so I'm holding out; it's only the pilot after all. What Rizzoli & Isles lacks so far in witty repartee it does make up in other areas. Casting, for one. I've already mentioned my love of the two leads. The supporting cast, made up of other LEOs with hilarious quirks and some family members, is equally delightful. Lee Thompson Young, most recently of FlashForward , is Rizzoli's new partner Detective Barry Frost, who gets violently ill at bloody crime scenes. Bruce McGill, Rizzoli's former partner Detective Vince Korsak, has a penchant for rescuing animals. And Jordan Bridges, who I always remember fondly as "the hot one from Bionic Woman ," plays Rizzoli's younger brother Frankie Jr. Also featured in the pilot episode was Billy Burke, playing (not quite successfully) the attractive and desirable Fed, and Renowned Creepy Guy Michael Massee as the homicidal and terrifying Warren Hoyt, Rizzoli's arch-nemisis. Another area where Rizzoli & Isles performs admirably is special effects makeup. That is good stuff. The murder victims were gruesome, as one would expect. But the real awesome came at the end of the episode with Hoyt's flare damaged eye (which was marvelously disgusting) and the throat-slitting of Rizzoli (it looked good and, even better, they gave it sound, which was simultaneously gross enough to make me feel a little queasy and fantastic). Looking at the big picture, I think I need a few more episodes before I can form a solid opinion about this show. Most of the pilot was focused on Rizzoli, her backstory (Hoyt), her family, her scars (stigmata courtesy of Hoyt), her snark, and her quirks (personalized ringtones for everyone!). The audience is definitely wanting for some more development of Isles. From the show, we know she has an encyclopedia and an awesome pet. From interviews, we know that Sasha Alexander describes her as "the Carrie Bradshaw of crime dramas" (paraphrase), and that eventually her "darker past" will be revealed. For now, I'd be content with hearing her speak more than two sentences in a row. I'm also unsure of the tone of this show. On the 1-10 scale of fun-to-deadly-serious of crime dramas, I'd rate Rizzoli & Isles at somewhere between a 4 and a 7. But it's hard to make a call on that without seeing a few regular (read: non-pilot, non-super-serious background story arc) episodes. Rizzoli & Isles might be incredibly boring. It might be a great addition to TNT's primetime lineup. I'm honestly not sure what I think, quite yet. At the very least, it is intriguing and well-done enough to hold my interest until the next episode. (This review also posted on my blog at //meltedbrain.wordpress.com .)