Rizzoli & Isles Season Finale Debuts on TNT
Television Review: Rizzoli & Isles, "When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang"
by R.J. Carter
Published: September 13, 2010
The advent of cable dramas has seriously begun to mess with my ability to keep track of the changing seasons. Aren't we going into fall right now -- traditionally the season when shows are starting their new seasons? And yet, here I am, watching the season finale of Rizzoli & Isles, clutching the arms of my chair and wondering just how long I'm going to have to wait to see how the writers resolve this when the second season begins -- whenever that may be.
Tonight's story kicks off when an undercover cop is discovered executed, his cover having been blown. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. With the majority of the precinct called out to investigate a break in a giant case, their building is stormed by the bad guys, carrying lots of guns and dispensing lots of ammunition. It's like "Assault on Precinct 13" all over again, with Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) and a skeleton crew of cops trapped inside. The only protection the women have is the dead undercover cop's grieving partner, as the two work feverishly in the morgue with Maura's equipment to save the life of an officer down.
While Jane faces down the deadly assault, the Rizzoli family makes plans for another Rizzoli sibling to come back on the scene -- Tommy, whose life's path took him on a decidedly different ride from his sister Jane and brother Frankie. But Jane and Frankie (Jordan Bridges) aren't quite as forgiving or accepting as their parents (played by Lorraine Bracco and Chazz Palminteri), and have grave reservations about holding a welcome home party in a bar for a brother whose demonstrated a history of alcohol abuse. However, that little bit of family drama is left in a dangling, unresolved state given the more action-driven part of the episode -- the climax of which may have some wondering if TNT is going to need to shorten the title for the next season!
Trapped. (l-r) Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon
in TNT's Rizzoli & Isles.
photo credit: Danny Feld
As tense as the story is, the whole "killer in the shadows" whodunnit had me automatically looking for suspects under the nose of the police. Given that I'm no Hercule Poirot and I pegged the bad guy after just a few minutes tells me perhaps the plot twist wasn't so jaw-dropping as the writers may have intended. Fortunately, most of the focus is on a desperate Jane pushing Maura to think creatively in order to save a wounded police officer in critical condition, which distracts the viewer a little from the pending revelation.
Rizzoli & Isles, "When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang" premieres Monday, September 15, 10pm | 9pm CT on TNT.