Rizzoli & Isles

Rizzoli & Isles is a new TNT offering which has helped keep Angie Harmon in the acting game, for which I’m thankful. Ms. Harmon candidly revealed that she’d just resigned herself to retiring from acting when this script landed on her porch (her agent lives down the street).

Angie Harmon is the rough and tumble Rizzoli in the equation, which is completed by Sasha Alexander’s more fashionable and demure Isle.

It was clever  having the serial killer rise up out of the body bag; letting our heroine easily get hold of a taser wasn’t. I would have prefer to have her stab him in the eye with a bobby pin or small sliver of plastic and then wrest the gun away from him, it would have been more convincing.

I’m hoping the writers will let Ms. Alexander get her hands a bit dirty too. She’s good at playing cool and cerebral, it would be interesting to see her outwit a killer.

In the first five episodes, we’ve seen a good onscreen chemistry develop between Harmon and Alexander, and I think this really helps sell the show. The weak spot is forcing Lorraine Bracco into the thankless role of the overbearing, curmudgeonly mother.  This is SUCH a waste of her talent…


The Gates vs. True Blood

Since the Gates is a brand new show, it has the unfair advantage of freshness as we learn new things about each character and his or her motivations. True Blood is nearing the end of its third season, and although a few new players have been added, the basic rules haven’t changed much and the action is overall fairly predictable. Another advantage the Gates has over True Blood is the premise of secrecy. Few people know about the presence of vampires, werewolves,witches, and succubi outside of, or even within The Gates community, whereas the entire world knows about the existence of vampires at least, on True Blood. (Werewolves and shifters will have their existence revealed in the near future).  On the Gates, there’s an overall subtlety that True Blood could use more of; the cattiness of the female characters on the Gates is sheer fisticuffs, guns, and staking through the heart on True Blood. I have to say that ABC’s new supernatural offering creates more suspense and is better at keeping people guessing about what happens next than the HBO franchise. Despite the great differences between the shows, I think HBO could definitely stand to take a step back and add more subtlety, suspense, and character depth.

Here’s a good example of how the storytelling techniques differ: on True Blood, viewers see via flashback that Eric wants to avenge the death of his parents who died from a werewolf attack at the command of Russell Edgington. (Although it seems unlikely that Russell Edgington would forget a face like Eric’s, given his predilection for young men).  On the Gates, you have Teresa/Amanda Walcott pulling out a gun and giving her reasons for wanting to kill chief Monohan. Which scenario has more suspense and drama?

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/The-Gates-Watch-Digging-The-Dirt-26219.html – a fair assessment of the show.