Rizzoli & Isles: Season 7
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Rizzoli & Isles: Season 7

On television, trends come and go much like generations of mayflies. They appear for a brief time and then fade away until the next iteration. In the past, many trends have control genres that dominated the television lineup such as police procedures, medical shows, and the ever popular courtroom dramas. One of the latest trends in television is to bring the show to a definitive conclusion rather than just canceling it and letting it fade away frequently into obscurity. The first series that attempted this was back in the 60s with ‘The Fugitive,' which drew record-breaking viewership that would remain unchallenged for decades. Now, there is a trend for a growing number of shows offer some respect to the fans by tying up loose ends and providing a degree of closure fans and characters alike. The most likely reasons for this is that with the advent of alternatives to broadcast television such as the various tiers of cable and streaming services such as Netflix, competition is at an all-time high there is an exceptionally durable ground heavily implements by renowned filmmakers that are generating a record number of pilots. One of the latest series to reach the hallmark of the series conclusion is ‘Rizzoli & Isles.' This duration was nowhere near a record of it seven seasons behind it had a respectable run holding its own in the ratings and then popularity. The basis for many television shows and movies are commonly franchises of popular novels, in this instance, written by Tess Gerritsen. Initially, the series was intended to be a hybrid genre combining two of the most popular current categories of television, the police procedural and the forensic thriller. On the police side of the formula is Boston Police Department Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) paired with her best friend, Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Maura Isles, M.D. (Maura Isles). The friendship of these characters is demonstrative of the axiom that opposites attract. Maura is from a wealthy family excelled at academics including medical school and is driven by empirical facts. In stark contrast, Jane is a very old school Italian-American working-class family can attribute much of her success as a detective to a combination of her innate ability for deductive reasoning and extremely reliable gut feeling.

One of the principal reasons why the series lasted as long as it did is that it is exceptionally robust regarding the principle cast and overall, fundamental themes. Above all else, one factor that binds the characters together is, family. Jane is coming from a strong Italian-American family the series originally started out with the mother and father having the father being divorced even behind Jane’s mother, Angela Rizzoli (Lorraine Bracco). Usury divorce is an overused plot contrivance to manufacture melodrama. In this instance, however, it paved the way for a strong storyline that was matured organically throughout the series. Angela. After spending her life first the daughter to one man and then the wife of another, Angela never truly had to live life for herself. The divorce dispensed with that mindset pushing her to learn to live life on her terms as an independent woman, allowing the character to undertake various roles ranging from running the cafeteria and the police station working in the neighborhood bar purchased by Jane’s longtime partner and friend, Detective Sgt. Vince Korsak (Bruce McGill). There’s always had a paternal protectiveness surrounding Jane and became part of her extended family. Having him purchase a former cop bar, ‘The Dirty Robber,' turn it is usually a contrived plot point into a crucial element of the series. And not only gave Angela a means of stable employment on her own as the manager of the bar but it served as a gathering place after work for the characters. In a series dominated by the workplace, it is crucial to establish a meeting place outside of the work environment.The Dirty Robber, filled this requirement is a natural fashion that also allowed for several key characters to grow. It was a place conducive to discussing the events and furthering the personal stories of the principal characters. Jane is not the only Rizzoli on the Boston Police Department, a brother Frankie (Jordan Bridges) began the series as a uniformed officer, but work is right up to be a good detective in the homicide division working alongside his sister. In the later seasons, Frankie begins a relationship with crime scene analyst Nina Holiday (Idara Victor). A romantic relationship developed between Nino and Frankie that ultimately leads to engagement by the series finale. Wedding bells for not only in the future for Frankie but they had already rung Korsak. As he was approaching retirement age decided that he needed a change in his life and Heidi life coach, Kiki (Christina Chang). Despite the age difference feeling exceptionally happy couple and she is welcomed immediately into the extended family by Angela.

Even characters that have been written out of the series several seasons ago continually remembered as the threads of this tapestry are finally tied up. Jane’s former partner, Barry Frost, was written out of the series using a very tragic death in the line of duty. This change necessitated by the tragic suicide of the actor who portrayed this character, Lee Thompson Young. Barry always had a vintage toy robot on his desk that everyone around him would make fun of him for owning. After his death, Jane kept the toy and gave it a place of honor on her desk. At the end of the series, he bestows the honored item to a brother Frankie takes over Korsak’s desk in the squad room. The may seem to be a minor point, but it does show that the short run and writers how to respect to how real these characters have been for the fans by demonstrating that life will go on in the squad room after familiar faces have departed. This is a level continuity not frequently found in a TV drama. Even the most recent additions to the cast, Dr. Kent Drake (Adam Sinclair), introduced as Maura's new assistant, this quirky Scotsman managing a short time to become an important part of the cast. The officer is a sounding board on medical issues for Maura, and in the last episode when Maura is about to take a sabbatical he is going to be the interim head of Medical Examiner’s Office. The series has always excelled in a full and imaginative use of second-tier characters, significantly added to the feeling of the realistic and organic environment.

In this final season, they worked towards the ultimate conclusion gradually, allowing things to pull together in a very realistic fashion. After all, the characters you are all highly proficient and if you and the idea that they would stay at the same level at work is completely unrealistic. Jane is tapped by the FBI to be an instructor at the Academy, a life change that was tested in a single episode. Korsak has been talking about retirement for several seasons but rather than allowing this plot point to just fade away was acted on as important to the ultimate conclusion. In the back story of Korsak has been working in the department for 32 years. It is understandable for a man such as this, especially with a new wife and a successful business, to consider putting in his paperwork. Networks typically announce the final season before it even begins. This has affected your turning everything that happens to a string around the climactic moment. Instead, the audience received a season that contained the same quirky stories that made it a success in the first place while the final episode received a real pace buildup that left the most ardent fan satisfied as the last rolling credit filled the screen.

Posted 01/24/2017

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