If I had heard from somebody on the street that one of my favorite cop shows was looking at its last season, I wouldn't have believed it. Unfortunately it's a whole other thing when the channel the show's on actually announces that it's the last season. When that happens, you really don't get a chance to react with anything better than, "Wait a minute! What the hell?" Which is really close to what I said when they announced it on TNT two weeks ago. Close, but not quite. ;)
One of the most interesting things about "Rizzoli and Isles" is how well two characters from completely different ends of the sphere can find so much common ground in a working relationship. On one hand, you have the hard-boiled Detective Jane "Really, Maura?" Rizzoli, who can as easily bitch-slap her brother as order a hot lunch and chase down a suspect for six blocks. Yeah, she's that good. And on the other hand, you have Dr. Maura "We are doing this, Jane!" Isles, who comes from big-time money but still finds ways of remaining grounded when it comes to her job and the people who matter to her. Maura's a great person in all ways, even if she does drive Jane crazy from time to time. And with the way these two behave like sisters, you can't help but laugh at how they do this to each other. Nit and pick, gripe and groan, "You borrowed this and still haven't returned it", yeah all that kind of thing. I have sisters, too, I've heard it all. (Whether I want to or not doesn't really work that way!)
"Rizzoli and Isles" have had their ups and downs as a series, but the ratings have remained somewhat consistent. And it's gone through some changes that were hard to accept, but for fans who've watched the show from the beginning, you've learned to accept sudden changes.
In this respect I very carefully refer to the actor who played the late Detective Barry Frost, Lea Thompson Young, who shocked everybody when he committed suicide during filming on-set. I always liked Frost the character and Thompson the actor, so when it happened, that was hard to hear, and also harder when they brought someone in to try to replace him. Young had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and had been taking prescribed meds to help him deal with depression. In respect to his family, I will not state how he died. He was only 29.
Let's also consider the other characters in the show, whom we've come to know and appreciate. There's Sgt. Korsak, who Jane seems to love giving orders even though HE'S the boss. hahaha! A gruff and grizzled, weary Boston homocide cop, Korsak is easy to enjoy and relate to. He's one of those guys you could picture as your favorite uncle who might very well bring the steaks for the family barbecue. Korsak can also bring the live entertainment, seeing as how he can sing and play the guitar. All this, and a great guy, too! He only recently married his long-time "lady-friend"(Kiki), as some of the old-timers used to put it, and I sure hope nothing happens to them during the remaining thirteen episodes. If anything does, I'm gonna be really pissed!
Frankie Rizzoli Jr. is a good character who's come an awfully long way from his early days as an officer, which I still remember clearly, and he's done some serious shaping up. Being Jane's brother doesn't give him any leeway with his sister, but leeway is hardly what sisters are supposed to give their bros. It lets them know they are loved and wanted. I did have some sympathy for Frankie having Jane stay at his place, I would never want to live with any of my sisters, or my brother for that matter! Frankie shares some of his sister's traits as a cop, including the wise-guy-inspired routine that peeks through from time to time. But with all this considered, Frankie is still a damn good cop.
Angela Rizzoli provides the show with a kind of "Girl Scout den mother" appeal, which serves as a kind of soothing agent among the characters where she's needed. Aside from being Jane and Frankie's mom, she has her own role that fans quickly enjoy and embrace. Angela brings warmth and humor to everyday situations, and compassion to those who need it, no matter they might be. It might very well be a bum on the street, it wouldn't make any difference to her. She's everybody's mother, in a broad, selfless way.
Rounding out this motley crew is Nina Holiday, the closest thing we have to both the not-exactly-dearly-departed Susie and the fan favorite Detective Frost, and it's expected she may actually survive the remaining episodes of this great show. And with that being said, I really hope I haven't unwillingly invoked the powers of the great stigma of being a token side-kick on this show. It would be great if someone besides Rizzoli and Isles could survive. Holiday is great, showing viable chops as both cop and geek(when need be) as well as having her own charm. And obviously, over the past two seasons, it seems as though she and Frankie have been hooking up(although those crazy kids may not want to admit it out loud) or at least really ought to while there's still time. Chop, chop, you two, the show only has thirteen episodes left! Frankie, bring a coat for "junior"! ;)
Holiday pulls off being hot and cool at the same time, and being able to be all about business all the while. And probably the great thing about Holiday is that she does nothing to take away from the other characters; she does her thing, and everyone else does theirs. She's just able to gel in and not get in the way at the same time. It all works for her, and for the show.
And as a fan of the show I do hate to see it go, but when the powers that be in TV Land (and worse, in Hollywood) decide that it's time to call it quits, there's nothing that can be said or done, except buy the box set. I can only hope this isn't the last we see of both actresses, and that they'll find a way back into our regularly scheduled tv lives. With all this in mind, I took some time to find a little satire brought to you by the magic of computers and the internet. And don't forget, kids, if it's on the internet it's just got to be true(not)! Enjoy! (hehehe.....)