Media Update 1/23/20


Rizzoli and Isles

I am not sure what I was expecting but it was probably something softer and cheesier. I was struck immediately about how dynamic and charming this show is. I also appreciated that the show did not bother with an origin story but drops the viewer right into the action. The show follows the partnership between homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles. Rizzoli comes from a blue-collar family while Isles is uber-rich and stylish. Yet, I am fascinated by their close relationship that has been forged by fire. Angie Harmon is great as hard-nosed cop Rizzoli. She does not come off as a tomboy stereotype most of the time and is actually a good, flawed character. I empathize more with Sasha Alexander as the introverted science geek who is happy with the simple things but is still trying to connect to the world. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well, doing their job in moving the action along so that we can get more scenes between the main characters. I recommend this show.


Justified

Booked as a modern cowboy show, this show follows Timothy Olyphant as a US Marshal transferred back to his home state of Kentucky. I had heard about this show for a long time but I had set it aside. However, thanks to Santa Clarita Diet, I have become a big fan of Timothy Olyphantastic (nickname credit: Kevin Smith). He is such a charming guy with a good sense of comic timing. Here, he plays things cool and subdued as a steely-eyed cowboy. He definitely carries the show. Nick Searcy plays Olyphant’s mentor figure and boss. Erica Tazel is delightful as a no-nonsense marshal who helps keep the white guys in check. Jacob Pitts is the young marshal who used to be an Army sniper partnered with Olyphant. Joelle Carter plays a fairly brassy young woman who used to be friends with Olyphant. Walton Goggins plays a dumb yet manipulative white supremacist criminal, Olyphant’s nemesis who used to be his friend. I recommend the show even though the pacing is slow.


The Glades

This show follows a Chicago homicide cop who is unfairly fired and takes a settlement and a transfer to Florida. He is played very glibly by Matt Passmore. After the first episode, I was ready to hate him and close the door on the show. However, the character started to grow on me in a similar manner to Shawn from Psych did. However, the writing just is not as fun and interesting as Psych. Kiele Sanchez plays a snarky nurse who ends up being a major character. Carlos Gomez plays a grumpy coroner. Michelle Hurd plays a no-nonsense boss. Uriah Shelton plays a young boy (and the nurse’s son) who the main character becomes close to. The show is quirky and interesting but not as good as I thought it could be. I don’t really recommend it but if you are looking for pleasant background noise, it can fit that.

Music of the Week:
The Babes – Rock ‘N’ Roll Gang

Lil Uzi Vert – Futsal Shuffle 2020

Bishop Briggs – CHAMPION

JINJER – On The Top

Ningen Isu – Heartless Scat

Weekly Update:
– This week’s theme is “TV Cop Shows”
– I watched more Stumptown Season 1 (Oops it wasn’t over)
– I watched more Brooklyn 99 Season 3
– I watched more Ducktales Season 1
– I started Bob’s Burgers Season 9
– I watched more Blue Bloods Season 9
– I watched more The Gifted Season 1
– I have been watching VODs of AGDQ 2020
– I started watching Wait in the Wings and Jarvis Johnson on YouTube

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