We don’t want to proclaim that the first episode of “Rizzoli & Isles” season 6B was anything other than entertaining, mostly because that would be somewhat of a lie. The sense of action and intensity throughout was great, as was Angie Harmon’s performance as Jane had to figure out how to save Maura from the clutches of a very notorious serial killer who is targeting many people close to her. You don’t often get episodes like this for the show.
Our concern mostly comes in the following: Trying to do something that wasn’t so carefully plotted out. We feel like it was probably a mistake to know going into this episode that the serial-killer story wasn’t going to be resolved anytime soon, since this clouded how we watched it. Also, we wish that there were at least a few more clues as to who this person is. To us, it’s more interesting to know more about the killer’s backstory than to have them remain a mystery.
On a positive note, seeing Jane lead a team and form a very thorough (if disjointed at times) plan to get Maura back showed the devotion that she has for her perfectly, just as it was also great to see Maura routinely try to escape on her own merit. She handled being a kidnapping victim with as much bravery as someone could, and the plans that she thought of were all smart and not entirely reckless.
Sometimes, you have to just think of stories as stepping stones, and this may be the best way to look at the winter premiere. We knew that Maura wasn’t going to die, so now we can at least move forward after what was a high-energy return to the show. Our only wish would’ve been for a little more of the unexpected over what was a fairly standard winter premiere episode of a semi-procedural cop show. Grade: B+.
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