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Rizzoli & Isles - The Platform - Advance Preview: "Trouble in the Rizzoli Family"

Directed by Greg Prange
Written by Jan Nash
Reviewed by Gavin Hetherington

Beware: Some spoilers ahead (but nothing major)!


Rizzoli & Isles, I must admit, returns in spectacular fashion with the season six premiere. I always love it when the show focuses on the main characters rather than case-of-the-week, and the season six premiere effortlessly flows the two together. What made this episode exciting was the fact that the case-of-the-week heavily involved Frankie. Jane has to save her brother after he did something bad. Very bad. It even makes Jane question what he did. And he did do it, by the way. It's just warped in a way that makes him look very bad. Jane is on the case though and she goes through quite a journey to try and help her brother. Angela isn't given a very big part in this episode though as her storyline mainly involves getting an ugly chair for free. Never mind, her presence is still necessary to keep the Rizzoli family together in a very trying time.

Maura starts training a new assistant medical examiner called Kent Drake. He's weird guys, even Jane doesn't like him and she is a great judge of character. I'm sure the two will get on famously if he sticks around. Anyway, Maura has some great scenes in this episode, including a comical scene with the guy doing an autopsy as she tries to see what's going on. The Maura and Frankie interactions are also interesting in this episode too as it feels like there may be more sparks there that have been dormant for a little while. Susie Chang is in this episode too and I really like her, she's extremely cute. Also, Nina Holiday - who was introduced last year following the death of Lee Thompson Young and his character - had a great role in this premiere and was super helpful to the team. I didn't feel like she had the chance to break out in season four and while I liked her, I didn't care too much about her. Season six seems to be like a whole new start for her because she's comfortable in her job, her interactions with the others are smooth and she's really becoming her own character. I'm looking forward to seeing more of her.

I liked the format of the episode too. It's a technique done before, when something happens in the opening and then the episode goes back to one day before. The build-up was great and it was something exciting to build towards. Fortunately we don't have to wait the entire episode to go back to the first scene. It actually only takes about 12-13 minutes, then the rest of the episode deals with the aftermath. Overall it was a very good premiere and it has definitely started season six the right way. Just one question - did Maura only start working there 5 years ago? So she was brand new to the team when the show started? Maura said that's how long she's been working there but that can't be right, right? A lot to look forward to with the return of Rizzoli & Isles so I really hope you guys enjoy the premiere too.

Now enjoy some dialogue teasers:

- "Is that a good thing or a bad thing?" "... if you have to ask."
- "Well he doesn't have any taste, he'll probably love it."
- "Is she always like that?" "Yes, in the very best way possible."
- "Come on Jane, like you don't have any secrets."
- "Seems like you need to keep an open mind yourself detective."
- "They're gonna hang him out to dry."
- "I could go to jail."
- "It's very satisfying using science to solve a mystery."
- "I didn't mean for anyone to die."
- "Good guys always feel bad when something awful happens."

Got any questions about the season six premiere of Rizzoli and Isles? What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments and be sure to watch the episode when it airs on June 16th on TNT!

About the Author - Gavin Hetherington
Award-winning author of 'Abyssal Sanctuary: Remnants of the Damned'. Gavin joined SpoilerTV in August 2014 and reviews 2 Broke Girls, Mistresses, Orange is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, Salem, Scream Queens and Sleepy Hollow. Gavin will write previews for Devious Maids and Shadowhunters, and backs-up Empire, The Flash, iZombie, Once Upon a Time, Reign, Scandal and Supergirl. You can contact him at
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