I finally got my hands on the Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season on DVD and, as always, the first thing I did was put on the special features.
If you read my posts often, you know that I’m a production junkie. I love the whole process of making movies and TV shows even though it can be stressful and tedious at times. So I really appreciated featurette on this DVD called From the Ground Up- Building Episode 214.
The featurette takes you through every stage of creating an episode from breaking the script through to the final edit. The number of details that have to be coordinated between so many departments is overwhelming and when you realize them only have a little more than a week to shoot the scenes, it’s a wonder they manage at all.
As a writer, I found the “In the Writer’s Room” section to be particularly fascinating. The show runner likes to take bits and pieces from real life then weave them into the crime of the week. She has people with different backgrounds writing for her including the detective who acts as the show’s consultant. He really goes that extra mile to make sure the police work is as authentic as possible.
As I watched the featuerette, I quickly realized that the one area of production that I couldn’t handle is editing. I simply don’t have the patience to go over the same bits of film again and again, tweaking here, taking out two frames there. Kudos to the folks who do it, they don’t get enough credit for how their work plays into the final result.
Rizzoli & Isles; The Complete Second Season also had deleted scenes and my all-time favorite special feature, the gag reel. They’ve also included a code so you can download a digital copy for use on your mobile device or computer. That’s a nice bonus for R&I fans.
The series returns for a third season tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5th at 9/8c on TNT. You won’t want to miss that. Until then, here’s a clip.
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 2 on DVD by thewbdotcom
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