Jesse Stone series

JesseStoneSuggested by Brad Nelson • Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) is a New England police chief investigating a series of murders, in an adaptation of Robert B. Parker’s novel. With the help of his emotionally-remote dog, drink (coffee or scotch) in hand, he usually finds a way to get the bad guys.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Normally the rule holds: TV is a vast wasteland. But once in a while something of quality seems to spontaneously erupt out of the primordial ooze.

    I stumbled across this series on Netflix while looking for something to watch. Netflix has five of the eight episodes. The other three must be found by other means. And the latest word is that CBS isn’t making any more episodes but Selleck is shopping it around to cable networks. Let’s hope he succeeds.

    First off, a word of warning. At StubbornThings the idea of a movie review or recommendation is to connect quality with quality (or to just mock inanely stupid things such as Cameron’s “Avatar”). If you’re looking for the cinematic equivalent of smack, we don’t push that stuff here. If you need high octane doses of sugar-rush kinetic action, don’t look here. This place isn’t for you.

    But, if you like, as the old Coca-Cola saying used to go, “the pause that refreshes,” then take a look at the Jesse Stone series.

    The most succinct way to put this is that if you like “Longmire” (which has unfortunately been canceled…quality cannot last long in the cesspool of television) then you will like the Jesse Stone series. Stone plays a transplanted cop who takes the job of a small-town police chief in Paradise, Massachusetts.

    Along with a highly-developed cop instinct, he brings along some baggage. He drinks a lot. He’s divorced from this wife but she still calls him (which doesn’t help his drinking at all). The city officials who hired him are more interested in keeping the tourist industry vibrant then actually solving crimes.

    And with coffee cup in hand, Stone usually finds his way like a slow-walking Mount Rushmore. He doesn’t say much (mercy…what a relief given the run-on gab stuffed into the mouths of today’s brain-dead characters). But he does carry a big stick. Part of the fun is that Jesse Stone cares more about justice than the niceties of the law. He’ll bend the rules here and there if need be.

    He’s surrounded by a good, low-key cast of actors who fit in perfectly with what you’d expect from a professional, but more informal, small-town police department.

    But don’t blame me if you don’t understand this. There are large aspects to the Stone series that are like a meditation. This is skillfully filmed and edited with an emphasis on some things (like his dog) that you never would have thought would work…but do work if you are of the type whose brain is not yet burnt out on the searing hyperactivity of television.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Selleck seems to like playing cops and detectives (though the only time I ever say Magnum, P.I. was when they did a 2-part episode with Murder, She Wrote). I would also recommend Runaway, one particularly good aspect of which is that his character is forced to confront and defeat his own acrophobia.

    • David Ray says:

      I also am a huge fan of the Jesse Stone series. Night Passage is a fun one. His boss Hastings finds out that his observation “Why would I have to pay him? He’s a loser looking for a nice quiet place to hide” is about to be proven wrong.

      Jesse shows this by admitting to a battered woman that the restraining order probably won’t work; so he kicks Steven Baldwin (the only good Baldwin) in the nuts and then leans over and informs the criminal that next time he’ll be kicked around until he’s road-kill. And if he’s annoying like he was today, he just might shoot him.
      In Hollywood, being a moderate Republican is a rarity (I’ll take what I can get) and Selleck seems to have improved with age.

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