Good News, Bad News. The good: that Tom Selleck is continuing his role as Jesse Stone, the aging, half-alcoholic police chief in Robert B. Parker’s series set in Paradise, Massachusetts. The bad: that with Parker’s death, this series of made-for-tv movies may be at an end. Back to the good: that Selleck was producer and co-author of this last episode, called No Remorse. Suit and Rose are running the department alone, because the town council has suspended Jesse and banned them from even speaking to Jesse. The story line involves two cases, a series of armed robberies of convenience stores in Paradise and what appears to be a series of three murders in Boston. Jesse is helping his old Boston buddy Healey as an intuitive assistant on the Boston murders. And he’s also helping Suit and Rose with their case, knowing that they will need to solve it to keep their jobs. Some viewers object to the darkness of this episode, missing the light banter so typical of Parker’s style. I disagree with the objectors, finding the character, as Selleck has defined him in this episode as well as the first four, to be perfectly in keeping with Parker’s original intent. And I hope there will be at least one more in Selleck’s repertoire before he’s done with it. I simply have to see him and Suit and Rose back on the force together, and Jesse’s growing love for Reggie, the setter with the biggest, most mournful eyes since Boomer. That would be truly good news.
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