One thing you can say about the made for TV mysteries based on Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone series is they are visually stunning. You can also say they are well made. In Sea Change Selleck is perfect as Stone and the story is solid if less dramatic than in the previous releases. This is the fourth DVD in the series. The novel it is based on is the fifth book in the series.
This time around Jesse Stone finds himself a little bored with the lack of action in Paradise, Maine. On the advice of his shrink Stone find something to keep himself busy and this means opening a fifteen-year-old cold case related to a bank robbery. He also has to deal with a rape case right when Paradise's biggest tourist event, the regatta, is about to start. The brother of a guy he shot is following him around. On the home front one of his officers is back on duty and another is disgruntled
The biggest difference between Sea Change with Tom Selleck and the original Parker novel is the central murder has been taken away and Molly is not on maternity leave. I also think a couple of subplots from other Jesse Stone novels made their way into this one. It does not quite matter though it is a bit more subdued than past efforts.
Mystery fans will notice a few similarities between this and Parker's Spenser series. When Jesse Stone runs out of clues or things are at a standstill he uses the old stick a branch in the hornet's nest and see what happens technique of investigation. Here, the cold case is connected to a bank robbery and this connects this TV adaptation to the first novel and third Jesse Stone DVD, Night Passage.
This is not the most action-packed TV movie in the series Aside from some fisticuffs and a very minor car chase the story is mostly investigative. It is also a bit loosey-goosey but nothing to stop you from enjoying it.
Other Jesse Stone DVD reviews:
Other Robert B. Parker Reviews
Cold Service - A Spenser Mystery: A little less than a Spenser novel should be.
Double Play: Double Play, a suspense built around the story of baseball great Jackie Robinson
Melancholy Baby - A Sunny Randall Mystery: An entertaining whodunit.
Sea Change - A Jesse Stone Mystery: The fifth Jesse Stone novel and a solid read.
School Days - A Spenser Mystery: One of the better Spenser mystery novels. No Hawk, no Silverman.
Jesse Stone : Death In Paradise DVD: Third Jesse Stone DVD starring Tom Selleck, really really good mystery.
Jesse Stone: Night Passage DVD: First Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone second DVD in the series.
Hundred-Dollar Baby - A Spenser Mystery: A dreadful Spenser mystery. A waste of time and money
Blue Screen - A Sunny Randall Mystery: Very ordinary Sunny Randall mystery with stupid ending.
High Profile - A Jesse Stone Mystery: Readable? Yes. Believable? Hmmm.
Spare Change - A Sunny Randall Mystery: Sunny Randall and her dad team up to find a serial killer. Not a bad novel.
High Profile - A Jesse Stone Mystery: Banal mystery by writer who puts out too much.
Night and Day - A Jesse Stone Mystery: Good read and toss kind of mystery.
Jesse Stone - No Remorse DVD: Very moody but very good made for TV mystery
Rough Weather - A Spenser Mystery: Decent enough for a later Spenser.
Painted Ladies - A Spenser Novel: 39th Spenser and as ordinary as the last 12 or so
Jesse Stone - Innocents Lost DVD: 2011 TV movie. Good but formulaic
Jesse Stone - Benefit of the Doubt DVD: Eighth in the series and just as good.