Battlin' Boston!

What are those flashing lights for in Rizzoli and Isles?!!

In a recent episode of Rizzoli & Isles, Angie Harmon’s character makes a reference to the color light beacon atop the old Hancock building.  If you follow the link you’ll get a complete description of the origins and explanation of the lights.  But most importantly, flashing red means the Red Sox are in town!

http://www.celebrateboston.com/strange/weather-beacon.htm

On Falling Skies, Weren’t the Yankees just in Town???
The Yankees were just in town and dropped two out of three to the Red Sox.  Boy, they look bitter don’t they?  Maybe they should take their alien invasion road show back to NY where they might have better luck versus the Angels

On Falling Skies, Weren’t the Yankees just in Town???

The Yankees were just in town and dropped two out of three to the Red Sox.  Boy, they look bitter don’t they?  Maybe they should take their alien invasion road show back to NY where they might have better luck versus the Angels

Good News and Bad News for Boston in the year 2149!
The good news for Boston in the year 2149 is the new Fenway Park is finally open for business!  The bad news is something about limiting family size to four.  Why??!!  Don’t they know the new Fenway Park holds 100,000 people!!??  The Sox are so damn popular in the future they had to nearly quadruple the size of the park!
Here’s hoping Fox’s Terra Nova has more Boston connections!

Good News and Bad News for Boston in the year 2149!

The good news for Boston in the year 2149 is the new Fenway Park is finally open for business!  The bad news is something about limiting family size to four.  Why??!!  Don’t they know the new Fenway Park holds 100,000 people!!??  The Sox are so damn popular in the future they had to nearly quadruple the size of the park!

Here’s hoping Fox’s Terra Nova has more Boston connections!

A Sneak Peek of Boston on Falling skies!

I grabbed this screen shot from the preview of next Sunday’s episode of Falling Skies. Our intrepid band is headed back to Boston and looks like Beantown has taken quite the beating.  The Custom House Tower is visible to the far right so I would say this view is from the south.  (Maybe south west.)  Included is a Skyline picture of Boston in better times and one of the Custom House Tower for a closer look.  Still haven’t seen what’s left of Fenway Park yet!


#Warehouse13 visits Boston!

It’s always fun when a TV show not set in Boston decides to drop by for a visit.  This week it was the gang from Warehouse 13.  Specifically Jinksy and Claudia.  Claudia also remarked that their time there was very, “Thomas Crown Affair”.  The Thomas Crown Affair was a Boston heist flick from 1968 that starred Steve McQueen.  Mr. McQueen also got his props in a recent episode of Falling Skies.  (At least I think so!)  Artie from the Warehouse also stumbled into Boston and stammered out an excuse to Claudia that he was there for a Red Sox game.  I don’t know Artie, if this was real time the Sox would be in Baltimore!

Rizzoli and Isles tries out the Boston PD Patch.

Finally, another show for “BattlinBoston to talk about. Rizzoli and Isles is set in Boston but filmed in L.A.  Hmmm, that’s not close.  Let’s see how close they got with the Boston PD patches on their shoulders.

You know, that is not a bad job.  (It might even be an improvement.)  Naturally, they can’t use the real thing but a ship instead of City Hall in Government Center isn’t a bad idea.  The ship could be anything from “Old Ironsides” to The Mayflower or maybe even a Boston Tea Party ship.  Bonus points for getting the date right too!  Way to go Rizz and Izz!

What’s this, another shout out to Marblehead?

In my last post I noted how the 10th Massachusetts was assigned to Marblehead in the show, “Falling Skies”.  Marblehead was the home of Glover’s Regiment during the Revolutionary War.  Also known as the “23rd Regiment” at that time, Glover’s men were responsible for getting Washington and his Continental Army across the Delaware to surprise the Hessians.  So what do we see in episode three of “Falling Skies”?  Check out the above pictures at “JFK High School” where Tom Mason confronts Dr. Harris.

Yep, Washington crossing the Delaware.

Do you think one of the writers hails from Marblehead?


On “Falling Skies” a shout out to Marblehead!
Or is it pronounce “Mahblehead”?  As I’ve noted before there have been several shout outs to towns outside the Boston area.  Marblehead is significant.  Not just because the “10th Massachusetts” is assigned there in the show.  But because it was the home of the “23rd Massachusetts Regiment” during the Revolutionary War.  The 23rd, also  known as “Glover’s Regiment” eventually became the 14th Continental Regiment and was responsible for getting Washington across the Delaware River to surprise the Hessians.  Glover’s Regiment consisted of able seamen that also rescued Washington’s army in their retreat from New York.
Way to go Mahblehead!  Ooops, I mean Marblehead!

On “Falling Skies” a shout out to Marblehead!

Or is it pronounce “Mahblehead”?  As I’ve noted before there have been several shout outs to towns outside the Boston area.  Marblehead is significant.  Not just because the “10th Massachusetts” is assigned there in the show.  But because it was the home of the “23rd Massachusetts Regiment” during the Revolutionary War.  The 23rd, also  known as “Glover’s Regiment” eventually became the 14th Continental Regiment and was responsible for getting Washington across the Delaware River to surprise the Hessians.  Glover’s Regiment consisted of able seamen that also rescued Washington’s army in their retreat from New York.

Way to go Mahblehead!  Ooops, I mean Marblehead!

Boston’s Hatch Shell take a bow on Falling Skies.

I can appreciate the effort they are making on “Falling Skies” to make their settings as much like Boston as possible.  Falling Skies isn’t filmed in Boston but there have been many references to the towns surrounding Boston, the Red Sox, area history etc.  In the two hour premier Noah Wyle’s character Tom Mason is shown walking with his intrepid band through an open air concert setting.  In the background is a concert stage with a shell to improve acoustics.  In Boston there is the “Hatch Shell” where many outdoor concerts are staged.  The most famous of which is the 4th of July concert featuring the Boston Pops.

It seems to me this was a nod towards that famous Boston locale.  In real life as you face the Hatch Shell, the Charles River is to the left and the Back Bay of Boston is to the right across Storrow Drive.  In the TV show, buildings are to the left including one that says “Oshawa Senior” something.  Oshawa is a suburb of Toronto where the series is actually filmed.  Points for trying though!

On Falling Skies the Aliens love the Red Sox!
Eh, maybe not.  I have a feeling poor ol’ Fenway is a pile of rubble.  (But you never know!)  The above picture shows a plastic alien head with a Red Sox cap placed atop it.  Maybe the family that once owned the house where Matt was resting visited Roswell NM once.  Naturally they were Sox fans.  Either way, it’s a grim precursor of things to come where the Red Sox are gone and the Aliens now own Boston.

On Falling Skies the Aliens love the Red Sox!

Eh, maybe not.  I have a feeling poor ol’ Fenway is a pile of rubble.  (But you never know!)  The above picture shows a plastic alien head with a Red Sox cap placed atop it.  Maybe the family that once owned the house where Matt was resting visited Roswell NM once.  Naturally they were Sox fans.  Either way, it’s a grim precursor of things to come where the Red Sox are gone and the Aliens now own Boston.