30 7 / 2014
If I’ve learned anything from video games, it is that when you meet enemies, it means that you’re going in the right direction.
that’s really inspiring
30 7 / 2014
So, in last night’s episode… the Rizzles moments were good. The Paddy Doyle tie in was good. And uh… that’s about it.
Obviously, the show is severely lacking in the action and drama departments lately. It’s become far too procedural the last couple years. Far too full of comedic relief. We all know that.
But the biggest issue — we need to see some dramatic new arcs that span multiple episodes, like what happened with Hoyte in S1 and S2. As a screenwriter, I can say with confidence that is absolutely what’s missing the most. There are no overall, multiple-episode STORY ARCS. There’s only individual episodes now. Jane’s pregnancy, Maura’s new guy, etc — those aren’t really story arcs, just character arcs. They need to introduce some big new challenge/antagonist that spans multiple episodes, putting our favorite heroines’ lives in jeopardy at every turn, getting them deep into the mix in a heart-pounding, action-packed way and ultimately resolving after several episodes. And then whatever happens in the climactic resolution, have the fallout last several episodes.
That’s what the show is lacking the most. VISION. It’s just become “What case of the week do we churn out next?” And there’s no vision with that. It’s more about filling an episode quota than creating a powerful hour of television, ending in a way where people can’t wait to tune in next week to find out what happens next. There’s no urgency there, no originality, no VISION.
28 7 / 2014