Series and we, the morons

January 7th, 2008 § 2 comments

I think–no, strike that, I’m sure some writers think we are complete morons.

I was watching an episode of CSI Miami today that showed, in the opening teaser, the following piece of dialog between Horation Cane–the series’ main character–and his medical examiner. A woman was dead, and the medical examiner told Cane that she had found two kinds of wounds: one caused by a serrated knife, which was the one who had really killed the woman, and another, caused by a plain knife and inflected post-mortem in the shape of the letter Y. Horatio Cane–made famous by his cheese one-liners, proceeds to utter the following statement:

“That would mean the second wound is a serial killer signature”

No freaking kidding, Sherlock!

As if the fact that I’m somewhat educated, that I’m watching a criminal drama and, therefore, used to this kind of theme, would not be sufficient to think the exact same think a hundredth of second after hearing what the medical examiner had said.

I also remember an episode of House in which he describes to his underlings how the immune system works. If he has to explain that to a neurologist, and immunologist (!) and a specialist in intensive care, he really needs different people working with him. Maybe that’s way they all left him in the end of the third season. :-)

Anyway, sometimes you need to explain certain terms and motives to the people watching the series; sometimes, what the specialist is trying to say is too technical and some people will not understand it otherwise. But you don’t need to insult the intelligence of the other people who do understand what is being said. If House was Grey’s Anatomy, I would gladly let it pass. But House watchers deserve better.

In the CSI Miami episode, it would just be a matter of waiting until the story developed enough to show the background of the assassin, something they would have to do anyway. In the House episode, the explanation could easily have been provided to another person, the patient itself or his family.

And to think that some TV executives that will try t explain the poor rating by blaming by saying that the public didn’t receive the show well. Of course, I’d say, with such writing people will deliberately not watch.

§ 2 Responses to Series and we, the morons"

  • I’ve never been able to get into CSI Miami because of Horatio Cane’s character. I don’t know if it’s David Caruso’s portrayal or whether any actor would struggle with the awful writing. Just my opinion you understand, oddly I really like the original CSI and CSI: New York.

  • Ronaldo says:

    The same here. I usually only watch CSI Miami when I’m waiting for another series in the same TV slot. The writing is bad, but I think Caruso’s portrayal is even worse. I’ve rarely seem someone deliver his line in such a flat and unemotional way. CSI NY suffers a bit from writing to but Sinise and Kanakaredes are very good actors. I’ve watched little of the original series but I liked what I saw.

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