Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Over the Top Plotting
I have always been a Dana Delany fan and I finally got around to sampling her new show, BODY OF PROOF. I was disappointed because I found in it the same sort of the over-the-top plotting that began for me with Law and Order, Special Victims Unit and has drifted into too many crime stories.
In this episode, it was not enough that a mother had nearly killed her child by withholding drugs, it had to go a step further and have her sister and a handyman join forces to murder the girl because she was changing her will. This type of plotting has an hysteria to it that I really hate.
This grab bag of motives plotting also allows the writers to skirt having a nice, tight plot. It's like a magician where he fools you by making you look at the wrong thing. Do you find it clever? It really annoys me. It's not just red herrings, which are part of the game.
Is there any traditional crime show that still manages to turn out a nice clean plot most of the time?