We are living in a Procedural World
and I am a Procedural Girl…
I absolutely ADORE a good TV Detective show. Ironically, I’ve not seen a Sherlock episode (but with Christmas coming that will hopefully be amended) but have managed a fair number of CSI‘s in my time [all flavours.] Right now I’m using Amazon to trawl my way through the NCIS back catalogue. Really, honestly, I’ll take anything if it a) makes me think and b) has decent ensemble chemistry. That’s the most important factor in my TV watching. All these people have to look like they would really get on.
As a kid I can remember Hill Street Blues and Ironside, Quincy and Columbo with fondness. Satellite TV also allows me the luxury of trawling back through historical gems such as Poirot and the various incarnations of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, though nothing really beats Margaret Rutherford’s superlative filmic incarnation of the character… part of a Saturday afternoon tradition that became a significant part of my early years.
This is part of the reason why good stories matter to me far more than just special effects and surface imagery when translated to film or TV: there is a phenomenal amount of my past built from such narratives, and the desire to place human interest above the ridiculous or overly distracting. I have written a couple of murder mysteries in my time, but amazingly this genre isn’t one I feel could ever have decent justice done to it (pun very much intended.)
This is very much in the ‘enjoyment, not a job’ part of existence, and long may that continue…
b) (Because I decided point a) was wrong) I’ll have to write a mystery story (and most likely novel) once, with all the dedication I can muster. Because that’s where it all started. Somehow. If you ignore the comics that came before it, and the children’s series of various media.
c) There’s undenaible chemistry in NCIS, but I dropped it after deciding I was more interested in Gibbs and Ducky than actually feeling enticed to think. It’s incredibly pleasant for me to watch, but that’s not where I want to be.
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