David M. Brown's Blog

July 30, 2011

Round-robin cop-show exposition

Filed under: Television,Writing — davidmbrowndotcom @ 1:31 am

I don’t watch the cop shows, and after one minute of “Law and Order” I find that I also don’t want to take the lessons in exposition informing the script writers of cop shows.

In the episode I saw a minute of, a young Asian guy cop at the station flourishes a promotional sheet produced by the organization that the crew is investigating and rattles off a brief explanation of the group’s purpose. In the very next moment, before anybody can scratch his nose or comment on the weather or complain about how stupid the organization is, a young white lady cop looks down at a computer screen where a further-information-providing web page is already open and says, “Okay, here we go…,” as if the page has only now swum into view, coincidentally just in time to enable her to smoothly expand upon her colleague’s brief preliminary report. Would it really be so boring to listen to any one character convey info for more than 15 seconds before the explanatory ball is tossed in rehearsed segue to somebody else?


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