So there’s a new running joke around my house these days . . . we’ve been binge watching NCIS — after burning through all the CSI we can get our grubby eyes to watch, we started NCIS — and I have to say, the first season is rife with lazy writing.
Not the “magic solution” type of writing, but for a show about investigations, shouldn’t there be some investigating going on? Most of the show (at least in the first season — I know there are at least another 11 to go — lord, I hope it gets better) revolves around the two nebbish investigators and their back-n-forth. The “boss” (who gets called “boss” at least 30 times an episode — so annoying) seems to have it all figured out and leads the other two by the nose until the climax. Rarely do they seem to have any brains at all, let alone investigative instincts. Hence the title of this post — it seems as if the “boss” has a “hunch” every episode that just happens to be spot on perfect. Case closed.
So why my beef? It’s just damned lazy. For my novella, (available on Amazon, do buy it, will you?) I tried so hard not to be lazy — to not have a simple solution — to make things just a little bit difficult for my protagonists. I’m working on the next book now, and I’m encountering the same issues — to not be lazy. So, to see people who are professionals – getting paid lots more than I am — being what I’m trying so hard not to be, makes me angry. I can’t change the way the show is written, but what I CAN do is make sure whatever I write isn’t lazy.
Now, don’t get me wrong — this isn’t a totally bad show and I get that they only have 44 minutes to tell some sort of story — that’s not a small issue. Any TV show has similar constraints. I just wish they’d be a little more intelligent about it, that’s all. Am I going to keep on watching it? Probably. I’ll at least skip ahead to see if things get any better. If not, I’ll find something else to binge watch (love that Hulu) . . .