Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Quickie: Terriers update

I finally caught up with Terriers today. It's absolutely one of the best shows on television.

I wanted to comment briefly on "Sins of the Past", the most recent episode. It was written by one of my favorite TV writers, Tim Minear. I love this guy so much because he's so good at the flashback episodes. On Angel, he wrote one of my personal favorite episodes, "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been" in the second season, which had Angel dealing with guilt stemming from an event at a Hollywood hotel in the 1950s. Firefly gave us "Out of Gas", widely considered a fan favorite episode -- this one handles the gradual gathering of Serenity's crew interwoven with an old-fashioned "the ship is sinking!" plot.

"Sins of the Past" deals with some serious pieces of business, too. With the help of the journalist Hank saved in "Asunder", Hank and Mark bring closure to an old case of theirs involving a serial rapist -- significant because it's the case that ended Hank's career as a cop (and arguably also his marriage). Britt, meanwhile, gets really drunk and beats up Katie's classmate, assuming that he's the guy she slept with. Back in the slammer with you, and right back to the doghouse for Hank and Britt as Hank spills that he knew about Katie's drunken affair.

It's a bitter episode to get through, but rewarding in the end -- not unlike "Are You Now..." or "Out of Gas". I think it'd be a worthy endeavor to compare and contrast these three episodes for tonal consistency, structure, and content. Minear's a very talented writer and I'd like to dig a little deeper into the episodes he's written. In the meantime... tonight's Glee night. Cue audible sigh, Joss Whedon-style.

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