Caitlin Grey (foenix) wrote,
Caitlin Grey

Early Bombs

So, I'm looking over what ABC has lined up for next year, and I think I've discovered the first bomb of the series.

Well, maybe not *really* first, but one of the ones that leaps out immediately to me. Note: I don't look to see what's happening on comedies, because I don't care. They're all pretty much the same with only a very rare exception. But that's a rant for another day!

"Day Break" (one-hour) - We've all had bad days... the kind of day where nothing goes our way and we just can't wait to put it behind us. Detective Brett Hopper is having one of those hellacious days... only he can't put it behind him because he's living the same day over and over again.

On this particular day, Hopper will be accused of killing Asst. DA Alberto Garza. He will offer a solid alibi which no one will believe. He will realize he's been framed. And he will run, discovering en route that not only he, but his loved ones, are also in danger. He'll then wake up and relive the same day over and over again. In order to break the cycle and move on, he will have to figure out who framed him and solve the complex mystery surrounding Garza's death. He will also be forced to heal the fractured relationships with those he loves. Only when Harper figures out why his life is broken and how to fix it will he awaken to a brand new day.

Oh yeah, THAT is gonna get old *really* fast.

Either it has season long arcs like some other shows, and for some reason in season two it happens AGAIN, and that just seems terribly silly, or he keeps reliving the same day forever. Can you picture if the show goes ten years? That would be amusing. The most likely option will be cancelled quickly as watchers tire of the format. At least Tru Calling wasn't the same day forever and ever.

Also, I hate when things like this happen for no reason. I like these things in little one-off episodes of scifi series, where some technobabble can explain it away, or whatever, but I hate it just...happening. To real people, in the real world. So, they'll either just have it randomly happen for no real reason, or it is somehow part of the plot, but will be dragged out as long as the mystery, since finding out right away wouldn't be much fun...

And how do you have a solid alibi...that no one believes? That's not a solid alibi then, is it?


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