Last night my wife and I sat down to watch episodes 3, 4, and 5 of ABC’s Castle. If you’ve never seen it, the title character is a murder mystery writer who follows around a sultry detective and helping her solve murder cases. It’s sort of like Law & Order meets Murder She Wrote.
As a general rule I don’t like murder mysteries or cop shows, because they’re all the same and I just can’t bring myself to suspend disbelief quite that far. In real life, the obvious suspect is usually the right one. How do these guys keep getting all the complicated cases? And why do so many wealthy and presumably intelligent people forget to ask for a lawyer when they get accused of something?
The cop show I’d like to see is the one where you know in the first 5 minutes who did it, and then spend the next 55 trying to draw out the confession, sometimes failing because the person remembers to ask for a lawyer who tells them to stfu, and they actually listen, so now you’ve got to build your case and take it to the D.A. How refreshing would that be? It might be boring and repetitive, but then again, so are the rest of these shows.