This summer I’ve been catching up on a lot of watching/re-watching TV shows and movies that’ve slipped under my radar.
Audio-visual entertainment is a convalescent’s best friend sometimes.
One of my favourite TV shows of a couple of years ago was ‘Unforgettable’. Which, in brief, was about a woman cop who remembers everything. It had a great ensemble cast, interesting character and plot arcs, and was generally a good way to spend an hour.
Then it was cancelled after a single season.
Fast forward a year wherein I’ve learned it’s just been un-cancelled, re-vamped and back on the air. I snuggle up to my computer and prepare to indulge.
I’m enjoying catching up with “the new adventures of …” until last Sunday’s episode. (ep 205)
An Afghanistan (I think it was) veteran’s PTSD is triggered and he relives the incident that set him off by kidnapping a florist, who happens to be Afghani, straps a bomb to him, and threatens to explode it. The woman cop (Carrie) talks him down. Carrie is a very empathic lass and understands the veteran’s pain. We see this as she looks feelingly after him as he’s led away by the SWAT blokes.
And that’s pretty much where the episode finishes.
What really had me staring at my screen in disbelief was that the poor bugger with the bomb strapped to his chest was barely referenced in that entire scene and at no point did he get any compassionate/understanding words or even a quick glance from our empathic lady cop. The last we saw him, he was still kneeling with his hands on his head, surrounded by cops carrying lots of big guns. (while Carrie looked ‘feelingly after the poor veteran’)
I know the main episode (apart from the regular cast) arc was about the veteran, but, for whatever reasons, the writers, director, etc, chose not to show anything of the effect having a bomb strapped to his chest had on this guy.
“If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you are not considered well viewed” – Lily Tomlin. Actress, writer, producer.