Rick- Vorlon wannabe
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
I was thinking a lot about the location of the shot that killed Terri. Don't know how well the writers do with subconscious stuff, and how it dovetails with TV mores, etc.
On a TV level, it's less gory to have a shot in the chest. You can just show blood on a shirt, so it's also less expensive to "do." From what little I know too, when TV shows someone get a bullet to the head, they get a clean little hole in the forehead, but I'm told that depending on the gun the damage in real life is much more awful, and awful-looking. In reality though, my guess is that if you want to kill someone fast the head would be ideal, even compared to the heart.
On a surface story level, the stomach shot holds the suspense longer perhaps -- no apparent damage, they can stretch it out further.
If they were doing anything psychological, I did wonder if it meant there was a bit of real bonding -- probably not -- but I've read from profilers that deliberately not messing up the face is a sign of bonding. I didn't think about the reverse viewpoint someone mentioned though -- killing the baby. But I think the blood was higher up.
Hard to say in this case -- the first few hours seemed to do a much better job dramatically, and with more literary tricks and devices. I think the story did great until about hour 9 or 10? About the time when they suddenly dropped all the threads (Jack dropping the real key card on the floor seemed especially clever, suddenly the key card was no longer important anymore though, I felt like that was a dropped ball), the story got relatively weak, jumped the shark with the amnesia thing, then the last few hours got better. But I still think they didn't achieve the great intricacy that was set up in the first few hours.
My guess is they were busy writing it, then once they sold it they got too busy making the show to keep putting the quality into planning the story.
"Well, I'd *go* with Betty, ... but I'd be thinkin' o' Wilma" (Dave Lister)
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