Originally Posted by lonwolf615
Boy, great post. Just change the title of the show and you could post it on the "Grimm" thread too
In one brilliant paragraph you captured my problems with both shows.
That's why I stopped watching Grimm. It's also the same problem that almost killed Fringe before it realized the benefits of embracing it's mythology outweighed the drawbacks of alienating CBS viewers who tuned in for a procedural.
Reaper suffered the same thing too until season two when it finally let loose some crazy and started writing the stories around the characters instead of writing the characters around the stories.
It doesn't take much to break from formula. Having another dull con apprehended in the first fifteen minutes and then spending the rest of the episode doing something else with the characters would have added some variety and unpredictability. Soto on a date with the hot coroner I could easily have watched unfold while Hauser was out kicking in doors and dangling conspiracy suspects off buildings. They could have given Rebecca something to do as well I suppose.
Shows like this remind of how groundbreaking the early seasons of Homicide: LOTS used to be. One episode was entirely focused around who was lighting a candle in the squad room. That was more important than the crimes being solved that week.
Good writing with solid characters doesn't need formulaic stories every week. Taking those elements and running with them is ambitious
and Alcatraz never really tried.
Another failure for JJ and his arc-denial he's starting to approach everything with.