Wednesday, February 18, 2009
How not to write a murder mystery
Maybe, it's just the Diva, but I don't get how you set up a murder mystery with the victim only working a few days before he gets whacked.
After tomorrow's episode, we won't see Tony DiMera again until March 13th. Then he's on 6 episodes in a row until March 20th. The following week, is Thaao's last week on the show. So let's be optimistic and say he films for five days. From now until Tony's death, Tony's onscreen a whopping 12 episodes. The Diva's source is Jason's awesome website.
Oh, and Leann Hunley is not onscreen according to the stats as of March 20th. The Diva has no faith that the fabulous Anna DiMera will be on during the love of her life's murder.
The Diva doesn't get it. Why can't the writers come up with decent endings for these couples? Higley had 2 months to come up with a decent ending for J&M, but it all got rushed the last two episodes. The ending was totally lame. Why not have J&M (with John's body parts still working) just decide to go visit Shelle and Claire? Why the totally lame ending for S&K? Their last episode consisted of them at the hospital lecturing Stephanie to dump Philip and then worrying about Bope. Now Tony's getting whacked with practically no build up with his wife nowhere in sight.
BTW, Thaao's contract is not up until May. So instead of writing a real murder mystery and killing Tony off at the end of May sweeps, the show rushed a March sweeps murder in 12 episodes. In Corday's infinite wisdom, he is paying Thaao Penghlis not to work for 2 months.