Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I Will Never Kill My Hero. Unless...

If you saw my last post about Primeval, let me just say I’VE CHANGED MY MIND! When I saw the end to season two where Nick Cutter tore up the photo of himself with Claudia Brown, I understood he had finally accepted she was gone. But I did not accept it. I merely grumbled to myself that it was an element of the story I wouldn’t hve written that way, and could do nothing about.

When I saw the episode in season 3 where Nick was shot, I thought to myself, “they’re just going to work this into the storyline.” Wrong. He’s deader than a doornail. And that was my breaking point.

Bye Bye, Nick. I'll miss you.

I understand this is a multi-character storyline, and each person has a significant role in carrying this story along. But even in a multi-character story, you’ve got to have a leader, or anchor. Nick was the center point of the story, even if he wasn’t the favorite. Now they’re just a bunch of characters flailing around without their anchor, and add to it the ridiculous choice of putting Jenny in charge (she’s a PR person, for heaven’s sake. Not a soldier, not an expert marksman, not a dinosaur or evolution scholar) is just bad writing.

So, Dear Reader, on this fourth day of November, in the year 2009, I make the following promises:

I will never kill my hero...
Unless I bring him back stronger, smarter, and sexier in a way that makes you love him twice as much.

I will never separate my hero and heroine...
Unless I bring them back together in the most powerful, soul gripping way that brings tears to your eyes, shivers to your spine and cream to your jeans.

I will never leave my characters flailing about...
Unless I let them triumph in the end in a way that saves all their lives, the dog, the town, and the world, and leaves you shouting for joy.

I promise.


Francesca Hawley said...

I love your promises - especially that you left yourself an out. I had a similar problem when Ghost Whisperer killed off Jim. I quit watching. When I found out they were bringing him back...I've watched occasionally but it will never be the same as it was before they killed him off. It was like their "Bobby Ewing in the Shower" thing. I've had the same problem with Horatio Caine on CSI:Miami. Here was this law and order guy who was all angsty over killing someone years ago and they screw up the characterization so he all but turns into a vigilante. The provocation was there...and yet... Needless to say, I am no longer a regular watcher of CSI: Miami. sigh.

Great post, Crystal!

Pamela said...

Oh yes, Bobby Ewing. That has turned into the ultimate cliche that, unfortunately, has not taught Hollywood a lesson.

Savanna Kougar said...

Pamela, bless you, bless you, bless you... that's why I write stories my way and one reason I don't care about watching most TV shows... they can just jerk you around and not care at all.

Paris said...

I hated when they killed off Nick. He was my absolute favorite character! The show's chemistry was thrown off and it never returned.

I still don't get the motivation for killing him off because trust me I thought the evil Helen was going to get what she deserved no matter what--they really didn't need to make me hate her more.

Great post, Chrystal!

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the promises. After watching The Dark Knight I realized I'd had it with grim and gritty and promised myself my stories will all end hopefully, if not necessarily happily. I'll kill a hero or any character, but only if it means something. Like Sydney Carton at the end of A Tale of Two Cities. He goes to the guillotine so the woman he loves can be with the man she loves. Now that's an acceptible hero's death.

I remember Bobby in the shower. All of TV jumped the shark that day.

Pat C.