Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Game of Silence" on NBC: the "hidden past" plot seems rather stereotyped

NBC’s “Game of Silence” presents the “hidden past” plot concept.

In present day Atlanta, attorney Jackson Brooks (David Lyons) is ready to make law partner and is engaged, when some childhood friends appear from the past, harboring a secret. They had spent some time in juvenile detention after trying to help a girl after an awful auto crash.  I always wonder why Hollywood producers are looking for old series to rewrite rather than coming up with new, original ideas. For a guild writer, “It’s a job,” or maybe just a gig.

The series is created by David Hudgkins, is based on a very long Turkish series “Suskunlar” a true story about some Turkish children who were sentenced in absentia to a labor camp for a minor theft. But the idea that comes to my own mind is something like Peter Sraub’s “Ghost Story”, a novel and movie from the 1980s where a group of prominent businessmen hide a supernatural secret.

I picked this up (April 21) with the third episode “Hurricane Gil” and found the storytelling choppy, using flashbacks to show critical scenes that are interesting in their own right (like police stopping a convenience store armed robbery in its tracks) but using a confusing narrative.  With a flashback you ask the viewer to empathize with characters in a suddenly different (and older) setting. That works well only when the flashbacks are structured clearly. (This was even a bigger problem with “Revolution” where the back story of the blackout was never told adequately.)  The boat sequence in this episode does get brutal.

Official site for the show is here.

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