Thursday, July 8, 2010
What to show and what not to show: The IT Crowd season premiere.
Ah, yes. Ah, yes.
You might be a fan of the show. If not, you should be. Because 'The IT Crowd' is in my opinion the best comedy series of the last ten years.
Unfortunately, the first episode of the fourth season wasn't really funny at all.
Here's one reason why it wasn't good: (Okay, that's going to be two reasons actually)
1) It showed us things that we shouldn't have seen and
2) It didn't show us things that we should have seen.
The episode starts with Roy holding photographs that used to have his now ex-girlfriend in those. But she isn't in the pictures, because Roy had photoshopped her out.
The problem with this is that I started asking: why? Why would he do that?
Did you understand why he did that? I would think that you were puzzled too if you watched it.
In short, it's not good when the audience starts asking questions why something happens.
The other problem I had with this storyline was that it started with Roy telling us about the break-up so we did not get a storyline about the dating process itself.
Why didn't they show that? Because we haven't seen Roy dating (m)any women before. Why make something as important as dating a mere footnote. Didn't make sense to me.
No wonder it wasn't a good episode after it made mistakes like those.
When you write your scripts, you have to know what to show and what not to show.