Gavin Breeden, on 14 May 2011 - 09:02 AM, said:
Still enjoying this show, but my enthusiasm is waning a bit. Several of the episodes lately have just been kind of...um...dull. The quality of writing and acting is always good, I just find myself getting a little bored at times. And as well as the actors playing Rosie's parents can act, seeing them mourn week after week is just a bit draining. And I'm a little annoyed at how they keep finding excuses for Linden not to catch her flight or to stay for just a day longer.
This is one aspect of a show that, while not shown in "real time" like 24
, is close enough to it that the performances have to be handled in the manner they are. I too was getting a little peeved at the prolonged anguish of the parents, but looking back at the story arc, only a small amount of time has passed on the show. I mean, the parents only picked out Rosie's casket in episode 4, an act that usually takes place a day or two after a death... That's something that I was dealing with for my dad the day after he died. So, while five or six weeks have passed for us the audience, we are watching a story that has only taken place for maybe a week.
Passage of time has been a bit confusing for me, or perhaps not strongly handled by the shows editors. An early episode (2 or 3) had mom's breakdown in the bath tub. She's shown going into the bath tub, while the boys are hanging around around the kitchen. The story shifts to the investigation, which seemed to cover quite a bit of time, going from location to location to interview suspects and track down leads. Then to the political subplot for some more intrigue there. Cut back to the Larsen house... kid's still hanging around the kitchen... dad walks in and ask what they had for dinner, and where mom's at. They respond that they haven't eaten yet, and that mom's in the tub. That was one long bath!
I've stopped making plans to watch the show when it's aired, and have decided to DVR it. I like it well enough, but I think it may play better in one long sitting. Much the same as my experience with HBO's Band of Brothers