I love scifi and I gobble up various shows when I get the chance, but when the writers forget the viewers by either insulting our intelligence or making such a ridiculous mistake, I have to wonder if they are really just phoning in the scripts for a pay check.
Recently, I have discovered a BBC show called Torchwood.
It has it flaws I will admit it, but I found that I could overlook many inconsitency for the sake of the ride. In other words, I was willingly suspending disbelief to follow the ride...well that is until the recent turn of events.
There is a character named Owen on this show who not only is the "medical doctor" for the series but is supposed to be a genius.l
Unfortunately Owen gets killed and Captian Jack (through mysterious alien technology) brings him back from the dead, but essentially he is a corpse.
Well Owen is going through a difficult adjustment phase becoming a walking corpse with no body heat, need to sleep or eat, but what made my "disbelief bus" go crashing off the cliff was this bit.
He can't save an old man who needs CPR to live because he "can't breath" or as he puts it "I have no breath."
this made my head twitch around like a dog hearing a funny noise they can't place, how can he SAY this...
did our writer miss biology 101.
Well dear writer let me enlighten you.
How does one speak? The actual functioning that produces sound from a human being?
Don't know...well you should have done your research on Vocal Cords:
"Either of two pairs of bands or folds of mucous membrane in the throat that project into the larynx. The lower pair vibrate when pulled together and when air is passed up from the lungs, thereby producing vocal sounds.
If Owen has no Breathe how can he speak?
If he can't feel touch how can he hold things, how does he know when to close his fist when catching a scapel he is flipping in the air?
If his system has COMPLETELY shut down, how is he able to move?
their are a lot more incongruities I could mention, but these actually stopped me in the middle of Owen's conversation w/ other characters.
Look, I can deal with a Bi-sexual captain who is immortal and riddled w/ secrets.
I can deal with a girl in love w/ said captain, on the eve of her wedding to another man, gets impregnated by an alien's bite and then hunted by it's mate who wants to rip the 'egg' from her womb, but I can't get passed a walking, talking corpse w/ no breathe and no explanation of how this is plausable.
I think as writers we need to remember our readers and not just think they "will go along with it"
We need to offer plausible explanations for our scifi worlds...Owen at a minimum should be freaked if not wildly fascinated at these peculiarities and be obsessed with figuring them out...but no...not in Torchwood?
Why do writers short change readers/viewers in this manner?