|"Lt, have you seen my glasses?"|
Aloha! Last week I asked questions to Mary about our favorite show - THE CLOSER - at this link. This week, I was scheduled to answer Mary's questions - which I cannot find (just as Brenda often cannot find her glasses, keys, or purse!)
|"You're the only one I can trust."|
So I am going to wing it ... Mary and I discussed last Monday's "almost series finale". I write "almost series finale" because five more episodes return in the summer for Brenda to leave and Captain Raydor to take over the squad for her own show, MAJOR CRIMES.
|"What do you mean, almost series finale?"|
The "almost series finale" was packed with intrigue and action as we learned more about the Terrell Baylor case - the center of the lawsuit against Brenda and the LAPD. Brenda and her squad find a gang member murdered in Terrell's car. The gang member has the lawsuit lawyer's card in his pocket. The lawsuit lawyer refuses to explain. It is clear to all that someone is controlling the gang. An ally asks Brenda, "Who would care that Terrell killed the store owner and his grandson?" The answer provides vital evidence to clear Brenda.
|"Chief Johnson will not be happy with this agreement."|
So we should be happy ... but we are not as the lawsuit lawyer still blames Brenda even in the legal agreement. And it remains a mystery who has been leaking information to the lawsuit lawyer. It is another cliffhanger 'til June 2012!
|"I love a cliffhanger!"|
Cliffhangers create excitement and draw viewers (and readers) back to TV (and books). I remember "Who shot JR?" from DALLAS - it created a media sensation. The resolution was not so spectacular.
|Granada production of THE FINAL PROBLEM|
with Jeremy Brett
Yet the cliffhanger can be subtle - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle allowed Professor Moriarty to escape Sherlock Holmes many times, leading up to the THE FINAL PROBLEM, where Holmes and Moriarty plunged into the waterfall ... readers assumed they died. Doyle was ready to move onto to new characters but readers were outraged. So Doyle brought back the beloved Holmes in THE EMPTY HOUSE.
|"Holmes, you could have told me you were alive!"|
Can you name a cliffhanger in movies, TV, or books? Did it satisfy you? One randomly selected commenter at the Reading Reviewer at this link and one from SOS Aloha will win a book choice from my convention stash (Mary recently donated recent titles to refresh it). This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, January 7, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, January 8 at the Reading Reviewer and SOS Aloha.
Mary in St. Louis wishes you Happy New Year!
Kim in Pearl Harbor wishes you Hau'oli Makahik Hou!