Early Edition: Missing Child
For one of those "high-concept" shows, Early Edition is getting me to focus a lot more on the technical storytelling than on the thought puzzles. It's not what I had expected, but it makes an interesting blogging challenge. So let's continue . . .
If you ever had to write news articles in English class, then you likely remember the 5Ws and the H, which give every news story its "form." Thanks to this convention, it has been very easy for Gary Hobson to fix tomorrow's mistakes today . . . until the day he reads one that is missing a couple of Ws.
(I'm sure the director did . . . which is why we don't get to see the article
until thirty minutes after Gary first reads it!)
All we know is that the baby is a Caucasian boy around ten weeks old . . . and that he will be left at St. Mary's church some time after midnight.
This isn't the first time that Gary and his friends have had to work with incomplete information, but this episode initially shapes up to be a better detective story than that first time (which, interestingly, also involved a baby!). So it throws the momentum off when he is able to find and to start helping the mother and child within the first fifteen minutes. Granted, it's an interesting twist, and just the first of several . . . but they thicken the plot in the wrong way.
You see, there's another missing element that we should have had very early on, given the role it plays later in the story.
That is, it would have been great if Gary's day had started with him trying to solve two mysteries: the case of the abandoned infant and the case of the dead woman. But the episode doesn't inform us that there is even a second one to solve until the last ten minutes, which is something Twitter critics would rightly call a #detectivestoryfail.
Nevertheless, I like the episode's moral resolution, which shows us that the best way to reunite lost children with their parents is . . . to reunite lost children with their parents. And you'll have to watch the episode yourself if you want to figure out what I mean by that! =P
Your Turn to Be the Hero: If someone abandoned a baby on your doorstep, what would you do?