Early Edition: Weather Report
We can't really blame Gary for wanting to stay indoors all throughout this episode. The temperature has plummeted to nearly 30 below zero and the day's emergencies don't really seem that urgent. It's not just the cold making him rationalise: a pedestrian who breaks his leg and a woman who recovers after inhaling smoke in an apartment fire truly aren't that serious. There are also things that blow up, pets that get hurt, and DIY handymen who get some nasty--but not fatal--shocks . . . but none of it is a big enough deal to make Gary feel bad about literally phoning it in. So why does he still get the sense that The Paper wants him to be out and about?
Hmmmm. Perhaps all the people who accuse him of having a "hero complex" after he forces help on them that they neither want nor need are right.
But would those unimpressed others have said that to him if they had known that some invisible power had found him fit to receive tomorrow's news today? Probably not. Had the choice been up to them, they might not even have picked him--and they would have been wrong. It was a higher wisdom, with sharper sight, that chose Gary and all his quirks. So if he can't shake the feeling that The Paper wants him out there, his hunch is still greater than all our common sense.
Of course, the catch is that he himself has a limited vision of how little things fit into the big picture, and he barely manages to put two and two together before it's too late.
The twist in this story is so subtle that at first it seems to be a plot hole. If there was someone in some real trouble, why couldn't The Paper have told Gary about it immediately, instead of sending him on a wild goose chase all over both town and the phone book? I wondered that, not realising it was my turn to be myopic; and only during my second viewing did I finally see the answer, brilliantly embedded in exactly the sort of scene
Your Turn to Be the Hero: What do we do about people who need help but really don't want it?