Do you ever notice that sometimes writers or groups of writers will start using the same phrases or patterns over and over again? Like, in M*A*S*H, Hawkeye would often break into a long monologue using variations on a theme, my favourite being his response to being told to carry a gun.
When you start binge-watching, these patterns become more and more clear. Sometimes it’s just the music used in certain scenes — as much as I love Chuck, for example, the love-theme music gets a little grating when it comes on, after five or six episodes.
But those lines. I wonder sometimes if it’s because we catch onto certain expressions that become our favourites, or if it’s a bit of laziness. I know for myself, I have a habit of falling into “all hell broke loose” — I just enjoy the visual behind it. The implications. But when a favourite phrase gets overused . . . I have to ask why.
Like Castle: he always knows just what to do. It gets annoying.
So lately, I’ve been bingeing on Daredevil, ’cause it’s AWESOME, and I’ve noticed another one. Matt Murdock says it, and then I heard Vanessa say it, too. The line is “And here we are.” Or, its variant: “So here we are.” It’s just interesting — is the repetition intentional, or overlooked? If it’s meant to be one character’s thing, why does another character say it?
Anyway, that’s just my random thought for the night. Happy weekend!