While reading Mittell’s articles I couldn’t help but try to apply Homicide to his ideas of TV series structure. Particularly I was thinking about his first article’s idea of Characters and Events being the driving factors on a show. Mittell discusses the importance of the protagonist and antagonist, which he argues exist in every show as a sort of binary opposite. In Homicide however, the two seem almost interchangeable. It would be near impossible to peg one character as the protagonist and one as the antagonist as they all seem to show moments of both. For example, a character such as Munch may be more antagonistic, but then there are scenes where he is also portrayed as an emotional man, dedicated to his work. It is in this way that Homicide is interesting within the realm of television as it twists many of the standard stylistic elements. I also think that this example of the diversity and complexity that can occur in television shows is supportive to Mittell’s second article’s argument that television is a complex discourse and should be taken more seriously in its study. Homicide is a complex show with many aspects present for deconstruction and study and is an excellent example of things that we can learn from studying the discourse of television.
The Importance of the Discourse of Television
29 September 2009 · 3.09 pm · by ac07kn
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