"Unforgettable" is a fresh, intriguing concept for a TV show. It's amazing to know that people like Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) who have hyperthymesia exist in real life (such as Marilu Henner). The problem is the many missed opportunities that the writers, directors, and producers must tackle. Although the show was brought back from the dead for a 13-episode Season 2 next year, they will need to make a few changes if they want to go for a Season 3. Here are what those changes should look like.
Solve the sister's murder mystery already!
Rachel will soon become the Red John of "Unforgettable." The thing that keeps a show going for many years is staying fresh. Continuing a story arc over multiple seasons is not keeping it fresh. All that does is get the show stuck in a deeper rut. If they want the show to continue without being canceled again, the murder needs to be solved so they can find a new hook. The best option would be to reinvent the show, making it better and better each season.
Make the reenactments cooler
The reenactments are pretty cool already, but they begin to get stale. Whenever a show repeats the same type of action over and over, it risks boring the viewers. They need a varied camera angles and coloring methods, so they can change it up a bit each time.
Perhaps the way Carrie sees things in her mind could change symbolically based on her state of mind for the season, or for a case. In fact, that could even be a cool way to reinvent the show. Maybe Carrie begins to feel concerned because her visions begin to change after solving her sister's murder. She would realize it's because she's in a different state of mind.
Stop with the soapy, "I'm so affected by this case" stuff
Carrie always seems so "affected" by every single case. As soon as she begins to do the "pouty face," the episode begins going down hill. If she's going to be helping the cops so often, she really needs a thicker skin. She also needs to be more like what viewers would expect from a true professional who gets the job done.
The detective needs to be a tad more like a real detective
Let's face it: Al (Dylan Walsh) is a diva. He's a bit too self-centered and high maintenance to be a believable detective. Come to think of it, so is Carrie. They are both very needy. Cops should be tougher than that. They're solving crimes! They need to stop with the whining. If they are going to have some type of personal relationship, that's fine, but please don't allow it to affect their daily work unless it's in a humorous way.
Add in a touch more comedic relief
The most entertaining dramas these days (such as crime drama "Person of Interest") have a nice touch of irony and comedic relief. More comedy is especially needed for a show like this, which takes its heavily emotional soapiness a bit too seriously. The other option is to tone down the soap opera, and simply make it a believable drama. An even better option: Do both.
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