I think I am going to start a new series of blog entries called something like ‘Lazy Plot Devices’ or ‘Do They Think We Are F*&king Idiots’. 🙂 First cab off the rank is the premise that, when it suits the plot, people who have experience of something weird are then, for some reason, totally unwilling to believe in anything else weird.
Case in point…True Blood. The basic premise is that vampires are real and now living openly in society, albeit with a bit of tension here and there. As the series goes along they are slowly introducing other supernatural creatures…but no-one seems to be prepared to accept that other forms of supernatural weirdness might exist.
One of the characters in the show is a woman who can control peoples mind and make them do all sorts of things, some nasty (murder), some nice (mass orgies 🙂 ). The most recent one, an orgy, was supposed to result in the sacrifice of another supernatural being, a shape-shifter. Unfortunately for mind-controlling woman, a detective stumbles onto the scene and disrupts the ceremony. Later when he is trying to explain that all the townfolk were there with weird black eyes, in a trance etc. etc., the sherriff and other sundry law-enforcement officer all say he is crazy.
WTF…so you know that vampires exist, with their being dead, their blood drinking, their not be able to come out in the day-time and all, but you aren’t willing to believe that there may be other scary shit going on…even when you also are at a loss to explain why you have spent all night arresting most of the towns people for random acts of minor mayhem…and none of them can explain why they have done it!!
Oh, but they probably should be forgiven cos the script writers have used another ‘Do They Think We Are F*&king Idiots’ plot device…the detective is a drunk! How come the only person who ever witnesses weird shit is the town drunk!!!:-)