Posted: 19 January 2011 at 8:00am | IP Logged
Hmm. I was avoiding this thread because there has come a jinx on me. The moment I comment, either the thread becomes more avoided or i become overlooked. Not that I blame anyone, but this has happened again and again. Once upon a time I was wanted here, but these days only my own buddies want my presence, also half of them being away.
Anyway. Since Vizzy has keenly requested me to comment, I am commenting-- but at the risk of this thread.
I am not against parallel cases actually. As long as they are managed properly they actually show how a team like CID carries on while the main theme of the series goes on. Life doesnt stop when an officer is in danger or something personal comes up.
However, if the series cases drag on meaninglessly and with melodrama, and if the parallel cases dont hold attention, then it means FW has lost the art of series with parallel cases. As long as the parallel cases dont intimidate and hinder with the main series, its fine.
Let us take the series of the past. Abhijeet in Danger case was carried on as a background in Haunted Building case and Unknown Conspiracy case. Both the parallel cases managed to keep our anticipation and were thrilling. They were also short so that we could see what was going on with Aditi's investigation and Abhijeet's final release from guilt.
Code Banjara managed to be a small series. It started as a background of Abhijeet Sawant Under Arrest case and became a full fledged case with Code Banjara case, and ended with Daya coming back in the beginning of Mysterious Truck case. There was an easy flow despite parallel cases.
The very well known Face Off series and Trail In London series had only one parallel case and managed to keep suspense throughout.
Besides this we saw several subplots running alongside parallel cases, which did not drag too much and which ended as soon as they ended. Such as Anjalika-Acp issue, Daksh's brother issue etc. The subplots were not really important in comparison to the main cases going on. However many people got bored with Daksh's brother issue because it was dragged too far.
Then, when Acp Ajathasathru's Special Cid Bureau episodes came up, we saw several crossovers. Cases of the two branches, alongside subplots and parallel cases served to be confusing. Here the concept of parallel cases failed. Many people preferred watching cid or vice versa- for them such cross overs were wierd chiefly because they missed out on various elements and clues in the plots and cases. A notable example or two- Anokha Inteqam and Mad Bomber.
In 2010 we saw the return of series concept, after some years of singles. It is now observed that the audience having got changed, the times being different and the FW having lost its art of storytelling, the whole concept of series with parallel cases has failed. Though I personally dont mind series with parallel cases, the AC and AKAKR series have shown that poor parallel cases coupled with melodrama or confusing series plots have dragged the audience's patience to the uppermost limit.
Poor handling of stories shows that the concept of parallel cases should be done with. What is needed is an extremely talented and skilful writer-director team in order to ensure a successful series coupled with parallel cases.
A few more words before u get bored... In AC, we saw various loopholes in the series plots and further confusion added by mudane cases of parallel running (which are really upto ordinary police to solve). Also the well known adage "Too many cooks spoil the broth" has been proved correct. Too many writers and directors have resulted in a failure. In AKAKR, we can see the same results.
The series themselves, if put together leaving out parallel cases, have failed due to innumerable loopholes and faults.
Well, Vizzy, here is my comment....