I watched the first two episodes. It reminds me of Flashforward, not just because of the convoluted mystery, but because the lead character is such a mope that you wish he would be the first one taken out. (Yes, I know your wife and daughter were killed in 9/11. That was nine years ago. Dude, get some therapy.)
The worst sin is that the writer is trying so hard to be clever that he gets his head stuck three feet up his ass.
Four major long clues in seven crossword puzzles turn out to be identical. One of them is the latin name for a butterfly.
I do crossword puzzles. I buy books of them from all the major newspapers. There is no crossword puzzle I’ve ever seen that would allow a latin name to take up a twenty-letter block. Four letters, yes. A long clue, never.
So I would notice it immediately if it ever happened. There is a crossword puzzle community. There are message boards on crossword puzzles. Every Sunday Times puzzle is analyzed down to the last clue. You think nobody would have noticed? You think that if the same four major clues were repeated in a half dozen other papers nobody would notice?
It would be the biggest thing in crossword puzzle history. (Well, since 1983, when it apparently happened before. There are many books on the history of crossword puzzles. Every one of them would have mentioned this.) I bet it would go viral. Fark would definitely pick it up. There would be a thread here. The national news would investigate.
Why? Because that means seven of the major crossword puzzle editors in seven major newspapers would have to be bought off. Or worse, that their editors or publishers forced it on them. It would become the hugest scandal in newspaper history.
By trying to be clever the writer made up a situation that would be the biggest story in the world.
And it was totally unnecessary. All you have to do is run a crazy personal ad, like the ones that Leno features on Headlines. Absolutely individual and undetectable, lost in a sea of real-world crazy and typos.
I don’t know if I’m going to continue watching. I do know that none of the supposed brilliance of the genius whackos in the story will mean anything, because it’s all just nonsense pretending to be cleverness. Anybody can be clever if you get to make up your own facts. Not mentioning any posters by name.