This spring and summer I’ve noticed at least three tv shows that rely heavily on the (in)famous internal monologue of film noir. Harry Dresden, Painkiller Jane and Burn Notice.
A little while ago, Dead Like Me and IIRC, Joan of Arcadia used the same device.
Now, it could be used by a lazy writer as a short hand for exposition, but in the shows above, I think it works, sometimes better, because a healthy amount of self-irony and dry humor. Over used, it gets annoying, but I’ve always been a fan, as long as it’s done well, and I prefer the original Blade Runner, because of this.
What do you guys think - yay or nay?
Any more shows using this right now? Is it a trend or just a blip?