RARA-AVIS: TV Voice-overs

Gerald So (gso@optonline.net)
Sun, 26 Dec 1999 16:44:59 -0500

Hello, all.

   The voice-over was intrusive in both "Magnum, P.I." and "Spenser: For Hire." On "Magnum," however, I think it was intentionally intrusive.
(e.g. "I know what you're thinking, and you're right...") It was meant to reflect Magnum's laid-back everyman nature.
   On "Spenser," the voice-over was often used to quote poetry or show that Spenser was thinking "profound thoughts." In effect it made him sound pretentious, something Spenser of the books was not.
   Eliminating the voice-over was one of the most effective choices made for A&E's SMALL VICES.


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