RE: RARA-AVIS: Noir Without End

Date: 02 Apr 2005

Bruce wrote:

"True. But can't the consciousness that is uncovering the noirishness of the universe go from episode to episode, like Philip Marlowe, while the tragic noir hero or anti-hero has his or her tragic noirish arc and goes to hell?"

That's pretty much what I thought. And there are a number of shows on TV that do just that. For instance, the CSIs and Law & Orders have hardboiled, but seldom noir, protagonists delving into the noir lives of the victims and perpetrators of the crimes they investigate, with the CSIs set in a very noir mise en scene (CSI: NY looks like it's shot by David Fincher).

However, the protagonist can occasionally be part of the noir world. Kevin, haven't you cited Angel as a great hardboiled show? Isn't it also noir? Isn't Angel screwed? And wouldn't the same apply to Millennium?


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