The last few weeks, I’ve been watching Roar, a historical fantasy show staring none other than Heath Ledger. It was filmed in 1997 and lasted for only one season.
The plot goes like this: Connor (Ledger) is an Irish chieftain at the time when Rome was conquering Europe. He has a clan which fights off Queen Diana and Longinus, Rome’s emissaries, who continue to encroach further and further into Ireland.
I have the same complaint about Queen Diana and Longinus as I do about Robin Hood: The Series. They are written so one dimensionally it’s boring as hell. And it’s too bad because it’s a pretty decent show otherwise.
Thing is, this is a problem I see in TV all the time. It’s especially evident in Star Trek (all the series). The bad guy is always getting away, usually because the good guy feels mercy and lets the bad guy go. But really it’s because the show depends on X amount of characters so the bad guy can never die because that would violate the bad guy’s contract. I know the bad guy will be caught over and over and will always get away/be released. It’s just not entertaining to see the same thing happen over and over, in series after series. It induces me to put a baseball bat through the TV because there doesn’t seem to be a point to watching it anymore. It’s just blah, blah, blah until the next episode where the cruelty of the bad guy is demonstrated over and over with no ramifications for their in/actions. Only unnamed red shirts die. Yawn.
Is there any way to resolve this issue within TV or will I always been subjected to plots of bad guys getting away for contract sake?