I like good police dramas; ‘The Killing’ (Danish version), ‘The Bridge’ (Swedes?), ‘The Money Heist’ (Spanish), and many others. And things like ‘Breaking Bad’ (best of the best in my opinion). I think I’ve written about each in this blog.
Now I’m watching an Amazon Prime series (Bosch), a US police drama because, it seems, I’ve already watched just about everything else.
It’s good and I am enjoying it. Excellent characters and acting across the board along with an excellent and original storyline.
But why, oh why, in EVERY single drama I’ve ever seen are the obligatory scenes of ‘protests’ always so unconvincing?
It seems there’s a must in contemporary scriptwriting to include protests scenes involving ‘social justice warriors’.
I know the drill. I used to direct.
They hire extras and make up a bunch of prop signs and ‘stage a protest’.
If everything else is so good (acting, characters, etc.) and they feel so obligated to stage scenes of social justice warriors protesting, WHY are they always so unconvincing, including the casting and acting of the principle actors of the protest? Why do they always give it such short shrift, assign to ‘Second Unit B roll directors’ or whatever.
Is it because all these protests and movements are so fake and sponsored by unseen vested interests hiring paid bad actors to begin with?
It’s hard to believe Hollywood is so honest. Or so stupid.
Well, not really.