Lazy writers on long-running TV shows are giving me the stabbies quite often, but this particular one is still irritating me after a whole week, so it must be aired.
When Dr Nikki Alexander, cool-calm-collected forensic scientist, realises that she’s alone with someone she’s just deduced is the murderer, and tries to leave but he chases her into the garden, how plausible do you find this scenario:
(a) she runs into the garden (large tree-shrub-lawn garden)
(b) she hides in the garden shed, which has a single point of entry/exit
(c) surrounded by sharp things, heavy things and toxic things, she does not pick a single one up
(d) when murderer enters the shed, she still does not grab a sharp/heavy/toxic thing
(e) when murderer rushes towards her, she still does not grab a sharp/heavy/toxic thing
(f) is eventually rescued from murderer’s attempt to strangle her by da boyz from da police.
Ok, I was saying WTF? when she hid in the shed. The garden had plenty of cover with all the large shrubs and she probably could have found a heavy branch. But then I thought, hey, at least the shed is full of potential items she can defend herself with, and then she can go back out in the garden with a weapon. But noooooo, not in Lazy-writer Land. Girlies are there to be rescued, and must be shown as completely helpless by being shown as completely clueless.
Nikki walked right past the garden fork and the spade, right past the secateurs and the branch-loppers, right past the bug-sprays full of strong acids and alkaline liquids that could be blinding, right past the bag of lime powder that could be blinding, and just hid in a corner like an idiot. She didn’t even throw a clay flowerpot at him!
Ok, she’s a small woman and he’s a much bigger guy. Maybe having grabbed a few sharp/heavy/toxic things to jab and chuck at him wouldn’t be enough, and she would still be overcome and need rescuing in the end. I could have bought that. But for fuck’s sake don’t ask me to believe that an intelligent, educated resourceful woman with an intimate scientific knowledge of the body’s most vulnerable points wouldn’t at least have had a fucking go.