I have been watching Monk reruns, and I admire the characterization and quality of these stories. The writing is excellent. I guess there is always an advantage when you have a team of good writers. But then I got to thinking..the eccentric detective seems to be a copied idea. But I still like it. Unique people are interesting.
Monk: Gentle, timid, annoying, germ-a-phobic, and highly obsessive. He notices and remembers everything. He is fearful most of the time, but one thing I like about him is when he has to fight he always does. He does it well too. Monk tends to solve crimes by catching the guilty party in some mistake in a small way. It could just be one thing they say or a tiny thing they do that is out of place, then bam, he knows. One endearing thing about Monk that usually is mentioned in each episode is about how his wife died and I believe that is the only crime he can’t solve. He is always longing for her. So in general, Monk is complex and I see that as a key to good characterization.
Sherlock Holmes: He’s also obsessive, probably insane and notices everything, but unlike Monk he’s not fearful. He does drugs sometimes perhaps to escape his gift/curse. I’m a fan of the new movies.
Columbo: Remember him? He always looked like he just crawled out of bed while sleeping in the trench coat and hadn’t showered in who knows how long. You always knew who was guilty because he would (within the first 5 minutes of the show) pester the guilty person throughout the entire episode. Oddly, this didn’t ruin the episode because it was interesting watching him undo the person.
|I couldn't resist this one with the basset hound, of course.|
Ace Ventura: Yes, even this pet detective was insane. The scene from the Ace Ventura movies that stands out in my mind is the one below…since I find it hilarious. I had to go looking for this.
I know, I know...Ace Ventural doesn't really count as a detective.