Jim Nolan Private Eye episode 1 (Spoilers)

Don’t read below the many stars. There is an evil curse that awaits whoever does. The curse of a plot spoiled episode.

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The first episode of this ongoing mystery is not very mysterious. I knew it was the campaign manager almost immediately. It wasn’t that hard, because it was either the police chief or him. They were the only two suspects, and characters for that matter that could possibly have any motive. And, it would be to easy for the culprit to be someone in the Boston Police Department. So, by process of elimination, it had to be the campaign manager. I realize it could have been someone not introduced, but I really hate those kind of mystery stories. The one that immediately pops into my head is the Sherlock Holmes story: “A Scandal in Bohemia.” (Not really sure, but it’s one of the first three stories in any copy of the book). The culprit in the story, if my memory serves me correctly, was someone who was never introduced in the story until the end. I was glad that it wasn’t one of those stories, but the mystery wasn’t very intriguing. I will admit that I didn’t know why he would do that, but I had some suspicions. However, none of them were correct.

Even though the mystery element of the story wasn’t up to par, the story and characters were really well rounded for a first episode. Usually it takes at least six episodes for me to get used to actor’s voices, the character’s motives and the story being told. But, I felt a real connection with Jim Nolan and the other characters. Maybe it’s because the format was like an episode of a crime television show. It needs to be self-contained and have a beginning, middle and end. the ending was too easy to figure out, but the beginning and middle is what really got me interested in going on with this series. The fact that the ending didn’t affect the entire episode speaks volumes about Mike Murphy’s talents as a writer. After all, a bad ending can ruin a perfectly good story. Not that it was bad, but it could have been better.

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