UNFORGETTABLE “Up in Flames” Season 1 Episode 4 – Carrie’s memory is needed more than ever when a crime scene goes “Up in Flames,” in this week’s Unforgettable. With only one glance around the victim’s apartment before a gas leak blows it up, she’s able to solve the murder of a wealthy, unfaithful businessman who got mixed up in a prison money laundering scheme.
I think I’ve figured out what isn’t clicking for me. There’s an inherent problem when you have a cop show where one character possesses a superpower—it tends to reduce the other cops to mere setdressings. Carrie’s memory is a great plot device, but it shouldn’t be the only tool used to solve crimes in New York. Yes, I understand that it’s the main draw, what makes the show stand out from other police dramas, but it’s starting to feel less like a unique twist and more like a writing crutch.
It was interesting, at least for the few minutes allotted to the subplot, to see that even though Carrie’scondition is based in documented medical fact, not everyone is completely willing to trust her memory no matter what. The ADA, for example, wants actual, physical proof (shocker!) and Al has to scramble to find a plausible reason why his entire case is based on his ex-girlfriend’s two-second glance into an apartment that blew up a minute later. Read More...