Sticking: The Finder

Posted on May 2, 2012

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We’ve been fans of the TV series Bones since 2005 when it first aired. Last year, Bones ran an episode called The Finder. We watched it, enjoyed it, and decided to watch the spin-off when it started.

We Watched It

Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) was in Iraq, serving in uniform, until an IED injured his brain and gave him a remarkable ability to find anyone or anything.

Walter lives in Florida with his lawyer, Leo Knox (Michael Clarke Duncan), and a teenage gypsy on probation named Willa Monday (Maddie Hasson). Walter’s romantic interest is Deputy US Marshal Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masöhn).

People come to The End of the Earth bar and ask Walter for help. If he’s interested, he takes the job. Once Walter is on the case, he has to find what he’s looking for. We’re not sure what happens if he doesn’t, but Leo seems very worried for Walter’s mental health if that ever happens.

 

Sticking

So, after watching the Bones episode, I went out and found the Richard Greener The Locator books. I can tell you that The Finder and The Locator might as well be two, entirely different, properties.

I’ve bitched plenty of times, here and elsewhere, about Hollywood buying properties and then slapping the name of the property on something very different (see especially here). If you’re surprised that I’m not bitching about it this time, so am I.

The thing is, The Finder is good all on its own. The characters are enjoyable. The Florida scenery warms my bones (If that’s really where it’s filmed, full disclosure – I’m a native Floridian, born in Tallahassee). John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival does the theme song. It’s just fun.

WTF

This show lacks a lot of the problems that many other fledgling series have. For example, there’s no Gilligan’s Island Syndrome here.

However, Walter has a brain injury.

The problem with injuries is that they can become meaningless (e.g., several seasons of Monk) or melodramatic (e.g., most of House).

I’m concerned that the writers are going to run out of off-kilter ways for Walter to visualize problems. When that happens, they may “cure” him (at least temporarily), or they may go off on a bizarre tangent. Right now, Walter is a character. He could become a caricature, though.

It’s something I’ll keep an eye on.

Thoughts?

What intellectual properties has Hollywood re-booted that pleased you, or rubbed you the wrong way?

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