Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The 21st Precinct vs. Dragnet
Almost every crime (episode) in Dragnet is about something important. I suppose the same can be said about the 21st Precinct. However, take an episode where a little girl is missing in each. The Dragnet episode is bloody and brutal while the 21st Precinct episode is much more suspenseful and the girl winds up being found, unharmed. Yes, brutal murders do occur but in the case of the little girl, don't you "pull" for the girl to be found unharmed?
I really enjoyed the career of Jack Webb and there's something to be said about his matter-of-fact style, especially when it came to radio/TV police work. But the actors on the 21st Precinct were not at all like their robot-like counterparts; they were realistic and human. They showed emotions (other than anger) and they seemed to care for the welfare of the people involved.
This is truly a case of two very similar shows being very, very different. If you listen to both shows, drop a comment and tell me how you feel.