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24 October 2011 @ 11:48 pm
Mercy, mercy me  
Dear writers of modern, western-world police procedurals:

No, it doesn't sound like the victim is pleading for mercy. It doesn't sound like the victim is talking about their assailant's lack of (or possession of) mercy. It sincerely doesn't.

It sounds like the victim is talking about or to someone named Mercy, or talking about or to someone named Marcy, or talking about Mercy General, or spotting a Mercedes Benz, or hell, deliriously singing "Mercy Street" ... but when you have your detective musing that "It sounds like he's begging for mercy," for example, we in the audience simply roll our eyes, because we all know that's completely wrong and we know we'll be wasting entirely too much time on that foolishness.

Quit it.

And "Castle" and "Criminal Minds", since you've both tried to pull that nonsense recently, you are both On Notice. Try to pull it again ... and I will have no mercy.

Okay, okay, that just means I'll make a snarky post about it. Still.

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Amy- ninja extraordinaire, bad monkey: Sunny chance of asskickingninjamonkey73 on October 25th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
I know, right?! It makes her look foolish! From the moment it happened, we were waiting for anyone to mention someone named Mercy!
michelel72: Cat-Daisy-Glaremichelel72 on November 5th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply, but: seriously.

And then crankypants Lee Lofland noted the same thing. Ha!