Dec 142011

It’s all about timing, man.

I already talked about the ending of this particular episode of Un-Go here. The episode makes the obvious reveal: crime against AI developer is mysterious, turns out it was perpetrated by one of his creations. It’s your typical Frankenstein riff, playing with those expectations and whatnot.

What makes this moment so awesome is the timing. It isn’t just the matter of fact way that it plays out, it’s also the timing of the reveal. The main dude reveals the truth to everyone in the room– he knows that the computer houses this “rogue” AI, and he forces the AI’s hand to reveal itself. The IM-like text scrolls across the scene, giving us the solution to the current mystery in an informal, almost insulting manner by means of emoticons. And then the episode cuts right to the end credits. It doesn’t cut back to the reactions of those in the room. It doesn’t cut to the main character’s reaction either. The episode doesn’t linger on the revelation the way you’d expect.

It reminds me of the way the theatrical cut of Miami Vice starts. No title sequence. No establishing shots. All we get is a sudden, jarring push into a nightclub scene, music blaring and a tense situation already under way. It’s a fleeting moment that doesn’t stop to let you ponder its significance, yet it lingers after you’ve experienced it. It’s a storytelling beat that’s more akin to a well-placed note or whatever– it feels more like music than visual storytelling. These two moments, Un-Go’s and Miami Vice’s, are being used for different purposes and segue into different things, but they have the same sort of visceral feel to them. It’s good stuff.

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