Lisa Cote 
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Re: “Torture scenes on TV are worse than icky — they're boring

Thanks for this. Not only do I find watching torture scenes psychologically toxic, on another level I'm really tired of and bored with them as well, and as I stream everything I watch, I will usually breeze past them or at least turn the sound down and just read the dialogue on CC lest I miss anything plot-wise. But as you say, often there is no plot development, as with the extremely annoying torture scenes with Theon. I just watched the latest "Fear the Walking Dead" episode, "Cobalt," during which a national guard soldier is tortured, and he finally divulges that code word "Cobalt" involves a plan to kill everybody (except the soldiers and commanders). The guy being tortured seemed pretty morally conflicted already so I think there were a lot of other ways to write the scene where that information is divulged by him. As part of the torture scenes we also got the reveal that the torturer had done this before, whereas we'd been led to believe that he'd been a victim in El Salvador. Given his obvious distaste for resuming his old occupation, would he not try a few other tactics first instead of treating torture as inevitable? Oh well, I guess I should just stop watching these kinds of shows. Or start reading more books again . . .

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Posted by Lisa Cote on 09/29/2015 at 12:10 PM

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