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Just watched an IA episode of a police procedural. And I was wondering- has anyone ever made a morally satisfying internal affairs episode on such a show? IA episodes have to be my least favorite trope of police procedurals because all police procedurals are morally bankrupt, or at least morally driven by the dictates of closing plots in 40 minutes or less. Yet we are still supposed to regard the protagonists as the heroes, or the premise of the show doesn't work. So an IA episode involves, for one 40 minute or sometimes 80 minute period, looking back at past episodes of the show from an external, absolutist moral lens. It makes no sense within the internal morality of the show, and given that as soon as the IA episode is cleared, usually by a deus ex machina that bestows no meaningful consequences on our heroes and often affirms their cloudy moral horizons as righteous, morality returns to amoral normal, it does not serve to create a new moral status quo.


Maybe the Wire achieves a successful IA storyline? I've only seen the first season, so I'm not sure, but I guess I could believe the Wire could pull it off because the Wire doesn't require us to think of the police as the heroes of the show and it doesn't require us rooting for their success.

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Date: 2017-04-29 10:48 pm (UTC)
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SERIOUSLY. I've watched very little in the way of police procedurals but the ones I've watched have had some really hideous ignoring of procedures and breaking of laws THAT EXIST TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE. Playing IA as the villains versus our police heroes, especially as you say because it requires morally grey (or even pretty black) actions to be defended by the programme itself... ugh ugh ugh. Awful.

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