History Fridge / Columbo

8th Feb '16 5:44:55 AM Protectronics
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* When I first started watching ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' as a kid, I hated the fact that it showed the murder being committed at the beginning, ''showing who did it before the mystery started!'' It completely took away from the concept of following the detective through the case, trying to figure out who the murderer was. It wasn't until recently, when I started watching it again, that I realized that I wasn't supposed to see the story from Lt. Columbo's perspective, ''but from the killer's perspective.'' The killer is the star of his/her own episode. We are shown why they are driven to kill their victim, and sometimes we even sympathize with the killer. We feel the same anxiety that they do when Columbo gets closer and closer to pinning the crime on them. And, most importantly, it makes it impossible for the writer to [[AssPull pull an impossible reveal out of their ass at the end]]. - Japper8 ** To add to this; this means that the star of the show, the hero the audience is expected to root for, is not the protagonist but the ''[[HeroAntagonist antagonist]]''. ~ Tropers/DoctorNemesis * Columbo has a glass eye; as he already DoesntLikeGuns, that would make effective shooting in an actual fight much harder. ** It wouldn't. Depth perception is important in long-range shooting to estimate distance to the target, but in pistol ranges you don't need it. For example, in competitive pistol shooting everyone closes or covers one eye, and aims only with the other one. ** It was never stated that his issue with guns was due to the glass eye- since that never even became canon until the 80s episodes anyway. He just didn't seem to much care for them, and would likely be a lousy shot due to his lack of practice. The 2 times he ever fired a gun it was point blank(once into a sand box to demonstrate noise, the other into a mattress to gather a comparison bullet) and the 2 times he ever carried one for police work(in both 87th Precinct adaptations) he never fires them. * Why does Columbo always run his theories by the murderer? Making them sweat is fun, but it also tips them off and makes them much more likely to try and cover their tracks. Why take the risk? Then I realized--All the evidence he brings them? It's circumstantial. He is making sure that he has a rock-solid case that no one can disprove, and he tests it by bringing it to the murderer. Who would be more interested in disproving his case than the person who did it? ** Furthermore, more than once, the murderer not only confirms Columbo's suspicions, but screws themselves over by leaving actual ''usable'' evidence in the process of covering up their earlier unusable evidence! ~ Tropers/{{Case}} * Columbo doesn't always 'solve' the case with conviction-ascertained evidence. We don't see it go to trial, so we don't know if there's a conviction. But he does at least one of three things... #: Throws somebody's alibi into doubt - so, why did they lie, exactly? #: Proves it wasn't a suicide or that the current accused isn't the real perp - time to go back and take a look at this new suspect. #: Tells this smug wealthy arrogant guy that he's not as smart as some scruffy, stumbling detective - some give in just from shame. ** ...thusly the perp can be expecting the 'boring' part; a call from Columbo's buddies in forensics who now have the right to double back through every fraction of the crime-scene, his house and his life with a fine-tooth-comb and turn up the real evidence - a tiny spot of blood, a hair, a fired gun. His other pals will be interviewing people who will testify his character and motives... Other guys will be digging up any potential witnesses who were just passers-by... Frankly, the perp might as well enter their plea now and get some time off for it.
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* When I first started watching ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' as a kid, I hated the fact It's odd that it showed the series always begins by showing the murder being committed at the beginning, ''showing who did it before the mystery started!'' It completely took takes away from the concept of following the detective through the case, trying to figure out who the murderer was. It wasn't until recently, when I started watching it again, that I realized that I wasn't But on reflection, the series isn't supposed to see the story be from Lt. Columbo's perspective, ''but from the killer's perspective.'' The killer is the star of his/her own episode. We are shown why they are driven to kill their victim, and sometimes we even sympathize with the killer. We feel the same anxiety that they do when Columbo gets closer and closer to pinning the crime on them. And, most importantly, it makes it impossible for the writer to [[AssPull pull an impossible reveal out of their ass at the end]]. - Japper8\n** To add to this; this This means that the star of the show, the hero the audience is expected to root for, is not the protagonist but the ''[[HeroAntagonist antagonist]]''. ~ Tropers/DoctorNemesis * Columbo has a glass eye; as he already DoesntLikeGuns, that would make effective shooting in an actual fight much harder. ** It wouldn't. Depth perception is important in long-range shooting to estimate distance to the target, but in pistol ranges you don't need it. For example, in competitive pistol shooting everyone closes or covers one eye, and aims only with the other one. ** It was never stated that his issue with guns was due to the glass eye- since that never even became canon until the 80s episodes anyway. He just didn't seem to much care for them, and would likely be a lousy shot due to his lack of practice. The 2 times he ever fired a gun it was point blank(once into a sand box to demonstrate noise, the other into a mattress to gather a comparison bullet) and the 2 times he ever carried one for police work(in both 87th Precinct adaptations) he never fires them. antagonist]]''. * Why does Columbo always run his theories by the murderer? Making them sweat is fun, but it also tips them off and makes them much more likely to try and cover their tracks. Why So why take the risk? Then I realized--All Consider that all the evidence he brings them? It's them is circumstantial. He is making sure that he has a rock-solid case that no one can disprove, and he tests it by bringing it to the murderer. Who would be more interested in disproving his case than the person who did it? ** it? Furthermore, more than once, the murderer not only confirms Columbo's suspicions, but screws themselves over by leaving actual ''usable'' evidence in the process of covering up their earlier unusable evidence! ~ Tropers/{{Case}} evidence! * Columbo doesn't always 'solve' ''solve'' the case with conviction-ascertained evidence. We don't see it go to trial, so we don't know if there's a conviction. But he does at least one of three things... #: things... 1. Throws somebody's alibi into doubt - so, why did they lie, exactly? #: exactly? 2. Proves it wasn't a suicide or that the current accused isn't the real perp - time to go back and take a look at this new suspect. #: suspect. 3. Tells this smug wealthy arrogant guy that he's not as smart as some scruffy, stumbling detective - some give in just from shame. ** ...thusly shame. ...Thusly the perp can be expecting the 'boring' part; a call from Columbo's buddies in forensics who now have the right to double back through every fraction of the crime-scene, his house and his life with a fine-tooth-comb and turn up the real evidence - a tiny spot of blood, a hair, a fired gun. His other pals will be interviewing people who will testify his character and motives... Other guys will be digging up any potential witnesses who were just passers-by... Frankly, the perp might as well enter their plea now and get some time off for it.
6th Jun '15 7:52:53 AM Tightwire
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1: Throws somebody's alibi into doubt - so, why did they lie, exactly? 2: Proves it wasn't a suicide or that the current accused isn't the real perp - time to go back and take a look at this new suspect. 3: Tells this smug wealthy arrogant guy that he's not as smart as some scruffy, stumbling detective - some give in just from shame.
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1: #: Throws somebody's alibi into doubt - so, why did they lie, exactly? 2: #: Proves it wasn't a suicide or that the current accused isn't the real perp - time to go back and take a look at this new suspect. 3: #: Tells this smug wealthy arrogant guy that he's not as smart as some scruffy, stumbling detective - some give in just from shame.
6th Jun '15 7:52:31 AM Tightwire
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** Even if the evidence isn't enough for a 100% conviction right now, it's enough for a solid arrest and the murderer finally knows that Columbo knows, so the entire police force knows and all the specialists are going to be snooping and overturning things and questioning buddies until they DO have enough.
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** Even if * Columbo doesn't always 'solve' the case with conviction-ascertained evidence. We don't see it go to trial, so we don't know if there's a conviction. But he does at least one of three things... 1: Throws somebody's alibi into doubt - so, why did they lie, exactly? 2: Proves it wasn't a suicide or that the current accused isn't the real perp - time to go back and take a look at this new suspect. 3: Tells this smug wealthy arrogant guy that he's not as smart as some scruffy, stumbling detective - some give in just from shame. ** ...thusly the perp can be expecting the 'boring' part; a call from Columbo's buddies in forensics who now have the right to double back through every fraction of the crime-scene, his house and his life with a fine-tooth-comb and turn up the real evidence isn't enough - a tiny spot of blood, a hair, a fired gun. His other pals will be interviewing people who will testify his character and motives... Other guys will be digging up any potential witnesses who were just passers-by... Frankly, the perp might as well enter their plea now and get some time off for a 100% conviction right now, it's enough for a solid arrest and the murderer finally knows that Columbo knows, so the entire police force knows and all the specialists are going to be snooping and overturning things and questioning buddies until they DO have enough.it.
6th Jun '15 7:22:38 AM Tightwire
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** Furthermore, more than once, the murderer not only confirms Columbo's suspicions, but screws themselves over by leaving actual ''usable'' evidence in the process of covering up their earlier unusable evidence! ~ Tropers/{{Case}}
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** Furthermore, more than once, the murderer not only confirms Columbo's suspicions, but screws themselves over by leaving actual ''usable'' evidence in the process of covering up their earlier unusable evidence! ~ Tropers/{{Case}}Tropers/{{Case}} ** Even if the evidence isn't enough for a 100% conviction right now, it's enough for a solid arrest and the murderer finally knows that Columbo knows, so the entire police force knows and all the specialists are going to be snooping and overturning things and questioning buddies until they DO have enough.
22nd May '15 11:24:08 AM heretoeditisall
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** It was never stated that his issue with guns was due to the glass eye- since that never even became canon until the 80s episodes anyway. He just didn't seem to much care for them, and would likely be a lousy shot due to his lack of practice. The 2 times he ever fired a gun it was point blank(once into a sand box to demonstrate noise, the other into a mattress to gather a comparison bullet) and the 2 times he ever carried one for police work(in both 87th Precinct adaptations) he never fires them.
22nd Mar '15 2:55:15 AM val
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** It wouldn't. Depth perception is important in long-range shooting to estimate distance to the target, but in pistol ranges you don't need it. For example, in competitive pistol shooting everyone closes or covers one eye, and aims only with the other one.
15th Oct '14 12:07:58 PM case
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** Furthermore, more than once, the murderer not only confirms Columbo's suspicions, but screws themselves over by leaving actual ''usable'' evidence in the process of covering up their earlier unusable evidence! ~ Tropers/{{Case}}
12th Nov '13 10:09:50 PM PriceCheck
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* Why does Columbo always run his theories by the murderer? Making them sweat is fun, but it also tips them off and makes them much more likely to try and cover their tracks. Why take the risk? Then I realized--All the evidence he brings them? It's circumstantial. He is making sure that he has a rock-solid case that no one can disprove, and he tests it by bringing it to the murderer. Who would be more interested in disproving his case than the person who did it?
30th Oct '12 11:25:08 AM GGGG
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* Columbo has a glass eye; as he already DoesntLikeGuns, that would make effective shooting in an actual fight much harder.
22nd Jun '12 5:16:40 AM case
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** To add to this; this means that the star of the show, the hero the audience is expected to root for, is not the protagonist but the ''antagonist''. ~ Tropers/DoctorNemesis
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** To add to this; this means that the star of the show, the hero the audience is expected to root for, is not the protagonist but the ''antagonist''.''[[HeroAntagonist antagonist]]''. ~ Tropers/DoctorNemesis
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