Created By: larchspinney on December 29, 2013

Body of the Week

The obligatory discovery of a body at the beginning of a procedural episode.

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You can't have a murder investigation without a body. Procedurals often show some innocent bystanders discovering the body at the beginning of every episode. Usually in a particularly squick-inducing way.
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  • December 29, 2013
    I think this is covered by Victim Of The Week and/or Start To Corpse.
  • December 29, 2013
    I'm torn. I mostly agree that Victim Of The Week is good enough. But at the same time, there is something to be said for the discovery.

    In Bones, for instance, practically the only time the story doesn't follow the main characters, exclusively, is for the opening sequence when the body is discovered. Because of this, episodes which break the pattern by having the Victim Of The Week show up at the lab without their discovery being shown on screen is noticibly different and usually means something weird and significant has happened. All that means that actually showing the body discovery might be significantly different some the mere existence of the victim.

    So like I said, I could go either way. I'll wait to see what examples pop up.
  • December 30, 2013
    Body Of The Week is already on the wiki.
  • December 30, 2013
    ^ Yep. Motion To Discard.