Franchise Perry Mason Discussion

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The_Nemesis
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07:16:43 PM Oct 10th 2017
It doesn't really bear discussion, but I wanted to grant greater explanation for why I deleted the entry for Wacky Americans Have Wacky Names.

That trope is a) largely a comedy trope and b) meant to be shorthand for the character's "american-ness" in whatever capacity the work is intending.

The somewhat unusual (to modern viewers) names that many Perry Mason characters have, such as the cited-in-the-trope-listing ones like Hamilton Burger or Mauvis Meade fail to qualify on both counts because a) Perry Mason is a drama series and the names are played straight, not for laughs.and b) the intent of the names is not to focus on some aspect of innate american nature.

Instead the unusual names are meant to be emblematic of the number of involved parties with Perry's cases that are high society or old money and would be the types to have stuffy, out-of-touch names that signify their disconnect with modern society. And of course some of the names are simply artifacts of the 50s and 60s when the show was set and aired that will seem odd to modern viewers.
DonaldthePotholer
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09:03:15 PM Aug 23rd 2012
edited by DonaldthePotholer
I've been watching a few episodes of Season 2 on MeTV and, given quite a few EnemyMines and Lt. Tragg joining in on The Summation and the Everybody Laughs Ending a few times (and Mr. Burger once), I'm more inclined to consider them Lestrades as opposed to Javerts.

EDIT: In fact, Inspector Javert and Friend on the Force are incompatible Tropes unless employed by different writers or on different characters. But there's no contect to either entry. Change NOW!!!
Tarlonniel
09:39:27 AM Aug 24th 2012
They waver between the two tropes over the course of the series - consistent characterization was not a high priority - but for the most part I agree that they fall into Lestrade rather than Javert territory.
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