The Truck Test - At Last! More Nonsense from Paul!
Jul. 5th, 2015
07:57 pm - The Truck Test
One of my favorite tools, when judging works of fiction (be they prose, or plays, or films, or whatever) is "The Truck Test": if any of these characters gets run over by a truck during the next scene, will I care at all? If the writer has failed to engage my sympathies even that much, the whole work is probably a dud.
For once, I get to apply this test literally, to an episode of Ultra Seven: "Asu o sagase!" ("Find Tomorrow")
Premise: Funny old mystic guy makes catastrophic predictions, and feels persecuted by a mysterious truck trying to run him down. The Ultra Guard take Yasui seriously at first, then tire of his dire (and unverifiable) forecasts.
The episode passed my "Truck Test": I hoped the truck would not run over Yasui the mystic.
These days, LOTS of teleplays fail my Truck Test.