Plot holes, by Elizabeth Kay
Like so many people, I’ve been watching a lot of TV recently. There are a number of very good series available at the moment, The Great being my current favourite. The script is first rate, and very funny, despite having its darker moments. Two of the other series I have been watching are The Drowning, and Finding Alice. But there are enormous plot-holes in both of these, and I can only imagine that they have been left in the expectation of another series, although nothing has been said about this. Don’t read the rest of this if you still intend to watch them, as there will be spoilers. I have no issue with the acting or direction in either of these; excellent all round. It’s just the storyline! Where’s that script editor when you need her/him?
So: Why is Daniel’s scar never explained? Why is mum never charged with two counts of forgery, GBH on Daniel’s real dad, and the theft of two vehicles? Why was Tom’s body never recovered, when the lake was thoroughly searched by police divers? What happened to the brother’s body, which seems never to have been recovered either?
The premise is that Alice’s husband, Harry, is an architect and builds the family a smart home. But he’s not actually her husband, as they never got married. The same evening that they move in Harry falls down the stairs, and dies. Alice is understandably devastated. (Note similarities with previous plot) There is an unknown figure recorded on the CCTV, who turns out to be an adult son from a very short-lived relationship before he met Alice. Harry’s business was in trouble, and there is a lot of intrigue surrounding his female partner who has two children and a wife. Harry had left the house to his parents and they want to sell it to pay off the inheritance tax. Alice has Harry buried in the garden so that they can’t sell it. Eventually everything unravels, as Harry’s last words are revealed to be that he had too many children and doesn’t want any more. There is a lot of aggravation round some frozen sperm, which Alice is considering using; everyone hates everyone and then make up and a way out is found to keep the house via another building project.
So: Are his business partner’s children really Harry’s, as she hints? Too many children seems an odd remark when he only had two. Why did Harry and Alice never get married? This is completely ignored, and seems really rather important.
The first plot hole I ever encountered was in The Silver Chair, by C.S.Lewis. In the previous book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Eustace sailed in Prince Caspian’s boat until they reach an island called The World’s End, where Caspian met the Star’s daughter, the girl he marries. Caspian wasn’t much older than Eustace, so we must assume he was maybe eighteen or nineteen. In The Silver Chair, Eustace returns to Narnia with Jill, a school-friend; it’s her first visit. They are both given the task of finding the king’s son, Rilian, who has disappeared. Caspian is Rilian’s father, and is setting sail one last time to look for the lost prince. When Jill and Eustace do eventually find him, he is about twenty-five years old. This, however, is Lewis’s description of Caspian: