Talk about overkill

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Enough with the ban­ter, al­ready!

“Hawaii Five-O”: McGarrett and Danno be­come part­ners for life “af­ter a lit­tle ban­ter”; the script is “a neat bal­ance of ac­tion and clever ban­ter” [“ ‘Hawaii Five-O’s’ En­er­gized State,” by Mary McNamara, Sept. 20].

“Un­der­cov­ers”: “Who can re­sist an ac­tion-packed, ban­ter-heavy spy show that also ex­plores mod­ern mar­riage?”; the lead char­ac­ters en­gage in “feisty ban­ter”; “Could that ban­ter be a lit­tle testier?” [“Iron Chefs,” by Mary McNamara, Sept. 22]

“Chase”: “Jerry Bruck­heimer’s lat­est fea­tures U.S. mar­shals run­ning down crim­i­nals in the wild state of Texas “with just enough ban­ter and back-story to let you know that these are in fact hu­mans we are watch­ing” [“ ‘Chase’ Delivers Just What It Says,” by Robert Lloyd, Sept. 20].

The pro­lif­er­a­tion on net­work TV of such nuggets of pre­fab­ri­cated spon­tane­ity as “You think?” and “What he said” is what drives view­ers like me to “Break­ing Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Board­walk Em­pire” and, yes, re­runs of “Law & Or­der.”

Wil­liam D. Wolff


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