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Matthew Belinkie, Peter Fenzel, and Matthew Wrather gather to overthink Mare of Easttown, streaming on HBO Max. They talk about types of the “detective show” genre, and how Mare deals with clues and information, character development, and the structure of a mystery. They point out that a priest is different from a deacon. And, so as not to lose sight of the best thing about it, they praise the actors, especially Kate Winslet, who is awesome.
Spoilers for this (very spoil-able) detective show! (The first is that it’s not a detective show. Not completely.)
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Since I haven’t seen the show, I have two minor points about Ladyhawke. First, Winslet would’ve been ten when the movie was in theaters and I believe it had a decent life on VHS, where I saw it a few years later, so the reasonableness of her knowing the movie is probably better than her being familiar with Highlander and less than Star Wars. Second, it includes the quote “each generation is called upon to follow its own quest,” which sounds related to what Matt might have been trying to get at.
Really, though, the point of the name was probably a reference to “hawkshaw,” slang for detectives based on the name of a detective in a popular play. I’ve never heard it abbreviated to “hawk,” but it’s not out of the question.