Briefly noted: tv film noir

(Mostly not about language.)

Seen on Smallville this morning, an episode (centered on character Jimmy Olsen) that switched into film noir style for most of its time. This is a trope — duly noted on the TV Tropes site — that has appeared in episodes on other tv shows: Charmed, Moonlighting, Monk, Castle, plus some shows that drew on the style throughout (Peter Gunn, Angel, Veronica Mars). A borrowing of a characteristic visual style and thematic content from one (historical) medium into another, intended affectionately rather than mockingly.

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