It sets the tone for the rest of the pilot episode, a schlocky collection of tired tropes and telegraphed setups.
In this Annie Lowrey article in The New York Times in September, its end was telegraphed.
The rise in scale, and in stakes, is telegraphed early on in the nearly two-and-a-half hour film.
(1) President Obama telegraphed the deal he is offering the Iranians.
Unfortunately, this first twist was telegraphed within the first five minutes—and any chance really—of the pilot.
I telegraphed at once to the governor, assuring him of my interest in the case and requesting information.
He had telegraphed to Baton Rouge for the police to search the steamer on her arrival.
Not far from them was a signal-staff which telegraphed to another signal-staff inland.
Before he left he telegraphed to every likely coast town for Bosambo.
The cluster shivered, as from hooked fore-foot to hooked hind-foot it telegraphed uneasiness.
1794, "semaphor apparatus" (hence the Telegraph Hill in many cities), literally "that which writes at a distance," from French télégraphe, from télé- "far" (from Greek tele-; see tele-) + -graphe (see -graphy). The signaling device had been invented in France in 1791 by the brothers Chappe, who had called it tachygraphe, literally "that which writes fast," but the better name was suggested to them by French diplomat Comte André-François Miot de Mélito (1762-1841). First applied 1797 to an experimental electric telegraph (designed by Dr. Don Francisco Salva at Barcelona); the practical version was developed 1830s by Samuel Morse.
1805, from telegraph (n.). Figurative meaning "to signal one's intentions" is first attested 1925, originally in boxing. Related: Telegraphed; telegraphing.
To signal one's intentions, often inadvertently: The tone of her voice telegraphed it (1925+)