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TV that Makes Me Angry

My new pet hate? "Medical Investigation", thursdays at 9.30. I wanted to like it, but it makes me full of rage. I am a rage bunny.

Take CSI (the bad parts) and mash it into ER (also the bad parts).

I find it insulting on an intellectual and a professional level. I mean, they took a swab, fed it into a computer, and then all these pictures of bacteria started flashing across the screen. A mix of EM images and Gram Stains. What the holy crap is up with that.

They actually used the line, "Now you're thinking like an epidemiologist".

And they have been mispronounciing bacterial species names.

Soon there are going to be legions of teenagers who think they know what it means to be a microbiologist/epidemiologist just because they've watched a TV show. Mark my words, this show is going to do to my field was Agent Dana Scully did to forensic science.


Feb. 10th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Elindal and I went to a workshop a few years back at the Corners Court on forensic medicine, they spoke in passing about CSI and how for story arc and plot reasons they have to compress timeframes and roles into a smaller 'space' so that the story will fit to the 40 minute format and that the audience will be able to follow whats going on. In reality, most of the tests they do would take weeks if not months (backlog and/or test duration) and dozens of specialists would be involved - not just a handful of expert-at-everything people.

Ulitmately it's fiction. I still get pissed whenever I hear the noise of an inkjet or dotmatrix being used to indicate a page being printed when it's a laser engine which is virtually silent.
Feb. 10th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Ugh, it bothers me deeply when they do things like a full DNA analysis in two hours or what ever.

But what gets to me even more is that in CSI all the scientists work in dark rooms lit dramatically with a single light-bulb. In what universe do scientists actually work in those conditions?! I mean, really, I like working with natural light, but everybody else in the department with automatically turn all of the bright lights on in a room even if they are just walking into the lab to wash their hands.