Monday, April 6, 2009

Oh, right, I am a scientist

I promise to be back with part two of The Movie (just wait till I get to the love scenes, people), but in the meantime, you should all go read this:

If TV Science was more like Real Science


I would like to add that one of the reasons I got tired of CSI was because of the exposition-driven conversations the field agents and the lab techs. Because while I realize that the writers have to have a way to explain the science to the viewing audience, actual scientists do not have conversations like this:

FIELD AGENT: Can you test this for DNA?

LAB TECH: You mean you want me to examine this human hair sample and see if there are any residual skin cells which contain DNA?

FIELD AGENT: Yes, exactly. I would like to examine this genetic material called DNA, the "blueprint of life," to see if there is a match between the DNA on the hair sample and the DNA of our suspect.

LAB TECH: And if there is a match, that would mean our suspect is guilty, because aside from identical twins, no two people share the exact same DNA.


Etc, etc.

Just once, I want the lab tech to say, "Why are you explaining the purpose of a fingerprint analysis to me? I do this for a living, you know."


Amanda said...

HA! I've always been annoyed by this! The entertainment industry has to cater to the stupid though.

Becca said...

Hahaha, so true! I felt the same way about Twister. My friends and I used to have "Bad Science Movie Night." It was great fun.

Swistle said...

HA HA HA. Yes. I love how there always has to be a dumb character so that they can explain everything to him/her. THE DUMMY IS SUPPOSED TO BE *US*.