Originally Posted by psgcdn
Guys, please, pretty much all TV shows are like that. As soon as you know anything about a subject, then you go nuts about what they get wrong. My wife cringes on all things medical and I cringe on physics and helicopters. For example, on TV shows and movies, helicopters start up and take off within 30 seconds; it takes a good 10 minutes. On TV shows and movies, people talk to eachother without headsets at level conservation levels in machines where you can't hear anything; they even talk to the pilot's back, and he understands what people are telling him while he's wearing a headset. I cringe every time.
I can fully understand time compression. We aren't going to sit around for a full helicopter start up sequence. It does bug me when they don't get the physics right or the other procedures with flying. My uncle used to fly small planes, and some of the silliness I see with aircraft scenes is definitely eye-rolling. One of my favorites is the guy who starts a plane, rolls out onto the runway and takes off without a run-up. Apparently on TV, you don't want to make sure you won't stall under takeoff RPMs.
Skydiving scenes where somehow people can talk to each other in the process of free falling is classic, too. I think even Mythbusters did something on that one. Even better is when they accompany that with bailing out of an airliner. I don't know about you, but I can't think of anyone who would be physically strong enough to open the door on a pressurized airliner in flight (at least not since they started having the doors open inward before rotating to the side).
With the medical stuff, obviously time compression also comes in when it comes to tests, lab work and DNA stuff that actually takes weeks or months to go through. However, I do agree that some of the evidence handling leaves a lot to be desired. The number of times I've seen a crime scene tech pick up a piece of evidence without photographing it first or putting it back down and photographing is too many to count. Don't even get me started on how preposterous a show like House is.
As someone who actually knows how to pick a lock (I learned how when researching a news story years ago), I don't mind that it takes less time on TV than it really does. What kills me is when the guy uses one pick. Even when you're using a lockaid gun, you need one tool to turn the lock (thus putting pressure on the tumblers so they stay open) while you jump the tumblers with another pick or a lock release gun.
Of course, working in TV, I find the lack of realism in portrayals of TV production annoying. My biggest pet peeve? The camera guy and the reporter jump out of the news van, no wires connected, no antennas on the camera, no raising a microwave or satellite antenna on the truck, not even a white balance attempt and yet they go live immediately. I also hate the police commissioner/grieving parent/etc. on camera and when he/she finishes, the reporter jumps into frame (holding the mic) and says, "that was so and so discussing this tragic event - this is Bambi Bimboson, reporting live...". Again, I can accept some time compression, like the time it takes to load a tape or the occasional run and gun shoot, but the instant live shot kills me every time. It's like in TV world, a transmitter never needs to power up, everything is magically wireless, the station never needs to sync up a video feed before they take it to air and you don't need to have the mic anywhere near someone when they're talking.
Don't even get me started on the whole "blowing up security video to read some guy's driver's license in the reflection of someone else's glasses" thing.
"Can you enhance that?"
"Sure, but not if you want it realistic..."