Originally Posted by Gandu
As a former missile technician aboard US Navy submarines, I will at least watch the first episode. Typically, Hollywood's depiction of submarines in general, and the process invloved to launch a missile in particular, are laughable. Perhaps this series will be better.
I'm assuming you will be disappointed.
It's the same for me for any show portraying events in the TV or movie industry. The better ones at least get some of the details right (including some of the inside jokes), but I just wish that once in these shows someone would be seen white balancing a camera before they start shooting after leaping out of a news vehicle. Further, no one ever seems to need to power up a transmitter on a live truck, time out the signal with the station control room or even do an audio check. Plus, every TV control room looks like NASA's wet dream - even in Pudunk, Iowa.
Of course, don't even get me started on all those police procedurals where even the sleeziest pawn shop has security footage good enough to zoom in on it far enough to read something reflected in a guy's glasses that are the size of the head of a pin on the screen. I can't even do anything close to that with footage from the best digital cinecams.
You know what movie impresses me the most with getting it the most correct? "The China Syndrome". They were pretty well spot on with how things worked during that era. About the only thing that lost any credibility was that the camera operator was able to zoom in and properly frame some of the action in the control room without looking through the viewfinder. Had the footage he filmed (and yes, it was film back then) shown a static view of the action, it would have been more believable. Granted, an experience shooter could estimate it pretty well, but on something so important, I doubt he would have risked cutting something out of frame. But, those are the liberties productions take for the sake of drama.
The problem is, doing the news (or any type of TV) involves a lot of stuff that looks boring when you watch it being done. It's just another factory job in a lot of cases: pull a lever, push a button. Making TV makes for very uninteresting TV viewing.
Likewise, life on a typical sub makes for some very dull TV. To spice things up, you need a constant threat from the enemy (there's always a depth charge scene) and everyone assumes subs are dark places only lit by red lights for some reason.Edited by NetworkTV - 9/21/12 at 6:40am