Those TV shows that seem so popular, you know, the CSI ones. They have the original CSI show supposedly in Vegas, they have CSI Miami, they have CSI New York, and probably one coming to a town close to you. What is your opinion of them?
I enjoy them, but do believe that they are so far from the truth that it is on the comical side, if not just darn right ridiculous. The first thing that is not true to life is that they are the ones who go out and capture the criminal. Yea, right. In real life, the CSI people come to work and run their tests, etc. and then go home. No chasing criminals with guns, no shooting, no fighting, and very little time for field work. Here in Houston, they can’t get all their simple tests done and have to out-source a lot of their lab work.
And what about all the ultra-modern equipment that they have on those shows? And they can do miracles, too. A bad guy can commit a crime wearing a hazard suit and breathing bottled air into a sealed helmet, and they can detect a molecule that is misplaced and just happens to be part of the custom made toothpaste that the perpetrator has especially made for him self.
From what I have heard on the news, our local CSI is under staffed, under paid, doesn’t have the equipment needed, and out-sources a big percentage of its work to private labs. All this and the budget keeps getting cut.
I just wonder what the people who work in the real CSI labs think of those shows. Do you think that they go to their boss and ask why they don’t have all that fancy equipment that looks like it came from star-trek and why they don’t have guns and go chase down criminals so that the real police don’t have to? Do you remember back when the first CSI show started? It was more realistic; they didn’t carry guns and physically chase the bad guys. Then as time went on and more spin-off series appeared, they started to really stretch the truth to get a more shocking story line.
If anybody out there knows what goes on for sure in CSI departments, please correct me if I am wrong. From what I know, in reality, they are extremely hard working people trying to do a good job on a small budget.