All this CSI Bull****

Well, as I'm watching a csi clone as many people will know as Crossing Jordan (Is she crossing a river? What a mystery all in itself). Why do these show writers think that you can do extra-ordinary technological things in their crime labs that we can't actually do in this current day and age, not nearly as well as what they show us. For example, as in pretty much every episode of CSI, there is some image, some security footage or the such, they "clear up" the image or make a shitty black and white video camera tape look crisp and sharp like it's hd and they can read the letters on a newspaper that someone is holding sitting on a bench like 500 feet away.

This people is not possible, not ever. You cannot "extrapolate" pixels out of pixels that aren't already there. If your security camera is 640x480 resolution or the such, say it's pointed to your wall at the end of your living room for example. Something up close, like 5-10 feet away from the camera, the pixel representation of the actual object is fairly well represented digitally and the object is readable usually, maybe with a bit of image tweaking. But say you have a big living room and you need to read a newspaper that is strangely pinned to your wall by a stranger. If it's too far away, the camera sees a lot of the text as big blockly black or white pixels, and each bit of the newspaper isn't captured pixel by pixel, just a representation of what it would look like. But on a pixelated camera, you're never going to be able to pull pixels out of pixels that aren't there like I already said, it makes no sense. And on these csi shows, they're seen doing crazy shit like pulling a liscense plate number from a police car footage tape of the car BEHIND the cruiser by "extrapolating" the pixels they seemed to be able to read the license plate by using the left mirror of the car in front of the cruiser, and to that, this would imply that the car behind was parked to the left of the cruiser, but in reality in the show itself, the car was right behind cruiser where you wouldn't have been able to see the plate anyways.

Stuff like matching blood spatter marks to certain cuts on victims or the such, I know this can and is done in real life to a certain point and degree, everything you see in csi is based apon what is used in the real force. But the difference is that in CSI it is SUPER EXAGGERATED way beyond what's possible in real life. I've finally ran out of typing energy so you guys are spared any more of my rant but holy **** I can not figure out how people enjoy CSI so much seeing as it's soooooooo fake in reality. How many other people think it's fake like me?

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Goodhart9 years ago
If you want to see "unrealistic" watch any of the original Dr. Who series that had dinosaurs, etc in them. Why didn't they just use hand puppets and get it over with? It would have looked better. LOL
Punkguyta (author)  Goodhart9 years ago
Well at least it was science fiction, CSI is intended to be real life like, whether or not that's what it actually is.
Hmm, if it was intended to be "just like real life"; like any policeman will tell you, no one would watch it. 99% of most "police" life is very boring, yet there have been many police shows on (I once read that the NYC police force thought that Barney Miller, a comedy police show awhile back, was the most "realistic" cop show on television LOL.

So, most of it is provided for entertainment value, as has been already said, rather then being "accurate"

"Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me..." X-Files
VIRON9 years ago
ON enhancing images: Analog is much more enhanceable than digital. Think microfilm and microfische. Got an old picture of grandpa reading the paper? With a microscope you might be able to read it too! Done that! Trying to enhance digital images you'll never get past those square pixels. Old CCTV cameras don't compress at all so if something doesn't move much in one second, you actually may combine 60 frame images and get beyond HDTV resolution.
That's what I was about to say, about combining video frames.
KentsOkay9 years ago
I enjoy watching CSI (Miami being tops) probobly becuase of the un-realism, it just makes me ROTFLOL. I pesonaly prefer "Criminal Minds".
Oh my gosh, Criminal Minds is so unrealistic it made me both want to laugh and cringe at the same time. It was brutal. The gore and violence were highly realistic though, it made me sick.......
criminal minds owns! and everyone you have to remember that it is TV not a documentary.. its entertainment... besides most people dont actually know that most of it is not possible.
lmao, who said I didn't like it?
Aeshir9 years ago
Yeah, TV dramas suck, because they don't have near the budget/time to make something of as good quality of a movie, so it's always sh***y acting.

I REALLY hate all that crap they always have in movies and s*** where the computer screens are always shiny blue and have like 50 things (random graphs) on them and they make random noises all over the place. It makes me wanna crap on a sheep.
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