Some of you may have read my post “10 things about the entertainment industry that piss me off” before; in it I rant about some of the inaccuracies and liberties that entertainment types take with the military and LE professions.
Well just the other day I was watching a rerun of the CBS series “NUMB3RS”, a portion of which is below:
Now..I know, I know, it’s just entertainment. And to be honest I actually somewhat like this show even though it is one of the biggest offenders of the “unreality factor”. You frequently see the heros going in “point” on Tactical Assaults with in their shades, street clothes and unhelmeted heads amongst the “cannon fodder” SWAT guys who are just there for backdrop. Not to mention the “egghead” science types who are miraculously experts in any and every topic known to man…but I digress.
What really “popped” out for me in this episode can be seen by forwarding to the 3:00 mark of this clip. Note when the Russian Mob guys bust in with their armored HMMWV..guns a-blazin.. that two of the “cannon fodder” cops fall. Nobody appears to rush to their aid, but when the “hero” gets his shoulder wound everybody rushes to help him out. You never see or hear about the welfare of the two other officers for the rest of the show. Not one word. WTF?
I know full well “why” it’s done in terms of script writing and story telling, but the whole thing seems to really reinforce the impression that in Hollywood the “Uniforms” are nothing but worthless backdrops.
I guess this is a corollary of “3. Uniformed Cops as props” from my Top 10.