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*whimpers in pain*

Booth and police inspector have met at a riverside cafe. And she's handed him a box. Inside the box there's a gun...

*cries*

Yes, we do have (some) armed police in Britain. The firearms are very carefully locked away when not in use and are only distributed at the police station. Guns are carried as a matter of routine (for a full shift) only by police on armed guard duty. For example, at Heathrow, following recent events. Otherwise, they're distributed just before an operation and to police who have the requisite firearms qualification. Most don't.

There is no fucking way a Met DI (detective inspector) would even have the authority to authorise the use of firearms (you have to be at least a superintendant) let alone hand one over, in public, to a foreign national.

I am rapidly approaching the point when I don't think I will be able to continue and will have to admit defeat.

Date: 5 September 2008 20:09 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eleanorb.livejournal.com
Just be thankful you aren't watching the abomination that is The Tudors.

Date: 5 September 2008 21:21 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Oh, but I know that's bad. Bones is (usually) decent, undemanding entertainment.

Sigh.

but (and sorry for interrupting)

Date: 5 September 2008 21:54 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
the tudors today had a lot more JRM nudity than usual!!! it was definitely worth watching!

Re: but (and sorry for interrupting)

Date: 5 September 2008 22:25 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Yeah, from what I can gather the nudity is the highlight. *g*

Re: but (and sorry for interrupting)

Date: 6 September 2008 07:35 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
and what;'s wrong with that? (asked Olympia, who either reads or surfs the net when teh tudors are on...)

Re: but (and sorry for interrupting)

Date: 6 September 2008 08:03 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
Well, at least there is a crappy show on again *G* After Bonekickers finished, I was feeling a bit bad-tv-deprived :)

Date: 5 September 2008 20:57 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
I downloaded it since you seemed to find it so horrifying!!

It's the first time I ever see a lecture held at the Divinity school :) (I'll have to check the Gazette more carefully from now on)

Date: 5 September 2008 21:21 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
*g*

So, what d'you think?

Date: 5 September 2008 21:54 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
actually, I got bored within the first five minutes *G* (you know something's wrong when you spend more time trying to find out what gown and hood she's wearing (and wondering why on earth would she wear a hood to such an unofficial lecture - no sign of any university profs whatsoever) than actually watching the show *G*)

I might try watching it again later or during the weekend....
(but the Oxford bit was totally outrageous! lol)

Date: 5 September 2008 22:23 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
*g* Wasn't just the Oxford bit that was totally outrageous!

Date: 6 September 2008 07:36 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olympia-m.livejournal.com
*G* but I never really got past that!!!! :):) maybe today I'll give it another try...

Date: 5 September 2008 21:08 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparkindarkness.livejournal.com
She has a gun. And she handed it out in public.

I have not the words

Date: 5 September 2008 21:22 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
I know, I know.

Mind boggling.

Date: 5 September 2008 22:35 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] temaris.livejournal.com
I have it but fear I may not bother to watch -- after this and the Canadian review I read which felt that they had left no Yankee in England cliche unturned, I don't think I can bear it. What *were* they thinking?
Edited Date: 5 September 2008 22:36 (UTC)

Date: 6 September 2008 04:37 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filenotch.livejournal.com
What *were* they thinking?

Er, you were expecting thinking?

Date: 6 September 2008 07:56 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Obviously a mistake.

Sigh.

But how did they manage to get everything wrong?

*despairs*

Date: 6 September 2008 12:38 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filenotch.livejournal.com
Now you know how I feel about SF science, especially biology/medicine. You just had it all in one show. I get my outrage amortized across episodes.

Date: 6 September 2008 14:05 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Actually, I frequently feel outrage in British cop and legal dramas, because usually they get at least some of it wrong. Some worst than others (The Bill is an honourable exception, because they actually get it right and despite really liking the lead actor I can't watch Judge John Deed at all because they get it so wrong).

But I'm used to things being wrong and if the errors aren't too bad and it's dramatically pleasing I can overlook the errors and enjoy.

Trouble with this episode is that they got nothing to do with Britain right at all. Hence the pain. It actually exceeded Judge John Deed terrain and I thought that was impossible.

At least they should be back in the US next week, though, so I have the possibility of enjoying an episode again.

Date: 6 September 2008 06:31 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raincitygirl.livejournal.com
I'm sorry.

I really have nothing further to say. Really, what more IS there to say? Except possibly that it seems professional screenwriters don't employ Brit-pick betas the way conscientious fanficcers do.

Date: 6 September 2008 07:58 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Clearly professional screenwriters (at least in American TV) don't do any research whatsoever. Let alone get a British editor to check for glaring errors.

I understand the pressures of network TV in the US and that there is very little time to do anything, but given that this was the first episode of the new season they had more time to carry out some basic reasearch than is normal. They completely failed to do so.

Sigh.

Date: 6 September 2008 13:15 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] phantomas.livejournal.com
...cookie?
choc chip cookies will soothe the pain!

(I can't watch Bones. I like DB, I like the idea, but, uh, NO. can't stand the actress)

And I share your pain, because I found myself many times cringing at some pretended 'real' Italian scenes/settings/habits, etc. I know the feeling. A little research goes a VERY LONG WAY!

Date: 8 September 2008 20:02 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandragora1.livejournal.com
Exactly. I suspect that there wasn't any research in this case...

Thank you, sweetie.

*munches on cookies*.
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