META: Shows' representation of COVID

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Amnesia, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000


    The nice thing with TV is there's plenty of shows where COVID would never be an issue because the time. place or setting isn't the present day Earth.

    Apparently, shows like NCIS are a mess because they had 4 episodes left in the season when lockdown happened, so a lot of it was trying to get everything set up for the 400th episode (which was supposed to have aired last season). And apparently they're on hiatus because COVID spikes have wreaked havoc with filming and production.

    I can only imagine many other shows having to deal with similar messes.

    ANd yes, the season premiere of Bull was a bit odd and not very good except at the breaking the 4th wall part. But at least everyone got the whole "we need a COVID episode" out of their system and have started trying cases in a new reality.
  2. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    The partially animated episode of The Blacklist was especially weird/interesting.
  3. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    MacGyver sidestepped the issue nicely, with a simple one liner. "10 months and one pandemic later" putting the show in the near future (if it wasn't already), back at a time when everything returned to normal.

    (It should be noted that MacGyver runs a shortened season so their old season was well over by time the pandemic hit and thus they just had to edit the introduction).
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  4. rharmelink

    rharmelink Active Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Not specific to the pandemic, but in the last episode of The Swamp Thing that The CW aired, the CDC specialist puts on some rubber gloves so she can walk into a "rotted" area of the swamp to take a sample.

    At one point, she uses her gloved hands to brush back hair that had fallen in front of her face, tucking it behind each ear. I suppose she's lucky she hadn't dug into the swamp yet.
  5. jay_man2

    jay_man2 jay_man-also TCF Club

    Sep 14, 2003
    Northern VA


    She could have ended up looking like your avatar.
  6. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

    Oct 13, 2002
    i missed that one line but i heard a referrence to the pandemic as if it was in the past.
  7. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Southern CT
    Why aren't all the crime shows doing stories about robberies skyrocketing due to everyone being masked. ?
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  8. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    What, you think wearing a mask is what makes people commit robberies?!?

  9. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Yeah. Given MacGyver takes place "in the near future" it's entirely possible for them to bypass it. It already happened in their history, after all. I just thought it was a cool way to do it since they could.

    Has crime gone up? I know robberies of stores and such did go up, but mostly because well, with fewer people and more closed stores around, it was a bigger opportunity. But even so, it happened during the first lockdown for us but there was no masking mandate so few people wore them. Residential break ins went down rather significantly since a lot of people started working from home leaving far less opportunity.

    Now, people are back, stores are open so those crimes have gone down again, though it's just people who don't want to mask up causing problems for everyone. (And yes, it sort of blows the anti-masker thoughts of it being permanent out of the water - because everyone doing surveillance will want people to not be masked so facial recognition works - even in China masked people have a dismal recognition rate of around 10% versus about 90% or higher when unmasked. It's why they passed a law saying wearing masks is illegal unless you're sick prior to the pandemic. And yes, I'm aware several states banned use of facial recognition - that never stopped anybody and all it means is that you can't use facial recognition to get a warrant or present evidence in court. Doesn't mean you can't use it to generate leads and make up some plausible story on how you got that lead. Illegal tools are used all the time to get leads and plausible stories made up to hide their use so evidence doesn't get tainted).

    Though I had to go to the bank last month, wearing a mask felt weird since usually the security guard would tackle you if you did it during normal times.

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