I was discussing with the office mates a few days back about our respective dream jobs. Mine was easy:
a) travel writer
b) high school teacher (fueled long ago by the film “Dangerous Minds”) and lastly;
c) forensics scientist
The two, obviously, I can handle and are attainable at best. The third was something, which I have learned early in life, best delegated to my dreams and could-have-beens. If only I wasn’t squeamish about blood and dismembered body parts, I’d probably bite the bullet and enrolled on a medical or criminology course after getting my broadcast journalism degree. But since, the sight of blood and gore is enough to make me pass out, I had no course but to live my dream through television and through the forensics books which I have accumulated as the years passed by.
So you can just imagine that yesterday was my perfect idea of heaven following the brilliant CSI Crossover Trilogy shown at AXN. As early as 830PM, I am already at home waiting for the trilogy.
The trilogy showed CSI Las Vegas Supervisor Dr. Roy Langston coming to CSI Miami to investigate a case of a missing girl from Nevada whose dismembered body part was recovered in Miami by the team of CSI Miami head Lt. Horatio Caine. After the case in Miami was solved, Dr. Langston had to fly to New York in conjunction with a related case handled by the NY CSI team headed by Det. Mac Taylor. This seemingly linked incidents culminated in Nevada, where the case was finally brought to a close.
The CSI series, a police procedural television series, showed brilliant examination and resolution to unsolved murder cases complete with hip background music, advanced technology and true to life depiction of dead bodies (sometimes in varying level of decay).
As a fan of the show, I can’t help but marvel on how efficient they were in solving crimes–even in cases where it seemed like there is no evidence present. And would often times wonder (aloud, sometimes) on how this kind of technology is not present in my country–apparently, that’s because some of it is yet to be invented–where the incidence of unsolved crimes in high enough to make any citizen paranoid.
My fascination with forensics extended to the kind of books I like to read. I have at home a book on Forensics and Evidence Identification which took me a long time to finish due to the presence of explicit pictures showing dismembered bodies and bloated corpses. But after I got the hang of it–I even resorted to back reading and enjoyed a show at Discovery Channel where they show a “corpse farm” where students study the state of decomposition of dead bodies.
All of these, I could do behind the veil of television shows and books, but in real life—I’d probably pass out before I can even come close to a dead body.