This CSI quiz is for diehard fans of the original series. By the time the original Crime Scene Investigation series, set against a glamorous Vegas backdrop ended, we had 15 seasons of forensic science, and a whole bunch of tangled relationships, under our belt.
Making this quiz more difficult is besides the series regulars, in over 15 seasons there was countless parade of supporting cast. There were lab techs, tourists. Hotel and Casino employees, sleazy clerks at sleazy motels. Some just faceless backdrops to story lines, some more notable than others. And of course, various politicians and at least 2 notable under sheriffs.
Guest characters, played by notable actors and actresses, crossed our screen weekly. Intermingling in varying degree’s and length, with the CSI regulars and supportive cast .
These characters ranged from cops and CSI, to hookers, casino owners, mob characters, faded stars, and even tourist. For our viewing pleasure, they often came with a healthy dose of dysfunctional family dynamics, with story lines that put the soap operas to shame.
Of course, the really bad seeds, the real killers like Nate Haskell, the Bar Gig Killer, and the Miniature Killer remained free for a season or three. Hell, one even got away completely. Or did she?
But it’s really the science that makes this show shine, and this quiz more difficult.
During its run, as many as 30 million Americans watched the show weekly. Millions more watch it on reruns around the world. Collectively, we soak up the blood spatter, DNA, luminol, paint chips. Watching countless hours of surveillance tapes and blurry pictures being magically pixelated. Each crime scene, each hair thoroughly examined for clues.
The impact of the CSI shows was especially apparent in the development of the “CSI Syndrome”. This syndrome presents itself in jurors who have unrealistic expectations and notions about forensics, fueled by the myths of the show.
For example, jurors started expecting far more effort and diligence of the forensic procedure and police work. They expected every crime scene to be as thoroughly examined as it was on the show.
Jurors also became more trusting in forensics in general as as evidence. Even when the validity of the science was called into question or debunked.
Even when it’s wrong, forensics help us to feel like justice is served, and the mystery solved.
Sources used for the answers to this quiz include wikipedia.org, the Washington Post and the GAO office of the United States.
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