Many years ago, I watched an episode of one of the Next Generation Era Star Trek spinoffs, and as (at the time) a biologist, was incensed at some technobabble uttered by a character, something nonsensical about a protein breaking up into DNA fragments. I mentioned this to a physicist colleague who burst into laughter, letting me know that I had finally experienced what every physicist feels watching nearly every episode of Star Trek.
This came to mind while watching the video below, in which Tudor historian Dr. Nicola Tallis offers reviews on recent movies about that period. Suspension of disbelief becomes really difficult when you know intimately what’s being depicted. Interesting that a lighter fictional film like Shakespeare in Love ranks higher for authenticity than big, serious period dramas.
Please feel free to share your stories of infuriating viewing in the comments below. I’m willing to bet that many of our librarian colleagues will have something to say about how their profession is portrayed in film and television.