Consultants, Cops and Inspectors

The TV Challenge Continues…
TV Cops. Who is your favorite (past or present) TV cop? Which TV cop do you think was the most crooked, or the most inept?

At last! A chance to prove that I watch something besides cartoons and science fiction! Yes, I watch mainstream police procedurals! (Though I do like to argue that CSI is, in fact, science-fiction. Think about it. How might near-future advances in forensic technology affect our lives?)

Favorite (past or present) TV cop?
Hmm, tough one. I had to think about this one for a few minutes. In the end, I chose someone who is not, in fact, a cop, but someone who often works with them closely. He is a psychologist who is often consulted by the police and victims during investigations.

Dr. Cal Lightman of Lie To Me zeroes in on subtle tells in the demeanor of those he’s investigating. He uses his obnoxious demeanor to throw interviewees off balance, then uses his knowledge of psychology to appear almost to peer directly into their minds.

Which was the most crooked?
Now that’s an easy one. The monstrous Vic Mackey from The Shield.

In the first episode, he shot another cop in the face and blamed it on the den of drug dealers that they both just massacred. It gets worse from there, as the detective weaves a web of blackmail and corruption, douses himself and his team thoroughly in the blood of the not-entirely-innocent, and spins wheels within wheels as he turns gangs and criminals against one another. He even turns the very police department against itself, several times.

Which was the most inept?
That’s also an easy one. Inspector Gadget.

Imagine, if you will, James Bond crossed with the Six Million Dollar Man. Hidden among his bionic limbs are a laser torch, an automatic lockpick, vision enhancements, and a personal flying apparatus. Awesome, right? Okay, now imagine that this hypothetical character is also an idiot. Imagine that he is such an idiot that the chief of police will only meet with him away from the police station, in disguise, and only does so in order to dispense some fools’ errand to keep this hypothetical character as far away from any actual police work as possible. Imagine that this hypothetical character is such an idiot that in attempting these errands, he is continuously and unwittingly saved by his pre-teen niece and her dog.

That hypothetical character is Inspector Gadget. I think it’s pretty clear that the cyborgification process that he underwent left him with brain damage of some sort.

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