The other night, Brad (husband) and I were watching “free” teleivion. I’d call it commercial TV, but cable has as many commercials now as network TV so the distinction is moot. We normally confine our viewing to streaming because free television stinks since the advent of digital, which has a more limited range than analog and insists upon delivering a pristine broadcast. I could live with lesser quality in order to actually have television, but as it is, we get two channelS regularly and three if the atmospheric conditions are rright, even though the claim we now have seven or eight channels locally.

But I digress. We were watching freemTV because we wanted to know what the bus was about Under the Dome. We hadn’t seen it, friends love it, and hey, it was on when we were checking out freemTV.

This is not a bashathonmfor Under the Dome. I can’t judge a book NY its cover or a television program by the last half hour. It looked like it had potential. So bear with me.

Apparently this town that it somehowncut off from the world was experiencing a killer cold front. Now if there’s one thing an Alaska can empathize with it’s impending hypothermia. When Jack was hanging only the edge of that door, knowing he was going to follow the ship into the depths, my teethnwwre chattering in a 70 degree theater. Suspension of disbelief had been achieved.

So a girl and a guy are cuddled together in an ambulance with frosty  windows. Hernlips looked appropriately pinched and their voicesmwere strained with barely suppressed shivers. They turned to each other to express some last thoughts and … nothing came out of their mouths.

Alaskans KNOW cold. Here in Fairbanks, winter is, best case scenario and experience will vary, five months long. For nearly half of the year, when we do anything outside, fog comes out of our mouths. This happens from about 30 degrees and colder. Every time! And the lack is glaring. Willing suspension of disbelief just walked out then door. Their noses weren’t running, their lips looked pinched, not cracked and their eyes weren’t blood shot.

I get that actors don’t want to work in a freezer and shoes based in California can’t easily create hypothermic conditions, but really … you couldn’t find some 30 degree weather?

How about research? I will tackle all sorts of situations I don’t have personal experience with, but I research carefully. I find it hard to believe that a network broadcast a show without doing some very simple research on a critical element of the show – hypothermia.

I write fantasy. Write what you know is tongue-in-check advice in fantasy, but a certain acqaintence with reality is still a desirable goal.


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