After the 2016 presidential election had ended and I was faced with the reality of a Trump presidency, I fell into a bit of a depression. The idea that this man and all that he represented would be our actual president of the United States, well it was inconceivable yet all too real.
I was not alone. Nearly all of my friends were stunned and walking about in a daze. I attempted to steer clear of social media for awhile because one of two things was ever present. I was faced with either disbelief and anger, or smug joy. Neither doing anything to ease the tensions, disappointment, or true fear that this election brought to light. I didn't want to watch the news, I didn't want to read the articles, I was having nightmares and losing sleep. Nothing seemed to make sense in a country that had once appeared to be advancing the ideals of inclusion, diversity, and truth, now turning and embracing racism, sexism and hate.
This is when I rediscovered C.S.I., the original CBS crime procedural, set in Las Vegas. I'm sure the spin-off Miami and New York franchises would have also made for good medicine but I have a fondness in my heart for the original cast of characters. The plucky newbie, the sage wisdom of the bug man, the toughness of an ex-stripper, and the continual struggles of the handsome blue eyed gambling addict. Suspend your disbelief and follow my logic for a moment.
Is the acting superior? The plot points believable? Not especially. But what it does deliver is a world where science, logic, and truth always win. Not for the love of money, but for the love of justice. The cast of C.S.I. is forever in search of the naked truth. The facts guide the investigation. The evidence leads to the truth. The science dispels the doubt. Sometimes the bad guys are caught and sometimes they go free, but the truth of what happened is inevitably discovered, all within one sanitized, satisfying hour of entertainment.
This is what my world was missing; Love and respect for truth and science. While we, the liberal, take up our proverbial swords to fight the tyranny and injustice of our new oppressor, I can find a place of respite and sanity within the safety of C.S.I. It doesn't erase the trials and tribulations of our daily political drama, but it does help me sleep again at night. As Gil Grissom has been known to say, "The evil men do always lives after them." I need to believe that justice will prevail. Thank you C.S.I. for giving me something to focus on that doesn't make me want to lose my mind, unlike reality.