Or one more time, how they get it wrong.
I was online last night trying to catch up on some shows that have returned this fall. With everything going on with the move, I am still behind on so many things that I am watching some shows online after their airdates. One new show last season showed a lot of promise, Lie to Me. It is about a deception expert and his agency and some of the cases that they work on. It is interesting.
This post is about the specifics of the first episode of the second season, The Core of It, so if you want to see it and don’t want to know the specifics of the episode you shouldn’t read any further. Here is a link if you want to see the episode:
The main character is far from honest, straight-forward, ethical. That concerns me. It showed up really badly in the season opener, a D.I.D. episode. I suppose they were hoping to exploit multiples like every show that has felt the need to do a requisite episode on a multiple serial killer or faker. They should have used an expert consultant on this episode and if they did, they need to get their money back and hire someone else next time.
A young woman shows up at a book signing to confess that she is a psychic and she witnessed a murder through a vision. The deception guy knows she is telling the truth. The fact is he only knows that she thinks she is telling the truth.
He and his staff quickly learn that she is multiple. Some “alters” come out to play and they feel perfectly free to hypnotize her. One of them, a sickly goody-two shoes type mentions another person’s name who told her she was the core of the person, who sounds like a therapist, but they never pursue that or try to get permission to do the things they are doing to them.
They learn quite easily a number of parts and their names. They learn of the grandfather’s sexual abuse, the genesis of the multiplicity. Really? Fucking really? This may take several therapists and over ten years to get a diagnosis and to the root of the problem, but you jerks manage it in a few precious minutes?
He even feels free to lock her in a room and attack her with the threat of rape in order to get her to switch to a protector, who was the witness of the murder.
Then she switches and the protector comes out. His partner in the business shouts a warning, alters are one-dimensional. If I wasn’t so insulted we would have laughed ourselves silly. How ludicrous. Yes some alters can be. No they aren’t one-dimensional, even those who have only been subjected to abuse and do not come out into the world much or at all. No we are not some cartoon characters. We are pieces of a shattered person, a shattered soul.
Just because the protector could not speak does not make him one-dimensional. You just insulted every able challenged person who cannot speak. No they are not one-dimensional because they cannot speak. And because he could not speak does not make him one-dimensional.
And what is it with the concept of having one part being the only victim and the only protector? Really? I don’t know any system where only one part is the abuse victim exclusively, even in a smaller size system. I don’t know many victimized parts that later become a protector. Though I’m sure it happens. My victimized parts are still too scared of the abusers to say much, let alone fight back with fists when assaulted, verbally abused and threatened with rape; like this part does on the show.
And really a part who is a prostitute who commits crimes by stealing from johns? Please get fucking serious. Multiples do not commit crimes in a higher percentage than the general public.
Then to use her in a police operation to try to entrap the killer into making a confession. Really? To get her “power” back? Really? You have got to be fucking kidding me. You don’t think that everything you did with the system was disempowering, using, abusing, a breach of ethics, illegal? Really? I thought I was watching Lie to Me not Insult to Me.