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A Flawed Masterpiece

Author: morpheusatloppers from Thailand
29 August 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The series was reaching its end when this offering was made (although the writers/cast may not have KNOWN that).

As usual, our twitchy hero acts everyone off the screen - but is let down by a major faux pas from the writers.

The plot involves a twist on the Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy which beggars belief, but is at least an ORIGINAL IDEA, which you will NOT see coming, I promise.

However, the writers failed to do their research. The devices the emergency services have, which trigger traffic signals to go green in front of them, only over-ride max times and computer instructions.

They DO NOT and CAN NOT over-ride the signals' basic safety protocols.

If, as shown in this episode, they caused green conflicts (greens in both directions) or even instant changes (no ambers or intergreens) the EMERGENCY vehicles would leave a series of COLLISIONS in their wake.

As you may have gathered, I am a retired traffic systems engineer.

However, that said, this episode is possibly the most exciting and unusual of the series. So WATCH it - but do not worry the next time you are driving.

If someone T-bones you at a signal-controlled crossing - they will merely be DRUNK.

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one thing to add to morpheusatloppers' review

Author: (ikjeft01) from United States
3 August 2013

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OK, i did the research and found my information was dated. Originally, the opticom was a device that controlled the signals via a pulsating strobe light. of course, that strobe light would be incredibly obvious, which would of course wreck the plot line. And just as morpheusatloppers said, going "all green" would be "a bad thing" (tm).

reviewing the product brochure, it appears that the new RADIO-enabled optimcom does indeed control the intersections via radio, taking the gps position of the emergency vehicle into account to determine which green(s) to enable. while i completely agree with morpheusatloppers that an "all green" situation would be sub-optimal, the product brochure for IntelliGreen clearly shows a situation where an emergency vehicle, leaving the station, causes a four-way green. However, it does not describe this situation, so it might be just a poor choice of graphics colors used to indicate traffic flow.

common sense (which Lie to Me sometimes causes us to put on the shelf) would dictate that if anything, the opticom would change signals to all red (the safest option) and let the emergency vehicle negotiate through the stopped traffic (yes, the point of the opticom is to cause traffic to continue to flow in the direction the emergency vehicle is traveling, but i'm just positing another possible configuration).

all that aside (and here's the slight spoiler), this is yet another episode where Cal cock-blocks Emily's current beau, in Cal's inimitable style of course (the w@nker ).

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