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Jason Hoffman

21st Mar 2017

Star Trek (1966)

Space Seed - S1-E22

New this week Revealing mistake: During Kirk's fight with Khan in engineering, he pulls a white rod from a console and uses it to subdue Khan. The rod is very light, and several times when Kirk hits Khan with it, Khan shows no reaction at all.

The Hit Car - S1-E3

New this month Character mistake: While Bill and Ralph are arguing in the car, Ralph refers to Bill's injuries by saying "you look like an advert insurance company", which makes no sense. What he obviously meant to say was either "you look like an advert for an insurance company" or "you look like an insurance company advert."

16th Feb 2017

El Dorado (1966)

Trivia: In the scene near the end of the film where Mississippi, JP, and Bull are attempting to sneak into the saloon through the back, Mississippi disables the guard at the back door by disguising himself as a Chinese person. In the original release of the film, he puts on the disguise, then squints his eyes and speaks in vaguely Asian-sounding gibberish. This was deemed insensitive and inappropriate, and when the film is shown on television, the scene cuts awkwardly to avoid the offensive expressions and dialog.

Question: (Spoiler alert) If Annabelle and Dr. Trent simply wanted to murder Frederick, what was the point of Dr. Trent attempting to dispose of Frederick's body in the acid? Why the elaborate scheme to have him accidentally killed by someone else if they were going to destroy his body in acid anyway? They could have simply hit him over the head and dumped him in the pit.

Factual error: In reference to the skeleton in the pit, a skeleton with its flesh burned away would have nothing to hold it together. Frederick states it is Dr. Trent's skeleton. For him to run wire through the skeleton would have been impossible in the time he had. He had only a few minutes at best before his wife came down. He'd have had to fish the loose bones out of the pit, wire them all together, attach the whole thing to the puppeteer rig, and put it back in the pit.

Factual error: After his wife falls into the pit, Frederick casually grabs Dr. Trent's skeleton; the skeleton that only moments earlier had been submerged in acid. His hand should have been badly burned.

Question: If Frederick picked the party members himself, without his wife's input, how did Dr. Trent (spoiler alert, his wife's lover) manage to get Frederick to pick him?

Answer: Frederick knew that Trent was his wife's lover. That's why Trent was invited. The party was supposed to be an opportunity for Frederick to take revenge.

30th Mar 2016

Daredevil (2015)

A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen - S2-E13

Question: When Frank returns to his home, he has to push through a pile of mail to open the door. He then walks into the kitchen, sits down at the table, and picks up a newspaper that reads "Frank Castle Dead." Where did the fresh paper come from? Obviously Frank didn't leave it, and it must have been put there within the last few days.

Answer: Castle picks up the newspaper from the pile of mail and carries it to the table. There don't seem to be other newspapers in the pile, and there should be more given how long he was away, so perhaps only that issue was put through the mail slot. Karen may have done it, but she seems to still think he was dead at that stage.

Sierra1

18th Mar 2012

Star Trek (2009)

Question: Why was Spock's ship carrying so much red matter? We see that a tiny drop is enough to destroy a planet, and Spock uses a similarly tiny drop to destroy the exploding star, so why would the ship carry what appears to be hundreds of thousands of that quantity?

Answer: Spock's trying to stop a supernova, which is a hellishly big deal. Much better to take too much and end up not needing it, than take too little and end up failing.

Tailkinker

Other mistake: When Flint configures the computer to rain breakfast, he types the eggs as "over easy". However, when breakfast falls, all of the eggs are sunny side up. This is not likely an error of his invention because in every other case it produces the food exactly as he inputs it.

2nd Jan 2010

Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone mistake picture

Revealing mistake: When Marv is trying to break into the basement with the crowbar but slips on the ice, he hooks the crowbar on the sill of the door and then slips again. The crowbar then falls on his head. The mistake is that when he slips and the crowbar is hanging it is not hooked on the sill of the door, but is obviously hanging by a wire as it swings freely in front of the door.

The Southern Raiders - S3-E16

Audio problem: At the end of this episode, Aang tells Katara that forgiveness is the first step you need to begin healing. But if you watch closely, his mouth isn't moving at all when he says this.

Visible crew/equipment: During Remo's training scene where he is going up the obstacle course. When he jumps from the paint can to the next step, the harness assembly preventing him from falling is visible above his head.

12th Mar 2009

Robocop (1987)

Question: When Bob Morton is giving his speech just before Robocop is introduced, he touts one of Robocop's advantages as "A lifetime of law enforcement experience." But Murphy's memory was wiped before he was completed. Wouldn't this effectively remove all of his law enforcement experience?

Answer: This can depend on two things: the nature of the memory wipe and what is meant by the term "experience". It is possible that they were able to wipe only those memories pertaining to personal identification and specific case memories. In which case the basic understanding of law and law enforcement could have been left intact. And the "experience" referred to could be referring to instinct. His mind has been working the streets for a long time. That can cause the brain to wire itself more specifically to think in certain ways that help that kind of activity. Even if the memory wipe were complete, it is possible that those rewirings in his brain were left intact, thus giving him a brain already designed for law enforcement. I admit, though, that the statement can appear, on the surface, to be at odds with the methods used to create him.

Garlonuss

The Grave - S3-E7

Revealing mistake: As Connie approaches the graveyard the sky in the background is obviously a painted backdrop, as there is a visible seam.

The Grave - S3-E7

Continuity mistake: The events shown are supposed to take place at almost exactly midnight, yet when Conny goes to the graveyard the sky is bright and everything is well lit, much brighter than moonlight. Just as he enters the graveyard there is an abrupt change in lighting and the scene is suddenly much darker.

Question: Is it possible for someone to drink to the point of passing out and then moments later appear completely sober (as Marion does)?

Answer: Probably not, but Marion was faking it. She won a betting game that way. If she didn't at least act drunk, she'd never get anyone to compete against her. Sort of like how pool sharks pretend to be bad just to get people to play them, then they play just good enough to be assured of a win, but not so good that the player won't come back for more thinking they have a chance of winning their money back.

Phixius

7th May 2008

The Naked Prey (1966)

Revealing mistake: Although "Man" is supposed to be completely naked, there are several shots where his flesh-colored briefs are visible. Most noticeable when he is initially set loose to be chased.

7th May 2008

The Naked Prey (1966)

Trivia: Although the main character is listed in the credits as "Man", he is referred to early in the film as "Larry".

27th Mar 2008

Dragonslayer (1981)

Audio problem: During the climax of the film, the maiden takes the stone from Galen and attempts to smash the amulet. Galen pulls the stone away and says "NO! He said I'd know the time". However, his lips do not match the words. He appears to say "NO! It is not yet time!".