Best TV mistakes of 2008
Revealing mistake: At the end of the episode when Tuco shows up at Walter's house in the backseat of Jesse's car, he tells Walter to get in. As they drive off, the shot pans out to show the street sign across from Walter's house. The sign says Piermont, which is the real name of the street. In the show, the Whites live on Negra Arroyo Lane.
Plot hole: The very ending scene where Peter (in this version died in the ice as a boy so Walter's wife never met him) takes off some of the dust covers then picks up a toy airplane. The toy airplane he got as a child from ... Walter's wife when she was trying to placate him in an earlier episode for trying to run "home". This toy airplane wouldn't have been his as a child in this version of the universe.
Continuity mistake: When Jax and his crew meet up with a Hispanic gang to sell them guns and are outnumbered, they run in the station wagon. The run the station wagon through a gate and roll it, destroying the front end, but magically the station wagon's front end appears with little damage afterwards.
Factual error: Enid, the telegraph operator, exclaims that "He is sending an SOS." However, in the 19th century, distress calls did not include the letters "SOS," It was not until the early 20th Century that SOS was chosen as the international distress call.
Continuity mistake: Ep. "Samson and Delilah" - All shots of the Jeep Cherokee prior to it crashing (and during the process of flipping over) show that it wears factory-optional silver steel wheels of a 'star' style. But as the wreck settles upside-down, it's wearing plain steel wheels (like those found under full wheel covers or on a spare tire).
Factual error: This series uses a beautifully-rendered CGI sequence of New Amsterdam C. 1650 morphing into New York City of the present day. The Native American tribe we see at the start of the sequence, however, never inhabited the New England area. They look more like the Lakota plains tribes seen in Dances With Wolves. The North-Eastern tribes didn't build teepees as seen here, either. The dwellings should be longhouse wigwams made of wood.
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Other mistake: The battle droids - including the commando droids featured here - habitually have two broad fingers and a thumb. So how can a commando droid squeeze itself completely into clone trooper armor without its broad fingers tearing open the gloves, since it can't separate its fingers?
Continuity mistake: In "Broke 'N' YoYo", when Cody has just sat down to talk to Zack after collecting loads of towels, in the first shot the towels are on the chair in front of him. In the next shot, when Cody leaves to practice, the towels have vanished. And in the next shot, when Bailey and Zack are talking, the towels are back again.
Continuity mistake: During "Brand New Day", at one point, Dr. Horrible stabs a picture of Captain Hammer attached to a dartboard with a handful of darts, all right in the center of the picture. A few shots later as Dr. Horrible sits, suddenly the darts are far-more spread out. (It's in the background and can be hard to see, but it's noticeable.)
Factual error: The camera starts out-of-focus looking down a crowded sidewalk full of background actors in period clothes and hairstyles (1973). As the camera racks into focus, Sam is walking toward the camera with many awnings visible in the background - a large blue one reads "24 Hr ATM". Though versions were invented prior to 1973, they didn't come into wide usage until the mid-to-late-80's and certainly weren't available in East Village bodegas at the time of this episode.
Factual error: As Tony is being escorted to Obadiah Stane’s office six months after Howard’s death, there is a close up of Trish’s computer keyboard. Everything on the keyboard matches up how it’s supposed to be on a QWERTY layout, except rather than the 4 being between E/R or above the R, as is standard on all keyboards, it's between R/T. All the numbers are moved over from where they are supposed to be.
Continuity mistake: Season: 1, episode: 16 "Bloodline". As two soldiers of Darken Rahl approach the plains of Morrow, they break a magical shield which catches them on fire. Two frightened soldiers run away, and the commander shoots one. Keep an eye on the commander - he is still pointing the crossbow even after the soldier dies. The next shot, however, has his crossbow loaded with another arrow, daring anyone else to run away.
Revealing mistake: In the scene where Mitchell first visits McNair's van, Mitchell's reflection is visible in the window on the left side of the screen during the shot where he first opens the van door. The vampire lore of the show informs the viewer many, many times that vampires (such as Mitchell) and ghosts cannot be seen in reflections, pictures, or videos (their image "cannot be captured"). The reflection can be seen for roughly 20 seconds.
Continuity mistake: Whenever the Big Brother eye is shown, it is grey and white. But there is a shot of a woman leaving the house in the first episode in which you can see the eye from Big Brother 9 (which is shattered with one red shard) on a platform at the bottom of the stairs.
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