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The Altar of the Dead - S1-E5

Factual error: Dominic Wingrave says "it took me 6 years to do the math." Not something any British person would say - in the UK it's always "maths."

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Factual error: The series presents a biracial orphanage in Lexington, Kentucky in the late 1950s. Biracial orphanages did not exist in the American South in the 1950s or early 1960s.

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Negative Return - S1-E2

Factual error: The communication delay for earth-moon communications is around 2.6 seconds. Yet Emma's daughter simply dials a cell phone and is connected to her Mom in space past the moon in less than that. The communication has no time lag. (00:18:45)

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Maps and Legends - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When Lieutenant Narissa Rizzo appears in holo form in the last scene of the episode, the two pins of her rank on her right breast initially are attached together (as if the two magnets have been placed too close together and ended up being pulled to one another). During the first part of the scene they go back and forth between being joined and separated. (00:40:45)

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It's Good to Be Back on the Moon - S1-E9

Factual error: The Apollo 11 flag gets knocked over by the Chinese rover...but the flag was blown over by the Eagle's takeoff thrust, witnessed by Buzz Aldrin. This was confirmed years later by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which showed shadows of the flags planted at all six Apollo landing sites, bar Apollo 11's. The other 5 were all planted further from their landing craft precisely for that reason. It's also widely assumed that the flags on the moon would have been bleached white by decades of unfiltered sunlight, not in good condition like the one shown.

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Opening Act - S1-E4

Factual error: At the beginning, the screen shows that the year is 1988 in Corpus Christi, TX, then the camera pans into Selena and her sister eating tacos when their friend Jake arrives wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks shirt. The Diamondbacks did not exist in 1988. Phoenix was awarded a Major League Baseball expansion team in 1995 and the Diamondbacks made their debut in 1998, 10 years after this scene takes place. (00:00:30)

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The Dark Compass - S1-E3

Other mistake: At the end, when the reflection of burned Lucy still shows her beautiful, Dracula's reflection shows him as he is seen; not old and ugly as in his usual mirror reflections.

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Echoes - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Eden confronts Kinsey by the lockers, as the angle changes so does Kinsey's arm. In some shots, she has her arms crossed and the locker door is closed, in some shots she has one arm up, holding the (open) locker door.

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Episode 4 - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: Kurt is still recovering from the beating he took in the previous episode with bad cuts on his forehead, checks and temple area. They are red and impossible to miss while he is in the police station. The cuts have miraculously disappeared in the next scene when he goes to visit Mona.

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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Elizabeth says "Do you mind if I lie down in your guest quarters?" Jamie's hands are down by her side. The shot changes and one of her hands is now up by her face.

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Angel of Mercy: Part Two - S1-E4

Character mistake: When Lenore Osgood is speaking on the phone with Charles Wainwright about killing Dr. Hanover, she mispronounces "Larynx" as "Lar-nix."

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Fredwynn - S1-E4

Continuity mistake: The background characters passing Fredwyn and Janice disappear in one frame, and then appear in the next. They also seem to randomly speed up and slow down in the background. (00:20:37)

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Welcome to Upload - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: The countdown timer shows 59:18 left, but in the next shot the timer goes back up to 59:26. (00:09:14)

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Ephesians 6:11 - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: An employee is asked to leave the computer lab, he actually exits it twice. (00:11:15)

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Yee-Haw - S1-E2

Other mistake: Near the end of the episode, Liv Tyler gets into a bathtub and takes off her clothes. We see an overhead shot of the tub and it's clear she is wearing a darker colored top.

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Predators - S1-E8

Character mistake: The FBI team responds to a murder crime scene. The victim is lying face down in the bed with blood everywhere. The team leader takes the victim's wrist with his bare ungloved hand. A trained FBI agent would never touch a murder victim without gloves - one to protect himself and two not to contaminate the crime scene. (00:10:00)

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Chapter Five - S1-E5

Factual error: Pete uses the term "throwing shade" when talking to Perry Mason in the middle of the episode. As this show is set in 1932, the phrase "throwing shade" did not yet exist (the phrase was first introduced in the 1990s). (00:35:00)

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Suggested correction: The phrase was not first introduced in the 1990's. While it did become popular in the 1980's, the idea of "throwing shade" as an idiom would have been around before then. A variation of the idiom is found in writings from the 1800's, for example "Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen.

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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: She is on an elevator wearing her uniform. The uniform collar does not show her Chief of Police stars on it but when she walks off the elevator down the hall into her office less than 10 seconds later, the stars reappear on her collar.

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Eilu v' Eilu - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When Jonah confronts Meyer after the death of the surgeon, Meyer's holding a drink in his left hand as he turns to face Jonah. The shot changes angle and the drink is suddenly in his right. (00:48:40)

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Masculin FĂ©minin - S1-E2

Factual error: Emily is in Paris when her boyfriend calls from Chicago and wakes her. She asks the time which he says is 7pm, and she says 3am in Paris, which cannot be. Central European Time is 6 hours ahead of NY and 7 from Chicago. 7 pm in Chicago would be 2 AM in Paris.

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