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Chapter 4 - S1-E4

Factual error: Assane and his son play "Horizon Zero Dawn", against each other. Which is not a multiplayer, competitive game. (00:25:40)

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Factual error: As the Royal Navy has its own police (including detectives), there would be no need for a civilian detective to be airlifted onto a submarine, especially to investigate a sudden death that was not originally believed to be a murder.


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Suggested correction: The Royal Navy police are not equipped to handle murder; local police are usually used for more serious offences so no claim of a cover up. There are no MoD police attached to a submarine either, so in theory somebody would have to go to the boat. (However they still wouldn't risk surfacing).

Initially there is no suspicion of murder, only an unexplained sudden death. There would be absolutely no need to airlift a civilian detective aboard a top-secret submarine. It wouldn't be the first time a sudden death had occurred aboard a Royal Navy vessel.


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Power Broker - S1-E3

Factual error: Every guard in the prison has the emblems of Hamburg on his/her shoulders of the uniforms. Zemo is said to be imprisoned in Berlin, so they are wearing the wrong emblems.

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Country Dean - S1-E14

Factual error: Bessie says she was going to study veterinary medicine at Texas A and M. That would have been approximately 1940. Neither women nor people of colour were admitted to TAMU until 1963 so she could not have even been able to apply.


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Pilot - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Sam is in the bathroom holding up two sample paint chips, in the first shot she's holding up the yellow in her left hand and the blue in her right hand, but in the next shot they've switched and are in the opposite hands, just as Jay arrives with the coffee.

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What If... Captain Carter Were the First Avenger? - S1-E1

Other mistake: The premise of the first episode is flawed; "a single choice" should make the difference, the choice being identified as Ms. Carter not leaving the room to get in the observation booth. But in the normal timeline the booth is exactly where all the other characters were. In this reality everyone else is downstairs, with the German spy that inexplicably sets the bomb early. If anything, it's his bizarre, suicidal choice that matters.

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Suggested correction: Except it was her decision to not leave the room that delayed the procedure and gave Heinz Kruger the chance to attack. And with her in the room, she is now given the chance to volunteer to take the serum.


How did her staying delay the procedure? Besides, in OTL the spy only triggered the bomb after he saw the procedure succeed, to know it works before stealing it.


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Factual error: At the end of episode 6, we see Alain crossing the German French border in a European registered right-hand drive Citroen CX. Then at the very beginning of Episode 7, they check into a hotel and the Mercedes parked in the forecourt was also right-hand drive. (00:01:00 - 00:01:30)

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Great Expectations - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: One of the 4400 now has an apartment and shows off her new darkroom to a friend. It has a sliding door at the entrance. In a later scene she is in the darkroom and her friend enters. But this time the door is a regular one that swings. In truth, neither of these are typical of a darkroom, as darkrooms have a light lock entry. Either double doors or a U-turn entry to prevent light from getting in.


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Episode #1.1 - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Mark got into his cell, the top bunk had a vinyl-like covered mattress (or folded gym mat) that had a lengthwise seam along the middle of the side. He was not fixing his bunk bed while he was talking to cellmate Bernard, but when he was removing items from his bag on top of the bunk bed, it was now covered with a blue blanket and a sheet folded down by the pillow could be seen. A little later, the blanket was also covering the foot of the bed. (00:13:15 - 00:15:03)


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The Fangs of Freedom - S1-E5

Plot hole: When the bandits attack the pioneer's wagons they are chased on horseback by the Captain, Jack and others for quite a distance until Ennis is killed in the confrontation with one of the bandits. In the following scenes Elsa is mourning over his body but her mother and others from the wagon train stroll up and the wagons are in the background-all this after a fairly long chase.


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Factual error: Superintendent Kane wears the insignia and uniform only worn by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, not only six ranks above the rank he is supposed to be, but in an entirely different police force.


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The Outlaw Eddie Wagner - S2-E3

Continuity mistake: Stabler is patted down by a NYPD Officer and the officer is shown slipping something into Stabler's left front pants pocket. After the officer departs Stabler pulls a paper out of his front right pants pocket. (00:15:52 - 00:16:30)


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Show Me Who You Are - S1-E5

Factual error: When Alina stands outside of the door to the banquet hall, waiting to demonstrate her power to the king and queen, there is a modern electronic occupancy sensor on the wall behind her.

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Family Day - S2-E5

Factual error: The phone number Harry is given has an exchange that starts with "0" (the first 3 digits after the area code). Phone numbers (in the US) can't start with "0" since that's the "operator."


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Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor - S1-E7

Revealing mistake: When the big battle starts, Boba and Mando appear using their jet packs. As Boba lands with one foot forwards, sand is thrown up into the air, but the sand is a special effect coming from about a metre in front of Boba, not from the foot itself. The result is very unconvincing.

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Decommissioned - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Cid takes Omega's bow and shoots at the target before returning it to her, the circular pull for the weapon's energy string is positioned much further forward than it normally is when the bow is folded up. (00:03:05)


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