Grumpy Scot

Revealing mistake: When the Marines shoot the Japanese pilot, you can see the wire used to set off the blood bags coming out of his pants leg as he falls. (01:11:30)

Grumpy Scot

Factual error: According to "The Doomsday Machine", full impulse drive is one-quarter the speed of light. In the first two movies, Enterprise used thrusters as opposed to impulse drive to leave Spacedock, confirming the notion that impulse drive is far too fast to leave such a (comparatively) small structure. Styles, however, orders Excelsior to one-quarter impulse, which is 18,750 km/s. In one second, she will travel half again Earth's diameter. From the time he gives the order to the time we see Excelsior clear spacedock's doors is approximately 40 seconds. Even allowing 30 seconds to go from rest to one quarter impulse, spacedock must be 13-15 times bigger than Earth! That's some serious engineering. (00:23:45)

Grumpy Scot
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Suggested correction: The warp scale has been adjusted several times, so it is impossible to say precisely how fast this fictional technology is, and by extension, how fast impulse is.

Impulse drive speed on starships have been consistent. Although sometimes quarter impulse on a shuttle refers to quarter power and not speed. Even if the speed of quarter impulse is 10 times slower than suggested (and used in the series), spacedock would still be 1.3-1.5 times bigger than Earth, which it wasn't. "It's fictional technology" is usually only a valid correction if the technology isn't explained in-universe. However, when certain parameters regarding fictional technology are established (even if they set wide parameters such as warp speed velocities) violations or contradictions (through bad script writing or whatnot) are valid mistakes.

Bishop73

Factual error: During this game, your mech is carried around from world to world by a Titan class DropShip. Titans are strictly aerospace fighter carriers.

Grumpy Scot

8th May 2007

Gotcha! (1985)

Factual error: The KGB agent hunting Jonathan is carrying a Spanish Campo-Giro pistol. There's no way a KGB agent would carry a foreign sidearm in a Soviet Bloc country, especially one that was phased out of service in the late 1920's.

Grumpy Scot

Trivia: Episode 2-21, "G.E.D.": Randy fills in the bubbles on a GED test form in the shape of a sailboat. This is a reference to Ethan Suplee's role in Mallrats, where he played a character that could not see a sailboat hidden in a picture.

Grumpy Scot

20th Apr 2007

Firefox (1982)

Trivia: Through sheer coincidence, the designers of the "Firefox" used flat plates and odd angles on the model. This is the same design technique that makes the actual stealth fighter invisible.

Grumpy Scot

20th Apr 2007

Firefox (1982)

Trivia: The movie Firefox is a Soviet built radar-invisible aircraft. In reality, the American F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter was made possible by the work of a Russian physicist, Dr. Pyotr Ufimtsev. (Soviet designers thought his theories worthless!).

Grumpy Scot

2nd Apr 2007

World War Z

Trivia: In the book, American soldiers refer to zombies as "Z's" and "Zack". Its a common practice for US military men to refer to things by their initials or the military equivalent (ie "T's or "Tangos" for terrorists). However, "Z" in the military alphabet is "Zulu". "Zack" is a reference to Zack Snyder, director of the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, who author Max Brooks collaborated with for some of the DVD special features.

Grumpy Scot

Trivia: After several discussions with Edward James Olmos and viewing the movie, Tricia Helfer decided to base her character on the replicant Roy Batty from the film "Blade Runner."

Grumpy Scot

Trivia: Tricia Helfer's character "Number 6" was named as a tribute to the 1967 series "The Prisoner".

Grumpy Scot

15th Feb 2007

Dune (1984)

Deliberate mistake: The Fremen wear "stillsuits" to conserve their water, yet leave their heads completely uncovered. This would result in quite a bit of water loss through perspiration. (In the book, they wore hoods, masks and nose filters, leaving only the eyes uncovered, but it wouldn't work in a movie to have all the actor's faces obscured!).

Grumpy Scot

7th Feb 2007

Star Trek (1966)

Trivia: A constant question during the run of all the Trek series is why Klingons look so much different, from "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" on, than they did in the original series. The real reason is the movies and later TV series had a better makeup budget. However, the "Star Trek: Enterprise" episodes "Affliction" and "Divergence" provide a canon answer. Klingons acquired genetically engineered human embryos left over from Earth's Eugenic Wars and used them to augment their soldiers. It worked but created a virus that threatened to annihilate the Klingon race. Dr. Phlox and a Klingon doctor found a cure, but it resulted in all Klingons becoming far more human in appearance. Sometime between these episodes and the first Trek movie, a cure was found, returning the Klingons to their present day "ridged-head" appearance.

Grumpy Scot

Trivia: A constant question during the run of all the Trek series is why Klingons look so much different, from "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" on, than they did in the original series. The real reason is the movies and later TV series had a better makeup budget. However, the "Star Trek: Enterprise" episodes "Affliction" and "Divergence" provide a canon answer. Klingons acquired genetically engineered human embryos left over from Earth's Eugenic Wars and used them to augment their soldiers. It worked but created a virus that threatened to annihilate the Klingon race. Dr. Phlox and a Klingon doctor found a cure, but it resulted in all Klingons becoming far more human in appearance. Sometime between these episodes and the first Trek movie, a cure was found, returning the Klingons to their present day "ridged-head" appearance.

Grumpy Scot

Trivia: The band "Toad the Wet Sprocket" took their name from a sketch on this show.

Grumpy Scot

Trivia: A constant question during the run of all the Trek series is why Klingons look so much different from Star Trek: The Motion Picture on than they did in the original series. The real reason is the movies and later TV series had a better makeup budget. However, the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes "Affliction" and "Divergence" provide a canon answer. Klingons acquired genetically engineered human embryos left over from Earth's Eugenic Wars and used them to augment their soldiers. It worked but created a virus that threatened to annihilate the Klingon race. Dr. Phlox and a Klingon doctor found a cure, but it resulted in all Klingons becoming far more human in appearance. Sometime between these episodes and the first Trek movie a cure was found, returning the Klingons to their present day "ridged-head" appearance.

Grumpy Scot
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New this week Suggested correction: Star Trek: Discovery establishes that not all Klingons were affected by the Augment virus. Therefore, the Klingons in Star Trek: The Motion Picture were not cured at all but in fact never contracted the virus. In time, the survivors of the Augment virus did regain their ridges, as shown with Kor, Kang, and Koloth in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Before anyone else brings it up, the hairless look of the Klingons in Star Trek Discovery season 1 was a ritual they underwent when going to war, a ritual that fell out of favor in the intervening years. Star Trek Discovery season 2 shows Klingons with hair.

20th Jan 2007

The Thing (1982)

Trivia: In the scene where Mac destroys Palmer with a stick of dynamite, the explosion was much bigger than Kurt Russell had been led to expect. Watch him closely as the explosion occurs. He flinches violently and nearly falls down. It's quite comical.

Grumpy Scot

8th Nov 2006

Rocketman (1997)

Deliberate mistake: The shuttle in this movie is named "Aries". When it lifts off you can see "Endeavour" on the nose.

Grumpy Scot

26th Aug 2006

Futurama (1999)

The Honking - S3-E1

Audio problem: When Leela welds Bender to the wall, she uses a gas torch. The sound effect is that of an electric arc-welder.

Grumpy Scot

Revealing mistake: When the tripod is tipping the ferry over, people fall over the rail and cars slide toward it. You can see the cars stop short of the rail so they don't smash into stuntmen, even though they are jammed against the rail in the next shot.

Grumpy Scot

22nd Jul 2006

The Stand

Trivia: In Chapter 62 Lloyd tells Dayna that Trashcan Man has brought several Flametracks (M132 Self Propelled Flamethrower) back to Las Vegas. The book is set during 1990 (but written in 1978) and flametracks were completely phased out of the US inventory by 1980.

Grumpy Scot

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