Jason Hoffman

Hollow Pursuits - S3-E21

New this month Continuity mistake: At the end of Barclay's sword fight on the holodeck, he has the hologram of captain Picard against a wall. When the angle is on the hologram, Barclay's sword is pressed into his chest. However, when the angle is on Barclay, the sword is several inches away from the hologram.

Jason Hoffman

19th Jul 2019

Stalag 17 (1953)

Continuity mistake: After one of the prisoners shouts that there are new women in the Russian camp, the men rush out to see them. On his way, animal falls in the mud, covering his backside and the backs of his legs with mud. A few moments later, he makes it to the wire and begins calling to the women. When he turns his overalls are clean.

Jason Hoffman

19th Jul 2019

Dragonslayer (1981)

Revealing mistake: At the beginning of the final battle, the dragon flies up toward the wizard and a sharp horizontal line breaks through the dragon, revealing the composited shot.

Jason Hoffman

13th Jul 2019

SEAL Team (2017)

Season 2 generally

Factual error: For some reason in the first several episodes of the second season, a burst of red mist is added whenever an enemy is shot by the SEALs. The human body does not produce a mist of blood when hit by a projectile.

Jason Hoffman

Audio problem: When Miles and Becky are in his office trying to figure out how to get out of town, Miles says "Our only chance is to get to the highway." However, if you watch his mouth, it's clear what he actually said was "Our only chance is to get to the freeway." This was presumably changed for a wider audience. The film takes place in California, and in the 1950s "freeway" was used in California, but most of the rest of the country used "highway."

Jason Hoffman

7th Jun 2019

Star Trek (1966)

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E29

Character mistake: When Spock is finally able to determine that Edith must die to restore time, Kirk asks Spock how it will happen, and Spock tells him he can only estimate general events, not specifics. However, after Spock's previous attempt, he tells Kirk he'd seen her obituary. The obituary would necessarily include how and when she died.

Jason Hoffman

Data's Day - S4-E11

Revealing mistake: When Data and Dr. Crusher are tap dancing on the holodeck, whenever the camera angle changes to a wide shot from above (for the more complex dance moves), it's clear it is not Brent Spiner but a stand-in dancing.

Jason Hoffman

The Final Problem - S2-E6

Revealing mistake: When Holmes and Moriarty fall from the cliff, the wires holding the stunt men are plainly visible. Once they are falling in front of the falls, the wires are obscured, but when they are falling in front of the rocks the wires are easy to see.

Jason Hoffman

The Blue Carbuncle - S1-E7

Revealing mistake: When the thief places the blue carbuncle in the goose's throat, it's obvious he actually doesn't put the gem in the bird's mouth. He pretends to, but then drops the gem into his other hand. This is all visible in the shot.

Jason Hoffman

27th Dec 2018

Star Trek (1966)

Errand of Mercy - S1-E27

Character mistake: When Kor describes the effects of the mind-sifter to Kirk (who is still in disguise as an Organian), he says the machine would leave him "more vegetable than human." There is no reason a Klingon would reference humans while speaking to a person he believed to be Organian.

Jason Hoffman

20th Dec 2018

SEAL Team (2017)

Season 2 generally

Question: This season has added the odd effect of a large puff of red smoke/dust whenever someone is shot. It is unrealistic and distracting. Wondering if anyone knows the reason for this change.

Jason Hoffman

5th Nov 2018

Halloween (1978)

Plot hole: When Laurie and her friend see the Sheriff in front of the hardware store, he tells them someone broke in and stole "A Halloween mask, some rope, and a couple of knives." Without someone doing a complete inventory of the store, there would be no way to know the specific items that had been stolen, especially when they are such commonplace things as knives and rope in a hardware store.

Jason Hoffman
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Suggested correction: Simple, he watched the security footage.

1st May 2018

Clue (1985)

Trivia: The producer's first choice for the role of Ms. Scarlett was Carrie Fisher, but she was unable to sign onto the film because she'd recently admitted herself to a rehab facility to battle drug addiction.

Jason Hoffman

The Abbey Grange - S1-E2

Revealing mistake: While Holmes and Watson are investigating the crime scene, there is a shot of them that shows the dead man's hand. His hand is visibly shaking, revealing the actor is struggling to maintain the position of his hand.

Jason Hoffman

Ship in a Bottle - S6-E12

Question: Posting this as a question, rather than a mistake, as there may be a logical explanation. After Captain Picard, Barklay, and Data become tracked in the simulation of the Enterprise, several times we see them separate to different parts of the ship (Data going to Engineering while Captain Picard remains on the bridge, etc.) Since they are physically in the holodeck, close to each other, they're being tricked by the holodeck. Why, then, when Data throws his comm badge toward the warp core (to prove they're in the holodeck) does the holodeck not continue "tricking" them? If the simulation can cope with two people visibly walking further apart than the actual room, why wouldn't it use similar techniques to make it appear Data's badge just landed where he threw it?

Jason Hoffman

Answer: The holodeck simulates walking away by making "treadmills" out of forcefields. If the badge was thrown near a real wall, it would not be able to allow it to actually pass through the wall. The physical barrier would still exist, even if a simulation of the badge was shown to go further. This would mean that it would still hit it and land on the ground.

Ship in a Bottle - S6-E12

Question: How is Moriarty's simulation able to fool Data? Throughout the show Data is shown to have vastly superior senses to humans. Additionally, spatial tricks and forced perspective would be ineffective on him since he doesn't see the same way humans see. In another episode, Data is able to discern the incredibly slow movement of an object caught in time. It seems unlikely he would be unable to tell his surroundings were computer generated.

Jason Hoffman

Answer: The programme was specifically written to be able to fool Data. As such, additional processing power may have been given to the holodeck projectors to ensure that even Data's more advanced senses were fooled. Additionally, it was never suggested that Data could tell the difference between holograms on the holodeck and real life.

13th Nov 2017

Stranger Things (2016)

Chapter One: MADMAX - S2-E1

Revealing mistake: When Bob and Joyce have lunch, Bob pops open a can of soda (which is period appropriate). The scene cuts to Joyce, then back to Bob. It is clear from how he is holding the can, and how he pretends to drink from it, that his newly opened soda is actually empty.

Jason Hoffman

Loud as a Whisper - S2-E5

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the episode, as they are preparing to beam down to the planet, Riker tells Warf to set his phaser on stun. He then holsters his own phaser and the transporter is activated. However, when they materialize on the planet, Riker is holding his phaser in his left hand.

Jason Hoffman

Other mistake: Director Sergio Leone uses one of his trademark filming techniques throughout this film, where anything outside the camera frame doesn't exist. Several times the characters react to situations and other characters when they come into frame that they logically would've seen much sooner. For example, at one point Blondie and Tuco are walking and stumble across an army camp. Even though in reality they would have been walking toward it for a long time and would have been aware of it, they react with surprise the moment it appears on screen.

Jason Hoffman

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.

Jason Hoffman

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