Charles Miller

Trivia: The first time we hear of "transwarp drive" technology is in The Search for Spock; presumably, using Transwarp Drive, the Excelsior should be able to easily overtake the Enterprise, even at maximum warp. Montgomery Scott easily sabotages the Excelsior, however, and we never see the transwarp drive in action. For some reason not explained in Star Trek canon, the Great Transwarp Experiment was abandoned as a failure at this point, so we never learn of the actual maximum speed of a starship with Transwarp Drive.

Charles Miller

Trivia: Actor Peter Coyote auditioned in costume for the part of Indiana Jones, but he tripped and stumbled over power cables during the audition (conveying an awkward and nervous image, just the opposite of the confident and sure-footed Indiana Jones image that Steven Spielberg wanted). So, Coyote didn't get the part. But Spielberg never forgot Coyote's earnestness, and he later cast Coyote as the compassionate Agent Keys in "E.T. The Extraterrestrial".

Charles Miller

Trivia: Peter Coyote was cast as Agent Keys in "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" because he had impressed Steven Spielberg a few years earlier, when Coyote auditioned for the part of Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Unfortunately, Coyote tripped and stumbled during that audition (conveying an awkward and apologetic image, just the opposite of the confident and sure-footed Indiana Jones image), so Coyote didn't get the part. But Steven Spielberg never forgot Coyote and subsequently cast him in E.T.

Charles Miller

Continuity mistake: The doctor starts out carrying a Holland and Holland "Royal" Double Rifle; but when he and Tarzan pursue the train, the doctor loses his H&H rifle in the leap from a cliff. Lo and behold, after they commandeer the train and disembark, the doctor is inexplicably carrying his H&H Double Rifle again. The H&H is not a common rifle, even today, and his chances of just discovering an exact replacement aboard the train is beyond coincidental.

Charles Miller

8th Mar 2017

The Dead Zone (1983)

Trivia: While it's difficult, in hindsight, to imagine anyone other than Christopher Walken starring in this film, author Stephen King wanted comic Bill Murray to play the lead role of Johnny the reluctant clairvoyant.

Charles Miller

26th Feb 2017

Evil Dead II (1987)

Question: Why does anybody (including Sam Raimi) claim that Evil Dead 2 is a sequel with flashbacks to the first film? As a sequel, there is virtually zero continuity to the first film. This was an obvious remake.

Charles Miller

Chosen answer: Evil Dead II starts out with a recap of The Evil Dead where Ash cuts off the head of his girlfriend Linda with a shovel and then is attacked by the entity, which is how the first film ended. While Linda is played by a different actress, it's still meant to be the same events as The Evil Dead. The cabin windows are still barricaded from the end of the first Evil Dead, and Ash's pant leg is still torn from Deadite Scott attacking Ash. Additionally, the end credits say: "Evil Dead II", the sequel to the ultimate experience in grueling horror, was filmed in Wadesboro, North Carolina and Detroit, U.S.A.

Bishop73

Question: If the "cold drink" vending machine was unplugged and the buttons were unresponsive, WHY did the saboteurs deliberately illuminate the front of the machine? Wouldn't this ATTRACT people to the machine, only to subsequently arouse curiosity when it failed to function (as it did with Mulder)? The more logical approach would be to disable the vending machine (including the illumination) and tape an "out of order" sign on it. People would then just ignore the machine, arousing no suspicion. The illuminated vending machine gimmick looks like an illogical contrivance to advance the plot.

Charles Miller

Chosen answer: If they had put an "Out of Order" sign, or left it unilluminated, someone in charge might try to have it fixed or replaced, or could have checked to see if it's plugged in, etc. By leaving it illuminated, it doesn't look out of place and simply not taking money wouldn't arouse too much suspicion. In my own life, when I've come across a seemingly working vending machine that won't take my money or dispense drinks (but gives my money back), I just find another one instead of calling someone or reporting it. But yes, it is very convenient to the plot that Mulder just happens to try and use this particular machine.

Other mistake: We know that, after Cornelius and Zira were executed at the end of the previous movie, "Escape from the Planet of the Apes," baby Caesar was only an infant who was just starting to say "Mama." In "Conquest," we know that 20-year-old Caesar was raised (and secretly educated) by Armando, the circus owner. But, after 20 years of being raised and secretly educated by Armando (who has a thick Mexican accent), Caesar has a distinct British accent.

Charles Miller

Show generally

Factual error: There is no physical way that Steve Austin could perform most of his superhuman feats of strength in the ABC television series, due to the fact that they simply replaced his arm and legs, but didn't rebuild or reinforce the rest of his skeleton and muscles to handle the physical loads. Interestingly, author Martin Caidin (creator of Steve Austin in his novel, "Cyborg") actually did describe an incredibly complex whole-body rebuild that included vertebral reinforcement and ribcage and pelvis replacement, which were far more factual than the subsequent ABC television interpretation. ABC only accepted the series on the condition that it was less technical for their audience.

Charles Miller

Trivia: Only mentioned in one episode early in the series, Steve Austin's least-referenced superhuman power was his ability to hold his breath for extraordinary lengths of time. Steve's phenomenal breath-holding ability was due to the fact that, even though he had two normal lungs, he had a much smaller circulatory system than a normal human being. Also, the Steve Austin in Martin Caidin's original book, "Cyborg," had an entire array of weapons, flares, communications gear, retractable swim fins, and scuba tanks built into his bionic body.

Charles Miller

22nd Feb 2017

Equilibrium (2002)

Continuity mistake: In the burly battle at the end of the film, in which a couple dozen guards are dispatched, Preston's white Nehru jacket remains spotless. Even after he kills DuPont, there isn't a speck of blood on Preston's jacket. Moments later, in the Father's broadcasting room, Preston now has a considerable neck wound and a quantity of blood staining the jacket collar and shoulder. The DVD lamely attempts to explain this delayed bleeding as a bullet wound that Preston sustained while fighting DuPont. However, after Preston shoots up the broadcasting room and finally exits the Equilibrium building, the blood stains have mostly vanished from the shoulder and collar of his white jacket.

Charles Miller

Revealing mistake: Tortured by the demonic voices in his head, Michael King goes into a self-mutilating frenzy with a kitchen knife, except that he squeezes the handle of the bleeding-knife prop a bit too hard and it squirts fake blood horizontally across his chest.

Charles Miller

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