DavidK93

15th Dec 2017

Blindspot (2015)

This Profound Legacy - S3-E5

New this week Character mistake: Congressman Weitz tells the FBI task force that Kazahrus is an "absolute monarchy." Director Hirst interrupts him to state that this means "the order of succession is based solely on heredity," which she implies is well-known to students of civics. An absolute monarchy is one where the monarch's powers are unrestricted (such as by legislative or judicial branches of government). Hirst is describing a hereditary monarchy, but not all hereditary monarchies are absolute (for example, England's constitutional monarchy is hereditary), nor are all absolute monarchies hereditary (the Vatican's elective monarchy is absolute). What Hirst says is true of Kazahrus, but not of absolute monarchies, the term Weitz was defining. Weitz is presented as an expert on the topic, but doesn't correct her.

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31st Oct 2017

Scorpion (2014)

Extinction - S4-E1

Character mistake: Happy determines that the nitrogen hydroxide ate through the drum because it was "steel alloy," in contrast with Walter's requirement that it be "pure steel." These terms are inaccurate, and would not be used by technical experts like Happy and Walter. Every steel is an alloy, combining at a minimum iron and carbon; steel with other alloying agents is called "alloy steel," not "steel alloy." Because steel doesn't refer to one specific substance, "pure steel" could never be used to specify a material for a given application.

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Character mistake: In the 5/25/17 episode, as the plane is experiencing distress, J. J. Says that Sonny is "as good a pilot as Sully Sullivan." The aviator's name is Sully Sullenberger.

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31st May 2017

Great News (2017)

Carol Has a Bully - S1-E9

Audio problem: Right after Carol finishes studying by singing a rap to Katie, Katie congratulates her and Carol hurries out. They exchange several lines of dialogue, but it all appears to be dubbed. During most of the dialogue, each character's mouth is not shown when they speak. However, the cadence of Katie's moving jaw can still be seen from behind, and appears to last longer than the audible speech. Additionally, Katie and Carol can each be heard to speak when it can be glimpsed that their mouths are not moving.

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6th Jan 2017

Arrow (2012)

Invasion! - S5-E8

Factual error: Felicity tracks the abducted team members to latitude and longitude values that are negative, which she and others present regard as impossible results until they realise the captives are in outer space. In actuality, south latitudes are conventionally represented as negative, as are west longitudes; and negative values would not convey information about an outer space location, which would instead be referenced with celestial coordinates.

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Blood Drive - S2-E6

Character mistake: Zayday makes incorrect statements about blood types. She mentions that, since Chanel #5 is type O-, her parents must also be O-; in actuality, they could each be type A or B (genotypes AO or BO, respectively) and could also have Rh+ blood as long as they also carry the recessive Rh- allele. Zayday also says that the child of two O+ parents must be O+, when the child could also be O- (again, if the parents carry the Rh- allele).

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Revealing mistake: On 4/6/16, Deimos researches Nicole on the internet and finds a full biographical profile of her. However, the contents of the page can be recognized as coming from the soapcentral.com page on the character, and it contains a lot of obscure, private details about the character written in conversational language, pertaining to things that would not be known to the fictional public (but are known to viewers of the show). For example, there is a "Crimes Committed" section that includes "Framed Arianna Hernandez for the Salem Muggings" and "Hid evidence and then lied to police about having proof that Kristen drugged and raped Eric."

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2nd Nov 2014

Doctor Who (2005)

Kill the Moon - S8-E7

Factual error: Near the end of the episode, the full moon is shown in the daytime sky, well above the horizon. This is impossible, as any celestial body lit by the Sun has its full phase only when it is directly opposite the Sun; thus, a full Moon rises at sunset and sits high in the sky only during the night. For the Moon to be in the sky during the day as shown, it would have to be visibly of a phase other than full.

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Character mistake: In the 7/30/14 episode, Sami informs Kayla of Abby's indiscretion with hospital board member EJ and demands that Kayla fire Abby, or else Sami will cancel a large charitable donation. Sami gives Kayla an explicit choice, "either Abby gets fired or the hospital gets the donation." Sami is misspeaking here, because actually the hospital gets the donation IF Abby gets fired. Sami should have said "Abby gets fired or the hospital loses the donation" or "Abby keeps her job or the hospital gets the donation."

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Continuity mistake: On 5/8/13, Kristen DiMera mentions that her wedding to John Black took place 15 years earlier. This is factually correct in terms of show history. However, it draws attention to the fact that EJ DiMera, the child born to Kristen's impostor around the time of the wedding, was heavily SORASed (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome) and is portrayed by a 34-year-old actor.

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Character mistake: On 7/5/11, Lexie says that Fay "wouldn't have had that heart attack if she hadn't been assaulted." Fay's eventual death was actually caused by somebody deliberately smothering her, although Lexie doesn't know that. However, as one of the doctors treating Fay, Lexie had concluded that Fay's death was caused by a stroke, not a heart attack. At that time, she also didn't think the stroke was related to her fall down the stairs.

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The Vengeance Formulation - S3-E9

Factual error: Sheldon's voice becomes squeaky when helium is pumped into his office. But if the room contained enough helium to make his voice squeaky just by breathing, Sheldon would actually be suffocating due to lack of oxygen, the lighter helium having displaced the heavier oxygen. You can do it with a balloon because you can breathe normal air between huffs, but if you're in a room full of helium, you won't last long before passing out and asphyxiating.

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Factual error: On 1/12/10, Parker and Liberty have gotten lost hiking while on a family trip to Detroit, and Jack says that the command center is "half a mile away up the side of a mountain." Detroit is in the Great Plains; there are no mountains remotely nearby.

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Character mistake: On 1/7/10, Sage says that she made the Miss Snowflake semifinals after being an alternate because "Gail Wallace dropped out because she's Miss Snowflake Oakdale." But then Sage says that she, herself, is Miss Snowflake Oakdale.

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Plot hole: On 7/1/09, Paul stole Dusty's laptop and gave Damian's name to implicate him. Dusty then accused Damian of the theft, describing it as having happened that morning. As shown in that episode, Damian had been with Meg throughout the morning, including the entire time during which Paul committed the theft. However, Damian does not offer Meg as his alibi and Meg fails to recognize that Damian was with her at the time.

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2nd Jul 2009

Impact (2008)

Factual error: When the brown dwarf fragment embeds itself in the Moon, the Moon continues to orbit the Earth. But the brown dwarf fragment is twice as massive as the Earth, so the Moon and Earth now have comparable masses, instead of the Moon having about 1/80 of the Earth's mass, as it really does. In this case, both the Earth and Moon would be visibly orbiting a common center of gravity that would be outside of both bodies, but closer to the Moon. Even now, the Earth and Moon orbit this common center of gravity; it just happens to be inside of the Earth (though not at its center).

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2nd Jul 2009

Impact (2008)

Factual error: The Moon is struck by a brown dwarf fragment having twice the mass of the Earth but a diameter of only 19 km. The initial effects to the Moon are akin to what would be expected of an impact from a 19-km body made from terrestrial material: formation of a large crater, release of ejecta, and seemingly minor disruption of the Moon's orbit. However, it is primarily the mass, not the size of the impactor, that determines the effect. Since the body had twice the mass of the Earth, it would have smashed the Moon into smithereens. Conversely, a 19-km asteroid made from cotton candy would have done very little damage.

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2nd Jul 2009

Impact (2008)

Factual error: It is stated that, due to the Moon's increased mass, the astronauts will weigh twice as much there as they do on the Earth. The Moon's new mass is twice that of the Earth, but the Moon's diameter remains one-fourth that of the Earth. Since gravity varies inversely with the square of distance, the astronauts would actually weigh closer to 32 times their Earth weights, which would likely be prohibitive for the mission.

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2nd Jul 2009

Impact (2008)

Factual error: A graduate student states that a frog was levitated by using a magnetic field to "manipulate gravity," and a college professor, presented as an expert on the topic, agrees. It's true that a frog was levitated via a magnetic field, but the field was used to produce a diamagnetic force on the frog greater than the force of gravity. Gravity itself was not affected in any way. A layperson could make this mistake, but not anyone with a basic understanding of electromagnetism.

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2nd Jul 2009

Impact (2008)

Factual error: Almost immediately after the brown dwarf fragment embeds itself in the Moon, the Moon moves 30 million km closer to the Earth. The brown dwarf fragment is said to have twice the mass of Earth. The result is that tidal forces due to the Earth-Moon interaction would be 200 times greater than our real tidal forces. This would cause widespread flooding as massive tidal surges affected coastal areas, an effect not seen in the film.

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