Relic Hunter

Relic Hunter (1999)

35 mistakes - chronological order

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Buddha's Bowl - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Sydney and Nigel are talking with Robert Blaine at the beginning of the episode. When he mentions the Nepalese people there's a close-up on them. One student wearing a white T-shirt is walking up some steps - but in the next shot he is walking down other steps situated earlier in his path. A few seconds later, another flub with an extra; Nigel stops the museum curator just as an extra wearing white clothes enters the frame, but the person is gone in the sudden cut. (00:06:25)

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Buddha's Bowl - S1-E1

Other mistake: The entire Buddha structure had tip over onto its side yet the bowl and its pedestal inside the structure remained the right way up ready for Sydney and Nigel to come and find it.

Buddha's Bowl - S1-E1

Plot hole: Sydney is able to surmise from the artwork (we could also say from the writing, but her rival is one step ahead of her for 2/3 of the episode and it is established that he does not know the language) the precise location of the koi in Lumbini. The map is 150 years old, but there's no way even with a big stretch of imagination to buy that they both'd be able to pinpoint with such ease and certainty its location in the basement of a random building in the bustling market center of a town, that surely changed plenty during the past century and that does not bear any special landmark.

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Buddha's Bowl - S1-E1

Factual error: On a lorry for Lumbini, Nigel comments about this being his first day of work. Even assuming that Nigel and Sydney met first thing in the morning and they just took off for a flight that was leaving for India really soon, it is a flight that takes 17-20 hours. Even considering the time difference between "the US" (the actual location is never specified) and Bangalore (closest hub to their Nepali destination), it is really a stretch, since it's impossible that he did not sleep during the flight, and of course it's just hilarious that they'd have a chat about it only after an intercontinental flight.

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Smoking Gun - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: In the prologue, Young Murray finds a man he does not know sitting at a table. He advances towards him in a wide shot of the room, and the man positions his left hand on the corner of the table, but in the following closer angle on him, his hands are close together exactly like in the initial shot by the same angle. It's like the middle one never happened. (00:03:10)

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Smoking Gun - S1-E2

Other mistake: The episode begins with a caption; "Chicago, 1930." In present day, through internet magic (hotel records from early 1900s somehow digitalized and publicly available!) Nigel and Sydney talk about the history (fictional, no actual historical basis) of the Roxbury. Nigel says that the original owner went out of business "after the war", then the company was sold, and the hotel refurbished, despite being, Sydney says, "only 5 years old." Later in the episode, Sydney looks at a plaque from the Chicago Historical Board that dates the elevator as "circa 1901." (00:12:35)

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Smoking Gun - S1-E2

Other mistake: Somehow, the pineapple grenade that explodes right against the room's baseboard punches a hole in a thick stone wall, but in the middle of it, preserving the base and creating a gap in a diamond shape that radiates from mid-height. (00:17:40)

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Smoking Gun - S1-E2

Character mistake: When the bad guys put the generator in front of the air vent, Nigel looks at the white smoke and pointing at it says "Carbon monoxide." Carbon monoxide is colorless, white smoke is mostly condensed vapor. (00:35:20)

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Smoking Gun - S1-E2

Plot hole: Lori managed to get to the bunker through the elevator because the modern board was still replaced by the antique one. But that implies that she was able to call the elevator as normal. And if people can just call the elevator back but the normal control board has been replaced, then they wouldn't be able to use the elevator as normal, creating quite a problem in a huge hotel. Sydney earlier was not able to switch the board back to the normal one since she went out from a (mysterious?) exit/entrance, so this situation makes no sense.

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The Headless Nun - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: In the shot when the captain supposedly beheads the nun, her head flies off, but as the body falls forward, you can see the hood of the mantle that was covering the head is intact. (00:02:25)

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The Headless Nun - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: Nigel accidentally (unconvincingly so) steps on the Beautiful Nun 's bathrobe in a close-up. His toothbrush hand is down his hip, in frame, but when they both gasp in a reaction shot, the toothbrush is between them. (00:17:30)

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The Headless Nun - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: Nigel wonders why prisoners write on walls. He moves the flashlight from the left hand to his right. When he walks back and the shot changes though, instantly it is back in his left. (00:22:10)

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The Headless Nun - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Sydney Fox retrieves the parchment with the map, she holds it differently (probably turned 180°) between the close-up and the reverse shots. It also should be noted that the world-class archaeologist just casually dumps on the floor like a piece of garbage a ornate XVI century flask. (00:23:50)

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The Headless Nun - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Sydney talks her inexperienced assistance into a reckless climb, Nigel is leaning against he truck in the close-up, when he was not in the rest of the chat. (00:30:25)

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The Headless Nun - S1-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When Sydney taps the shoulder of the baddie who nearly disarmed Nigel, a strong light is cast on his face just before the cut. Nobody was supposed to point a flashlight or a torch at the fight. (00:38:15)

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Kurt Reiner: I need you like a need another does of yellow fever.
Sydney Fox: Yellow, the perfect colour for a coward.
Kurt Reiner: That's not what you said in Katmandu.
Sydney Fox: Forget Katmandu.
Nigel Bailey: Oh, what happened in Katmandu?
Sydney Fox: Nothing happened in Katmandu.

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