The Twilight Zone

A Quality of Mercy - S3-E15

New this week Factual error: The lieutenant is wearing cavalry insignia, but he is in the infantry company.

hifijohn

No Time Like the Past - S4-E10

New this month Factual error: The U-boat has a spinning sonar mast. Subs in 1915 didn't have that.

hifijohn

Elegy - S1-E20

Factual error: The astronauts land on an asteroid said to orbit a binary star 655 million miles from Earth. This is impossible, as that distance would place them well within our solar system. In fact, they'd be inside the orbit of Saturn, where of course there aren't (nor could there be) any extraneous suns. The nearest star to our system is, in fact, trillions (not millions) of miles away. (00:02:15 - 00:04:00)

Jean G

The Thirty-Fathom Grave - S4-E2

Factual error: On the bulkhead of the ship's sickbay is a standard 12-hour civilian clock. It shouldn't be there. All clocks aboard U.S. Navy vessels show 24-hour military time. (00:31:20)

Jean G

The Incredible World of Horace Ford - S4-E15

Factual error: In the opening scene, Horace painstakingly loads his six-shooter cap pistol with a six-cap round - then shoots his boss with it seven times. (00:00:40)

Jean G

On Thursday We Leave For Home - S4-E16

Factual error: The colonists' planet has twin suns and, we're told, no night. We see the suns, side-by-side in the sky. But twin suns would not create perpetual day. Night/day is caused by the rotation of the planet on its axis, regardless the number of suns. In a binary star system, the two stars orbit each other around a central point in space. The planets would orbit around that central point too. In order for there to be no night, the planet would have to pass between the two stars, a process it would not survive. The gravitational forces of two opposing suns would tear the planet apart. (00:18:35)

Jean G

Showdown with Rance McGrew - S3-E20

Factual error: Throughout this episode, the TV western supposedly being filmed lacks several essential elements. There are no clapboards to mark the scenes; the modern-day car is constantly in shot through the swinging doors; and the set is located inside the "real" saloon when it should be on a sound stage.

Jean G

To Serve Man - S3-E24

Factual error: Author Damon Knight was happy with Rod Serling's TV adaptation of his short story - except for the change that allowed the humans to translate the Kanamit language as though it were a code. Said Knight, "Without some sort of interplanetary Rosetta Stone, deciphering an unknown language would be impossible." (00:22:10)

Jean G

Mr. Dingle, the Strong - S2-E19

Factual error: Though this episode is set in then-present-day 1961, the fistful of prop money the bartender is holding is not contemporary. It appears to be copies of 1880s U.S. Currency, though it's been reproduced as smaller, 20th Century sized bills rather than the larger ones that were standard in the 1800s. All in all, not something his bar patrons would likely be paying the bartender with in the 1960s. (00:16:40)

Jean G

Probe 7 - Over and Out - S5-E9

Factual error: Cook draws his sun and planets in the sand, saying that it's "my galaxy." When Norda draws hers, he calls it another galaxy. Wrong. He's drawn a solar system, not a galaxy. (A galaxy is a collection of millions of solar systems.) The terms are in no way synonymous - there's a vast difference, and a trained astronaut would definitely know that. Their little ships can't possibly cross galactic voids (that would require tens of thousands of years, even at many times the speed of light), so Cook and Norda's planets are in different star systems in the same galaxy - this one. (00:16:30)

Jean G

The Man in the Bottle - S2-E2

Factual error: The Nazi symbol on the flag is reversed.

hifijohn

Mr. Bevis - S1-E33

Factual error: Mr. Hempstead states he helped Ben-Hur win his famous chariot race. But Ben-Hur is a fictional character not an actual person from history.

hifijohn

A Kind of a Stopwatch - S5-E4

Factual error: When McNulty clicks his stopwatch the helicopter is shown frozen in flight but the blades are shown as a blur, they should be just as much in focus as the rest of the helicopter.

hifijohn

The Mighty Casey - S1-E35

Factual error: The baseball field is said to be in Hoboken, New Jersey, but palm trees are visible outside the ballpark at the beginning of the episode.

The Last Flight - S1-E18

Factual error: Decker is flying a Nieuport 28, which entered service in early 1918. However, the date is supposed to be March 5, 1917. Furthermore, the Nieuport was a French-built aircraft that was flown by the French and Americans but not the Royal Flying Corps.

mirtom

Five Characters in Search of an Exit - S3-E14

Factual error: When all 5 prisoners stand on each other's shoulders with the ballerina on top, she still can't reach the edge of the cylinder. But when just the 4 men do the same thing and the major throws his rope over the edge, he is somehow far closer to the top than he should be. He ought to be the ballerina's height and then some away - but he isn't. (00:21:30)

Jean G

The Lonely - S1-E7

Factual error: Corey is in solitary confinement on an asteroid. However, asteroids are neither large enough nor stable enough to hold an atmosphere. In addition, the distance from earth stated in the episode wouldn't be much further than the moon; there are no asteroids in a stable, regular orbit around the the moon or the earth, nor around the sun anywhere that close to earth.

mirtom

A Hundred Yards over the Rim - S2-E23

Factual error: Although set in 1847, Christian Horn is carrying a rifle made in 1884.

hifijohn

The Hitch-Hiker - S1-E16

Factual error: The Southern Pacific train that almost hits Nan's car did not serve the part of the US she was supposed to be in.

hifijohn

King Nine Will Not Return - S2-E1

Factual error: Military personnel in the desert would not be wearing dark uniforms but a light khaki tan.

hifijohn

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