TV mistakes that bother me

Dennis Warden

People on the internet love to bring attention to errors in movies, some obvious — some not so obvious. 

Personally I don’t have time to watch movies in slow motion to catch these mistakes. And that is the only way most of these can be found.

Here are some of the mistakes from the big screen you may have already heard of or seen on YouTube: A man with a white t-shirt and cowboy hat appears behind Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.

• In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you can easily see a cameraman in the shot during Harry and Draco’s dueling scene.

• In Willy Wonka, the candy man accidentally hits a little girl in the face when he lifts the counter.

• In Ocean’s Eleven, Brad Pitt’s shrimp cocktail container changes from a glass to a plate, and then back to a glass again.

• In Never Been Kissed, Josie and her friends make a giant poster with the number pi on it, but the value of pi is incorrect.

Mistakes in movies are not limited to live action. In Frozen (an animation film), Elsa’s hair passes directly through her shoulder as she sings “Let It Go.”

Mistakes like these are bound to happen. Similar to newspapers, movies have editors and others who constantly check for mistakes. 

Just like mistakes you see in a newspaper, those on the big screen are there for everyone to see, immortalized on film.

This is easy to understand, for both newspapers and movies are produced by people, and we all make mistakes.

What I don’t understand are mistakes shown over and over again on TV shows. Why doesn’t someone point these out and stop them from reoccurring?

If we had the same mistake run in the newspaper every week we would get a call. And it would be fixed.

One mistake that I constantly see on TV has to do with cell phones. A problem all developers have to contend with when they design a cell phone is battery life.

To help save battery life a cell phone’s screen shuts off automatically when the phone is held up to your ear as you carry on a conversation. This is easy to check. Just call someone and watch yourself in the mirror.

The screen shuts off.

Recently Connie and I were watching an episode of the Big Bang Theory where you could see the glow of the phone screen as the actors held the phone to their ears. 

This is amazing to me. A show that has a physicist on staff to make sure their references to physics are correct (something that only a real physicist would catch) makes a simple mistake that anyone can notice.

Connie and I regularly watch two shows on Netflix, NCIS and Friends. Both of these shows make a mistake on almost every episode. 

This bugs me.

If you have ever watched the sitcom Friends you know they show the outside of the building a couple seconds before the scene develops inside each apartment.

In the apartment where Monica resides, in the 10 season comedy, the main window is slanted in with a small brick balcony outside the window. The building they always show for this unit has no balconies and no slanted windows. It has no relationship with the apartment we see from the inside. Did they think no one would notice?

In the hit TV series NCIS, getting ready to start its 16th season, the main character Mark Harmon is a big coffee drinker. He is always drinking coffee from an insulated paper coffee mug with a top and a cardboard sleeve.

It’s easy to tell that the cups are always empty.

You can tell by the way he holds the cup, by the sound it makes when it’s set down and, most importantly, when he takes a drink from the cup.

All they need to do is put water inside the cup. An easy fix.

On Netflix we are on season 10 for NCIS.

Hopefully they have fixed this problem by now but I doubt it.