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10/14/2021 9:40 am  #1


That Shouldn't Be There

This is for instances when something stands out as something that is very unlikely to be in a particular city, country, etc. I don't mean things like street signs (maybe in that world they share street names) but things that are more glaring:

Too many to mention, including Arrow/Flash/Supergirl: despite being set in major US cities, overhead shots often clearly show Vancouver's Science World.

In one episode of the US version of Queer as Folk, set in Pittsburgh, you can clearly see the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) headquarters in the background.

In one episode of Supergirl, set in the fictional US city of National City, Kara and someone else (I can't recall who) pass by a Canada Post mail box.

Early on in the first episode of Chucky, again set in the US, a GO Transit train comes prominently into view in the background. GO stands for Government of Ontario, and GO trains and buses are mainly used to commute people to and from Toronto and vicinity.


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10/14/2021 12:00 pm  #2


Re: That Shouldn't Be There

Hmm. One location example and some incongruous items spring to mind.

The Mummy Returns, set in 1930s London, includes this skyline shot:
https://comicvine.gamespot.com/a/uploads/original/8/85763/8197510-untitled.jpg
The big dome in the foreground is the roof of St Paul's Cathedral, the bridge with the two towers is (unsurprisingly) Tower Bridge, and the giant clock you can see in the distance is the Clocktower of the Palace of Westminster, often incorrectly dubbed Big Ben (but since that's shorter to type, I'll use it here). Trouble is, that's an impossible view. 

Here's an actual modern day view from the top of St Paul's Cathedral, where you can just make out Big Ben. I've marked where Tower Bridge would be:
https://comicvine.gamespot.com/a/uploads/original/8/85763/8197514-untitled.jpg
and here's Google Map's satellite view of the area. I've marked the three locations - initials tell you which is which, and the red dots are the specific locations.
https://comicvine.gamespot.com/a/uploads/original/8/85763/8197512-untitled.jpg


Incongruous item - in the 2016 movie Criminal, the villains are pursuing one of the good guys, who jumps into a taxi. Taking a note of the cab's license plate, the criminals hack the cab's Sat Nav and trick the taxi driver into taking the good guy to the wrong location and into an ambush. Only problem: This scene was set in London and it was a London Black Cab. In any other city with any other taxis, the villains' trick might have made sense, but London Black Cab drivers famously do not use Sat Navs. To get their cab licenses they have to pass a test known as the Knowledge, requiring them to prove they have memorized EVERY SINGLE STREET AND ROUTE in London. Even if we believe the driver had a Sat Nav, he'd have swiftly noticed when it began to take him off route. 

And one that might not be obvious to most people, but stood out like a sore thumb to me. In the 2016 TV show Class, a spin-off from Doctor Who, the main setting is a newly built, state of the art London secondary school. Yet the classrooms have blackboards that the teachers write on with chalk. This betrays the age of the writers. I've worked in dozens of London secondary schools, and none of them have used blackboards since the turn of the millennium. For a brand new, purpose built, top of the line school to be shown to have them is like seeing a modern hospital drama wheeling out the leeches to use on patients.

 

10/16/2021 5:26 am  #3


Re: That Shouldn't Be There

Another one: Kick-Ass. Again set in an American city. While Red Mist and Kick-Ass are in the former's car, while blurry, we can see them pass by a Future Shop (I suspect given what we can see of the background the one that was near Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto). Future Shop was a Canadian electronics franchise store at the time owned by Best Buy Canada. Best Buy Canada subsequently closed all Future Shops or rebranded them as Best Buys but at the time of the movie was still around, as a Canada only store.

Also the first episode of The Boys has a scene in what I think is supposed to be in Times Square, New York, but it's small space and distinct look make it all but certainly the aforementioned Yonge-Dundas Square.
 


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