I mentioned a TV show’s continuity error in my last post. Well. I went back and looked at the scene again and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. On last week’s “New Girl” I spotted what looked like a major faux-pas, but it was only a minor one that can be explained by assumption.
The show opened with lead charater, Jess, (Zooey Deschanel), walking through a dance club to rescue her friend Ce Ce from a fight with her boyfriend, the D.J. We only saw her from the waist up so it looked like she was wearing a dress with a v-neck top. In the next scene, the one I didn’t pay attention too, she and Ce Ce are turning a corner in a long shot and we see that it’s a sweater she was wearing and Pajama bottoms, white pants with thin red stripes. When she gets to the door of her apartment she is without the sweater, just a green tee shirt. She is also carrying a small handbag which we didn’t see before. Ok, if it had been a dress she was wearing it would have been a continuity error supreme, the way it really played out was; “What happened to the sweater? Ok, they can cover this minor glitch by saying, “She left it in her car”.
Decades ago on the original Battlestar Galactica, creator Glen Larsen came up with an expletive that represented any real curse word you cared to utter. It was “Faltercarb” which sounded like you needed to do a Gumout treatment to your vehicle. The writers of the most recent version of the show got more daring, they invented “Frack” to be used as the general replacement for our favorite F-Word. this was uttered by most of the pilots on the show, but mostly by Katee Sackhoff in her role as Starbuck.
Maybe it was coincidence, but the process used by natural gas drillers that pumps water and chemicals down wells so it can force out the gas by displacement is called Fracking. It is controversial and banned in some states because the chemicals are believed to cause the ground water to become polluted if not downright poisonous. I just saw that the November 23rd episode of CSI is a rerun from last year called “Fracked”. It has to do with the murder of 2 whistle blowers at such an operation. Have you figured out who the guest star is/was on this episode? Of course, Katee Sackhoff.
Now the we are getting old segment. Last week I noticed that NBC Universal’s Chiller channel is running the 2nd series of “The Twilight Zone”, the ones CBS produced in 1985-86. I caught part of one episode that stared William Peterson. Except for the voice, this guy was so young it was nearly imposable to recognize him as the man who later created and stared as Gil Grissom on CSI. In another episode, “Dead Woman’s Shoes”. a retelling of an original show episode of reversed gender, A youthful Helen Mirren, (The Queen), found and wore the shoes which possessed the soul of the woman her husband Jeffery Tambor had murdered.
A few months ago when it aired on CBS, an episode of Flashpoint called, “Through A Glass Darkly”, featured an older white haired woman of some wealth who was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The actress playing the part looked familiar to me, but I just couldn’t place her. It was rerun this week on ION Television and I finally looked at the opening credits. It was a actress I actually knew and chatted with regularly twenty-something years ago when she was on “One Life To Live”, Linda Thorson. If her name seems familiar to you too, then you must have been a fan of “The Avengers” in 1969. Linda Thorson, in the role of Tara King, is the actress who replaced Diana Rigg, (Emma Peel), on the last season of the show.
As Big Joe Turner once uttered at the beginning of a Rudy Toombs tune, “When I was young I was so spunky, now I’m getting old and so forgetful”.