Of bus drivers and little girls

This post is about episode 4 of NBC’s show Believe. As if episode 3 didn’t contain enough location errors to last for the entire series, this time, a Bo gets lost (or not) thanks to some asshole bus driver, and we are witness to some serious computer magic.

Anyway, after Bo ditches her babysitter/daddy in an attempt to find the recipient of some old letters she found under a brick in a wall (don’t ask), she’s boarding a bus. We see her getting dropped off, and the driver tells her “This is your stop, honey. 75th and Broadway”. Polite as Bo is, she thanks the driver and even waves him goodbye.

Unfortunately, when we can see the background, it doesn’t look all that much like this …

Picture (c) Google

Picture (c) Google

… which would be the corner of 75th and Broadway, but much more like this …

Picture (c) NBC

Picture (c) NBC

… which is obviously somewhere else. Let me guess – Central Park West maybe?

Picture (c) Google

Picture (c) Google

Picture (c) NBC

Picture (c) NBC

Central Park West & 69th St to be exact as is clearly visible from the buildings in the background. That’s not too far from 75th and Broadway so Bo could probably walk the rest of the way, but that’s one asshole bus driver to drop a 10-year old girl at some random destination (let alone him lying about it).

This would be pretty bad for the MTA if it was an isolated event, but it seems that more than one bus driver on that route likes to mess with the customers. When William Tate learns where Bo went, he also takes a bus – and the driver of that bus clearly announces “75th and Broadway. Next stop, 75th and Amsterdam” while dropping Tate at the exact same spot as Bo:

Picture (c) NBC

Picture (c) NBC

Later in the episode, Dr. Skouras has his psychic event catcher thingy looking for, well, psychic events, in order to find Bo (I said don’t ask!). Since Bo is a little angry at that time, it doesn’t take long before the event catcher catches an event. It even shows the location on a map:

Picture (c) NBC

Picture (c) NBC

One might think someone as wealthy and powerful as Dr. Skouras could afford a map with a little more accuracy (and street names!), but who knows, maybe he blew all his money on that psychic event catcher thingy. Anyway, the center of the 5 mile radius is at W 114th St, which feels a bit odd already, but thankfully, we also get coordinates: 40.51°N, 80.22°W.

I have the feeling Dr. Skouras should return his magic device to whatever pawnshop he picked it up from, because these coordinates lead to somewhere near the Pittsburgh International Airport. Fortunately, I can help Dr. Skouras: the proper coordinates for the location shown on his map would have been 40.80513, -73.96113. You’re welcome.

However, Dr. Skouras can’t know that – he’s probably not so good at this technical stuff – so he gets all excited and calls Agent Ferrel to tell her about his discovery: clearly, Bo is at 92nd and Riverside. That address isn’t even on the map he was looking at, let alone inside the 5 mile radius (in fact, Riverside Drive is just outside of the circle, the last white line to the left), but Ferell can’t know Dr. Skouras is confused and is all over it.

We see Bo and Daddy on the move again, and it looks very much like they are in Central Park. Where exactly I don’t know, maybe someone reading this can shed light on it?

Picture (c) NBC

Picture (c) NBC

Winter’s coming calling, telling them to get their asses to 79th St Boat Basin within 15 minutes, so they hail a cab. Unfortunately, they are seen by a cop who’s calling in their location as 90th St and West End – that’s at least quite close to the Boat Basin. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find out where they really are, but what I can say with some certainty is that it’s nowhere near their supposed location since 90th and West End is surrounded by buildings …

Image (c) Google

Image (c) Google

… while the scene shows them in an entirely different environment.

Image (c) NBC

Image (c) NBC

The remaining scenes are a jumbled mess of location warping I can’t even begin to untangle without going insane. However, I can happily report that the scene at the 79th St Boat Basin seems to have been actually filmed there, which I guess is a start.

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