These guys are everywhere

This is from the latest episode of Castle (season 7, episode 11). Please take note of the guy marked with a red arrow:

Image (c) ABC

Image (c) ABC

He’s standing there, holding his super-sized coffee to go, staring intensely at past the camera. I wonder if he’s got anything to do with production?

Image (c) ABC

Image (c) ABC

Hm. Now he’s on the other side of the road, trying to look harmless. Wonder how he got there, but no matter! Instead, focus your gaze intensely on the guy with the bright yellow backpack, helpfully marked with yet another red arrow. Also, observe this harmless young man wearing a scarf. He’s looking down, because he’s not involved with production in any way.

Image (c) ABC

Image (c) ABC

Now would you look at that … the guy with the backpack, in an entirely different scene, over 20 minutes later! But that’s not all …

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Image (c) ABC

.. here’s the guy with the coffee again, and who is he talking to? The young man with the scarf! It’s a small world …

Picture (c) ABC

Picture (c) ABC

… really small:

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Image (c) ABC

I found that one later, but the scene is actually at the beginning of the episode, when Beckett and Esposito first visit the school. For comparison purposes, I’ve added a blowup of the backpack wearing guy in the third picture – they are identical in every way. It’s really okay to reuse background extras, but if you do, at least have them wear stuff that doesn’t make it so easy to identify them.

Talking about easy to identify – everyone knows Castle isn’t actually filmed in New York. While they try to cover it up by putting NYC taxis and signage up, sometimes they just can’t help themselves:

Image (c) ABC

Image (c) ABC

One quick Google search reveals that the historic Haas Building is at 219 W 7th Street, Los Angeles. Would have been easy to avoid that one by just shooting a bit down the road or having Castle’s head covering the background …

Picture (c) ABC

Picture (c) ABC

… and waiting for the bus to pass before rolling the scene would have been a good idea too.

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Code recycling

Sleepy Hollow sure is another of those guilty pleasures of mine. The story is utterly ridiculous and hasn’t deviated a hair from your standard “body of the week” type of supernatural drama, but the adventures of Ichabod Crane and how he learns to adapt to the modern world are equal parts unbelievable and comedy gold. Despite the show’s shortcomings in the story department, there’s rarely a dull moment, I give them that.

However, in episode 7 of the current second season, I could not help but notice something odd. The shot below is supposed to show some kind of “trace” the detective character (Mills) supposedly put on the villain character, Henry, who also happens to be the son of Ichabod Crane – keep your family close and your villains closer, I say.

Image (c) FOX

Image (c) FOX

So, about that “trace”… seems like Detective Mills is a l33t h4x0r and can actually code in … Visual Basic?! Why the code appears in a window called “DB Search” shown inside the police database software is beyond me, and as most of the stuff has been lifted from Microsoft’s own documentation and other, entirely unrelated sources, it doesn’t actually do anything. In the real world, that is, as it manages to find Henry quite well.

Of course, I just had to ask Google about the code, and there’s more to it than meets the eye. Seems Detective Mills is nothing more but a lowly script kiddie, because there’s evidence her “trace” code was taken from somewhere else entirely: Criminal Minds season 3, episode 9.

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10 PRINT “FAIL”
20 GOTO 10