Playing video games

SIX recently started on History Channel, and while it’s got decent production values and a good cast incuding Walton Goggins and Barry Sloane, it still looks and feels far too much like they took Call of Duty and made a TV show out of it. Maybe it’s because we Germans simply don’t value our military service personnel as much as we maybe should, but all this heroic brouhaha is a bit annoying. Of course, all these brave, stereotypical soldiers have families and everyone has their own baggage, but it’s all far too shallow and predictable to be of much interest to me. But hey, at least History Channel finally manages to air something else than documentaries about Hitler or UFOs – or Hitler and UFOs – so that’s a start.

Fitting the overall impression of the show being a video game coming to life, the writers also took a page out of the book of reality. Remember when Edward Snowden revealed that terrorists were using multiplayer video games to talk about their evil plans? Well, the SIX scribes thought it would be a cool idea to implement that idea into episode two of their show. Unfortunately, instead of just faking a chat on any given (or fake) MMO, they resorted to … this:

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Image (c) History Channel

What happens here is as follows: some terrorist dude puts on a wireless headset and talks to another terrorist dude via voice chat in a video game. While they are talking on the voice chat, the exact words appear on the screen as well, as if the game could magically guess what the guys said. It’s pretty clear neither of the terrorists is typing anything, so how does this work? Of course there’s a thing called speech recognition, but why on earth would you bother with stuff like that in a video game, especially one as crappy as the one they use?

So far, so ridiculous, but there’s more! To their merit, they did everything right in the first scene this comes up, which makes their blunder even more damning. In a later scene, one of the operators comes home to find his little son playing Gears of War:

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Image (c) History Channel

To wit: two cables running to the TV (power/HDMI), the screen is actually powered on.

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Image (c) History Channel

Exhibit 2: the controller is an actual Xbox One controller and – woohoo! – powered on! It’s really hard to see due to the reflection on the glossy surface but in this freeze frame the button is clearly lit. Rosewood set decorators, take note: this is how it’s done!

Or not. Daddy goes to check on his daughter and finds her with a boy. She claims they didn’t do nuthin’ but daddy still finds this behaviour entirely unacceptable and throws the boyfriend out. I wonder what he was doing at that age in his spare time, knitting?

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Image (c) History Channel

While the boyfriend is escorted out of the house, we pass the TV once more, and all of a sudden there’s an entirely different game to be seen: Sunset Overdrive. And what’s even better, the game is already in progress which is quite a feat given that the player would have to quit Gears of War, find Sunset Overdrive on the console, launch it and start playing, all within about 20 seconds. I highly doubt this is even possible given the sluggish menu of the Xbox One as well as the long load times and endless splash screens most games have.

No, the real reason for this mistake is likely them filming out of sequence again – possibly on different days as well – and not remembering which game they loaded up. Or maybe the kid actor wanted to play something else because Gears of War got boring. You know, kids. They just go and do as they please. More power to them.

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Rosilla & Rampant Advertising

Man, I love me some Rosewood! It’s the perfect show to just watch while chilling with fantastic leads with great chemistry and witty banter to boot, all while being totally ridiculous and forgettable. In two words: great fun.

Lately however, the blatant advertising gets more and more in the way of the (still forgettable) script, like in episode 8 of the current second season. As if there weren’t enough ad breaks already, the Rosewood writers made it happen and wrote not one, two or three, but four scenes where Microsoft could peddle their Xbox One game console. That’s all fine with me as long as it is done with some competence, but … well, it’s not. See for yourself.

Oh, and before we start: what’s up with this?

Image (c) FOX

Image (c) FOX

Many – but not all – of the outside shots are incredibly yellow. At times, the show looks like CSI with it’s insanely overdone color correction. I’ve just been to Florida (at the same time where this episode was filmed, by the way) and while there certainly is a lot of sun, the light was never like this.

But, as I said above, it’s not always like that, as another shot from the same episode shows:

Image (c) FOX

Image (c) FOX

Still quite yellow, but the colors look far more natural than in the shot above, showing clearly that someone messed with the colors, and not in a good way. If I want to watch color correction going nuts, I’ll stick to CBS’s shoddy acronym procedurals, thanks.

But I disgress. I wanted to talk about the advertising, right? So here we go. It doesn’t even take 90 seconds for the first Xbox One to appear:

Image (c) FOX

Image (c) FOX

It’s the new Xbox One S model, and it’s turned on. Hooray! The game on display seems to be NBA2K17 which is brand new, although the game’s title is never shown or mentioned which feels a tad odd for an advertisement.

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Image (c) FOX

Rosewood is playing, and of course the controller is turned off (the round button in the center isn’t illuminated). Doesn’t bother him as he still manages to shoot a 3 pointer with ease.

About 24 minutes in, the second Xbox One appears – Rosewood bought one for his lab (no, really) for his girlfriend’s kid to play on. The game on display this time? Forza Motorsport 6, which isn’t exactly fresh anymore (Forza Horizon 3 would have been a better choice).

Image (c) FOX

Image (c) FOX

Oh, and that’s not the title screen, that’s just a promo image (color corrected to hell by the way – the car is supposed to be blue, not green). The actual title screen looks like this. And if you look really closely, the Xbox One is clearly turned off – no illuminated button on the right hand side of the console.

Just five minutes later …

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Image (c) FOX

Seems they didn’t like Forza 6 too much so they turned to the obvious choice: Gears of War Ultimate Edition. How do I know? Because the box on the table is visible for a split second. At least the console is turned on this time. The kid is playing against (or with?) Pippy in split-screen mode …

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Image (c) FOX

… but when Pippy turns away to greet the girl’s mother, the action on the screen continues for both controllers regardless:

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Image (c) FOX

Oh, and of course, the controllers aren’t turned on. Again.

Final shot:

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Image (c) FOX

Seems about all they do this episode is play their damn Xbox One. Mitchie doesn’t seem to have the slightest idea how to even hold that controller, by the way.

So, what am I complaining about again? To recap:

  • four scenes were shoehorned in to advertise the Xbox One S console
  • of the three games shown, two weren’t mentioned by name
  • the one that was mentioned is ancient by the game industry’s standards
  • one of the games is a third-party release, but in an ironic twist, it was also the most recent game on display

I find it a little odd half-assed that they used the most recent console model only to show next to no new games, especially since Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4 are terrific (oh, and Forza Horizon 3 fully utilizes the new console model’s HDR and 4K technology too!). In an episode aired that close to christmas, it all feels like a criminally squandered opportunity. It’s also all a bit much for a single episode.

Autocorrect is a way of life

While Rush Hour (CBS) occasionally features rather funny writing, it’s main bullet point seems to be the terrible production quality which is on par with the worst NBC shows.  Of course, the show is cheaply made, but some of the more glaring mistakes could have easily been avoided by taking a little extra care (or at least one more look at whatever you’re filming).

This post is about episode 11 in the show’s first (and thanks to early cancellation, last) season. Captain Cole has a date at the LA Concert Hall (also known as Walt Disney Concert Hall), but it doesn’t really go as planned. The guy she dates is a total bore, and for good reason: he’s talking like he wants to advertise something.

Boring date
But it’s not just about looking good. CrossFit is a way of life.

Captain Cole
Huh. Is that a fact?

Boring date
Yeah. Cardio boxing for endurance and tai chi for precision and focus.

Captain Cole
Oh, fantastic.

Fantastic, yeah, considering CrossFit isn’t just a way of life, it’s also a real product, so this dialogue turns out to be actual advertising. And it’s definitely not a coincidence either, since the CrossFit brand is dropped on another CBS show as well – American Gothic (episode 7):

Reporter
So, how married are you exactly?

Allison
Very publicly married with two kids, as you know.

Reporter
And yet you still somehow find the time for… CrossFit, I’m guessing?

No, actually she finds time to fool around with her lesbian lover, but I disgress.

Anyway, of course things go sideways when armed gangsters storm the concert hall and take hostages. Before all that, we get a look at the concert hall’s loading dock where we can spot a very sloppily redressed sign:

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Image (c) CBS

Of course it was too expensive to print a new sign instead of just taping over the real phone number. Renting the LA Concert Hall was probably cutting into the budget so much nothing was left to put up a proper sign.

When Cole finds out there’s something going on, she pulls out her gun (on a date? no wonder she’s not dating well!) and her cell and – as luck would have it – she has the LAPD on speed dial:

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Image (c) CBS

Unfortunately, her phone doesn’t have service so she can’t actually place the call. She tosses her phone and moves on just to find two guys on the ground along with a purse and another cellphone. After some shooting, she grabs the phone from the ground (why she ditched her own phone in the first place is beyond me) and hides in an unlocked room. Here, she uses the phone she picked up to call the cops, and lo and behold – it has service!

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

What we see is the lock screen of an Android phone (although it looks like it was doctored as there’s no carrier designation in the upper left corner). While there’s definitely a way to call the police or emergency services from the lock screen, I doubt it would show up as “LAPD” just like on her own phone – it just makes no sense, especially after learning later on that the cell belongs to a person who lives in Switzerland. Instead, it would likely say “Emergency Services” or something unspecific like that.

Cole manages to call for help and the cavalry arrives. She’s on the move through the venue, looking for the kidnappers. Suddenly, the phone has no reception any more. Despite being an experienced police woman, she’s standing out in the open where everyone can see her, and that’s exactly what happens: she gets jumped. She manages to knock her attacker unconscious and would be able to go into hiding, but she doesn’t. Instead, she’s kneeling down basically right next to the downed guy and rifles through his duffle bag. Oh well, at least she gets some intel about the kidnappers.

She then sends a short message to Carter’s phone:

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Image (c) CBS

Carter (while looking at his phone)
Unknown number.

Carter (reading aloud)
“I’m upstairs. Alone.”

Carter 
Ah, this must be that Latin chick I met at the club last night.

Carter (writing message)
Busy right now. Will hit your sexy ass back later.

Cole
Come on, you worthless piece of…

Carter (reading aloud)
“Carter, you loudmouth jackass.”

Carter
It’s Cole!

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

Carter runs to the commander to tell him about this revelation when Cole starts to type another SMS:

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Image (c) CBS

However, thanks to the autocorrect function, the message she actually sends reads:

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Image (c) CBS

That’s not how autocorrect works – she should have seen the wrong words as she was typing the message, and since we could see her screen, it’s clear there was no autocorrect at work here. Not to mention that it’s highly unlikely to get the word “grenade” corrected to “Teddy” and the word “Picture” to “Peanut” – at least the second word is so damn common that it would never be autocorrected even by the worst autocorrect ever. What’s also odd is that the message was supposed to read “Grenades, Picture of … Pickering” yet the word “of” vanished entirely. It’s also noteworthy that her previous SMS didn’t have any issues in that regard despite using words like “jackass” and “loudmouth” which would be equally prone to auto correction.

Of course, Cole gets caught and is used by the kidnappers to communicate their demands to the police outside. The cops send a negotiator to, well, negotiate. As you can see, he’s clearly the only one at the top of the stairs aside from the kidnapper and Cole:

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Image (c) CBS

So why is there someone standing behind him in the reflection?

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Image (c) CBS

Ah, it’s probably nothing (or it’s the steadycam operator, which is more likely).

After much back and forth, the two detectives decide to sneak inside the theater to get to Cole. But the entire building is surrounded by police snipers, so it’s kind of difficult to get inside. Their solution? Dress up like theater guests and just go inside via a stairwell on the back of the venue. I have the feeling police snipers would definitely report two civilians sneaking around the area but maybe the snipers fell asleep, who knows? Even if the snipers knew the detectives played dress-up, they’d still have to report it since order was that nobody gets in or out (especially not Carter and Lee, who have been more or less banned from the area for disobeying orders).

But they do get in via an air duct and quickly stumble upon a kidnapper:

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Image (c) CBS

There’s a clock hanging on the wall. It’s 9:55pm and 20 seconds.

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Image (c) CBS

After Lee downs the kidnapper, Carter comes out of the air duct and the clock still shows the exact same time – in fact, the seconds don’t move at all during the entire scene. The clock is obviously out of batteries in order to make preserving continuity easier, but since it’s so clearly visible, the effect this achieves is exactly the opposite. The timeline fits, though, as we can see on Carter’s cellphone:

Image (c) CBS

Image (c) CBS

Ah well. Shouldn’t expect too much from these movie adaptations, should you? These mistakes aren’t exactly shocking, but they really show the creators aren’t exactly commited to excellence either.

Jump in

Despite all the bad press about 50 Cent being broke, his personal TV show Power still goes on. Season 3 has finally started and it seems they managed to secure a little marketing deal. It’s probably for the best since executive producer 50 Cent isn’t going to provide much more than his namesake’s worth of currency if the rumors are true.

In episode 2, James St. Patrick’s kids have a sleepover at Angela’s place, and what’s better to calm a juvenile than video games? That’s right! Angela has got the technology all set up and also provides the game of choice:

Angela
Hey, Tariq, I got you your favorite video game.
You can play it now if you want.
Everything’s set up, I think.

Image (c) Starz

Image (c) Starz

Killer-Instinct-Xbox-One-Box-ArtIt’s only visible for a few frames but that’s a Killer Instinct box – exactly the one pictured on the left, by the way, so the Day One edition. If you look closely, it’s already unwrapped, so maybe she got it used? I don’t know.

Tariq couldn’t possibly be more excited about that gift:

 

Image (c) Starz

Image (c) Starz

He really doesn’t look like he has seen the game ever before because that’s not a look you have on your face if you’re excited about something you love. It’s more the look you have on your face if you’re not sure what the fuck is this thing in my hand but hey, that might just be me (if you give me my favourite video game, I sure as hell wouldn’t read the box because I already know it).

The kid objects:

Tariq
That TV’s way too small.
My mom got a big screen at home.

That’s right, folks! Microsoft wants you to know Xbox One plays best on a BIG SCREEN TV!

Fortunately, before any more discussion about the viability of smaller TVs can ensue, the Xbox boots up – presumably without the game disc inside because we never see the box leave Tariq’s hands – with its (likely) trademark sound. Father and son can Jump in!

Image (c) Starz

Image (c) Starz

It’s (almost) all good – the console is clearly an Xbox One. It’s turned on (wow!). The controllers are not PlayStation or Wii controllers for once (woo!). They aren’t turned on (boo!) but at least the game is indeed Killer Instinct (hooray!). So what am I complaining about?

Oh, just that the Xbox One doesn’t exactly boot up that fast, let alone start a game that’s not installed (which can be assumed since Angela is fishing the game box out of her purse). Even considering the game was already installed, the console would take way longer to jump into action than one second. Sure, the Xbox One has a standby mode, but then you won’t get the boot sound, it just wakes up from hibernation. But of course, since the entire scene is obviously paid for by Microsoft, we can’t possibly wait the entire minute the damn thing usually takes to boot …

Down the drain

European press went nuts last week over the release of Netflix’ new drama Marseille, instantly comparing it to House of Cards, Netflix other great political drama. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint all you journalists out there who can’t research for half a second, but if Marseille has to be compared to another show, it’s a french take on Boss. Which is good, because that show was seriously underrated and cancelled far too early. It’s also not as entertaining as Boss was, but it’s still not a bad show and it’s nice to see Netflix do something in Europe, can’t fault them for trying.

During the first two episodes, the mayor repeatedly gets strange emails – to his outlook.com account no less. The entire show seems to be heavily sponsored by Microsoft so there’s Windows 10, Windows Phones and Surface tablets everywhere. Anyway, these emails contain a scan of a newspaper cutout:

Image (c) Netflix

Image (c) Netflix

Looks like the mayor has a little secret, doesn’t it? Well, in episode two, there’s a scene where prison guards are searching a female inmate’s cell. What they ultimately find is this damning piece of “evidence” – it’s hidden in the toilet, by the way, hence my not-so-clever post title:

Image (c) Netflix

Image (c) Netflix

Looks like they found the culprit, doesn’t it? That’s the image that was sent to the mayor alright! However, they shouldn’t jump to conclusions too quickly as there was no way the inmate could have sent these emails, at least not with that cellphone. You see, it’s a Thomson Tlink11, which, among other features, offers MP3 playback, a FM tuner and 200 phone book entries. It doesn’t, however, offer access to the internet or even just email. It doesn’t even run Windows! What a dumb phone.

It also feels like a seriously bad idea to hide a phone down a toilet and not turn it off before you do. Considering you can’t just recharge it in the open as much as you like – it’s a prison, after all, and cell phones aren’t allowed in there – why not turn it off and save battery? It’s also decidedly odd that the phone is still showing the picture instead of a lock screen, something you’d expect once the phone hasn’t been used for a while (and “for a while” with these old cells means basically as soon as you don’t press any buttons for all of five seconds).

Seems the mayor still has something to worry about, and so do we as this isn’t exactly a great start to a show that’s supposedly the “french answer to House of Cards” And it isn’t. But still..

Double blind

Just a quick two-shot post about the most recent episodes of NBC’s Blindspot.

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(c) NBC

First up, some “promotional consideration furnished by Lexus” in episode 12 which would be fine if they didn’t bother to write actual dialogue to help peddle their sponsor’s cars and mess it up in the process.

The team has to search five buildings but they don’t have much time to do that. Here’s a handy map of the five locations they need to check:

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(c) NBC

One of these spots is marked at 556 Division (it’s the second from the left). Suddenly, Tasha has a revelation, so to speak:

Tasha (to driver):
Hit the voice command button.

As instructed, the driver presses the button she asks for, and it’s fortunately right to the steering wheel so we can see the Lexus logo. Nice!

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(c) NBC

The onboard navigation system springs to life, as intended:

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(c) NBC

Lexus voice navigation system:
Please say a command.

Tasha:
Destination, 912 Division Ave.

Well duh, that building isn’t even marked on the map, but I guess in a Lexus, everything’s possible.

Next up is episode 13 where, during the “previously on” segment, they show a driver’s license:

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(c) NBC

Let’s play “spot the error”, shall we? If we go by the official sample document, there are at least these six mistakes to be found:

  • under the color picture of the license holder, there should be the month and year of the holder’s birthday (in this case, SEP 80) instead of “P 87”. It’s also not centered properly.
  • in the lower right corner, there should be the document number where the “organ donor” sign is, and that sign should be left of the document number
  • the background is all wrong too
  • according to the official DMV website, the photo should be grayscale, not color
  • the small photo to the right is too large, there should be visible framing around it (check the link above for samples)
  • the security feature under the small photo (warped text with the license holder’s name) should not be inside the photo, but below it

Wow, that’s a lot. However, nobody on the crack team of FBI experts around KURT even seem to notice this … nothing to worry about I guess, it’s just the license of a potential russian spy.

Airplane! (Updated)

Note: the original post went up a little bit early. After thinking about the episode more than I should have, I have found other discrepancies worth mentioning. I have edited them into the article below.

Just when I said that current shows just don’t cut it in terms of epic failures, well, turns out Blindspot returned! In the most recent installment (1×11) of NBC’s rather unimpressive tattoo show, there’s just too much wrong to ignore.

It starts with the plot. Now Blindspot was always rather ridiculous in terms of narrative and this episode surely wasn’t the only one with “problems” in the storytelling department, but with so much else going wrong, it felt like they were just taking the piss.

So there’s another tattoo on Jane’s ink-riddled body and of course it’s been decrypted by Patterson, a character that truly annoys me for many reasons. In the puzzle, she found coordinates leading to a tiny island in the Black Sea:

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(c) NBC

The map is actually correct, by the way, although the group of islands doesn’t exist in the real world aka Google Maps. No matter, Jane, KURT (sorry for caps but his voice’s too manly to spell his name any other way) and the gang grab their go-bags and off they go to Turkey, where they are greeted by a guy driving an army Jeep.

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(c) NBC

With British plates and right-side steering wheel. Huh. Wonder what that’s doing in Turkey?

Why there’s an airport on such a small island is another question entirely – according to the narrative, it was built by a mining company in the 80s, so maybe. Anyway, the team finds a MD83 airplane sitting in a hangar – and not just any plane:

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(c) NBC

Sure enough, the tail number is fake as N-numbers can’t have a zero after the N, but the team still recognizes the plane as Pan-Asian Flight 921, a “commercial flight between Istanbul and New York”. Now I’m certainly no aviation expert but it seems kinda wrong to use a MD83 for such a flight as the distance between Europe and the East Coast is way over 3,000 miles and the MD83 can only go 2,350 miles without refueling.

The team quickly gets caught by – you guessed it – terrorists who have an especially devious ridiculous plan: they want to use the plane to get into Earth’s orbit by using a Pegasus rocket attached to the aircraft. Up there, they want to release 3D printed micro-satellites to disrupt the GPS satelites by means of EMP. Yep, it’s buzzword bingo time alright, and if this doesn’t sound like a plot straight from a James Bond movie I don’t know what would.

Because terrorists aren’t usually the brightest tools in the shed, they don’t really have the first idea on how to carry out such a plan, so they also forced an aerospace engineer who was on the abducted flight to do their bidding. Smart idea! However, it would have been much smarter to ask said engineer if the plane would be even able to reach Earth’s orbit in the first place, because, as she tells us way too late, the plane would break apart way before reaching such an altitude. Not to mention that the mere idea of flying into the orbit, opening a door and tossing out the satellites is utterly ludicrious. There’s no oxygen at such a high altitude and it’s really fucking cold, so whoever opens a door would be asphyxiated and frozen solid in no time – and also likely orbiting Earth very quickly thanks to the pressure drop in the cabin.

Also, the GPS satellites aren’t all stationed on the same spot, but are spread around the globe – with the micro-satellites having no way to move on their own, how would they even get close to their targets? Just tossing them out in almost-space would not achieve anything except for polluting Earth’s orbit even more.

So the plan sounds ridiculous and wouldn’t work anyway, but that doesn’t stop the common terrorist. The engineer telling them about the risks probably didn’t convince them to abandon their foolish quest. So what did the abducted passengers do? Well – they built a satellite telephone from scraps laying around the satellite factory. It’s a bit rough and doesn’t transmit audio – just morse code – but it would work, if only they could find a battery. However they came to the conclusion that their design was functional without any way to test it is beyond me, but KURT and the gang quickly decide they’d just need a battery from a cattle prod the terrorists are using and they’d be out of there in no time. Since cattle prods seem to use normal batteries, that might work – except that a satellite phone also needs some kind of SIM card to actually connect to the network, and I highly doubt they also got their hands on one of these. If they did, the card was likely already inserted into a satellite phone, so why not steal that instead and actually call somebody instead of resorting to morse code?

Anyway, of course it works, and of course they are able to call Patterson, and of course Patterson instantly deciphers the morse code in her head and of course she instantly recognizes where it originates from. She may be annoying like hell but she sure is smart! Doesn’t really help KURT much because suddenly the aircraft is on the airstrip and lots of shooting ensues. While the plane is being fueled, we can spot something decidedly odd:

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(c) NBC

On the … thing … below the fuel port, we can clearly read “OPERATED BY AMERISTAR CHARTERS”. Ameristar Jet Charters is a real company that operates executive charter jets in, you guessed it, the USA. And considering that the episode was sponsored by exactly that company:

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(c) NBC

Suddenly it all makes sense. They didn’t use a proper plane that could actually fly the distance between Turkey and the USA because they got the MD83 for free. Who cares for all these logical fallacies if you can stay on budget! Do you know what renting an Airbus would cost?!

No idea what Ameristar Charters got out of that deal – you can hardly see their company name and the jet itself doesn’t sport a logo or anything. Lending their jet to be used in context of a plane hijacking and a terrorist plot also doesn’t scream “great advertising” to me.

However, while we are at it, there’s another company logo in rather plain sight while all the kerfuffle at the airport happens:

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(c) NBC

That’s the logo of Atlantic Aviation, a company specializing in aviation services at many airports in the United States. It makes absolutely no sense on an abandoned airstrip in  Turkey. Sure, the set dressers made sure to put up a few signs in turkish, but that doesn’t fool anyone if the rest of the airport isn’t transformed to look the part.

Oh, and when the plane starts and lands, things get even more obvious:

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(c) NBC

I have no idea what airport this may be, but it’s kinda unlikely to be a small abandoned airfield on an island because it’s simply far too big. There are multiple runways which a mining company would never need because how many planes are going to start or land there per day? Exactly. There’s also a rather large terminal building visible, something you’d not expect on a private airfield.

But before KURT and the gang (hey, this sounds like a really cheesy band name!) are getting back down to earth, they need to somehow stop the terrorists, right? First, we are treated to an exterior view of the plane ascending rapidly.

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(c) NBC

There’s a good reason passengers and crew are required to sit down and fasten their seat belts while ascending – it’s a bumpy ride and people would fall all over each other because they wouldn’t be able to keep standing at that angle. However, when we see our heroes inside the avionics bay they don’t seem to be bothered by gravity at all. None of them is even trying to hold on to something in order not to fall, and there’s barely any movement either.

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(c) NBC

Maybe the plane isn’t ascending as rapidly as they think it is? Well, the altimeter surely tells us different – it’s going up at a brisk pace alright. But when we get a view over the pilot’s shoulder, there’s something we shouldn’t be able to see at all: the ground.

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(c) NBC

Hey – all things considered, this episode wasn’t so bad! Except for the story, the “acting” and all the other nonsense, of course.