You asked, I answer

Let’s try something else! Looking through the Google searches that led my readers (that’s you!) to my blog, I found several questions you seemed to have. Here we go, ordered by show:

Image (c) FOX

Image (c) FOX

Q: “why does rosewood tv look so yellow”

Rosewood’s TV doesn’t look yellow, but the show’s producers certainly love color correction. Everything’s yellow on Rosewood, even things that shouldn’t be. Like blue sports cars. I assume that’s why Rosewood is driving a yellow car.

Q: “what is emp acronyn stand for on rosewood tv show?”

As far as I know there’s no mention of an EMP – which would be an electro-magnetic pulse – anywhere on Rosewood. I get what you’re asking, though: the EMPD is the East Miami Police Department where Detective Villa works.

Image (c) NBC

Image (c) NBC

Q: “english transtlation of the black list”

That would be “The Blacklist”. You’re very welcome.

Q: “ryan eggold german”

He’s not German, he’s from Long Beach, CA. If you meant “does he speak German”: not really, which should be a problem while pretending to be a neo nazi among Germans. Fortunately, neo nazis are pretty daft so they never notice.

 

(c) FX

(c) FX

Q: “abudhin country” (and variations)

If you want to know if Abuddin exists – nope, it’s a fictional country. However, it’s pretty clear where it is supposed to be (the middle east, duh!) as it shares a border with Syria.

Picture (c) Starz Originals

Picture (c) Starz Originals

Q: “thomas egan from power is he guy?”

He’s a guy, yeah. Does he look like a woman to you? If so, please recalibrate yourself.

You probably wanted to know if he’s gay. He’s not, as this article from famewatcher.com reveals. Although there are some pictures of him where you might get the wrong idea.

Q: “angela valdez is a slut” and “angela valdez is a hoe”

That’s not a question. However I tend to agree with your sentiment although I’d never call her that since I’m a nice person.

castlelogoQ: “castle carly rae sell out”

Oh hell yeah!

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 …

A flaw in the system

Hey, Starz Originals’ utterly mediocre gangsta drama Power is back! Bit of a surprise there because the first season wasn’t really anything to write home about, but I guess it’s still less a surprise than the return of The Last Ship.

Anyway, in episode 2 we can find a classic example of bad mockup UI design. Angela Valdez, everyone’s favorite AUSA slash gangsta whore, is using the DOJ’s system to look up stuff on her friends. Because she has been kicked out of the task force she’s trying to break into the system using her former boyfriend’s account. I doubt he’ll appreciate that.

(c) Starz

(c) Starz

She’s having a bit of trouble figuring out the password, but after a few tries, she manages to get in using the woefully unsafe “grace”, the name of Gregory’s dog. Oh dear.

At least she’s in the system now and is greeted by this rather odd looking screen:

(c) Starz

(c) Starz

As evident from the Windows Explorer icon at the bottom of the screen, the operating system used is likely Windows 7. However, there’s no Start button and nothing else, not even a task icon for the foreground application, which looks kind of strange.

The app itself has likely been thrown together in Visual Studio and is supposed to be a case database. A little quiz here: how would you query a federal case database?

By entering the …

a) case number
b) case name (e.g. “United States vs. Bad Guy”)
c) defendant’s name and date of birth
d) your own name

If you answered b) you are likely on the team responsible for this mess of a mockup, because that’s exactly what Angela does: she queries the database by entering “United States vs. Felipe Lobos”, as if there was no way there’s two or more cases with the exact same name. Admittedly, in this case the name’s rather unique – for example, whitepages.com lists only one Felipe Lobos – but how would that work for “United States vs. Peter Muller“? Since checking on the wrong man would be kind of pointless and could also turn rather unpleasant for the poor sod, a real database would require some kind of secondary identification to pinpoint that exact person or case.

The database also contains audio files, which is handy since Angela wants to listen to a certain recording in order to hopefully identify that “Ghost” guy. She opens the recording and suddenly, the screen is all zoomed in and the app window doesn’t even fit anymore. The top left input field is empty …

(c) Starz

(c) Starz

or is it? Suddenly, the text has reappeared in the input field.

(c) Starz

(c) Starz

Listening to the audio file jogs her memory: it’s Tommy! She quickly conducts a background check on him, which is done via the window aptly titled Background Check. Not that there’s any visible way to even reach that window, but maybe she used a keyboard shortcut, who knows. Odd design nevertheless.

She queries the database for “Thomas Patrick Egan”, which happens to be Tommy’s real name:

(c) Starz

(c) Starz

Again, it would be a really bad idea to check on the wrong person, but Angela isn’t to blame here as the database app doesn’t even allow filtering by anything else than the name – not even a date of birth or social security number! And to add insult to injury, there’s no way to enter the first, middle and last name separately – designing a database used by law enforcement to work like that would not just be incredibly inefficient, but also extraordinarily stupid and dangerous.

Power to the player

TV Fails is in hibernation mode until the new TV seasons starts, but here’s one thing I noticed while watching episode 6 of Starz’ somewhat entertaining but at the same time kind of ridiculous gangsta drama Power.

So we’re in the living room of the Saint-Patrick family – you know, dad is a drug dealer slash club owner who cheats on his wife (yeah, he’s a handful), mom is a “singer” who’s mostly married for the platinum credit card, and the kids … well, the kids are actually refreshingly normal.

The son – whatever his name is, I constantly forget the character’s names on this show for some reason – is playing his game console with a stupid grin on his face. Take note of what the controller looks like as we’ll need that later.

Image (c) Starz Originals

Image (c) Starz Originals

This isn’t exactly well-liked by his mother, who tells him to shut the thing off until he’s done his homework. Fair enough, that’s her parenting skills at work – and, to be fair, she’s about the only one who seems to give a shit about the kids in this family. I guess he knows his mother isn’t to be trifled with about these things, so he’s a good son and turns off the TV, but apparently leaves the console powered. Hm.

Image (c) Starz Originals

Image (c) Starz Originals

The game he’s playing is Rayman Legends, which is A-OK for a kid. What he really wants to play is Assassin’s Creed, but Daddy Gangsta, being the perfect role model, disapproves because violence is bad or something.

In comes Daddy Saint-Patrick and speaks words:

“You want to keep that PS3, you do your homework for real, now.”

A PS3, for real now, dawg? Hey, that’s not going to be an issue at all, because it’s an Xbox360 as we can clearly see from the shape and design of the controller in Son’s hands (take note of the small holographic sticker and compare to this image).

To be fair, its not that great a TV Fail since it just emphasizes that Mr. Saint-Patrick is quite the absent-minded father – which isn’t exactly surprising – but if you are name-dropping a console at all on a show, you should make sure your set dresser doesn’t use the competitor’s product instead.