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!

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The tyrant’s choice

I’m not sure why Tyrant is still a thing. The show runs in circles for a while now, even though several key characters have (possibly) died over the last few episodes alone, and there seems to be no real development in terms of character building or story. It’s astounding how the same people could create shows like Hatufim or Homeland and then produce such garbage without ever thinking “no, wait, this ist just awful”.

I spotted this little curiosity in episode 4 of the current third season. As you might have imagined even without watching the show (and trust me, you aren’t missing much!), it’s about the ruling family of fictional Arabic country Abbuddin. Of course, this family lives in a palace, and when it comes to the interior design, there’s nothing cheap here:

Image (c) FX

Image (c) FX

Image (c) FX

Image (c) FX

Image (c) FX

Image (c) FX

Yeah, it’s just as one would expect: expensive carpets, heavy furniture, tasteful interior design all around the palace. You know, these guys don’t just shop their furniture at IKEA!

Image (c) FX

Image (c) FX

Hey, wait a second! That thing feels quite out of place here .. I wonder …

Image (c) IKEA

Image (c) IKEA

Yep, exactly: that’s DOKUMENT, a waste paper basket I happen to own myself.

At just $4.99 (or $3.99 for IKEA Family members) this basket is the obvious choice for every home, no matter if it’s just a single room appartment or a 300 room palace!

Barry, don’t you lose my number

The portrait of telephones on TV is often a source of great entertainment. Everyone knows how a phone is supposed to work, but that doesn’t keep show producers from messing up in the most imaginative of ways (they are creative people after all!).

This time it’s a short scene from FX’s Tyrant (2×09) I noticed last week. I managed to forget about posting it, but fortunately the scene was repeated in this week’s recap segment so I have a second chance. Hooray!

In the scene, General Whatshisface needs the phone number of Khalil (aka Barry aka Bassam al-Fayeed), the leader of the Red Hand Brigade. The President doesn’t want to give it to him so he’s asking the first lady instead. She actually manages to get the number out of the presidential smartphone and sends it to General Whatshisface:

(c) FX

(c) FX

That’s nice of her and all – but that’s not how phone numbers look like. See, there’s a standard called E.164 defining the numbering plan for international phone numbers. Following this standard, an international phone number consists of three parts:

  • the country calling code, which can be between 1 and 3 digits long and is prefixed by a ‘+’ sign on modern phones
  • the area code, which can be anything between 1 and 5 digits long
  • the subscriber number, which is the actual phone number assigned to the line you want to call

Public phone networks around the globe have to follow these guidelines because they also have to be able to handle international calls. Thus, even in a fictional country like Abuddin a number like +555-0183 would lead absolutely nowhere because the country calling code 555 doesn’t exist. Unless they want Abuddin to have the country code +555, but that would be equally stupid since country codes starting with 5 are traditionally used for Latin America – Abuddin would likely have a country code starting with a 9 instead (+978, +990 and +997 are unassigned, for example, and could be used for that purpose). Even then the number format would be off, since at least some part of the remaining four digits ‘0183’ would then become the area code, leaving almost no room for the actual subscriber number. Since Abuddin isn’t that small, it’s hard to believe they’d only require three-digit subscriber numbers.

How this came to pass is easy to understand. In the US, there is a specific range of phone numbers assigned for fictional use: 555-0100 to 555-0199. Looking at Khalil’s supposed number 555-0183, it falls inside that exact range. Since the show is not set in the US, the prop people forgot to add a country code, instead prefixing the usual fake phone number with the ‘+’ sign for international numbers, causing me to write this incredibly detailed post on such a small matter. How dare they!