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Question: This isn't technically a mistake per se, but it involves Spock's funeral. Several Enterprise crewmembers are killed during the battle with Khan, and yet only Spock gets a funeral. Perhaps there was a smaller memorial for the others, and Spock got a full funeral due to his status as captain, but why is Kirk only sending Spock's body to the Genesis planet? I imagine he sent only Spocks's body there since in ST3 there aren't dozens of little regenerated human babies crawling around down there.

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Chosen answer: I imagine there was a memorial service for everyone killed. Starfleet's policy on corpses is probably to return them to Starfleet HQ where their families can collect them for whatever services or ceremonies they want unless the crewman had left instructions specifying otherwise. There's no telling why Kirk sent Spock's body to Genesis. Based on Sarek's reactions in ST3 he almost certainly went against Spock's wishes, unless of course, Spock left no recorded instructions and Kirk did what he thought would please Spock based on his being highest ranking officer and Spock's closest friend. It also seems very out of character for Spock to just assume that whoever he transferred his katra to would be able to handle it and carry out his wishes (McCoy certainly couldn't!). Ultimately it seems we have to chalk it up to a plot device to base the sequel on.

Grumpy Scot

22nd Jul 2012

Space Camp (1986)

Deliberate mistake: The filmmakers wanted a scene where Andi is startled by Max as he spacewalks behind her at Daedalus. Given that the only way to communicate in spacesuits is through radio, and the two suits would presumably been on the same channel with the shuttle, Andi would have known Max was coming. Further, even if they were on different channels, why wouldn't anyone tell Andi that Max was coming?

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22nd Jul 2012

Space Camp (1986)

Audio problem: When Andi is knocked out by the oxygen tank, Max seems to be yelling as if he's in slow motion, and yet he isn't. Just because he's weightless doesn't mean he can't talk (or yell) normally within his spacesuit.

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22nd Jul 2012

Space Camp (1986)

Factual error: Mission control begins an auto-landing sequence for the shuttle, but mission control did not have an ability to remote pilot the shuttle when the movie was made and wouldn't get it until 2006.

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16th Jul 2012

Major League II (1994)

Other mistake: During the newspaper montage, all the articles consist of the same few paragraphs repeated, even in stories that are supposed to be days apart, and none of them have anything to do with baseball.

Vader47000

25th Jun 2012

Men in Black II (2002)

Factual error: K sees the constellation Orion in the night sky above New York City, but the film takes place in July, and Orion is a winter constellation in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning it wouldn't be visible during the summer.

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Revealing mistake: The interior matte painting of the hangar on the Rebel ship holding the stolen Imperial shuttle doesn't match the appearance of the hangar from the exterior shot of the Rebel ship. The interior hangar shows an extended platform and four banks of vertical lights bordering the opening and then walls. From the exterior, the hangar appears to have a big light bank near the opening, and then thinner light banks behind it spaced further apart than the interior shot. The exterior shot also doesn't have a platform. (00:50:45 - 00:53:20)

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Revealing mistake: When Vader throws the lightsaber at Luke and the platform collapses, the point where the platform's columns connect to the ceiling have expanding circles of smoke coming from them as the columns detach from the ceiling, created by the charges used to sever the platform. (01:50:20)

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11th Nov 2011

Cars 2 (2011)

Question: The three Cars films establish that all biological creatures are just variations of mechanical devices. Yet in Cars 2, there is mention of dinosaurs. What exactly are "dinosaurs" in the Cars world?

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Chosen answer: If you're taking it to that level, one would have to believe that dinosaurs to these characters would be primitive forms of their devices, evolutionarily speaking.

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Revealing mistake: The close-up of R2-D2 waiting for Leia to return has a clear shot of the middle wire section of C-3PO in which you can see Anthony Daniels breathing as the spandex underneath the wires expands. This is especially clear on the Blu-ray. (01:02:00)

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16th Sep 2011

Ben-Hur (1959)

Continuity mistake: In the parade of chariots before the race, the riders are shown circling the track once before making their way to the starting line. As they emerge from the stables, the horses and chariots leave very noticeable tracks on the ground so you can trace their progress around the track. The riders head down the right side of the track (from the perspective of the stables) then make the wide turn to head down the backstretch, and then make the wide turn back onto the right side of the track where they started. The film then cuts to a wide shot of the riders heading back down the right side of the track for the second time, but the track ahead of them and all the way down the backstretch is now clean of any tracks. It's clear this shot comes from when the riders first emerged from the stables. The riders then stop on the starting line on the backstretch, which means they were either transported to the other side of the track without making a third turn, or they did 1 lap around the track in the space of 1 and a half laps.

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Trivia: The film contains several references to the 1980s animated series. The basic plot of the Decepticons enslaving humanity and using a space bridge to bring Cybertron to Earth was used in the three-part episode "The Ultimate Doom." Megatron sits in the chair of the Lincoln Memorial in "Atlantis, Arise!" And Optimus Prime's battle axe was first seen in "More Than Meets the Eye," the three-part debut of the animated series.

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Factual error: Neil Armstrong's first step onto the moon as depicted in this film is incorrect. In real life he descended the LM ladder until he was standing on top of the little dish at the end of the landing leg. He then jumped back onto the ladder (the lower rung of which was a few feet up) to see if he could climb back up. He then jumped back down to the LM footpad. Then he stepped off into the dust to create the first footprint on the moon. The film shows him climbing down to the lower rung of the ladder, then just jumping into the dust where the initial footprint is immediately trampled by his movements.

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Factual error: Several references are made to objects being on the dark side of the moon. The moon's rotation is locked into its orbit, meaning the same side of the moon always faces toward Earth. The dark side is simply the side facing away from Earth (which doesn't always make it dark since it receives sunlight when the moon is between Earth and the sun). For plot purposes, the Ark has to have landed on the dark side of the moon or else it would be visible using Earth telescopes because it is so big. But when we see Decepticons hidden on the dark side of the moon crawl out of the dust, Earth is floating in the background, which would be impossible since Earth is not visible from the dark side of the moon.

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Plot hole: The film tries to claim that all six lunar missions were to collect samples from the Ark. However, the missions had landing coordinates hundreds of miles apart. If only 35 people knew about the secret mission, that leaves hundreds of thousands of others who believed they were working toward actual lunar exploration, meaning it would be very difficult to fake telemetry data without someone noticing. Also, there are long range photographs of the different landing sites showing the landing craft at their true lunar landing spots.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon mistake picture

Continuity mistake: The shot of the Apollo 11 capsule approaching the moon is missing the lunar module, which is then seen attached to the craft in the next shot.

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Continuity mistake: In the original X-Men movie, Professor X wonders why he can't read Magneto's thoughts, only to learn that Magneto has his special helmet. First Class contradicts this by establishing that Xavier knew about the helmet in 1962.

Vader47000

5th Jun 2011

Superman (1978)

Revealing mistake: When Superman and Lois begin their flight from her apartment, a pair of wires suspending each of them are visible, especially on the Blu-ray.

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7th Apr 2011

TRON: Legacy (2010)

Trivia: In the first film, the street sign outside Flynn's Arcade indicates it's on Watseka St. In the second film, the street sign in front indicates the arcade is on Mead St. Also, the surrounding neighborhood seems to have undergone some redevelopment. This isn't really a mistake since a lot can happen in 28 years.

Vader47000

5th Dec 2010

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Factual error: The 'Life' magazine with Woody on the cover displays a smaller headline promising pictures of Sputnik, a clever reference to the fact that interest in space travel doomed the "Woody's Roundup" show. The only problem is the magazine's cover date is Jan. 12, 1957, and Sputnik didn't launch until October. Given the Soviet penchant for secrecy (no one outside Russia knew about it until it launched), it's doubtful any photos of Sputnik of any kind would have been available to the American press nine months prior to the launch. (00:23:25)

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