TVidiocy: Arrow Five months ago, I noticed a problem with a rough cut of the pilot episode for The CW’s new superhero drama, Arrow (no, I’m not referring to Katie Cassidy’s refusal to look Annie Ilonzeh in the eye). I’m talking about another mistake. It’s in the above screencap, taken from the episode that aired last week; see if you can spot it.
In this scene, Oliver Queen and his buddy are driving through the city and they stop outside of a rundown factory that Oliver’s dad used to own. Post production on the pilot added in the reflection on the window and in the cut I watched the effects weren’t yet final, so it was even more obvious. You’ll notice that it’s easy to read the name on the factory: “Queen Industrial.” That’s the problem.
I know this isn’t a big deal, but it makes me wonder how it happened and I can only come up with two likely scenarios:
They didn’t realize that the lettering should be BACKWARDS in the window, because if what we’re seeing was actually a reflection, then the letters on the building would read “lairtsudnI neeuQ.”
They did know it should be the other way, but rather than trusting their audience to figure it out they thought, “Nobody will notice; people are stupid.”
I get that this is somewhat nitpicky, but I was a little surprised it made the final cut. Then again, option #1 is a strong possibility: it’d certainly explain why Katie Cassidy’s journalist character appears to be illiterate; she really is having trouble reading and not just making an ‘I’m thinking really hard’ face.