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Old 03-03-2023, 12:18 AM   #1061
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Yeah, thought that was a bit dull until about the mid way point.

Is Ellie gay / in love with her friend in the game as well?
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Old 03-03-2023, 12:30 AM   #1062
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Is Ellie gay / in love with her friend in the game as well?
Yes, this was very faithful to the game.
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Usually I'm never one to spot mistakes in movies or shows, but the prominent Thai Express logo in the mall food court stuck out to me. They didn't open their first location until 2004, and only expanded to the US in 2017. It was fun seeing a mall food court I've sat in many times dress in a post-apocalypse setting though
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Old 03-04-2023, 12:38 AM   #1064
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They also added a Starbucks sign in the food court

The business representation clearly wasn't american enough as it was
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Old 03-04-2023, 01:30 AM   #1065
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I assume since Thai Express has virtually no presence in the States, they felt they didn't need to replace the sign and could just treat it as a place that only existed in that mall, but they went to the trouble of switching the Canadian A&W logo to the US one, even though they're nearly the same.
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I assume since Thai Express has virtually no presence in the States, they felt they didn't need to replace the sign and could just treat it as a place that only existed in that mall, but they went to the trouble of switching the Canadian A&W logo to the US one, even though they're nearly the same.
I'm guessing both Starbucks and A&W paid to have their logos there, and so they'd want the proper one.

Thai Express was probably just chill with the free advertisement. It's expensive to cover things like that, either practically or with VFX.
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Old 03-04-2023, 09:41 AM   #1067
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Thai Express was probably just chill with the free advertisement. It's expensive to cover things like that, either practically or with VFX.
Well yeah, stuff like that is expensive but it's an expensive show and considering they weren't out of their way to distress the neon sign and create a Panda Express next to it I'd say it wasn't budgetary.

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Old 03-04-2023, 09:52 AM   #1068
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Well yeah, stuff like that is expensive but it's an expensive show and considering they weren't out of their way to distress the neon sign and create a Panda Express next to it I'd say it wasn't budgetary.

Yeah it's true. I work as a production designer and set decorator so I deal with that type of thing a lot. Thai Express could have paid them too, it's quite prominent. The art department probably would (should) have flagged it as a out-of-time/place sign to be altered. But a lot of factors can fall into that sort of thing. Yeah its a high priced show, but that doesn't mean they don't want to save where they can. Every dollar not spent here can go somewhere else. How much time do we have in this space, how many people, is it even physically possible given their prep time? Or they could have been told it wouldn't be seen, but then that changed on the day (happens A LOT) and they just didn't bother with fixing in post, as it wouldn't be something they could just take down in a few minutes on a panic.

That said, the light is on. If it was something that wasn't supposed to show up I'd imagine they could have just turned it off. Or there was a call made to Thai Express and they made a deal to have it shown.

Either way, it's probably not a "mistake" in the same way as a water bottle left on set of GOT or the crew in the shot by the bridge. It'd be a more purposeful "how much do we care about this?" type of question.
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Usually I'm never one to spot mistakes in movies or shows, but the prominent Thai Express logo in the mall food court stuck out to me. They didn't open their first location until 2004, and only expanded to the US in 2017. It was fun seeing a mall food court I've sat in many times dress in a post-apocalypse setting though
I see a “mistake” as something more like having a completely modern Starbucks cup in a middle-earth type show or whatever.

When it comes to stuff like this, I don’t know… it doesn’t seem like a mistake. I’m already buying into a zombie-apocalypse that didn’t actually happen in 2003, so it’s not particularly difficult to believe a fast food chain actually originated two years earlier and in the US instead of Canada.

It’s more like the scene where they’re approaching SAIT and are suddenly on the grounds of MRU. I know that’s not accurate to real life, but… you know… it’s a TV show.
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Old 03-04-2023, 10:32 AM   #1070
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If you look at most any show or film you watch as existing in an alternate universe then these "mistakes" don't bother you at all.
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Neat article about the arcade scene, seems like a huge amount of work for one scene.

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Production designer John Paino told Variety that "Raja's Arcade" took its name and frontal appearance from the game's Left Behind DLC, but otherwise the production team built it from scratch. All the games had to actually work because creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann demanded it, according to Paino. But the original games would have had cathode-ray tube (CRT) screens, which—as anybody using a camera back then would remember—can be difficult to capture. "We rebuilt them on LED screens," Paino told Variety.
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The Mortal Kombat II gameplay footage in the episode is their own, captured on a 46-inch OLED panel they rotated 90 degrees and then treated with scanlines, curvature, and rounded corners to look more like a real CRT. They set up a remote interface that would trigger each of their gameplay clips whenever the actors dropped a quarter into the machine, so the show could capture the actors reacting to the clips in real time.

"On the day we filmed it I’m actually lying on my stomach behind the ticket counter a few feet away with a 50 foot HDMI cable connecting the OLED to a MacBook Air running VLC playing those clips in real time as the girls interact with the game," wrote Johnson in a later message.
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2023/...e-enthusiasts/
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Neat article about the arcade scene, seems like a huge amount of work for one scene.





https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2023/...e-enthusiasts/
This is very cool. I've been asked to do similar things multiple times. Whether it's an old video game, or old TV, hooking up a Mac to an old system is never as simple as an adapter or two and really just a shot in the dark whether it will work or not. Really cool to hear how they've done it here.
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Old 03-05-2023, 03:45 PM   #1073
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https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2023/...e-enthusiasts/
I wonder if they were using Retroarch to get the CRT look on an OLED. Their recent work with Mega Bezels is pretty impressive, you even get real time reflections from the virtual CRT frame

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Old 03-05-2023, 08:53 PM   #1074
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To paraphrase Graham Greene - Ho-lee. That ep was outstanding.
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Old 03-05-2023, 09:11 PM   #1075
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Best part of that episode was that finally Waterton (which I love) was shown in its natural form. Businesses boarded up for winter, wind howling and snow a plenty.

But yes, amazing episode! How is there only one left????
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Old 03-05-2023, 10:17 PM   #1076
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Holy #### what an unsettling episode.
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Old 03-05-2023, 10:45 PM   #1077
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Yeah, wow that was a hard hitting episode. Can't wait for next week's finale.

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Man that wasn't short on violence. Great episode though. Too bad there's only one left.
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Old 03-05-2023, 10:54 PM   #1079
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Damn that was intense! Best show on tv, gonna be sad when the ride is over. Ellie is a bigger bad ass than Joel!


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That was intense and disturbing.
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