John Doe

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  • Season 1 Episode 18: Save As...John Doe

  • The dog collar with the radio device for a wireless dog fence wouldn't contain a power source that would broadcast a signal strong enough to be read by satellite. In addition, John says he's connecting to a GPS satellite to track it, and that it's legal. GPS satellites simply transmit a very precise time, allowing recievers on the ground to tell how far away they are from the satellite, and can then triangulate it's own position, nothing is transmitted to the Satellite. Different technologies can be included with GPS recievers to include a tracking capability, but in either case, a dog's collar would not have that.

  • At 26 mins into the episode they are looking at the motherboard as a layout of the city, they find the mission building, and they leave for it. The scene where they pull up to the big building in John's car is the exact same scene from season 1 episode 5 "John Deux" - they said it was Warnkey's Department Store, closed September of 1948. Furthermore there is only one person in the car when they pull up, whereas there should be two - John and Paulette.

  • Season 1 Episode 17: Doe or Die

  • Sure, John made a decent effort to sing "Ja må hon leva" in Swedish, but for a guy that knows everything, he fails to get all the words right.

  • Doe's chlorine gas mixture (Bleach & Ammonia) in the lightbulb is an interesting idea, except he should have put the bleach into one bulb and the ammonia into another. Then when he threw them together they would mix and produce chlorine gas. This technique was also used by MacGuyver in the 80's using spray bottles.

  • The mirror should show a reversed view of the hallway behind Rothman. However, it clearly shows a non-reversed shot of the hallway with the door at the end on the original (right-hand) side.

  • Why didn't Rothman see himself in the mirror even though he could see Doe standing right behind him?

  • The terrorist wouldn't have been shocked because he wasn't grounded to anything. Even if he were shocked, he wouldn't have turned "electricity blue." He wouldn't have been immediately knocked out (and stayed out long enough for Doe to gas the other terrorist and tie them together) from only 120 volts. Why would all of this destroy the metal balls?

  • Doe is shown hurling the shocking device from the ceiling grate. The next shot shows the device wrapping itself neatly around the terrorist's arm. Nice toss.

  • Doe goes to a lot of trouble to get the meditation balls for his shocking device. It seems that he could have found something as effective, or more effective, somewhere else in the building.

  • How did Rothman figure out the cameras were active? There's no active light or anything. For that matter, how did John shut down the active light from a distance?

  • Wouln't Doe have wanted some kind of insulation between himself and a coffee cup containing a mixture that hot? It even appears to be running down his hand in the close up.

  • The coffee pot apparently has soap in it - shouldn't that interfere with John's chemical drain cleaner/lemon acid mixture?

  • In one shot we see a black van going down a street. There are white banners on the lamp posts - those are banners promoting Olympic awareness for Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympic bid - not very likely in Seattle.

  • At the end it sure looks like Lt. Avery's name plate says "Jame".

  • Shouldn't Rothman's men have spotted the CDC forces moving in? They report about the area being clear earlier. A better question - why does the CDC come in sirens and lights going?

  • They can't seem to decide if the Captain's name is pronounced "ru-EEZ" or "ru-EHZ" - different people pronounce it different ways.

  • Season 1 Episode 16: Illegal Alien

  • The staff Sargent mentions being thrown in the brig which is a Navy term. The Air Force started as part of the Army and would use the term stockade for military prison.

  • They claim that the contract is worth billions. For a few recyclers? That's expensive even by government standards. And they can't be referring to the prime contract -- that's not going to get re-awarded over the failure of one part.

  • It's unlikely that anything west of the Cascades is 55 miles from a cell site, as they claim in the show.

  • The map shows the site being on the Olympic peninsula -- nowhere near the jurisdiction of the Seattle PD.

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light science fiction, Crime, short lived series, the search for home, corporate secrets