John Doe

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FOX (ended 2003)

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  • Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

  • Not exactly a goof, but why does John bother doing a crossword puzzle? He knows all the answers - what's the point? Jigsaw puzzles, for instance, there's a challenge of putting the pieces in the right order, but there's no challenge in filling in words you know and where you know they're supposed to go.

  • So...where did Nichols get the body from that he used to make it look like he died in the car crash? At the very least this makes him a bodysnatcher, and at worse it means that he killed someone else so he could fake his death, evade the charges filed against him, and leave his wife and daughter to face the music and pay his bills. And yet he's presented as a sympathetic character here.

  • So why does John swim away from the island? It's the only apparent land mass within miles. He might be confused, but it seems odd to start swimming away from the only apparent shelter.

  • John describes the laundry token on the phone as "green", but when we saw him look at it from his black-and-white point of view it was not in color, unlike other stuff relating to the girl's kidnapping.

  • The folks at the library are impressed by John reciting the binary code for MS-DOS: I'm impressed by the normal guy who asked him to do so and knew what John was saying was correct! So did the guy really have the MS-DOS code memorized to know what John was saying was right, or he was just bluffing?

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