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  • Season 1 Episode 3: Soldier's Heart

  • Historical Gaff: The battle of Antietam, during and/or immediately after which the flashbacks take place, was in September of 1862. John is assisted in a post-battle surgery by a nurse who it is suggested by other events is Walt Whitman, who did indeed serve as a nurse in the Civil War. Whitman did not, however, become a nurse until at least early 1863. The writers should have chosen a later battle to set the events in.

  • During the Civil War flashbacks, John, working as a surgeon, has a colleague who gives him a book "he just finished", titled Leaves of Grass. Walt Whitman, the author of the poetry collection, initially finished it in 1855, but did serve as a nurse in the Civil War.

  • Soldier's Heart is explained to be another name for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Also known as Shell Shock, Combat Stress Reaction, or Battle Fatigue. PTSD is a military term used to categorize various behaviors brought on from stress which impact a soldier's performance.

  • The Battle of Antietam was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Northern soil. It took place on September 17, 1862. With around 23,000 casualties, it was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. It was also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg.

  • Flashbacks reveal that John was a doctor/surgeon during the American Civil War (1861–1865).

  • John tells Eva that he was a history teacher at Kings College, which was the prior name of Columbia University when Britain controlled New York before the American Revolution.

  • In this episode, John reveals that he has served in the Army, Marines, Navy, and the Coast Guard, but explicitly states "not in the Air Force", as he has a "problem with heights", suggesting he has acrophobia.

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Golden Boy

  • After John burns the fake note during the interrogation, the shot cuts to a woman, and then back to a wide shot, and no burning note of any sort can be seen.

  • While filling in his application for the Army his voiceover states his original identity:
    Name: Johan van der Zee
    Date of birth: June 1st 1607
    Place of birth: Amsterdam, Holland

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot

  • Nikolaj Coster Waldau's accent slips several times throughout the episode.

  • Trivia: John's detective badge number is 9298.

  • In the scene where John is being resuscitated they are shown defibrillating Asystole. According to current Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocols, you only defibrillate Ventricular Tachycardia or Ventricular Fibrillation. You never defibrillate Asystole.

  • In the end of the episode when John discovers that there are security cameras in the station, we can see that the camera was hanging up near the ceiling, but when he finds the woman that helped him we can clearly see her face as she was walking towards the camera looking straight into it. We should have seen only images from above and not from the level of a person's face.

  • In the final scene of the episode, when John wakes up after being stabbed, his chest is clean except for the scar. When he stands up, his chest is covered with mud.

  • John's dog is named 36. Whether it is the 36th generation of a single lineage is not revealed.

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extraordinary situations, high stake situations, destiny, life in a new city, supernatural forces