Newest Mandalorian Episode Features A Huge Mistake


Hey, Mando — we know you’re a man of few
words, but can you say whoops? After the fourth installment of The Mandalorian
hit Disney+, fans took to the internet in droves to point out that the episode had fallen
prey to one of the oldest, most common boneheaded errors in filmmaking history: the old boom-mic-in-the-shot
gaffe. The mistake occurred roughly 16 minutes into
the episode, as the Mandalorian was having a chat with Omera, the farmer who had given
him refuge during a stop on the planet Sorgan. Their conversation took place in a rather
dimly lit area, and unless you had your screen’s brightness turned up pretty high, it was fairly
easy to miss — but once you know it’s there, it’s impossible not to see it. The mic comes creeping in from the top of
the frame, then bobs around a little bit; it’s even visible from multiple angles. “Oopsie!” On Twitter, Mando fans were split pretty evenly
between “Well, this is just inexcusable,” and “Geez, cut the crew some slack.” While it might seem like a series with The
Mandalorian’s high profile should be able to avoid making one of the most well-worn
production errors in the book, the fact is that the series is actually produced by human
beings, and darned if human beings don’t drop the ball every now and again. “Yes, there were a great many dangers involved. But perhaps the most dangerous were the poisonous
fish.” All in all, it’s really not worth pulling
the ears off your gundark; the gaffe basically amounted to an out-of-place dark blob intruding
on the frame in an area where viewers’ eyes aren’t trained to look. It’s not as if an item which clearly had no
place in the show’s fictional world was left prominently in the frame, as astutely noted
by one Twitter user who wrote, quote, “It’s still better than the GoT coffee cup.” And, hey — if it’s really shattering your
immersion like so many poorly built Death Stars, just pretend it’s a droid or something. We present to you… BM-MC, the galaxy’s first personal audio amplification
droid. Action figures coming Christmas 2020. All joking aside, you may be curious as to
whether any other such ridiculous mistakes have made it into the Star Wars franchise,
one of the most beloved in the world the films of which have been dissected and analyzed
frame-by-frame by legions of dedicated fans for decades. The answer: oh, yes. Oh, God… Just… so many. In fact, you may not have realized that one
of the most famous errors in the entire series actually was an error, because home video
releases starting with the DVD release have made it appear intentional. In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, when
a trio of Stormtroopers burst into the Death Star control room in pursuit of our heroes,
the one on the right just clocks his head on the door frame; since the sound effects
for the sequence were added in post, there was no accompanying klunk when this happened. After fans caught the mistake, just such a
sound effect was added for the home video version but don’t let them fool you. The actor portraying the clumsiest Stormtrooper
in the galaxy absolutely did not mean to give himself a concussion while making his big
entrance. There are plenty more examples to be found
in A New Hope alone, many of them having to do with C-3PO; it turns out that the shiny,
reflective quality of the droid’s dome wasn’t exactly accounted for in a number of shots
in which camera operators and/or cameras are visible in it. There are also several instances of crew members
briefly wandering into the frame, and, yes, one shot corrected for home video releases
in which the boom mic is visible, as Luke Skywalker arrives at the Mos Eisley cantina
in his landspeeder. MovieMistakes.com lists a whopping 279 errors
in the film par for the course for the movies of both the original and prequel trilogies,
which all contain a similar number of mistakes… and no, we don’t just mean Mr. Binks. Of course, most of these fall within the realm
of simple continuity errors objects jumping from one hand to another, or things on a table
rearranging themselves between cuts, for example which are common to just about all movies. But although the sequel flicks have cleaned
up their acts just a bit, it’s safe to say that the Star Wars franchise has a long history
of bloopers and blunders which somehow survived the editing process to make it all the way
to the screen. So, yes, we’re inclined to come down on the
side of giving the hardworking guys and gals who bring us The Mandalorian, the best new
series on television by virtually any measure, a break. Unless and until, that is, a future episode
ends up with a shot of a discarded Big Mac carton chilling on the control panel of Mando’s
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