Ever notice that spaceships on SF TV shows behave more like fighter aircraft than spaceships, or characters don’t know the difference between a solar system and a galaxy? Ever notice Star Trek: Voyager has no clue what deuterium is? These are examples of Science Blunders and Boners. This page is devoted to documenting this blunders and elucidating the real science behind the blunder.
I am always collecting new Science Blunders and Boners, so if you saw something on a TV show or movie that just made you groan, please send it my way. They have to be real groaners; they can’t be the kind of thing only Ph.D.’s and M.Sc’s notice. If it’s something your above-average high school science student could have told them, it’s a blunder. If it’s something even an average junior high science student could catch, it’s a boner. I’ll be the final arbiter on these things, but democracy will have some bearing on my decision.
April 2, 2007
It had literally been 4 years since I last updated the site. Four exciting years of learning Japanese, reading, watching more movies than I could shake a stick at (thank to Zip.ca) and anime.
It’s also been four years of Battlestar: Galactica, the re-imagined series from Ron More, which is one of the best SF shows on TV, but also drives me spare with its questionable science (A cylon has a fibre-optic network transciever in its left arm, but that can’t be detected by X-ray or anything else… wtf?).
Four years of Episodes II and III. Right… They can save a man from being burnt crisper than a tater-tot, but women still die from childbirth 🙄
Four years of Minority Report, Shyamalan’s Signs, Spiderman, X-Men: Last Stand. Oh my, so much bad science, so little time. 🙂
P.S. Feel free to suggest things! As you can see, I do use them (it’s easier than working on this site 😉 )