LOST continuity error. . . the Apple ][+ in 1977

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Oh well . . . having too much Apple II knowledge has chipped away at my suspension of disbelief while watching the TV series LOST. The Dharma Initiative is using Apple II+ computers in 1977. The computer wasn't sold until 1979. Worse yet, the place was set up in 1974, the Apple II wasn't around for another three years after that.

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There was an ImageWriter II i

There was an ImageWriter II in that shot too. It's a TV show, these things happen.

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I know but . . .

I know it's just a TV show but . . .

. . . it's one that prides itself on continuity, the labyrinthine plot depends on it. I guess that just applies to the characters and the music, not the equipment.

I missed the printer, but saw the Disk ][ drives, and the tilt screen monitor.

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There have been plenty of oth

There have been plenty of other continuity errors on the show. The production staff is human. Lost is already a billion times more consistent than other shows; with the pace at which they shoot the show, it would be impossible for everything to be perfect. Just relax and enjoy the ride!

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Clone?

I was sure that I heard somewhere that it wasn't even a real Apple ][ but in fact a clone. I can't be too sure as it's been a while since I last saw the scene...

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Re: Clone?

Simon27 wrote:

I was sure that I heard somewhere that it wasn't even a real Apple ][ but in fact a clone. I can't be too sure as it's been a while since I last saw the scene...

I'm pretty sure they use real Apple II's on set, but they do redress them (stickers over the Apple logo, etc.).

http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Swan_computer

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Apple II keyboard

The Apple II and the II+ had the same keyboard (from the pictures I just pulled from the web), so while the LOST keyboard matches my II+, I can't be sure it's not a II.

What's funnier is when they type in the numbers to reset the timer, they press the right-shift key, at least some of the time, instead of RETURN. It's the lower right corner of the keyboard, so they must have thought it looked better for TV.

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Re: Apple II keyboard

quandtom wrote:

What's funnier is when they type in the numbers to reset the timer, they press the right-shift key, at least some of the time, instead of RETURN. It's the lower right corner of the keyboard, so they must have thought it looked better for TV.

The right shift key is relabeled "EXECUTE" on the show.

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Nice that they bothered with the detail

Nice that they bothered to relabel the key. Shows much more attention to detail than most shows. I suspect the real reason for pressing shift, instead of return, is to avoid the "?SYNTAX ERROR" that would normally occur.

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Re: Nice that they bothered with the detail

quandtom wrote:

Nice that they bothered to relabel the key. Shows much more attention to detail than most shows. I suspect the real reason for pressing shift, instead of return, is to avoid the "?SYNTAX ERROR" that would normally occur.

What you see displayed on the monitor in the show is likely not generated by the Apple II. Chances are, that Apple II isn't even plugged in.

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