Friday, March 16, 2018

Drawing A Line

I was watching the new NBC show Good Girls.  It's set in the Detroit area, where I was raised.  It doesn't look that much like Detroit, but what can you do?  Apparently not much, as I learned in the latest episode.

In it, the three lead women have to smuggle something in from Canada.   They drive to the border, which was a fairly simple checkpoint on an unimpressive road that seemed to be set in the middle of a rural area, with trees in the background.

I've crossed over into Canada at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the Ambassador Bridge and the Blue Water Bridge up in Port Huron. The bridges are impressive, and the tunnel has an urban setting.

Okay, it's a TV show.  I guess they don't have the budget to shoot on location, or even have convincing effects. But still, this is the best they can do?  I'm guessing a lot of people in Detroit were shaking their heads.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still, not as impressive as Harry and Sally leaving the U of C campus and passing by the Drake on their way to NYC.

SWMBCg, etc.

5:17 PM, March 16, 2018  
Anonymous Lawrence King said...

In the first season of 24, the writers seemed to use random street names from the San Fernando Valley and downtown interchangeably. IIRC, at one point Kiefer Sutherland said he was driving on De Soto and making a right turn on 20th Street. De Soto's in the Valley, and there are no numbered streets in the Valley.

I can understand (but not excuse) ignorance of Detroit geography in Hollywood. But how can Hollywood writers not know the street layout of Los Angeles?

7:42 PM, March 16, 2018  
Blogger LAGuy said...

I know Hollywood movies would sometimes list intersections in their scripts that didn't exist, even though they used real street names. This was supposedly done to avoid lawsuits from people who'd had things happen at such addresses.

I remember Lost had an episode where an accident occurred on a La Brea address not far from where I live. Needless to say, the set they built in Hawaii looked nothing like the real thing.

10:45 PM, March 16, 2018  

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