53 thoughts on “What is the worst science mistake you’ve ever seen in a movie or TV show?

  1. DCxMiLK February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    There’s an episode of CSI Miami (I know, not the most realistic show but still had some cool science stuff in it) anywho, in an episode, the killer shoots a lady with a silenced 22 and Calleigh the ballistic forensics lady is showing Horatio the bullet under a microscope. She is explaining the 2 different rifling marks on the bullet as one coming from the gun barrel and the other coming from the silencer barrel. They even track down the killer through the rifling from the silencer. Silencers don’t have barrels let alone something that would leave a rifling mark on the bullet, that would defeat the purpose. They work similarly to how a car exhaust works. They are hollow tubes filled with baffles to divert the gases which makes them nearly silent. There is no way of telling if a bullet was fired through a silencer just by looking at the bullet.

  2. NeotericLeaf February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    In Monk, they sprayed Hydrofluoric acid around casually and wiped it around. They made it into a joke where it ruined an LCD screen.

    The LD50 of HF is about 13mg/kg. In other words, drop a half dollar sized amount onto your skin and you will probably die a horrible death.

  3. Memepie February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Characters who end up “nearly dead” in “Intensive care” have so little monitoring or invasive lines that they could almost always be managed on a basic ward or at home

  4. TheMadHatterOnTea February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Well they almost always lack basic lab safety which pisses me off. Where’s your basic PPE?! Especially when they’re dealing with microbiological agents!

  5. Peacemaker_58 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    There was an episode of castle where he and detective Becket were caught offguard by some bad guys. They had an iPhone (somebody elses) but it was locked. They couldn’t call for back up because neither had a phone or walkie and they couldn’t unlock the iPhone they had.

    The issue is that every phone for YEARS has been able to make emergency calls without being unlocked. It could have been roaming and stuff too and still should have worked.

  6. sadwer February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    The movie Gravity gets gravity wrong.

  7. dralcax February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Apparently “bioluminescence” means a test tube that glows really fucking brightly for days on end if not forever (WHAT) that you can use to make an artificial sun to solve the food crisis in space WHEN YOU HAVE A PERFECTLY GOOD SUN RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU HOW IS SUNLIGHT THE PROBLEM HERE.

  8. A40 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    In *2012*, apparently **ASIA** moves thousands of miles across the Pacific ocean. In a day.

    In a ridiculous, silly, dumb movie – *that* was the worst, most ridiculous, silliest, dumbest “science” ever.

  9. freebird451 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    in almost every movie they show drywall stopping bullets.

  10. J2MES February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    when shows fire a gun and the casing is still on

  11. jaypetroleum February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Didn’t the GI Joe movie have ice sinking as a major plot point?

  12. drmortus66 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    The movie The Core

    The whole thing is a science mistake

  13. shallow_noob February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    In one of the new Star Trek films they set off a ‘cold fusion device’. It caused everything around it to freeze.

  14. clethusancta February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Nature programs dubbing red tailed hawk cries over vultures. Vultures have no vocal chords.

  15. tempaccount4923 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    In Jurrasic Park they didn’t realize that some species of frog could switch sexes until after the dinosaurs started mating. I mean come on.

  16. Prism_And_Gate February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, right after Shredder captures the turtles, he starts to poison the whole city, and says he’s going to use the turtles to develop an antidote to the poison and start selling it in 30 days. To develop the antidote would probably take years, when if you ignore all the FDA regulations. Even if you already know what you’re making, large scale manufacturing and distribution is going to take the better part of a year at least.

  17. Cealdi February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    The show Scorpion CONSTANTLY has huge, glaring scientific mistakes. I don’t think I’ve ever watched an episode and not been irritated. I don’t like it but my SO does so sometimes I’m stuck watching it.

  18. alexandr7717 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Almost all movies where you see “hackers”

  19. AndyMarhol February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Any lab scene where flasks of strong acids are resting on a bench unlabeled. OSHA would be handing out fines like candy because you need to store them in a special labeled acid container. Any scene where viruses or bacteria (World War Z) are stored at room temp or in weird overly complicated tubes…

  20. BettyVonButtpants February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    How everyone assumed the drought and death of the pridelands was Scars fault! There was a fucking volcano going off while they were singing and dancing. Did none of the Lions figure that the volcanic eruptions could have fucked with their climate, causing a drought which caused the animals to leave.

    No, they blame the Hyenas because they got a bad reputation.

  21. Meshakhad February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Spiderman 2 had enough that it actually ruined the movie for me. But the biggest one was the notion of a scientist calling in the media when conducting his first experiment. A real scientist would run 500 experiments, then submit a paper to a peer-reviewed journal, and only after it was accepted would the media be alerted.

  22. AkumaBengoshi February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Jurasic park. The mosquito was male, and male mosquitos don’t suck blood.

  23. 281ci February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    The first thing that comes to mind is in Mission Impossible III. Ethan Hunt is running from a missle explosion. When it explodes, his body is thrown at a 90 degree angle from the explosion, into a car, instead of away from the explosion. It makes no sense.

  24. LaceBird360 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Any movie where people take refuge under an overpass during a tornado. It’s the only scientific mistake in movies that gets me angry, bc people can lose their lives that way.

    It’s like Hollywood’s trying to kill us.

  25. TwoBionicknees February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Fucking Arrow, probably numerous examples and many more I couldn’t name because I stopped watching a while back but almost anything by Felicity.

    The one that stands out is where ex Superman was building his shitty version of Iron Man/Ant man suit but it wouldnt’ work without a processor. She says oh, I made my own quantum processor, lets use that, or words to that effect.

    I like to keep informed on how CPUs are made so know the fucking absurdity of making any cpu at home in your ‘craft corner’ but that it magically works in his suit, designed and built entirely separately as a plug and play option is even more laughable. That she didn’t even make a normal chip but a quantum cpu in her own home makes it even more ridiculous.

  26. Colmustard15 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy’s skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is a magic xylophone, or something? Ha ha, boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

  27. _nuggetsauce February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    The whale in finding dory that used echolocation outside the water to see a moving truck

  28. Cameirus27 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Ok, its minor i know, but it bugged me…..in valerian the city of a thousand planets the station has travelled the huge distance of 700million miles…which puts it at…..saturn. Seriously…did no one on a sci fi movie think that sounded a bit off?

  29. SouthSouthLondon February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm


    Don’t remember it fully but I recall it involved sticking Head and Shoulders shampoo in a huge alien to defeat the alien threat and to save humanity. Yes. Head and Shoulders

  30. deathofregret February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    honest to god, as a former mortician i CANNOT FIGURE OUT where the FUCK these writers are sourcing their information about morgues/mortuaries/funerals/embalming. it’s like it’s one giant perpetual circlejerk of shitty information passed around in an ouroboros of WRONG forever.

  31. dinosaregaylikeme February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    San Andreas movie show people willingly leaving San Fransico and going to Oakland.

  32. RikerOmega3 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    The ability to enhance photos / zoom in

  33. ACuteMonkeysUncle February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    “It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!”

  34. organicinsanity February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    The sound of an explosion in the vacuum of space gets me everytime

  35. TejasEngineer February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Spaceships flying like airplanes, when they turn they magically change inertia, in reality in space you keep going in one direction unless you use thrust to change direction.

    Also a lot of directors don’t understand orbiting. Sometimes a spaceship will be orbiting and when a person steps out they instantly fall back to the planet. On the opposite spectrum, the ship won’t orbit at all and hover in one place above the planet without thrusters, it’s like the director thinks all space has no gravity.

  36. hallandoatmealcookie February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    I’m a physical therapist, and we always teach people to use a cane or crutch on the opposite side of their injury.

    That being said, I was watching an episode of The Walking Dead, and the guy trying to get away from a shit ton of zombies fell and broke his leg. Somehow in the midst of conveniently placed wreckage on the ground, the injured character was able to fashion a crutch. Now the guy could have gotten away so easily if he would have used the crutch in the opposite arm! But of course, he didn’t, and ended up getting other characters roped in to the situation…and killed.

    On the other hand, the Walking Dead is probably the least likely show I should expect to stick to basic medical knowledge…but c’mon!

  37. timmeydude February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    There is no up and down in space, but when space ships encounter each other they always do horizontally.

  38. GolfXray89 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Shouldn’t lasers travel at the speed of light? Then why do laser blasts (Star Wars) always seem to be moving slower than a bullet?

  39. theycallmemomo February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Armageddon. Seriously, NASA makes all its new hires sit down and point out everything wrong with it. Basically CinemaSins: NASA edition.

  40. Daracaex February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Gravity, when Clooney died by being dragged off into space by what I can only assume was a giant invisible space monster.

  41. gporafk February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Sandra Bullock holding George Cloony in Gravity so he doesnt fall of the space station. He was stationary relative to the space station, if she pulled the rope just even a little bit he would slowly drift towards her.

    In the movie he released the rope and literally fell down lol

  42. ckjm February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Anything relating fires. No Backdraft, that’s not how real backdrafts are. And no Michael Bay, cars don’t explode just because a napkin caught on fire in the back seat.

    Jurassic Park uses ptarmigan calls, a small arctic fowl, as background noises in a tropical jungle. The new Pirates movie plays Sandhill Crane calls for a seabird. I have no life and judge movies based on the bird calls they use. I’m that guy. I’m not a hit at parties.

  43. SAMO1415 February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Maybe not worst but most recent:

    Cloverfield Paradox. The space station has spinning rings to presumably result in a centripetal force which could serve as gravity for the crew.

    But the centers of those rings are offset from the axis of the space station which is also spinning! So it’s like the teacup ride at Disney. Circles within circles all rotating.

    You could argue those rings and rotations are for the Shepard drive or some other nonsense, but I’d bet it’s just art designers not checking for science realism.

    The resultant motion would be sickening to humans even if it’s changing slowly over time.

    Edit:centripetal v centrifugal. Would this be the one time where centrifugal would be the more applicable term since we are in the reference frame of the ring?

  44. javakah February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    There have been several such movies, but the ones that have a premise that you only use 10% of your brain, and someone becomes some sort of superhuman by somehow being able to use 100% of their brain.

    That 10% figure is just *at a time*.

    It’s like saying that you only use 20% of the parts in your car, and so would have a Formula 1 car if you could use 100% of the parts in your car.

    The reality though is that just because you aren’t always using your turn signals, pressing both the gas and break pedals at the same time, while also switching on and off your parking break, turning on your headlights, having your wipers on, spraying cleaning fluid on your windshield, with your seats heating, defrost on, rolling up and down your windows, and moving your seat all at the same time, does not mean that you’d have a Formula 1 car if you could do all of that at the same time.

  45. J2MES February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    this is not science but literally every show except for mr robot portrays hacking like its a magic button hackers have access to.

  46. Vinnyliverpool February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Armageddon when a speech is going on, it cuts to nations all over the world listening to it on the radio simultaneously, and it is sunset EVERYWHERE. In America? Sunset. In Egypt? Senset. China? Same bloody sunset

  47. BadMinotaur February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Not necessarily a science-based movie to begin with, but the scene in The Butterfly Effect where Ashton Kutcher travels back in time to stab his hands to fake stigmata.

    The whole movie his actions have changed history but you mean to say this one time, the prisoner he’s trying to dupe wasn’t affected and remembered the old timeline too? C’mon guys.

  48. llwhaley February 12, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Walter White, a Ph.D. chemist with a top-notch lab at his disposal, couldn’t make the methylamine needed as an ingredient in his meth making. He had to resort to stealing it off a train instead.

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