|Ep.16 We are often shown establishment
shots, like a street view of the Mall, or the entry arch at Liberty
to show where the forthcoming scene takes place. Sometimes a sunrise
or moon shot will tell us the time of day or night. This one introduces
a scene at the Mall. Jay and Trudy have gone to bed but Amber is still
in turmoil over the apparent strange behavior of... Jay and Trudy.
She goes to see Trudy in her room and... Oh my! She never expected
to see that!
But back to the establishment shot...
we get a close-up of the moon, followed by a wide shot. The
phase has changed in the blink of an eye! To show this better,
the picture on the right is the wide shot with just the moon
selected, unscaled, so it is 1:1 to the original. It looks
near full moon, but it's hard to tell. Now click on the button
to overlay the zoomed-in shot (top left pic). I've scaled it
down so it's about the same size. See! It's different. The initial
wide shot really is near full moon.
|Amber retreats to her room and when Trudy
begs to come in and explain, Amber lets her stew outside. Then another
establishment shot, not that one is needed...
|This one introduces a scene in Liberty. Ram
waits until Lex is asleep, then goes into his room and tries to smother
him with a pillow.
This looks like the moon is different again! But actually it has simply
rotated. It's just possible that Cloud9 are being very clever. The
Moon does appear to rotate as it circles the celestial pole. I ran
an astronomy program (Redshift) set to New Zealand, and, very roughly
speaking, it looks like Ram crept into Lex's room 2.5 hours after
Jay and Trudy went to bed. I wonder if Cloud9 knew that.
|More problems in Ep.19. It's been
quite a day in Tribeland. There was a total solar eclipse at noon.
Ebony witnessed Zoot's resurrection, followed minutes later by his
death, shot by Mega. Actually it wasn't the real Zoot but look-alike
Darryl. And he's not actually dead. But Ebony doesn't know that. Amber
was seriously hurt in the melee. Ram narrowly escaped a lynch mob
while visiting the City to witness the promised spectacle.
|And now as events continue after dark...
Cloud9 gives us an establishment shot, the full moon, to tell us we're
Goof: Since we only just had a solar eclipse, the full moon
isn't due for 14 days.
|In Ep.20 Zoot's followers tour the
City in a victory parade to celebrate Zoot's resurrection. Java is
in control as usual, and Ebony is her puppet figurehead. Slade has
stayed on in the City, keeping well under cover, to find out the truth
behind it all. He has already found Darry, left for dead by Mega's
men. Today he noticed that Ebony was out of it, as if drugged. He
suspects she's being deceived and decides to call on her secretly...
|After an establishment moon
shot we see Slade calling on Ebony. His visit is cut short and he
leaves her the way he came in - through her window. The scene continues
||Ep.21 Immediately after the scene
with Ebony and Slade there's another shot of the moon, followed by
a brief scene of rampaging Zootists, and our first real insight that
Salene has turned to drink. Do I need to say anything about the moon?