post Another Look At Continuity Errors

February 19th, 2012

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W St.Germain

Back in Nov 2010, we looked at continuity errors in High Chaparral and since I’ve been spotting them in other shows of late, I thought we’d go back to look at a few I didn’t mention. I love finding them! They make me smile because I can’t help thinking of something like a scene from Bewitched where things vanish and reappear or hair suddenly tidies itself in the middle of a fight only to mess itself up again later. You can almost picture old Aunt Clara muddling up her spells – only it’s happening on High Chaparral. I wonder what a confused Chaparral witch might be named and what mishaps she might cause? Horses running backwards, doors opening and shutting themselves or maybe making someone vanish altogether only to reappear later.

Don Sebastian, Victoria and Manolito in A Time
to Laugh, a Time to Cry

Although we have no dotty witches at the Chaparral, strange things do happen from time to time and it’s always amusing when we spot these inconsistencies. One I love to see is what I call The Flintstones Run Around. Remember that stone aged family? Whenever one of the characters ran, the scene would be filmed in a barrel that spun round and round so Fred (or whoever) passed the same potted plant or row of houses twenty times before he got to wherever he was going. Most of the old cartoons did that.

In the otherwise serious, A Time to Laugh, a Time to Cry episode, Mano has a brief Flintstone moment when he rushes through the same set of doors twice to reach Don Sebastian’s study. At least he didn’t do it twenty times, like poor old Fred does. I expect that they ended filming with that scene and picked up at the same spot the next day, forgetting that he’d already shot through the doors once.

Video clips from To Stand for Something more are available on YouTube

Though I’ve never seen a horse run backwards at any time, we do get a giggle wondering about the strange things that happen to horses. In To Stand for Something More for some reason, Pedro heads out in one direction riding Blue’s palomino Soapy, while Blue heads off in another direction riding Pedro’s horse. Yet when Blue returns to the Chaparral, he’s back on Soapy. I think maybe the mistake was made when they didn’t take their own horses in the first place.

This isn’t the only incidence where horses change color so keep your eyes open next time you watch. We see another example of it in Only the Bad Come to Sonora when one of our three bandits rides a black horse for most of the episode. When they leave town to head for the desert, the horse has turned brown. But not to worry, he turns black again once they arrive in the desert.

Maybe that particular horse carried the same heat sensitive Himalayan gene which causes the Siamese cats (and mice and rabbits) to be darker at cooler areas such as ear tips, and light at warmer areas. Yes I know, horses don’t get the gene doing that to them but wouldn’t it be fun if they could change color according to their body temperatures? Some of you might remember the horse of a different color in The Wizard of Oz. I can’t picture that rainbow specimen in the Old West, can you? If it was possible, Victoria’s horse would definitely be rose or lavender colored and of course Blue’s could only be blue!

In that same episode we also see the three bandits turn into five for one scene but all is soon well again. The two mystery men disappear as quickly as they appeared. I like to think they were time travelers who ran into HC’s plane of existence for a moment then caught the slipstream back out of it. A similar moment of déjà vu also occurs in The Promised Land when the villagers who are going about their business in the opening scenes are in exactly the same positions at the end of the show. Like our old friends the recurring lightning bolt and hissing rattlesnake, we have another case of recycled footage there. But then, wouldn’t that make High Chaparral ahead of its time? After all, aren’t we all told to recycle!

Did You Know?
In the episode, The Buffalo Soldiers, the men who played the soldiers were a group of individuals who re-enacted 19th Century Cavalry maneuvers as a way to preserve history. Some of them were also descendants of real the Buffalo Soldiers who were depicted in that episode of The High Chaparral.

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