Ah! The 1960s as they never were! Smoke-free and anachronistic too. Let’s see what they got right and wrong.
Wrong. This is so not 1963:
Wrong. 1963 did not have roll-down gates like that!
Probably right. That JuJuBes box looks authentic. I’ll trust Research on this one.
I really doubt it. I don’t think they recreated a 1963 subway map for this scene:
Totally wrong. This is the second time they’ve shown the subway and is this not a circa-1963 subway car. In fact, they made it even worse by adding door chimes! How could they put in door chimes?!
Doubtful. The subway ads don’t convince me. And they missed their chance for authenticity by not having a Miss Subways poster!
Probably right. A Polaroid Land camera. Although the back of the picture that came out of it looked wrong.
I don’t know. Did they make that up or did Research get it right and Clearance was able to put it in?
Doubtful. That token booth looks wrong but the crappy light bulbs are absolutely correct. God was lighting terrible in the subways in the 1960s!
Doubtful. The routes on that subway map are too linear for 1963. The map routes were all squiggly and weren’t made into straight lines until the 1970s (and were then abandoned for being misleading).
Correct. The curvy Pepsi bottles! In those days, you needed a bottle opener to remove the cap (which had damn sharp edges and could cut you). Are bottle openers even still made today?
We were treated to two smash-cut transitions in this episode!
I think the first time I encountered those — that I can remember — was watching The Avengers (that’s the one with Steed and Mrs. Peel, not the group from Marvel Comics), which came a few years later. I don’t think the British invented that technique, however. Any film historians out there who can say? Anyway, a very nice touch!
And one absolutely inexcusable dialogue anachronism, the pawnbroker using the phrase, “Not so much.” Really, how could a script editor have let that through?
Despite my nit-picking, I still like the show and will continue to watch.