Netflix hit "Wednesday": If you stop at 29 minutes and 19 seconds in episode 5, you can see that the makers have messed up a lot

  • Published: 2023/05/03 19:00

    Author: Christoph Petersen


The first season of "Wednesday" with Jenna Ortega has turned out to be an absolute mega hit for Netflix. However, the creators also made a faux pas, which you can see immediately if you only pay attention to it at the right second... With more than 1.2 billion (!) watched hours alone in the first 30 days after its release in November 2022, "Wednesday" is the second most successful English-language series series in the history of Netflix - only just surpassed by the fourth season "Stranger". Things", which also had an unfair advantage, however, because the season was released in two blocks and so a much longer period than "Wednesday" was included in the calculation. With such a mega-success behind them, the makers of the series can, with all the annoyance that you somehow feel with every mistake made, in the end probably be very relaxed about the fact that not everything in all eight episodes of the first season is 100 percent went perfectly. A particularly noticeable faux pas was made by those responsible in Episode 5, for example. The error may not be immediately apparent when you look through it normally - but if you press pause at two very specific points, it can hardly be overlooked... The fifth season is about a moment from the time when Wednesday's parents Gomez (Luis Guzmán) and Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) attended Nevermore Academy. Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) comes across an old police file that her father was accused of murdering Normie Garret Gates (Lewis Hayes). Twice during the course of the episode, we see Garret falling from scaffolding after being pierced by a sword. At minute 29 and 19 seconds it looks like this: Only four minutes later (at 33.16) it suddenly looks like this: Suddenly the corpse of the person who had fallen moved as if by magic... (both scenes show the dead person directly after the fall, so it cannot be that he crawled there seriously injured for a long time) However, there is an - actually - quite ingenious explanation for the different positions: Both scenes are flashbacks - once from Gomez's perspective and once from Morticia's perspective, whereby the spouses are direct in their statements about the course of the crime contradict. As in Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece "Rashomon - Das Lustwaldchen", in which various witnesses recapitulate the same crime from different perspectives with (slightly) shifted details, episode 5 of "Wednesday" could also be about the subjectivity of memories. So it would fit perfectly into the concept if the corpse in Gomez' and Morticia's memories hit the schoolyard floor at a slightly offset angle! But there is still a problem with this exonerating theory: Garret is also seen falling in the second flashback – exactly the same way that after the serve he should actually be in the same position as in the first. Here, too, the fall simply does not match the positioning of the corpse a few seconds later, which clearly indicates that the makers themselves almost certainly did not have this ingenious reading of the film error on their screens at all...