We look the other way when a prop ends up in the wrong hand from one shot to another, or when a set faintly wobbles. Indeed, some websites are devoted to meticulously detailing all kinds of production errors, and even the popular Doctor Who site, Gallifrey Base, has a regularly scheduled thread for discussing “gaffes” with each new episode.
It is, in a sense, both admiring and insulting of a production team. Perfection is expected, yet it’s impossible to deliver – and who in their right mind is more concerned with the technical minutae of a television show versus, say, the plot or character development?
LOST was a show that was well aware of such proclivities. In the Season One DVD release, a featurette included a discussion of this very phenomenon. Perhaps this is what spawned one of the most outlandish theories regarding the show – that the production team made certain mistakes on purpose.
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
Step out of line, the man come and take you away
— Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth"
"Just because you're paranoid
Don't mean they're not after you"
— Nirvana, "Territorial Pissings"
D-D-D-Danger! Watch behind you,
There's a stranger out to find you!
— DuckTales opening theme
I don't know anymore
Are the neighbors watching me?
Well, is the mailman watching me?!
And I don't feel safe anymore,
Oh, what a mess
I wonder who's watching me now
Who, the IRS?!
—Rockwell, Somebody's Watching Me
"Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there"
— Iron Maiden, "Fear of the Dark"
"The Court of Owls watches,
watches all the time.
Ruling Gotham from shadowed perch,
behind granite and lime.
They watch you at your hearth.
they watch you in your bed,
speak not a whispered word of them,
or they'll send The Talon for your head."
"I can't go out no more.
There's a man by the door
in a raincoat
smoking a cigarette.
—Stephen King, Paranoid: A Chant
Everywhere. They're coming.
Can't sleep. Ever.
They'll eat me.
"Someone is thinking of you right now."
—Lisa Morristown, NJ, on a Dove chocolate
"Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast, faster than you could believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink. Good luck."
"From now on, you must take good care of your toys. Because if you don't, we'll find out, Sid. We toys (cue Exorcist Head) can see evvvvrryyythingggg... So play nice''.
"There's a word for people who think everyone's out to get them."
Chris Magruder and C. W. Briggs, Curse of the Jade Scorpion
"Well, you say that you're paranoid, but I have a report here that says you looked "very relaxed" in the bath this morning."
— Frankie Boyle on Mock the Week, "Bad Things to Hear at the Psychiatrists'"
"Before Lethal Weapon 2 I didn't think there could be a bomb in my toilet, but now I check every time."
— Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
"I stayed up all night watching M, and now I'm paranoid."
— Two Days in Paris
Did you know there’s a Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home? It’s true! She’s there now. She’s always there, just out of your sight. Always just out of your sight.
Because you cannot see her, you were probably completely unaware that this woman likes to sift through photos of you and your loved ones. She softly touches each face, as if wishing it were her own. Or perhaps claiming it as her own. Or perhaps simply cursing that person. It’s hard to say. You’ve never seen her doing this.
The Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home does lots of things.
— Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale