I'm sure that with a period show like this shot in modern-day NYC we're going to have plenty of classic car nuts, fashion historians and NYC geography experts closely examining the screen to pick out flaws, but there are other nits one can pick besides anachronisms and geography gaffes. The one I have concerns the scene where Sam sees the Twin Towers again for the first time. It's a beautiful, heart wrenching moment, possibly the highlight of the episode, so I almost hate to mention this, but if you think about that whole scene, there's really no way that moment could be the very first time Sam is seeing the towers, as when he first wakes up in 1973 the very first thing he does is stand up and make what looks (as best we can tell from the unfortunately choppy editing & fade cuts) a full 360 degree scan of the entire skyline around him. I know that in many parts of NYC even the World Trade Center can be completely blocked by a closer building or even tree that's in the way, and moving a few steps to the side could bring it back into view, but from that final shot we see Sam's location is so close to the towers and they so dominate the skyline that this doesn't seem to be even a remote possibility (which probably leads to some NYC geography nits about exactly where in Manhattan Sam's location could possibly be, but I'll leave that one to others.
The best fanwank I could come up with to explain this is that as a life-long New Yorker (as evidenced by him rediscovering this favorite childhood record shop) Sam has for the vast majority of his life lived with the sight of the Twin Towers standing there, they're just a natural ingrained part of his mental NYC landscape even now. And when he first wakes up he's clearly disoriented, so in that confused, foggy mental state when he first looks around him, even though his eyes must have inevitably passed over the Towers, his brain doesn't quite register their presence as being "wrong", he's still so used to seeing them there for most of his life.
Edited by TWoP Roxy, Oct 10, 2008 @ 5:24 PM.