Code recycling

Sleepy Hollow sure is another of those guilty pleasures of mine. The story is utterly ridiculous and hasn’t deviated a hair from your standard “body of the week” type of supernatural drama, but the adventures of Ichabod Crane and how he learns to adapt to the modern world are equal parts unbelievable and comedy gold. Despite the show’s shortcomings in the story department, there’s rarely a dull moment, I give them that.

However, in episode 7 of the current second season, I could not help but notice something odd. The shot below is supposed to show some kind of “trace” the detective character (Mills) supposedly put on the villain character, Henry, who also happens to be the son of Ichabod Crane – keep your family close and your villains closer, I say.

Image (c) FOX
Image (c) FOX

So, about that “trace”… seems like Detective Mills is a l33t h4x0r and can actually code in … Visual Basic?! Why the code appears in a window called “DB Search” shown inside the police database software is beyond me, and as most of the stuff has been lifted from Microsoft’s own documentation and other, entirely unrelated sources, it doesn’t actually do anything. In the real world, that is, as it manages to find Henry quite well.

Of course, I just had to ask Google about the code, and there’s more to it than meets the eye. Seems Detective Mills is nothing more but a lowly script kiddie, because there’s evidence her “trace” code was taken from somewhere else entirely: Criminal Minds season 3, episode 9.


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