I have noticed that the recap sequence ("Previously...") is sometimes different in subtle ways. The actors use slightly different words. It's almost the same material overall.

It's like the recap sequence is being patched together from takes that weren't used.

From what I recall, I have primarily seen this in Star Trek.

Why does this happen?

  • "often"? Please do not use qualifications like that unless you have the numbers to back them up.
    – BCdotWEB
    Aug 5 at 13:34
  • @BCdotWEB you are correct. I have edited the question.
    – boot4life
    Aug 5 at 14:21
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    Speculation - because the recap is not cut by the same people who edited the show. They were handed a bunch of relevant footage, without the final show yet being complete. I've seen recaps that were in stereo, then jumped to 5.1 as the show proper starts. I would guess these were cut by the network, not the show itself.
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 5 at 14:46
  • Can you give a concrete example here from where you recorded an episode and the recap and compared them directly? Without one, it's entirely possible that you are just misremembering the original content.
    – ruffdove
    Aug 6 at 5:07
  • @ruffdove Unfortunately, I don't have anything handy and it's like finding a needle in a haystack. I will post here if I find something again.
    – boot4life
    Aug 6 at 11:32


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