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Working Title: The Mountains Of Illinois: From YKTTW

Prfnoff: Removed, as Scranton lies in one of the mountainous parts of Pennsylvania:
  • The U.S. version of The Office sometimes bumps into this trope, since it takes place in Scranton PA but is filmed mostly in California. PA is not completely mountainless, but it generally looks a lot more rural than California and certainly has much fewer palm trees. There has been at least one instance where this was subverted via special effects: the proposal scene in the season 5 premiere was filmed on a California set designed to look like a highway gas station between New York and PA, and mountains were edited out of the footage in post-production.

GastonRabbit: I am a native of southeastern Illinois and I love this trope's title. My out-of-state trips (aside from the common trip to western Indiana) make me realize how flat Illinois is.

Licky Lindsay: I've lived in Kansas, and I can tell you the reputation for flatness of that state is somewhat Flanderized. No real mountains, but large sections are made up of gently rolling hills that recede off into the distance (the University of Kansas is in an especially hilly area). Not the "flat as a tabletop all the way to the horizon" that is commonly imagined.

What about that cliff that Kirk nearly drives off of in the latest StarTrek film — in Iowa? Or does Iowa have rivers that cut deep enough for that to be plausible?
  • Red Wren: Hm. Would the time gap allow for, for example, earthquakes? Or erosion? I'm seriously asking, I'm shaky on how quickly environments can change and this seems like an important question for general use.

Loser Takes All: Removing because, as the first and second comments point out, it's a quarry, not a natural geographic feature (or a reference to an alien attack, unless it was so subtle the screenwriters didn't realize they were making it). The fact that I'm posting this right under two people talking about the same matter is just a coincidence:

  • The latest Star Trek film features a car driving over the edge of one of the famous canyons of...Iowa.
    • Pretty sure that was supposed to have been a quarry.
      • The sign on the fence that Kirk drives through reads "DANGER: ROCK QUARRY."
    • Or possibly a result of World War III.
      • Actually a subtle (like a brick) reference to the zindi (xendi?) war/encounter in start trek: enterprise.