History Anvilicious / LiveActionTV

8th Mar '17 9:03:32 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** The first season even has an episode ("Infection") where the captain defeats an alien super soldier made by an ancient race of Space Nazis by lecturing it while it's shooting at him until it realizes that yes, clearly Space Nazism is a flawed ideology. The episode is widely regarded as the worst episode of the show, period. It was the 4th episode shown, but the first one written and the first one shot. Even the JMS felt that it was too anvilicious, and said that if they'd had enough scripts to be able to do so, he probably wouldn't have shot it at all. [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/004.html#JS Clicky]]

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** The first season even has an episode ("Infection") ("[[{{Recap/BabylonFiveS01E04Infection}} Infection]]") where the captain defeats an alien super soldier made by an ancient race of Space Nazis by lecturing it while it's shooting at him until it realizes that yes, clearly Space Nazism is a flawed ideology. The episode is widely regarded as the worst episode of the show, period. It was the 4th episode shown, but the first one written and the first one shot. Even the JMS felt that it was too anvilicious, and said that if they'd had enough scripts to be able to do so, he probably wouldn't have shot it at all. [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/guide/004.html#JS Clicky]]



** The original series was unique for its era in that it was likely the only show [[EverybodySmokes in which no one smoked]]. Creator/GeneRoddenberry had originally cast Majel Barrett as the second in command of the Enterprise, a feminist first for the time, but was put under pressure by his producers to put cigarettes into the show. He refused, so they gave him the ultimatum, cigarettes or Majel. Majel did finally make it in in a more traditional role as Nurse Chapel.
** Another tale mentioned in several sources (including [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner's]] autobiography Star Trek Memories) has it that the network's ultimatum was the alien Spock or the woman officer. Roddenberry went with Spock.
** "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", concerning a race where people who were black-skinned on the left side of their face and white-skinned on the right, were persecuted by the people who were white on the left and black on the right. Anviltastic!
** Another Original Trek episode: "The Omega Glory", described rather accurately by [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17317_p2.html cracked.com]] as "It's common for aliens in the Trek universe to be metaphors created to address contemporary political or cultural issues, but in the case of the Kohms and Yangs subtlety was set on fire, strapped to a dump truck full of dynamite and rolled off a cliff."
** At the height of the VietnamWar, the episode "A Taste of Armageddon" was set in a planet whose two nations were involved in a decades-long, computer-simulated war: citizens of both nations, when "killed" in a simulated attack, obediently marched into disintegration booths. Body counts are bad, mmmkay?
** Another Vietnam-oriented episode was "A Private Little War", which has two native cultures fighting against each other. It would be a "Prime Directive" issue, except the Klingons are supplying one of the tribes with weapons...just like China with North Vietnam. It gets to the point that Kirk and [=McCoy=] even ''discuss'' TheVietnamWar (with all the names conveniently left out), and note that the best solution would've been to supply the South with weapons and advisors (basically, Kennedy's approach--and what would later become known as the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan "Reagan Doctrine"]], instead of fighting the war for them.
** The episode called "The Cloud Minders", in which a culture is divided into a working class and an upper class. The working class living on the surface, working in the mines, and believed to be stupid and therefore inferior, while the upper class live in a floating city in the sky, living like aristocrats and considering themselves superior in every way. When the Enterprise enters the action, the working class is in a state of revolution, and it's discovered the ore they're forced to mine makes them stupid, but otherwise they have the same potential, and thus should be afforded the same privileges, as the upper class, with Kirk championing their cause when he discovers it. The anvil in this episode - an allusion to wealth inequality and Marxist class theory - might even be more applicable in the 21st century than in the 1960s.

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** The original series was unique for its era in that it was likely the only show [[EverybodySmokes in which no one smoked]]. Creator/GeneRoddenberry had originally cast Majel Barrett Creator/MajelBarrett as the second in command of the Enterprise, a feminist first for the time, but was put under pressure by his producers to put cigarettes into the show. He refused, so they gave him the ultimatum, cigarettes or Majel. Majel did finally make it in in a more traditional role as Nurse Chapel.
** Another tale mentioned in several sources (including [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatner's]] autobiography Star ''Star Trek Memories) Memories'') has it that the network's ultimatum was the alien Spock or the woman officer. Roddenberry went with Spock.
** "Let "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield}} Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", Battlefield]]", concerning a race where people who were black-skinned on the left side of their face and white-skinned on the right, were persecuted by the people who were white on the left and black on the right. Anviltastic!
** Another Original Trek episode: "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E23TheOmegaGlory}} The Omega Glory", Glory]]", described rather accurately by [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17317_p2.html cracked.com]] as "It's common for aliens in the Trek universe to be metaphors created to address contemporary political or cultural issues, but in the case of the Kohms and Yangs subtlety was set on fire, strapped to a dump truck full of dynamite and rolled off a cliff."
** At the height of the VietnamWar, the episode "A UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E23ATasteOfArmageddon}} A Taste of Armageddon" Armageddon]]" was set in a planet whose two nations were involved in a decades-long, computer-simulated war: citizens of both nations, when "killed" in a simulated attack, obediently marched into disintegration booths. Body counts are bad, mmmkay?
** Another Vietnam-oriented episode was "A "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E19APrivateLittleWar}} A Private Little War", War]]", which has two native cultures fighting against each other. It would be a "Prime Directive" issue, except the Klingons are supplying one of the tribes with weapons...just like China with North Vietnam. It gets to the point that Kirk and [=McCoy=] even ''discuss'' TheVietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar (with all the names conveniently left out), and note that the best solution would've been to supply the South with weapons and advisors (basically, Kennedy's approach--and what would later become known as the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan "Reagan Doctrine"]], instead of fighting the war for them.
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E21TheCloudMinders}} The episode called "The Cloud Minders", Minders]]", in which a culture is divided into a working class and an upper class. The working class living on the surface, working in the mines, and believed to be stupid and therefore inferior, while the upper class live in a floating city in the sky, living like aristocrats and considering themselves superior in every way. When the Enterprise enters the action, the working class is in a state of revolution, and it's discovered the ore they're forced to mine makes them stupid, but otherwise they have the same potential, and thus should be afforded the same privileges, as the upper class, with Kirk championing their cause when he discovers it. The anvil in this episode - an allusion to wealth inequality and Marxist class theory - might even be more applicable in the 21st century than in the 1960s.



** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Symbiosis", where Species A is saving Species B from a deadly virus that hasn't existed in centuries by selling them [[RecycledInSpace space crack]], and we learn that doing drugs is bad. It even includes a bonus speech to Wesley about just why drugs are bad. The speech is hilariously taken out of context on YTMND, where it appears [[http://stardrugs.ytmnd.com/ Tasha appreciates drugs]].
** Another TNG episode: In the fourth season "Drumhead", we get an entire episode focused on an overzealous starfleet admiral going on a witch hunt in the Enterprise to find an accomplice of a spy working for the Romulans, accusing an innocent crewman who has the misfortune of being the grandson of a Romulan, and even accusing Picard. A blatant Aesop against those same witchhunts. Even once the evidence proved that the explosion setting off the investigation was an accident, the admiral all but admitted that she didn't care about the truth, only about bringing down Picard for no apparent reason. (Leading to an anvilicious but awesome speech by Picard [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped on the subject of the state placing limitations on a person's liberty]] and how a stand must be taken to prevent the state from going too far. Bonus points was that Picard was quoting the admiral's ''father''.)
** TNG Episode "Force of Nature" about warp drive being dangerous to the fabric of the Universe. Comparing the ozone hole to the destruction of the universe. Real subtle, guys.
** Yet another TNG episode, "The Outcast", had a member of an androgynous species fall for Riker. Turns out she identifies herself as female, which on her planet is considered a psychological disorder. Naturally she's found out and gives a [[AuthorFilibuster long, cliched speech]] about how she shouldn't be considered a "deviant", and how you can't dictate "how people love each other".
** Noting that all the androgynous aliens were portrayed by women [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17317_star-treks-6-most-ridiculous-alien-races_p2.html Cracked.com]] notes: "The episode's message ends up completely garbled. Intended as a condemnation of homophobia, the episode instead comes off as the story of one woman's brave quest for cock in the face of lesbian tyranny." Even Jonathan Frakes commented that it would have been more convincing if his love interest had been played by a man.

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** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Symbiosis", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E21Symbiosis}} Symbiosis]]", where Species A is saving Species B from a deadly virus that hasn't existed in centuries by selling them [[RecycledInSpace space crack]], and we learn that doing drugs is bad. It even includes a bonus speech to Wesley about just why drugs are bad. The speech is hilariously taken out of context on YTMND, where it appears [[http://stardrugs.ytmnd.com/ Tasha appreciates drugs]].
** Another TNG episode: In the fourth season "Drumhead", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E21TheDrumhead}} The Drumhead]]", we get an entire episode focused on an overzealous starfleet admiral going on a witch hunt in the Enterprise to find an accomplice of a spy working for the Romulans, accusing an innocent crewman who has the misfortune of being the grandson of a Romulan, and even accusing Picard. A blatant Aesop against those same witchhunts. Even once the evidence proved that the explosion setting off the investigation was an accident, the admiral all but admitted that she didn't care about the truth, only about bringing down Picard for no apparent reason. (Leading to an anvilicious but awesome speech by Picard [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped on the subject of the state placing limitations on a person's liberty]] and how a stand must be taken to prevent the state from going too far. Bonus points was that Picard was quoting the admiral's ''father''.)
** TNG Episode "Force "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E8ForceOfNature}} Force of Nature" Nature]]" about warp drive being dangerous to the fabric of the Universe. Comparing the ozone hole to the destruction of the universe. Real subtle, guys.
** Yet another TNG episode, "The Outcast", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E17TheOutcast}} The Outcast]]", had a member of an androgynous species fall for Riker. Turns out she identifies herself as female, which on her planet is considered a psychological disorder. Naturally she's found out and gives a [[AuthorFilibuster long, cliched speech]] about how she shouldn't be considered a "deviant", and how you can't dictate "how people love each other".
** Noting that all the androgynous aliens were portrayed by women [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17317_star-treks-6-most-ridiculous-alien-races_p2.html Cracked.com]] notes: "The episode's message ends up completely garbled. Intended as a condemnation of homophobia, the episode instead comes off as the story of one woman's brave quest for cock in the face of lesbian tyranny." Even Jonathan Frakes Creator/JonathanFrakes commented that it would have been more convincing if his love interest had been played by a man.



** "In the Hands of the Prophets" is an anvilicious reference to the nonsense of religious dogma and the detrimental effects of having it influence politics. While lip service is played to tolerance, Winn quickly went JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope to the point of terrorism.

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** "In the "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS01E20InTheHandsOfTheProphets}} In The Hands of the Prophets" Of The Prophets]]" is an anvilicious reference to the nonsense of religious dogma and the detrimental effects of having it influence politics. While lip service is played to tolerance, Winn quickly went JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope to the point of terrorism.



** The episode "Melora" was blatantly Anvilicious, repeatedly hammering home the point that being in a wheelchair doesn't make you any less of a person. You'd think seeing all those alien races would make such a disability seem positively ordinary.
** "Far Beyond The Stars". It seems that America was pretty racist in the 1950s. Sisko has a vision of himself as someone else in the past, and each of the main characters has a counterpart in his vision. All of the black characters either comment on or demonstrate the oppression against them, and it comes complete with a LargeHam (Benny himself) and NWordPrivileges!

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** The episode "Melora" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS02E06Melora}} Melora]]" was blatantly Anvilicious, repeatedly hammering home the point that being in a wheelchair doesn't make you any less of a person. You'd think seeing all those alien races would make such a disability seem positively ordinary.
** "Far "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E13FarBeyondTheStars}} Far Beyond The Stars".the Stars]]". It seems that America was pretty racist in the 1950s. Sisko has a vision of himself as someone else in the past, and each of the main characters has a counterpart in his vision. All of the black characters either comment on or demonstrate the oppression against them, and it comes complete with a LargeHam (Benny himself) and NWordPrivileges!
6th Mar '17 1:51:39 PM catmuto
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* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' already had the very anvilicious message of protecting nature, pollution is bad and similar to begin with. Then a little kid [[spoiler:who turns out to be Animus reborn]] starts to get a lot of the spotlight, constantly talking about how "Pollution is bad; the humans are terrible for ''causing'' it and nature is better". He's a literal anvil, given human form. [[spoiler:Animus doesn't fare much better with those messages.]]
11th Feb '17 7:37:27 AM Morgenthaler
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** A particularly notorious example had the characters in ''SVU'' suddenly start [[TakeThat verbally trashing]]--by name--RushLimbaugh, GlennBeck, and [[TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]] as [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "a cancer spreading ignorance and hate"]]. Needless to say, O'Reilly in particular was not amused.

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** A particularly notorious example had the characters in ''SVU'' suddenly start [[TakeThat verbally trashing]]--by name--RushLimbaugh, GlennBeck, name--Radio/RushLimbaugh, Radio/GlennBeck, and [[TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]] Creator/BillOReilly as [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "a cancer spreading ignorance and hate"]]. Needless to say, O'Reilly in particular was not amused.
9th Feb '17 5:45:27 PM komodosp
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** "Far Beyond The Stars". It seems that America was pretty racist in the 1950s. Sisko has a vision of himself as someone else in the past, and each of the main characters has a counterpart in his vision. All of the black characters either comment on or demonstrate the oppression against them, and it comes complete with a LargeHam (Benny himself) and NWordPrivileges!
1st Dec '16 2:11:14 AM Kombucha
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* Early on in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'''s fourth season, the dialogue is filled with unsubtle commentary on how it feels like something is missing and there's a void in the world. As if we're going to forget that one of the main characters got [[RetGone erased from existence]] without the other characters talking about it unconconsciously.

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* Early on in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'''s fourth season, the dialogue is filled with unsubtle commentary on how it feels like something is missing and there's a void in the world. As if we're going to forget that one of the main characters got [[RetGone erased from existence]] without the other characters talking about it unconconsciously.it.
30th Nov '16 8:19:51 AM Kombucha
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** "Pangs", where Willow rants about how evil Thanksgiving is and how every person is responsible for the wrongs committed against Native Americans. This is taken to the point where she doesn't want the team to stop a murderous Native American ghost. Finally the evil, soulless vampire Spike tells her to quit bitching, since what happened to the "bloody Indians" was no different than what happened to every other conquered nation throughout human history.
17th Nov '16 12:13:17 PM LemonsAreLikeCandy13
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'''Xander''': Good. Just so that's clear.

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'''Giles''': You know it was beer!\\
* The drugs/magic episode, "Wrecked", is probably the most blatant metaphor in the whole show.

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The drugs/magic episode, "Wrecked", is probably the most blatant metaphor in the whole show.
24th Oct '16 9:35:43 PM nombretomado
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** The original series was unique for its era in that it was likely the only show [[EverybodySmokes in which no one smoked]]. GeneRoddenberry had originally cast Majel Barrett as the second in command of the Enterprise, a feminist first for the time, but was put under pressure by his producers to put cigarettes into the show. He refused, so they gave him the ultimatum, cigarettes or Majel. Majel did finally make it in in a more traditional role as Nurse Chapel.

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** The original series was unique for its era in that it was likely the only show [[EverybodySmokes in which no one smoked]]. GeneRoddenberry Creator/GeneRoddenberry had originally cast Majel Barrett as the second in command of the Enterprise, a feminist first for the time, but was put under pressure by his producers to put cigarettes into the show. He refused, so they gave him the ultimatum, cigarettes or Majel. Majel did finally make it in in a more traditional role as Nurse Chapel.
16th Jul '16 9:33:10 PM nmn3r3
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*** Part of the reason for the angry reaction to the pro-life aesop is that the episode is not exactly subtle when it continually refers to the creature as a 'baby'. The episode then tries to pass itself off as pro-choice by giving all the female characters the choice to kill the creature while the (all-knowing) male character takes off with a casual "It's not ''my'' planet." Clara makes the choice not to kill, and [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter everything turns out okay]], with all the natural disasters and deaths caused by the creature being forgotten about.

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*** Part of the reason for the angry reaction to the pro-life aesop is that the episode is not exactly subtle when it continually refers to the creature as a 'baby'. The episode then tries to pass itself off as pro-choice by giving all the female characters the choice to kill the creature while the (all-knowing) male character takes off with a casual "It's not ''my'' planet.moon [[labelnote:read]]womb[[/labelnote]]." Clara makes the choice not to kill, and [[BabiesMakeEverythingBetter everything turns out okay]], with all the natural disasters and deaths caused by the creature being forgotten about.
13th Jul '16 6:03:41 PM Adept
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* The New Zealand TV soap ''ShortlandStreet'' does this ''all the time''. The 1998 episode in which Jenny Harrison appeared on a television show to rant about the poor state of the New Zealand health service is probably the most anvilicious scene of Shortland Street in its 16-year history.

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* The New Zealand TV soap ''ShortlandStreet'' ''Series/ShortlandStreet'' does this ''all the time''. The 1998 episode in which Jenny Harrison appeared on a television show to rant about the poor state of the New Zealand health service is probably the most anvilicious scene of Shortland Street in its 16-year history.
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