History CerebusSyndrome / LiveActionTV

27th Dec '16 4:03:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' was fairly consistent in its [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]]-but-occasionally-light-hearted tone. ''AshesToAshes'', on the other hand, started out similar to its predecessor, but [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]] with its Season One finale (which revealed that [[spoiler: Alex's father had pulled a TakingYouWithMe, killed her mother, and the only reason young Alex survived was chance, not to mention the man who took her hand afterwards was Gene Hunt]]). And did it again with its season 2 finale (involving [[spoiler: a fellow "time-traveler" killing his own younger self and setting Alex up to take the fall, Gene accidentally shooting Alex, and Alex waking up in 2008 only to start seeing Gene on her television]]). Season 3 upped the ante [[FauxSymbolism into pseudo-religious]] [[AnyoneCanDie levels]], capping it off with revealing [[spoiler: EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory and [[{{Satan}} the Devil]]'s been hanging around this whole time]].

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* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' was fairly consistent in its [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]]-but-occasionally-light-hearted tone. ''AshesToAshes'', ''Series/AshesToAshes'', on the other hand, started out similar to its predecessor, but [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]] with its Season One finale (which revealed that [[spoiler: Alex's father had pulled a TakingYouWithMe, killed her mother, and the only reason young Alex survived was chance, not to mention the man who took her hand afterwards was Gene Hunt]]). And did it again with its season 2 finale (involving [[spoiler: a fellow "time-traveler" killing his own younger self and setting Alex up to take the fall, Gene accidentally shooting Alex, and Alex waking up in 2008 only to start seeing Gene on her television]]). Season 3 upped the ante [[FauxSymbolism into pseudo-religious]] [[AnyoneCanDie levels]], capping it off with revealing [[spoiler: EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory and [[{{Satan}} the Devil]]'s been hanging around this whole time]].
19th Dec '16 4:36:44 AM NitaBeeta
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** Then Back with revenge in the series finale, [[spoiler: After one season spent with the marriage of Barney and Robin, we learns that they divorced three years later which cause Robin to distance with the gang. Ten yars after Ted met his wife, she dies from an illness. It turns out the entire story was Ted explaining to his children that he can move on and go back with Robin.]]

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** Then Back back with revenge a vengeance in the series finale, [[spoiler: After one season spent with the marriage of Barney and Robin, we learns that they divorced three years later which cause Robin to distance with the gang. Ten yars after Ted met his wife, she dies from an illness. It turns out the entire story was Ted explaining to his children that he can move on and go back with Robin.]]
27th Nov '16 2:02:28 PM MrFebreze
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' began as an avant-garde space series with a lot of comedy and some rather astute drama subplots.Crichton was surrounded by aliens who were superior to him in every way, except for his stubborn, hopeful nature in the face of disaster. Season 3 is seriously dark. "Different Destinations" (Crichton fails to save a nunnery from gruesome deaths) and "Eat Me" (the crew is cloned and murdered by cannibals) are a tough combo back-to-back, even today. In Season Four, the aliens act as a voice to reason to Crichton, who becomes increasingly (if passively) ruthless. He essentially facilitates murder in "Prayer" and he lets the villain justify it to him by suggesting those people were close to death anyhow. If darkness is not your friend then never watch that season.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' began as an avant-garde space series with a lot of comedy and some rather astute drama subplots.Crichton was surrounded by aliens who were superior to him in every way, except for his stubborn, hopeful nature in the face of disaster. Season 3 is seriously dark. "Different Destinations" (Crichton fails to save a nunnery from gruesome deaths) and "Eat Me" (the crew is cloned and murdered by cannibals) are a tough combo back-to-back, even today. In Season Four, the aliens act behave as a voice to of reason to Crichton, who becomes increasingly (if passively) ruthless. He essentially facilitates murder in "Prayer" and he lets the villain justify it to him by suggesting those people were close to death anyhow. If darkness is not your friend then never watch that season.
27th Nov '16 2:01:52 PM MrFebreze
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' started off as a FishOutOfWater human-stuck-in-space series with a lot of comedy and some rather astute drama subplots. And then [[DarkerAndEdgier it got darker]], and [[FromBadToWorse darker]], and those dramatic subplots became featured with MindScrew... and finally by the PeaceKeeper Wars you have... er... well... [[http://www.d2o2.com/pics/galaxy/index.html this. See entry number 3]]. However the entire slide from: comedy -> drama emphasis was [[ConspiracyTheorist too well written to be a accident]], and the show kept GrowingTheBeard.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' started off began as a FishOutOfWater human-stuck-in-space an avant-garde space series with a lot of comedy and some rather astute drama subplots. And then [[DarkerAndEdgier it got darker]], subplots.Crichton was surrounded by aliens who were superior to him in every way, except for his stubborn, hopeful nature in the face of disaster. Season 3 is seriously dark. "Different Destinations" (Crichton fails to save a nunnery from gruesome deaths) and [[FromBadToWorse darker]], "Eat Me" (the crew is cloned and murdered by cannibals) are a tough combo back-to-back, even today. In Season Four, the aliens act as a voice to reason to Crichton, who becomes increasingly (if passively) ruthless. He essentially facilitates murder in "Prayer" and he lets the villain justify it to him by suggesting those dramatic subplots became featured with MindScrew... and finally by the PeaceKeeper Wars you have... er... well... [[http://www.d2o2.com/pics/galaxy/index.html this. See entry number 3]]. However the entire slide from: comedy -> drama emphasis was [[ConspiracyTheorist too well written people were close to be a accident]], and the show kept GrowingTheBeard.death anyhow. If darkness is not your friend then never watch that season.
24th Oct '16 9:27:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' remained darkly humorous to the end, but it manages to use this trope by making Walter White less and less sympathetic in each season. As Walt becomes corrupted by the drug trade, the tone of the show becomes even darker and more tragic than it was in seasons past, feeling more like a modern Shakespearean tragedy by the conclusion. It has become so well known for this trope that TheOnion [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/breaking-bad-creator-thinking-maybe-next-season-sh,29445/ even ran a parody article announcing that the show would take "a dark turn" in its forthcoming season (in contrast to the "lighthearted" tone of the show up til now)]].

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' remained darkly humorous to the end, but it manages to use this trope by making Walter White less and less sympathetic in each season. As Walt becomes corrupted by the drug trade, the tone of the show becomes even darker and more tragic than it was in seasons past, feeling more like a modern Shakespearean tragedy by the conclusion. It has become so well known for this trope that TheOnion Website/TheOnion [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/breaking-bad-creator-thinking-maybe-next-season-sh,29445/ even ran a parody article announcing that the show would take "a dark turn" in its forthcoming season (in contrast to the "lighthearted" tone of the show up til now)]].
19th Sep '16 8:07:47 PM LinTaylor
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* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', as one might expect for a series helmed by Creator/GenUrobuchi. While the series starts off with street-dancing teens engaging in {{Mons}} battles and the second episode sees the title character trying to use his Rider powers during his part-time jobs with [[HilarityEnsues hilarious results]], there are still the seeds of more serious plots to come like an omnipresent MegaCorp, the main character's best friend going missing (which actually kicks off the main plot). The big turning point is Episode 14, where [[spoiler:Ryoji Hase[=/=]Armored Rider Kurokage]] is KilledOffForReal; after this things get progressively darker and more serious, with [[spoiler:Micchy]] puling a massive FaceHeelTurn and literally shooting [[spoiler:Kouta]] in the back, said missing friend turning up [[spoiler:as the monster Gaim killed in the first episode]], TheReveal that Helheim is AlienKudzu that's trying to take over the planet, and [[spoiler:the Mega Corp is trying to help, but they can only save one-seventh of humanity at best]]. The show does still have some humorous moments throughout (mostly provided by the BadassGay pastry chef[=/=]Rider and one of ThoseTwoGuys), but the tone is still overall serious, and late in the series there's even a scene where those two characters [[LampshadeHanging lament that it seems like there's nothing they can do anymore]]. While the ending is [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] at worst, it's still a marked change from other ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series.
16th Sep '16 11:40:26 AM bjshipley1
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* ''Series/AgentsofShield'': [[spoiler: The Hydra reveal. Enough said.]]

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* ''Series/AgentsofShield'': ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': [[spoiler: The Hydra reveal. Enough said.]]
13th Jun '16 9:21:41 PM Ainzee
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* The second season of ''YoungDracula'' has shades of this, what with [[spoiler:multiple vampires actually getting slayed, including one who had been a recurring sympathetic character, Vlad being revealed to the TheChosenOne, and the series ending on what was probably meant to be a dramatic cliffhanger.]] Unfortunately, the set-up in the first season was so bizarre that it never quite worked (the constant SpecialEffectsFailure didn't help). The first series was more of a vampire pastiche/parody with a lot of silly humour, which worked a lot better.

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* The second season of ''YoungDracula'' has shades of this, what with [[spoiler:multiple vampires actually getting slayed, slain, including one who had been a recurring sympathetic character, Vlad being revealed to the TheChosenOne, and the series ending on what was probably meant to be a dramatic cliffhanger.]] Unfortunately, ]]
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the set-up in show was miraculously {{UnCanceled}}, the first third season was so bizarre that it never quite worked (the constant SpecialEffectsFailure didn't help). The began exploring darker themes. [[spoiler: Such as seeing a character we first series was more of saw as ''twelve year old boy'' trying to ''murder'' his father and sister.]]
**[[spoiler: This trend reaches
a vampire pastiche/parody climax in Series 4, with a lot the main character biting Erin to save her from death, killing one of silly humour, which worked a lot better.his closest friends in cold blood, and spiraling into something disturbingly similar to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything crippling alcoholism.]]]] [[spoiler: We also get some incredibly disturbing NightmareFuel, with the antagonist ''unhinging her jaw'' and Vlad ''bleeding from his eyes, ears, nose, and hands.'' Oh, also, [[IHateYouVampireDad Erin hates him.]]]]
20th May '16 2:48:48 PM wuggles
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* Season 4 of ''Series/TheMindyProject'' is much more serious than the first three seasons, which have been compared to a RomanticComedy in tone. [[spoiler: In this season, Mindy and Danny are dealing with raising a child together as well as their upcoming marriage. Danny wants Mindy to quit her job and become a {{housewife}} and raise their large family, however Mindy doesn't want to give up her new fertility clinic. This leads to extensive arguments and the eventual break-up of their relationship.]]
26th Apr '16 10:03:25 PM TheRoguePenguin
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