History DeconstructedTrope / LiveActionTV

24th Apr '16 8:02:37 AM RobTan
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* ''Series/Bluestone42'' deconstructs {{Flanderization}} and ButtMonkey. Simon initially starts out as a neurotic and obnoxious but somewhat normal character, and over the course of three seasons becomes increasingly manic, not helped by the breakdown of his engagement and a constant lack of personal and professional respect due to his unlikeable personality, despite his legitimately impressive military accomplishments. The final episode deconstructs this by showing what an actual human being going through that arc would be like- an already unstable man going off the deep end. He deserts from the Army and hides out in the Afghan countryside, talking to his water can.
26th Mar '16 11:17:51 PM Nintendoman01
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** The final few episodes of Season 7 show a deconstruction of AsskickingEqualsAuthority; after losing faith in Buffy's leadership skills and methods, the Scoobies mutiny against her, force her out of her own house, and appoint Faith the new leader on the logic that, as the only other full-fledged Slayer, Faith is the most qualified for the job, despite Giles and Willow both having far more leadership experience than her. While things initially go well, Faith soon leads herself and several Potential Slayers into a DeathTrap, and they are only saved by Buffy's BigDamnHeroes moment.
18th Mar '16 11:05:41 AM Silverblade2
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** Recently on ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', [[AxeCrazy Mick "Heatwave" Rory]] was recruited by Rip Hunter to a team assembled to fight Vandal Savage. Only, Rory cared more for causing chaos and damage. This type of behaviour eventually led to a falling out with [[HeterosexualLifePartners Leonard "Captain Cold" Snart]], and made Rory wonder why he was even there. [[spoiler: But, the last straw came when a group of time pirates captured Rory, Rip and Jax while on a rescue mission. Rip and Rory got into an argument, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero during which Rip revealed that the real reason Rory was on the team in the first place was because he needed Snart, and Rory was a package deal along with him.]] The revelation that he wasn't necessary made Rory realize that he had no need to be loyal to the mission anymore, and swiftly betrayed everyone to the time pirates. After nearly killing Sara, Rory was stopped by Snart, who then dragged him off the ship and possibly killed him in order to protect the team.]]

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** Recently on On ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', [[AxeCrazy Mick "Heatwave" Rory]] was recruited by Rip Hunter to a team assembled to fight Vandal Savage. Only, Rory cared more for causing chaos and damage. This type of behaviour eventually led to a falling out with [[HeterosexualLifePartners Leonard "Captain Cold" Snart]], and made Rory wonder why he was even there. [[spoiler: But, the last straw came when a group of time pirates captured Rory, Rip and Jax while on a rescue mission. Rip and Rory got into an argument, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero during which Rip revealed that the real reason Rory was on the team in the first place was because he needed Snart, and Rory was a package deal along with him.]] The revelation that he wasn't necessary made Rory realize that he had no need to be loyal to the mission anymore, and swiftly betrayed everyone to the time pirates. After nearly killing Sara, Rory was stopped by Snart, who then dragged him off the ship and possibly killed him in order to protect the team.]]
5th Mar '16 7:26:51 AM Cameron178
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** Recently on ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', [[AxeCrazy Mick "Heatwave" Rory]] was recruited by Rip Hunter to a team assembled to fight Vandal Savage. Only, Rory cared more for causing chaos and damage. This type of behaviour eventually led to a falling out with [[HeterosexualLifePartners Leonard "Captain Cold" Snart]], and made Rory wonder why he was even there.. [[spoiler: But, the last straw came when a group of time pirates captured Rory, Rip and Jax while on a rescue mission. Rip and Rory got into an argument, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero during which Rip revealed that the real reason Rory was on the team in the first place was because he needed Snart, and Rory was a package deal along with him. The revelation that he wasn't necessary made Rory realize that he had no need to be loyal to the mission anymore, and swiftly betrayed everyone to the time pirates. After nearly killing Sara, Rory was stopped by Snart, who then dragged him off the ship and possibly killed him in order to protect the team.]]

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** Recently on ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', [[AxeCrazy Mick "Heatwave" Rory]] was recruited by Rip Hunter to a team assembled to fight Vandal Savage. Only, Rory cared more for causing chaos and damage. This type of behaviour eventually led to a falling out with [[HeterosexualLifePartners Leonard "Captain Cold" Snart]], and made Rory wonder why he was even there..there. [[spoiler: But, the last straw came when a group of time pirates captured Rory, Rip and Jax while on a rescue mission. Rip and Rory got into an argument, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero during which Rip revealed that the real reason Rory was on the team in the first place was because he needed Snart, and Rory was a package deal along with him. ]] The revelation that he wasn't necessary made Rory realize that he had no need to be loyal to the mission anymore, and swiftly betrayed everyone to the time pirates. After nearly killing Sara, Rory was stopped by Snart, who then dragged him off the ship and possibly killed him in order to protect the team.]]
5th Mar '16 7:25:51 AM Cameron178
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* Both ''Series/{{Arrow}} and ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' take apart TokenEvilTeammate:
** First on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Malcolm Merlyn was barely tolerated as it is, but the Arrow team did use him for information, and he helped out on a lot of problems. However, once [[DarkActionGirl Nyssa]] showed up and [[MoralEventHorizon blackmailed Oliver by using the antidote to cure Thea's condition against him]] into killing Malcolm for her, the team remembered that Malcolm was at fault for a lot of their past grief. Malcolm, for his part, fought everyone at every turn. [[spoiler: Once Oliver took his hand and gave the league back to Nyssa, Malcolm broke away from the team and betrayed them to Darhk. Basically, he's the real reason that Oliver and Felicity broke up.]]
** Recently on ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', [[AxeCrazy Mick "Heatwave" Rory]] was recruited by Rip Hunter to a team assembled to fight Vandal Savage. Only, Rory cared more for causing chaos and damage. This type of behaviour eventually led to a falling out with [[HeterosexualLifePartners Leonard "Captain Cold" Snart]], and made Rory wonder why he was even there.. [[spoiler: But, the last straw came when a group of time pirates captured Rory, Rip and Jax while on a rescue mission. Rip and Rory got into an argument, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero during which Rip revealed that the real reason Rory was on the team in the first place was because he needed Snart, and Rory was a package deal along with him. The revelation that he wasn't necessary made Rory realize that he had no need to be loyal to the mission anymore, and swiftly betrayed everyone to the time pirates. After nearly killing Sara, Rory was stopped by Snart, who then dragged him off the ship and possibly killed him in order to protect the team.]]
23rd Jan '16 7:37:30 AM damus2300
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* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' deconstructed TragicKeepsake. Alex kept getting into trouble because her late father's watch gets recognized by her enemies. Later it gets planted with a tracking device but she can't bear to have it destroyed because it's all she has left of her father.
31st Dec '15 4:56:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/JonathanCreek'' has an episode that deconstructs the ConnectTheDeaths trope. Three women have been murdered, and the police are at a loss to explain how or why. However, [[TheWatson Carla]] twigs to the fact that the women were called Heather, Rose and Iris, and goes on her crime show to share this news with the viewing public, telling them that the killer is symbolically "deflowering women". As it turns out, the first two deaths were done by a psychotic woman that had no discernable motive, and the third was by a police officer who used the first murders to cover up his own crime. That the women had floral names was a complete coincidence, and as Jonathan says at the wrap-up, the fact that Carla shared her bogus theory only resulted in mass panic among women named after a flower (including a woman called Coral, at least until Jonathan assures her that coral is actually an animal).
* Several in ''{{Community}}''.

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* ''Series/JonathanCreek'' has an episode that deconstructs the ConnectTheDeaths trope. Three women have been murdered, and the police are at a loss to explain how or why. However, [[TheWatson Carla]] twigs to the fact that the women were called Heather, Rose and Iris, and goes on her crime show to share this news with the viewing public, telling them that the killer is symbolically "deflowering women". As it turns out, the first two deaths were done by a psychotic woman that had no discernable discernible motive, and the third was by a police officer who used the first murders to cover up his own crime. That the women had floral names was a complete coincidence, and as Jonathan says at the wrap-up, the fact that Carla shared her bogus theory only resulted in mass panic among women named after a flower (including a woman called Coral, at least until Jonathan assures her that coral is actually an animal).
* Several in ''{{Community}}''.''Series/{{Community}}''.
27th Nov '15 2:33:27 PM Zephyr7
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** Anytime an untrained bystander attempted to do [[BadassBystander something heroic or resolve the situation]], it either makes things worse or disrupt Team One's efforts to deescalate the situation, such as in "Grounded" where Parker would have been able to talk down the hostage takers if a passenger hand't tried to be a hero.

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** Anytime an untrained bystander attempted to do [[BadassBystander something heroic or resolve the situation]], it either makes things worse or disrupt Team One's efforts to deescalate the situation, such as in "Grounded" where Parker would have been able to talk down the hostage takers if a passenger hand't hadn't tried to be a hero.
27th Nov '15 2:30:04 PM Zephyr7
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** Anytime an untrained bystander attempted to do [[BadassBystander something heroic or resolve the situation]], it either makes things worse or disrupt Team One's efforts to deescalate the situation, such as in "Grounded" where Parker would have been able to talk down the hostage takers if a passenger hand't tried to be a hero.
27th Nov '15 2:25:10 PM Zephyr7
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* In ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'', Parker and his team generally try to avoid WhyDontYaJustShootHim, even when they get a clear shot of the hostage taker. Because they want to ensure that casualties are miminal to none, which includes the life of the hostage-taker, only using lethal force as a last resort. Not to mention the show deconstructs the general idea that all hostage-takers are crazy, unbalanced criminals. The viewers get a chance to see what lead to the events, which are often because of misunderstandings or an emotional crisis. More than once, the hostage-takers never intended for things to spiral out of their control, which causes them to panic and things get messy, both for them and for the team.

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* In ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'', Parker and his team generally try to avoid WhyDontYaJustShootHim, even when they get a clear shot of the hostage taker. Because they want to ensure that casualties are miminal minimal to none, which includes the life of the hostage-taker, only using lethal force as a last resort. Not to mention the show deconstructs the general idea that all hostage-takers are crazy, unbalanced criminals. The viewers get a chance to see what lead to the events, which are often because of misunderstandings or an emotional crisis. More than once, the hostage-takers never intended for things to spiral out of their control, which causes them to panic and things get messy, both for them and for the team.team.
** BabiesMakeEverythingBetter is taken apart in "Backwards Day" where the frustrations of not having a baby caused the husband to cheat on his wife with an old flame, though he genuinely felt guilty afterwards and remained faithful afterwards. His adultery lead to [[spoiler: the old flame becoming pregnant]]. [[FromBadToWorse Things got worse]].
*** The same trope is deconstructed with [[spoiler: Sam and Jules]] after the first day of finding out [[spoiler: Jules]] was pregnant. They initially decided that everything was fine and no one needed to know. But throughout the episode, both of them were quietly having minor freakouts, such as calling each other to check up on the baby and panicking when one of them was put in a dangerous situation.
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