History DownerEnding / LiveActionTV

17th Apr '18 3:23:56 AM Silverblade2
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** Series 4 of (revival) ''Series/DoctorWho''. London is completely war torn by extraterrestrials, Donna has to have her memories wiped because of it, The Doctor allowed his human clone to walk free despite having committed genocide, and he's all alone in the TARDIS.
14th Apr '18 10:11:27 PM Yukianesa
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** Even ''Recap/BlackMirrorBeRightBack'', which is the only episode with something approaching a BittersweetEnding, is emotionally devastating: a woman is unable to let go of her dead partner and keeps his clone locked in the attic, only letting their daughter see him on special occasions.

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** Even ''Recap/BlackMirrorBeRightBack'', which might qualify as a BittersweetEnding but is the only episode with something approaching a BittersweetEnding, is still emotionally devastating: a woman is unable to let go devastating. Martha realises that the robot clone of her dead partner and keeps his lover Ash is no replacement for the real thing, she can't bring herself to commit suicide or kill the clone locked so she locks him in the attic, attic and only letting their lets her daughter see him on special occasions.occasions. She's no closer to coping with Ash's abrupt death, but at least she still has her daughter and has a healthy relationship with her.
8th Apr '18 9:58:56 AM nombretomado
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** Season 10 of L&O was particularly {{egregious}} in this regard. It opened with this stretch:

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** Season 10 of L&O was particularly {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} in this regard. It opened with this stretch:
16th Mar '18 4:06:05 AM Yukianesa
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** ''Recap/BlackMirrorTheWaldoMoment'': Everybody loses in some way, except for Waldo and his creators. Labour candidate Gwen loses the election and is politically ruined, the winning Conservative candidate Monroe receives major backlash (and a boot to the face) and Jamie loses basically everything and ends up a homeless alcoholic. To top it off the Waldo movement spreads worldwide and replaces every political system, turning Britain and the rest of the world into a [[FascistButInefficient barking-mad, badly-run totalitarian nightmare]] where the darkest aspects of human nature are implemented into law.
16th Mar '18 3:46:35 AM Yukianesa
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** ''Recap/BlackMirrorPlaytest'': A happy-go-lucky American thrill-seeker volunteers for an experimental video game which alters his brain activity for an unrivalled immersive survival horror experience. Initially amused by the game's {{Jump Scare}}s, he is soon driven over the edge by the game using PsychologicalHorror to play on his deepest personal fears - namely, his fear of himself and his mother contracting Alzheimers like his dad did. It is then revealed that the events of the entire episode from the commencement of the experiment were a DyingDream, as he actually died abruptly by his mother calling his phone and the radio interference from the phone causing a major system crash. The poor man died alone, [[IWantMyMommy pitifully screaming out "MOM!!"]] and tortured by his worst fears. What's worse, the Creator/HideoKojima-esque mastermind [[{{Jerkass}} doesn't seem to give a crap about the harm his failed system caused]], and the mother will have to live with inadvertently killing her own son (assuming that her son's fate will even be disclosed to her).

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** ''Recap/BlackMirrorPlaytest'': A happy-go-lucky American thrill-seeker volunteers for an experimental video game which alters his brain activity for an unrivalled immersive survival horror experience. Initially amused by the game's {{Jump Scare}}s, he is soon driven over the edge by the game using PsychologicalHorror to play on his deepest personal fears - namely, his fear of himself and his mother contracting Alzheimers like his dad did. It is then revealed that the The events of the entire episode from are revealed in the commencement of end to be merely a DyingDream that occurred in a split second, as the experiment were a DyingDream, as he protagonist actually died abruptly by from his mother calling his phone and the radio interference from the phone causing a major system crash. crash on the device he was testing, frying his brain. The poor man died malfunctioning game puts the NiceGuy protagonist through immense psychological torture, none of which he even remotely deserved, and he dies alone, being tormented with his deepest personal fears and [[IWantMyMommy pitifully screaming out "MOM!!"]] and tortured by pitifully for his worst fears. mom]]. What's worse, the Creator/HideoKojima-esque mastermind developer of the system [[{{Jerkass}} doesn't seem to give a crap about the harm his failed system little experiment caused]], and the protagonist's mother will have to live with inadvertently killing her own son (assuming that her son's fate will even be disclosed to her).
27th Feb '18 2:27:42 PM Yukianesa
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* The British SpeculativeFiction GenreAnthology series ''Series/BlackMirror'' has all of its episodes end of a downer note (the only possible exception being ''Be Right Back'', which is more of a BittersweetEnding). To clarify:

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* The British SpeculativeFiction GenreAnthology series ''Series/BlackMirror'' has all of its episodes end of a downer note (the only possible exception being (with a few notable exceptions however - ''San Junipero'' and ''USS Callister'' both ended on a happy note, and ''Be Right Back'', which is Back'' and arguably ''Nosedive'' had more of a BittersweetEnding). To clarify:


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** ''Recap/BlackMirrorPlaytest'': A happy-go-lucky American thrill-seeker volunteers for an experimental video game which alters his brain activity for an unrivalled immersive survival horror experience. Initially amused by the game's {{Jump Scare}}s, he is soon driven over the edge by the game using PsychologicalHorror to play on his deepest personal fears - namely, his fear of himself and his mother contracting Alzheimers like his dad did. It is then revealed that the events of the entire episode from the commencement of the experiment were a DyingDream, as he actually died abruptly by his mother calling his phone and the radio interference from the phone causing a major system crash. The poor man died alone, [[IWantMyMommy pitifully screaming out "MOM!!"]] and tortured by his worst fears. What's worse, the Creator/HideoKojima-esque mastermind [[{{Jerkass}} doesn't seem to give a crap about the harm his failed system caused]], and the mother will have to live with inadvertently killing her own son (assuming that her son's fate will even be disclosed to her).
9th Feb '18 1:11:27 AM Anicomicgeek
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* The short-lived superhero series ''M.A.N.T.I.S.'' ended by having the hero and his love killed battling a dinosaur. By then, there was no budget for a full-scale dinosaur, so they were effectively killed by falling trees. The final scenes have the sidekick narrating about how he buried the hero and dismantled his lair. This is one case where [[NoEnding just canceling the series without a final episode]] would have been better.

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* The short-lived superhero series ''M.A.N.T.I.S.'' ''Series/{{MANTIS}}'' ended by having the hero and his love killed battling a dinosaur. By then, there was no budget for a full-scale dinosaur, so they were effectively killed by falling trees. The final scenes have the sidekick narrating about how he buried the hero and dismantled his lair. This is one case where [[NoEnding just canceling the series without a final episode]] would have been better.
19th Jan '18 9:52:14 PM jormis29
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* In the ''Series/GrowingPains'' episode ''Second Chance," Carol's boyfriend Sandy (played by a young Matthew Perry) winds up in the hospital after getting in a car accident due to him drinking and driving. As Carol visits him, he says that he's all right and she believes that he'll be out of the hospital in no time. The episode ends with Carol coming home and Mike telling her that the hospital just called and said that Sandy had died due to internal bleeding.

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* In the ''Series/GrowingPains'' episode ''Second Chance," Carol's boyfriend Sandy (played by a young Matthew Perry) Creator/MatthewPerry) winds up in the hospital after getting in a car accident due to him drinking and driving. As Carol visits him, he says that he's all right and she believes that he'll be out of the hospital in no time. The episode ends with Carol coming home and Mike telling her that the hospital just called and said that Sandy had died due to internal bleeding.
12th Jan '18 10:08:11 AM Onlythrice
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** The season 17 episode "Transgender Bridge" had a 15-year-old boy accidentally push a trans woman off a bridge after being egged on by his friends and a crowd to hassle her. He felt genuine remorse for his actions and apologized to the girl, only for her to die from complications from the fall just when she decided to drop the charges. The DA and the mayor decide that they want to scapegoat the boy and charge him with manslaughter as an adult with a hate crime attached to make an example of him in response to a rising amount of hate crimes, and the episode consists of the detectives and the victim's parents doing everything in their power to help him. In the end he's sentenced to 10 years while his and the victim's mothers cry in the background.
30th Dec '17 12:23:41 AM PhantomRider
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**Series 10 ends with each main character thinking the other two are dead, and though the wave of Cybermen were defeated there is no plan for the upcoming ''next'' wave.
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