History HopeSpot / LiveActionTV

1st Sep '17 1:51:37 PM FastFuriousFan
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** For Walt, [[MoralEventHorizon but not for audiences]], in "Ozymandias." After realizing that [[spoiler:Skyler and Walt Jr. had truly turned against him, he proceeded to kidnap the one family member he didn't believe could turn against him because she supposedly didn't know anything--his infant daughter Holly. But on the road, Walt sadly discovered that he was wrong when she started [[IWantMyMommy crying for "Mama."]] [[HeelRealization This made him realize he had gone too far.]] And it was still a terrible thing to do, even if it didn't turn out to be in vain and Holly hadn't turned against him.]]
13th Aug '17 10:14:08 AM LtFedora
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': In "The One Where The Stripper Cries," Joey appears on the game show Pyramid and, naturally, is terrible at it. His intial partner is a man who desperately needs the prize money. In the final round, Joey starts answering questions correctly, coming within one answer of winning. Unfortunately, he doesn't get it and they lose.
30th May '17 2:05:38 PM gb00393
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** [[TortureTechnician Ramsay Snow]] deliberately creates these situations, [[GenreSavvy understanding that providing the illusion of hope and then ripping it away at the last minute is far more psychologically damaging than providing no hope at all.]] This could be something as simple pouring water out in front of someone dehydrated, or as complex as [[spoiler:acting like a friend and helping them escape, only to lead them right back to more torture.]]

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** [[TortureTechnician Ramsay Snow]] deliberately creates these situations, [[GenreSavvy understanding that providing the illusion of hope and then ripping it away at the last minute is far more psychologically damaging than providing no hope at all.]] This could be something as simple pouring water out in front of someone dehydrated, or as complex as [[spoiler:acting like a friend and helping them escape, only to lead them right back to more torture.torture, as he did with Theon. While still pretending to be Yara's agent and pretending he's escorting Theon to her, he listens to Theon reflect out loud on everything that brought him to this point. By the end, Theon's so overwhelmed with guilt and regret that he's fighting back tears. "Maybe it's not too late," Ramsay tells him. Theon says that it is, that he made the wrong choice, and he's burned everything down. "Not everything, my lord," says Ramsay, the implication being "You still have your sister, who sent me to rescue you. You're safe and free now." And ''then'' he leads Theon back into the torture chamber and reveals it was all a lie.]]
19th May '17 1:04:00 AM Fireblood
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** Day 3? If anything you'd think the first finale had to be the most infamous/cruel one in the series. Think about it: After enduring hell for the past 24 hours, [[spoiler: Jack has finally killed the BigBad of the season, gotten [[TheMole Nina Meyers]] arrested, and reunited with his daughter Kim. Then he heads into the room where his wife is being held... and breaks down upon discovering that Nina had shot her minutes before and she's bled to death. No, Jack. There isn't going to be any happy ending for you.]]

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** Day 3? If anything you'd think the first finale had to be the most infamous/cruel one in the series. Think about it: After after enduring hell for the past 24 hours, [[spoiler: Jack has finally killed the BigBad of the season, gotten [[TheMole Nina Meyers]] arrested, and reunited with his daughter Kim. Then he heads into the room where his wife is being held... and breaks down upon discovering that Nina had shot her minutes before and she's bled to death. No, Jack. There isn't going to be any happy ending for you.]]


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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': After Offred reveals what Handmaids really suffer to Mrs. Castillo, who listens with compassion, it seems that for a moment the deal with the Mexican government won't go through. However, Castillo then says that they have to, mentioning her home city where no babies have been born for half a decade.
27th Jan '17 8:35:44 AM gb00393
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** Viserys has a villainous one in "A Golden Crown." He threatens Drogo, demanding that the man helps him secure his claim to the throne. Drogo responds that he will give Viserys a golden crown "that men will tremble to behold", and Viserys is pleased until Drogo's bloodrider Qotho breaks his arm, making him drop the sword, and kicks him to the floor. Drogo melts his golden belt in a pot, while Viserys begs Daenerys to help him. Ser Jorah tells her to look away but she won't. She watches as Khal Drogo "crowns" Viserys by pouring molten gold over his head, causing Viserys to cry out in pure agony.
** Ned Stark is set to resign to the Night's Watch, then Joffrey has him executed.
** During a counterattack, Tyrion and his men rout the crew of a battering ram and raise a cheer, only to find more enemies charging them.
** Locke stops threatening his captive with EyeScream only to inflict another punishment.
** Robb is set to receive reinforcements, is expecting his first child, has reconciled with his mother, and is about to be reunited with his little sister Arya when he is betrayed and butchered along with his wife, his mother, and nearly all his bannermen.
** Sansa finally escapes, only to find herself in the hands of Littlefinger.
** In the midst of battle, Ygritte hesitates to kill Jon Snow and TheBigDamnKiss seems imminent until an arrow sprouts from Ygritte's chest.
** Yara Greyjoy's rescue party finds her brother, only for Theon to reject and bite her. Then Ramsay arrives with reinforcements and forces her to retreat.
** Brienne of Tarth finds the object her quest and things appear to be going well, until the Hound notices the Lannister lion on her sword and instigates a very nasty deathmatch.
4th Dec '16 3:21:30 AM upupandaway42
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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], Whitehall has former SHIELD agent Agent 33 imprisoned in a machine, [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]] her into serving HYDRA. While Whitehall is giving a [[BreakThemByTalking speech]], Agent 33 manages to get a hand loose... only for Whitehall to spot it, and causually resecure her, without even breaking his speech. Given that the brainwashing is meant to break the prisoner so they can be reprogrammed, it's likely this Hope Spot was a deliberate part of the process.

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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD Series/AgentsOfSHIELD episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], Whitehall has former SHIELD agent Agent 33 imprisoned in a machine, [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]] her into serving HYDRA. While Whitehall is giving a [[BreakThemByTalking speech]], Agent 33 manages to get a hand loose... only for Whitehall to spot it, and causually resecure her, without even breaking his speech. Given that the brainwashing is meant to break the prisoner so they can be reprogrammed, it's likely this Hope Spot was a deliberate part of the process.
3rd Dec '16 12:13:58 AM upupandaway42
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* In the AgentsOfSHIELD episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E3MakingFriendsAndInfluencingPeople "Making Friends and Influencing People"]], Whitehall has former SHIELD agent Agent 33 imprisoned in a machine, [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]] her into serving HYDRA. While Whitehall is giving a [[BreakThemByTalking speech]], Agent 33 manages to get a hand loose... only for Whitehall to spot it, and causually resecure her, without even breaking his speech. Given that the brainwashing is meant to break the prisoner so they can be reprogrammed, it's likely this Hope Spot was a deliberate part of the process.
12th Oct '16 4:25:34 AM 06tele
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* ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'': The cops finally work out who the murder victim was having an affair with, and then he takes one of the cops prisoner using the cop's gun. He tells the cop that he couldn't kill anyone, but then the cop's partner shows up and there's a standoff, which is ended when the cop shoots the suspect. All the evidence points to the suspect, and the victim's family, which has been tearing itself apart, finally comes back together in a tearful reunion. [[spoiler: Trouble is, while the suspect was indeed having an affair with the victim, he really didn't kill her, and the revelation of who did kill her will finally destroy the family.]]

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* ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'': The cops finally work out who the murder victim was having an affair with, and then he the man in question immediately becomes the chief suspect. He takes one of the cops prisoner the central character (a detective) using the cop's gun. He her gun, and tells the cop her that he couldn't kill anyone, but then the cop's detective's partner shows up and there's up. There's a standoff, which is ended when the cop partner shoots the suspect. All the evidence points to the suspect, and the victim's family, which has been tearing itself apart, finally comes back together in a tearful reunion. [[spoiler: Trouble is, while the suspect was indeed having an affair with the victim, he really didn't kill her, and the her. The revelation of who did kill her will finally destroy the family.]]
12th Oct '16 4:23:25 AM 06tele
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* ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'': The cops finally work out who the murder victim was having an affair with, and then he takes one of the cops prisoner using the cop's gun. He tells the cop that he couldn't kill anyone, but then the cop's partner shows up and there's a standoff, which is ended when the cop shoots the suspect. All the evidence points to the suspect, and the victim's family, which has been tearing itself apart, finally comes back together in a tearful reunion. [[spoiler: Trouble is, while the suspect was indeed having an affair with the victim, he really didn't kill her, and the revelation of who did kill her will finally destroy the family.]]
12th Apr '16 11:59:26 AM skidoo23
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** "Hell Bent". The Doctor has become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds thanks to this TraumaCongaLine and via BatmanGambit manages to [[spoiler: pull Clara out of time at the moment of her death, violating a fixed moment in time]]. He's overjoyed at the prospect of new adventures, brainstorming wacky new ideas like "cocktails with Moses" and inventing a flying submarine -- but then he learns that [[spoiler: she isn't fully returning to life]]...and the universe may well start falling apart soon, and it will be all his fault. He doesn't give up his quest just yet, but several conversations later he has a HeelRealization and accepts that his desire to [[spoiler: staying with her forever]] is just a TragicDream that he must give up.

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** "Hell Bent". The Doctor has become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds thanks to this TraumaCongaLine and via BatmanGambit manages to [[spoiler: pull Clara out of time at the moment of her death, violating a fixed moment in time]]. He's overjoyed at the prospect of new adventures, brainstorming wacky new ideas like "cocktails with Moses" and inventing a flying submarine -- but then he learns that [[spoiler: she isn't fully returning to life]]...and the universe may well start falling apart soon, and it will be all his fault. He doesn't give up his quest just yet, but several conversations later he has a HeelRealization and accepts that his desire to [[spoiler: staying with her forever]] is just a TragicDream that he must give up. Ultimately, [[spoiler: Clara is able to continue "living" in her not-quite-dead state for as long as she likes, but this is technically not a hope spot as she is well aware that some day she will have to voluntarily return to the point of her death.]]
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