History IdiotPlot / LiveActionTV

15th Sep '17 8:34:50 PM IllustriousAsinine
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* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'': the episode "Who Knew?". At the start of the episode, Matt, the eldest son of the family, gets a joint from a friend at school. Matt doesn't really want it, but still holds on to it for some reason. When he comes home, it falls out of his pocket and his father, after finding the joint, goes on a witch hunt against his children (all of them, even the six-year-old). Matt later confesses to his family that it was his, and eventually the episode ends with an {{Anvilicious}} {{Aesop}} about [[DrugsAreBad drugs being bad]]. The plot easily could've been averted if Matt, [[InformedAbility who is frequently considered by his family to be the responsible one of the bunch]], had used common sense and threw the joint away. Even more egregious, considering this show has numerous VerySpecialEpisodes about drugs being bad, almost always delivered by Matt's parents.

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* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'': the episode "Who Knew?". At the start of the episode, Matt, the eldest son of the family, gets a joint from a friend at school. Matt doesn't really want it, but still holds on to it for some reason. When he comes home, it falls out of his pocket and his father, after finding the joint, goes on a witch hunt against his children (all of them, even the six-year-old). Matt later confesses to his family that it was his, and eventually the episode ends with an {{Anvilicious}} {{Aesop}} about [[DrugsAreBad drugs being bad]]. The plot easily could've been averted if Matt, [[InformedAbility who is frequently considered by his family to be the responsible one of the bunch]], had used common sense and threw the joint away. Even more egregious, considering this show has numerous VerySpecialEpisodes VerySpecialEpisode about drugs being bad, almost always delivered by Matt's parents.
15th Sep '17 8:33:58 PM IllustriousAsinine
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* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'': the episode "Who Knew?". At the start of the episode, Matt, the eldest son of the family, gets a joint from a friend at school. Matt doesn't really want it, but still holds on to it for some reason. When he comes home, it falls out of his pocket and his father, after finding the joint, goes on a witch hunt against his children (all of them, even the six-year-old). Matt later confesses to his family that it was his, and eventually the episode ends with an {{Anvilicious}} {{Aesop}} about [[DrugsAreBad drugs being bad]]. The plot easily could've been averted if Matt, [[InformedAbility who is frequently considered by his family to be the responsible one of the bunch]], had used common sense and threw the joint away. Even more egregious, considering this show has numerous VerySpecialEpisodes about drugs being bad, almost always delivered by Matt's parents.
28th Aug '17 9:09:00 AM Arivne
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* ''Series/That70sShow''
** "Happy Jack". After looking at pictures of Donna's mom Eric goes to get food from the Donna's kitchen, and while down there decides to jerk off in Donna's bathroom instead of waiting until he's somewhere more private, and doesn't even bother to lock the door. Naturally Donna wonders what is taking Eric so long and goes to look for him, setting up the conflict of the episode when she walks in on him.

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* ''Series/That70sShow''
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''Series/That70sShow'' episode "Happy Jack". After looking at pictures of Donna's mom Eric goes to get food from the Donna's kitchen, and while down there decides to jerk off in Donna's bathroom instead of waiting until he's somewhere more private, and doesn't even bother to lock the door. Naturally Donna wonders what is taking Eric so long and goes to look for him, setting up the conflict of the episode when she walks in on him.
28th Aug '17 9:04:04 AM Arivne
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* The second half of Season 4 in Series/OnceUponATime:

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* The second half of Season 4 in Series/OnceUponATime: ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
28th Aug '17 9:03:17 AM Arivne
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* The 2014 ''Series/TheLottery'' (not to be confused with the unrelated short story) starts with Dr. Alison Lennon successfully creating 100 fertilized embryos for the first time in ten years. She tells the government that she isn't entirely sure how it happened and more research needs to be done. The government fires her under suspicious circumstances, which starts her on a long path of distrusting the government and finding ways to subvert them. After a whole bunch of drama (and even water torture), the government decides to hire her back ''the very next episode'' and force her to... continue the very research she was planning on doing anyway. Seriously, all the subversive things that she does in every episode that follows wouldn't have happened had the government not decided to fire her and then forcibly rehire her a few days later.

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* The 2014 ''Series/TheLottery'' (not to be confused with the [[Literature/TheLottery unrelated short story) story]]) starts with Dr. Alison Lennon successfully creating 100 fertilized embryos for the first time in ten years. She tells the government that she isn't entirely sure how it happened and more research needs to be done. The government fires her under suspicious circumstances, which starts her on a long path of distrusting the government and finding ways to subvert them. After a whole bunch of drama (and even water torture), the government decides to hire her back ''the very next episode'' and force her to... continue the very research she was planning on doing anyway. Seriously, all the subversive things that she does in every episode that follows wouldn't have happened had the government not decided to fire her and then forcibly rehire her a few days later.
28th Aug '17 8:58:40 AM Arivne
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E3TheSontaranExperiment "The Sontaran Experiment"]] involves the Doctor and his companions stumbling around a hillside and falling unexpectedly into into crevices whenever they're close to figuring out the plot or getting to safety. The titular Sontaran experiments are mostly nonsensical and border on torture ForTheEvulz - why is it necessary for a theoretical invasion to know what resistance the human ribcage has to crushing? Why would you test it by forcing someone to hold a weight above someone's chest until it fell down and crushed him? (This may, of course, have been intentional.)

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E3TheSontaranExperiment "The Sontaran Experiment"]] involves the Doctor and his companions stumbling around a hillside and falling unexpectedly into into crevices whenever they're close to figuring out the plot or getting to safety. The titular Sontaran experiments are mostly nonsensical and border on torture ForTheEvulz - why is it necessary for a theoretical invasion to know what resistance the human ribcage has to crushing? Why would you test it by forcing someone to hold a weight above someone's chest until it fell down and crushed him? (This may, of course, have been intentional.)
28th Aug '17 8:55:23 AM Arivne
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* In one episode of the German Christmas show ''Beutolomäus'' the evil Piet Piestig wants to cancel Christmas, so he writes a letter to Santa asking that he cancels Christmas as his present. Santa actually considers this because he has to fulfill every child's wish, disregarding that considering Piets wish would mean he would have to disregard every single child on earth apart from him. Santa dismisses Beutolomäus´ advise that it would be a stupid idea with serious remarks that he can´t ignore a child's wish (even though he would have to ignore all wishes of other children and his ignorance is the reason the villain wants to cancel Christmas in the first place). The evil plan only failed because a friend of Beutolomäus saw that it was a grown man writing this letter with an expensive pen, which also disregards the idea that maybe parents write their children's letters.

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* In one episode of the German Christmas show ''Beutolomäus'' the evil Piet Piestig wants to cancel Christmas, so he writes a letter to Santa asking that he cancels Christmas as his present. Santa actually considers this because he has to fulfill every child's wish, disregarding that considering Piets wish would mean he would have to disregard every single child on earth Earth apart from him. Santa dismisses Beutolomäus´ advise that it would be a stupid idea with serious remarks that he can´t ignore a child's wish (even though he would have to ignore all wishes of other children and his ignorance is the reason the villain wants to cancel Christmas in the first place). The evil plan only failed because a friend of Beutolomäus saw that it was a grown man writing this letter with an expensive pen, which also disregards the idea that maybe parents write their children's letters.
28th Aug '17 8:41:06 AM Arivne
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*** And on top of all that, [[spoiler: when they wake up in the future - and all end up dead - [[ShaggyDogStory a way of creating gold on demand has been invented, so it was all for nothing anyway!]]]]
28th Aug '17 8:35:23 AM Arivne
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** "Profit and Lace" was an impressive failure because of this. For example, it turns out that a major player in the Ferengi economy is not only perfectly willing to discard his political beliefs out of a crush, but the subject of said crush was [[AttractiveBentGender Quark in drag]]. Combine this with muddled direction in which every major player had a different idea about what the episode should be about or feel like, and the net result was a notorious trainwreck.

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** "Profit and Lace" was an impressive failure because of this. For example, it turns out that a major player in the Ferengi economy is not only perfectly willing to discard his political beliefs out of a crush, but the subject of said crush was [[AttractiveBentGender Quark in drag]]. Combine this with muddled direction in which every major player had a different idea about what the episode should be about or feel like, and the net result was a notorious trainwreck.train wreck.



*** First, they decide to go with the appearance of one leading expert in exobiology, who just so happens to be a cardassian, on a ship filled with people with legitimate grudges against cardassians (like them killing or conducting medical experiments on their families), and stick to it, instead of, say, change its appearance and personality to something completely non-threatening.
*** Then, when B'Elanna sees the cardassian-looking hologram, she points out that the cardie in question is an infamous war criminal and chooses to die before being treated by it instead of, say, remembering that it's just a hologram and asking Doc to change its appearance.
*** The Doc then goes along with her stupidity and defends the cardie, saying she's acting like a paranoid biggot, forgetting that all of B'Elanna's friends on the Alpha quadrant were killed by the cardassians.
*** Following that other crewmen join in, accusing the computer-generated hologram with a cardassian exterior and personality of war crimes committed by the real guy it just so happens to look like, and demanding its destruction.
*** Like all of this wasn't enough, the holographic consultant starts to think it's the real guy, and proceeds to defend the cardassian's horrible actions as if those were its own, saying its choices saved more lives in the grand scheme of things, completely forgetting that they could just change how it looks and talks so the rest of the crew won't be scared of it.

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*** First, they decide to go with the appearance of one leading expert in exobiology, who just so happens to be a cardassian, Cardassian, on a ship filled with people with legitimate grudges against cardassians Cardassians (like them killing or conducting medical experiments on their families), and stick to it, instead of, say, change its appearance and personality to something completely non-threatening.
*** Then, when B'Elanna sees the cardassian-looking Cardassian-looking hologram, she points out that the cardie in question is an infamous war criminal and chooses to die before being treated by it instead of, say, remembering that it's just a hologram and asking Doc to change its appearance.
*** The Doc then goes along with her stupidity and defends the cardie, saying she's acting like a paranoid biggot, bigot, forgetting that all of B'Elanna's friends on the Alpha quadrant were killed by the cardassians.
Cardassians.
*** Following that other crewmen join in, accusing the computer-generated hologram with a cardassian Cardassian exterior and personality of war crimes committed by the real guy it just so happens to look like, and demanding its destruction.
*** Like all of this wasn't enough, the holographic consultant starts to think it's the real guy, and proceeds to defend the cardassian's Cardassian's horrible actions as if those were its own, saying its choices saved more lives in the grand scheme of things, completely forgetting that they could just change how it looks and talks so the rest of the crew won't be scared of it.
27th Aug '17 8:41:17 PM Dausuul
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** Season seven, however, tops it. Basically, the entire setup for season eight depends on Jon Snow's harebrained scheme to [[kidnap a wight]]. Without that, the season finale would have ended with [[the entire undead army staring at the Wall going, "Yup. That's a wall. Hey, Graarrrrgh, take a photo of me with the wall. So... now what?"]]

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** Season seven, however, tops it. Basically, the entire setup for season eight depends on Jon Snow's harebrained scheme to [[kidnap [[spoiler: kidnap a wight]]. Without that, the season finale would have ended with [[the [[spoiler: the entire undead army staring at the Wall going, "Yup. That's a wall. Hey, Graarrrrgh, take a photo of me with the wall. So... now what?"]]
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