History IdiotPlot / LiveActionTV

24th Jun '17 1:09:01 PM nombretomado
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** Season 5 gives us "Nothing Human". In the episode The Doctor [[DoctorWho (not that one)]] has to remove an alien parasite from B'Elanna Torres, but he doesn't know how, so they decide to create a new Medical Consultant Program, which is basically a new EMH, and fill it with all their exobiology database. So far so good. But as soon as they have to decide something as simple as the hologram's appearance and imprinted personality, everyone suddenly turns into an idiot.

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** Season 5 gives us "Nothing Human". In the episode The Doctor [[DoctorWho [[Series/DoctorWho (not that one)]] has to remove an alien parasite from B'Elanna Torres, but he doesn't know how, so they decide to create a new Medical Consultant Program, which is basically a new EMH, and fill it with all their exobiology database. So far so good. But as soon as they have to decide something as simple as the hologram's appearance and imprinted personality, everyone suddenly turns into an idiot.
29th May '17 4:34:15 PM john_e
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** The ending of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid At The World"]]. The Doctor is trapped in a lab that is about to be destroyed to stop the outbreak of a deadly strain of bacteria with the potential to kill all life on Earth. This is because a) he is blind and can't activate a combination lock, b) he only told Nardole this and c) he allowed Nardole into the lab despite knowing the dangers the bacteria could pose to him, meaning he was infected and unable to help. We also have a scientist breaking a quarantine stopping the bacteria getting released (necessitating blowing up the lab) and the lab being poorly designed enough to allow this to happen. Bill then decides to save the Doctor by making a DealWithTheDevil with some reality warping aliens, knowing full well the price is letting the aliens concur Earth and doing it against the Doctor's wishes. On that note, no other methods of getting out of the lab are discussed and the prospect of regeneration is oddly forgotten about.

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** The ending of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid At The World"]]. The Doctor is trapped in a lab that is about to be destroyed to stop the outbreak of a deadly strain of bacteria with the potential to kill all life on Earth. This is because a) he is blind and can't activate a combination lock, b) he only told Nardole this and c) he allowed Nardole into the lab despite knowing the dangers the bacteria could pose to him, meaning he was infected and unable to help. We also have a scientist breaking a quarantine stopping the bacteria getting released (necessitating blowing up the lab) and the lab being poorly designed enough to allow this to happen. Bill then decides to save the Doctor by making a DealWithTheDevil with some reality warping aliens, knowing full well the price is letting the aliens concur conquer Earth and doing it against the Doctor's wishes. On that note, no other methods of getting out of the lab are discussed and the prospect of regeneration is oddly forgotten about.
29th May '17 3:33:05 PM SorPepita
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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.)



** [[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.)
29th May '17 1:16:06 PM SorPepita
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]] has the Doctor pretending to be a human, and clichés every "Alien trying to fit in" trope one can think of. Not to mention The Doctor, one of the most brilliant minds in the universe, has no idea what British Football is, and when the opposing team says "We're going to murder you!" The Doctor goes into rage mode (I am The Doctor! The Oncoming Storm! I refuse to allow any killing whatsoever!). He also very awkwardly interrupts Craig and his girlfriend completely oblivious to the fact that they want "Alone Time" despite Craig outright announcing it earlier. And after unintentionally making Craig jealous (All his friends and co-workers loving him more, which he really should have picked up on) he still seems surprised when Craig tells him "I hate you, get out!" The writer has stated in his defence 'this is the Doctor acting like the Doctor, he's just doing it in a "normal" situation for once'.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]] has the Doctor pretending to be a human, and clichés every "Alien trying to fit in" trope one can think of. Not to mention The Doctor, one of the most brilliant minds in the universe, has no idea what British Football is, and when the opposing team says "We're going to murder you!" The Doctor goes into rage mode (I am The Doctor! The Oncoming Storm! I refuse to allow any killing whatsoever!). He also very awkwardly interrupts Craig and his girlfriend completely oblivious to the fact that they want "Alone Time" despite Craig outright announcing it earlier. And after unintentionally making Craig jealous (All (all his friends and co-workers loving him more, which he really should have picked up on) he still seems surprised when Craig tells him "I hate you, get out!" The writer has stated in his defence 'this is the Doctor acting like the Doctor, he's just doing it in a "normal" situation for once'.



** The ending of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid At The World"]]. The Doctor is trapped in a lab that is about to be destroyed to stop the outbreak of a deadly strain of bacteria with the potential to kill all life on Earth. This is because a)he is blind and can't activate a combination lock, b) he only told Nardole this and c) he allowed Nardole into the lab despite knowing the dangers the bacteria could pose to him, meaning he was infected and unable to help. We also have a scientist breaking a quarantine stopping the bacteria getting released (necessitating blowing up the lab) and the lab being poorly designed enough to allow this to happen. Bill then decides to save the Doctor by making a DealWithTheDevil with some reality warping aliens, knowing full well the price is letting the aliens concur Earth and doing it against the Doctor's wishes. On that note, no other methods of getting out of the lab are discussed and the prospect of regeneration is oddly forgotten about.

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** The ending of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid At The World"]]. The Doctor is trapped in a lab that is about to be destroyed to stop the outbreak of a deadly strain of bacteria with the potential to kill all life on Earth. This is because a)he a) he is blind and can't activate a combination lock, b) he only told Nardole this and c) he allowed Nardole into the lab despite knowing the dangers the bacteria could pose to him, meaning he was infected and unable to help. We also have a scientist breaking a quarantine stopping the bacteria getting released (necessitating blowing up the lab) and the lab being poorly designed enough to allow this to happen. Bill then decides to save the Doctor by making a DealWithTheDevil with some reality warping aliens, knowing full well the price is letting the aliens concur Earth and doing it against the Doctor's wishes. On that note, no other methods of getting out of the lab are discussed and the prospect of regeneration is oddly forgotten about.



** "Who is Harrison Wells?" While the subplot that gave episode it's name was handled more or less inteligently, the VillainOfTheWeek was not. Said villain was a ShapeShifter. And even after learning that fact, every single character suffered from severe GenreBlindness, never ''once'' questioning if the person with whom they were talking might be the villain in disguise, even when said person was in a place they couldn't possibly be or acting in a blatantly suspicious manner. And what stopped the shapeshifter from becoming a KarmaHoudini? ''Him'' grabbing the IdiotBall and changing in plain view of Barry. It's no wonder that episode earned no fewer than ''four'' entries on the WhatAnIdiot page.
** "Welcome to Earth Two" had another IdiotBall thrown around a lot. Team Flash goes to the titular Earth Two to locate Zoom and rescue the DamselInDistress but the initial plan to locate him fails. Barry then decides it would be good idea to impersonate his Earth 2 counterpart to search for info about Zoom at the local police department despite being told that Earth Two is ''nothing'' like his own even if it appears similar. Once again no one, not even Earth2!Barry's ''wife'' (who is a ''detective'') recognises the imposter and Barry, rather that sticking to his "great" idea, decides to spend time with his Earth 2 counterpart's wife (despite having a strict time limit on getting back to Earth One) resulting in getting into a fight with two local metahumans and [[spoiler: the death of local Barry's father-in-law.]]

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** "Who is Harrison Wells?" While the subplot that gave episode it's its name was handled more or less inteligently, intelligently, the VillainOfTheWeek was not. Said villain was a ShapeShifter. And even after learning that fact, every single character suffered from severe GenreBlindness, never ''once'' questioning if the person with whom they were talking might be the villain in disguise, even when said person was in a place they couldn't possibly be or acting in a blatantly suspicious manner. And what stopped the shapeshifter from becoming a KarmaHoudini? ''Him'' grabbing the IdiotBall and changing in plain view of Barry. It's no wonder that episode earned no fewer than ''four'' entries on the WhatAnIdiot page.
** "Welcome to Earth Two" had another IdiotBall thrown around a lot. Team Flash goes to the titular Earth Two to locate Zoom and rescue the DamselInDistress but the initial plan to locate him fails. Barry then decides it would be a good idea to impersonate his Earth 2 counterpart to search for info about Zoom at the local police department despite being told that Earth Two is ''nothing'' like his own even if it appears similar. Once again no one, not even Earth2!Barry's ''wife'' (who is a ''detective'') recognises the imposter and Barry, rather that sticking to his "great" idea, decides to spend time with his Earth 2 counterpart's wife (despite having a strict time limit on getting back to Earth One) resulting in getting into a fight with two local metahumans and [[spoiler: the death of local Barry's father-in-law.]]



* In the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Time to Crime," a tween boy wishes to kill the scummy ArmsDealer his mother is having an affair with. To accomplish this, he buys the murder weapon from the selfsame arms dealer, and despite having the perfect opportunity right then and there, lets the guy live. Later that night he goes to a crowded park where the guy hangs out with his fellow lowlives, fires randomly into said park, and hits not the arms dealer, but ''his own sister''.

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* In the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Time to Crime," Crime", a tween boy wishes to kill the scummy ArmsDealer his mother is having an affair with. To accomplish this, he buys the murder weapon from the selfsame arms dealer, and despite having the perfect opportunity right then and there, lets the guy live. Later that night he goes to a crowded park where the guy hangs out with his fellow lowlives, fires randomly into said park, and hits not the arms dealer, but ''his own sister''.
29th May '17 3:55:53 AM mario0987
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* ''STeries/DoctorWho'':

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** The tenure of Steven Moffat as showrunner repeatedly has plots that are resolved by changing time or using TrickedOutTime. This makes any episode where this does not happen, even though it could help solve the plot, come across as one of these. Special mention goes to "The Angels Take Manhattan". Here, changing time is used to resolve the plot right before it is ignored for a CruelTwistEnding with a HandWave as to why we are ignoring something that happened three minutes ago.

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** The tenure of Steven Moffat as showrunner repeatedly has plots that are resolved by changing time or using TrickedOutTime. This makes any episode several episodes where this does not happen, even though it could help solve the plot, come across as one of these.these, especially if the prospect of changing time is brought up but ignored for [[HandWave little reason]]. Special mention goes to "The Angels Take Manhattan". Here, changing time is used to resolve the plot right before it is ignored for a CruelTwistEnding with a HandWave as to why we are ignoring something that happened three minutes ago. ago.
** The ending of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid At The World"]]. The Doctor is trapped in a lab that is about to be destroyed to stop the outbreak of a deadly strain of bacteria with the potential to kill all life on Earth. This is because a)he is blind and can't activate a combination lock, b) he only told Nardole this and c) he allowed Nardole into the lab despite knowing the dangers the bacteria could pose to him, meaning he was infected and unable to help. We also have a scientist breaking a quarantine stopping the bacteria getting released (necessitating blowing up the lab) and the lab being poorly designed enough to allow this to happen. Bill then decides to save the Doctor by making a DealWithTheDevil with some reality warping aliens, knowing full well the price is letting the aliens concur Earth and doing it against the Doctor's wishes. On that note, no other methods of getting out of the lab are discussed and the prospect of regeneration is oddly forgotten about.
4th May '17 6:13:08 PM MagBas
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** The Charming's past with Maleficent. It turns out that when Emma was conceived, Snow and Charming learned that Emma might end up becoming a villain. The Charmings decide use a magical means of removing the darkness in Emma completely which requires someone to take that darkness; they choose Maleficent's unborn child who is then sent to The Land Without Magic. The possibility of stopping Emma from becoming a villain by raising her properly, like parents are supposed to do, is never brought up. The present day half of this storyline is not much better; instead of confessing what happened, Snow and Charming keep it to themselves and make everything worse to the point that when they do confess Emma spends the rest of the season not trusting them. Really the entire plot comes across as CharacterDerailment.

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** The Charming's past with Maleficent. It turns out that when Emma was conceived, Snow and Charming learned that Emma might end up becoming a villain. The Charmings decide use a magical means of removing the darkness in Emma completely which requires someone to take that darkness; they choose Maleficent's unborn child who is then sent to The Land Without Magic. The possibility of stopping Emma from becoming a villain by raising her properly, like parents are supposed to do, is never brought up. The present day half of this storyline is not much better; instead of confessing what happened, Snow and Charming keep it to themselves and make everything worse to the point that when they do confess Emma spends the rest of the season not trusting them. Really the entire plot comes across as CharacterDerailment.
17th Apr '17 10:44:57 AM BattleMaster
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* In ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'', the episode "For The Girl Who Has Everything". After Supergirl is incapacitated, Hank shapeshifts into her and goes to work for her because "Kara never takes sick days." His utterly abysmal impersonation of her nearly ends with Kat firing "Kara" and does significant damage to their relationship. It would have been trivially easy for him to simply call in sick and have the DEA fake a doctor's note if necessary stating that she'd come down with food poisoning or some other temporary condition that would have justified not showing up for work.
3rd Apr '17 7:26:32 AM Thecommander236
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*** Finally The Doctor, after successfully removing the parasite from B'Elanna thanks to the consultant's help, instead of proposing a new and inmproved Emergency Medical Consultant that doesn't look like a war criminal or inexplicably defend war crimes, simply deletes the program and drops the idea.

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*** Finally The Doctor, after successfully removing the parasite from B'Elanna thanks to the consultant's help, instead of proposing a new and inmproved improved Emergency Medical Consultant that doesn't look like a war criminal or inexplicably defend war crimes, simply deletes the program and drops the idea.
2nd Apr '17 11:41:34 AM nombretomado
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* To use just one arc from ''HomeAndAway'':

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* To use just one arc from ''HomeAndAway'':''Series/HomeAndAway'':
16th Mar '17 1:44:51 AM camipco
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*** There also exists a lucrative black market in daemon parts. Buffy kills daemons all the time.
*** She also just defeated Glory, selling her wardrobe alone would pay off the mortgage.
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