History IdiotPlot / LiveActionTV

29th Nov '16 8:25:29 PM 8088ben
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** "Escape Clause". A guy cuts a DealWithTheDevil for complete immortality and immunity from all bodily harm. What does he do with his new power? Commit some low-grade insurance fraud and seek cheap thrills by "killing" himself repeatedly. Later, [[spoiler:he murders his wife so he can try out the electric chair, but gets sentenced to life without parole instead. Rather than, you know, [[IForgotICouldFly try to escape since he can't be killed]], he just lets the Devil come claim his soul.]]

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** "Escape Clause". A guy cuts a DealWithTheDevil for complete immortality and immunity from all bodily harm. What does he do with his new power? Commit some low-grade insurance fraud and seek cheap thrills by "killing" himself repeatedly. Later, [[spoiler:he murders his wife so he can try out the electric chair, but gets sentenced to life without parole instead. Rather than, you know, [[IForgotICouldFly [[ForgotAboutHisPowers try to escape since he can't be killed]], he just lets the Devil come claim his soul.]]
29th Nov '16 8:22:53 PM 8088ben
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** One episode had some people rob a bank of gold and then put themselves in suspended animation (which one of the robbers invented) for years in order to avoid getting in trouble for it. Had they just [[CutLexLuthorACheck patented and sold the invention]] not only would they have probably made more money than they did in the bank robbery, it also would've prevented them from having to worry about the law in the first place. As the above-linked trope indicates, this is actually the problem with a LOT of villainous inventors.
** One of the villains decides to increase his share of the take by killing one of the other robbers by deliberately destroying their only means of transportation.
** Not only that, but when they decided to put themselves into suspended animation, they chose a cave for their hideout. None of them ever considered to put something over their chambers to block the potentially-falling rocks, which end up killing one of the men.
** 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!]]]]

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** One episode "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" had some people rob a bank of gold and then put themselves in suspended animation (which one of the robbers invented) for years in order to avoid getting in trouble for it. Had they just [[CutLexLuthorACheck patented and sold the invention]] not only would they have probably made more money than they did in the bank robbery, it also would've prevented them from having to worry about the law in the first place. As the above-linked trope indicates, this is actually the problem with a LOT of villainous inventors.
** *** One of the villains decides to increase his share of the take by killing one of the other robbers by deliberately destroying their only means of transportation.
** *** Not only that, but when they decided to put themselves into suspended animation, they chose a cave for their hideout. None of them ever considered to put something over their chambers to block the potentially-falling rocks, which end up killing one of the men.
** *** 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!]]]]anyway!]]]]
** "Escape Clause". A guy cuts a DealWithTheDevil for complete immortality and immunity from all bodily harm. What does he do with his new power? Commit some low-grade insurance fraud and seek cheap thrills by "killing" himself repeatedly. Later, [[spoiler:he murders his wife so he can try out the electric chair, but gets sentenced to life without parole instead. Rather than, you know, [[IForgotICouldFly try to escape since he can't be killed]], he just lets the Devil come claim his soul.]]
29th Nov '16 1:30:12 PM mario0987
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* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', "Mark of the Berserker", there's a serious issue. Rani gets the bright idea of leaving an Artifact of Doom alone, unguarded in the room, Sarah Jane shut down Mr. Smith while she was out, Clyde decides to spill all his secrets; Rani, when she starts to act, forgets to grab the Artifact of Doom. Clyde also, you know, spills his secret to his iffy father.

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* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', *''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''
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"Mark of the Berserker", there's Berserker" has a serious issue. Rani gets the bright idea of leaving an Artifact of Doom alone, unguarded in the room, Sarah Jane shut down Mr. Smith while she was out, Clyde decides to spill all his secrets; Rani, when she starts to act, forgets to grab the Artifact of Doom. Clyde also, you know, spills his secret to his iffy father.father.
** The plot of "The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith" revolves around Sarah Jane ignoring all her time travel experience that tells her not to alter time and ignoring the possibility that someone is trying to get her to do just that. A possibility that she herself brings up.


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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 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.
20th Nov '16 3:24:10 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "The Silurians" involves a sequence where the Doctor realises the Silurians have infected the potholers with a bacterial weapon, and informs Masters (an infectee) that he's very sick. Masters, despite the foul blisters on his arms, then announces he's going to London and no-one makes any efforts to stop him, not even the Doctor. Two episodes later, after Masters had got to London and spread the Silurian plague throughout the tube system, with chaos and people dropping dead in the streets, the Doctor even moons over the fact that if he'd just established a quarantine, everything would have been fine. The Silurians themselves spend most of the story convinced the humans are going to kill them despite the Doctor's best efforts to persuade them that they won't, and the humans spend most of the story convinced the Silurians are going to kill them despite the Doctor's best efforts to persuade them that they won't, and the Doctor spends most of the story convinced the two sides aren't going to kill each other even though they obviously are. The Brigadier purposefully defies the Doctor's orders and blows the Silurians up at the end out of sheer racism, and still the Doctor [[EasilyForgiven bothers showing up for work the next morning]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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** "The Silurians" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace Spearhead from Space]]" involves a sequence where the Doctor realises the Silurians have infected the potholers with a bacterial weapon, and informs Masters (an infectee) that he's very sick. Masters, despite the foul blisters on his arms, then announces he's going to London and no-one makes any efforts to stop him, not even the Doctor. Two episodes later, after Masters had got to London and spread the Silurian plague throughout the tube system, with chaos and people dropping dead in the streets, the Doctor even moons over the fact that if he'd just established a quarantine, everything would have been fine. The Silurians themselves spend most of the story convinced the humans are going to kill them despite the Doctor's best efforts to persuade them that they won't, and the humans spend most of the story convinced the Silurians are going to kill them despite the Doctor's best efforts to persuade them that they won't, and the Doctor spends most of the story convinced the two sides aren't going to kill each other even though they obviously are. The Brigadier purposefully defies the Doctor's orders and blows the Silurians up at the end out of sheer racism, and still the Doctor [[EasilyForgiven bothers showing up for work the next morning]].



** "The Brain of Morbius". The plot concerns Solon, a MadScientist who wants to [[BrainTransplant transplant the brain of a Time Lord war criminal]] into a new body. Not having a complete body to use (save for his servant), he makes a patchwork body out of bits of various aliens that have been killed in spaceship crashes on the planet, but can't find a head big enough. Then, the Doctor, another Time Lord, shows up. Solon decides to use the Doctor's 'magnificent' head as the final piece of his makeshift monstrosity. So why didn't he just empty out the Doctor's brain and put Morbius in the Doctor's body? This PlotHole was big enough that Creator/TerranceDicks wanted his name taken off the script, and is helpfully pointed out by the DVD subtitles (which suggest that Solon is 'caught up in the blindness of someone struggling to assemble a flatpack piece of furniture'). It's also possible that Solon just really likes doing horrible things with bodies and a straight brain switch wouldn't be horrible enough.

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius".Morbius]]". The plot concerns Solon, a MadScientist who wants to [[BrainTransplant transplant the brain of a Time Lord war criminal]] into a new body. Not having a complete body to use (save for his servant), he makes a patchwork body out of bits of various aliens that have been killed in spaceship crashes on the planet, but can't find a head big enough. Then, the Doctor, another Time Lord, shows up. Solon decides to use the Doctor's 'magnificent' head as the final piece of his makeshift monstrosity. So why didn't he just empty out the Doctor's brain and put Morbius in the Doctor's body? This PlotHole was big enough that Creator/TerranceDicks wanted his name taken off the script, and is helpfully pointed out by the DVD subtitles (which suggest that Solon is 'caught up in the blindness of someone struggling to assemble a flatpack piece of furniture'). It's also possible that Solon just really likes doing horrible things with bodies and a straight brain switch wouldn't be horrible enough.



** Speaking of which, as [[https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=gzHVFzdvbx4 this video]] points out, neither of the Tenth Doctor's regenerations, or hell, while we're at it, any of his entire tenure would have happened if not for his going back to the 18th Century Scotland and pissing off Queen Victoria, causing her to banish him ffrom the land and create Torchwood.

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** Speaking of which, as [[https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=gzHVFzdvbx4 this video]] points out, neither of the Tenth Doctor's regenerations, or hell, while we're at it, any of his entire tenure would have happened if not for his going back to the 18th Century Scotland and pissing off Queen Victoria, causing her to banish him ffrom from the land and create Torchwood.
8th Nov '16 2:12:38 PM lluewhyn
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** Wwhen the above incident of soul loss and re-ensouling concludes, what does Angel do? [[FridgeLogic Does he ask the powerful witch that re-ensouled him if there's a way he can keep his soul permanently? Nope. Do some research or travel the world looking for a way to keep his soul forever so he can go back to his sweetheart? Nope.]] Thus, an entire series is born from, and partially running on an idiot plot.

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** Wwhen When the above incident of soul loss and re-ensouling concludes, what does Angel do? [[FridgeLogic Does he ask the powerful witch that re-ensouled him if there's a way he can keep his soul permanently? Nope. Do some research or travel the world looking for a way to keep his soul forever so he can go back to his sweetheart? Nope.]] Thus, an entire series is born from, and partially running on an idiot plot.plot.
***Of course, there's also the problem of why being re-ensouled is punishment to begin with. The soul wasn't around during any of Angelus's rampage. They're basically ripping the soul out of Heaven (or wherever), and putting it back into a body he hasn't been in for over a hundred years. He'd feel uncomfortable with the memories, but shouldn't feel any guiltier than if he had been mind-controlled or possessed.
4th Oct '16 1:29:05 AM BlakeneyGreen
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** A notable exception in "Histories" where it's the doctors themselves who carry the Idiot Ball: A homeless woman arrives at the hospital with symptoms even a layperson would recognize as rabies, but the doctors don't consider this relatively straightforward diagnosis, opting for more exotic ideas instead. Later in the episode a team member goes to investigate her makeshift shelter and finds that it is full of ''bats''. Bats are a major vector for rabies transmission in the United States, which any medical professional should know, but the bats are ignored. [[spoiler:It's rabies. They figure it out too late and she dies.]]

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** A notable exception in "Histories" where it's the doctors themselves who carry the Idiot Ball: A homeless woman arrives at the hospital with symptoms even a layperson would recognize as possibly indicating rabies, but the doctors don't consider this relatively straightforward diagnosis, opting for more exotic ideas instead.diagnosis. Later in the episode a team member goes to investigate her makeshift shelter and finds that it is full of ''bats''. Bats are a major vector for rabies transmission in the United States, which any medical professional should know, but the bats are ignored. [[spoiler:It's rabies. They figure it out too late and she dies.]]
4th Oct '16 1:27:19 AM BlakeneyGreen
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** A notable exception in "Histories" where it's the doctors themselves who carry the Idiot Ball: A homeless woman arrives at the hospital with symptoms even a layperson would recognize as rabies, but the doctors don't consider this relatively straightforward diagnosis, opting for more exotic ideas instead. Later in the episode a team member goes to investigate her makeshift shelter and finds that it is full of ''bats''. Bats are a major vector for rabies transmission in the United States, which any medical professional should know, but the bats are ignored. [[It's rabies. They figure it out too late and she dies.]]

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** A notable exception in "Histories" where it's the doctors themselves who carry the Idiot Ball: A homeless woman arrives at the hospital with symptoms even a layperson would recognize as rabies, but the doctors don't consider this relatively straightforward diagnosis, opting for more exotic ideas instead. Later in the episode a team member goes to investigate her makeshift shelter and finds that it is full of ''bats''. Bats are a major vector for rabies transmission in the United States, which any medical professional should know, but the bats are ignored. [[It's [[spoiler:It's rabies. They figure it out too late and she dies.]]
4th Oct '16 1:24:48 AM BlakeneyGreen
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** A notable exception in "Histories" where it's the doctors themselves who carry the Idiot Ball: A homeless woman arrives at the hospital with symptoms even a layperson would recognize as rabies, but the doctors don't consider this relatively straightforward diagnosis, opting for more exotic ideas instead. Later in the episode a team member goes to investigate her makeshift shelter and finds that it is full of ''bats''. Bats are a major vector for rabies transmission in the United States, which any medical professional should know, but the bats are ignored. [[It's rabies. They figure it out too late and she dies.]]
13th Sep '16 1:56:21 PM MGD107
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* The entire ''premise'' of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''. Major Nelson wears the IdiotBall around his neck for the first five seasons. [[SarcasmMode Because marrying a girl you just met, let alone one you]] ''[[SarcasmMode found inside of a bottle]]'', [[SarcasmMode without getting to know them first is always a great idea.]]
9th Sep '16 3:06:09 PM Rowdycmoore
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** [[spoiler:Aaron Echolls]] getting acquitted of the murder near the end of season two only happens because of so many stupid mistakes on the part of multiple people: 1. Logan destroying the evidence tapes proving [[Spolier:Aaron and Lily were having an affair]] just to keep Lily's reputation from being possibly besmirched in court, 2. Veronica helping Duncan flee the country with his kidnapped illegitimate child, thus giving the defense a chance to throw suspicion back on Duncan as the real culprit with Veronica as a possible accomplice; this was even LAMPSHADED by Lucy Lawless' federal agent character saying Veronica's decisions would come back to haunt her, and 3. The judge AND prosecutor failing to know that [[Spoiler:Aaron's]] lawyer publicly revealing Veronica's medical records was a felony and inadmissible evidence (though that is more likely a huge CriticalResearchFailure on the writer's part). All just to have a reason for [[Spoiler: Duncan to have Aaron murdered as "real justice"]].

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** [[spoiler:Aaron Echolls]] getting acquitted of the murder near the end of season two only happens because of so many stupid mistakes on the part of multiple people: 1. Logan destroying the evidence tapes proving [[Spolier:Aaron [[spoiler:Aaron and Lily were having an affair]] just to keep Lily's reputation from being possibly besmirched in court, 2. Veronica helping Duncan flee the country with his kidnapped illegitimate child, thus giving the defense a chance to throw suspicion back on Duncan as the real culprit with Veronica as a possible accomplice; this was even LAMPSHADED by Lucy Lawless' federal agent character saying Veronica's decisions would come back to haunt her, and 3. The judge AND prosecutor failing to know that [[Spoiler:Aaron's]] [[spoiler:Aaron's]] lawyer publicly revealing Veronica's medical records was a felony and inadmissible evidence (though that is more likely a huge CriticalResearchFailure on the writer's part). All just to have a reason for [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Duncan to have Aaron murdered as "real justice"]].
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