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27th Aug '16 6:39:54 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' has a handful of Fireteam Osiris missions where there is no combat at all. Instead, the player goes around speaking to [=NPCs=] and listening in on various conversations, with Osiris themselves occasionally chiming in. One of these levels is set on an independent human colony, while the others are set on the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elite]] homeworld.
23rd Aug '16 9:34:39 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Odd One Out'' in ''Anime/HaloLegends'' is the only non-canon short of the group, is comedic, and is shown between the two most tragic episodes.

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* ''Odd One Out'' in ''Anime/HaloLegends'' is the only non-canon short of the group, is comedic, and is group; it's a light-hearted comedy shown between the two most tragic episodes.
16th Aug '16 7:32:14 AM CCIB
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* There's also "Log Date 7 15 2", which comes right after WhamEpisodes "It Could've Been Great" and "Message Received". In season 3, there's "Greg the Babysitter", which comes after a similarly intense pair of episodes, "Monster Reunion" and "Alone at Sea".

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* ** There's also "Log Date 7 15 2", which comes right after WhamEpisodes "It Could've Been Great" and "Message Received". In season 3, there's "Greg the Babysitter", which comes after a similarly intense pair of episodes, "Monster Reunion" and "Alone at Sea".Sea".
** Season 4 has its premiere, which aired the day after the season 3 finale. The last few episodes of season 3 ended on the heavy gut-punches of [[spoiler: Jasper's corruption, TheReveal that Rose shattered Pink Diamond, and Steven almost being assassinated in the middle of space.]] The season 4 premiere, "The Kindergarden Kid", is an extended homage to Wil E. Coyote and Roadrunner.
14th Aug '16 5:29:05 AM fearlessnikki
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** Season 3 features "Doppelgangland" which comes right after Faith's FaceHeelTurn. It's a light hearted comedy episode that has a vampire alter ego for Willow walking around causing mistaken identity laughs.



* The original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' featured one as well, after [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aeris]] [[ItWasHisSled dies]] at the end of disk one, the beginning of disk two immediately gives you a snowboarding minigame to lighten the mood. This was parodied on the WebComic ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'', where after a similar WhamEpisode, the heroes get involved in a butterfly catching contest, with the hero still [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSODing]].

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
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The original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' first disk has a big DramaBomb involving Barret's hometown, which is immediately followed by the player discovering the Gold Saucer amusement park for the first time. The player is free to have as much fun as they want before one of Barret's old friends shows up to bring the drama back.
** The second disk
featured one as well, after [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aeris]] [[ItWasHisSled dies]] at the end of disk one, the beginning of disk two immediately gives you a snowboarding minigame to lighten the mood. This was parodied on the WebComic ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'', where after a similar WhamEpisode, the heroes get involved in a butterfly catching contest, with the hero still [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSODing]].



* Within ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', the [[MeaningfulName Calm Lands]] could be considered this; after the intense [[WhamEpisode Macalania, Bikanel and Bevelle]] sections ([[spoiler: during which the game's first major [[TheReveal reveal]] occurred]]), you're treated to a beautiful open plain, featuring some new (and sometimes, challenging) enemies, that the party can trek and wonder at their leisure... before getting pulled straight back into drama with Mt. Gagazet.

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* Within ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', the [[MeaningfulName Calm Lands]] could be considered this; after the intense [[WhamEpisode Macalania, Bikanel and Bevelle]] sections ([[spoiler: during which the game's first major [[TheReveal reveal]] occurred]]), you're treated to a beautiful open plain, featuring some new (and sometimes, challenging) enemies, that the party can trek and wonder at their leisure... before getting pulled straight back into drama with Mt. Gagazet. According to Lulu, they are this in-universe too. Bevelle is the last temple the summoner visits before heading onto Zanarkand. The plains are a place for them to relax before continuing on up the mountain.
29th Jul '16 6:32:18 PM CCIB
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* There's also "Log Date 7 15 2", which comes right after WhamEpisodes "It Could've Been Great" and "Message Received". In season 3, there's "Greg the Babysitter", which comes after a similarly intense pair of episodes, "Monster Reunion" and "Alone at Sea".
18th Jul '16 11:08:25 AM Doug86
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* NeilGaiman would often insert one or more one-shot stories between (or sometimes even ''within'') the lengthier, heavier arcs of ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', usually with the titular character in a tertiary or even nonexistent role. Note, however, that ''not'' all one-shot issues qualify as this. Ones like [[LivingForeverIsAwesome "Men of Good Fortune"]], [[BeenThereShapedHistory "A Midsummer Night's Dream"]], or [[LowerDeckEpisode "The Parliament of Rooks"]] fit the bill well, but yarns like [[RapeAsDrama "Calliope"]], [[DrivenToSuicide "Facade"]], or [[TheFrenchRevolution "Thermidor"]] can be every bit as violent and depressing as the longer arcs.

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* NeilGaiman Creator/NeilGaiman would often insert one or more one-shot stories between (or sometimes even ''within'') the lengthier, heavier arcs of ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', usually with the titular character in a tertiary or even nonexistent role. Note, however, that ''not'' all one-shot issues qualify as this. Ones like [[LivingForeverIsAwesome "Men of Good Fortune"]], [[BeenThereShapedHistory "A Midsummer Night's Dream"]], or [[LowerDeckEpisode "The Parliament of Rooks"]] fit the bill well, but yarns like [[RapeAsDrama "Calliope"]], [[DrivenToSuicide "Facade"]], or [[TheFrenchRevolution "Thermidor"]] can be every bit as violent and depressing as the longer arcs.
17th Jul '16 7:00:07 AM Sapphirea2
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** In the first half of Series 6, we get the fun little pirate tale "The Curse of the Black Spot" wedged between the thrilling, terrifying, heart-wrenching season premiere and the sad and scary "The Doctor's Wife". After Amy, Rory, and the Doctor had their egos completely broken and their faith challenged in the second half, [[spoiler:leading to the Doctor leaving Rory and Amy behind]], we got "Closing Time", which got pretty scary, but nonetheless was far more lighthearted than the preceding episodes (and, incidentally, featured Craig from the previous year's Breather Episode "The Lodger"). Although in this one, the "breather" ended slightly before the actual episode did, with a scene at the end thrown in to remind the audience what was coming.

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** In the first half of Series 6, we get the fun little pirate tale "The Curse of the Black Spot" wedged between the thrilling, terrifying, heart-wrenching season premiere and the sad and scary "The Doctor's Wife". After Amy, Rory, and the Doctor had their egos completely broken and their faith challenged in the second half, [[spoiler:leading to the Doctor leaving Rory and Amy behind]], we got "Closing Time", which got pretty scary, but nonetheless was far more lighthearted than the preceding episodes (and, incidentally, featured Craig from the previous year's Breather Episode "The Lodger"). Although in this one, the "breather" ended slightly before the actual episode did, with a scene at the end thrown in to remind the audience what was coming.coming in the finale "The Wedding of River Song".
17th Jul '16 6:56:32 AM Sapphirea2
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** Series 8, which introduced the darker, broodier Twelfth Doctor, has two of these. The sunshiny swashbuckler "Robot of Sherwood" is set between the tragic "Into the Dalek" and the extra-spooky and emotionally tender "Listen". After the scary "Flatline", which sees Clara becoming more of a PragmaticHero due to the Doctor's influence, there's "In the Forest of the Night" -- it has a spooky fairy tale-esque atmosphere, but there's NoAntagonist, EverybodyLives, and cute kids while the ''positive'' CharacterDevelopment that the Doctor, Clara, and Danny have over the course of the season comes to the fore. The episode is followed by the tragic two-part finale "Dark Water"/"Death in Heaven", in which [[spoiler: Danny dies and ends up a Cyberman, Clara tries to betray the Doctor, Missy is revealed to be the Master, fan favorite Osgood is slain, and the Doctor and Clara part ways via mutual lies when all is said and done]].
** Averted in Series 9, which was mostly multi-part stories, if one doesn't count the humorous prequel short "The Doctor's Meditation". The one standalone ("Sleep No More") was a FoundFootage horror episode, the lightest episode ("The Girl Who Died") had a ''''very'''' serious development in the season's StoryArc in its denouement, and the finale three-parter saw Twelve near-completely broken by a TraumaCongaLine and temporarily turned into a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Then came "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a bright and colorful, wacky-yet-poignant ChristmasEpisode with a BittersweetEnding much more sweet than bitter: [[spoiler: Twelve and River spending '''twenty-four happy years together''' before she heads off to meet her destiny]].

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** Series 8, which introduced the darker, broodier Twelfth Doctor, has two of these. The sunshiny swashbuckler "Robot of Sherwood" is set between the tragic "Into the Dalek" and the extra-spooky and emotionally tender "Listen". After the scary "Flatline", which sees Clara becoming more of a PragmaticHero due to the Doctor's influence, there's "In the Forest of the Night" -- it has a spooky fairy tale-esque tale atmosphere, but there's NoAntagonist, EverybodyLives, and cute kids while the ''positive'' CharacterDevelopment that of the Doctor, Clara, and Danny have over the course of the season comes to the fore. The episode is followed by the tragic two-part finale "Dark Water"/"Death in Heaven", in which [[spoiler: Danny dies and ends up a Cyberman, Clara tries to betray the Doctor, Missy is revealed to be the Master, fan favorite Osgood is slain, and the Doctor and Clara part ways via mutual lies when all is said and done]].
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** Averted in Series 9, which was mostly multi-part stories, if one doesn't count the humorous prequel short "The Doctor's Meditation". The one standalone ("Sleep No More") was a FoundFootage horror episode, the lightest episode ("The Girl Who Died") had a ''''very'''' '''''very''''' serious development in the season's StoryArc in its denouement, and the finale three-parter saw Twelve near-completely broken by a TraumaCongaLine and temporarily turned into a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Then came "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a bright and colorful, wacky-yet-poignant ChristmasEpisode with a BittersweetEnding much more sweet than bitter: [[spoiler: Twelve and River spending '''twenty-four happy years together''' before she heads off to meet her destiny]]. A good note to leave off on, since the show took a longer than usual break between seasons and the ''next'' ChristmasEpisode was all that aired in the interim!
14th Jun '16 6:35:25 AM JapaneseTeeth
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** Part III has the IneffectualSympatheticVillain brothers Oingo and Boingo, whose series of plans [[HumiliationConga mess up]], [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfire]] and send themselves into the hospital without heroes even realizing they're being attacked.

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** Part III has the IneffectualSympatheticVillain brothers Oingo and Boingo, whose series of plans [[HumiliationConga mess up]], [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfire]] and send themselves into the hospital without the heroes even realizing they're being attacked.attacked.
* The seventh episode of ''Anime/KabaneriOfTheIronFortress'' sees the cast finally arrive in a station that ''hasn't'' been overrun by Kabane. The plot is mostly about celebrating a holiday while they restock on supplies.
7th Jun '16 9:49:34 PM TheDiego908
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** Averted in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' - all 5 cases are somehow tied in to one smuggling ring, although the third (notice a pattern) has the most tenuous link.

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** Averted Subverted in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' - all 5 cases are somehow tied in to one smuggling ring, although the third (notice a the pattern) has the most tenuous link.link. Completely averted in ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'', where at least one or two major plot points tie into the over-arching story.
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