History Main / CliffhangerCopOut

20th Jan '17 1:02:44 PM SeanMurrayI
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* InUniverse: Annie Wilkes of ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' absolutely ''hates'' it when authors do this, telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square.

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* InUniverse: Annie Wilkes of ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' absolutely ''hates'' hates it when authors do this, telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square.
20th Jan '17 7:00:04 AM Dravencour
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* ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' has two InUniverse examples of this. Annie was telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square.

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* InUniverse: Annie Wilkes of ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' has two InUniverse examples of this. Annie was absolutely ''hates'' it when authors do this, telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square.
20th Jan '17 6:55:42 AM Dravencour
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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!'''"''

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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!'''"''CAR!''''"''
20th Jan '17 6:51:58 AM Dravencour
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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!''''"''

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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!''''"''CAR!'''"''
30th Dec '16 10:42:09 PM scooter
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* Parodied in ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings''. Wizard/flim-flam artist Goodgulf is last seen plummeting to his death. Later in the story he suddenly reappears, but is oddly cagey about the circumstances of his uncanny resurrection. Legolam the elf excitedly demands the story of how he survived the clutches of the ballhog, lived through the flames, recovered from the fall into the boiling pit, and escaped the bloodthirsty narcs to find his old comrades.
---> As the stars grew brighter in the velvet sky overhead, the elf, dwarf, and Ranger gathered around the radiant sage to hear the tale of his miraculous, impossible salvation. "Well," began Goodgulf, "once out of the pit..."
16th Dec '16 12:37:38 PM SeanMurrayI
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** The most (in)famous, not to mention [[LiteralCliffhanger literal]], example is probably from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]''; in which the Doctor ''dangles himself over a precipice'' for no obvious reason other than because the episode was coming to an end, and [[PseudoCrisis just... climbs out of it next episode. Of course, given the episode never gave the viewer any reason to believe the Doctor couldn't just climb up, this is less of a copout and more just confusing.]] The new series actually pulled an AuthorsSavingThrow on this one, revealing it as one of several cases where the Great Intelligence altered events in the Doctor's timeline to try to kill him.

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** The most (in)famous, not to mention [[LiteralCliffhanger literal]], example is probably from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]''; in which the Doctor ''dangles himself over a precipice'' for no obvious reason other than because the episode was coming to an end, and [[PseudoCrisis just... climbs out of it next episode. Of course, given the episode never gave the viewer any reason to believe the Doctor couldn't just climb up, this is less of a copout and more just confusing.]] The new series actually pulled an AuthorsSavingThrow on this one, revealing it as one of several cases where the Great Intelligence altered events in the Doctor's timeline to try to kill him.
15th Dec '16 10:04:27 PM Pren
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** The most (in)famous, not to mention [[LiteralCliffhanger literal]], example is probably from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]''; in which the Doctor ''dangles himself over a precipice'' for no obvious reason other than because the episode was coming to an end, and [[PseudoCrisis just... climbs out of it next episode. Of course, given the episode never gave the viewer any reason to believe the Doctor couldn't just climb up, this is less of a copout and more just confusing.]]

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** The most (in)famous, not to mention [[LiteralCliffhanger literal]], example is probably from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]''; in which the Doctor ''dangles himself over a precipice'' for no obvious reason other than because the episode was coming to an end, and [[PseudoCrisis just... climbs out of it next episode. Of course, given the episode never gave the viewer any reason to believe the Doctor couldn't just climb up, this is less of a copout and more just confusing.]]]] The new series actually pulled an AuthorsSavingThrow on this one, revealing it as one of several cases where the Great Intelligence altered events in the Doctor's timeline to try to kill him.
3rd Dec '16 5:44:32 AM NESBoy
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' pulled them on a regular basis, such as one where a character falls down a waterfall, is ''clearly seen'' falling down a waterfall, and when the show returns from the commercial break it rewinds and he's caught before he falls.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' pulled them on a regular basis, such as one in the episode "20,000 Leaks Under the City", where a character falls down a waterfall, Splinter is ''clearly seen'' falling down a waterfall, and when the show returns from the commercial break [[AdBreakDoubleTake it rewinds rewinds]] and he's caught before he falls.
22nd Nov '16 9:18:42 PM SeanMurrayI
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*** Chapter 5 ends with a ware full of illegal munitions being bombed, and the Hornet at Ground Zero. Chapter 6 starts with the Hornet having enough time to take cover in the basement.

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*** Chapter 5 ends with a ware warehouse full of illegal munitions being bombed, and the Hornet at Ground Zero. Chapter 6 starts with the Hornet having enough time to take cover in the basement.



*** There’s another ware with illegal explosives in Chapter 12. The chapter ends with the Hornet ramming a racketeer's car through the ware door, hitting the explosives, and big boom. Chapter 13 gives him enough time to see the crates of explosives and dive out before the car hits them.

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*** There’s another ware warehouse with illegal explosives in Chapter 12. The chapter ends with the Hornet ramming a racketeer's car through the ware warehouse door, hitting the explosives, and big boom. Chapter 13 gives him enough time to see the crates of explosives and dive out before the car hits them.



* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Season 3 ends with Chloe's exploding the instant she closes the door upon entering it, but a flashback in the first or second episode of Season 4 shows her escaping, with the time between closing the door and the explosion miraculously expanding to fit Lex's men getting her to safety.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Season 3 ends with Chloe's house exploding the instant she closes the door upon entering it, but a flashback in the first or second episode of Season 4 shows her escaping, with the time between closing the door and the explosion miraculously expanding to fit Lex's men getting her to safety.



* The midseason finale of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' Season 6 showed Rick and company escaping from their into a herd of walkers. As they try to silently move past the walkers, Sam starts calling for his mom, causing the walkers to become louder and more angry. Later, the midseason premiere opens with scenes from the previous episode, again showing Sam calling to his mom, only this time the noise isn't suggested as provoking the walkers, and the group manages to evade the herd without incident.

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* The midseason finale of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' Season 6 showed Rick and company escaping from their house into a herd of walkers. As they try to silently move past the walkers, Sam starts calling for his mom, causing the walkers to become louder and more angry. Later, the midseason premiere opens with scenes from the previous episode, again showing Sam calling to his mom, only this time the noise isn't suggested as provoking the walkers, and the group manages to evade the herd without incident.
22nd Nov '16 11:24:37 AM evilculturalmarxistSJW
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*** Chapter 5 ends with a warehouse full of illegal munitions being bombed, and the Hornet at Ground Zero. Chapter 6 starts with the Hornet having enough time to take cover in the basement.

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*** Chapter 5 ends with a warehouse ware full of illegal munitions being bombed, and the Hornet at Ground Zero. Chapter 6 starts with the Hornet having enough time to take cover in the basement.



*** There’s another warehouse with illegal explosives in Chapter 12. The chapter ends with the Hornet ramming a racketeer's car through the warehouse door, hitting the explosives, and big boom. Chapter 13 gives him enough time to see the crates of explosives and dive out before the car hits them.

to:

*** There’s another warehouse ware with illegal explosives in Chapter 12. The chapter ends with the Hornet ramming a racketeer's car through the warehouse ware door, hitting the explosives, and big boom. Chapter 13 gives him enough time to see the crates of explosives and dive out before the car hits them.



* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Season 3 ends with Chloe's house exploding the instant she closes the door upon entering it, but a flashback in the first or second episode of Season 4 shows her escaping, with the time between closing the door and the explosion miraculously expanding to fit Lex's men getting her to safety.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Season 3 ends with Chloe's house Chloe's exploding the instant she closes the door upon entering it, but a flashback in the first or second episode of Season 4 shows her escaping, with the time between closing the door and the explosion miraculously expanding to fit Lex's men getting her to safety.



* The "Moldavian Massacre" on ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'' is an (in)famous case of this. At the end of the fifth season, two major characters (Amanda and Prince Michael) get married in a ceremony attended by nearly the entire main cast in the fictional country of Moldavia. However, a group of terrorists crash the ceremony and spray the entire audience and newlyweds with bullets, with the final image of the season being everyone lying on the ground motionless. This cliffhanger was done ostensibly so the producers had an out if any cast members wanted to leave. When the show, returned, however, it was revealed that only two minor characters had died. This is often cited as the reason for the show's ratings decline, as it slid from first to seventh place after the conclusion to the cliffhanger was revealed.

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* The "Moldavian Massacre" on ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'' is an (in)famous case of this. At the end of the fifth season, two major characters (Amanda and Prince Michael) get married in a ceremony attended by nearly the entire main cast in the fictional country of Moldavia.Moldavia (an archaic name for Moldova). However, a group of terrorists crash the ceremony and spray the entire audience and newlyweds with bullets, with the final image of the season being everyone lying on the ground motionless. This cliffhanger was done ostensibly so the producers had an out if any cast members wanted to leave. When the show, returned, however, it was revealed that only two minor characters had died. This is often cited as the reason for the show's ratings decline, as it slid from first to seventh place after the conclusion to the cliffhanger was revealed.



* The midseason finale of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' Season 6 showed Rick and company escaping from their house into a herd of walkers. As they try to silently move past the walkers, Sam starts calling for his mom, causing the walkers to become louder and more angry. Later, the midseason premiere opens with scenes from the previous episode, again showing Sam calling to his mom, only this time the noise isn't suggested as provoking the walkers, and the group manages to evade the herd without incident.

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* The midseason finale of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' Season 6 showed Rick and company escaping from their house their into a herd of walkers. As they try to silently move past the walkers, Sam starts calling for his mom, causing the walkers to become louder and more angry. Later, the midseason premiere opens with scenes from the previous episode, again showing Sam calling to his mom, only this time the noise isn't suggested as provoking the walkers, and the group manages to evade the herd without incident.
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