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26th Jun '17 8:13:25 AM Joylock
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''/''[[MarketBasedTitle Indigo Prophecy]]''. Well written and immersive until about two thirds through the game, at which point it goes ''absolutely batshit '''crazy'''''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''/''[[MarketBasedTitle Indigo Prophecy]]''. Well written and immersive until about two thirds through the game, at which point it goes ''absolutely batshit '''crazy'''''. Apparently the game was planned as what we would today call an episodic game, and when the money ran out they were forced to cram all the highlights of several episodes into the third act, while cutting out all the plot development that (supposedly) would have made it all make sense.
15th Jun '17 2:51:05 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* VideoGame/BrutalLegend has an accelerating example. The first part of the game is very spaced out, and your battles with Lionwhyte have other missions between them where you acquire more followers. The enemies you're fighting are supposed to be low-level lackeys, but it takes up at least 2/3 of the game. The second part has you mostly fighting Ophelia and the Drowning Doom, and while there are about the same number of battles there are almost no other missions and the other arcs are all either already resolved or abandoned at this point, with the previously constant parade of new kooky characters coming to an abrupt halt. After that arc ends the BigBad Doviculus shows up and you immediately have a boss fight on the same field as the final battle with Ophelia; you don't even get a proper stage battle with him since he relies entirely on gimmicks.
27th May '17 8:56:11 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The season three finale crams together two very ambitious stories, about the Mane Six's cutie marks being switched around and [[spoiler:Twilight becoming an alicorn]], into a single half hour. The latter had the advantage of the entire series to that point having built up to it, but the former feels very rushed and the writers needed to resort to ''two'' musical montages to make the concept workable in just two acts rather than three. Many fans wish it had been a two-parter, and there are suspicions that it was meant to be one before the season got cut to thirteen episodes.

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** The season three finale crams together two very ambitious stories, about the Mane Six's cutie marks being switched around and [[spoiler:Twilight becoming an alicorn]], into a single half hour. The latter had the advantage of the entire series to that point having built up to it, but the former feels very rushed and the writers needed to resort to ''two'' musical montages to make the concept workable in just two acts rather than three. Many fans wish it had been a two-parter, and there are suspicions that it was meant to be one before the season got cut to thirteen episodes.
9th May '17 3:19:12 PM MyFinalEdits
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** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' ''inverts'' this trope. Like Ryuki, there's an InUniverse deadline: the main character dies in the first episode and is given 99 days to find the {{MacGuffin}}s needed to resurrect himself or else he's gone for good. Every episode's introduction even has the hero saying "I've got (number) days left". Episode 4 starts with 87 days left, but then Episode 5 decides to do a TimeSkip of ''twenty days'' for no apparent reason other than, well, this trope. Which has the side-effect of making the protagonists look lazy, ineffectual, or callous since they spent three weeks not making any effort to save their friend's life.
*** To make matters worse, the show presses the ResetButton '''twice'', with increasingly flimsy justifications, seemingly just because ''Kamen Rider'' shows last a whole year and the writers realized they'd written themselves into a corner with the 99-day time limit.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' ''inverts'' this trope. Like Ryuki, there's an InUniverse deadline: the main character dies in the first episode and is given 99 days to find the {{MacGuffin}}s needed to resurrect himself or else he's gone for good. Every episode's introduction even has the hero saying "I've got (number) days left". Episode 4 starts with 87 days left, but then Episode 5 decides to do a TimeSkip of ''twenty days'' for no apparent reason other than, well, this trope. Which has the side-effect of making the protagonists look lazy, ineffectual, or callous since they spent three weeks not making any effort to save their friend's life.
*** To make matters worse,
life. Worse, the show presses the ResetButton '''twice'', with increasingly flimsy justifications, seemingly just because ''Kamen Rider'' shows last a whole year and the writers realized they'd written themselves into a corner with the 99-day time limit.
9th May '17 2:10:32 PM LinTaylor
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** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' ''inverts'' this trope. Like Ryuki, there's an InUniverse deadline, which is relatively short. However, after the fourth episode, in which only 12 days of the 99 have passed, the show decides to {{time skip}} about twenty days for no apparent reason other than, well, this trope. It's to the point where the Cosmic Deadline ''passed'' in the beginning of the show, with the only reason it's still going being that [[ResetButton the clock's reset]].

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** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' ''inverts'' this trope. Like Ryuki, there's an InUniverse deadline, which is relatively short. However, after deadline: the fourth episode, main character dies in which only 12 the first episode and is given 99 days of to find the 99 have passed, {{MacGuffin}}s needed to resurrect himself or else he's gone for good. Every episode's introduction even has the show hero saying "I've got (number) days left". Episode 4 starts with 87 days left, but then Episode 5 decides to {{time skip}} about twenty days do a TimeSkip of ''twenty days'' for no apparent reason other than, well, this trope. It's to Which has the point where side-effect of making the Cosmic Deadline ''passed'' in protagonists look lazy, ineffectual, or callous since they spent three weeks not making any effort to save their friend's life.
*** To make matters worse,
the beginning of show presses the show, ResetButton '''twice'', with increasingly flimsy justifications, seemingly just because ''Kamen Rider'' shows last a whole year and the writers realized they'd written themselves into a corner with the only reason it's still going being that [[ResetButton the clock's reset]].99-day time limit.
18th Apr '17 7:07:13 PM WaxingName
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** This was a recurring problem in adventure-based two-part season premieres or finales in the show. They spend most of the time showcasing the characterizations of the core characters (either the mane 6, their current allies, or the villain), developing the conflict, and building up to the final confrontation. When it comes to the confrontation itself, though, it's usually in the last five minutes of the second part, and so it's generally ended swiftly so that they can fit into the time limit. They finally averted this in the season four finale, which had its [[{{Pun}} key story]] aspects [[HalfArcSeason set up throughout the season]], leaving time for an epic confrontation and emotionally conclusion without it feeling rushed. The two-parters in later seasons have followed suit and have much better pacing.

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** This was once a recurring problem in adventure-based two-part season premieres or finales in the show. They spend spent most of the time showcasing the characterizations of the core characters (either the mane 6, their current allies, or the villain), developing the conflict, and building up to the final confrontation. When it comes to the confrontation itself, though, it's usually in the last five minutes of the second part, and so it's it was generally ended swiftly so that they can fit into the time limit. They finally averted this in the season four finale, which had its [[{{Pun}} key story]] aspects [[HalfArcSeason set up throughout the season]], leaving time for an epic confrontation and emotionally conclusion without it feeling rushed. The two-parters in later seasons have followed suit and have much better pacing.
1st Mar '17 9:05:42 AM Doug86
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* ''The Oracle's Queen'', the last book in the ''[[{{Nightrunner}} Tamír Trilogy]]'', ends so quickly after the FinalBattle that the MacGuffin doesn't even get a mention in the epilogue and is instead reduced to an author's note. (Although, to be fair, the MacGuffin was primarily buildup for a plotline that not only would happen hundreds of years later in-universe time, but ''[[{{Prequel}} had been published ten years earlier]]'' in real world time.)

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* ''The Oracle's Queen'', the last book in the ''[[{{Nightrunner}} ''[[Literature/{{Nightrunner}} Tamír Trilogy]]'', ends so quickly after the FinalBattle that the MacGuffin doesn't even get a mention in the epilogue and is instead reduced to an author's note. (Although, to be fair, the MacGuffin was primarily buildup for a plotline that not only would happen hundreds of years later in-universe time, but ''[[{{Prequel}} had been published ten years earlier]]'' in real world time.)



** ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. While the plot got wrapped up more or less satisfactorily in the second season, anyone could see that Joss had to rush it.

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** ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''.''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''. While the plot got wrapped up more or less satisfactorily in the second season, anyone could see that Joss had to rush it.



* In the fourth season of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the kind of story arcs the fans have been waiting for the whole time (birth of the Federation, the Romulan War) finally started to get told. But it was too late to save the show from cancellation, and so the last episode was a DistantFinale. We learn that the OfficialCouple broke up in the meantime, and that the [[EnsembleDarkHorse fans' favorite recurring guest star]] fathered a daughter, and went into hiding for reasons not fully explained. The Romulan War, although it also must have happened during this missing chunk of time, never even gets mentioned. The birth of the Federation on the other hand ''is'' a plot point in this episode. Archer is about to deliver a [[PatrickStewartSpeech historic speech at the founding ceremony]], but we never get to hear it, [[AnticlimaxCut because the episode ends before that]]. For this and some other reasons, this episode gets filed under FanonDiscontinuity by many. In fact, it was such an unpopular ending that the StarTrekExpandedUniverse novels ''also'' treat it as discontinuity (or rather, misinformation).

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* In the fourth season of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the kind of story arcs the fans have been waiting for the whole time (birth of the Federation, the Romulan War) finally started to get told. But it was too late to save the show from cancellation, and so the last episode was a DistantFinale. We learn that the OfficialCouple broke up in the meantime, and that the [[EnsembleDarkHorse fans' favorite recurring guest star]] fathered a daughter, and went into hiding for reasons not fully explained. The Romulan War, although it also must have happened during this missing chunk of time, never even gets mentioned. The birth of the Federation on the other hand ''is'' a plot point in this episode. Archer is about to deliver a [[PatrickStewartSpeech historic speech at the founding ceremony]], but we never get to hear it, [[AnticlimaxCut because the episode ends before that]]. For this and some other reasons, this episode gets filed under FanonDiscontinuity by many. In fact, it was such an unpopular ending that the StarTrekExpandedUniverse Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse novels ''also'' treat it as discontinuity (or rather, misinformation).



* Closing down a RPG campaign is a onerous task, one that some DMs may take a less than cavalier attitude to. [[http://www.rpg.net/news+reviews/columns/eep01apr02.phtml Read the story called Parade of Monsters Dying]].

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* Closing down a RPG campaign is a onerous task, one that some DMs [=DMs=] may take a less than cavalier attitude to. [[http://www.rpg.net/news+reviews/columns/eep01apr02.phtml Read the story called Parade of Monsters Dying]].



* ''{{Narbonic}}'', starting around the time when Shaenon K. Garrity announced its pending end, pretty much just mashed together nearly every single plot element over the course of a relatively short and disjointed StoryArc in order to hastily resolve pretty much everything.

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* ''{{Narbonic}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', starting around the time when Shaenon K. Garrity announced its pending end, pretty much just mashed together nearly every single plot element over the course of a relatively short and disjointed StoryArc in order to hastily resolve pretty much everything.
26th Feb '17 2:15:31 PM nombretomado
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* Due to a desperate race between the publisher and KenAkamatsu for the copyrights, ''Anime/MahouSenseiNegima'' ended up concluding the MythArc [[GeckoEnding with all the abruptness]] of a [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun rocket car hitting a brick wall]] right around the time the characters were seven eighths of the way through the fights at the [[DiscOneFinalDungeon Gravekeeper's Palace]]. The following quests (including the one to defeat the BigBad) took place entirely offscreen, and what few of the innumerable dangling plot threads were actually given anything resembling resolution was in an unsatisfyingly brief and vague WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue montage.

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* Due to a desperate race between the publisher and KenAkamatsu Creator/KenAkamatsu for the copyrights, ''Anime/MahouSenseiNegima'' ended up concluding the MythArc [[GeckoEnding with all the abruptness]] of a [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun rocket car hitting a brick wall]] right around the time the characters were seven eighths of the way through the fights at the [[DiscOneFinalDungeon Gravekeeper's Palace]]. The following quests (including the one to defeat the BigBad) took place entirely offscreen, and what few of the innumerable dangling plot threads were actually given anything resembling resolution was in an unsatisfyingly brief and vague WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue montage.
19th Feb '17 10:42:37 PM RacattackForce
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* A number of fans feel like the second half of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''' second season falls prey to this, with a number of characters failing to get proper development despite playing integral roles in the GrandFinale (Wendy and the Author of the Journals, in particular) and a decent number of loose-threads that had to be concluded in post-series book ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3''. A number of fans feel creator Alex Hirsch should have stayed with his original plan for a three season MythArc, rather hasten and condense the last two storylines into a single season.

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* A number of fans feel like the second half of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''' second season falls prey to this, with a number of characters failing to get proper development despite playing integral roles in the GrandFinale (Wendy and the Author of the Journals, in particular) and a decent number of loose-threads that had to be concluded in post-series book ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3''. A number of fans feel It's generally agreed among this group that creator Alex Hirsch should have stayed with his original plan for a three season MythArc, rather hasten and condense the last two storylines into a single season.
19th Feb '17 10:41:48 PM RacattackForce
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* A number of fans feel like the second half of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''' second season falls prey to this, with a number of characters failing to get proper development despite playing integral roles in the GrandFinale (Wendy and the Author of the Journals, in particular) and a decent number of loose-threads that had to be concluded in post-series book ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3''. A number of fans feel creator Alex Hirsch should have stayed with his original plan for a three season MythArc, rather hasten and condense the last two storylines into a single season.
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