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20th Jul '16 12:57:25 AM Morgenthaler
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--> "Miss Gerraghty," Johnny said sternly, "[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy if you had ever read science fiction]], you'd know that the dullest part is always the explanation. It bores the reader and clutters up the story. Especially when the author flunked high-school physics and simply doesn't know how it works."

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--> "Miss Gerraghty," Johnny said sternly, "[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "[[GenreSavvy if you had ever read science fiction]], you'd know that the dullest part is always the explanation. It bores the reader and clutters up the story. Especially when the author flunked high-school physics and simply doesn't know how it works."
11th Jul '16 10:12:14 PM AtticusOmundson
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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Multiverse}} taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.

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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Multiverse}} [[TheMultiverse taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. inconsistencies in between.]] For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.
11th Jul '16 10:11:12 PM AtticusOmundson
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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Omniverse}} taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.

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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Omniverse}} [[{{Multiverse}} taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.
11th Jul '16 10:10:35 PM AtticusOmundson
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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Omniverse}} taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.
5th Jul '16 4:22:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Superman 64}}'' is an odd case of having two different plots before release, and both were handwaves. The games original plot was that Lex Luthor was spreading Kryptonite Fog all over Metropolis, which was clearly a clumsy attempt to explain the game's ridiculous amount of fogging (a common trick used in early 3D games to prevent framerate dips). Later, the story was changed to Lex Luthor trapping Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in a virtual reality version of Metropolis, which handwaves not only the fogging but every other problem with the game.

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* ''{{Superman ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}'' is an odd case of having two different plots before release, and both were handwaves. The games original plot was that Lex Luthor was spreading Kryptonite Fog all over Metropolis, which was clearly a clumsy attempt to explain the game's ridiculous amount of fogging (a common trick used in early 3D games to prevent framerate dips). Later, the story was changed to Lex Luthor trapping Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in a virtual reality version of Metropolis, which handwaves not only the fogging but every other problem with the game.
30th May '16 1:24:53 PM Goukenimaru
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* In ''Manga/WorldsEndHarem'', the fact that living healthy babies are only possible if the conception is made through sexual intercourse, Reito confronts the situation that he must become a breeding stallion, Suou responds that artificial insemination proved to be unsuccessful and babies succumbed to the virus, even though there should be no difference whatsoever from how the women got their eggs fertilized by the five remaining men on earth who are immune and survived the virus that purged all other men on the planet, especially considering its an advanced society from 2045; the author simply did this to enforce fanservice, for now women are obligated to throw themselves to mate with men, also force drama on the unwilling Reito, whos trying his best to cope with the fact the world has turned upside down and preserve himself for the woman he loves, who has disappeared and now he is trying to find her.
21st May '16 10:13:26 AM DrFraud
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* Parodied in ''Bullet Heaven 2''. Natalie panics about the second level of the second world, stating she can't breathe.
-->'''Matt:''' Don't worry! Thanks to the developer, we can breathe underwater for no reason! It's actually kind of cool!
20th May '16 1:48:00 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}: He does not have any super powers but he does have super intellect, peak level human ability, and is unequalled as a detective, fighter, inventor, scientist, strategist, and whatever else the plot requires him to the the best at. He is also one of the top three wealthiest men in the DC universe. Batman also has a backup for every backup for every backup et cetera. Alfred the butler also seems to also be everybit the universal polymath being a medic, mechanic, technician, spy, actor, and occasionally a butler.
20th May '16 1:45:02 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** There really are no strict rules for time travel in the series, or at least, none that make sense: The past can be changd, and indeed, is in danger of being disastrously changed all the time. The curious thing about this is that it's only very rarely a time traveler who poses the danger in these situations. Further, some things can never be changed (for no evident reason), and characters other than the Doctor are discouraged from trying to change anything lest they accidentally destroy the universe (he argues "I know what I'm doing," while his less-informed sidekicks generally don't). [[note]]See TimeyWimeyBall for further details.[[/note]] Add into this various Stable Time Loops and whatnot and, if you think about it even moderately hard, the whole premise goes to pieces. The show's solution? Just don't think about it.

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** There really are no strict rules for time travel in the series, or at least, none that make sense: The past can be changd, changed, and indeed, is in danger of being disastrously changed all the time. The curious thing about this is Time travel logical problems that need to be overcome are handwaved with TimeyWimeyBall. TO handwave why the Doctor sometimes can't fix a serious problem or prevent a historical tragedy, he'll announce that it's only very rarely a time traveler who poses the danger "fixed point in these situations. Further, some things can never be changed (for no evident reason), and characters other than the Doctor are discouraged from trying time," which makes him unable to change anything lest they accidentally destroy the universe (he argues "I know what I'm doing," while his less-informed sidekicks generally don't). [[note]]See TimeyWimeyBall for further details.[[/note]] Add into this various Stable Time Loops and whatnot and, if you think about it even moderately hard, the whole premise goes to pieces. The show's solution? Just don't think about it.



** "It's a 'Fixed Point in Time' " is one of the go-to handwaves to explain why the Doctor doesn't just use his time machine to fix any problem or undo any tragedy.
20th May '16 1:39:40 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** The TARDIS is semi-sentient and has long-range telepathic connections with the Doctor (as evidenced by the translation field). Not only that, in the new show the sonic screwdriver is increasingly connected to the TARDIS, to the point of the latter's "regeneration" with the 11th Doctor popping up a new sonic screwdriver in the control panel. Somehow these facts do not turn it into more than a very basic remote control (it can lock\unlock the doors) or ability to summon the TARDIS to the Doctor's current location, whether by flight or materialization.
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