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21st Feb '16 11:09:25 AM BananaPancakes
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''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ugebzq3juE It's just a show; I should really just relax.]]"''

Line from the [[ThemeTune theme song]] of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', which encourages the viewer to not worry about picayune details that are unnecessary to the enjoyment of the program. Sometimes referred to as ''Hodgson's Law'', after Joel Hodgson, ''[=MST3K=]'' creator.

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''"[[http://www.''“[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ugebzq3juE It's It’s just a show; I should really just relax.]]"''

]]”''

Line from the [[ThemeTune theme song]] of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', which encourages the viewer to not to worry about picayune details that are unnecessary to the enjoyment of the program. Sometimes referred to as ''Hodgson's ''Hodgson’s Law'', after Joel Hodgson, ''[=MST3K=]'' creator.
creator and original lead actor of ''[=MST3K=]''.



The full quote, used more rarely, is this: '' "If you're wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / And other science facts / Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, / I should really just relax.' " '' [[EarWorm 'La-la-la's optional.]]

Take three deep breaths and recite when tempted to make a JustifyingEdit. A significant amount of our very own tropes (including and especially our ArtisticLicense archipelago) have a tendency to get very nitpicky about following or failing to follow core sciences so even we could do with repeating it to ourselves regarding whole tropes.

TV scribe Michael Reaves [[http://www.michaelreaves.com/requiem_preface.htm simplifies]] the sentiment even further: "It's only television."

When we consider that the very point of [=MST3K=] was to itself mock and ridicule movies for breaches of logic and defective storytelling, we encounter a sort of [=MST3K=] Dilemma; a glib assessment of the situation would have it that the show was hypocritical with its insistence that the viewers subject it to less scrutiny than they themselves brought to bear against countless films, but a more careful consideration should lead us to discern that different subjects should be held to different critical criteria. Indeed, what passed for plot in [=MST3K=] was hardly more than a goofy premise to facilitate the mockery of bad movies, and labeling this as "just a show" does nothing to rob it of its value. [[note]]Amusingly enough, the show did later provide an explanation for these, making reference to the equipment that creates the air, huge boxes of food, the Umbilicus (a space-elevator style hookup via which the Mads deliver things physically to the satellite) and a farm somewhere on the ship, which Mike never noticed.[[/note]]

On the other hand, somebody who hopes to promote a movie can't insist it's "just a movie" and critics should "just relax" while also expecting they take seriously any aesop, speculation, spectacle, or anything else of potential value from it is insulting the intelligence of the audience. This isn't about critical appraisal, but what is necessary to tell a story. When criticism targets those things that were simply unexplained, ''only then'' should you bring up Bellisario's Maxim.

At the same time however, one should be careful that they do not go too far and use this to justify saying that TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong. Yes, there's no point in getting excessively worked up and nitpicky about something that, at the end of the day, is just a work of fiction. But using it as a way of brushing off any and all forms of criticism is an equally dangerous attitude to have, and in creators can be a possible sign of a SmallNameBigEgo at work.

This concept is OlderThanSteam, [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples also being used in]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'': Puck's final speech, which starts "If we shadows have offended / Think but this and all is mended..." can be condensed into "'Tis but a play / I'faith, I should really just relax." This was actually a kind of disclaimer, to mollify people in power who may have construed the subject matter of that and other plays of his as blasphemous and obscene. It still applies to this trope, though.

In general, this applies to many philosophies, including the mantra of popular events, one being "[[http://www.burningman.com/ It's just a week in the desert.]]"

The closest thing this trope has to TruthInTelevision is the concept of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Reform_and_the_Psychology_of_Totalism#Thought-terminating_clich.C3.A9 thought-terminating cliché]]''; as Wiki/TheOtherWiki puts it, "a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom [...] its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating".

See also ThisIsAWorkOfFiction, esp. as used in-universe in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', to prevent Haruhi from making everything in the SOS film into reality by thinking about it too much.

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The full quote, line, used more rarely, is this: '' "If you're this:

->''“If you’re
wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / breathes\\
And other science facts / facts\\
Then repeat to yourself 'It's ‘It’s just a show, / show,\\
I should really just relax.' " '' ’”''

[[EarWorm 'La-la-la's “La-la-la’s” optional.]]

Take three deep breaths and recite when tempted to make a JustifyingEdit. A significant amount Many of our very own tropes (including and especially our ArtisticLicense archipelago) have a tendency to get very nitpicky about following or failing to follow core sciences so even we could do with repeating it to ourselves regarding whole tropes.

TV scribe Michael Reaves [[http://www.michaelreaves.com/requiem_preface.htm simplifies]] the sentiment even further: "It's “It’s only television."



When we consider that the very point of [=MST3K=] ''[=MST3K=]'' was to itself to mock and ridicule movies for breaches of logic and defective storytelling, we encounter a sort of [=MST3K=] Dilemma; ''[=MST3K=]'' Dilemma: a glib assessment of the situation would have it that the show was hypocritical with its insistence that the viewers subject it to less scrutiny than they themselves brought to bear against countless films, but a more careful consideration should lead us to discern that different subjects should be held to different critical criteria. Indeed, [[ExcusePlot what passed for plot plot]] in [=MST3K=] ''[=MST3K=]'' was hardly little more than a goofy premise to facilitate the mockery of bad movies, and labeling labelling this as "just “just a show" does nothing to rob show” doesn’t make it of its value. any less good.[[note]]Amusingly enough, the show did later provide an explanation for these, making reference to the equipment that creates the air, huge boxes of food, the Umbilicus (a space-elevator style hookup via which the Mads deliver things physically to the satellite) and a farm somewhere on the ship, which Mike never noticed.[[/note]]

On the other hand, somebody nobody who hopes to promote a movie can't can insist it's "just it’s “just a movie" movie” and critics should "just relax" “just relax” while also expecting they take seriously any aesop, Aesop, speculation, spectacle, or anything else of potential value from it is insulting the intelligence of the audience. This isn't is not about critical appraisal, but what is necessary to tell a story. When criticism targets those things that were simply unexplained, ''only then'' should you bring up Bellisario's invoke Bellisario’s Maxim.

At the same time however, one should be careful that they do not go too far and use this to justify saying that TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong. Yes, there's there’s no point in getting excessively worked up and nitpicky about something that, at the end of the day, is just a work of fiction. But using it as a way of brushing off any and all forms of criticism is an equally dangerous attitude to have, and in creators can be a possible sign of a SmallNameBigEgo at work.

This concept is OlderThanSteam, [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples also being used in]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Creator/WilliamShakespeare’s ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'': Puck's Puck’s final speech, which starts "If “If we shadows have offended / Think offended/Think but this and all is mended..." mended…” can be condensed into "'Tis “’Tis but a play / I'faith, play/I’faith, I should really just relax." This was actually a kind of disclaimer, to mollify people in power who may have construed the subject matter of that and other plays of his as blasphemous and obscene. It still applies to this trope, though.

In general, this applies to many philosophies, including the mantra of popular events, one being "[[http://www.[[http://www.burningman.com/ It's “It’s just a week in the desert.]]"

”]]

The closest thing this trope has to TruthInTelevision is the concept of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Reform_and_the_Psychology_of_Totalism#Thought-terminating_clich.C3.A9 thought-terminating cliché]]''; as Wiki/TheOtherWiki puts it, "a “a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom [...] […] its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating".

thought-terminating.”

See also ThisIsAWorkOfFiction, esp. as used in-universe in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', to prevent Haruhi from making everything in the SOS film into reality by thinking about it too much.
much.



->'''Statler:''' Maybe they're right. Maybe we should really just relax.\\
'''Waldorf:''' Key word, "should". They never said we have to.\\
'''Statler:''' Good point. Hey, Cambot! When you look in the mirror, do you tell yourself to "say cheese"?\\
'''Both:''' Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!

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->'''Statler:''' ->'''Statler''': Maybe they're they’re right. Maybe we should really just relax.\\
'''Waldorf:''' '''Waldorf''': Key word, "should". “should.” [[ExactWords They never said we have to.\\
'''Statler:'''
]]\\
'''Statler''':
Good point. Hey, Cambot! When you look in the mirror, do you tell yourself to "say cheese"?\\
'''Both:'''
“say cheese”?\\
'''Both''':
Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!
23rd Jan '16 2:41:34 PM Josef5678
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The closest thing this trope has to TruthInTelevision is the concept of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Reform_and_the_Psychology_of_Totalism#Thought-terminating_clich.C3.A9 thought-terminating cliché]]''; as TheOtherWiki puts it, "a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom [...] its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating".

to:

The closest thing this trope has to TruthInTelevision is the concept of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Reform_and_the_Psychology_of_Totalism#Thought-terminating_clich.C3.A9 thought-terminating cliché]]''; as TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki puts it, "a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom [...] its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating".
23rd Jan '16 2:41:17 PM Josef5678
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This concept is OlderThanSteam, [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples also being used in]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Midsummer Night's Dream'': Puck's final speech, which starts "If we shadows have offended / Think but this and all is mended..." can be condensed into "'Tis but a play / I'faith, I should really just relax." This was actually a kind of disclaimer, to mollify people in power who may have construed the subject matter of that and other plays of his as blasphemous and obscene. It still applies to this trope, though.

to:

This concept is OlderThanSteam, [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples also being used in]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Midsummer Night's Dream'': ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'': Puck's final speech, which starts "If we shadows have offended / Think but this and all is mended..." can be condensed into "'Tis but a play / I'faith, I should really just relax." This was actually a kind of disclaimer, to mollify people in power who may have construed the subject matter of that and other plays of his as blasphemous and obscene. It still applies to this trope, though.
16th Dec '15 6:31:48 AM electricbees
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The full quote, used more rarely, is this: '' "If you're wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / And other science facts / Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, / I should really just relax.' " '' [[EarWorm 'La-la-la's optional.]]

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The full quote, used more rarely, is this: '' "If you're wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / And other science facts / Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, / I should really just relax.' " '' '' [[EarWorm 'La-la-la's optional.]]
16th Dec '15 6:31:05 AM electricbees
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The full quote, used more rarely, is this: '' "If you're wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / And other science facts / Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, / I should really just relax.' " '' [[EarWorm ''La-la-la'' s optional.]]

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The full quote, used more rarely, is this: '' "If you're wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / And other science facts / Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, / I should really just relax.' " '' [[EarWorm ''La-la-la'' s 'La-la-la's optional.]]
16th Dec '15 6:30:28 AM electricbees
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The full quote, used more rarely, is this: ''"If you're wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / And other science facts / Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, / I should really just relax.'"'' [[EarWorm ''La-la-la''s optional.]]

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The full quote, used more rarely, is this: ''"If '' "If you're wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / And other science facts / Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, / I should really just relax.'"'' ' " '' [[EarWorm ''La-la-la''s ''La-la-la'' s optional.]]
16th Dec '15 6:29:23 AM electricbees
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The full quote, used more rarely, is this: ''"If you're wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / And other science facts / Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, / I should really just relax.'"'' [[EarWorm "Lalala"s optional.]]

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The full quote, used more rarely, is this: ''"If you're wondering how he [Joel/Mike] eats and breathes / And other science facts / Then repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, / I should really just relax.'"'' [[EarWorm "Lalala"s ''La-la-la''s optional.]]
2nd Dec '15 12:12:29 PM AltoonaMan
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See also RuleOfCool (or RuleOfFunny). A form of WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.

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See also RuleOfCool (or RuleOfFunny). A form of WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.
WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. Contrast MoffsLaw.
31st Jul '15 9:51:07 AM Jeduthun
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See also RuleOfCool (or RuleOfFunny).

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See also RuleOfCool (or RuleOfFunny).
RuleOfFunny). A form of WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.
23rd May '15 7:33:33 PM DeisTheAlcano
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!!Examples:

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': At the End of the Flashback Episode when Verrak's ridiculous mashup of the events of the last three seasons gets a round of applause and Bolin complains, one of the rebels recites the Mantra. Bolin, having lived through the harrowing events isn't amused.
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!!Examples:

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': At the End of the Flashback Episode when Verrak's ridiculous mashup of the events of the last three seasons gets a round of applause and Bolin complains, one of the rebels recites the Mantra. Bolin, having lived through the harrowing events isn't amused.
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