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28th Mar '16 5:48:57 PM ANTMuddle
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** And [=McGee=] and his technobabble...

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** And [=McGee=] and his technobabble...{{technobabble}}...
20th Feb '16 8:56:37 AM pablo360
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-->{{Justified}} because the Ensign was ordered by a superior officer to only tell the Captain what was going on face to face for security reasons.

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-->{{Justified}} **{{Justified}} because the Ensign was ordered by a superior officer to only tell the Captain what was going on face to face for security reasons.




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* Simultaneously {{invoked| Trope}}, {{subverted| Trope}}, and {{lampshade| Hanging}}d in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-07-20 this]] Webcomic/SchlockMercenary strip:
-->'''Tagon:''' That ''is'' suspicious.
-->'''Ennesby:''' See how much time we could have saved if you'd taken my word for it the first time around?
31st Jan '16 10:48:20 AM GuiRitter
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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', where it's the "captain" that calls the "crew", and a rationale is offered.
-->'''Prophet:''' Nomad. Get to the rendezvous ASAP. There's something here you need to see.
-->'''[=Nomad=]:''' What have you got, Prophet?
-->'''Prophet:''' Just get up here. You wouldn't believe me if I told you.
26th Jan '16 10:58:46 AM Korados
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But this is TV, and we need TheCaptain in this scene. That is why you NeverGiveTheCaptainAStraightAnswer. Instead, you say something like, "You'd better come see for yourself," or the ubiquitous "Sir, I think you'd better (come) see this...," giving the character a reason to enter the scene, with the added bonus of allowing a surprised reaction to the crisis when he arrives.

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But this is TV, and we need TheCaptain in this scene. That is why you NeverGiveTheCaptainAStraightAnswer.Never Give The Captain A Straight Answer. Instead, you say something like, "You'd better come see for yourself," or the ubiquitous "Sir, I think you'd better (come) see this...," giving the character a reason to enter the scene, with the added bonus of allowing a surprised reaction to the crisis when he arrives.
24th Jan '16 9:56:22 AM nombretomado
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* A too-flustered-to-explain variant occurs in the first season of ''StrikeWitches'', with Lynette unable to explain to Mio that Yoshika is fondling Shirley. For the most part, though, the show avoids this.

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* A too-flustered-to-explain variant occurs in the first season of ''StrikeWitches'', ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', with Lynette unable to explain to Mio that Yoshika is fondling Shirley. For the most part, though, the show avoids this.
29th Dec '15 1:13:22 AM FordPrefect
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** Ditto on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' when Major Kira commanding the ''Defiant'' returns through the wormhole where, on the station, Commander Sisko asks the major what she found. Kira, visibly terrified says, "Trouble!"

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** Ditto on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' when Major Kira commanding the ''Defiant'' returns through the wormhole where, on the station, Commander Sisko asks the major what she found. Kira, visibly terrified terrified, says, "Trouble!"
7th Nov '15 12:20:02 PM Rebu
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* In ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', Cooper's father-in-law gives Cooper a call on CB, refusing to explain the situation on his end but instead requests him to come down to the farm and see for himself. Cooper does and sees the harvesting machines acting up, which could have been explained on the CB already.

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* In ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', Cooper's father-in-law gives Cooper a call on CB, refusing to explain the situation on his end but instead requests him to come down to the farm and see for himself. Cooper does and sees the harvesting machines acting up, which could have been explained on the CB already. However, Coop is literally the only person on the farm with the technical know-how to actually maintain and fix said machines, so perhaps his dad thought it would be better if he just came in person.
30th Oct '15 11:13:48 AM MarsJenkar
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Occasionally, [[JustifiedTrope some rationale]] is offered. Perhaps the person who encountered the weirdness is simply too stunned to explain what's going on. Another possibility is that the situation is too sensitive to discuss over a possibly insecure line of communication.

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Occasionally, [[JustifiedTrope some rationale]] is offered. Perhaps the person who encountered the weirdness is simply too stunned to explain what's going on. Another possibility is that the situation is too sensitive to discuss over a possibly insecure line of communication.
communication. Or perhaps the person who encountered the weirdness doesn't ''know'' what's going on, and is calling someone who might be able to figure it out.
5th Oct '15 3:55:29 PM SteveMB
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But this is TV, and we need TheCaptain in this scene. That is why you NeverGiveTheCaptainAStraightAnswer. Instead, you say something like, "You'd better come see for yourself," or the ubiquitous "Sir, I think you'd better (come) see this...," giving the character a reason to enter the scene, with the added bonus of allowing a surprised reaction to the crisis when he arrives. It can be argued that words simply fail the one doing the calling, due to them being stunned at how weird it is.

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But this is TV, and we need TheCaptain in this scene. That is why you NeverGiveTheCaptainAStraightAnswer. Instead, you say something like, "You'd better come see for yourself," or the ubiquitous "Sir, I think you'd better (come) see this...," giving the character a reason to enter the scene, with the added bonus of allowing a surprised reaction to the crisis when he arrives. It can be argued that words arrives.

Occasionally, [[JustifiedTrope some rationale]] is offered. Perhaps the person who encountered the weirdness is
simply fail the one doing the calling, due to them being too stunned at how weird it is.
to explain what's going on. Another possibility is that the situation is too sensitive to discuss over a possibly insecure line of communication.
3rd Sep '15 11:29:42 AM eroock
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* In ''Film/{{Predestination}}'', when the Barkeeper offers John to try his job, the latter asks what his job was but the Barkeeper refuses to explain right out.

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* In ''Film/{{Predestination}}'', when the Barkeeper offers John to try his real job, the latter asks what his job was but the Barkeeper refuses to explain right out.
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