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2nd Apr '16 1:55:06 PM GrammarNavi
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* Quite a few minor plots in the earlier ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games come back in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', sometimes in unexpected ways. An entire DLC of the third game, with profound revelations about the entire setting, is a CallBack to a throwaway bit of WorldBuilding fluff text in the first game. A villain from one of the first game's DLCs can end up being recruited as an ally in the third game, and so on.

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* Quite a few minor plots in the earlier ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games come back in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', sometimes in unexpected ways. An entire DLC {{DLC}} of the third game, with profound revelations about the entire setting, is a CallBack to a throwaway bit of WorldBuilding fluff text in the first game. A villain from one of the first game's DLCs [=DLCs=] can end up being recruited as an ally in the third game, and so on.
7th Mar '16 8:46:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''NewsRadio'' had a storyline where Lisa decided she wanted to have a baby with Dave. This went on for a few episodes, then was quietly dropped. In a later episode the same season, there is a brief conversation about how the moment had passed. The writers hated continuing story lines, which the network continually tried to force on the show.

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* ''NewsRadio'' ''Series/NewsRadio'' had a storyline where Lisa decided she wanted to have a baby with Dave. This went on for a few episodes, then was quietly dropped. In a later episode the same season, there is a brief conversation about how the moment had passed. The writers hated continuing story lines, which the network continually tried to force on the show.



* At one point, ''UglyBetty'' had a plot arc about Amanda trying to discover the identity of her biological father. After a few episode, the plot disappeared with no resolution. In the show's GrandFinale, Amanda finds her father, out of the blue and completely by accident.
* In ''{{Sliders}},'' the Kromaggs were a season two MonsterOfTheWeek who got one mention in season three. Then comes a ChannelHop... and their return as the franchise BigBad.
* On ''TheWire'', [=McNulty's=] FBI buddy gives him the results of an unfinished investigation that showed Lt. Daniels was dirty when he was on the Narcotics task force. [=McNulty=] doesn't trust him for most of the first season, but eventually the men grow to respect each other. This is not mentioned again until the series finale, when now-Commissioner Daniels is forced to resign rather than be manipulated by the threat of revealing that very same investigation.

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* At one point, ''UglyBetty'' ''Series/UglyBetty'' had a plot arc about Amanda trying to discover the identity of her biological father. After a few episode, the plot disappeared with no resolution. In the show's GrandFinale, Amanda finds her father, out of the blue and completely by accident.
* In ''{{Sliders}},'' ''Series/{{Sliders}},'' the Kromaggs were a season two MonsterOfTheWeek who got one mention in season three. Then comes a ChannelHop... and their return as the franchise BigBad.
* On ''TheWire'', ''Series/TheWire'', [=McNulty's=] FBI buddy gives him the results of an unfinished investigation that showed Lt. Daniels was dirty when he was on the Narcotics task force. [=McNulty=] doesn't trust him for most of the first season, but eventually the men grow to respect each other. This is not mentioned again until the series finale, when now-Commissioner Daniels is forced to resign rather than be manipulated by the threat of revealing that very same investigation.
29th Dec '15 11:41:47 PM Anddrix
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* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries,'' ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} blasts former partner SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor with a ray that (like many instances of FamilyFriendlyFirearms) doesn't seem to hurt him much for what appeared to be intended as a killshot. Much much much later in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited,'' we find that [[spoiler: ''that's because it actually wasn't.'' Brainy put his data inside Lex in case he was destroyed, and this backup of himself was now needed. Enter... [[FanNickname Brainithor!]]]] ThePowersThatBe have said that they'd actually planned it the day they wrote the zapping scene, they just didn't have the right opportunity to use it for a long, long time. Lucky for them the DCAU lasted long enough to do it.

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* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries,'' ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} blasts former partner SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor with a ray that (like many instances of FamilyFriendlyFirearms) doesn't seem to hurt him much for what appeared to be intended as a killshot. Much much much later in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited,'' we find that [[spoiler: ''that's because it actually wasn't.'' Brainy put his data inside Lex in case he was destroyed, and this backup of himself was now needed. Enter... [[FanNickname Brainithor!]]]] ThePowersThatBe have said that they'd actually planned it the day they wrote the zapping scene, they just didn't have the right opportunity to use it for a long, long time. Lucky for them the DCAU lasted long enough to do it.
21st Nov '15 1:34:59 AM QuestionMarker
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': one episode introduces Bato from Katara and Sokka's father Hakoda's fleet, and suggests the kids can meet up with the fleet. When this fails, no further attempts are made to meet up with Hakoda or the fleet until the third season.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': one early episode introduces Bato from Katara and Sokka's father Hakoda's fleet, and suggests the kids can meet up with the fleet. When this fails, no further attempts are made to meet up with Hakoda or the fleet until the third end of the second season.
22nd Sep '15 8:23:51 AM Silverblade2
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', a number of plots are left unfinished in the wake of newer developments, only to be brought up much later in the story.

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* %%* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', a number of plots are left unfinished in the wake of newer developments, only to be brought up much later in the story.
12th Sep '15 12:10:15 PM nombretomado
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* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries,'' {{Brainiac}} blasts former partner SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor with a ray that (like many instances of FamilyFriendlyFirearms) doesn't seem to hurt him much for what appeared to be intended as a killshot. Much much much later in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited,'' we find that [[spoiler: ''that's because it actually wasn't.'' Brainy put his data inside Lex in case he was destroyed, and this backup of himself was now needed. Enter... [[FanNickname Brainithor!]]]] ThePowersThatBe have said that they'd actually planned it the day they wrote the zapping scene, they just didn't have the right opportunity to use it for a long, long time. Lucky for them the DCAU lasted long enough to do it.

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* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries,'' {{Brainiac}} ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} blasts former partner SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor with a ray that (like many instances of FamilyFriendlyFirearms) doesn't seem to hurt him much for what appeared to be intended as a killshot. Much much much later in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited,'' we find that [[spoiler: ''that's because it actually wasn't.'' Brainy put his data inside Lex in case he was destroyed, and this backup of himself was now needed. Enter... [[FanNickname Brainithor!]]]] ThePowersThatBe have said that they'd actually planned it the day they wrote the zapping scene, they just didn't have the right opportunity to use it for a long, long time. Lucky for them the DCAU lasted long enough to do it.
2nd Aug '15 8:49:58 AM DonaldthePotholer
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In short, what distinguishes PlotArchaeology from similar tropes is that it's not just a one-episode reappearance as a ShoutOut. Do not confuse with [[AdventurerArchaeologist an archaeology plot.]]

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In short, what distinguishes PlotArchaeology from similar tropes is that it's not just a one-episode reappearance reappearance, either as a ShoutOut.ShoutOut or a full-fledged SequelEpisode (which may be considered a SubTrope). Do not confuse with [[AdventurerArchaeologist an archaeology plot.]]
16th May '15 2:32:08 PM pinkdalek
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' introduced River Song in "Silence of the Library" but was otherwise quickly dropped, then brought back with the Eleventh Doctor.
** It's a habit. ArcWords sometimes get planted before they're even used in a this-is-leading-up-to-something fashion. We get a briefly-seen newspaper mention of "Saxon" being ahead in the polls midway through new series season two. Nothing is said of it until "Mister Saxon" becomes a mystery figure of season three.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' introduced River Song ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Third Doctor casually mentions Metebelis III
in "Silence of a throwaway line at the Library" but was otherwise quickly dropped, then brought back with beginning of "Carnival of Monsters". In the Eleventh Doctor.
last story of Season 10, he takes a quick and mostly comical trip to Metebelis III while sulking about Jo's departure, which mostly serves the purpose of giving him GreenRocks to use as a deus ex machina. The final story of Season 11 is set partially on Metebelis III, and it turns out the planet is extremely important in his eventual downfall.
** It's a habit. ArcWords sometimes get planted before they're even used in a this-is-leading-up-to-something fashion. We get a briefly-seen newspaper mention of "Saxon" being ahead in the polls midway through new series season two. Series 2. Nothing is said of it until "Mister Saxon" becomes a mystery figure of season three. Series 3.
** River Song was introduced in "Silence of the Library" and quickly dropped, then brought back with the Eleventh Doctor.
** There's a gag mentioned in the Season 4 Specials that Queen Elizabeth I, due to getting involved with the Doctor in some fashion, is "no longer known as the...''...''". This plot thread is used prominently in big chunks of "Day of the Doctor", which details this involvement.
** "Into the Dalek" deals with dropped plot points introduced in "Genesis of the Daleks", a Fourth Doctor story made way back in 1975.
5th Apr '15 5:24:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Durarara}}'', the slasher is mentioned early on a couple times but not addressed until much later.

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* In ''{{Durarara}}'', ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', the slasher is mentioned early on a couple times but not addressed until much later.
14th Feb '15 7:49:39 AM StFan
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* In ''{{Bleach}}'', a number of plots are left unfinished in the wake of newer developments, only to be brought up much later in the story.

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* In ''{{Bleach}}'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', a number of plots are left unfinished in the wake of newer developments, only to be brought up much later in the story.
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