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22nd Mar '17 2:28:32 AM LtFedora
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* In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', two characters, Faramir and one of his men, look over a map showing the cities of Middle Earth and who is attacking and from where. This is done clearly for the purposes of clarifying it to the audience.

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* In ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'', Two Towers]]'', two characters, Faramir and one of his men, look over a map showing the cities of Middle Earth and who is attacking and from where. This is done clearly for the purposes of clarifying it to the audience.
20th Mar '17 3:01:30 PM LtFedora
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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': The control room of Area 51 has several maps and displays tracking the alien ships, along with plotting which cities have been destroyed.
-->'''Whitmore:''' ''(walks in)'' Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia...destroyed...
14th Mar '17 11:22:33 PM shamblingdead2
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* Also PlayedForLaughs on ''Series/TheOfficeUS''. In "Did I Stutter," we see that Dwight has a hierarchy board that shows who's in charge, as well as pink lines showing the women's menstrual cycles.
14th Mar '17 11:01:54 PM shamblingdead2
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** ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' opens with Milo giving a presentation on a chalkboard; he steps into the display when he accidentally erases part of it. Later, he also draws a diagram of the "trap" at the entrance to Atlantis.
2nd Feb '17 9:09:22 AM megarockman
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* A couple different ones are used over the course of the Cuban Missile Crisis in ''Film/ThirteenDays'': one early in the film diagrams of how far the Soviet missiles in Cuba can reach (i.e., Washington), another later on plots positions of ships following the US' implementation of the blockade.
2nd Feb '17 9:03:06 AM megarockman
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** Severnaya station in ''Film/GoldenEye'' has one, used to track the orbit of the titular satellite (well, satellite''s'' - keen observers will note two orbits being tracked) and time left before it fires onto the station itself. The board is repeated in the BigBad's replicated base in Cuba.
2nd Feb '17 8:48:35 AM megarockman
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* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' had Flight Director Gene Kranz illustrate via drawing for the audience where exactly the spacecraft was in relation to both Earth and the moon, as well as illustrate what was meant by "free-return trajectory" (using the Moon's gravity to slingshot the spacecraft back to Earth). The same diagram was used later to show how an estimated 45 hours of life support wasn't enough to get all the way back to Earth.

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* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' had has a couple of variations:
** The more traditional (trope-wise) Big Board is up at the front of Mission Control, variously showing plot-relevant information about the status of the mission (e.g., center engine aborting early during liftoff, where the astronauts are in relation to Earth and the Moon, etc.)
** After the explosion and initial scrambling to stabilize the situation, the camera cuts to a conference room where
Flight Director Gene Kranz illustrate illustrates via drawing for the audience on a chalkboard where exactly the spacecraft was in relation to both Earth and the moon, Moon, as well as illustrate for the audience what was meant by "free-return trajectory" (using the Moon's gravity to slingshot the spacecraft back to Earth). The same diagram was used later to show how an estimated 45 hours of life support wasn't enough to get all the way back to Earth. Kranz initially tried to use an overhead projector, [[BlackComedy but the light bulb blew out as soon as he turned it on]].
26th Jan '17 11:46:58 PM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Root has a rare OhCrap moment when she's snooping around the restricted floor of a mental hospital, peeks in a window and sees Greer standing in front of an enormous computer screen showing Samaritan's worldwide operations. She's just stumbled into their secret headquarters.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
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Root has a rare OhCrap moment when she's snooping around the restricted floor of a mental hospital, peeks in a window and sees Greer standing in front of an enormous computer screen showing Samaritan's worldwide operations. She's just stumbled into their secret headquarters.headquarters.
** Team Machine has a battered acrylic board set up in the abandoned library they use for their headquarters, on which they put pictures and information on the [[VictimOfTheWeek Number they're currently working on]]. When they have to RunOrDie in the DownerEnding of Season 3, the board gets smashed as the library is stormed by a SWAT team.


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* In the TV movie ''The Deliberate Stranger'', the police taskforce set up to catch serial killer Ted Bundy has a board showing pictures of his victims. When a detective has a heart attack after working too hard on the case, he jokes that his own picture should go up there too.
4th Jan '17 7:35:11 PM N1KF
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** Wile E. Coyote of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' likes to use a chalkboard to plan his Road Runner traps.

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** Wile E. Coyote of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' likes to use a chalkboard to plan his Road Runner traps.
4th Jan '17 7:34:33 PM N1KF
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* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'': Creator/TomHanks's character gives a presentation on TheBigBoard explaining his findings on the check forgery cases, and is met with boredom from the rest of the FBI.

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* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'': Creator/TomHanks's character gives a presentation on TheBigBoard The Big Board explaining his findings on the check forgery cases, and is met with boredom from the rest of the FBI.



-->'''General:''' It's uh...on TheBigBoard? ''(Gestures at said big board.)''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where Homer goes to space, NASA (naturally) has this:

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-->'''General:''' It's uh...on TheBigBoard? The Big Board? ''(Gestures at said big board.)''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where Homer goes to space, NASA UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} (naturally) has this:
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