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10th Aug '16 7:30:19 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series is working on averting this after having fallen into this trope for a time. Many elements of the expanded universe were introduced and then never brought up again, such what the MacGuffin Forerunner Crystal was supposed to be, how many Spartans had survived to the present, what happened to the ''Spirit of Fire'', etc. After the series was turned over from {{Creator/Bungie}} to 343 Industries, the new studio began a ''massive'' effort to finally give answers to all the loose threads, sometimes by the dozens within the same work.

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* The ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' series is working on averting this after having fallen into this trope for a time. Many elements of the expanded universe were introduced and then never brought up again, such what the MacGuffin Forerunner Crystal from ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' was supposed to be, how many Spartans had survived to the present, what happened to the ''Spirit of Fire'', Fire'' after ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', etc. After the series was turned over from {{Creator/Bungie}} to 343 Industries, Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries, the new studio began a ''massive'' effort to finally give answers to all the loose threads, sometimes by the dozens within the same work.
8th Aug '16 3:58:58 PM RacattackForce
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8th Aug '16 3:58:27 PM RacattackForce
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* Averted with ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Despite initially thinking about a three-season MythArc, Creator/AlexHirsch explicitly stated in interviews that he compressed many of the show's plot threads and ended the series after two seasons in order to avoid this trope.
9th Jul '16 1:14:27 PM nombretomado
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* Greg Farshtey, the writer for ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', refers to this as the "Sizzle and Steak" effect the sizzle is what lures people in, but sooner or later you have to produce the steak. Many Bionicle fans were unhappy with the series [[DoingInTheWizard phasing out the fantasy elements and replacing them with very soft science fiction]], especially the revelation that [[spoiler:the Matoran universe was inside a HumongousMecha]], but as Greg pointed out, a major theme in ''Bionicle'' is people being wrong, and the truth will have to come out sooner or later or the audience will get frustrated.

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* Greg Farshtey, the writer for ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', refers to this as the "Sizzle and Steak" effect the sizzle is what lures people in, but sooner or later you have to produce the steak. Many Bionicle fans were unhappy with the series [[DoingInTheWizard phasing out the fantasy elements and replacing them with very soft science fiction]], especially the revelation that [[spoiler:the Matoran universe was inside a HumongousMecha]], but as Greg pointed out, a major theme in ''Bionicle'' is people being wrong, and the truth will have to come out sooner or later or the audience will get frustrated.
22nd Jun '16 9:04:49 AM Arcana4th
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* ''Anime/{{Mayoiga}}'' lost fans due to the slow start and the fact that the mystery didn't really seem to go anywhere, things get better after episode 7, but due to that slow start, some fans still think that the ending was rushed.
13th Jun '16 5:49:56 PM Sunflorazumarill
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** Even region-long plot threads have been known to go either unaddressed or at least awkwardly addressed, especially after Sinnoh started. Team Plasma just seemingly vanished off the face of the earth, making fans wonder if planned episodes for them were cancelled. Paul has been abusive to his Pokemon for all of Sinnoh, but his "comeuppance" is simply losing to Ash and walking away while people say rather nice things about him, given what they know about the guy. And both the Contest Champion and the Pokemon League champion are characters only introduced for those events, leaving all the rivals hanging as well as the protagonists. Sinnoh has the only major exception to date; [[spoiler:the contest champion is Zoey, who had been a significant rival and supporting cast member since the region began]].

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** Even region-long plot threads have been known to go either unaddressed or at least awkwardly addressed, especially after Sinnoh started. Team Plasma just seemingly vanished off the face of the earth, making fans wonder if planned episodes for them were cancelled. [[note]]Actually, they eventually did show up right after the Unova League for an arc which was resolved, but the two episodes they were meant to be introduced in were [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] away.[[/note]] Paul has been abusive to his Pokemon for all of Sinnoh, but his "comeuppance" is simply losing to Ash and walking away while people say rather nice things about him, given what they know about the guy. And both the Contest Champion and the Pokemon League champion are characters only introduced for those events, leaving all the rivals hanging as well as the protagonists. Sinnoh has the only major exception to date; [[spoiler:the contest champion is Zoey, who had been a significant rival and supporting cast member since the region began]].
8th Jun '16 12:03:27 AM hpl
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*** This was also annoying for the reason that in order to learn this, you had to get and play through the DLC(which used a platforming system different then the main series). If you didn't bother then the DLC, then you wouldn't learn why until AC III and even then you'd just have people referring to her [[spoiler: as a traitor]].
28th May '16 9:45:31 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Strictly speaking, ''ThePretender'' never resolved any of its over-arching plots. The show creators joked that a detailed master plan for the narrative was hidden "inside the pickle jar" and buried in their backyard, but in actuality the writing sessions were becoming increasingly devoted to impromptu games of poker among the staff. This may explain why, though the exact circumstances and reason for series protagonist Jarod's abduction as a child remained unclear, nearly every character in the show was revealed to have [[LukeIMightBeYourFather uncertain parentage]] or [[LongLostSibling a long-lost relative]]. Following the [[CutShort unintentional finale]], two successive {{Made For TV Movie}}s, both of which ended with {{Cliff Hanger}}s, introduced more questions than answers.

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* Strictly speaking, ''ThePretender'' ''Series/ThePretender'' never resolved any of its over-arching plots. The show creators joked that a detailed master plan for the narrative was hidden "inside the pickle jar" and buried in their backyard, but in actuality the writing sessions were becoming increasingly devoted to impromptu games of poker among the staff. This may explain why, though the exact circumstances and reason for series protagonist Jarod's abduction as a child remained unclear, nearly every character in the show was revealed to have [[LukeIMightBeYourFather uncertain parentage]] or [[LongLostSibling a long-lost relative]]. Following the [[CutShort unintentional finale]], two successive {{Made For TV Movie}}s, both of which ended with {{Cliff Hanger}}s, introduced more questions than answers.
24th May '16 7:03:14 PM Kid
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* In general, the works of Creator/JJAbrams often have this problem. Website/{{Cracked}} put it best: "A creative visionary and genius... for approximately two seasons, after which point he cracks, panics and starts [[AWizardDidIt rambling on about magic]] instead of writing a coherent plotline." To a certain degree, even ''{{Felicity}}'' fell prey to this, as did ''Series/{{Alias}}''. Luckily it seems that ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is averting this trope hard with the "Parallel Universe"-arc that's been the series' main plot thread since the end of season 1 being given a very emotional bitttersweet ending towards the end of Season 4, which also answered the mystery of the Observers, [[spoiler: they're the human race from the future]]. Season 5 introduced a new storyline [[spoiler: in the form of the Observer occupation of present day Earth]] which is moving at a pretty fast pace, answering questions as it drops more (but less than it answered). It's been doing fine so far and it might help that a fair number of the episodes are already borderline ramblings about magic.

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* In general, the works of Creator/JJAbrams often have this problem. Website/{{Cracked}} put it best: "A creative visionary and genius... for approximately two seasons, after which point he cracks, panics and starts [[AWizardDidIt rambling on about magic]] instead of writing a coherent plotline." To a certain degree, even ''{{Felicity}}'' fell prey to this, as did ''Series/{{Alias}}''. Luckily it seems that ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is averting this trope hard with the "Parallel Universe"-arc that's been the series' main plot thread since the end of season 1 being given a very emotional bitttersweet bittersweet ending towards the end of Season 4, which also answered the mystery of the Observers, [[spoiler: they're the human race from the future]]. Season 5 introduced a new storyline [[spoiler: in the form of the Observer occupation of present day Earth]] which is moving at a pretty fast pace, answering questions as it drops more (but less than it answered). It's been doing fine so far and it might help that a fair number of the episodes are already borderline ramblings about magic.
24th May '16 6:50:33 PM Kid
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** When the series was given an [[UnCancelled unexpected revival]] in 2016, it didn't take this trope long to hit it again. The first episode begins with a massive RetCon that makes hash of a lot of the previous mythology, [[spoiler: aliens not having much interaction with humanity at all, and most of their supposed crimes being the work of humans using stolen alien technology -despite the numerous aliens who've been on the show before]]. Most of the season was filler, and the season finale ends on a CliffHanger, despite another season not being greenlit at that point and the principle actors not signed on for more. Fans who were hoping to finally get some closure after years of waiting were left sorely disappointed; at best, they might finally get a resolution in another few years, at worst, the show gets cancelled again and they're right back to where they started.

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** When the series was given an [[UnCancelled unexpected revival]] in 2016, it didn't take this trope long to hit it again. The first episode begins with a massive RetCon that makes hash of a lot of the previous mythology, [[spoiler: aliens not having much interaction with humanity at all, and most of their supposed crimes being the work of humans using stolen alien technology -despite technology--despite the numerous aliens who've been on the show before]]. Most of the season was filler, and the season finale ends on a CliffHanger, despite another season not being greenlit at that point and the principle actors not signed on for more. Fans who were hoping to finally get some closure after years of waiting were left sorely disappointed; at best, they might finally get a resolution in another few years, at worst, the show gets cancelled again and they're right back to where they started.
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