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16th May '17 3:44:50 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** In 2016 the plot actually advanced enough to alter the status quo in preparation for the 8th edition.
16th May '17 3:40:45 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** However the worst storyline is generally agreed to be the Dorne subplot in Season 5. The cause was the same: two popular characters in the source material weren't doing much, so the show-runners had to give them something to do, concocting a caper-rescue-buddy-cop adventure which turned out to be utterly pointless. This is the same plotline that featured the "Sand Snakes" - originally hyped as strong, formidable female characters they turned out to largely be used for sex-appeal with some of the most ridiculous dialogue in the series.

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** However the worst storyline is generally agreed to be the Dorne subplot in Season 5. The cause was the same: two popular characters in the source material weren't doing much, much (the stuff they did at this time in the source material having been moved to the next season), so the show-runners had to give them something to do, concocting a caper-rescue-buddy-cop adventure which turned out to be utterly pointless. This is the same plotline that featured the "Sand Snakes" - originally hyped as strong, formidable female characters they turned out to largely be used for sex-appeal with some of the most ridiculous dialogue in the series.
7th May '17 9:51:19 AM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'' has a lot of this. The [[Film/{{Transformers}} first movie]] has a subplot involving hackers that, in retrospect, does absolutely nothing to move the plot forward. (It didn't help that the scenes were a little boring and featured some spectacularly bad HollywoodHacking.) The RomanticPlotTumor in both movies tends to fit the "Why should we care?" aspect due to how jarring it is next to the action that everyone came to see.

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* The ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'' ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'' has a lot of this. The [[Film/{{Transformers}} first movie]] has a subplot involving hackers that, in retrospect, does absolutely nothing to move the plot forward. (It didn't help that the scenes were a little boring and featured some spectacularly bad HollywoodHacking.) The RomanticPlotTumor in both movies tends to fit the "Why should we care?" aspect due to how jarring it is next to the action that everyone came to see.
30th Apr '17 8:58:10 PM Pinokio
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* In ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', the reader is enticed to forget about the fate of the multiverse and enjoy the adventures of Wildcat.
27th Apr '17 7:55:33 PM jormis29
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* Everything dealing with former reporter [[NamesTheSame Steve Martin]] (played by Raymond Burr) and the American army in ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla''. These scenes were filmed and written specifically for the American cut of the film, mimicking the original importation of ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'', where Burr's character was much better integrated into the plot, mostly by essentially taking the narrative place of Hagiwara, a major character in the Japanese cut. But in ''Return'', none of the American characters actually ''do'' anything, so we're left watching other people effectively watching the movie with us from within the movie.

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* Everything dealing with former reporter [[NamesTheSame Steve Martin]] (played by Raymond Burr) and the American army in ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla''. These scenes were filmed and written specifically for the American cut of the film, mimicking the original importation of ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters'', ''[[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters1956 Godzilla: King of the Monsters!]]'', where Burr's character was much better integrated into the plot, mostly by essentially taking the narrative place of Hagiwara, a major character in the Japanese cut. But in ''Return'', none of the American characters actually ''do'' anything, so we're left watching other people effectively watching the movie with us from within the movie.
18th Apr '17 1:38:14 PM CynicalBastardo
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** Daenerys' entire storyline can be argued to be this, with her having no impact on the major plotlines of Westeros due to being on a different continent until the final scene of season 6.
18th Apr '17 2:10:09 AM smalltime
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* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' crossover movies like ''Tom and Jerry and The Wizard of Oz'', where they have Tom and Jerry getting up to their own antics while the main plot goes on around them and they barely interact with the main characters.
10th Apr '17 1:05:51 AM Karxrida
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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' already suffers from [[KudzuPlot too many plot threads]], but one that stands out as particularly pointless is the [[FinalFantasyVII Cloud vs. Sephiroth]] subplot. Aside from fighting Sephiroth [[BonusBoss for no real reason]], Sora, Donald and Goofy do literally ''nothing'' in it except watch as Cloud, Tifa and Sephiroth talk about things that neither they nor the audience are privy to.

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' already suffers from [[KudzuPlot too many plot threads]], but one that stands out as particularly pointless is the [[FinalFantasyVII [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud vs. Sephiroth]] subplot. Aside from fighting Sephiroth [[BonusBoss for no real reason]], Sora, Donald and Goofy do literally ''nothing'' in it except watch as Cloud, Tifa and Sephiroth talk about things that neither they nor the audience are privy to.
28th Mar '17 8:56:44 AM Prfnoff
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* The excuse for the stunt flying competition in ''State of the Union'' is that the protagonist is an airplane tycoon. It's still strikingly irrelevant sequence for a political comedy, especially one based on a play.

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* The excuse for the stunt flying competition in ''State of the Union'' ''Theatre/StateOfTheUnion'' is that the protagonist is an airplane tycoon. It's still strikingly irrelevant sequence for a political comedy, especially one based on a play.
6th Mar '17 4:16:59 PM nombretomado
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* The second half of ''Film/ADayAtTheRaces'' has an extended musical interlude which starts with Allan Jones singing "Tomorrow Is Another Day," which is followed by Harpo using his flute to summon a black chorus which sings "Blow That Horn, Gabriel" and "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm." (The chorus has nothing else to do in the movie except reappear to sing the finale.) Many MarxBrothers consider this sequence as objectionable on an EthnicScrappy level, while some say it's [[FairForItsDay not really that bad by itself]] and the choir are very good, but it just stops the plot dead and its earnestness clashes painfully with the Marxes' usual slapstick and wisecracks.

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* The second half of ''Film/ADayAtTheRaces'' has an extended musical interlude which starts with Allan Jones singing "Tomorrow Is Another Day," which is followed by Harpo using his flute to summon a black chorus which sings "Blow That Horn, Gabriel" and "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm." (The chorus has nothing else to do in the movie except reappear to sing the finale.) Many MarxBrothers Creator/MarxBrothers consider this sequence as objectionable on an EthnicScrappy level, while some say it's [[FairForItsDay not really that bad by itself]] and the choir are very good, but it just stops the plot dead and its earnestness clashes painfully with the Marxes' usual slapstick and wisecracks.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Exploited in an ADayInTheLimelight "The Zeppo" following Xander as he finds himself in a comical series of completely unrelated misadventures while his friends are off literally preventing the apocalypse and fighting the greatest battle of their lives. The episode title is a reference to Zeppo of TheMarxBrothers, who was used as a {{foil}} for his more talented brothers.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Exploited in an ADayInTheLimelight "The Zeppo" following Xander as he finds himself in a comical series of completely unrelated misadventures while his friends are off literally preventing the apocalypse and fighting the greatest battle of their lives. The episode title is a reference to Zeppo of TheMarxBrothers, Creator/TheMarxBrothers, who was used as a {{foil}} for his more talented brothers.
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