History MotiveDecay / LiveActionTV

27th Mar '16 8:34:58 AM ading
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': The original reason the study group was formed was so [[TallDarkAndSnarky Jeff]] could seduce [[GranolaGirl Britta]]. This premise stopped being mentioned about half way through the first season, and towards the end of the third even the study group was temporarily dropped as an excuse to keep the group together. This does not go without a [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]].
24th Feb '16 3:22:30 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar's motivation has gone from "I want to be special" (first series) to "I have an uncontrollable Hunger which makes me lust after killing to get people's abilities" (second). By the third, though, he seemed to have decided that "this is just who I am and I'm happy with it." Now his aim seems to be simply KillAllHumansWithAbilities - Danko points out that "if we succeed, you'll be the only one left", and Sylar just smiles and agrees. After, he want to be the President replacing the actual. In final season, he want to be a good person. Believing that, without his abilities, he would not be a monster, Sylar asks Matt to rid him of them.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar's motivation has gone from "I want to be special" (first series) to "I have an uncontrollable Hunger which makes me lust after killing to get people's abilities" (second). By the third, though, he seemed to have decided that "this is just who I am and I'm happy with it." Now his aim seems to be simply KillAllHumansWithAbilities Kill All Humans With Abilities - Danko points out that "if we succeed, you'll be the only one left", and Sylar just smiles and agrees. After, he want to be the President replacing the actual. In final season, he want to be a good person. Believing that, without his abilities, he would not be a monster, Sylar asks Matt to rid him of them.
19th Feb '16 4:34:48 AM rafi
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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar's motivation has gone from "I want to be special" (first series) to "I have an uncontrollable Hunger which makes me lust after killing to get people's abilities" (second). By the third, though, he seemed to have decided that "this is just who I am and I'm happy with it." Now his aim seems to be simply KillAllHumans With Abilities - Danko points out that "if we succeed, you'll be the only one left", and Sylar just smiles and agrees. He doesn't even need to kill to steal abilities any more either.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar's motivation has gone from "I want to be special" (first series) to "I have an uncontrollable Hunger which makes me lust after killing to get people's abilities" (second). By the third, though, he seemed to have decided that "this is just who I am and I'm happy with it." Now his aim seems to be simply KillAllHumans With Abilities KillAllHumansWithAbilities - Danko points out that "if we succeed, you'll be the only one left", and Sylar just smiles and agrees. He doesn't even need After, he want to kill be the President replacing the actual. In final season, he want to steal abilities any more either.be a good person. Believing that, without his abilities, he would not be a monster, Sylar asks Matt to rid him of them.
27th Jun '15 9:31:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'': The episode ''Space Croppers'' begins with the Galactica's fleet being attacked by the Cylons. The Cylons destroy the fleet's food supplies. Boy genius Dr. Zee comes up with a plan to send Troy and Dillon down to Earth to get some supplies. Troy and Dillon pick a farm at random and soon find out that the farmer is having problems with the local growers' association. Instead of picking another farmer to get supplies from, the motive decays into helping this farmer out with his problems and the rest of the episode revolves more around helping a farmer than it does about getting food for Galactica.

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'': ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'': The episode ''Space Croppers'' begins with the Galactica's fleet being attacked by the Cylons. The Cylons destroy the fleet's food supplies. Boy genius Dr. Zee comes up with a plan to send Troy and Dillon down to Earth to get some supplies. Troy and Dillon pick a farm at random and soon find out that the farmer is having problems with the local growers' association. Instead of picking another farmer to get supplies from, the motive decays into helping this farmer out with his problems and the rest of the episode revolves more around helping a farmer than it does about getting food for Galactica.
10th May '15 8:30:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Glee}}'':

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* ''{{Glee}}'':''Series/{{Glee}}'':
17th Mar '15 9:49:51 AM PyroWildcat
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* ''TheOffice'': In one episode, after Michael Scott left the show and Andy Bernard is in charge, Andy is having a family crisis trying to provide for his mother after his father skips town. For some reason that isn't explained in the show, everyone in the office is working on helping Andy with his problem, all on company time and none of them seem to think there's anything wrong with that. Instead of selling paper, they all work on Andy's problem as if it's what they're supposed to be doing.
15th Feb '15 9:09:22 PM MJC
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** Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa suffer from this. They go from wanting to conquer the Earth to wanting to destroy the Power Rangers, or even simply just ruining their day. Sure, if they get rid of the Rangers, they'll be free to rule the planet, but their plans noticeably go from "This plan will provide us with an unending power source or ultimate weapon that will allow us to take over the Earth" to "This plan will ruin Kimberly's chance at joining the Pan Global Games."

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** Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa suffer from this. They go from wanting to conquer the Earth to wanting to destroy the Power Rangers, or even simply just ruining their day. Sure, if they get rid of the Rangers, they'll be free to rule the planet, but their plans noticeably go from "This plan will provide us with an unending power source or ultimate weapon that will allow us to take over the Earth" to "This "[[EvilIsPetty This plan will ruin Kimberly's chance at joining the Pan Global Games.Games]]."
26th Dec '14 5:58:08 PM odysseus56
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** The entire main cast suffers from this in Season 2. In Season 1, the main characters seemed to at least have a vague goal of helping the Rebellion, but as of Season 2 their only goal is to stop President Davis (before President Davis is even shown to do anything evil, all the characters already hated his faction)...but don't seem to have any identifiable goals beyond that. Are they still trying to restore the United States, just not with Davis in charge? Are they content to let the country collapse back into anarchy and feudalism after Davis is stopped? Something else entirely? Or is there no game plan at all?
12th Dec '14 3:41:01 AM maurizioganz
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** It was always more of "principle of the matter" kind of thing. Before the Glee club, the Cheerios were the only shining light in a highschool of mediocrity; the football hasn't won a game in years, most everyone grows to get a job and live in the same town, and by being the best of the worst, the cheerleading squad dominated. And Sue liked being on top, with all the control. Even in the first episode, Sue could see that the Glee club had potential, potential that would take the light away from her team (and her), so she did all she could to make it not happen.

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** It was always more of "principle of the matter" kind of thing. Before the Glee club, the Cheerios were the only shining light in a highschool of mediocrity; the football team hasn't won a game in years, most everyone grows to get a job and live in the same town, and by being the best of the worst, the cheerleading squad dominated. And Sue liked being on top, with all the control. Even in the first episode, Sue could see that the Glee club had potential, potential that would take the light away from her team (and her), so she did all she could to make it not happen.
20th Oct '14 3:43:36 PM hbi2k
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** A major plot point. By season three Walter's entire motive to be a drug dealer is gone. His family has abandoned him, the money is no use for them, let alone for him to spend, but he ''likes it'' and is trying to rationalize what he is and what he has done. Particularly notable is that when he finally gets to cook meth as a quiet day job with no thrills he requests Jesse back and spends an episode trying to kill a fly. Jesse, on the other hand knows he's just a bad man.
** He tells himself that he's still doing it to provide money and protection to his family (who are clearly at risk, since he's gotten in so deep). But it's made clear that these are justifications to do what he wants to do anyway. As of season 5, Walt's only motivations are money and stroking his own ego. Since [[spoiler: Walt killed his boss, the main person threatening his family]], and he has enough money to cover his family, the only thing putting everyone in danger is Walt not quitting while he's ahead. In the finale, [[spoiler:he finally admits that his family was always just an excuse, and he did what he did because he liked it.]]

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
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''Series/BreakingBad'': A major plot point. By season three Walter's entire motive to be a drug dealer is gone. His family has abandoned him, the money is no use for them, let alone for him to spend, but he ''likes it'' and is trying to rationalize what he is and what he has done. Particularly notable is that when he finally gets to cook meth as a quiet day job with no thrills he requests Jesse back and spends an episode trying to kill a fly. Jesse, on the other hand knows he's just a bad man.\n** He tells himself that he's still doing it to provide money and protection to his family (who are clearly at risk, since he's gotten in so deep). But it's made clear that these are justifications to do what he wants to do anyway. As of season 5, Walt's only motivations are money and stroking his own ego. Since since [[spoiler: Walt killed his boss, the main person threatening his family]], and he has enough more money to cover than his family, wife and son could spend in their lifetimes, the only thing putting everyone in danger is Walt not quitting while he's ahead. In the finale, [[spoiler:he finally admits that his family was always just an excuse, and he did what he did because he liked it.]]



*** The series had been indicating that Faith didn't really fit into the group nearly since her introduction. Her handling of combat boils down to 'stay out of my way, and don't expect me to babysit you' - an attitude that almost gets Buffy killed, and clashes with the Buffy crew's normal 'no man left behind' tactics. It is also indicated that she has a simplistic view of social relationships: she respects strength, and she respects loyalty... and doesn't necessarily care about good or evil. She takes the scoobies' criticisms as indications that she isn't accepted by them, and ultimately loses respect for them when they all take issue with her might-makes-right life philosophy. She readily adopts the BigBad as her leader/father figure because he's strong and ruthless, yet loyal to Faith and appreciative of her efforts.
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