History RealityIsUnrealistic / LiveActionTV

11th May '18 4:39:20 AM BreadBull
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* A common source of snickering about ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is that Picard is supposedly French, but speaks English with a British accent and not a French one. Patrick Stewart is indeed British and not French, but it's common for French people who know English well to speak it in a British accent--Britain is, after all, the nearest English-speaking country to France. A French person speaking English with a British accent is no more unrealistic than is, say, a Mexican person who speaks English with an accent from the American south (and Picard only speaks French in ''one episode.'' Even his visit home to France was everyone speaking English).

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* A common source of snickering about ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is that Picard is supposedly French, but speaks English with a British accent and not a French one. Patrick Stewart is indeed British and not French, but it's common for French people who know English well to speak it in a British accent--Britain is, after all, the nearest English-speaking country to France. A French person speaking English with a British accent is no more unrealistic than is, say, a Mexican person who speaks English with an accent from the American south (and Picard only speaks French in ''one episode.'' Even his visit home to France was everyone speaking English).English, since in the show's setting French had become a somewhat archaic language similar to Latin).
22nd Mar '18 9:40:49 PM nombretomado
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* As mentioned in the DVD commentary of the U.S. series premiere, the creators of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' run up against this problem quite a bit. It's a fictional show done in documentary style, which means it needs to look "realistic", but to achieve this, it often needs to look less professional than an actual documentary. WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief isn't necessary for a documentary filmmaker, because by its very nature a documentary is assumed to be true and uses no actors or sets. Therefore, they often strive to make their footage look as artistic and professionally staged as possible. But if ''TheOffice'' did that it would probably look like a regular show, hence it has to be "behind the times".

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* As mentioned in the DVD commentary of the U.S. series premiere, the creators of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' run up against this problem quite a bit. It's a fictional show done in documentary style, which means it needs to look "realistic", but to achieve this, it often needs to look less professional than an actual documentary. WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief isn't necessary for a documentary filmmaker, because by its very nature a documentary is assumed to be true and uses no actors or sets. Therefore, they often strive to make their footage look as artistic and professionally staged as possible. But if ''TheOffice'' ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' did that it would probably look like a regular show, hence it has to be "behind the times".
19th Feb '18 5:35:14 AM MichaelKatsuro
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* In the first episode of {{Series/Sharpe}}, a Spanish partisan chief sets fire to a document using a strange item which looks like a barrel-less pistol. Very few people know that flintlock lighters of that type were very fashionable among wealthy [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Napoleonic wars]]-era smokers, and call it a scriptwriter's cop-out.

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* In the first episode of {{Series/Sharpe}}, a Spanish partisan chief sets fire to a document using a strange item which looks like a barrel-less pistol. Very few people know that flintlock lighters of that type were very fashionable among wealthy [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Napoleonic wars]]-era smokers, and many call it a scriptwriter's cop-out.
18th Nov '17 6:21:20 PM danlansdowne
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** This was an incredibly common practice in the black and white era. The drab-looking parlor on ''Series/{{TheAddamsFamily}}'' was actually pink and turquoise.

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** This was an incredibly common practice in the black and white era. The drab-looking parlor on ''Series/{{TheAddamsFamily}}'' ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' was actually pink and turquoise.
18th Nov '17 6:19:43 PM danlansdowne
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* In the early years of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', when it was in black and white, Superman's costume was actually white and red, because blue would have looked wrong (you can see it in the movie Hollywoodland). A normal version was created for later seasons that were shot in color.

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* In the early years of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', when it was in black and white, Superman's costume was actually white and red, because blue would have looked wrong (you can see it in the movie Hollywoodland). ''Hollywoodland''). A normal version was created for later seasons that were shot in color.color.
** This was an incredibly common practice in the black and white era. The drab-looking parlor on ''Series/{{TheAddamsFamily}}'' was actually pink and turquoise.



18th Nov '17 6:12:57 PM danlansdowne
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** In recent years it's been increasingly common for British people to buy holiday or retirement homes in France. It's not impossible that Picard has an Anglo-French background.
25th Jun '17 1:14:08 PM nombretomado
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** One scene that gets a lot of complaints is a part where an Iraqi AA gun ambushes the Marines' humvees as they're driving down the highway. The common complaint is that the AA gun should have ripped apart the Marines' column before they could have taken cover, let alone return fire or direct a helicopter after the gun. In reality, this event actually happened almost exactly like it did in the show - except that unlike in the show, they were being fired upon with ''explosive'' ammunition, and there were Iraqi mortars bombarding the column too. Not only was this mentioned in the ''GenerationKill'' book, but 1st Lieutenant Nathan Fick's own autobiography ''One Bullet Away'' verifies it further.

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** One scene that gets a lot of complaints is a part where an Iraqi AA gun ambushes the Marines' humvees as they're driving down the highway. The common complaint is that the AA gun should have ripped apart the Marines' column before they could have taken cover, let alone return fire or direct a helicopter after the gun. In reality, this event actually happened almost exactly like it did in the show - except that unlike in the show, they were being fired upon with ''explosive'' ammunition, and there were Iraqi mortars bombarding the column too. Not only was this mentioned in the ''GenerationKill'' ''Literature/GenerationKill'' book, but 1st Lieutenant Nathan Fick's own autobiography ''One Bullet Away'' verifies it further.
12th Jun '17 1:19:52 PM comicwriter
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** Similarly, Creator/MarkGatiss protested against the casting of a black actor as one of the Victorian soldiers in the episode "Empress of Mars." He relented after learning that there actually was a black Victorian soldier named [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/06/11/exclusive-doctor-writer-protested-against-problematic-casting/ Jimmy Durham]].
12th Apr '17 8:37:59 AM DoctorNemesis
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** ''Series/{{Castle}}'', revolving as it does around a mystery novelist shadowing the police (and one who spends a bit too much time indulging in fiction to begin with), often features in-universe examples of this trope. For example, in one example he was surprised to discover that using the EnhanceButton just made the picture all blurry and pixelated instead of providing a sharp, focussed close-up.
5th Feb '17 1:26:31 AM Doug86
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* ''BrainiacScienceAbuse'' got in a spot of bother for pandering to this trope. The alkali metals (group one on your periodic table) get more reactive as their masses increase. The show demonstrated this by dropping them into water and watching the increasingly loud bangs as the metals liberated and ignited hydrogen gas. Unfortunately when they reached caesium, the large atomic mass meant, pound for pound, it was far ''less'' dramatic than the rest. Rather than show this interesting result to the audience, they repeated the experiment with numerous pyrotechnic charges in the tank. [[http://www.badscience.net/?p=271 "Science Abuse" indeed.]] Funnily enough on a small scale caesium is far more impressive. While the lower number metals fizz and occasionally burn in water, caesium will quite happily ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umn5YG3RBSM make the tank explode]]''.

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* ''BrainiacScienceAbuse'' ''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse'' got in a spot of bother for pandering to this trope. The alkali metals (group one on your periodic table) get more reactive as their masses increase. The show demonstrated this by dropping them into water and watching the increasingly loud bangs as the metals liberated and ignited hydrogen gas. Unfortunately when they reached caesium, the large atomic mass meant, pound for pound, it was far ''less'' dramatic than the rest. Rather than show this interesting result to the audience, they repeated the experiment with numerous pyrotechnic charges in the tank. [[http://www.badscience.net/?p=271 "Science Abuse" indeed.]] Funnily enough on a small scale caesium is far more impressive. While the lower number metals fizz and occasionally burn in water, caesium will quite happily ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Umn5YG3RBSM make the tank explode]]''.
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