History ShootTheShaggyDog / LiveActionTV

4th Mar '17 3:47:58 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** The first episode has the one lawyer on the planet who actually cares about the truth investigate Blake's frame job and get painfully close to unravelling the whole thing, when government guards simply gun him and his girlfriend down. It was a deliberate attempt to frame the entire series by demonstrating the spirit-crushing government's resolve, and it worked brilliantly.
** The ''last'' episode of ''Blake's 7'' was an even ''bigger'' Shoot The Shaggy Dog moment, [[spoiler:what with its KillEmAll ending.]]

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** The first episode W[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS1E1TheWayBack}} The Way Back]]" has the one lawyer on the planet who actually cares about the truth investigate Blake's frame job and get painfully close to unravelling the whole thing, when government guards simply gun him and his girlfriend down. It was a deliberate attempt to frame the entire series by demonstrating the spirit-crushing government's resolve, and it worked brilliantly.
** The ''last'' episode of ''Blake's 7'' "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS4E13Blake}} Blake]]" was an even ''bigger'' Shoot The Shaggy Dog moment, [[spoiler:what with its KillEmAll ending.]]



** "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Neither the audience nor the characters ever figure out who the Ass Crack Bandit is, and [[spoiler:Pierce Hawthorne]] is KilledOffscreen.
** "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing": [[spoiler:The books the group fought over are misprints with no page numbers and not worth anything, meaning the group turned on each other for nothing.]]

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** "Basic "[[Recap/CommunityS5E03BasicInterglutealNumismatics Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Numismatics]]": Neither the audience nor the characters ever figure out who the Ass Crack Bandit is, and [[spoiler:Pierce Hawthorne]] is KilledOffscreen.
** "VCR "[[Recap/CommunityS5E09VCRMaintenanceAndEducationalPublishing VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing": Publishing]]": [[spoiler:The books the group fought over are misprints with no page numbers and not worth anything, meaning the group turned on each other for nothing.]]



* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The episode "Ethon". After the SGC cruiser ''Prometheus'' is destroyed during an attempt to bring down an Ori-designed, Rand-launched KillSat over the planet Tegalus, the surviving crew make contact with the Rands' enemies the Caledonians. SG-1 manages to broker a cease-fire that lasts long enough to get the crew to the stargate, with the understanding that the Rands would give the Caledonians the stargate so they could leave the planet. The talks break down after the crew leaves and a nuclear war ensues.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': One episode, "Course: Oblivion", has the crew discovering that they -- along with Voyager itself -- are in fact clones of the ''real'' crew and ship, having been brought into existence in an earlier episode, and now they're falling apart. They spend the episode dying one by one and unsuccessfully trying ''not'' to die, until the whole thing finally falls apart, kilometers from the real Voyager, which is totally unaware of what has happened. Arguably the most depressing part comes when, desperate not to have their existence be in vain, they create a log of their exploits and launch it into space, where it gets destroyed seconds later.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The episode "Ethon"."[[Recap/StargateSG1S9E15Ethon Ethon]]". After the SGC cruiser ''Prometheus'' is destroyed during an attempt to bring down an Ori-designed, Rand-launched KillSat over the planet Tegalus, the surviving crew make contact with the Rands' enemies the Caledonians. SG-1 manages to broker a cease-fire that lasts long enough to get the crew to the stargate, with the understanding that the Rands would give the Caledonians the stargate so they could leave the planet. The talks break down after the crew leaves and a nuclear war ensues.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': One episode, "Course: Oblivion", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E17CourseOblivion}} Course: Oblivion]]", has the crew discovering that they -- along with Voyager itself -- are in fact clones of the ''real'' crew and ship, having been brought into existence in an earlier episode, and now they're falling apart. They spend the episode dying one by one and unsuccessfully trying ''not'' to die, until the whole thing finally falls apart, kilometers from the real Voyager, which is totally unaware of what has happened. Arguably the most depressing part comes when, desperate not to have their existence be in vain, they create a log of their exploits and launch it into space, where it gets destroyed seconds later.



** Taken further by the season 5 episode "Abandon All Hope...". After retrieving the one weapon that can kill Lucifer and stop him from raising Death the Fourth Horseman, and Ellen and Jo Harvelle's heroic sacrifice to give Sam and Dean the chance to do this, it turns out that Lucifer is immune after he gets back up again with a sore head. Lucifer kills everyone in the town and raises the Pale Rider, Team Free Will is forced to flee, and Ellen and Jo have died for nothing (and they ''don't'' come back).

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** Taken further by the season 5 episode "Abandon "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E10AbandonAllHope Abandon All Hope...".]]". After retrieving the one weapon that can kill Lucifer and stop him from raising Death the Fourth Horseman, and Ellen and Jo Harvelle's heroic sacrifice to give Sam and Dean the chance to do this, it turns out that Lucifer is immune after he gets back up again with a sore head. Lucifer kills everyone in the town and raises the Pale Rider, Team Free Will is forced to flee, and Ellen and Jo have died for nothing (and they ''don't'' come back).



** ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'' and its spin-offs lived on this trope. Many episodes ended with all or most of the animals being wiped out by a natural disaster. Sometimes this was justified (showing the last days of the dinosaurs, for instance), but other times, it was just a random forest fire.

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** ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'' ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' and its spin-offs lived on this trope. Many episodes ended with all or most of the animals being wiped out by a natural disaster. Sometimes this was justified (showing the last days of the dinosaurs, for instance), but other times, it was just a random forest fire.
31st Jan '17 8:15:33 AM BKelly95
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** The episode "My Lunch" or rather, [[TheOneWith the one where Doctor Cox has a breakdown]], JD keeps meeting with a former patient who he keeps brushing off for lunch dates because she's so annoying ... and she dies. However, she was a donor, and her organs could be used for four terminally ill patients of Doctor Cox, if it weren't for the fact she had rabies[[note]]I may be wrong about the rabies, could be another disease[[/note]] and all of them die. All of his time and effort, never mind the patients', and so many lives lost for something that could have been easily prevented.

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** The episode "My Lunch" or rather, [[TheOneWith the one where Doctor Cox has a breakdown]], JD keeps meeting with a former patient who he keeps brushing off for lunch dates because she's so annoying ... and she dies. kills herself. However, she was a donor, and her organs could be are used for four three terminally ill patients of Doctor Cox, if Cox. However, it weren't for the fact turns out she had rabies[[note]]I may be wrong about the rabies, could be another disease[[/note]] rabies and all of them die.die from the disease. All of his time and effort, never mind the patients', and so many lives lost for something that could have been easily prevented.


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* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'': "Karma Chameleon" has Wyatt reveal that he's decided to go back and prevent the murder of his wife Jessica by preventing the murderer's parents from conceiving him. His plan involves having Rufus take him back and wooing the mother so that she doesn't hook up with the father. (The murderer was conceived in a one-night stand.) However, that plan falls apart when the mother finds out he was deliberately seeking her out. He's then forced to kidnap the father during the one-night stand and keep him apart from the mother. During this, a scuffle occurs and the father is accidentally killed. Bothered by the guilt of what he's done, Wyatt returns to the present wondering how he's going to face Jessica after what he's done. Upon returning, he's apprehended by the project's security for using the time machine unauthorized, but Jessica is still dead. And this time, they have no idea who killed her.
22nd Dec '16 2:18:02 PM rafi
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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'': The penultimate episode of season two. [[spoiler: The gang shows up at Rossum HQ, blows up the supposed doomsday device...only for the end of the world to be going strong ten years later.]]

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* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'': ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': The penultimate episode of season two. [[spoiler: The gang shows up at Rossum HQ, blows up the supposed doomsday device...only for the end of the world to be going strong ten years later.]]



* ''Series/TheLWord'':
** The Dana breast cancer plot in season 3.
** Also all of season 6. In the end it turns out most of the established relationships are shams and Shane and Jenny's relationship is done in with Jenny's murder.



* ''Series/{{Louie}}'':
** Near the beginning of the third season, Louie goes on a date with a parody of a ManicPixieDreamGirl (She spontaneously climbs up long flights of stairs, she convinces Louie to try on a dress, and she claims her name is "Tape Recorder.") Louie is unnerved at first, but grows attached to her by the end of the date, and spends most of the season searching for her. In the season finale, Louie is feeling extra-lonely when suddenly, by chance, he runs into the girl again on a bus. [[spoiler: In the VERY NEXT SECOND, she falls over and dies. In the second after THAT, the New Year kicks in and everybody around Louie starts embracing and kissing each other.]]
* ''Series/TheLWord'':
** The Dana breast cancer plot in season 3.
** Also all of season 6. In the end it turns out most of the established relationships are shams and Shane and Jenny's relationship is done in with Jenny's murder.

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* ''Series/{{Louie}}'':
**
''Series/{{Louie}}'': Near the beginning of the third season, Louie goes on a date with a parody of a ManicPixieDreamGirl (She spontaneously climbs up long flights of stairs, she convinces Louie to try on a dress, and she claims her name is "Tape Recorder.") Louie is unnerved at first, but grows attached to her by the end of the date, and spends most of the season searching for her. In the season finale, Louie is feeling extra-lonely when suddenly, by chance, he runs into the girl again on a bus. [[spoiler: In the VERY NEXT SECOND, she falls over and dies. In the second after THAT, the New Year kicks in and everybody around Louie starts embracing and kissing each other.]]
* ''Series/TheLWord'':
** The Dana breast cancer plot in season 3.
** Also all of season 6. In
''Series/{{Lost}}'': Danielle Rousseau. She spends 16 years on the end it turns out most of the established relationships are shams island, alone, trying to get her daughter back and Shane thinking of little else. Then, she finally meets her...and Jenny's relationship is done in with Jenny's murder.they spend about a week together before they're both killed.
20th Dec '16 9:41:19 AM Peridonyx
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** The Season 4 two-part finale, "To Hell"/"And Back." The villains managed to kill almost ninety people before being detected, the BigBad is killed in cold blood by the brother of one of his victims after overhearing that the villain would likely get off in court since his mentally disabled brother did all the direct killings, the brother in question is mercilessly gunned down by SWAT for charging at them with a knife, even as the FBI beg the SWAT officers not to do it, and the guy who shot the BigBad goes to prison for life despite the fact that he was just trying to do good. The FBI manage to save a grand total of one person, and the ending narration notes [[PyrrhicVictory she'll likely be traumatized for the rest of her days]].

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** The Season 4 two-part finale, "To Hell"/"And Back." The villains managed to kill almost ninety people before being detected, the BigBad is killed in cold blood by the brother of one of his victims after overhearing that the villain would likely get off in court since his mentally disabled brother did all the direct killings, the brother in question is mercilessly gunned down by SWAT for charging at them with a knife, even as the FBI beg the SWAT officers not to do it, and the guy who shot the BigBad goes to prison for life despite the fact that he was just trying to do good. The FBI manage to save a grand total of one person, and the ending narration notes [[PyrrhicVictory she'll likely be traumatized for the rest of her days]].
28th Sep '16 10:33:42 AM lluewhyn
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28th Sep '16 9:34:21 AM lluewhyn
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** Subverted in the First Season. At first, it initially seems like this as Ned Stark spends the entire season trying to investigate the murder of his predecessor and expose the treachery of the Lannisters, only to be ignominiously executed by them. Subverted in that his execution causes major repercussions throughout the entire kingdom, and plunges everyone into war. However, somewhat played straight in both the book and television series in that his efforts to discover and protect Robert's bastards leads absolutely nowhere.

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** Subverted in the First Season. At first, it initially seems like this trope as Ned Stark spends the entire season trying to investigate the murder of his predecessor and expose the treachery of the Lannisters, only to be ignominiously executed by them. Subverted in that his execution causes major repercussions throughout the entire kingdom, and plunges everyone into war.war, so his efforts did have a lot of impact on the story. However, somewhat played straight in both the book and television series in that his efforts to discover and protect Robert's bastards leads absolutely nowhere.
28th Sep '16 9:32:53 AM lluewhyn
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** Subverted in the First Season. At first, it initially seems like this as Ned Stark spends the entire season trying to investigate the murder of his predecessor and expose the treachery of the Lannisters, only to be ignominiously executed by them. Subverted in that his execution causes major repercussions throughout the entire kingdom, and plunges everyone into war. However, somewhat played straight in both the book and television series in that his efforts to discover and protect Robert's bastards leads absolutely nowhere.
31st Aug '16 9:55:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':
16th Jul '16 6:00:51 AM VoxAquila
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*** Joss Whedon invoked ''WordOfGod'' on this one via the DVD commentary. He stated that the whole episode was open to interpretation, but also made a clear point of saying that he personally believed that the asylum scenes were hallucinations.
*** Given that the spin-off show, Angel, ran to 5 seasons, it is assumed to be a hallucination. Either that, or Angel is itself a spin-off of the hallucinations of Buffy in an asylum.
24th May '16 11:48:22 PM ChristianLaFleur
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** "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Neither the audience nor the characters ever figure out who the Asshole Bandit is, and [[spoiler:Pierce Hawthorne]] is KilledOffscreen.

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** "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics": Neither the audience nor the characters ever figure out who the Asshole Ass Crack Bandit is, and [[spoiler:Pierce Hawthorne]] is KilledOffscreen.
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