History ShootTheShaggyDog / LiveActionTV

22nd Apr '18 3:33:07 PM BKelly95
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* ''Series/{{ER}}'':
** A subplot in one episode has the hospital staff hear of a plane that crashed on approach to the airport. Carol is in charge for this episode, so she immediately organizes the hospital to receive survivors. As soon as they're ready to receive victims, Carol calls the rescue workers and tells them so. They tell her that the plane crash had no survivors.
2nd Feb '18 3:34:13 PM XFllo
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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, 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.



** Arya's quest since the end of Season 1 to return to her family features a lot of WackyWaysideTribe and danger but ultimately ends in a HopeSpot at the Red Wedding and another at the Bloody Gate which ultimately convinces her to give up and leave Westeros.



** Stannis Baratheon´s story deserves a mention here, especially at the end, when [[spoiler: he allows Melisandre to burn his daughter, Shireen, to death as a sacrifice for helping him defeat the Boltons. it doesn´t work, as he loses a large part of his soldiers, horrified by the act, which makes his forces being outnumbered in the battle in Winterfell. At the end, he is wounded and finished by Brienne, with all his hopes lost. As a conclusion, Stannis loses his chance to obtain the Iron Throne, and the entire Baratheon family dissapears from Westeros, as his wife commits suicide]]

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** Stannis Baratheon´s story deserves a mention here, story, especially at the end, when [[spoiler: he allows Melisandre to burn his daughter, Shireen, to death as a sacrifice for helping him defeat the Boltons. it doesn´t work, as he loses a large part of his soldiers, horrified by the act, which makes his forces being outnumbered in the battle in Winterfell. At the end, he is wounded and finished by Brienne, with all his hopes lost. As a conclusion, Stannis loses his chance to obtain the Iron Throne, and the entire Baratheon family dissapears from Westeros, as his wife commits suicide]]suicide.
** In season six, Brienne and Podrick are sent to Riverrun in order to recruit the Blackfish's newly reformed Tully Army to aid Sansa and Jon's war against the Boltons. He refuses the call, Brienne and Podrick leave in failure, and the Blackfish is killed when the Freys and Lannisters retake Riverrun.
2nd Feb '18 3:26:42 PM XFllo
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** The plotline about Mulder's sister Samantha. [[spoiler: After years searching for his sister, being told numerous times that she was alive and he would eventually be reunited with her if he just keep looking, and being tormented by her clones, he finds out she died only a few years after she disappeared]].
** The ending to the series. [[spoiler: Mulder and Scully are fugitives, with Mulder carrying a ''death sentence'', knowing that aliens will conquer the planet in 2012 and there is nothing they can do to stop it]].

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** The plotline about Mulder's sister Samantha. [[spoiler: After years searching for his sister, being told numerous times that she was alive and he would eventually be reunited with her if he just keep looking, and being tormented by her clones, he finds out she died only a few years after she disappeared]].
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** The ending to the series. [[spoiler: Mulder and Scully are fugitives, with Mulder carrying a ''death sentence'', knowing that aliens will conquer the planet in 2012 and there is nothing they can do to stop it]].it.
8th Nov '17 7:03:13 AM VoxAquila
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** Even more particularly, the Nerds drug Buffy, she has a hallucination that she is in an insane asylum being treated for her delusions that she lives in Sunnydale, she is the Chosen One, she has ThePowerOfFriendship and she fights supernatural monsters. Throughout the episode, we assume that the Sunnydale scenes are real within the context of the Story and the Asylum scenes are hallucinations. Near the end, Buffy is about to kill her "imaginary" friends, but the potion wears off JustInTime. The finale is back in the Asylum. Mad!Buffy has had a relapse. Doctor and Parents sadly leaves her cell. The sad implication is that Buffy really is mad and we have spent 6 years of our life watching insane delusions.

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** Even more particularly, the Nerds drug Buffy, she has a hallucination that she is in an insane asylum being treated for her delusions that she lives in Sunnydale, she is the Chosen One, TheChosenOne, she has ThePowerOfFriendship and she fights supernatural monsters. Throughout the episode, we assume that the Sunnydale scenes are real within the context of the Story story and the Asylum asylum scenes are hallucinations. Near the end, Buffy is about to kill her "imaginary" friends, but the potion wears off JustInTime. The finale is back in the Asylum.asylum. Mad!Buffy has had a relapse. Doctor The doctor and Parents her parents sadly leaves leave her cell. The sad implication is that Buffy really is mad and we have spent 6 years of our life watching insane delusions.
1st Nov '17 8:21:18 AM Clare
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** The plotline about Mulder's sister Samantha. [[spoiler: After years searching for his sister, being told numerous times that she was alive and he would eventually be reunited with her if he just keep looking, and being tormented by her clones, he finds out she was dead all along]].

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** The plotline about Mulder's sister Samantha. [[spoiler: After years searching for his sister, being told numerous times that she was alive and he would eventually be reunited with her if he just keep looking, and being tormented by her clones, he finds out she was dead all along]].died only a few years after she disappeared]].
26th Oct '17 12:06:10 PM jtierney50
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* The series finale of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. [[spoiler:The mother's been dead the whole time, having died of cancer, and the 9 years worth of stories was just a very convoluted way for Ted to ask his kids if it's okay if he marries Aunt Robin (who, by the way, had divorced Barney a whole ''one'' episode after their wedding that took up ''the entirety'' of the last season).]]
14th Sep '17 6:27:43 AM Clare
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** In ''Earthshock'', Adric attempted to solve three logic codes in order to deactivate an override device which the Cybermen had incorporated into a space freighter which they had hijacked and set on a collision course with Earth. With only two codes solved and time rapidly running out, those on board the freighter prepared to evacuate, but Adric ran back on board at the last second to continue working on the third code. However, just as he had solved the code and was starting to key it in, a lone Cyberman destroyed the computer, leaving Adric powerless to stop the collision; he died in the resulting explosion. To make matters worse, the freighter was ''meant'' to collide with Earth; it was the "meteorite" which wiped out the dinosaurs, but Adric wasn't to know that.

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** In ''Earthshock'', Adric attempted attempts to solve three logic codes in order to deactivate an override device which the Cybermen had have incorporated into a space freighter which they had have hijacked and set on a collision course with Earth. With only two codes solved and time rapidly running out, those on board the freighter prepared prepare to evacuate, but Adric ran runs back on board at the last second to continue working on the third code. However, just as he had has solved the code and was is starting to key it in, a lone Cyberman destroyed destroys the computer, leaving Adric powerless to stop the collision; he died dies in the resulting explosion. To make matters worse, the freighter was is ''meant'' to collide with Earth; it was is the "meteorite" which wiped out the dinosaurs, but Adric wasn't isn't to know that.
14th Sep '17 6:25:15 AM Clare
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** In ''Earthshock'', Adric attempted to solve three logic codes in order to deactivate an override device which the Cybermen had incorporated into a space freighter which they had hijacked and set on a collision course with Earth. With only two codes solved and time rapidly running out, those on board the freighter prepared to evacuate, but Adric ran back on board at the last second to continue working on the third code. However, just as he had solved the code and was starting to key it in, a lone Cyberman destroyed the computer, leaving Adric powerless to stop the collision; he died in the resulting explosion. To make matters worse, the freighter was ''meant'' to collide with Earth; it was the "meteorite" which wiped out the dinosaurs, but Adric wasn't to know that.
13th Sep '17 7:45:41 AM Clare
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** This goes back even to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis "Logopolis"]], his predecessor's final story (and the first in which he appears) where a significant proportion of the ''entire universe'' is destroyed by entropy. Although insignificant on the scale of such an unbelievably cataclysmic event, the region destroyed includes the Traken Union, thereby almost immediately rendering all the events, people (with the sole exception of the Doctor's companion, Nyssa) and struggles in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken The Keeper of Traken]]'' (the previous connected story)]] dramatically null, void and pointless. (The fact that this is only obvious when you [[FridgeLogic stop and consider it]] suggests that this was a side-effect rather than dramatic intent on the part of the writers).

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** This goes back even to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis "Logopolis"]], his predecessor's final story (and the first in which he appears) where a significant proportion of the ''entire universe'' is destroyed by entropy. Although insignificant on the scale of such an unbelievably cataclysmic event, the region destroyed includes the Traken Union, thereby almost immediately rendering all the events, people (with the sole exception of the Doctor's companion, Nyssa) and struggles in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken The Keeper of Traken]]'' (the previous connected story)]] story) dramatically null, void and pointless. (The fact that this is only obvious when you [[FridgeLogic stop and consider it]] suggests that this was a side-effect rather than dramatic intent on the part of the writers).
13th Sep '17 7:43:44 AM Clare
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** This goes back even to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis "Logopolis"]], his predecessor's final story (and the first in which he appears) where a significant proportion of [[spoiler:the ''entire universe'']] is [[spoiler:destroyed by entropy]]. Although insignificant on the scale of such an unbelievably cataclysmic event, the region destroyed includes [[spoiler:the Traken Union]], thereby almost immediately rendering all the events, people and struggles in [[spoiler:''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken The Keeper of Traken]]'' (the previous connected story)]] dramatically null, void and pointless. (The fact that this is only obvious when you [[FridgeLogic stop and consider it]] suggests that this was a side-effect rather than dramatic intent on the part of the writers).

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** This goes back even to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis "Logopolis"]], his predecessor's final story (and the first in which he appears) where a significant proportion of [[spoiler:the the ''entire universe'']] universe'' is [[spoiler:destroyed destroyed by entropy]]. entropy. Although insignificant on the scale of such an unbelievably cataclysmic event, the region destroyed includes [[spoiler:the the Traken Union]], Union, thereby almost immediately rendering all the events, people (with the sole exception of the Doctor's companion, Nyssa) and struggles in [[spoiler:''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E6TheKeeperOfTraken The Keeper of Traken]]'' (the previous connected story)]] dramatically null, void and pointless. (The fact that this is only obvious when you [[FridgeLogic stop and consider it]] suggests that this was a side-effect rather than dramatic intent on the part of the writers).
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