History ShootTheShaggyDog / LiveActionTV

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.
12th May '16 12:14:01 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/{{Nova}}'' dramatized a real-life example in [[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/hitlers-supergun.html "Bombing Hitler's Supergun"]]. Joe Kennedy Jr. (UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's older brother) attempts to fly a remote-controlled bomb (a plane packed with high explosives) into the WaveMotionGun to destroy it, but an electrical fault in the arming system causes the plane to explode in midair before he can bail out of it as planned. Allied troops reach the London Cannon site a month later to discover that an earlier British bombing attack had already destroyed the target.
7th May '16 3:36:44 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''TheGoldenGirls'', Rose is telling Dorothy one of her 'St Olaf' stories. As the story goes on, it becomes clear that the characters in the story are [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute very similar]] to the backstory of Dorothy and her ex-husband Stan. Just when the woman's story seems to be approaching a relevant point, Rose ends it by saying "Skylab fell on her".

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* In an episode of ''TheGoldenGirls'', ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Rose is telling Dorothy one of her 'St Olaf' stories. As the story goes on, it becomes clear that the characters in the story are [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute very similar]] to the backstory of Dorothy and her ex-husband Stan. Just when the woman's story seems to be approaching a relevant point, Rose ends it by saying "Skylab fell on her".
26th Apr '16 7:23:39 AM TheWanderer
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** Although each season ends with successful convictions of drug dealers, it becomes progressively more and more clear with each season that the best the police can do is sweep up the low-level boys. Everyone sufficiently high up is untouchable, and American social and political systems make effecting actual change impossible. In the final episode, [[spoiler:Detective Jimmy [=McNulty=] has to resign from the force, Lieutenant Cedric Daniels and Rhonda Pearlman "fall on their swords", Mayor Tommy Carcetti and Commander William Rawls are both promoted when they don't deserve it, and the crooked newspaper reporter who ran with a story about a falsified serial killer is lauded. Most of the supporting characters also come to realize that they can't change the system, and will be shuffled into the background while a new generation of thugs and cops dominate Baltimore]].
** In spite of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, [[spoiler:Omar Little]] never gets the chance to kill Marlo Stanfield, nor does he make any significant impact on stopping the flow of Stanfield goods onto the Baltimore streets. He [[spoiler:gets shot in the head by Kenard, a kid when he stops at a convenience store to buy a pack of smokes]]. This was arguably deliberate on creator David Simon's part, as he wanted to show that being the most feared vigilante in the city doesn't mean much, and the character ultimately realizes how futile his struggle is in the scene prior to his death. When the show creator piles on the uselessness of the show's plot, he piles it ''on''.
** Conversely, [[spoiler:Omar's]] plotline also affects Marlo Stanfield's. After a season of learning how to be a better criminal and getting away from common-thug tactics, Marlo's operation is efficiently dismantled by the efforts of [=McNulty=] and Lester, who figure out his coded signals with [[spoiler:The Greek's operation]] and arrest the majority of his organization. The charges don't stick on him, but Marlo is forced to become a legitimate businessman. However, he soon learns that he's trapped in his own personal hell, that he can never go back to the life he once wanted, and his name means absolutely nothing on the streets (evidenced by the two men [[spoiler:discussing the growing legend of Omar's death]] and not knowing who Marlo is).

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** Although each season ends with successful convictions of drug dealers, it becomes progressively more and more clear with each season that the best the police can do is sweep up the low-level boys. low and mid level operators. Everyone sufficiently high up is (almost) untouchable, and American social and political systems make effecting actual change impossible. In the final episode, [[spoiler:Detective Jimmy [=McNulty=] has to resign from the force, Lieutenant InternalReformist Cedric Daniels and Rhonda Pearlman "fall on their swords", is forced to resign when he refuses to cooperate with the new Mayor's insistence to "fix the statistics", (to make it look as though crime is going down when it's actually going up) Mayor Tommy Carcetti and Commander William Rawls are both promoted when they don't deserve it, and the crooked newspaper reporter who ran with a story about a falsified serial killer is his stories (along with the bosses who enabled him) gets lauded. Most of the supporting characters also come to realize that they can't change the system, and will be shuffled into the background while a new generation of thugs and cops dominate Baltimore]].
** In spite of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, [[spoiler:Omar Little]] never gets the chance to kill Marlo Stanfield, nor does he make any significant impact on stopping the flow of Stanfield goods onto the Baltimore streets. He [[spoiler:gets shot in the head by Kenard, a kid when while he stops stopping at a convenience store to buy a pack of smokes]]. This was arguably deliberate on creator David Simon's part, as he wanted to show that being the most feared vigilante in the city doesn't mean much, and the character ultimately realizes how futile his struggle is in the scene prior to his death. When the show creator piles on the uselessness of the show's plot, he piles it ''on''.
** Conversely, [[spoiler:Omar's]] plotline also affects Marlo Stanfield's. After a season of learning how to be a better criminal and getting away from common-thug tactics, Marlo's operation is efficiently dismantled by the efforts of [=McNulty=] and Lester, who figure out his coded signals with [[spoiler:The Greek's operation]] and arrest the majority of his organization. The charges don't stick on him, but Marlo is forced to become a legitimate businessman. However, he soon learns that he's trapped in his own personal hell, that he can never go back to the life he once wanted, and his name means absolutely nothing on the streets (evidenced streets. (Evidenced by the two men [[spoiler:discussing the growing legend of Omar's death]] and not knowing who Marlo is).is.)
25th Apr '16 5:27:10 PM HamburgerTime
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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has "JJ", the episode. Although the episode is better remembered as Jennifer "JJ" Jareau's last as the team's media liaison, the main story follows the team interrogating two suspects regarding the whereabouts of a girl who went missing out to sea after meeting the pair. Although the team manages to reveal the pair as rapists, the interrogation fails to reveal where the girl was taken- at the end, the Coast Guard, who was already looking for the girl, finds her hanging on to a raft, rendering the entire interrogative exercise pointless.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
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"JJ", the episode. Although the episode is better remembered as Jennifer "JJ" Jareau's last as the team's media liaison, the main story follows the team interrogating two suspects regarding the whereabouts of a girl who went missing out to sea after meeting the pair. Although the team manages to reveal the pair as rapists, the interrogation fails to reveal where the girl was taken- at the end, the Coast Guard, who was already looking for the girl, finds her hanging on to a raft, rendering the entire interrogative exercise pointless.pointless.
** 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]].
23rd Apr '16 2:06:19 PM ren
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** 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]]
22nd Apr '16 12:26:57 PM Dutchtica
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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.
2nd Apr '16 11:21:50 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Eastenders}}'':

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* ''{{Eastenders}}'':''Series/EastEnders'':
19th Mar '16 8:26:37 AM Hossmeister
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12th Mar '16 12:33:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': Many of the {{Downer Ending}}s, examples include "Super Specs" (the AlternateUniverse wins, and the protagonists are imprisoned in a crystal sphere), "Pinball Wizard" (doomed to repeat the game forever, i.e. "trapped in a grim cycle of reincarnation"), "Thirteenth Floor" (Karin goes through all that trouble to escape, only to find out [[TomatoInTheMirror she is one of the aliens]] and they were trying to rescue her), "The Dangerous Soup" (the demon is NotQuiteDead, and our heroes are once again LockedInAFreezer with it), and "The Chameleons" (Sharon sprays the real Janice, who is then permanently chameleonized, and executed shortly after). That is the point, since the FramingDevice for each episode is a campfire scary story. They're not supposed to have happy endings.

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* ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': Many of the {{Downer Ending}}s, examples include "Super Specs" (the AlternateUniverse wins, and the protagonists are imprisoned in a crystal sphere), "Pinball Wizard" (doomed to repeat the game forever, i.e. "trapped in a grim cycle of reincarnation"), "Thirteenth Floor" (Karin goes through all that trouble to escape, only to find out [[TomatoInTheMirror she is one of the aliens]] and they were trying to rescue her), "The Dangerous Soup" (the demon is NotQuiteDead, and our heroes are once again LockedInAFreezer with it), and "The Chameleons" (Sharon sprays the real Janice, who is then permanently chameleonized, and executed shortly after). That is the point, since the FramingDevice for each episode is a campfire scary story. They're not supposed to have happy endings.
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