History SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped / LiveActionTV

19th May '17 10:37:23 PM nombretomado
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** Fiona gets addicted to {{Twitter}} and tweets 24-hours-a-day, and even tweets her current location. Her home is later burglarized (with her IN it) and while the show restrains itself on this one (not quite saying that Fiona's tweeting of her current location when she wasn't home led to the burglary), the anvil, while on the nose, is important: Be careful what you post online.

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** Fiona gets addicted to {{Twitter}} Website/{{Twitter}} and tweets 24-hours-a-day, and even tweets her current location. Her home is later burglarized (with her IN it) and while the show restrains itself on this one (not quite saying that Fiona's tweeting of her current location when she wasn't home led to the burglary), the anvil, while on the nose, is important: Be careful what you post online.
9th Apr '17 9:19:08 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' is essentially a series of anvil drops, with some of the most didactic, moralistic writing you can imagine. And it almost always works. One of the best is "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street". {{Anvilicious}}? Yeah. Still amazing, though? Hell yes. RodSerling's bit at the end is especially moving.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' is essentially a series of anvil drops, with some of the most didactic, moralistic writing you can imagine. And it almost always works. One of the best is "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street". {{Anvilicious}}? Yeah. Still amazing, though? Hell yes. RodSerling's Creator/RodSerling's bit at the end is especially moving.
20th Feb '17 5:11:20 PM nombretomado
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*** To their credit, the press in the show actually paid attention - they show the front page of the next day's ''[[BritishNewspapers Independent]]'', which carries a headline about the episode's B plot (John's investigation of a minister taking bribes to look the other way during some dodgy accounting). The real press still thinks Big Brother is more important.

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*** To their credit, the press in the show actually paid attention - they show the front page of the next day's ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Independent]]'', which carries a headline about the episode's B plot (John's investigation of a minister taking bribes to look the other way during some dodgy accounting). The real press still thinks Big Brother is more important.
21st Jan '17 2:39:27 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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** "Ellie": Telling the truth is a moral responsibility, even if the truth isn't always politically convenient.

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** "Ellie": Telling the truth is a moral responsibility, even if the truth isn't always politically convenient. The {{aesop}} comes up in a story where the Surgeon General of the United States accidentally causes a PR fiasco when she honestly answers a question about marijuana use, telling someone (truthfully) that the drug is not addictive, and doesn't carry as many health risks as heroin or cocaine. She nearly loses her job for seemingly endorsing an illegal drug, leading people to accuse the Bartlet administration of planning to legalize marijuana. But as she repeatedly points out, she's a ''doctor'' who has devoted her entire life to educating the public about health, and it's her job to tell people the truth--which has no political bias.
16th Jan '17 2:42:04 PM TotalDramaRox97
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** "Home Is Where The Heart Attack Is" has Uncle Phil having a heart attack and after his unhealthy lifestyle catches up with him. Carlton is too scared to see his father in the hospital. Will calls him out for not being there for his father when he needs him the most. Carlton refuses to accept his father nearly died, and Will tells him that at one point in life he's going to be at death's door and he needs to be there for him.
** While not as emotional as the prior three, "Will Gets A Job" has a great anvil about independence. Will needs some money for homecoming, and Uncle Phil without complaint gives it to him. This along with a miscommunication between Aunt Vivian leads Will to fear he's becoming a spoiled rich kid so he gets a job to earn the money himself. When Uncle Phil finds out, he tells Will that getting help from someone who's willing to help is nothing to be ashamed of. Seeing as a common aesop in media is being independent and providing for yourself, this was a good reminder that being independent doesn't mean its wrong to seek help if you really need it
16th Oct '16 10:03:34 AM VoxAquila
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** At the end of his arc, Bubbles delivers a message for all bereaved: "Ain't no shame in holding on to grief, as long as you make room for other things too."
30th Sep '16 7:03:48 PM kquinn0830
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** "Blood Is Thicker Than Mud" has Carlton rejected from a black fraternity because the pledge leader considers him a "sellout" for being so rich and preppy. Carlton tells him that even if he doesn't display any stereotypically black traits, he's just as black as everyone else and the pledge leader is the real sellout for adhering to the belief that all blacks have to act a certain way.
17th Sep '16 9:37:06 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ''Series/TheWestWing'' was known for its dogged sense of [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism political idealism]], but it wasn't afraid to tackle political issues head-on--especially not during the [[Creator/AaronSorkin Sorkin]] years. Almost all of its most highly-regarded episodes got that way because they drop ''some'' important anvil regarding political issues in the 21st century, making it impossible to misread their political intent. Most of them wouldn't be nearly as effective if they were subtle about it.
** "Ellie": Telling the truth is a moral responsibility, even if the truth isn't always politically convenient.
** "In this White House" and "And It's Surely to Their Credit": Serving your country as a public servant is always a noble undertaking, even if you may not always agree with the administration in charge. Also, political differences are never an excuse for refusing to treat someone with dignity and respect; if two people really love their country, they can find common ground and work together.
** "A Proportional Response" and "Lord John Marbury": Being the most powerful country on Earth is a responsibility and a burden, not a distinction to be flaunted in the faces of one's enemies. When entrusted with the power to rule the world, a nation has a duty to use that power for good. That means acting with restraint and mercy, resisting the temptation to seek revenge, and always ending wars before they start.
** "In Excelsis Deo": If a country can afford to send its soldiers to die in wartime, it can afford to keep those same soldiers fed and clothed in peacetime. Veterans' devotion to their country deserves to be repaid.
** "Isaac and Ishmael": If you want to beat terrorists, start by refusing to let them scare you, and being open to more than one idea. Also: [[OlderThanTheyThink terrorism has a very, very long history]], and [[EvilWillFail most of it consists of terrorists decisively losing]]; terrorists are ultimately just desperate thugs and fanatics whose ideas are doomed to be lost in the dustbin of history. Considering it was a VerySpecialEpisode released just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, that was a message that America ''really'' needed to hear.
16th Sep '16 7:03:50 AM hszmv1
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*** "Rocks and Shoals" from a season earlier. WarIsHell because despite all the politics, when it boils down to it, the men on the battlefield are often loyal honorable soldiers you would be glad to call your ally... if they weren't forced to be your enemy.
23rd Jul '16 12:49:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Extras}}'' took on the "celebrity is bad" Aesop as well, but in a different way. The finale special is pretty darn [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy-handed]] in telling us that being a celebrity isn't worth it, if you've betrayed the only people who cared about you, celebrity or not. Making fun of ''BigBrother'' and their ilk in the process? [[HilarityEnsues Just bonus.]]

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* ''Series/{{Extras}}'' took on the "celebrity is bad" Aesop as well, but in a different way. The finale special is pretty darn [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy-handed]] in telling us that being a celebrity isn't worth it, if you've betrayed the only people who cared about you, celebrity or not. Making fun of ''BigBrother'' ''Series/BigBrother'' and their ilk in the process? [[HilarityEnsues Just bonus.]]
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