History SpecialEffectFailure / LiveActionTV

8th Nov '17 6:04:08 AM UchuuFlamenco
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** Sadly the last scene of the series ended up being this. In the script the last scene was similar to the end of the MortalKombat movie, where the sky cracks open and legions of warriors and demons appear; this demonstrates, as we find out in the comic book, that LA has been pulled into Hell. As shot it's an alley set, with rain, a bunch of stuntmen in rubber suits lurching around in the shadows, and a CGI baby dragon.

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** Sadly the last scene of the series ended up being this. In the script the last scene was similar to the end of the MortalKombat ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie, where the sky cracks open and legions of warriors and demons appear; this demonstrates, as we find out in the comic book, that LA has been pulled into Hell. As shot it's an alley set, with rain, a bunch of stuntmen in rubber suits lurching around in the shadows, and a CGI baby dragon.
20th Sep '17 10:10:49 PM foomushroom
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** In the episode "Mr. Monk Is Underwater," it is painfully clear that the shots of the submarine in port in San Francisco are [[ChromaKey green screen]] composites, with the gangway and actors being the only live-action elements.
15th Sep '17 11:03:16 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* The ''Series/WhiteCollar'' Season 1 finale ends with [[spoiler:a parked airplane exploding]]. It's painfully obvious it's either CG or a really sloppy matte job, though to be fair the show is a relatively low budget comedy-drama that normally uses basically no special effects.
** Not only there. When Tiffani Thiessen was pregnant during Season 2, they pretended her character was in California. Ridiculous green screening of the Golden Gate Bridge ensued.

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* ''Series/WhiteCollar''
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The ''Series/WhiteCollar'' Season season 1 finale ends with [[spoiler:a parked airplane exploding]]. It's painfully obvious it's either CG or a really sloppy matte job, though to be fair the show is a relatively low budget comedy-drama that normally uses basically no special effects.
** Not only there. When Tiffani Thiessen was pregnant during Season 2, they pretended her character was in California. Ridiculous green screening of the Golden Gate Bridge ensued.
15th Sep '17 11:02:35 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** The remastered version makes the border of Billy Zane's wig along his forehead very obvious.
7th Sep '17 8:48:26 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': In a scene where Harold Smith is brandishing a hand rake, you can see the fake blood on the tips of the hand rake well before he uses it to claw his cheek. If not for his groan of pain, you might think he's supposed to be simply painting red onto his face.

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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': ''Series/TwinPeaks'':
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In a scene where Harold Smith is brandishing a hand rake, you can see the fake blood on the tips of the hand rake well before he uses it to claw his cheek. If not for his groan of pain, you might think he's supposed to be simply painting red onto his face.face.
** A scene where Nadine hurls a high school boy is done using very obvious {{undercrank}}ing. To make matters worse, the film is run backward and forward for a moment at the beginning of the shot as Nadine says an [[LoopingLines obviously looped line]], making the film speed manipulation even more blatant and highlighting the sudden change in visual resolution.
6th Sep '17 8:38:43 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Messed-up water reflections and a ''Diplodocus'' drinking from a bush in the second episode.

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** Second episode:
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Messed-up water reflections and a ''Diplodocus'' drinking from a bush in the second episode.bush



** Episode five: the attacking ''Koolasuchus'' doesn't open its mouth. The fleeing ''Leallynasaura'', however, does, and we can see the background through its head.

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** Episode five: five:
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the attacking ''Koolasuchus'' doesn't open its mouth. The fleeing ''Leallynasaura'', however, does, and we can see the background through its head.



** At the start of the final episode, a ''Didelphodon'' tries to rob the nest of a ''T. rex''. As it bounces up and down, its hind legs completely sink into its torso.

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** Episode six:
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At the start of the final episode, a ''Didelphodon'' tries to rob the nest of a ''T. rex''. As it bounces up and down, its hind legs completely sink into its torso.



*** Another scene has a large white prop "hidden" behind the ''Paraceratherium'' calf's head.

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*** ** Another scene has a large white prop "hidden" behind the ''Paraceratherium'' calf's head.



* In ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the season 3 episode that ripped off the movie ''Film/{{Species}}'', Quinn jumps into the vortex which is off-screen... then he can clearly be seen standing up and walking away.
** Some monsters in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' are painfully obvious CG. The dinosaurs aren't the worst; there are also a huge spider, a giant beetle and "spider-wasps" that all look really out of place in a live-action series. And then there's the worm...

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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}''
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In ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the season 3 episode that ripped off the movie ''Film/{{Species}}'', Quinn jumps into the vortex which is off-screen... then he can clearly be seen standing up and walking away.
** Some monsters in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' are painfully obvious CG. The dinosaurs aren't the worst; there are also a huge spider, a giant beetle and "spider-wasps" that all look really out of place in a live-action series. And then there's the worm...



* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' had a revival series in 1980, and it would have been justified in disavowing some of its special effects. Example: the fight on Sydney Harbour Bridge in "The Golden Serpent, Part 1" combines actual footwork shot on location with studio-bound green-screen work which was unconvincing even in 1989. Now... well...

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* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' had a revival series in 1980, and it would have been justified in disavowing some of its special effects. Example: the fight on Sydney Harbour Bridge in "The Golden Serpent, Part 1" combines actual footwork shot on location with studio-bound green-screen work which was unconvincing even in 1989. Now... well...



* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has several episodes where the cameraman zooms a bit too far out or angles the camera a bit too steep, causing the studio lights to be briefly seen in the shots.
** Also, in "The One Where They're Up All Night," the New York City landscape while they're on the roof of C/M/J/R's apartment complex is clearly a painted backdrop.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** The show
has several episodes where the cameraman zooms a bit too far out or angles the camera a bit too steep, causing the studio lights to be briefly seen in the shots.
** Also, in In "The One Where They're Up All Night," the New York City landscape while they're on the roof of C/M/J/R's apartment complex is clearly a painted backdrop.



** [[spoiler:The execution of Viserys Targaryen.]] Call this molten gold? Molten gold ''glows'', because it can get over 1200 kelvin hot. What it ends up resembling is cheap golden paint.

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** [[spoiler:The execution of Viserys Targaryen.]] Call this Gold-colored paint stands in for molten gold? Molten gold. In reality, molten gold ''glows'', because would be so hot that it can get over 1200 kelvin hot. What it ends up resembling is cheap golden paint.glows.



** When Barristan Selmy puts his helm under his arm in one scene, it noticeably bends, revealing that it's a plastic prop.



* ''ModernFamily'' - Gloria's fake pregnant stomach in the third episode of season four is visible for much of the episode, making it almost impossible to miss that they forgot to give her a belly button.

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* ''ModernFamily'' ''Series/ModernFamily'' - Gloria's fake pregnant stomach in the third episode of season four is visible for much of the episode, making it almost impossible to miss that they forgot to give her a belly button.


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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': In a scene where Harold Smith is brandishing a hand rake, you can see the fake blood on the tips of the hand rake well before he uses it to claw his cheek. If not for his groan of pain, you might think he's supposed to be simply painting red onto his face.
6th Sep '17 8:18:20 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' used ridiculous green screen backgrounds of world landmarks such as pyramids in Egypt and the like while Gina Bellman was pregnant. Needless to say, nobody bought it.

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' used :
** The show uses
ridiculous green screen backgrounds of world landmarks such as pyramids in Egypt and the like while Gina Bellman was pregnant. Needless to say, nobody bought it.



** The struggle to pull the photo off the wall was one thing [[ThrowItIn that was not planned]], and was only supposed to be a simple swipe. However, the construction crew nailed the picture on so well that the film crew had to shoot several takes and the crew had to come in to help loosen it before Jason Gray-Stanford was able to pull it off the wall, even then with a lot of difficulty. Though the RuleOfFunny makes it look better than what was planned. The dialogue between Randy and Dr. Polanski was shot first and a few of the picture-ripping takes were stitched together, causing the continuity errors.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has awful-looking CGI on the DVD release. The series was shot widescreen with the intent to letterbox it for high definition broadcasts and DVD later (though it was broadcast in 4:3 originally). The creators intended to re-render all the CGI to match the DVD's letterbox presentation, but the models for the CGI were lost, so they had to resort to cropping the standard-def graphics. As a result, there is a noticeable drop in picture quality whenever there is a CGI element on screen.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' ''Series/BabylonFive''
** The show
has awful-looking CGI on the DVD release. The series was shot widescreen with the intent to letterbox it for high definition broadcasts and DVD later (though it was broadcast in 4:3 originally). The creators intended to re-render all the CGI to match the DVD's letterbox presentation, but the models for the CGI were lost, so they had to resort to cropping the standard-def graphics. As a result, there is a noticeable drop in picture quality whenever there is a CGI element on screen.



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' itself is resistant to this syndrome, given its budget for the time, but still occasionally falls down.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ''Series/StarTrek'' itself is resistant to this syndrome, given its budget for the time, but still occasionally falls down.



*** Also, Sylvia becoming a [[OneWingedAngel giant cat]] is pretty obviously enlarged stock footage of an average housecat.

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*** Also, ** Sylvia becoming a [[OneWingedAngel giant cat]] is pretty obviously enlarged stock footage of an average housecat.



*** Speaking of remastering, they actually edited a problem ''into'' the remastered ''Assignment Earth'': a beautiful shot of the ''Enterprise'' orbiting the Earth... which is rotating backwards.

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*** Speaking of remastering, they ** They actually edited a problem ''into'' the remastered ''Assignment Earth'': a beautiful shot of the ''Enterprise'' orbiting the Earth... which is rotating backwards.



*** The Second City troop of Toronto, Canada even lampshaded this as a gag in their show ''Khan Saga'' in the 1990's.
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Conspiracy", a horrific sequence involving phasering a guy's face off is wrecked when a hideous monster bursts from the remains of his chest, and is a weak, sad, muppety-looking thing. Plus, the way they blue-screened it into the scene couldn't possibly be more obvious.
*** In addition, earlier shots of one of the monsters are done with bad, low-frame-rate stop-motion that looks more like an effect from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]].
*** In Season 3 Episode "Who Watches the Watchers", the Enterprise crew and Federation scientists study a pre-industry Vulcan-like culture. Their most advanced technology is bows, which would be fine, except the bows are obviously modern fiberglass composite compound bows covered with "primitive" rags, and the arrows are similarly modern.

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*** ** The Second City troop amount of Toronto, Canada even lampshaded this as a gag SpecialEffectFailure in their show ''Khan Saga'' in the 1990's.
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Conspiracy", a horrific sequence involving phasering a guy's face off is wrecked when a hideous monster bursts from the remains of his chest, and is a weak, sad, muppety-looking thing. Plus, the way they blue-screened it into the scene couldn't possibly be more obvious.
*** In addition, earlier shots of one of the monsters are done
''The Arena'', especially with bad, low-frame-rate stop-motion that looks more like an effect from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]].The Gorn and its golf-ball eyes, causes a lot of Narm.
*** * ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** In "Conspiracy", a horrific sequence involving phasering a guy's face off is wrecked when a hideous monster bursts from the remains of his chest, and is a weak, sad, muppety-looking thing. Plus, the way they blue-screened it into the scene couldn't possibly be more obvious. In addition, earlier shots of one of the monsters are done with bad, low-frame-rate stop-motion.
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In Season 3 Episode "Who Watches the Watchers", the Enterprise crew and Federation scientists study a pre-industry Vulcan-like culture. Their most advanced technology is bows, which would be fine, except the bows are obviously modern fiberglass composite compound bows covered with "primitive" rags, and the arrows are similarly modern.



** Going back to TOS, the amount of SpecialEffectFailure in ''The Arena'', especially with The Gorn and its golf-ball eyes, causes a lot of Narm.
** Odo's transformation sequences in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' now look profoundly dated, but at least they were consistently dated with the same effects applied to every changeling.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s "In A Mirror, Darkly" features an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfbsZRbwbJ4 alternate opening sequence]], which shows the mirror universe Earth's history instead of our own. Most of the sequence is suitably awesome, but the part where the astronaut plants the Terran Empire flag on the moon is very obviously CGI pasted onto a static background and looks super out of place.

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** Going back to TOS, the amount of SpecialEffectFailure in ''The Arena'', especially with The Gorn and its golf-ball eyes, causes a lot of Narm.
** Odo's transformation sequences in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' now look profoundly dated, but at least they were consistently dated with the same effects applied to every changeling.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'''s
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': "In A Mirror, Darkly" features an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfbsZRbwbJ4 alternate opening sequence]], which shows the mirror universe Earth's history instead of our own. Most of the sequence is suitably awesome, but the part where the astronaut plants the Terran Empire flag on the moon is very obviously CGI pasted onto a static background and looks super out of place.



** They obviously felt particularly bad about the flying carpet episode. At the end Selina Gomez demonstrates how the magic carpet was 'simulated' using a contraption of rollers, a carpet, and greenscreen.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'' doesn't use special effects often (except when [[DrivingADesk driving cars]]), but when it does, you can expect it to fall under this trope. One blatant example is from an early episode, where Miley/Hannah blows the fakest-looking bubblegum bubble imaginable.
** And in shots of a generic city at nightime, they don't even attempt to hide that the "buildings" are 2D cutouts.

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** They obviously felt particularly bad about the flying carpet episode. At the end Selina Gomez demonstrates how the magic carpet was 'simulated' using a contraption of rollers, a carpet, and greenscreen.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'' doesn't use special effects often (except when [[DrivingADesk driving cars]]), but when it does, you can expect it to fall under this trope. One blatant example is from an early episode, where Miley/Hannah blows the fakest-looking bubblegum bubble imaginable.
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imaginable. And in shots of a generic city at nightime, they don't even attempt to hide that the "buildings" are 2D cutouts.
31st Aug '17 10:59:33 AM kensu
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** Sadly the last scene of the series ended up being this. In the script the last scene was similar to the end of the MortalKombat movie, where the sky cracks open and legions of warriors and demons appear; this demonstrates, as we find out in the comic book, that LA has been pulled into Hell. As shot it's an alley set, with rain, a bunch of stuntmen in rubber suits lurching around in the shadows, and a CGI baby dragon.
24th Aug '17 12:40:00 PM CosmicFerret
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* For one of the most effects-heavy shows on television, ''Series/TheFlash'' has a lot of this. One of the most notable examples being the shot of Firestorm flying in the Season 2 premiere.

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* For one of the most effects-heavy shows on television, ''Series/TheFlash'' ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has a lot of this. One of the most notable examples being the shot of Firestorm flying in the Season 2 premiere.
10th Aug '17 4:38:27 AM jormis29
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* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' inverts this. The costume version of Doggie Cruger, as well as Fowler Birdie and Sergeant Silverback, are much more elaborate and high-tech, using similar animatronics to bring them to life as the title characters in the live-action ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movies. However, this is part of a series made infamous for its use of StockFootage, OffTheShelfFX and PeopleInRubberSuits, so they stuck out like a sore thumb to fans, being decried as too "{{muppet}}[[UncannyValley -like]]" for the series. The [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom fursuit-esque costumes]] of its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart, ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', are ironically considered better-constructed and more appropriate, even though they ''literally'' look like something from Jim Henson's Creature Shop (again, YMMV on whether that's good or bad.) However, the TheyChangedItNowItSucks factor must always be considered, as it ''is'' [[ForeignRemake an American version]] of [[SeriousBusiness something Japanese]].

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* ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' inverts this. The costume version of Doggie Cruger, as well as Fowler Birdie and Sergeant Silverback, are much more elaborate and high-tech, using similar animatronics to bring them to life as the title characters in the live-action ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movies. However, this is part of a series made infamous for its use of StockFootage, OffTheShelfFX and PeopleInRubberSuits, so they stuck out like a sore thumb to fans, being decried as too "{{muppet}}[[UncannyValley -like]]" for the series. The [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom fursuit-esque costumes]] of its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart, ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', are ironically considered better-constructed and more appropriate, even though they ''literally'' look like something from Jim Henson's Creature Shop Creator/JimHensonsCreatureShop (again, YMMV on whether that's good or bad.) However, the TheyChangedItNowItSucks factor must always be considered, as it ''is'' [[ForeignRemake an American version]] of [[SeriousBusiness something Japanese]].
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