History TookALevelInBadass / LiveActionTV

26th Jan '16 3:19:02 PM Allronix
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** Or going from the meek and gentlemanly Fifth Doctor to the maniacal and anti-heroic Sixth. The crowner has to be going from the sweet and ditzy [[NiceGuy Eighth Doctor]] to renouncing the very idea of being a "doctor" in the healing sense and becoming someone who ''could'' destroy both the Daleks and all of Gallefrey if it ended the Time War.
7th Jan '16 11:33:22 AM FordPrefect
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** ''Enterprise'' demonstrates that Starfleet, and humanity itself will level up considerably. At the show's beginning, the Earth has all of one ship capable of real deep space travel and anything approximating real weapons. We know from the previous series (chronologically later adventures) what kind of force Starfleet will become, but in one episode, Daniels brings Captain Archer to the future to witness the battle of Procyon Five, wherein Starfleet is now going toe-to-toe with transdimensional beings who posess the ability to alter physical space. And according the Daniels, they win.
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** ''Enterprise'' demonstrates that Starfleet, and humanity itself will level up considerably. At the show's beginning, the Earth has all of one ship capable of real deep space travel and anything approximating real weapons. We know from the previous series (chronologically later adventures) what kind of force Starfleet will become, but in one episode, Daniels brings Captain Archer to the future to witness the battle of Procyon Five, wherein Starfleet is now going toe-to-toe with transdimensional beings who posess the ability to alter physical space. And according the to Daniels, they win.
7th Jan '16 11:31:18 AM FordPrefect
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** Arguably ''the show itself.'' It went from being what many people described as "''Series/DawsonsCreek'' with superpowers" in Season One, to the ''first ever'' full-fledged Live Action DC Universe ever seen onscreen, complete with live action versions of even the most obscure characters from DC Comics, characters that one may never have expected to make it to live action. Nowadays, whenever anyone descries a live action show about superheroes, its ''Smallville'' they compare it to. Not ''Series/{{Batman}}'', not ''Series/LoisAndClark'', its ''Smallville''. Whatever its flaws, the show at least deserves credit for that.
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** Arguably ''the show itself.'' It went from being what many people described as "''Series/DawsonsCreek'' with superpowers" in Season One, to the ''first ever'' full-fledged Live Action DC Universe ever seen onscreen, complete with live action versions of even the most obscure characters from DC Comics, characters that one may never have expected to make it to live action. Nowadays, whenever anyone descries a live action show about superheroes, its it's ''Smallville'' they compare it to. Not ''Series/{{Batman}}'', not ''Series/LoisAndClark'', its it's ''Smallville''. Whatever its flaws, the show at least deserves credit for that.
7th Jan '16 11:29:20 AM FordPrefect
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': One Arnold Judas Rimmer (you read that right), in the first six seasons of the series he's a pathetic cowardly {{Jerkass}} who's terrified of the idea of being on the receiving end of "any" kind of violence. However, [[MomentOfAwesome eventually he ends up saving the entire crew from their future selves]]. Then later taking up the mantle of the dimension hopping hero [[TheAce Ace Rimmer]]. Probably justified in that it wasn't an immediate change.
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': One Arnold Judas Rimmer (you read that right), in right). In the first six seasons of the series series, he's a pathetic cowardly {{Jerkass}} who's terrified of the idea of being on the receiving end of "any" ''any'' kind of violence. However, [[MomentOfAwesome eventually he ends up saving the entire crew from their future selves]]. Then selves]], then later taking up the mantle of the dimension hopping hero [[TheAce Ace Rimmer]]. Probably justified in that it wasn't an immediate change.
7th Jan '16 11:28:30 AM FordPrefect
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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Timothy "Probie" [=McGee=] began his NCIS career as a nervous, yes-man like team sidekick/chew toy who's primary contribution to the team was his tech savvy. While that is still his most prominent skill, he's developed his confidence and physical skills and has become a true team member--able to give as good as he gets as far as his [[VitriolicBestBuds partner]] [=DiNozzo=] is concerned, make impressive pitches to the head of the entire place without blinking, and being the most quietly unnerving man in interrogation.
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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Timothy "Probie" [=McGee=] began his NCIS career as a nervous, yes-man like team sidekick/chew toy who's whose primary contribution to the team was his tech savvy. While that is still his most prominent skill, he's developed his confidence and physical skills and has become a true team member--able to give as good as he gets as far as his [[VitriolicBestBuds partner]] [=DiNozzo=] is concerned, make impressive pitches to the head of the entire place without blinking, and being the most quietly unnerving man in interrogation.
7th Jan '16 11:26:51 AM FordPrefect
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** In the classic series, we go from the small, scheming and perpetually nervous [[Creator/PatrickTroughton Second]] [[TheNthDoctor Doctor]] to the [[IKnowKungFu Venusian-aikido]]-using, [[CulturedBadass wine-drinking]], [[BadassGrandpa elderly]] [[Franchise/JamesBond James Bond]]-esque [[Creator/JonPertwee Third]] Doctor. The fact that Three was stranded on Earth working with [[RedshirtArmy UNIT]] adds to his percieved levels of badass-ness.
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** In the classic series, we go from the small, scheming and perpetually nervous [[Creator/PatrickTroughton Second]] [[TheNthDoctor Doctor]] to the [[IKnowKungFu Venusian-aikido]]-using, [[CulturedBadass wine-drinking]], [[BadassGrandpa elderly]] [[Franchise/JamesBond James Bond]]-esque [[Creator/JonPertwee Third]] Doctor. The fact that Three was stranded on Earth working with [[RedshirtArmy UNIT]] adds to his percieved perceived levels of badass-ness.
30th Dec '15 12:23:07 AM Anddrix
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** Perhaps just as importantly, the show's villains also take a level in badass as the show goes on. In Season One, almost all the villains were relatively low-powered mutants (created by the [[GreenRocks kryptonite meteor shower]] in the Pilot) whose only motivation was [[StalkerWithACrush their mutual obsession with Lana]], and who were only able to challenge Clark because he himself was still low-powered and final battles often took place near the chunk powering the MonsterOfTheWeek. Then in Season Two, the meteor mutants are still around, but Clark is gaining more power...and the show starts to have him come into conflict with Lex's father Lionel, ''[[TropeNamers the]]'' MagnificentBastard - the quote concerned UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, but trope's named that 'cause it was Lionel's FanNickname. He takes over as the definitive BigBad of Season Three. Season Four introduces magic (one of Superman's only canonical weaknesses besides kryptonite) being used by Clark's opponents, and a conspiracy plot that would be brought back in Season Seven. Season Five features the introduction of enemies from Krypton, including [[spoiler: General Zod]] and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, and has SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor start to grow into his future role as a supervillain mastermind. Season Six features more supervillainy from Lex, and the introduction of a plethora of alien super-criminals from the Phantom Zone. Season Seven features more of these, as well as the reintroduction of the conspiracy plot from Season Four and the return of Brainiac. Finally, Seasons Eight, Nine, and Ten (during which the show could have quite reasonably been renamed "Metropolis") featured Clark going toe-to-toe almost entirely with canonical DC Comics supervillains, culminating with a season-long war against [[spoiler: Darkseid]], arguably the BigBad of the entire DC Universe.
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** Perhaps just as importantly, the show's villains also take a level in badass as the show goes on. In Season One, almost all the villains were relatively low-powered mutants (created by the [[GreenRocks kryptonite meteor shower]] in the Pilot) whose only motivation was [[StalkerWithACrush their mutual obsession with Lana]], and who were only able to challenge Clark because he himself was still low-powered and final battles often took place near the chunk powering the MonsterOfTheWeek. Then in Season Two, the meteor mutants are still around, but Clark is gaining more power...and the show starts to have him come into conflict with Lex's father Lionel, ''[[TropeNamers the]]'' MagnificentBastard - the quote concerned UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, but trope's named that 'cause it was Lionel's FanNickname. He takes over as the definitive BigBad of Season Three. Season Four introduces magic (one of Superman's only canonical weaknesses besides kryptonite) being used by Clark's opponents, and a conspiracy plot that would be brought back in Season Seven. Season Five features the introduction of enemies from Krypton, including [[spoiler: General Zod]] and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, and has SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor start to grow into his future role as a supervillain mastermind. Season Six features more supervillainy from Lex, and the introduction of a plethora of alien super-criminals from the Phantom Zone. Season Seven features more of these, as well as the reintroduction of the conspiracy plot from Season Four and the return of Brainiac. Finally, Seasons Eight, Nine, and Ten (during which the show could have quite reasonably been renamed "Metropolis") featured Clark going toe-to-toe almost entirely with canonical DC Comics supervillains, culminating with a season-long war against [[spoiler: Darkseid]], arguably the BigBad of the entire DC Universe.
21st Oct '15 5:54:48 PM nombretomado
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** ''Definitely'' Justin. In TheMovie, he saves Alex and Harper (while taking a moment to give off a well-deserved SmugSnake vibe), kicks ass windsurfing, nails the SixthRanger of the plot with magical blasts without even trying, does some adventuring that (with his brains) slips him into AdventurerArchaeologist territory, and throws down during the family wizarding competition like a true {{Badass}} - a competition that later on, he's sure to win (having gone through a personal mix of CrazyPrepared and CharlesAtlasSuperpower in his training). One can only hope that they won't hit the ResetButton on him - but it is {{Disney}}, so StatusQuoIsGod.
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** ''Definitely'' Justin. In TheMovie, he saves Alex and Harper (while taking a moment to give off a well-deserved SmugSnake vibe), kicks ass windsurfing, nails the SixthRanger of the plot with magical blasts without even trying, does some adventuring that (with his brains) slips him into AdventurerArchaeologist territory, and throws down during the family wizarding competition like a true {{Badass}} - a competition that later on, he's sure to win (having gone through a personal mix of CrazyPrepared and CharlesAtlasSuperpower in his training). One can only hope that they won't hit the ResetButton on him - but it is {{Disney}}, Creator/{{Disney}}, so StatusQuoIsGod.
4th Oct '15 4:25:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BeingHuman'': Annie definitely takes a level after [[spoiler: refusing to pass to the other side]] although one could argue that it began [[spoiler: after she breaks her emotional bond to her boyfriend/killer]].
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* ''Series/BeingHuman'': ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'': Annie definitely takes a level after [[spoiler: refusing to pass to the other side]] although one could argue that it began [[spoiler: after she breaks her emotional bond to her boyfriend/killer]].
12th Sep '15 12:06:52 PM nombretomado
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** Perhaps just as importantly, the show's villains also take a level in badass as the show goes on. In Season One, almost all the villains were relatively low-powered mutants (created by the [[GreenRocks kryptonite meteor shower]] in the Pilot) whose only motivation was [[StalkerWithACrush their mutual obsession with Lana]], and who were only able to challenge Clark because he himself was still low-powered and final battles often took place near the chunk powering the MonsterOfTheWeek. Then in Season Two, the meteor mutants are still around, but Clark is gaining more power...and the show starts to have him come into conflict with Lex's father Lionel, ''[[TropeNamers the]]'' MagnificentBastard - the quote concerned UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, but trope's named that 'cause it was Lionel's FanNickname. He takes over as the definitive BigBad of Season Three. Season Four introduces magic (one of Superman's only canonical weaknesses besides kryptonite) being used by Clark's opponents, and a conspiracy plot that would be brought back in Season Seven. Season Five features the introduction of enemies from Krypton, including [[spoiler: General Zod]] and {{Brainiac}}, and has SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor start to grow into his future role as a supervillain mastermind. Season Six features more supervillainy from Lex, and the introduction of a plethora of alien super-criminals from the Phantom Zone. Season Seven features more of these, as well as the reintroduction of the conspiracy plot from Season Four and the return of Brainiac. Finally, Seasons Eight, Nine, and Ten (during which the show could have quite reasonably been renamed "Metropolis") featured Clark going toe-to-toe almost entirely with canonical DC Comics supervillains, culminating with a season-long war against [[spoiler: Darkseid]], arguably the BigBad of the entire DC Universe.
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** Perhaps just as importantly, the show's villains also take a level in badass as the show goes on. In Season One, almost all the villains were relatively low-powered mutants (created by the [[GreenRocks kryptonite meteor shower]] in the Pilot) whose only motivation was [[StalkerWithACrush their mutual obsession with Lana]], and who were only able to challenge Clark because he himself was still low-powered and final battles often took place near the chunk powering the MonsterOfTheWeek. Then in Season Two, the meteor mutants are still around, but Clark is gaining more power...and the show starts to have him come into conflict with Lex's father Lionel, ''[[TropeNamers the]]'' MagnificentBastard - the quote concerned UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, but trope's named that 'cause it was Lionel's FanNickname. He takes over as the definitive BigBad of Season Three. Season Four introduces magic (one of Superman's only canonical weaknesses besides kryptonite) being used by Clark's opponents, and a conspiracy plot that would be brought back in Season Seven. Season Five features the introduction of enemies from Krypton, including [[spoiler: General Zod]] and {{Brainiac}}, ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, and has SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor start to grow into his future role as a supervillain mastermind. Season Six features more supervillainy from Lex, and the introduction of a plethora of alien super-criminals from the Phantom Zone. Season Seven features more of these, as well as the reintroduction of the conspiracy plot from Season Four and the return of Brainiac. Finally, Seasons Eight, Nine, and Ten (during which the show could have quite reasonably been renamed "Metropolis") featured Clark going toe-to-toe almost entirely with canonical DC Comics supervillains, culminating with a season-long war against [[spoiler: Darkseid]], arguably the BigBad of the entire DC Universe.
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