History UnreliableNarrator / LiveActionTV

3rd Sep '17 11:10:03 AM tiiger
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas tells his nephew a story about his father, a Korean war veteran who had recently been posthumously awarded the Silver Star. After returning from duty, he gets a white woman to buy Jonas a Coke from a whites only cafe. Two men, one of them carrying a gun, take exception to this and threaten him, but he's able to deescalate the situation. The onscreen depiction of the encounter ends with Jonas and his father walking away, the camera lingering on the Coke can, which Jonas has left behind for no apparent reason. Jonas's niece can tell he's not being entirely truthful, so he tells her what really happened: the men attacked Jonas's father and he killed them in self-defense, after which he and Jonas fled the scene, Jonas forgetting about his Coke.

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas tells his nephew a story about his father, a Korean war veteran who had recently been posthumously awarded the Silver Star. After returning from duty, he gets a white woman to buy Jonas a Coke from a whites only cafe. Two men, one of them carrying a gun, take exception to this and threaten him, but he's able to deescalate the situation. The onscreen depiction of the encounter ends with Jonas and his father walking away, the camera lingering on the Coke can, which Jonas has left behind for no apparent reason. Jonas's niece can tell he's not being entirely truthful, so he tells her what really happened: the men attacked Jonas's father and he killed them in self-defense, after which he and Jonas fled the scene, Jonas forgetting about his Coke. Jonas tells his niece that her brother isn't ready to hear the real story.
3rd Sep '17 11:09:21 AM tiiger
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheUnit'', Jonas tells his nephew a story about his father, a Korean war veteran who had recently been posthumously awarded the Silver Star. After returning from duty, he gets a white woman to buy Jonas a Coke from a whites only cafe. Two men, one of them carrying a gun, take exception to this and threaten him, but he's able to deescalate the situation. The onscreen depiction of the encounter ends with Jonas and his father walking away, the camera lingering on the Coke can, which Jonas has left behind for no apparent reason. Jonas's niece can tell he's not being entirely truthful, so he tells her what really happened: the men attacked Jonas's father and he killed them in self-defense, after which he and Jonas fled the scene, Jonas forgetting about his Coke.
29th Aug '17 10:04:41 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/MrRobot'' is told almost entirely through the eyes of the main character, Elliot, so we only see what he sees and know what he knows. He also has issues with his mental health, and at certain points, actively questions his own sanity and how much of what he's seeing is really there. He thinks he's being followed by MenInBlack, but isn't sure if that's true of if he's making that up. He also purposely replaces the name of the company E Corp with EvilCorp because he hates them so much, so whenever any character mentions it, we hear “Evil Corp” instead of what they're actually saying. At the end of the first season, we also find out that [[spoiler: Mr. Robot is his father, and also died years ago, and Elliot was hallucinating him the whole time. And Darlene is actually his sister]]. He's just as shocked as the audience.

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* ''Series/MrRobot'' is told almost entirely through the eyes of the main character, Elliot, so we only see what he sees and know what he knows. He also has issues with his mental health, and at certain points, actively questions his own sanity and how much of what he's seeing is really there. He thinks he's being followed by MenInBlack, TheMenInBlack, but isn't sure if that's true of if he's making that up. He also purposely replaces the name of the company E Corp with EvilCorp because he hates them so much, so whenever any character mentions it, we hear “Evil Corp” instead of what they're actually saying. At the end of the first season, we also find out that [[spoiler: Mr. Robot is his father, and also died years ago, and Elliot was hallucinating him the whole time. And Darlene is actually his sister]]. He's just as shocked as the audience.
20th Jul '17 9:26:39 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* The ''{{Series/Farscape}}'' episode "The Ugly Truth" has four of the characters being successively interrogated about the destruction of an alien spacecraft by angry compatriots of the aliens who assume that any difference in the stories must be deliberate lies. While we can see that the characters are consciously or subconsciously framing events to make themselves look better, the central character Crichton finally delivers a KirkSummation about how memory is fallible and no one person's description of something will ever be totally accurate. Notably, the aliens claim that this cannot be, as they always remember things in the same way.

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* The ''{{Series/Farscape}}'' episode "The Ugly Truth" has four of the characters being successively interrogated about the destruction of an alien spacecraft by angry compatriots of the aliens who assume that any difference in the stories must be deliberate lies. While we can see that the characters are consciously or subconsciously framing events to make themselves look better, better (or in one case all mispronounce the alien race's name the same way), the central character Crichton finally delivers a KirkSummation about how memory is fallible and no one person's description of something will ever be totally accurate. Notably, the aliens claim that this cannot be, as they always remember things in the same way.
28th May '17 11:20:20 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The Blu-ray extras of the history of Westeros are narrated by various characters, each with a biased view of the events they describe. For example: Tywin Lannister views his Sack of King's Landing as a just action to end the war and restore order, while Robert Baratheon sees it as a NecessaryEvil, Ned Stark views it as a terrible crime, and Viserys Targaryen calls it an unjust betrayal. All of them have a point.

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The Blu-ray extras of the history of Westeros are narrated by various characters, each with a biased view of the events they describe. For example: Tywin Lannister views his Sack of King's Landing as a just action to end the war and restore order, while Robert Baratheon sees it as a NecessaryEvil, Ned Stark views it as a terrible crime, and Viserys Targaryen calls it an unjust betrayal. All of them have a point.point.
** Roose claims that Robb ignored his counsel at every turn. However, Robb only rejected his unquestionably evil advice (like flaying people) and in fact did listen to Roose's less sinister plans. For example, he agreed with having Ramsay retake Winterfell. The only adjustment Robb made to the plan was that he wanted Theon brought back to him alive so that ''he'' could be the one to take Theon's head.
30th Apr '17 3:10:52 PM MikeW
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** Each one thinks it was the other who initiated the romance in the first place.
30th Apr '17 3:03:31 PM MikeW
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** Allison sees herself saving Noah's daughter from choking at a diner in their first meeting. In Noah's version, he's the one who saved his daughter.


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** Cole's POV has him arriving at a meeting with Helen in a nice suit and her acting like a bitch putting him down. In Helen's version, Noah shows up in jeans and leather jacket and he's the one hostile while she's calm and rational.
** When Cole and Allison kiss and have a hook-up, their views are quite different. Allison's version has it slow and romantic and their old feelings back. Cole sees it as excited and rushed and he regretted it as a mistake.
30th Apr '17 3:03:31 PM MikeW
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30th Apr '17 3:00:41 PM MikeW
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** The third season has Noah being mistreated by a guard in prison and believes the man attacked him. He hunts him down only to find the guy is far nicer in person and makes it clear that much of the actions in prison were all in Noah's mind.
30th Apr '17 2:59:17 PM MikeW
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* The drama ''Series/TheAffair'' uses this as the key to the show. Each episode is divided between the viewpoints of Noah and Allison as they embark on a relationship. It's soon clear each tells things in a light that makes them look better.
** Noah sees himself as put upon and a decent guy while others see him as a jerk.
** Allison is far more dowdy in her versions of her story while others see her as glamarous.
** The second season introduces the viewpoints of Noah's wife, Helen, and Allison's husband, Cole, who naturally have ''far'' different views of this "romance" and can paint their cheating spouses in a harsher light.
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