"Let's not get episodic, okay, old timer? Beginning. Middle. End. Facts. Details. Condense. Plot. Tell it."
—Seymour Simmons, Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen
"You know a movie is in trouble when you start looking at your watch. You know it's in bad trouble when you start shaking your watch because you think it might have stopped."
Q: How many Dragon Ball characters does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: One, but it'll take them three episodes to do it.
— Classic Dragon Ball joke about the infamous padding.
"You know why this game is on three discs? Not because itís a complex roller-coaster of an epic. It's because it's padded like a menstruating fire hose."
"I really think there's more 'nothing' in this movie than in any movie we've seen."
Jay: This movie is challenging you to stay awake for the whole thing... And I wasn't even tired! I can watch a movie super-late at night! If I'm engaged, I'll be into it, it doesn't matter. But I noticed I was starting to nod off, and I was like, "I'm not gonna let this movie beat me. It beat Mike. I'm not gonna let it beat me." So that was my challenge for the rest of the movie, to keep me invested: just, not falling asleep. To the point where I had to just get up and walk out the theater for a bit, stretch my legs. I heard you giggling.
Rich: Yeah, because I knew you had given up... I didn't think you were coming back.
"Here is the movie. Some government guy comes up to Henry and tells him to give the government some steel and Henry tells him to piss off cause capitalism. Then Henry complains and someone asks 'Who is John Galt?' and someone disappears like there is some Objectivist Batman running around or something. Another person comes to Henry asking him for steel and he tells him to piss off. Henry complains and someone tells Atlas to shrug. Then another person tells Henry to give the steel, then lather, then Henry has the court asking him for steel, then rinse, then more government people ask for steel, then repeat. I had it all wrong a few paragraphs ago. This movie isnít slow in telling a story, it is an endless loop. Ayn Rand is Selena Gomez, she loves this plot point like a love song, and she keeps hitting re-peatpeatpeatpeatpeat. Oh god, this review has me quoting Selena Gomez."
"Data reports the cave is unstable. Glad you're here, Professor. The shaking and falling rocks didn't tip me off at all. He goes with Worf and Picard to find an escape route. They blow out a wall, revealing... more caves! Which Picard suggests they head for. In screenwriting, this is generally known as "padding". For those less than cinematically inclined, just picture this: term paper due in thirty minutes. 100 words away from the minimum length. You get the picture."
Viceroy: (on viewscreen) Hello, I'm a big scary-looking alien. Sorry to keep you waiting in orbit for 17 hours, but our great leader is dying and he will be wormfood in another day or so. That's why we chose theatrics over haste.
"Boy, this would be annoying if it were paired with a much more interesting and time-sensitive story."
—Obscurus Lupa, Baywatching ("Armored Car")
David: And now, itís time for the Cliffís Notes version of Smallville.
Chris: They do in 20 minutes what that show did in ten years, and itís still too damn long.
"This was not a 1 episode. There were redeeming qualities. As usual, they occur at the beginning and at the end of the episode, when nothing about the episode in question is really happening, but rather, when character motion slugs forward... I often wonder what the length of the actual character segments of this show would add up to. If someone were to cut them all together using Windows Media Player or something, it would probably give us a good three or four hours of work."
"It's just the Doctor playing the Trilogic Game for four episodes while Steven and Dodo meander through a series of arbitrary deadly challenges. The reason it's four episodes long is... that's how long it is. It could have been one. It could have been three hundred. It doesn't matter, because the plot does not build at all, at any point, anywhere in the entire episode. They just eventually run out of games and go free."
"It was shaping up to be an amusing episode of Raw. Yes, it was extremely thin on action, but sometimes youíve got to tease the audience to convince them to buy the upcoming pay-per-view, especially Wrestlemania... oh right, this *was* Wrestlemania. And here I just assumed all these thrown-together angles and stunts were just ploys to keep viewers from flipping to Nitro."
"Aside from the 2007-2008 writers' strike sliding a cactus up TV's collective asshole, one of the biggest problems with later seasons of Heroes was that the plot simply lost basic direction... Hiro gets a love interest. And then another love interest. And then one more sort-of love interest. Claire wants to be normal and lets us know that through 6 billion rehashed arguments with her father. Sylar turns good. Then bad. Then good. Then ... something with a carnival. It was never really spelled out for us where these characters were going and why we needed to feel a sense of urgency for them to get there. They were just kind of doing things. With powers."
"This is gonna be a really short video. But it's a kinda short level, even for Yoshi's Island, it's — (Bonus challenge!) Oh, well, okay, we can artificially pad things up with Bonus Challenge here. Whew!"
"Brace yourself for two movies so unnecessarily long that they include five Volvo commercials, two montages of the previous Twilight movies, four games of chess, and the MOST. STARES. EVER!"
It's here that Chloe has the flight attendant summon her father to hear her "extremely good news." We cut back to Rayford's point of view because this is how [co-author Jerry] Jenkins works: If Chloe sends her father a message, the next scene has to be of her father receiving that same message. This is part of his secret formula for cramming a 200-page novel into a mere 468 pages.