Ass: OH NO! Look who it is!
Musty: It's Team Rockhead, of course! They show up EVERY episode!
Ass: Yes, but they usually show up six minutes into the show! This time, they didn't show up until six minutes and twenty seconds!
Messy (entering): Ha! Never underestimate the element of surprise!
'They really are all the same, aren't they?' she said to the three-eyed teddy bear. 'You know it's going to be Mary the Maid, or someone like her, and there's going to be two men and she will end up with the nice one, and there has to be misunderstandings, and they never do anything more than kiss and it's absolutely guaranteed that, for example, an exciting civil war or an invasion by trolls or even a scene with any cooking in it is not going to happen. The best you can expect is a thunderstorm.'
—Glenda Sugarbean, Unseen Academicals
"With the Casper series, you never knew what picture you were working on, because they were all exactly the same... I think the problem lay in the attitude of the management. The bosses would go to screenings with a list of all the gags in a film on a clipboard. They'd put a check after each gag that got a laugh and use it in the next picture. If a gag got a laugh in three pictures in a row, it became a standard and they'd use it in every picture after that. They had a real nuts-and-bolts approach to making films."
"Every romantic comedy should just be called Trying to Fuck. "This week, Jennifer Aniston and this guy are Trying to Fuck. Next week, Jennifer Aniston and this guy are Trying to Fuck. Will they fuck? Probably. From the writer of Meh and the director of Neh comes Bleeeeeeeeh."
I always roll my eyes when I hear people complain that there aren't enough dungeons in Wind Waker, when I would argue that the many islands to be explored in the overworld create enough gameplay to make up for it. But no, it's Zelda. Zelda can only frame its gameplay through the medium of dungeon, the Pope is infallible, we have always been at war with Eastasia, blah de blah de blah.
"Does the GTA universe only have about five characters in total? There's 'protagonist man,' whom Franklin embodies: The straight man who nevertheless lacks the self-awareness to avoid getting sucked into the craziness of those around him. Then there's 'vacuous celebrity', 'jaded older figure' and 'person who acts really inappropriately and has no apparent ability to mentally screen anything that comes out of their mouth'."
"What happens next is something I shouldn't have been surprised about: They get into ...a holodeck. Yes, the fourth episode of the series, and we already have a holodeck. And you know what's worse? Voyager didn't show anyone in a holodeck until the fifth episode. Which means that even in a show which doesn't even have a holodeck, they still resorted to a holodeck faster in this series!"
— SFDebris, "Unexpected"
To prepare for this recap, I (along with my family) watched a few Voyager episodes from different seasons. And even in the early season one episodes, there seemed to already be a pattern in place in terms of plot. Namely: there's some problem that threatens the ship at the beginning of the episode. The problem may be external, or something caused by the crew of Voyager itself. A healthy amount of time is spent with various permutations of technobabble phrases, until eventually the right combination is spoken.
— The Agony Booth, "The Fight"
Formularisation is compulsory in commercial TV, and has struck STTNG hard. The NCC1701D now has less time than ever to explore strange new worlds - half the season is prebooked for return visits to the Klingons or Cardassians, and guest spots for Barclay, Ma Troi, Q, Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all. Not that I want to see any fewer Romulan Warbirds, Borg motherships etc; I just regret this inevitable loss of novelty in favour of the kind of petty continuity that STTOS tried so hard to avoid.
— Justin B. Rye. Star Trek: Mark Two
This isn’t a show about the strange abutting of mundane and fantastic spaces anymore. It’s just a show about solving the case of the week.. We’ve gone to a “hook new viewers” approach that means having the show be a familiar and unthreatening part of the televisual landscape. There’s a sense that the show is being punished for its success; having done reasonably well as an odd BBC Three show, it now gets “promoted” to being a blander BBC Two show.
"Some crime show. You don't know any of the characters, but you still pay attention to the plot. Abortion doctor murdered. The Christian fanatic is too obvious a suspect. Maybe it's the doctor's wife. Maybe it's his brother; they were professional rivals, and the deceased just won an award. What does an abortionist win an award for, anyway? The cop's partner wants him to do something about his anger issues. Isn't that always the way?"
"This is not chaos," Martin insists. "I don't believe in chaos in songwriting. There is an order to it. It either makes sense or it doesn't. This chord goes into this chord for a chorus. It's two plus two."
Cloud defends a similar position. "We both to this day still feel there is really no 'art' in most music," he asserts. "'Art' isn't in everything. People like to think everything is art. Arranging flowers, writing poems, making a latte—these are just actions, not art. Plugging in an electric guitar, playing four chords, adding bass and drums, and singing words in key is no more 'art' than a guy opening his tool box, putting on a 9/16 socket, replacing a belt, and getting the lawn mower running again."
The first episode of Pokémon that aired on network TV was episode #42, "The Problem with Paras." There are over 700 Pokemon episodes in existence now, so you might not remember this particular one. It's the one where they go somewhere and meet a Pokemon with a problem, and the gang tries to solve that problem, and Team Rocket tries to mess it up. It's that one.
—Platypus Comix, "First Kids WB airing of Pokemon"
Calvin: Have you ever noticed that superheroes usually only do the same thing each time they appear? All they ever do is stop some power mad supervillain from taking over the world! They need to do something different. I mean, it must get boring.
Hobbes: Yeah! The heroes could write to the editor and request new plots. If they refuse, the editors get fried and killed.