Main Four Lines All Waiting Discussion

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Hatari05
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12:12:27 AM Jul 26th 2017
edited by Hatari05
Amazing Spider-man 2 is not this trope nor is BVS. Harry's story about saving himself is directly linked to Richard Parker's research and why Norman started it in the first place. Electro is it's own arc but ties to Oscorp, his accident plays into the oscorp story from the get to go, and ends up playing into Harry's story. These plot points are clearly connected. The Peter Gwen plot by contrast is separate from both Harry and Electro, being it's own thing that is mostly separate but it does play a factor in both stories, on a whole the movie follows one narrative the one about Oscorp. ASM 2 is not four lines all waiting.

BVS is shockingly simple; you're following the political debate about Superman and Batman's quest to kill him that's it. The Africa incident, Lois's investigation, the hearing are all part of the Superman debate they're not separate. Diana and the metahumans play into Bruce's story, while Lex drives both. Doomsday is part of Lex's story and relates directly to the whole political story which embody Lex's motive. Everything is connected from the get to go, to the point that you are never following separate plot threads. BVS is absolutely two lines no waiting.

Just because there's a lot going on doesn't mean it's this trope. The plots have to be separate from each other. Neither movie fits this term get those two off this page; I don't care if they're critically reviled and divisive, they don't match the definition of this trope.
theredlongitude
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06:15:30 PM Feb 11th 2013
Anybody that couldn't keep together Blade III probably needs their head examined. Seriously, they aren't four different plots, they're just extensions of the setting and plot. The vampire apocalypse is the underlying problem, the cops are a complication, the virus is the solution, and Bro-cula is a Big Bad sort of dude that doesn't drive the plot other than trying to kill Blade.
hq42
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02:52:44 AM Jun 10th 2012
I am not sure if my memory fails me, but wasn't Hill Street Blues a big-cast and multiple-concurrent-storyline show? Would it qualify?
dougalwuff
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05:30:19 AM May 31st 2012
This seems to be a bit of a mess, the rules aren't clear for what counts. A lot of the examples are just "this work had multiple issues going on at once." - I think that if one character has four different mysteries to solve then that isn't this trope. I got the impression it was supposed to be four or more seperate threads, each following a seperate group of characters.

I think the key point is that the screen-time ends up being shared. Hence "all waiting" - because each plot only gets about 10 minutes to advance per episode.
JanuaryFirstOfMay
05:11:45 AM Jul 18th 2012
Does that have to be four or more though? I have a very good example but can't bring myself to add it because there's only three threads (and it isn't Third Line, Some Waiting because there's no specific C plot).
Hatari05
11:38:47 PM Jul 25th 2017
edited by Hatari05
Hopefully you made certain the example actually fit the term; a lot of examples on this page don't actually fit the definition or idea of this trope.
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