prettycoolguy on Apr 19th 2011 at 6:06:56 PM
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masorick on Nov 25th 2011 at 10:03:18 AM
Page Type: Trope
You are watching a sub-par film. Being unimpressed, you almost start to hate the film. One minute later...
"Oh. My. GOD. Let's watch that again!"
The work you watched just had its Only Moment Of Awesome. This is when a mediocre or outright bad work becomes awesome just because of one moment or scene. Afterwards, the work goes back to its usual quality.
Can overlap with Just Here for Godzilla, but differs in two ways:
- First, Only Moment Of Awesome is strictly about a moment (i.e. a scene, an episode, or a story arc), while Just Here for Godzilla can refer to a specific moment, an actor, the special effects, or whatever it is that causes you to watch the work.
- Also, and more importantly, while Just Here for Godzilla is what makes you watch the work, while the Only Moment Of Awesome happens whether or not you were aware of it beforehand. In other words, Just Here for Godzilla is about your expectations of a work, while Only Moment Of Awesome is about your reaction to it.
Obviously a subjective trope.
- A well known example among the fans of The Nostalgia Critic is a scene from Double Team where the villian dies by stepping on a mine and gets attacked by a tiger. Then, the colosseum explodes and the heroes (which have a baby thats not crying) try to escape, thankfully being saved by a Coke Machine. Afterwards, nothing really happens, and we don't even get to see what happens to the family.
- This is actually a very big part of Professional Wrestling: shows have to be paced out properly so the audience doesn't get burned out from having too much awesome all at once, or getting time to recover from one awesome match before having another. Not doing this can leave the audience deflated for future matches, which can detract from the quality of it. The biggest example would be Wrestle Mania X8, where the match between The Rock and Hulk Hogan made the crowd go insane, which caused them to be burned out during the main event match between Triple H and Chris Jericho. The same happened at Wrestle Mania 25, where the match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker burned the crowd out before the main event of Triple H vs. Randy Orton. The WWE definitely had this in mind for Wrestle Mania 26 because the main event was a rematch between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, which was rightly deserved even though it wasn't for any championship.
- Michael Jackson's Moon Walker comes out as a long music video mixed with a save the children plot, filled with needless Padding. However there's this one scene where [MJ] enters a bar and starts doing Smooth Criminal. The other people start joining him and soon the police find him. He decides to pull out a BFG and runs away. That scene, being the actual music video for the song, is considered one of the greatest music videos of all time.
- In Superman III, most of the movie is bizarre Richard Pryor hijinks and not-too-good action. Then we have a scene where Superman, under the influence of toxic fake green kryptonite, is becoming more and more evil--he then collapses in a junk yard, splits into an evil Superman and a good Clark Kent, and the two have a vicious, epic battle to the death, with Clark winning and becoming good again. The scene is generally held in high regard and many a critic has agreed that if more of the movie had been that and less Richard Pryor doing 1980's equivalent of Hollywood Hacking, it might have been better remembered.
- The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea is a direct-to-video sequel to Disney's The Little Mermaid whose plot consists solely of pulling a Generation Xerox in reverse (meaning Ariel's human daughter dreams of being a mermaid) and who completely derails Ariel's character. But then, this song happens (it's even better in other languages).
- Western fans of Super Sentai tend to think that Tensou Sentai Goseiger is, well, okay. They also tend to agree that its last arc was its only saving grace.
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