Tropes that movies, etc. use that you hate.

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  1. DarrenTR1970

    DarrenTR1970 Captain Captain

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    I'm watching 'Frogs' on MeTV and at the end of the movie Sam Elliott flags down a passing car. The driver rolls down the window and says 'Car trouble?' And Sam Elliott replies, 'It's a long story'. I hate when characters have important information but brush it off by saying, 'It's a long story.'
     
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  2. Farscape One

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    In BABYLON 5's "SEVERED DREAMS", right before the battle with the Earth fleet, Sheridan said to everyone in C&C that if anyone had an issue with what was about to happen can leave. A couple people actually left.

    I thought that was not only refreshing because it occurs so damned few times, but also believable.
     
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  3. cultcross

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    The trope that bugs me the most is the delayed important information in order to create a better reveal scene.

    The semi acceptable version:
    "Captain, I think you'd better take a look at this"
    "On my way." Not "at what?"

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    The really irritating version:
    Two characters are in one location, there's a dramatic line reading giving away that one has an idea or information to reveal.
    We're then in a different scene, at a clearly different location, some time later, and they've traveled there together, but seemingly no further conversation has yet taken place.
     
  4. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Probably because 1) they never expected to serve with Sheridan ever again, and 2) would probably be fighting against him in short order.

    So the consequences of their decision to leave wouldn't be too important in the end.
     
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  5. Farscape One

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    Very possible motivations, and probably true. It might even be as simple as they didn't feel like being part of firing on their own fleet.

    Regardless of the reasons, it was still refreshing to see because we never see it.
     
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  6. the G-man

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    Semi-related, but the number of classic rock songs that were still being played in the future is pretty weird, from Capt Kirk stealing a car to the Beastie Boys to the Robinson family cranking "Black Betty."
     
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  7. Westie1701

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    I don't mind that one !

    If I was in outer space in the 25th century I hope I'd still be listening to Rush's Tom Sawyer... ;)
     
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  8. galleywest

    galleywest I'll get you, and your little dog too! Premium Member

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    After watching so many murder mysteries, the brilliant detective who's hard to work with and has a troubled relationship with his/her ex-spouse/children and a tormented past is an all-too-common trope. It's like you can't get promoted unless you're channeling a lot of angst. :rommie:
     
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  9. Foxhot

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    I particularly like COLUMBO because every week's murderer is generally a top-notch actor, but even better, Columbo's never in any jeopardy. Okay, 98 percent never.
     
  10. Richard Baker

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    What I really loved about "Columbo' was it was about the only "who dun it" where you knew who the murderer was at the very beginning and the rest of the show was a cat and mouse game of uncovering the truth. Also, not a single car chase in tbe entire series, which would have been hilarious with his Peugeot 403 Cabriolet
     
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  11. J.T.B.

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    People who are doing crimes, who are on the lam, who are having illicit affairs, who have hitmen after them, who like to walk around undressed and so on, don't close their blinds or curtains.
     
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  12. Foxhot

    Foxhot Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Of course in all thrillers and horror films, no women under 35 EVER have the sense to close them at nightfall until their opponent or protector advises them to do so.

    Here's another trope which is meant to suggest passage of time, but it's getting really old: the rapid clouds cut. I first saw it used twice in NIXON.
     
  13. Owain Taggart

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    I noticed Netflix has a new murder-mystery show coming out soon. The twist is that it's improv, and they'll have celebrity guests in on the action. Sounds quite fresh. Could be really good! Here's the description:

     
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  14. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    How's this for a trope:

    On any version of L&O...everything always comes back to Olivia Benson, who is an absolutely perfect saint who can do no wrong. Other detectives can and do make mistakes but Benson sure as hell can't. Everything she does is right, without question.

    Hell, even in a L&O series that shouldn't involve Benson (like Organized Crime), they find a way to shoehorn her in there! :lol:
     
  15. Admiral2

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    I still can't believe that goody-two-shoes made Captain before Sylvvia Van Buren...
     
  16. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    You're thinking of Anita Van Buren.

    Sylvia was from War of the Worlds. :D
     
  17. Admiral2

    Admiral2 Admiral Admiral

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    I stand corrected. Shoulda just said Lieutenant Van Buren. It makes the same point.
     
  18. dupersuper

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    Monk does that pretty well to.
     
  19. FormerLurker

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    I didn't watch much of Monk, but one episode I did see part of shocked the hell out of me. Monk was in a prison, visiting a nemesis, who was a corpulent man lying on a bed that Monk was verbally dueling with. The actor looked familiar, and I could tell the face and fatsuit were makeup and props, but I couldn't figure out who he was. Then he said something telltale and I said "Holy shit, that's Tim Curry!"
     
  20. Mr. Laser Beam

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    In honor of David Lynch's birthday I put forth a trope of his:

    A plot where I can't understand a damn thing about what's going on. :lol:

    Except for Dune, of course.
     
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