Plot Tropes used over and over again.

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Steveknj, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Minneapolis the point where when they do it right, it's startling!
  2. Flop

    Flop Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Not really a trope, and likely mentioned before: lights inside helmets (space, haz-mat, etc) that serve no purpose other than to light up the actor's face, and would be completely counter productive for actual usage.
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  3. tomhorsley

    tomhorsley Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    And instrument displays in spaceships that dramatically project the numbers and graphs onto the pilots face (anyone ever noticed a car driver with a speedometer projected on his face?).
  4. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    I'm sure the bomb defused with 00:01 on the digital clock has been mentioned, but how about the blinking red light when the bomb is activated (that when under a car is noticed by the intended target in the nick of time)
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  5. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Masks too. Basically anything with a faceplate. And yeah, the only purpose is theatrical - because if it wasn't there, you'd really just see dark square of a face - the faceplate glass or plastic just absorbs so much light that the camera will not be able to make out who is behind it. Even worse, it can be reflective in some circumstances and you can end up accidentally filming the crew and set.

    So a really annoying light on the inside lights up the face for the camera (so we the audience can identify the character), and eliminates the chance of the faceplate causing a reflection so the actor can move around without the need for movement planning.

    I just wonder how the actor can actually see out - the light obviously reflects into the actor's eyes, making it impossible to see out of (and thus see where they're going). It's like when you're driving at night and someone turns on the door light - you can't see outside anymore.

    On a similar note - ever notice how things like computer screens and tablets and such always seem to reflect in glasses clearly? Camera zooms into a face of someone using a computer or tablet or phone and you can see what they're reading in their glasses... just like speedometers that project onto faces.

    Or, the instruments reflect intentionally on a darkened faceplate...
  6. wtherrell

    wtherrell Active Member

    Dec 23, 2004
    Yep, always the burning torch, candle, lantern held up in front of the face as our intrepid heroes advance through the darkness towards the terror that awaits. Always kills the suspense.. for me at least.
  7. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Why do people keep messing with tough guys who end up killing everybody and their uncle Sammy? Frank Castle and John Wick and every other kung fu movie hero. Why do armies of bad guys keep zooming in from nowhere to end up being bulk surprise presents for the city's coroner when he shows up for work the next day? Don't these henchmen have cable?
  8. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Because they know there's no way for people like that to actually exist! :D
  9. Jan 2, 2020 #369 of 370

    Snappa77 RUDEBWOY

    Feb 14, 2004
    Was watching clips of Boston Legal and the Practice on YouTube and kept noticing this:

    Lawyers talking to their clients in jail with a GUARD RIGHT THERE IN THE ROOM WITH THEM!

    Privilege doesn't extend to correction officers. Clients are giving details, talking strategy and some confessing all in front of a prison guard.

    Just about EVERY show has done this. Makes no sense.
  10. Jan 2, 2020 #370 of 370
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    ...although the sets are probably a lot brighter than they look to us...

    (OK, I'm responding to a year-old post. Oops!)
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