Plot Tropes used over and over again.

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  1. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    And of course there's the Wilhelm Scream...
     
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  2. getreal

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    Speaking of sound effects, every time a firearm is wielded and moved slightly it makes a specific sound ... only on the screen ... not in real life.
     
  3. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    And the sound of a sword being drawn from its sheath, even though that metal-on-metal sound would indicate the sword wasn't being properly maintained.
     
  4. longrider

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    While the sound effect of a contactor is legitimate in large installations ( a contactor is a relay used so one light switch can control multiple lighting circuits) what gets me is when they flip the switch and it takes a second for the first bank of lights to go off, then another second for the second bank of lights, etc
     
  5. sharkster

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    I'm finding myself a lot more annoyed with the dramatic music/sounds that feel like they overshadow the talking. It might be partially my hearing problems, but I sure as hell can hear those sounds really well! The dialogue, not so much.

    Often there are two layers of 'background' sounds. You have some dramatic music and then big old booming sounds or high-pitched REEEEEEE sounds that make my head explode. I can't hear that many things at the same time and some of them increase my tinnitus as well.

    Aside from that, I'm also still seeing the stupid as hell one that's mostly on sitcoms where one character knows something and everything gets all messed up because that character doesn't tell the other or others about this one important thing, or clear up the misconstruances of the others, so the stupid goes on and on until the end when they find out what actually happened. That annoys me to no end.
     
  6. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    From the brilliant comic Morning Glories, written by Nick Spencer:
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    Yes. He's otherwise known as the lazy writer.

    Not nearly as irritating to me as the stupid Foley (pointed out above) for a sword being drawn from a scabbard. Not anything like the sound of steel against leather.
     
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  8. Steveknj

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    This week's sitcoms we got the normal Valentine's Day troupes. Adults can't figure out what to buy their SO, Teems fall in love with the girl/boy they can't get, and so on. It gets old, but occasionally it's done well and within the conscripts of the show. I thought the Goldbergs did it pretty well this past week.
     
  9. Donbadabon

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    Speaking of Holidays, I don't remember if anyone mentioned when Santa appears and everyone thinks it is one of their friends (e.g. Fred Mertz), and then their friend comes in and they are shocked to realize the real Santa was there.
    And then Santa is suddenly gone.
     
  10. Peter000

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    That's the way it is with Santa. No commitment.
     
  11. Hcour

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    Not really a plot trope but I always found this irritating - squealing tires on a dirt road.
     
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  12. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Please don't ever watch Frasier.

    But in all fairness, that's a specific type of comedy called Farce that is funny specifically because of the absurdities that are created by these situations.
     
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  13. alpacaboy

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    I'm tired of starting an episode with:
    Action scene
    Danger! Danger!
    Cut to... >2 days and 5 hours earlier...<

    I realize that structurally this isn't any different than "Coming up in tonight's episode" like Dukes of Hazzard, and they at least sort of work it into the narrative now. But at the same time, it's like explicitly saying "We don't think the first 40 minutes are interesting/engaging either."
     
  14. alpacaboy

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    Oh, one that I saw just now...
    "You mean if he dies inside
    [the other guy's mind | the computer | the game | the simulation],
    he dies out here too?"
     
  15. sharkster

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    Yeah, I know you're right. I think it's probably me, as I am turning into this older person who is annoyed by a lot more than I used to be. Oddly, I absolutely love Frasier! :) I still watch the reruns that I record overnight and it's one of my favorite comedies.
     
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  16. Craigbob

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    It's a technique called "In Media Res" and has been used for a log time. But I agree it's overused these days.
     
  17. longrider

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    What show did you see this on? I saw it myself just recently and it is driving me crazy trying to remember which show. All I can think of is Black Lightning and while they were definitely in Kaliel's mind I dont remember the dying part in that show
     
  18. vman41

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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been making the rounds on cable TV.
     
  19. JYoung

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    It was a plot element of the last episode of The Flash.
     
  20. Rob Helmerichs

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    Just watched that! And chuckled.
     

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