Plot Tropes used over and over again.

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  1. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

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    ...oh yeah, and the bomb is always defused at 00:01 (but it’s been done this way so many times that it’s really a wink to the audience now)
     
  2. vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

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    Unless you're Jame Bond saving the Federal gold reserve.
     
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  3. Worf

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    Someone is going to play off this soon enough I think. I remember the old cartoons when they did the countdowns and it would go "4, 3, 2, 1" then instead of 0, we'd get "1/2, 1/4, 1/8" or "0.05, 0.0001, 0.00000001" but never quite reaching 0.
     
  4. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    So, Zeno of Elara designs cartoon bombs?

    To be fair, a timer for an explosive device is reasonably going to have a countdown indicator if for no other reason to tell you how fast you have to run after you press start! Most of the time they aren't going to be used offensively.
     
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  5. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    But if you're building a bomb as a terrorist/criminal act, you will know how long you've given it to go off. There's no reason to let anybody else know (except, of course, the audience)!
     
  6. ej42137

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    If I were about to start a countdown timer on a bomb I had built, I would want to reassure myself that the timer was properly set before I pressed the button. I might also want to use off-the-shelf components to avoid mishaps due to faulty construction.

    This discussion reminded me of the grenades in Starship Troupers, where the bombs counted down in the Skinnies' language to sow confusion and panic.
     
  7. Worf

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    That's why real terrorists use a cheap off the shelf watch from Casio for their timing needs. I mean, of the billions of models of watches that Casio makes, this one specific model gets its own Wikipedia page!

    If you were building your own bomb timer, you would probably just test it. Though given how cheap computers are, a cheap chip could basically do the countdown internally for a few dollars worth of parts and an hour of coding.

    Of course, sometimes you can still get it wrong.
     
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  8. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    A few years ago, I bought a super-cheap safe for my office. Since then, TWICE I have seen that exact model used in rich people's offices/dens on TV!
    [​IMG]
     
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  9. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    How do you think they got rich? By not spending money!
     
  10. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

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    You've seen this, right?

     
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  11. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Doesn't really matter...it's just more secure than having piles of cash sitting in a desk drawer (which was my old method of storing cash prior to bank deposits!)...

    And the safe is in a closet, and nobody knows it's there except my maintenance person, so I'm not too worried. Considering how solid the office door is, it's probably overkill anyway.
     
  12. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    And all of us!:p
     
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  13. Mikeguy

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    That's just so bad.
     
  14. Tony_T

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    Wow, I wouldn't buy any safes from that company.
    How could they overlook a proper design of isolating the solenoid?
     
  15. Mabes

    Mabes Ex-Smoker

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    Maybe has been mentioned before but, the sheriff who is a complete idiot. Seeing this in Fargo season 3 but it was also in Veronica Mars and a lot of other shows and movies
     
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  16. Worf

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    Then don't watch any of the guy's other videos. It's just depressing how many people seem to make the same mistakes over and over again. You get a sense of how fed up the guy is of encountering the same flaws over and over and over again that he now uses common things you have at home to open them.

    Even more depressing is when the lock can be opened faster using the bypasses than the proper way.

    And never get a smart lock. Between plastic construction and exposed screws letting you get in, they are an expensive paperweight.

    So many companies have cut so many corners on security products, hollywood has become reality. Some of the tricks you see on screen seem to have become reality in real life.
     
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  17. wtherrell

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    Roscoe Coltrane?
     
  18. dcheesi

    dcheesi ...I'm not.

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    Throwing someone (often the hero) off a cliff, and assuming that the fall has killed them. Any time you see this, you *know* that person is coming back later on in the show.
     
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  19. JYoung

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    Buford T. Justice and son.
     
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  20. NickTheGreat

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    Or just leaving someone for dead.

    I've never been in that type of situation, but I wouldn't just shoot someone and assume they'll eventually die after I walk away.

    I'd put at least the rest of the magazine in them.
     

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