Plot Tropes used over and over again.

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  1. andyw715

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    2 cops in cop car, they see a suspect and the suspect starts running. Cop A gets out to give chase, B speeds ahead to cut off (and usually hit) suspect as he runs through an alley.
     
  2. Howie

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    That's a good one. Seems like it happens every time.
     
  3. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

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    Here's the thing that always happens on cop shows (I can't remember if someone already mentioned it): they see the guy they're looking for a half a block away, or across the street, or down the staircase, or whatever. They guy doesn't see them. They yell out at him "Police! Freeze!" The guy takes off and they have a long chase scene.

    I know they do it so they can have a chase scene, but what idiot would yell at someone from that far away? Why wouldn't you walk up to them and THEN arrest them?

    There are other similar situations like they're staking out a location in plainclothes waiting for the bad guy, he shows up, one or more cops are staring at him while talking into their wrist or holding an earpiece, the guy sees them and takes off and they yell "we've been made!" Like, no kidding! Why are you staring at this nervous guy! You all have earpieces; can't the inevitable stakeout van tell you where he is without you having to stare at him?
     
  4. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

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    I would consider that tactics and training, not a trope.
     
  5. Steveknj

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    One trope that always bothered me is the use of every conceivable traffic or store cam to capture a criminal. Now, I know the tech is there and I really don't know how much the police actually use it, but it feels like any crime now is captured on some sort of camera.

    On a side note, It's really starting to bug me that every movement we make is now "recorded". Without our permission. It's very Big Brother. But that's for another thread.
     
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    cheesesteak

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    It bugs me that on some shows (Killing Eve for one) they seem to exist in a universe with no surveillance cams.
     
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    cheesesteak

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    A lot of shows nowadays have someone who can hack through the Illuminati's 27 firewalls and steal their secret accounts after 20 seconds of banging on a keyboard. I've been watching a lot of old Mannix episodes during the lock down and his secretary Peggy could get every obscure piece of information relevant to the case just by using her telephone.
     
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    Steveknj

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    The FBI or some covert "good guy" always has some hacker on hand that can do this. If this were the case for real, we'd all be pretty screwed wouldn't we? Speaking of Blindspot (this discussion brings this show to mind), both sides always seem to be able to hack into anything, just as you describe, and also access the most high tech, secure facilitates in a matter of minutes.
     
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    Donbadabon

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    Kind of trope-related I think.

    Has anyone ever seen a bad guy on a show use an Apple iPhone?

    I ask because I heard a discussion on the radio the other day about Apple not giving permission for their phones to be used in shows and movies if that phone will be used by a 'bad guy'. So only non-bad characters can be seen using an iPhone.

    I've never paid attention before. But if this is true, it could unintentionally reveal a hidden plot early on. Like if the 'good' Senator is using a generic phone while everyone else that is 'good' is using an iPhone, it could reveal that the Senator was really a bad guy.
     
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    andyw715

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    Rian Johnson said something like that. Good catch!
     
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    Craigbob

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    Yeah, that's a fairly recent development by Apple. ISTR in the not to distant past bad guys using iPhones. I wonder if applies only to those provided to the show/film by apple for promotional consideration only. What happens if a production goes out and buys an iPhone (new or used) and has it in the hands of a bad guy? Does Apple then sue? And if so, on what grounds?
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Not recent...I remember reading about this ages ago (ten years? Twenty?) when it was computers. And IIRC, you're exactly right...Apple would give you the gear if it's for the right characters.
     
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    Steveknj

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    This is so silly.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    To be fair, a lot of marketing (and that's what this is) seems silly. But it also seems to work...I suspect Apple's hard work at keeping Apples out of the hands of TV and movie villains helped make "villains only use PCs/Androids" a trope.
     
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    stevel

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    OTOH, almost every ringtone I hear on a TV show is the Apple “Marimba”.
     
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    I didn't know the name of it (I don't have an Apple phone), but I have wondered for a long time why it seems like every phone that rings on a show has that same (annoying) ring.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Probably because that's the most instantly recognizable ringtone...
     
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    sharkster

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    I had actually never heard it until I started hearing it on tv shows. But now, yeah, if you hear that you know that somebody's phone is ringing.

    Conversely, I've never heard that ring IRL.
     
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    stevel

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    It’s the default iPhone ringtone.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Oh, I have. E.g., my Dad, who has an Apple phone and isn't the type who would ever use anything but the default settings. And I often hear it in the wild.
     

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