Nerd Lunch Podcast 142: Film and TV Tropes

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Nerd Lunch Podcast 142: Film and TV Tropes

This week on the show, we are joined by Michael DiGiovanni of The Atomic Geeks and we talk about some of our favorite and most annoying tropes from movies and TV. We cover a bunch including wedding tropes, hospital security, car chases through fruit cart districts and getting back to see the family in the Old West. Nerd To-Dos feature the Fast and Furious, Dollhouse and more. Plus, we kill off a segment and replace it with an exciting new one.

Also, listen/watch our Third Annual TAG Network Crossover here.

By | 2017-03-18T02:52:17+00:00 July 29th, 2014|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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  1. Cindy Dy February 26, 2017 at 12:48 am - Reply

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  2. Jack February 26, 2017 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Good day, gents. I'm sorry it took me a while to get to this episode; I had "stuff" going on. I was surprised to see that no one has commented yet. This was truly a timeless episode. You're talking to and about your own generation, and constantly reminding me of my own. You brought many things to mind, but I'll limit my comments to a couple that you might enjoy.

    DEAD PEOPLE GIVING INFORMATION IN DREAMS: I've been slowly watching old Bones episodes, and they have a way of throwing down these tropes and salsa dancing on them. In a recent episode, Agent Booth (David Boreanaz) is suddenly on an FBI recreational hockey team, something I've never seen before or since, and he is knocked out during a game, and Luc Robitaille comes to him in his unconscious state and tells him how to solve the case they're working on… Which also kind of lampshades the whole CELEBRITY PLAYING HIMSELF trope. Also, their ENHANCEMENT is so far over the top that Star Trek doesn't try to sell the computer tricks they're doing. I try to grin and enjoy it, but the one that really crossed the disbelief line for me was when they were dealing with a skeleton that was dissolving due to some chemical that had used on the corpse, and Angela, the only non-science nerd in the cast, took a series of photos, put them into her computer, and regressed time to recreate the whole skeleton, including the injuries that killed him!

    ONE PUNCH KNOCKOUTS: 50s western and 60s cop shows had a trope they never tired of, that in which the bad guy bent his 5 lb. steel pistol over the hero's head. Said hero then woke up 5 minutes later with no skull fracture, concussion, disorientation, or any other ill effects. Some of them got blasted so many times, they must have had a permanent dent at the crown.

    ENGLISH-SPEAKING TERRORISTS: I think I prefer this to having to ignore the action, body language, and facial expressions of the actors in order to devote my attention to subtitles. Also, many of the actors who play these roles might not speak Farsi, or whatever. I know the actors in Firefly didn't speak Chinese, but they just had to memorize a couple of words to go into their speech. Doing a whole dialogue in an unfamiliar language might be asking a bit much.

    Finally, COMING BACK TO LIFE: Did anyone ever do a worse job of this than Superman I? Once he established that he could reverse time, where was the risk, where was the suspense? There was nothing he could screw up, because all he had to do was hit the reset button. Ho-hum.

    Well, I could do a comment as long as your podcast on this one, but I'll spare you all that. I'm amazed at this point at how fresh you keep this after 140 episodes. I just hope you never lose your touch!

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