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kleinbl00  ·  2136 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why "Seinfeld" Is The Most Villainous Sitcom In Human History

It's called a deus ex machina and is to be avoided at all costs.

The counterprinciple is Chekhov's gun.





b_b  ·  2136 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Trey Parker uses it to varying degree when he digs himself into a giant hole in some South Park episodes. In the case of a 22 minute comedy, it can work in a beautifully ridiculous way, although even in those cases I think it's only used because the show is a made in a week and sometimes they just run out of time.

kleinbl00  ·  2136 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You can get away with a lot more in parody because absurdity is a fundamental part of satire. It's when you're taking yourself seriously - "if the eagles could swoop in and save Frodo and Samwise at the end, why didn't they just ride fuckin' eagles from the Shire in the first place?"

b_b  ·  2136 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Or the corollary: Why did we all stay to the end of that piece of shit to see them fly away in the eagles?

At least I had the will to stay away from part two.