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  • snorgatch
    snorgatch
    Bat Hero
    Comments: 93

    Pepper shaker romance! Cue sappy romantic music!

    So, are Stephanie and Eyebrows developing a thing? Even though Eyebrows has a thing with Summer (like that’s stopped him before)? Does Eyebrows drown at the end? This episode leaves so many questions unanswered!

    In Urban Knights–a role-playing game based on 1970s crime television–there is something called a Boost pool (basically a bowl of poker chips or some other convenient objects) that the players can use to increase their chances of success in various endeavors. By spending four Boosts, a player can generate a Flashback, which allows them to describe a memory in which the character has an experience that justifies them using an ability or possessing knowledge that they’ve never demonstrated before. The effects of Flashbacks last for only one Episode and then are never mentioned again. It’s surprising how often this kind of thing happened on TV back before home video and streaming technology made binge-watching and continuity policing possible.

    Apparently, Baywatch was behind its time.

    • Jon Protagonist
      Jon Protagonist
      JUST GOT ACTUALLY-ED!
      Comments: 140

      That’s really funny. Flashbacks are the bane of good episode flow 90% of the time, but they still use them today…only in more sophisticated ways. Even well written shows, especially since now so many shows now have story arcs that need to periodically explain things to new viewers.

      Often an episode will start with a flashback to throw the viewer off guard and make them wonder what’s going on. Instead of that fade with the harp music or blurry edges, it’s a quick cut to the character waking up or being startled from a daydream. Sometimes it ends with a symbolic image that “explains something” and cuts to the opening theme.

      I still generally don’t like flashbacks and “origin” episodes, but TV still uses them!

      • snorgatch
        snorgatch
        Bat Hero
        Comments: 93

        If you think that’s funny, wait till you hear about Very Special Episodes, which occur when an Urban Knights character takes enough damage to kill them. Instead, the character is out of action for the rest of the game session, and the other players can earn Boosts by role-playing the heck out of their inner turmoil over their friend’s life-or-death struggle. 🙂

  • Alex C.
    Alex C.
    JUST GOT ACTUALLY-ED!
    Comments: 145

    Is that a can of delicious, affordable, and high-quality ***A&W CREAM SODA*** I see in the title card?

  • happymel2
    happymel2
    JUST GOT ACTUALLY-ED!
    Comments: 141

    The “Don’t Patronize me, m’am” line was the best. Haha.

  • the_desert
    the_desert
    Just might make the CUT
    Comments: 57

    I wanna know what happened with Summer and Coast Guard after he asked her what she was doing tonight? Is it possible to have PTSD from an event that happened to someone else that you weren’t there for?