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Old 01-23-2019, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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...of every show, it seems like.

You know what I mean, toward the end of every episode of many shows they play a song over some scenes of the show's characters dealing with various personal crises or having bouts of intense introspection.

It was probably a good cinematic technique when it first came into use, and if the frequency of such scenes was reduced it could still be, but nowadays it is done in such a heavy-handed manner that I just groan whenever a song starts to play with 5 minutes left in the show.

Anyone else tired of these?
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Anyone else tired of these?
Very. It used to be a trope, then became a cliché, now it's a … what? What is five degrees past cliché? Because that's what the sappy music montage has become.

Unless your name is Martin Scorsese, just stop doing these please.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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...of every show, it seems like.

You know what I mean, toward the end of every episode of many shows they play a song over some scenes of the show's characters dealing with various personal crises or having bouts of intense introspection.

It was probably a good cinematic technique when it first came into use, and if the frequency of such scenes was reduced it could still be, but nowadays it is done in such a heavy-handed manner that I just groan whenever a song starts to play with 5 minutes left in the show.

Anyone else tired of these?
I have noticed in a recent binge that Quantum Leap used a long montage of scenes from the episode to pad out the run time. Some were 30 seconds long, others (seemingly) 4-5 minutes. So it's not an entirely new thing.

Most of the current shows I watch have no time left to pad things out like this. Maybe you need to upgrade your viewing.

Perhaps the worst I can recall was Sons of Anarchy, which would do 5-minute ending montages quite frequently. Most were good and managed to add some dimension to things, but more than a few were tedious.
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Old 01-23-2019, 06:55 PM
 
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It is over used and I think they do it because there is not enough time to squeeze in all the dialog to tell the audience what would be happening next if the characters could talk, not to pad out the allocated time. It can be used effectively, but enough is enough. That's how The Americans ended with one of those montages about the characters' futures. It was used most effectively in the series finale of Six Feet Under and it got a lot of buzz. Now, everyone is copying it and there are some shows where there is one of them every single episode.
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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I loved them in Sons of Anarchy, but now everybody's doing it. Just noticed it in The Good Doctor.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Maine
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They've been around a long time. The first show I can remember that used them (to great effect) in almost every episode was MIAMI VICE --- and that show is 30 years old.
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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They've been around a long time. The first show I can remember that used them (to great effect) in almost every episode was MIAMI VICE --- and that show is 30 years old.
Yeah, but it wasn't every single episode.
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:26 PM
 
Location: ohio
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Miami Vice is actually 35 years old now. But this cliche has been around much longer, movies and TV shows used it in the 1960s.
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:16 AM
 
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Miami Vice is actually 35 years old now. But this cliche has been around much longer, movies and TV shows used it in the 1960s.
Most of the music in shows past and present was more proprietary.

Miami Vice used a massive amount of the top pop music of the era. That along with the cinematography gave the scenes more of a big screen feel. Really no show since has done this to nearly the extent. I think cost is the prime reason




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOm82QNauFU&app=desktop
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Old Today, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Texas
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First you have to steal an 80s song. Better if it's 80s or 90s alternative. Maybe that way the rip-off will be less evident. Then you have to slow it down and sing it in some dopey hipster coffee house way. Acoustic of course. Then start the montage.

Gawdawful crap.
Grey's Anatomy seems to love that stuff. My wife watches it. Slays me.
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