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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Idiot Plot

On a recommendation, we tried watching The OA last night, but it didn't take me long to call 'crap' and pull the plug. Coincidentally, Iaman sent me a link to Wikipedia's Idiot Plot article:
In literary criticism, an idiot plot is "a plot which is kept in motion solely by virtue of the fact that everybody involved is an idiot" and where the story would otherwise be over if this were not the case. It is a narrative where its conflict comes from characters not recognizing, or not being told, key information that would resolve the conflict, often because of plot contrivance. The only thing that prevents the conflict's resolution is the character's constant avoidance or obliviousness of it throughout the plot, even if it was already obvious to the viewer, so the characters are all "idiots" in that they are too obtuse to simply resolve the conflict immediately.
 We didn't get far enough into the story to find out whether the cast were all idiots or not, but there was certainly some bad crazy, and I ain't got time for that.

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