Scenes That Ruined These Series
Have you ever found yourself emotionally invested in a movie and all of a sudden there's a scene that makes you think, "What just happened and why in the world would the director add this scene to the masterpiece?" Well, you are not alone, here share 11 bad scenes that almost ruined a movie/series!
1. WE ARE ALL FOR EMPOWERING WOMEN, BUT...THE WOMEN HEROES TEAM IN AVENGERS: ENDGAME?
The big hype that led to the ending of the decade-long Marvel series did not fail to impress the global audience. The 2019 film marks the finale of the Avengers' epic battle against Thanos—the mad demigod seeking to rebuild the universe with his utilitarian and consequentialist philosophy.
SPOILER ALERT: A DISCUSSION OF CAPTAIN MARVEL'S BACKUP AHEAD
The impressive three-hour film is critically acclaimed, but there is one scene that had many viewers internally cringing. During the final battle Captain Marvel is given full backup in the form of only the women of the MCU showing up: Mantis, Gamora, Scarlet Witch, Valkyrie, Okoye, Shuri, Hope van Dyne, Nebula, and Mrs. Ironman Pepper Potts in her own suit.
'HEAVY-HANDED' AND 'FORCED' SCENE
Aside from having their own big entrances before the battle, this particular scene seems to break the realistic nature of the plot. The unrealistic possibility of having only all the women heroes available as back-up feels a little forced. The attempt to send the message, however, has been noticed despite the complaints of its quality.
Caroline Siede, a contributor to The A.V. Club, shares why the logic and quality of some scenes seem compromised.
Look, I’m all for female solidarity, but if the fate of the universe relies on me successfully carrying a gauntlet across a field, I’d frankly much rather have Thor by my side than Mantis.
2. SEINFELD, THE POPULAR "SHOW ABOUT NOTHING", CREATING FIRE FOR SOMETHING
How can an iconic sitcom TV series such as Seinfeld have a terrible scene? Well before we move on, these are the things you should know about the American program. Released in 1989, Seinfeld is often recalled as a "show about nothing", as many episodes revolve around the mundane daily life.
A PENULTIMATE AND NEGATIVELY RATED EPISODE
It stars a fictional version of Seinfeld, the co-creator of the show, and focuses on his personal life with his friends and other characters in New York City. Out of the 180 episodes, the penultimate one received heavy criticisms that almost dethroned the show as a staple sitcom for the fellow American viewers.
"THE PUERTO RICAN DAY"—THE EPISODE THAT LED NBC TO OFFER AN APOLOGY
This episode starts with Jerry and his friends caught in a traffic jam due to the annual Puerto Rican Day parade. They deal with the heavy crowds passing by their car, which is around where the American viewers start tilting their heads. Jerry's neighbor Kramer accidentally sets a Puerto Rican flag on fire and proceeds to stamp it out.
"IT'S LIKE THIS EVERY DAY IN PUERTO!"
In addition to that, Kramer exclaims, "It's like this every day in Puerto Rico!" after the angry mob destroys Jerry's car. Imagine the outrage for the Purto Rican viewers that day—a friendly reminder, they are a dominant ethnic group in New York City. After the episode aired, protesters showed their anger at the NBC headquarters.
ANY EFFECTS OF THE CONTROVERSY?
After the network apologized for the stereotypical and distasteful description of the ethnic characters, the creators decided to withhold releasing this episode but would proceed to add it to the rerun package several years later uncut. Despite the controversy, the episode did not have a significant effect on the entire series.
3. PRETTY IN PINK—A CLASSIC ROM-COM WITH AN UNWANTED TWIST AT THE END
The 1986 rom-com film is for all those hopeless high school romantics. It touches upon love breaking down barriers from social cliques in American high schools during the 80s. If you are all about that popular-guy-falls-in-love-with-outcast-girl, then Pretty in Pink is a classic staple for you.
POOR OUTCAST MEETS RICH-POPULAR BOY
Andie is the outcast and sparks the interest of the rich and popular kid Blane. As they start dating, Andie realizes dating outside her social clique is not always unicorns and rainbows. Disapproval of two memorable peers doesn't really help either. If you think the plot is juicy, you are right. The film earned over $40 million in the box office.
ANDIE'S FINAL CURTAIN CALL IS NOT WHAT THE LADIES WANTED
Well, what was so bad about the rom-com movie? It all takes place on the dance floor of the prom party, where Blaine dumps Andie, but the poor girl decides to take him back after his sorry apology? Yes. Apparently, Blane showing up to the prom alone without his preppy friends meant Andie could forgive him and take him back.
WHAT KIND OF ENDING WOULD YOU HAVE MADE?
An interesting insider fact is that there is the original ending, Andie actually ends up with her close friend Duckie who secretly had a crush on her the whole time. What did you think of Andie's choice? Would you have gone for the good and loyal friend or taken back Blaine?
The series, an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, is one of the most popular and loved series of all times. It revolves around a team of doctors and staff stationed in MASH during the Korean War of 1950. Despite its rocky start the series became has become arguably the greatest TV programs of American history, winning over 61 awards.
THE MOST-WATCHED SERIES FINALE OF ALL TIME, "GOODBYE, FAREWELL, AND AMEN"
The finale episode holds the record for the highest percentage of homes with TVs to watch any episode. There are even speculations that the city of New York had some issues with their plumbic system due to the sudden spike in water use minutes after the finale ended. However, there were complaints behind this famous concluding episode.
A REAL YET HONEST DEPICTION OF WAR
The complaints were mainly due to a controversial scene in the finale. The main protagonist Doctor Hawkeye awakens in a mental institution where he begins to recollect memories of what actually happened before he lost consciousness. He recalls a woman bringing an infant in her arms and silencing it to avoid getting detected by enemy soldiers.
125 MILLION VIEWERS FEELING OVERWHELMED
The death of the infant shows the real yet honest effects of war, the seriousness of what soldiers and other victims go through. The moment is known as one of the saddest scenes not only in the show but in broadcast television. The 125 million viewers felt the effects of war through this devastating sendoff.
5. I LOVE LUCY
The black and white sitcom which was aired on CBS during the early 50s stars Lucille Ball as Lucy and even her real-life husband Desi Arnaz as bandleader Ricky Ricardo. It depicts Lucy's constant attempts to become a star in spite of having zero talent, leading her into the funniest situations.
"LUCY IS ENCEINTE"
Despite its popularity, the TV series had many raising their eyebrows at the controversial issue of some behind the scenes. Lucille Ball became pregnant—actually pregnant with her co-star and husband Desi. But that was not the problem, it was how the network company handled the word "pregnancy" itself.
A CONFUSED NETWORK, AN EVEN MORE CONFUSED AUDIENCE
CBS refused to allow this particular word to be vocalized on screen, even taking drastic measures of using its French translation, "enceinte" in one of the episode titles. Understandably so, many saw the attempt of CBS to make the show "safe for viewers" a little confusing. Why would pregnancy be unsafe for the viewers?
6. HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO THE FLYING CAR IN GREASE
Some consider this as the original High School Musical. (Can you see how John Travolta had that Troy Bolton look?) Grease is all about a heart-throbbing whirlwind romance between two high school students who unexpectedly fall in love vacationing in Australia. After the short but sweet summer, Danny and Sandy coincidentally find each other again in the same high school.
WAS EVERYTHING EVEN REAL AT THE END?
Despite the musical performances in between scenes, the film 1978 film gives off a realistic mood—until the confusing flying-car scene. Apparently, in an effort to put the cherry on top on the happily-ever-after scene, Danny and Sandy are seen flying away—literally—in a car named Greased Lightning. It even made people question the whole reality of the film.
Courtney Enlow, a writer for SYFY describes our reactions perfectly:
I mean, there's a lot to unpack here. But a big one is, like, that's not even Danny's car. It's Kenickie's. Also, were they all dead? Are we dead? Am *I* dead?
Many viewers may have held grudges for the bad scenes from the series and movies mentioned above. At the end of the day, however, masterpieces can have flaws—perhaps it is what defines them. Despite some of the controversies, these works of art remain classic staples to viewers from all around the world. Which scenes were your least favorite?
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