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The

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scene in The Shield was very uncomfortable viewing.  You never actually think that the show will go there, that it will be broken up somehow, but no. It happens.

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As a kid the Empire Strikes Back obviously - thank god the internet did not exist back then. Of course internet or not, Lucas has done much to fuck this film up over the years that it no longer has the same effect it did back in 1980 - the whole franchise now just plays out like a limp wank.

 

Threads was shocking on TV - still think about it today.

 

As @ZOK said Under the Skin has one sequence in it that is all about what you don't see and continues to rattle around in the head, the power of that is greater than any gorefest that I can think of. 

 

 

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Going back to my youth but Michael Praed's Robin Hood dying at the end of the second season of 'Robin of Sherwood'.

 

I had literally no idea he was leaving the show & was sure until Jason Connery took over the role that he was still  the Hooded Man who had busted the rest of the gang out of capitivity at the end.

 

A close second would be Picard showing up as Locutus of Borg at the end of the first episode of TNG's 'The Best of Both World's'.  For my money the greatest cliff hanger ever put to film. 

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12 hours ago, Stejay said:

The

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scene in The Shield was very uncomfortable viewing.  You never actually think that the show will go there, that it will be broken up somehow, but no. It happens.

 

I mentioned this but somehow forgot when Shane 

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dropped the grenade in Lem's car,

 

and also when Shane 

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went all Chris Benoit and killed his wife, son and then himself.

 

Bloody hell, eh?

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18 hours ago, JLM said:

 

The main character of the show has a complicated relationship with her father. We never fully know his motivations and the show kept messing with this, sometimes he'd be a hero, sometimes he'd be extremely shifty etc. Our main character also had unanswered questions about her past that were one of the running themes of the show. 

 

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At the end of season 3 she gets hold of some files that basically reveal everything. Her father was behind all of the things. He's been playing her this whole time etc. etc. And it ends on this massive revelation with her father coming in and saying "you were never meant to find those". 

 

Having purchased my nice chunky box set, I slammed in disc 1 of season 4 to find out the fall out from this game changing event.

 

Beginning of season 4, they show a recap of the season 3 ending and they had completely retconned it! The files do not say what they said previously. They reveal something far less interesting and the show goes in a completely different direction as a result. 

 

I was completely gobsmacked by this. I had never had a TV show do this to me before, and watching it in this binge format made it clang so hard because I was watching a "recap" of a scene I had JUST WATCHED and being told I had seen something completely different. 

 

Having read up on it now, the show runners and writers changed and I guess they weren't happy with that direction. At the time when I was not so forum/internet-savvy I was so fucking baffled by this. I'd be fascinated to know how this felt for people watching it on TV after waiting however long for the new season to come out. I wonder if a lot of people didn't even notice. Even having just watched it I was doubting myself whilst watching the retconned recap, so if it had been a year I could see them getting away with it completely. 

 

But yeah, one of the most jarring TV moments I've ever experienced. 

 

 

 

The warnings about Abrams were there all along.

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That bloody Tales of the Unexpected.  The series has dated so badly that some episodes are hilarious.  Yet that one, well, it's pure 1970s and what we now know about the 70s, with the sex offender register being pretty much a copy of the TV Times, the Pedophile information exchange being a real thing etc etc.... That Flypaper episode is just horrible.  It seems to not only be a grim story but it's filmed in a grim way at a grim time.  Don't watch it.  (Now watch it). 

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Sapphire and Steel has so many.

 

The fate of the man in the Station episode. (Assignment 2)

The girl in the photo burning. (Assignment 4)

The faceless man reveal. (Assignment 4)

The very last shot of the series. (Assignment 6)

 

And, for me, the travel chess set being opened and just containing travel chess pieces meaning I would never touch travel versions of games.

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Different kind of shock.

 

How dull and miserable the Beatles are in Get Back, until Billy Preston arrives and he's like the sun breaking through the clouds. It's shocking how much the whole mood changes as soon as he arrives.

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9 hours ago, dumpster said:

That bloody Tales of the Unexpected.  The series has dated so badly that some episodes are hilarious.  Yet that one, well, it's pure 1970s and what we now know about the 70s, with the sex offender register being pretty much a copy of the TV Times, the Pedophile information exchange being a real thing etc etc.... That Flypaper episode is just horrible.  It seems to not only be a grim story but it's filmed in a grim way at a grim time.  Don't watch it.  (Now watch it). 


I’ve never seen the show so I’m not familiar with those plot lines but I would have expected them I reckon.

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3 hours ago, Festoon said:

Sapphire and Steel has so many.

 

The fate of the man in the Station episode. (Assignment 2)

The girl in the photo burning. (Assignment 4)

The faceless man reveal. (Assignment 4)

The very last shot of the series. (Assignment 6)

 

And, for me, the travel chess set being opened and just containing travel chess pieces meaning I would never touch travel versions of games.


isn’t there one where a baby is just a quivering lump of mince meat?

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On 10/06/2022 at 18:58, Professor Rob said:

 

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She actually gets her head plunged into the fryer. It's absolutely horrific, and it's unsurprising that it generated so many complaints.

 


I remember the complaints.

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One that completely caught me off guard. Not shocking in a violent way really but 

 

Major film-ruining spoiler - To Live & Die in LA

 

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Almost casually, they kill off the lead character, played by William Petersen. He's been front and centre, cocky, confident and the guy you expect to make it through anything. I remember double-taking during his death, and even skipped back because I wasn't sure what I'd just watched. 

 

It is an excellent film, and well worth watching. 

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On 09/06/2022 at 21:11, PK said:

But this moment in The Other Guys really shocked me too:

 

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They do such a good pastiche leading up to this moment that I fully expected Samuel L Jackson and the Rock to be in the whole film. And they leave the shot of them falling just the absolute right length of time to make the impact as jarring as possible. Even the framing of it is perfect, it makes you think there's something just off-camera which will be revealed and save them at the last minute.

 

I genuinely felt a bit sick after the first time I saw it.

 

 

I'm with you on this one. I'm not sure why it felt uncomfortable. I get the joke, sure, but it seemed a little senseless. 

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On 10/06/2022 at 16:56, Loik V credern said:

Ozark season 1

 

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Darlene shooting the Mexican cartell guy with a shotgun. Never saw that coming! He barely insulted her! 

 

 

I'm surprised you didn't mention that other shocking scene.

 

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The literal shocking by electrocution of those guys in the boat. 

 

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7 minutes ago, James Lyon said:

I'm surprised you didn't mention that other shocking scene.

 

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The literal shocking by electrocution of those guys in the boat. 

 

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Was that shocking though? Something needed to happen to stop Marty from being killed. 

 

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9 hours ago, Loik V credern said:

 

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Was that shocking though? Something needed to happen to stop Marty from being killed. 

 

 

It shocked me in how it happened.

 

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Both of them dying because one tried to help the other.

 

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I remember an 80s kids program called "The Machine Gunners" iirc set in or just after WW2. Two kids fight and one smashes the others face in with a gas mask case or something similar, actually made me cry even though i was10 or so

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The Nightingale

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If you’ve seen it, you’ll know which scene I mean. Genuinely the closest I’ve ever been to turning off the TV for something like this. This outdid the rape scene in This Is England for sheer brutality and discomfort.


Underground Railroad

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You know the one, the burning scene. A very close second to the above.

 

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4 minutes ago, Corrogate said:

Oh wtf is wrong with you lot? Omar getting killed in the wire.

Nope. D’Angelo Barksdale getting killed in the wire.

 

Was genuinely convinced he wad going to be a narrative thread across all the seasons.

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9 minutes ago, theredstar said:

Nope. D’Angelo Barksdale getting killed in the wire.

 

Was genuinely convinced he wad going to be a narrative thread across all the seasons.

 

retracted but mine was stringer visiting D'Angelo in prison.

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On 09/06/2022 at 20:50, Timmo said:

This won't be for the faint-hearted...

 

What moments left you reeling?

 

Three jump out to me.

 

First is from Bone Tomahawk.

 

Warning 1 - Fairly major spoiler

Warning 2 - Extreme content warning

 

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All the more shocking because it comes at a moment where, whilst the film has had snippets of violence and suggestions of horror, nothing prepares you for this scene. Up until now it is much more of a Western than a Horror.

 

 

 

Next up is Sally4Ever. Again a content warning. Obviously.

 

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Julia Davis is no stranger to taking things to extremes but I couldn't believe my eyes on this one...

 

For context Julia Davis' character is trying to worm herself into a film and has basically offered the director anything he wants.

 

 

It's how graphic it is and the fact that it has a small child in it that tips it over the edge for me. Took me days to stop thinking about it.

 

Lastly one that most will likely be familiar with, This is England.

 

Major spoiler warning.

 

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This one stands out to me because I actually fell asleep just before this bit the first time I saw it (not a slight on the film, I was drunk), and waking up to this scene at its most intense REALLY upset me at the time. Damn.

 

 

 

 

Been saying it a while but Stephen Graham is the best actor working today. The man is phenomenal. 

 

 

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