Friday, April 11, 2014

Fun With Plot Holes: Overanalyzing My Favorite Childhood TV Shows

I try not to be picky about plot holes. A show is just a show and you need to suspend your disbelief. But sometimes, I have to wonder.
1. Hannah Montana

The problem: At the age of thirteen, Miley already has her singing career established to the point where she can call herself a celebrity. She goes by Hannah Montana onstage to keep her work separate from her personal life. But...when did all this begin? Every singer has a few years of low-profile gigs as they climb the ladder of success. Did she use a fake name back in elementary school the first time she entered a talent show? At that point, Miley had no guarantee that she'd become a celebrity. Did she do a few performances, realize her potential, and then change her name? That would be counterproductive. Hannah couldn't build her popularity off Miley's success.
Also, is Miley really as famous as we're lead to believe? One episode talked about her going on a European tour. Another mentioned Oliver riding on her tour bus "all the way to Phoenix." Besides that, all her concerts are done in or around Malibu.
Logical Explanation: Maybe she's really just a local celebrity. The fame's gone to her head.
2. The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

The problem: London Tipton is an airhead heiress. At least, that's what we're supposed to believe. Her intelligence level depends on the episode. More than once, she's failed to spell her own name. Yet she read Pride and Prejudice to prove Maddie wrong. One time she turned a nurse's uniform into a ballgown with a pair of scissors and thirty seconds. This lead Moseby to comment, "And yet she can't use a pay phone."
In one episode of Suite Life on Deck, London and her friends get stranded on a deserted island. She acts as if it's a tropical resort and seems to believe that Bailey, her roommate, is a maid. Bailey, who she's known for a good long while. When they're rescued, London says she's relieved to finally be off the island, which confuses to rest of her friends. With a smile, she reveals that she never thought it was a resort in the first place and of course she knows who Bailey is.
I bet London's a lot smarter than she lets on. She could easily use this to her own advantage. After all, her father once gave her a flat screen TV for earning a D+.
3. Pokemon
"To denounce the evils of truth and love!"
The problem: Why does Team Rocket feel it necessary to introduce themselves in every episode? I'm sure Ash has their mantra memorized by now. There's plenty of time for them to walk away or even hold a quick Pokemon fight. Yet they just stand there, listening to the same spiel they're heard before.
And will someone please explain to me why Brock falls in love with every girl he meets...except for the ones he actually knows? May, Dawn, Misty, etc., the Girl of the Season is never a romantic interest. But every other female in the universe is fair game.
Logical Explanation: I got nothin'.
4. Dora the Explorer

The problem: I'm worried for Dora's mental health. Although she's bilingual at the age of seven, she has frequent lapses where she's unable to communicate. Basic words like yes and hello elude her, forcing her to use the Spanish equivalent. Also, she lacks basic problem solving skills, frequently petitioning her friends for help with simple problems. "Which one of these items will help me escape this pit-the rope, the cookies, or the flashlight?" Even more troubling is her moral code. Dora has no problem commandering a motorboat left idle in a jungle river. But she'll turn to her imaginary friends and remind them, "Life jackets! So we can be safe!"
Logical Explanation: After Dora;s parents abandoned her in the jungle as a child, she was forced to team up with the wildlife to survive. Though extremely loyal to her friends, she has no regard for property laws. Her long term memory went bye-bye as well. 

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