Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
Fifty yards away, man sees someone he's been looking for.
Rather than quietly approach, man yells, "Hey!"
Man now must chase alerted subject.
On a related note, if said bad guy does decide to execute said good guy upon capture, said bad guy doesn't stick around long enough to verify that said execution was actually effective. Classic example (though just one of many): in Live and Let Die, the bad guys put James Bond in the alligator pit, assuming the gators will eat him alive. But said bad guys don't actually wait around to verify that said consumption occurs: rather, they go back inside and Bond escapes. We're supposed to believe (I guess) that said bad guys were so busy that they couldn't stick around a few minutes to enjoy the sight of their arch-rival being torn apart by gators, and to stand around with guns to ensure that if he escapes the gators, he won't escape the guns. I, for one, don't buy it...
As far as leaving the good guy alive for even a short time, the villain also does it for the monologuing opportunity it presents. I know that if my plans for world domination ever come to fruition, I plan to be guided by the tips found here: http://www.proft.org/tips/evil.html
Character 1 reacts to something off camera, saying, "Oh no! Look!" Character 2 looks that way, cut to where they're looking to, and THEN the thing comes into view, out from behind a wall, over the horizon, out of the fog, whatever. I know it's intended to show you what the character saw, but it irritates the hell out of me that s/he is reacting to something that hasn't happened yet.
The Simpsons, by the way, continues its decade-long run of just not being funny. I heard people talk up this week's episode, and the laughs were as sparse as usual. No comparison to the early years.
Man: "I still can't believe you jumped right onto that mechanical bull! You really are one crazy girl, you know that?"
Woman: "Me? You're the one who told them I was the 1994 South Texas Bull-Riding Champ! If it takes me all year, I'll find a way to get back at you!"
Man: "All I can say is a year with you would be worth it..."
In reality, at that point in the night, it's usually more along the lines of:
Man: "So, um, what's the rest of your weekend look like?"
Woman: "I'm probably going to have to go into work tomorrow. You?"
Man: "Same. Hey, it looks like the azalias are starting to bloom."
And....the woman hides a yawn behind her hand.
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