Nitpicking: Why Do We Do It?

Quick warning: since I’ll be talking about some plot points from different movies, television shows and games, I’m putting up the SPOILER WARNING early!

Whoops! Wrong kind of spoiler!

See? Spoiler!

There’s no such thing as a perfect movie. Nor is there a perfect TV show, comic book or video game. In fact, I’m willing to bet that every story ever told has some sort of error in continuity, unbelievable plot point or leap of logic in it. Bad movies, television shows and games seem to have tons of errors yet the ones that are deemed as our favorites seems to have less errors and the problems they do have seem to be so small, we gloss over them.

In fact, a lot of the time, we don’t even notice these flaws until someone points them out to us. And, when they do, we seem to try our darnedest to even rush to the defense of our favorite stories when other say they didn’t like the story because of “this scene” or “that part” by saying they are just nitpicking at small stuff.

For example, let’s look at a “classic” movie that a lot of people enjoy, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. There’s one particular scene early on in the movie where Indy and his group have to jump out of a plane but there are no available parachutes. So what does Indy do? Jump out of the plane on an inflatable raft, of course!

Yeah, that was my first thought, too!

Yeah, that was my first thought, too!

So, not only do they survive jumping out of a plane on an inflated lift raft, they manage to maneuver the raft while it’s sliding down a mountain, a rapid river run and falling off a waterfall! If you look at this scene objectively, there’s no way this would have worked! But, hey, it’s a movie and we were okay with that. Because he’s Indiana Jones and he gets a pass!

Well, not quite. In Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, everyone who saw it couldn’t get over the “Refrigerator Scene.” In this (infamous) scene, Indy gets trapped in a nuclear testing site and, with the atomic bomb about the detonate, he decides to hide the closest (and possibly lead-lined) object available: an ordinary refrigerator.

And he survives! Both scenarios mentioned above have a lot of similarities: Indy needs to get out of a tough spot and makes a totally ridiculous decision that actually works! Yet, not many people have a problem with the raft scene in Temple of Doom but a lot have issues with the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Why is that?

And, like I said, this isn’t just a problem with movies! Television shows and video games have problems with leaps of logic. In the Big Bang Theory, Stuart (the owner of the comic book store) was a very confident and successful person in his first appearances of the show. Yet, if you look at the character now, he’s nothing more than the stereotypical sad and timid geek who owns a flagging business. In Uncharted, Nathan Drake performs unbelievable feats of agility with ease. He also has the mutant ability to heal himself as long as he doesn’t get damaged for a while!

He's not hiding. He's healing himself!

He’s like Wolverine… with a shotgun.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, we have god awful movies, television programs and video games where they seem to be filled with an enormous number of errors and flaws. We can complain about a lot of things in movies like Skyline and Catwoman. We can nitpick the heck on shows like the Ironside remake and note down all of the problems of video games such as Superman 64. Why don’t we look past their problems?

Well, the reason why we can’t is because… they’re bad movies! They’re not bad because of the things we nitpick, though. They’re bad because they never sucked us into the story they’re trying to tell. And because of that, it’s like we’re looking at something from the outside. We don’t care what’s happening to the characters or how the story will end. So, we notice all of the problems with it.

However, when the thing is telling something really good, we become involved in the story. We become emotionally invested in the story and we’re drawn in. We start caring for the people and what they’ll do. We want to see how the entire thing will end. And because of that, we don’t look at the details of the story anymore; we just want to see the story unfold in front of us.

I guess the best way to explain this is to look at something you yourself love wholeheartedly. Or, in my case, Megan Fox (when she was single).

I finally found a reason to post a picture of Megan Fox! I can die happy!

I finally have a reason to post pictures of Megan Fox! I can die happy!

Okay, you may be sick of her even since she exploded onto mainstream consciousness when the Michael Bay Transformers movie was released. People have complained about her bad acting and she has no substance and all of that. Even her evident sexiness and beauty had come under attack ever since people noticed she’s not perfect…

You may already know this but someone as perfect as Megan Fox (in my opinion) is still flawed. Her thumbs look like toes because of a condition known as brachydactyly. Some people are overjoyed that she’s not perfect and will nitpick about how “gross” her finger looks like!

I don't care! I like posting pictures of her!

I don’t care! I like posting pictures of her!

The people that don’t like Megan Fox (or, as I like to call them, “weirdos” ) will harp about the “toe-thumb” situation every chance they get. Me, I don’t really care! She’s still hot in my opinion, toe-thumb and all! I can look past the defect and still see her incredible beauty. But, to her haters, all they can see is the defect. And, honestly, I’m perfectly okay with that.

Is it bad to nitpick? I don’t think so. It’s pretty fun to look at all of the mistakes people make and wonder how those things were missed, even in the things that we like! It there such a thing as too much nitpicking? Well, if all we do when watching something actually searching for mistakes and jotting them down on a notebook, then yes. But, if we try to let the storyteller tell the story and be open to it but we notice problems with it, then feel free to nitpick as much as you want!

In fact, if you want to nitpick about the problems of this post, then please go ahead and note them down in the comments below!

If you’re Megan Fox and you enjoyed this article, then… yay!

One more Megan Fox pic for the road!

One more Megan Fox pic for the road!

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