Monday, March 23, 2020

The Mystery of the 52nd Minute

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The time really matters in TV shows, measured carefully by computers to cascade to an acceptable ending. What many do not know is that the most important 52nd minute.

A-Team (originally in the 80s, George Peppard and Liam Neeson somewhere in the early 2000s) was fun and thus predictable. So the show goes and, being young parents with ages 3-9, this was entertaining. It sometimes felt like we were the A-Team. Who was Hannibal was unclear.




YouTube, 8 min. long, not worth more 2 min. or so

The real question here is Why is the 52nd minute important?

Traveling through all the action and all seems lost, the 52nd minute arrives and Hannibal of the A-Team comes up with an ingenuous plan to solve the whole problem. One episode manages escape by padding the car with telephone books, allowing it to be shot to pieces. All are saved.

 Then Hannibal smirks, lights a cigar, and states the above. This happens in every single stinkin' episode.

I have three nephews who are now in upper 30s and who are very analytical watched this and other shows waiting for the precious 52nd minute. During a visit we had one time, they showed me how it worked.

And, by golly, they were right. There is no way to explain and display this, but check it out yourselves. Go to several shows, watch what happens (commercials?) at The Mystery of the 52nd Minute. Use a stop-watch if you desire.

If nothing else, this will give all something to do as we consign ourselves to homes, hoping to escape the turmoil of current times.








30 comments:

  1. I've never heard this before -- and of course, now I'll be timing!

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  2. The 52nd moment is almost here! 😃

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  3. That last moment things sure can arise, or go into their predictable mode

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  4. Interesting. Some of the newer shows, the ones that are released for download, have varying run times, each episode being different.

    I wonder if there was a pattern for non action shows.

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    1. There is! Check out other tv shows that follow the same format.

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  5. It's like the second to the last chapter in a book when the climax happens.
    I liked the A-Team. Now I want to go watch a couple episodes and enjoy the cheesiness of it all.

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  6. We were A TEAM fans. Funny about TVs, Sherry turned ours on yesterday to see if they worked. She didn't last long at it. Fortunately or unfortunately our TVs are on about 30 minutes a year. With Shirley gone we have no one to call and tell us something has happened, like the Shuttle Disaster, etc.

    YEP timing is everything they say.
    Stay well...
    Sherry & jack

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  7. Hi Susan - loved the A team ... and yes if one came on - I'd watch it ... didn't know the 52nd minute thing though ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Give it a shot. A Team was always a fun action stow.

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  8. Some shows were just fun. Meanwhile, when is our 52nd minute going to get here?

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  9. Wish I and the rest of us knew the answer to that.

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  10. I used to love watching the A-Team.

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  11. Oh, there's a whole beats routine for TV shows, as I'm sure you know. An hour long drama has X number of acts (5, I think). By the first commercial break the problem needs to be defined. Etc. Have you seen TV Tropes (tvtropes.org)?

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  12. And to think I gave up TV years ago. So sad.

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    1. Think of all you missed!

      on my husband's computer

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  13. Prolly it's easier to build around the crescendo, so it doesn't get so rushed.

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    1. Gotta have plot development.

      from my husband's computer

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  14. hope and pray all is fine with you and family dear Susan
    i found this post interesting and entertaining

    keeping you in thoughts and prayers my friend!
    stay well and healthy!

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    1. May you as well. These are perilous times, but we must always believe that God is in charge.

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  15. You always find such interesting things to write about. Stay safe, my friend.

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  16. I hope Hannibal is around at the 52nd minute of this current mess we're in and solves the problem.

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    1. Oh, this rests in the hands of the health workers and the hands of scientific research. And most of all, all rests in the Hands of God.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!