Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Special effects can be awesome. They can transport us to space with a stranded Battlestar or the USS Enterprise, take us everywhere from Metropolis to Middle Earth, make mythical creatures like dragons or sphinxes or three-headed dogs come alive — oh, I could go on forever. I love them, and I love what hardworking VFX teams are able to pull off.
But I’m not in love with unnecessary effects, especially when it comes to TV shows. When the special effects teams for certain shows are already tirelessly working away on a tight schedule (and often a tight budget), there’s no need to squeeze in elaborate shots that require green-screen heavy lifting. Fake backgrounds and awkward-looking scenes just take me out of what I’m watching. (Unless it’s Sharknado, of course.)
Exhibit A: Ringer. (Side note: Does anyone remember Ringer? …Bueller? Bueller?) The Sarah Michelle Gellar-helmed CW drama was axed after airing its first season, but aside from giving us plenty of groan-worthy lines between Gellar’s twin sister characters, it also gave us the following green-screened-to-death scene:
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