World War II Is Full of Plot Holes, Fire the Writing Staff

LiveJournal user squid314 has posted a great rant. He loves Babylon 5 because the story is pretty consistent, but hates Doctor Who because it isn't. He rips into Doctor Who good and hard, but reserves his harshest criticism for the writers of World War II:

So Doctor Who is not a complete loss. But then there are some shows that go completely beyond the pale of enjoyability, until they become nothing more than overwritten collections of tropes impossible to watch without groaning.

I think the worst offender here is the History Channel and all their programs on the so-called "World War II".[...]

Anyway, they spend the whole season building up how the Japanese home islands are a fortress, and the Japanese will never surrender, and there's no way to take the Japanese home islands because they're invincible...and then they realize they totally can't have the Americans take the Japanese home islands so they have no way to wrap up the season.

So they invent a completely implausible superweapon that they've never mentioned until now. Apparently the Americans got some scientists together to invent it, only we never heard anything about it because it was "classified". In two years, the scientists manage to invent a weapon a thousand times more powerful than anything anyone's ever seen before - drawing from, of course, ancient mystical texts. Then they use the superweapon, blow up several Japanese cities easily, and the Japanese surrender. Convenient, isn't it?

...and then, in the entire rest of the show, over five or six different big wars, they never use the superweapon again. Seriously. They have this whole thing about a war in Vietnam that lasts decades and kills tens of thousands of people, and they never wonder if maybe they should consider using the frickin' unstoppable mystical superweapon that they won the last war with. At this point, you're starting to wonder if any of the show's writers have even watched the episodes the other writers made.


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We gotta remember folks that the "History" Channel has to save its resources for the truly important programs like "Ice Road Truckers", "Pawn Stars", and "Monster Quest". Maybe I'm just being cranky 'cuz I'm old enough to remember when the "History" Channel used to deal with History. Does anyone remember the "Victory at Sea" series? Oops, now I'm dating myself.
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Right, and then there's the part why the Japanese are in the war in the first place. Like they are just going to ally with a nation which methodically wipes out non-Aryans? What did they imagine was going to be the best possible outcome of that union?
Yeah, OK. Give the viewers some credit here.
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You do not have to go to the end of the show for plot holes. remember back in the beginning. One of the US outposts in the Pacific was attacked by the Japanese. How did they respond? By invading Europe.
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