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Potential plot hole (gills)


I loved the part where aqua man goes under water for first time, but the director did not tell us about the gills. Which makes no sense, so we were forced to assume without proof.

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Why do we need proof. The very fact that they can breath under water IS proof they have gills (or some other organ that allows them to breath.) It is a common opinion that film should show rather than tell. That trope is not absolute, of course. But why does someone have to tell us they have gills. Do we need someone to tell us Superman has heat vision? Is it not more effective to see him use it?

As is often the case, you are misusing the definition of plot hole. It doesn't contradict anything we have learned about this world in previous footage.

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That's like assuming that there's dry land in waterworld because Kevin Costner was riding around on a sea-doo. How did that thing get there? How did the gills get on Jason Mamula?

The director should have showed the gills in a quick cutaway afterwards.

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Everything does not have to be shown. This obsession that every tit and toddle must be shown, mentioned, explored and explained is tedious. Movies would be five hours long just covering everything that can be easily inferred from the background of the film and what is actually shown.

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Then it should have been said in a voice over.

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"Everything does not have to be shown" also means "Everything doesn't have to be said." That he has gills is easily inferred from everything we learn in the film. One mark of bad, or immature, writing is the urge to tell everything. Sparseness is a virtue.

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Would you agree to subtitles then?

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NO. It was not necessary! It would be redundant!

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Box in the top corner of the screen with it being explained in ASL?

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Telepathy?

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You are becoming silly.

Again, the presence of gills was inferred. It required no other mention, comment, visual or ANY OTHER MEANS OF COMMUNICATION!!!

This concept that everything must be explicitly addressed is annoying and and indication of viewer laziness. Audiences need to be engaged in the entertainment they are watching.

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Maybe he had an oxygen tank or a really long transparent snorkel. That could also be inferred.

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I was thinking of a reply to this. But, you know, swatting at flies gets kind of tiresome. Making stuff up to to either annoy someone or indicate your emotional age is around 3 months is also tiresome.

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