If all of world history is a movie, what are its biggest plotholes?

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That's the question asked this week on a particularly fun thread on reddit. TheMediaSays asked fellow redditors to critique the history of the world as if it were a piece of scripted entertainment.

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Head over to reddit to read the entire thread, which, like so many on the AskReddit subreddit is a marvelous time suck. Here are a few highlights:

From ExplainLikeImFievel:

Several billion seasons of development and suddenly the writers introduce this "humanity" group. I get that it's for dramatic purposes but their characterization is wildly inconsistent, their plotline is all over the fucking place, and half the time it's totally unclear if they're supposed to be the protagonists or the villains.

Don't get me wrong, there's potential there, but they could also be the reason the whole thing comes to a crashing, unsatisfying ending. And if that happens, I'm going to be pissed.

Of course, I've been bitter ever since they wrote the thylacine out of the story in favor of humanity, so maybe I'm biased here.


From Eyelickah:

So let me get this straight... These American guys acquire this super-weapon that ultimately ended a massive war in a previous season... but this 'super-weapon' is never used again in all the later wars they get into?


From yellowstuff:

It was a pretty clever transition how WWII sets up the whole US vs. Soviet plot line that runs for several episodes. But then it's like the Soviet Union left to make a movie or something, the writers just killed it off overnight with no foreshadowing.


From perringoldeye:

A meteor killing off the dinosaurs was obviously a cop out because the author didn't know where to take the story


Assume all of world history is a movie. What are the biggest plotholes? [AskReddit via Neatorama]