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    I dunno, meeting rooms and Govt installations seem like a thing.

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      Top Gun is a school. They no doubt have an auditorium-type room for lectures. In fact, I know they do because I saw a documentary on it.

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        They've moved the programme from San Diego to Nevada

        And they do use PowerPoint



        https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/ro...-command-brief

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          My experience of Fallon, NV, where the new Top Gun school is, is that it's a pretty depressing town compared to Miramar. The one night I spent there suggested that Tom Cruise would be on his motorbike going past the shitty run-down casino, and stopping for bad Chinese food to woo Kelly McGillis, then going to the county fair drinking very sticky and sweet cocktails and admiring the rusty farm machinery.

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            It doesn’t make sense for the Navy to practice in Nevada, really.

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              It makes sense for trainee pilots in dangerous fighter jets full of fuel and weapons to crash them into empty ugly desert (or Burning Man) rather than into one of the world's great metropolises. But it makes it harder for short pilots to seduce civilians.

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                True. But I thought the hardest thing about being a Navy pilot was taking off and landing on a carrier ship.

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                  Talking of Tom Cruise, I spotted one in an old Law and Order the other day - Ken Barlow's son was desperately thinking about how to prosecute a case, so reached for his baseball bat which he handled as he paced up and down the office, because it helps him think, just as it did for Cruise's character in A Few Good Men.
                  A baseball and catcher's mitt can also be used by such characters, I'm sure I've seen a football (American) being used as thinking prop too.

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                    Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                    True. But I thought the hardest thing about being a Navy pilot was taking off and landing on a carrier ship.
                    Yes, but that's basic naval aviator training, not advanced tactics, which is what the school is for

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                      OK, well maybe Top Gun was a bad example. I only ever saw it once a long time ago and I don't think I realised it was meant to be a school.

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                        They had to downplay that element to optimize its effectiveness as a recruiting tool

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                          Of course many establishments have a half court and basketball hoop "out back" which is always kept available for crack teams to discuss impeding missions.

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                            Oh that's another one, isn't it. Along with "let's go to a bar and shoot some pool while discussing the top secret homicide case that might involve organised crime and corrupt local politicians, no one will ever hear us there..."

                            and no one ever does.

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                              Originally posted by Tratorello View Post

                              Yeah I love this in thrillers and war movies, a team of highly trained operatives will be talked through the intricate details of their nigh on impossible mission just as their helicopter touches down for the assault on the terrorist base...
                              To avoid leaks, surely?

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                                Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post

                                Because committee meetings with power point presentations are boring.
                                No they aren't. Because you have the opportunity for characters to scheme between themselves or have a sudden revelation which is revealed by them whispering to a colleague and then inexplicably saying "SON OF A BITCH" at a loud volume.

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                                  Has anyone in real life ever spat a mouthful of liquid across the room when someone else has made a slightly surprising announcement. Or pushed a full plate of food away when someone else mentions something mild about body functions.

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                                    Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
                                    Has anyone in real life ever spat a mouthful of liquid across the room when someone else has made a slightly surprising announcement.
                                    Yes.

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                                      Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
                                      Or pushed a full plate of food away when someone else mentions something mild about body functions.
                                      Well, yes. But that's because I like to link my menu choices to my subject. So if I'm eating with someone who's recently had a vasectomy, then I'll order a plate of meatballs. Or if I think they might bring up herpes I'll have a bowl of corn flakes. Or if they're suffering from an unsightly discharge, I'll have chicken and sweetcorn soup.

                                      You need to plan your reactions, see?

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                                        Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
                                        Has anyone in real life ever spat a mouthful of liquid across the room when someone else has made a slightly surprising announcement.
                                        This was parodied brilliantly in the Lego Batman movie when Lego Bruce Wayne is at a function and is told something surprising, then looks around, summons a passing waiter, grabs a drink off the tray and then drinks from it and spits it out in amazement.

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                                          Originally posted by Sits View Post
                                          Of course many establishments have a half court and basketball hoop "out back" which is always kept available for crack teams to discuss impeding missions.
                                          Should that be impending missions, Sits, or are they secretly saboteurs?

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                                            Originally posted by Snake Plissken View Post

                                            No they aren't. Because you have the opportunity for characters to scheme between themselves or have a sudden revelation which is revealed by them whispering to a colleague and then inexplicably saying "SON OF A BITCH" at a loud volume.
                                            Committee meetings are good for comedy set pieces. That Steve Carrell Space Force thing does those well.

                                            But in a Tom Clancy film or cop drama, or whatever, they're often almost as boring as they usually are in real life The Oceans Eleven approach cutting the meeting with the action is the way to do that.

                                            Also, in real life, those meetings are often just a string of military jargon and wouldn't make sense to more than 0.00001% of the audience if they were presented realistically. Like in that aforementioned thing I saw on Top Gun (or maybe it was actually about the Air Force's equivalent) it was all numbers, acronyms and high-tech aviation jargon.

                                            By the way, I only recently got the joke of Basil Exposition's name in the Austin Powers films because I thought his name was Basil Expedition.

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                                              The bit in the second one after he tells Austin Powers not to worry about the plot when turns to camera to say the audience "and that goes for you, too" was ad-libbed.

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                                                Originally posted by Various Artist View Post
                                                Should that be impending missions, Sits, or are they secretly saboteurs?
                                                Absolutely they are, and I’m glad you noticed that.

                                                Incidentally (and with some considerable level of coincidence given your roots) autocorrect wrote “Thetford” initially when I was attempting to type “they”. So what is Thetford doing in my iPad’s dictionary?

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                                                  Thetford was the filming location of Dad's Army, and thence we can presume the latter was cover for real-life clandestine operations. Which is clearly known to Big Tech and the Deep State. It all links up, you see...

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                                                    When taking tablets of some kind, it’s best to grab an imprecise handful, hurl them into the mouth and swallow quickly, often without a drink.

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