Originally Posted by Bartleby_Scriven
Not to brag either, but there's a moment in True Detective where younger Cohle has a brief conversation with a random person, and I just knew that random person would be important. I won't say who so as not to spoil, but it was too prominent of a moment for said person to just be an extra.
I love this. It's a good example of how universal some tropes really are; a young person internalizing an idea like Chekhov's Gun long before you ever heard that term for it. Young you knew when he was seeing a set-up that will have a payoff later, because young you had seen enough movies do this trick before.
It brings back a memory. I saw "Eraser," a relatively minor and forgettable Schwarzenegger picture, in the theater when it first came out, because I was living in a small town at the time and whatever movie was playing on the one screen was whatever I was watching that week. Haven't seen the movie since, haven't even thought about it in years, but I can still remember the camera panning across a tank full of crocodiles at the beginning of a scene and me thinking, "I'll just bet some mofo gets eaten by a crocodile before this scene is over." Sure enough. Obvious enough in hindsight, but Internet access in every house wasn't a thing back then, let alone TVTropes.com.