In every sci-fi film ever

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1. unguided hyperspace jumps

autistic boy is surprisingly good at basketball (silby), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:56 (six years ago) Permalink

2. redirecting power from the thrusters to the shields

autistic boy is surprisingly good at basketball (silby), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:57 (six years ago) Permalink

3. hexagons

autistic boy is surprisingly good at basketball (silby), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:58 (six years ago) Permalink

4. rebels against the dystopian regime living underground, wearing armor made of garbage, grilling rats, etc.

autistic boy is surprisingly good at basketball (silby), Sunday, 6 January 2013 05:06 (six years ago) Permalink

5. minor character who's super into the stones/jazz/prince/whatever. just like someone who still listens to bach in 2013! but 500 years later!

messiahwannabe, Sunday, 6 January 2013 07:34 (six years ago) Permalink

6. suits with mandarin collars

slugbuggy, Sunday, 6 January 2013 08:37 (six years ago) Permalink

7. robot or alien character ends up displaying/revealing more 'humanity' than the humans

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 08:45 (six years ago) Permalink

8. strong female character

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 08:48 (six years ago) Permalink

9. bad guys' spaceship will have unkempt loops of cable descending from ceiling; if they're a vile looking alien race, they'll also have puddles of water beneath these cables.

Spectrist, Sunday, 6 January 2013 08:51 (six years ago) Permalink

10. Space Romans

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 08:56 (six years ago) Permalink

11. "...because all you of Earth are idiots!"

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 09:22 (six years ago) Permalink

12. Humans are mere bugs to evil alien force

13. Scientist meddles with natural order and disaster ensues

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:09 (six years ago) Permalink

14. All doors are automatic and make that whoosh noise whenever they open.

formerly EDB (ed.b), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:19 (six years ago) Permalink

15. Hawkish army major despises aliens in a race hate way

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:27 (six years ago) Permalink

16. mysterious/stoic badass who initially doesn't seem to acknowledge/trust/respect the protagonist

"hey... not bad, kid"

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:40 (six years ago) Permalink

17. Barely explained violations of the laws of physics

soma dude (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:41 (six years ago) Permalink

18. Sexy alien

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:42 (six years ago) Permalink

19. Future civilisations 100 percent heterosexual

soma dude (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:44 (six years ago) Permalink

20. Black crew member dies first

Yo Leon, what's this all about? (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:50 (six years ago) Permalink

21. cocky young marine/astronaut who's revealed to be a coward as things gradually get worse

prone to lines like "Monsters? Just give ME a minute with 'em!", sexist wisecracks, and letting loose with a "WHOOOOHOOOOOO" during takeoff (towards a doomed mission)

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:52 (six years ago) Permalink

22. Torrential rain

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:53 (six years ago) Permalink

23. corporate weasel

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:55 (six years ago) Permalink

24. Cars/motorbikes hover off the ground instead of using wheels.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:57 (six years ago) Permalink

25. White walls.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Sunday, 6 January 2013 10:58 (six years ago) Permalink

26. visual references to either the Wild West or Film Noir

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:00 (six years ago) Permalink

27. Chinese merchants

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:02 (six years ago) Permalink

28. Neon signs in Japanese, even though the film is set in a predominantly English speaking country.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:03 (six years ago) Permalink

flamethrowers as standard-issue gear

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:03 (six years ago) Permalink

30. a diner

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:04 (six years ago) Permalink

31. complete absence of institutional racism

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:05 (six years ago) Permalink

32. Computers are controlled using some massively impractical interface involving hand gestures.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:05 (six years ago) Permalink

33. curved corridors

mookieproof, Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:06 (six years ago) Permalink

34. funny hair-dos

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:06 (six years ago) Permalink

35. simple devices replaced with more complicated, energy-hungry devices

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:07 (six years ago) Permalink

36. Shiny chrome android that can't pick anything up or do any kind of physical work, so it might as well have been a grey box on wheels.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:07 (six years ago) Permalink

37. Surveillance cameras everywhere.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:08 (six years ago) Permalink

38. escape pods

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:09 (six years ago) Permalink

39. sleeping cubicles

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:10 (six years ago) Permalink

38. All pop music a kitsch rehash of some genre from the 1950s thru 80s

Manhattan Transfer Window (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:10 (six years ago) Permalink

41. Electronics surplus store owned by a shop keeper who seems to be actively trying to put people off from buying anything by being rude and unpleasant.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:11 (six years ago) Permalink

42. Robot that communicates with bleeps and bloops when it could just as easily have a proper voice.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:12 (six years ago) Permalink

43. Alien race that all dress like Earth Wind & Fire in the 70's.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:13 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^ wd watch a movie about an alien race that was Earth Wind & Fire tbh

Manhattan Transfer Window (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:15 (six years ago) Permalink

44. Supposedly violent and dangerous street gang who look like a bunch of stage school kids going on a trip to the funfair.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:16 (six years ago) Permalink

45. aliens kill people in a rape-y way for some reason DO U SEE?

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:17 (six years ago) Permalink

46. Bizarre future sport that's a cross between BMX, basketball, and paintballing.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:17 (six years ago) Permalink

47. Public videophone booths.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:20 (six years ago) Permalink

48. contract killer/drug smuggler with a heart of gold

Chris S, Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:20 (six years ago) Permalink

49. The alien sidekick character has some bizarre allergy to water/orange juice/hummous, that turns out to be important at some critical point in the movie.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:21 (six years ago) Permalink

50. Small child who is a computer genius.

scattered to the nine vectors (snoball), Sunday, 6 January 2013 11:22 (six years ago) Permalink

204. we've arrived on the planet..... it seems to be completely populated by women!

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 9 January 2013 19:56 (six years ago) Permalink

205. Newly discovered life form intuitively interfaces with human technology to communicate with humans

REBEL YELL FOR HUGS (Austerity Ponies), Wednesday, 9 January 2013 20:19 (six years ago) Permalink

if they could make one directional shields in the future, some wise guy would just flip the polarity on the weapons.
also:

206. reversing polarities makes a gadget do the opposite and saves the day.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 9 January 2013 20:22 (six years ago) Permalink

207. "It's quiet...TOO quiet." *see also "In every mystery/thriller/war film ever"*

208. Hairstyles that are remarkably similar to everyday hairstyles when the movie was made.

The Devils of Loudoun County (j.lu), Wednesday, 9 January 2013 21:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Ricardo Montalbán should be in every sci-fi movie ever

REBEL YELL FOR HUGS (Austerity Ponies), Wednesday, 9 January 2013 21:45 (six years ago) Permalink

209. All in one bodysuits are fashion order of the day

These are my every day balloons (Ste), Wednesday, 9 January 2013 22:03 (six years ago) Permalink

210. asteroid fields/magnetic storms/quasar radiation shit and being forced to hide in them despite the danger

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 January 2013 22:20 (six years ago) Permalink

211. The planet we're standing on is actually a gigantic alien.

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:01 (six years ago) Permalink

209a. Or modern business suits with weird metallic ties.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:06 (six years ago) Permalink

212. Despite incredibly advanced science and technology, some alien races still believe in prophecies about The Chosen One who is destined to either save or destroy them.

Roz, Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:16 (six years ago) Permalink

^ !! yes!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:49 (six years ago) Permalink

213. No garbage anywhere, or ... GARBAGE EVERYWHERE!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 January 2013 16:08 (six years ago) Permalink

214. Every planet ventured to, no matter how remote, has oddly the same exact gravitational force as Earth's.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 10 January 2013 17:19 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^ This is why I think "Mission of Gravity" could be a great movie, animated or CGI.

aloo mutter, aloo fatter (WilliamC), Thursday, 10 January 2013 17:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Plot: after thousands of years of travel, the surviving 1% of the ships crew (not killed in stasis from high-speed collisions with particles, radiation, equipment malfunction; etc) finally land on the destination planet and collapse upon disembarking due to poor health and high gravity. They are unable to move. They slowly starve to death.

REBEL YELL FOR HUGS (Austerity Ponies), Thursday, 10 January 2013 17:28 (six years ago) Permalink

215. Ships' artificial gravity works at right angles to the direction of thrust rather than with it, as would make far more sense.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 10 January 2013 18:09 (six years ago) Permalink

if i'm getting what you mean i think that's a corollary of 216. despite there being no ground by which they need to orient themselves, large spaceships manoeuvre through space pretty much like boats, small spaceships like planes.

Merdeyeux, Thursday, 10 January 2013 18:32 (six years ago) Permalink

217. museums of the 20th century w CRT TVs, parts from automobiles, and copies of Playboy

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 10 January 2013 18:36 (six years ago) Permalink

217a. Characters watching grainy early C20th classic movies.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 10 January 2013 19:04 (six years ago) Permalink

218. Holograms always kinda suck -- blue or green tint and sorta bendy and static-y.

Øystein, Thursday, 10 January 2013 19:08 (six years ago) Permalink

219. impractical hats

Merdeyeux, Thursday, 10 January 2013 19:09 (six years ago) Permalink

220. Some hippies trippin in the desert riding a bike or a wind-powered vehicle designed to look like the spaceship

REBEL YELL FOR HUGS (Austerity Ponies), Thursday, 10 January 2013 19:38 (six years ago) Permalink

221. Completely implausible alien design that wouldn't fit into its own planets ecosystem at all. ie aliens with tentacles coming out of their face for no ecological reason whatsoever

These are my every day balloons (Ste), Thursday, 10 January 2013 20:49 (six years ago) Permalink

222. Someone is having a game of chess (possibly with a future/space twist).

DavidM, Thursday, 10 January 2013 21:29 (six years ago) Permalink

223. "Oh, my true form would be too strange for your human eyes. What you see now is mere illusion... I can take any form. Perhaps you might prefer ~this~ one. Or maybe ~this~... is more to your liking...?"

Chris S, Friday, 11 January 2013 00:17 (six years ago) Permalink

loved when South Park parodied that one in their Walmart episode, with that man they had embodying 'the Heart of Walmart' simply changing hats

Chris S, Friday, 11 January 2013 00:25 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

BEMBTE

Retreat from the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 7 May 2013 14:08 (six years ago) Permalink

85. city of the future resembles 20th century community college campus designed in the brutalist style

― slugbuggy, Sunday, January 6, 2013 1:11 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

love love love this one, keep idly kicking it around as a pretense for a dissertation after watching "Warrior of the Lost World," shot largely in Rome's suburban Corviale housing complex which was still under construction at the time. (Plus some scattered office buildings and stuff.) Would love to know more of the story behind that. When they got permission, were the authorities like, "sure, we'd love to see our bright new social-democratic mega-project represented as a dystopian nightmare-scape occupied by faceless uniformed techno-fascists! And Donald Pleasance!"

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 7 May 2013 21:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Wasn't "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes"- the fourth one, I think- shot in a section of Century City, LA that looked like that?

137. A character cites three historical examples, two of which are from real history, followed by a made-up one from our hypothetical future.

― abanana, Monday, 7 January 2013 03:49 (5 hours ago) Permalink

^good one!

Classic example is the original Star Trek ep "Court Martial" where Kirk is on trial. His lawyer's closing statement goes on about human laws and rights throughout the ages: the Code of Hammurabi, the Magna Carta, the US constitution, the Martian declaration of independence and the "Statutes of Alpha 3"


OTM. I believe those words are spoken by the character actor Elisha Cook, Jr. There is another example in the (third season?) episode that starts off with Giant Abe Lincoln In Space, in which the good guys of history fight the bad guys as part of a study some aliens are conducting and the bad guys consist of Genghis Khan, Attila The Hun and two more villains from our future, one of them being a certain "Captain Greene, convicted of genocide."

Retreat from the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 May 2013 14:11 (six years ago) Permalink

"The Savage Curtain. " It was Colonel Green, and Kahless the Klingon, not Attila.

Retreat from the Sunship (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 May 2013 14:13 (six years ago) Permalink

First episode of TOS I ever remember seeing.

Camp Macaroni Style (snoball), Wednesday, 8 May 2013 14:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, good find on Conquest of the Planet of the Apes! UC Irvine campus, apparently.

http://ucisca.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/s01585_007.jpg

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 8 May 2013 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

And didn't Logan's Run use the Dallas city hall as the above-ground world?

http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/texas/dallas/cityhall/angledistant.jpg

nickn, Wednesday, 8 May 2013 17:40 (six years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

224. Atmospheric report deems planet's air conveniently Earth-like, breathable.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 11 October 2013 12:36 (five years ago) Permalink

137. A character cites three historical examples, two of which are from real history, followed by a made-up one from our hypothetical future.

― abanana, Monday, 7 January 2013 03:49 (5 hours ago) Permalink

^good one!

Classic example is the original Star Trek ep "Court Martial" where Kirk is on trial. His lawyer's closing statement goes on about human laws and rights throughout the ages: the Code of Hammurabi, the Magna Carta, the US constitution, the Martian declaration of independence and the "Statutes of Alpha 3"

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FamousFamousFictional

Tuomas, Friday, 11 October 2013 12:44 (five years ago) Permalink

225. Helmets and the taking off of them

I like to tackle hard and am crazy (Noodle Vague), Friday, 11 October 2013 12:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Thought this thread revival was for this twitter:
https://twitter.com/HardSciFiMovies

(the SF film equivalent of Make a Song Title More Reasonable )

the supreme personality of Godhead : a summary study (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 11 October 2013 14:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Classic example is the original Star Trek ep "Court Martial" where Kirk is on trial. His lawyer's closing statement goes on about human laws and rights throughout the ages: the Code of Hammurabi, the Magna Carta, the US constitution, the Martian declaration of independence and the "Statutes of Alpha 3"

This is indeed classic, all the more so for being spoken by the great character actor Elisha Cook, Jr.

Gallucci Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 October 2013 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Watching wing commander, came here to post "unguided hyperspace jumps" and it's the first post in the thread! What a terrible movie.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:03 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

* heroes sentenced to work in hellish outer-space mines
* planet-overthrowing rebellion consists, as far as we can see, of eight (8) people in random mad-max getup living in one (1) cave
* life-sucking/parasitic/zombie creature that scientists gradually realize is composed of pure energy

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:34 (one week ago) Permalink

A+

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:44 (one week ago) Permalink

lol

Maybe also the triumph of humans vs said protean energy entity (HAL?) vis a vis man’s “humanity,” emotion, instincts, perseverance

calstars, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Right. Also

Strategic location of and destruction of alien power supply unveils these pretentious, often toga-wearing interstellar intellectuals to be in fact some kind of puny, looked-down-upon life form, some sort of street pigeons of space.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Earlier tonight overheard my girlfriend, an addictive consumer of junk sci fi, angrily exclaim from the next room:

“Come ON! Why is it always a HIVE mind??”

One Eye Open, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:04 (one week ago) Permalink

You want maybe a Hadoop Mind?

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:11 (one week ago) Permalink

226 alien looking exactly like a human except with e.g. blue or orange skin

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 03:11 (one week ago) Permalink

227 puzzle, code, language or devastating situation barely solvable using current Earth technology within 1-24 hours

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 03:13 (one week ago) Permalink

232. As plot is stalling out, supporting scientist character pops in to report that they've finished running some tests on the creature, comatose survivor, mysterious signal, or strange energy pulse they picked up from the spaceship earlier. They don't quite know what to make of it, but the heroes had better come take a look.
232a. The comatose survivor has finally woken up and is acting very strangely...

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 03:35 (one week ago) Permalink

233. Breathless back-of-envelope calculations of how quickly a creature that multiplies at this rate could spread to cover the planet.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 03:36 (one week ago) Permalink

234 Female 'other' (alien, robot, whatever) turns out to be evil.

adam the (abanana), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 06:40 (one week ago) Permalink


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