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Smapti: "At the end, after Crichton finally shows the universe wormhole weapons the purpose of Harvey, a "neural clone" who causes vivid hallucinations, is complete. In his dying scene he comments he would have rather ridden the bomb, like Slim Pickens, but opted to use the ending for 2001: A Space Oddessey instead, as it seemed more appropriate."
I've never watched Farscape, but i'm having a heck of a time trying to parse this in a way that makes sense. Is there any way it can be re-written more clearly?
Space Ace: It's quite hard without explaining the entire backstory of the show (especially as it's one of the last scenes after 4 seasons of episodes and a mini-series). I will try, however.
jjmcgaffey: Ghahh! I've never watched Farscape either, but I found the original example a lot clearer than what's there now. Two points in particular - "Causing a vivid hallucination this "Harvey" finally dies off" - he causes the hallucination by dying? That's how I read it until I read the other version. "As such he shows himself dying in lieu of the (rather obscure) ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey" - he...put an image of himself dying instead of the end of 2001? In lieu of is instead of or in the place of. Perhaps, in the style of?
Sorry. Maybe something like this? It clearly leaves out a lot, but covers the points that relate to this trope -
"At the end, the purpose of Harvey, a "neural clone" who causes vivid hallucinations, is complete. In Harvey's dying scene he comments he would have rather ridden the bomb, like Slim Pickens, but opted to use the ending for 2001: A Space Odyssey instead, as it seemed more appropriate."
Maybe add something about the dying scene being a hallucination, though that's a rather obvious inference.
: What about a different sort of "riding the bomb", showing footage from a cruise missile or a TV-guided one like the Maverick while it's in flight?