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12th Apr '17 11:16:14 PM thegiggleloop
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* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: Rygel is prone to this. To distract a pirate crew that boarded Moya (as well as alleviate his own boredom) in one episode, Rygel played a low-stakes game of Tadek with the crew's captain. When Rygel accidentally revealed Moya had recently hosted a fugitive the pirate's were hunting, the game suddenly turned extremely high-stakes with Rygel forced to wager the location of the man (and their shipmates) in exchange for his life. The pirate captain won, but it turns out that the entire thing was a BatmanGambit and that Rygel intentionally threw the game (which itself was quite a challenge because his opponent was a ''horrible'' player) once he realized that unless the pirates thought they would leave with something of particular value, they would have simply killed everyone aboard when they departed regardless of an earlier promise to leave them in peace. For good measure, [[MagnificentBastard Rygel had pilot change their Comms frequencies the moment the pirates boarded, and the frequency he gave to pay his wager was a fake, leading the pirates on a wild goose chase far from their actual target]].
** Rygel is less than successful on other occasions, however, having been defeated when gambling for food in a later episode. In the novel ''House of Cards'' he also loses Moya to a local despot entirely. To Rygel's credit, however, his opponents cheated in both cases and it is clearly established that Rygel is a highly skilled gambler, even at games he is initially unfamiliar with.
12th Apr '17 11:10:49 PM thegiggleloop
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* AbsoluteXenophobe: Subverted with the Peacekeepers. They are initially presumed to be this: however, though they are extremely xenophobic - particularly around new species - and opposed to hybrids on general principle, they aren't really true examples of this trope in that they are more interested in conquest than genocide. However, even their usual reputation for xenophobia is largely due to regulations that not all Peacekeepers pay attention to: quite a few frontier officers and captains have been seen flirting with alien females, and some aliens and hybrids (like Scorpius) have managed to attain high office in Peacekeeper command.
** The Scarrans however, at least according to Scorpius (who, though biased, has shown a strong understanding of Scarran nature), play this trope straight.
--->'''Scorpius:''' They plan to exterminate the Sebaceans, but they won't stop there! Nor with Luxans, Delvians, Baniks, or a thousand other lower life-forms. They'll stop - when they're the only sentient species left. And if they discover wormhole technology before we do - the galaxy is theirs. And eventually, John, they will find Earth. Your race is defenseless. They'll be raped and slaughtered unless you help us!
12th Apr '17 11:02:40 PM thegiggleloop
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* AbsoluteCleavage: Commandant Mele-on-Grayza. There was a reason Crichton nicknamed her "Commandant Cleavage" after all. When called out on it by Akhna (the female Scarran War Minister), Grayza replied "Would you have a weapon in your armory and leave it unused out of squeamish good taste?"
12th Apr '17 4:11:50 PM thegiggleloop
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: In 'The Flax', the character Staanz is this for D'Argo. Staanz is revealed to be the female of her species towards the end (though she does admit to not being 'cut from the standard mold', ) and is played by male Ryss Muldoon.
1st Jan '17 3:19:22 AM Dingbot
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: At the opening of the pilot episode, John tests a new experimental maneuver. He skims the Earth's atmosphere, hoping to pull away from Earth going much much faster than when he started. In reality, the kind of maneuver he's doing is used to ''slow down'' a spacecraft, not speed it up; it's how the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Reconnaissance_Orbiter Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter]] braked from a highly elliptical orbit down to a low circular orbit.
** Although from the newspaper at the start "Can a manned spacecraft overcome atmospheric resistance?"
** The point of the experiment was to see if a ship can get the boost from slingshotting around a planet without getting slowed down by atmospheric drag. Still qualifies as ArtisticLicensePhysics though.
** Not exactly. Slingshot maneuvers have long been proposed as fuel-efficient ways to accelerate starships. The issue would be (as Crichton indeed seems to be testing) finding a "butter zone" where the ship can use the planet's gravity to accelerate without being slowed down by friction from the planet's atmosphere.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: At the opening of the pilot episode, John tests a new experimental maneuver. He skims the Earth's atmosphere, hoping to pull away from Earth going much much faster than when he started. In reality, the kind of maneuver he's doing is used to ''slow down'' a spacecraft, not speed it up; it's how the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Reconnaissance_Orbiter Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter]] braked from a highly elliptical orbit down to a low circular orbit.\n** Although from the newspaper at the start "Can a manned spacecraft overcome atmospheric resistance?"\n** The point of the experiment was to see if a ship can get the boost from slingshotting around a planet without getting slowed down by atmospheric drag. Still qualifies as ArtisticLicensePhysics though.\n** Not exactly. Slingshot maneuvers have long been proposed as fuel-efficient ways to accelerate starships. The issue would be (as Crichton indeed seems to be testing) finding a "butter zone" where the ship can use the planet's gravity to accelerate without being slowed down by friction from the planet's atmosphere.
1st Nov '16 9:44:19 PM MrFebreze
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* CerebusSyndrome: Why else do you expect from Season 3 premiere titled "Season of Death"? The makers of the show chose that title for a reason. David Kemper himself stated in an interview when the show was still on the air that it was a declaration of what the season was going to be about.
30th Oct '16 8:42:16 AM MrFebreze
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* AmbiguousCloneEnding: "Eat Me". Chiana's reaction to her copy is pure denial, which is pretty convenient seeing as she left her twin for dead. D'Argo is less-convinced about his own twin. It's very possible that the original pair died aboard the Leviathan, and the original Crichton dies in "Icarus Abides".
14th Oct '16 1:42:35 AM Winter
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* AlienCatnip: In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mQzmK670yI this scene]] of “Kansas”, the cast are visiting Earth during Halloween, and Rygel discovers human candy. High on the candy, he asks John, "How illegal is this dren? You've gotta get me more! I don't care what it costs!" Later, in "A Constellation Of Doubt," he points out that most species consider refined sucrose to be an addictive poison. In a later episode ("A Constellation of Doubt"), Rygel even comments that most species consider refined sucrose to be an addictive poison. So it's existence wasn't unknown to him, but he was unprepared for the abundance. As Earth isn't that [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct]] ''[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1290118/Hospitals-ban-sugar-tea-machines-poses-health-risk.html quite]]'' '''[[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,485504,00.html yet]]''', it's available everywhere, and Rygel is indulging himself. To humans, it’s a cheap high. To aliens who are not used to being able to pick up hundreds of calories in the palm of their hand? Alien Catnip.

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* AlienCatnip: In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mQzmK670yI this scene]] of “Kansas”, the cast are visiting Earth during Halloween, and Rygel discovers human candy. High on the candy, he asks John, "How illegal is this dren? You've gotta get me more! I don't care what it costs!" Later, in "A Constellation Of Doubt," he points out that most species consider refined sucrose to be an addictive poison. costs!" In a later episode ("A Constellation of Doubt"), Rygel even comments that most species consider refined sucrose to be an addictive poison. So it's existence wasn't unknown to him, but he was unprepared for the abundance. As Earth isn't that [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct]] ''[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1290118/Hospitals-ban-sugar-tea-machines-poses-health-risk.html quite]]'' '''[[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,485504,00.html yet]]''', it's available everywhere, and Rygel is indulging himself. To humans, it’s a cheap high. To aliens who are not used to being able to pick up hundreds of calories in the palm of their hand? Alien Catnip.
13th Oct '16 7:40:20 AM Kalaong
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* AlienCatnip: In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mQzmK670yI this scene]] of “Kansas”, the cast are visiting Earth during Halloween, and Rygel is gets high on candy. High on the candy, he asks John, "How illegal is this dren? You've gotta get me more! I don't care what it costs!" Later, in "A Constellation Of Doubt," he points out that most species consider refined sucrose to be an addictive poison. In a later episode ("A Constellation of Doubt"), Rygel even comments that most species consider refined sucrose to be an addictive poison. So it's existence wasn't unknown to him, but he was unprepared for the abundance. As Earth isn't that [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct]] ''[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1290118/Hospitals-ban-sugar-tea-machines-poses-health-risk.html quite]]'' '''[[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,485504,00.html yet]]''', it's available everywhere, and Rygel is indulging himself. To humans, it’s a cheap high. To aliens who are not used to being able to pick up hundreds of calories in the palm of their hand? Alien Catnip.

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* AlienCatnip: In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mQzmK670yI this scene]] of “Kansas”, the cast are visiting Earth during Halloween, and Rygel is gets high on discovers human candy. High on the candy, he asks John, "How illegal is this dren? You've gotta get me more! I don't care what it costs!" Later, in "A Constellation Of Doubt," he points out that most species consider refined sucrose to be an addictive poison. In a later episode ("A Constellation of Doubt"), Rygel even comments that most species consider refined sucrose to be an addictive poison. So it's existence wasn't unknown to him, but he was unprepared for the abundance. As Earth isn't that [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct]] ''[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1290118/Hospitals-ban-sugar-tea-machines-poses-health-risk.html quite]]'' '''[[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,485504,00.html yet]]''', it's available everywhere, and Rygel is indulging himself. To humans, it’s a cheap high. To aliens who are not used to being able to pick up hundreds of calories in the palm of their hand? Alien Catnip.
21st Aug '16 9:39:12 PM gjjones
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* BadGuysDoTheDiryWork: In the episode "Prayer", it's ambiguous whether or not John knew Scorpius was going to [[spoiler:kill the merged Chiana-Aeryn]] when he brought him along to the alternate universe, but it's what had to be done.

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* BadGuysDoTheDiryWork: BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: In the episode "Prayer", it's ambiguous whether or not John knew Scorpius was going to [[spoiler:kill the merged Chiana-Aeryn]] when he brought him along to the alternate universe, but it's what had to be done.
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