History Film / BattlefieldEarth

5th Mar '16 8:21:59 AM Bosco13
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* CasualInterstellarTravel: Terl would casually teleport back to the planet Psychlo of an evening just to go to a bar.


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* PortalNetwork: Psychlos put teleporters on all the planets they colonize.


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* SmallUniverseAfterAll: The Psychlos generally think nothing of conquering entire galaxies. This is actually scaled down from the [[Literature/BattlefieldEarth original book]] where they ruled [[MultiversalConqueror several universes]].
14th Feb '16 12:43:13 PM Ohio9
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** Terl also teaches the humans how to work their aircraft, weaponry, and speak the Psychlo language.

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** Terl also teaches the humans how to work their aircraft, weaponry, and speak the Psychlo language. He seems to be the only Psychlo who realizes the humans have intelligence and are capable of performing complex tasks, but doesn't consider the possibility this could be used against him.
31st Jan '16 3:30:03 PM BananaPancakes
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The film version of Creator/LRonHubbard's ScienceFiction novel ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'' was released in America on May 12, 2000, directed by Roger Christian and starring Creator/JohnTravolta as Psychlo leader Terl (he originally wanted to play the part of the book's hero, Jonnie "Goodboy" Tyler, but that role eventually went to Creator/BarryPepper because Travolta was too old by this time). Travolta, a self-proclaimed Hubbard fan, always wanted to do the film for a long time, but had trouble securing money for it because of studios' apprehension to bankroll the film due to its connections with the real life ChurchOfHappyology. He later poured most of his own money into the project and signed on as a co-producer, and the rest... well, is history.

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The film version of Creator/LRonHubbard's ScienceFiction novel ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'' was released in America on May 12, 2000, directed by Roger Christian and starring Creator/JohnTravolta as Psychlo leader Terl (he originally wanted to play the part of the book's hero, Jonnie "Goodboy" Tyler, but that role eventually went to Creator/BarryPepper because Travolta was too old by this time).then). Travolta, a self-proclaimed Hubbard fan, always wanted to do the film for a long time, but had trouble securing money for it because of studios' apprehension to bankroll the film due to its connections with the real life ChurchOfHappyology. He later poured most of his own money into the project and signed on as a co-producer, and the rest... well, is history.



* EasilyConqueredWorld: The Psychlo army wipe out all of Earth's military in ''eight minutes'', apparently by teleporting millions of nerve gas drones all across the world. And ''then'', to show the trope goes both ways, they're taken out by an ''army of cavemen'' in ''one thousand-year-old Harriers''.

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* EasilyConqueredWorld: The Psychlo army wipe out all of Earth's military in ''eight ''nine minutes'', apparently by teleporting millions of nerve gas drones all across the world. And ''then'', to show the trope goes both ways, they're taken out by an ''army of cavemen'' in ''one thousand-year-old ''thousand-year-old Harriers''.



* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The only marksmanship any Psychlo has ever exhibited was when Terl shot up a herd of stationary cattle. The fact their guns are [[GangstaStyle held upside down]] so as to be impossible to aim probably contributes.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: So obvious even the ''cavemen'' can spot them.

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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The only marksmanship any Psychlo has ever exhibited was is when Terl shot shoots up a herd of stationary cattle. The fact their guns are [[GangstaStyle held upside down]] so as to be impossible to aim probably contributes.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: So obvious even the ''cavemen'' can spot them.



-->'''Terl''': If ANY you [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace rat-brains knew ANYTHING about firearms]], you'd know that you '''never store loaded weapons'''!

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-->'''Terl''': If ANY of you [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace rat-brains knew ANYTHING about firearms]], you'd you would know that you '''never ''never store -- loaded weapons'''!-- weapons''!



* KickTheDog: Terl blasts some cows just to show how evil he is.

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* KickTheDog: Terl blasts some cows shoots the legs off a herd of cattle just to show how evil he is.



** Barry Pepper, who plays Jonnie, veers wildly between LargeHam and DullSurprise.

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** Barry Pepper, Creator/BarryPepper, who plays Jonnie, veers wildly between LargeHam and DullSurprise.
28th Dec '15 2:13:25 PM BananaPancakes
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The film covers the first half of the {{doorstopper}} book: The Psychlos come to Earth, beat the humans in about 9 minutes, and establish an outpost here. They are here for gold--[[GoldFever Goooooooooooooooooooooold!]]--the rarest and most valuable ore in the universe, it seems. Jonnie leads a band of slaves to rise up against their masters. Travolta is [[http://www.movieinsider.com/m284/battlefield-earth-2/ still intent]] on having the second half of the book produced.

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The film covers the first half of the {{doorstopper}} book: The Psychlos come to Earth, beat the humans in about 9 nine minutes, and establish an outpost here. They are here for gold--[[GoldFever Goooooooooooooooooooooold!]]--the rarest and most valuable ore in the universe, it seems. Jonnie leads a band of slaves to rise up against their masters. Travolta is [[http://www.movieinsider.com/m284/battlefield-earth-2/ still intent]] on having the second half of the book produced.



* AllHailTheGreatGodMickey: Many of the cavemen Jonny encountered mistook product mascots for humans petrified for "angering the gods".

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* AllHailTheGreatGodMickey: Many of the cavemen Jonny encountered Jonnie encounter mistook product mascots for humans petrified for "angering the gods".



*** The novel does suggest that the Psychlo home world exists in another universe altogether (Johnny Goodboy Tyler concludes this when attempting to understand Psychlo math).
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Terl intentionally hands a human prisoner a ready-to-fire weapon, to prove his point that the "human animals" are too stupid to operate firearms, even though the human has already shot one person, according to his subordinates. The prisoner ends up killing Terl's lieutenant with it. Psychlos are shown to not store loaded weapons, so this is apparently another example of the bizarre arrogance that Psychlos have toward humans in believing that they're not sentient, despite all the technology that Terl admits they had.

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*** The novel does suggest that the Psychlo home world exists in another universe altogether (Johnny (Jonnie Goodboy Tyler concludes this when attempting to understand Psychlo math).
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Terl intentionally hands a human prisoner a ready-to-fire weapon, to prove his point that the "human animals" "man-animals" are too stupid to operate firearms, even though the human has already shot one person, according to his subordinates. The prisoner ends up killing Terl's lieutenant with it. Psychlos are shown to not to store loaded weapons, so this is apparently another example of the bizarre arrogance that Psychlos have toward humans in believing that they're not sentient, despite all the technology that Terl admits they had.



* BigNo: Most of Jonny's lines involve him [[LargeHam violently expressing his grief]] over someone/something.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Psychlos have tall heads, like The Coneheads with dreadlocks, breathe air that is toxic to humans (and vice-versa), and even the slightest amount of radiation is deadly to them. At least one female Psychlo has an OverlyLongTongue that would make a [[Series/{{Farscape}} Luxan]] proud, though this seems to be unusual for the race as both Terl and Ker regard it as a {{fetish}}. Additionally, Terl has six fingers, though the camera doesn't focus on any other Psychlo's hands to see if that's normal.
** They all have 11 fingers in all, in the book. It's a weird math plot point.

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* BigNo: Most of Jonny's Jonnie's lines involve him [[LargeHam violently expressing his grief]] over someone/something.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Psychlos have tall heads, like The Coneheads the [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Coneheads]] with dreadlocks, breathe air that is toxic to humans (and vice-versa), vice versa), and even the slightest amount of radiation is deadly to them. At least one female Psychlo has an OverlyLongTongue that would make a [[Series/{{Farscape}} Luxan]] proud, though this seems to be unusual for the race as both Terl and Ker regard it as a {{fetish}}. Additionally, Terl has six fingers, though the camera doesn't focus on any other Psychlo's hands to see if that's normal.
** They all have 11 eleven fingers in all, each in the book. It's a weird math plot point.



* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Carlo, the first time he gets hit by a Psychlo's ray gun. Especially noteworthy since this every other time a human gets hit, the shot merely knocks them back a bit or causes them to fall over. Bonus points for it being a ray gun, which should [[ArtisticLicensePhysics realistically cause no knockback at all]].

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* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Carlo, the first time he gets hit by a Psychlo's ray gun. Especially noteworthy since this every other time a human gets hit, the shot merely knocks them back a bit or causes them to fall over. Bonus points for it being a ray gun, which which, realistically, should [[ArtisticLicensePhysics realistically cause no knockback recoil at all]].



* CatchPhrase: "Piece of cake!" by the humans, "Leverage!" by Terl and the Psychlos.
* ChekhovsClassroom: Subverted. Johnny teaches his followers Euclidean Geometry, claiming it will be of great importance. It never is (beyond what they would need for piloting anyway). Even better, the group he teaches geometry to, and the group he teaches how to fly, are two different groups of people.

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* CatchPhrase: "Piece of cake!" by the humans, "Leverage!" by Terl and the Psychlos.
* ChekhovsClassroom: Subverted. Johnny Jonnie teaches his followers Euclidean Geometry, geometry, claiming it will be of great importance. It never is (beyond what they would need for piloting anyway). Even better, the group he teaches some of his fellow prisoners geometry to, and the group he teaches how to fly, are two different groups of people.some others piloting.



** In-Universe, Psychlo security footage is all in green for no discernible reason. Perhaps they use old Apple [=IIe=] monitors.

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** In-Universe, In-universe, Psychlo security footage is all in green for no discernible reason. Perhaps they use old Apple [=IIe=] monitors.



* DiscretionShot: At one point, a human gets his head exploded by a prisoner collar. The scene cuts away from showing the actual explosion to show [[DullSurprise other character's reactions]] to it.
* DomedHometown: The Psychlo outpost is one of these, because of the whole "exploding breathe-gas" thing. In a shocking subversion, it's more of a pyramid...which doesn't stop the characters from referring to it as a dome.
* DullSurprise: Lots and lots of characters, but special mention goes to [[spoiler:Terl's]] reaction to ''losing his right arm.'' Also earlier, [[spoiler:Ker]] when losing his left hand.
* DutchAngle: TheMovie. Notoriously used to the point of excess.
--> '''Creator/RogerEbert:''' "The director, Roger Christian, has learned from better films that directors sometimes tilt their cameras, but he has not learned why."
** It's even used ''in-universe.'' When Terl looks at some security camera footage, that too is tilted.

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* DiscretionShot: At one point, a human gets his head exploded by a prisoner collar. The scene cuts away from showing the actual explosion to show other characters' [[DullSurprise other character's reactions]] to it.
* DomedHometown: The Psychlo outpost is one of these, because of the whole "exploding breathe-gas" breath gas" thing. In a shocking subversion, it's more of a pyramid...which doesn't stop the characters from referring to it as a dome.
* DullSurprise: Lots and lots of characters, but special mention goes to [[spoiler:Terl's]] reaction to ''losing his right arm.'' arm''. Also earlier, [[spoiler:Ker]] when losing his left hand.
* DutchAngle: TheMovie. Notoriously used to the point of excess.
--> '''Creator/RogerEbert:''' "The
excess. As Creator/RogerEbert noted in his [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/battlefield-earth-2000 review]]:
-->"The
director, Roger Christian, has learned from better films that directors sometimes tilt their cameras, but he has not learned why."
** It's even used ''in-universe.'' ''in-universe''. When Terl looks at some security camera footage, that too is tilted.



* EasilyConqueredWorld: The Psychlo army wipe out all of Earth's military in ''eight minutes'', apparently by teleporting millions of nerve gas drones all across the world. And ''then'', to show the trope goes both ways, they're taken out by an ''army of cavemen'' in ''one thousand-year-old Harriers.''

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* EasilyConqueredWorld: The Psychlo army wipe out all of Earth's military in ''eight minutes'', apparently by teleporting millions of nerve gas drones all across the world. And ''then'', to show the trope goes both ways, they're taken out by an ''army of cavemen'' in ''one thousand-year-old Harriers.''Harriers''.



* EvilLaugh: There's enough "normal" Evil Laughter and fake, mocking laughter to fill a half-hour sitcom, not to mention Creator/ForestWhitaker's hearty chortles and some disturbingly fey laughter by Travolta. The Psychlos are a merry bunch (makes you either wonder what gas theyl're breathing, or think that's why their air is so volatile).
* ExactWords: Terl promises Jonny he wouldn't kill a prisoner destined to die... only to give Ker the trigger to the explosive device and have ''him'' do it. As he put it, "I only said ''I'' wouldn't kill him."
* ExplosiveStupidity: Subverted; while [[spoiler:Terl]] has an explosive collar strapped to his arm when he triggers the detonator that he believes will kill Jonny's love interest, he ''doesn't'' die from it.
* FailedASpotCheck: The Psychlos ''love'' gold. They came to earth looking for it, and spent 1,000 years on the planet doing so, mining it, and shipping it off. And yet in those 1,000 years, they somehow failed to find Fort Knox, which is crammed with the stuff.

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* EvilLaugh: There's enough "normal" Evil Laughter and fake, mocking laughter to fill a half-hour sitcom, not to mention Creator/ForestWhitaker's hearty chortles and some disturbingly fey laughter by Travolta. The Psychlos are a merry bunch (makes you either wonder what gas theyl're they're breathing, or think that's why their air is so volatile).
* ExactWords: Terl promises Jonny Jonnie he wouldn't kill a prisoner destined to die... only to give Ker the trigger to the explosive device and have ''him'' do it. As he put puts it, "I only said ''I'' wouldn't kill him."
* ExplosiveStupidity: Subverted; while [[spoiler:Terl]] has an explosive collar strapped to his arm when he triggers the detonator that he believes will kill Jonny's Jonnie's love interest, he ''doesn't'' die from it.
* FailedASpotCheck: The Psychlos ''love'' gold. They came to earth looking for it, and spent 1,000 years a millennium on the planet doing so, mining it, and shipping it off. And yet in those 1,000 years, that millennium, they somehow failed to find Fort Knox, which is crammed with the stuff.



** Also, the humans fool the Psychlos into thinking they are working by giving them the gold from Ft. Knox and pretending they mined it themselves. The Psychlos never question how the humans ''smelted it into cast bars'' or imprinted a maker's mark on it. For reference, gold ore looks like [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/Gold-Quartz-273364.jpg this.]]
*** HandWave: Terl notices this, but just assumes they did their job so quick they somehow had the time to do it, and doubles production.
* FauxActionGirl: Chrissy. Johnny says she can handle herself better than most men, but she barely has any screen time since she's a TokenRomance, and for most of it she has an explosive collar strapped around her neck and is held hostage by Terl.

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** Also, the humans fool the Psychlos into thinking they are working by giving them the gold from Ft. Knox and pretending they mined it themselves. The Psychlos never question how the humans ''smelted it into cast bars'' or imprinted a maker's mark on it. For reference, gold ore looks like [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/Gold-Quartz-273364.jpg this.]]
this]].
*** HandWave: Terl notices this, but just assumes they did their job so quick they somehow had believes Jonnie's obvious lie that the time humans mined it quickly enough to do refine it, and doubles production.
* FauxActionGirl: Chrissy. Johnny Jonnie says she can handle herself better than most men, but she barely has any screen time since she's a TokenRomance, and for most of it she has an explosive collar strapped around her neck and is held hostage by Terl. Terl holds her hostage.



* FutureImperfect: Fast-food and automobiles are the stuff of legends, and mannequins are people punished for offending the gods. The Psychlos are shown at one point examining old Earth photos of people driving with their dogs, leading them to believe that the [[MistookTheDominantLifeform dogs were the superior species]] since they had the humans chauffeuring them around.

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* FutureImperfect: Fast-food Fast food and automobiles are the stuff of legends, and mannequins are people punished for offending the gods. The Psychlos are shown at one point examining old Earth photos of people driving with their dogs, leading them to believe that the [[MistookTheDominantLifeform dogs were the superior species]] since they had the humans chauffeuring them around.



* HilarityEnsues: "You are out of your skull-bone if you think I'm going to write on the report "Shot by man-animal" as the cause of death unless I see it!"

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* HilarityEnsues: "You are out of your skull-bone if you think I'm going to write on the report "Shot 'Shot by man-animal" man-animal' as the cause of death unless I see it!"



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Sort of. Though he doesn't actually die, Terl [[spoiler:''[[ExplosiveStupidity blows off his own arm]]'' with the exploding collar he used on Jonny's girlfriend. And in the end he's put in a cage in Fort Knox, surrounded by gold. It's ironic, y'see, because he put Jonny in a cage and started the whole scheme to get gold.]]
* HumansAreMorons: Terl and the Psychlos believe that the humans are too stupid to do anything on their own, so they give them some "assistance" in the form of Psychlo knowledge beams. Considering the fact that all of the Psychlos, Terl included, appear to have been issued an individual IdiotBall at birth, this arguably comes a form of unintentional HypocriticalHumor.
** What makes this even more exasperating is that the Psychlos know full well that Humanity once had a thriving industrial society, and yet they still assume they're too dumb to walk and chew gum at the same time.
** Part of this is actually a large {{In-Universe}} case of StrawmanHasAPoint. It wasn't until Terl used the machine to impart Psychlo knowledge to Johnny that he even knew what a ''triangle'' was.
* HypocriticalHumor: Jonny delivers his stirring speech about how humanity has enough problems "without having to kill each other over food" having just beaten the crap out of someone over food.
* IdiotBall: A lot of characters grab a hold of this, but the Psychlos seem to have been issued an individual one at birth.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Sort of. Though he doesn't actually die, Terl [[spoiler:''[[ExplosiveStupidity blows off his own arm]]'' with the exploding collar he used on Jonny's Jonnie's girlfriend. And in the end he's put in a cage in Fort Knox, surrounded by gold. It's ironic, y'see, because he put Jonny Jonnie in a cage and started the whole scheme to get gold.]]
* HumansAreMorons: Terl and the his fellow Psychlos believe that the humans are too stupid to do anything on their own, so they give them some "assistance" in the form of Psychlo knowledge beams. Considering the fact that all of the Psychlos, Terl included, appear to have been issued an individual IdiotBall at birth, this arguably comes a form of unintentional HypocriticalHumor.
** What makes this even more exasperating is that More exasperating, the Psychlos know full well that Humanity ''Homo sapiens sapiens'' once had a thriving industrial society, and yet they still assume they're too dumb to walk and chew gum at the same time.
** Part of this is actually a large {{In-Universe}} case of StrawmanHasAPoint. It wasn't until Terl used the machine to impart Psychlo knowledge to Johnny Jonnie that he even knew what a ''triangle'' was.
* HypocriticalHumor: Jonny Jonnie delivers his stirring speech about how humanity has enough problems "without having to kill each other over food" having just beaten the crap out of someone over food.
* IdiotBall: A lot of Many characters grab a hold of this, but the Psychlos seem each Psychlo seems to have been issued an individual one at birth.



** Terl also teaches the humans how to work their aircraft, weaponry, and speak their language.
** In any scene with Terl and Johnny together, you can almost see them passing the ball back and forth. One memorable case is when Terl is inspecting the results of Johnny's mining and quite understandably asks how Johnny is presenting him with gold bars, rather than the ore he was expecting. Johnny, who hadn't spotted that flaw in his plan, gives Terl some lame answer about how they decided to smelt and shape it for him. Terl accepts the [[BlatantLies obvious fallacy]] without question.

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** Terl also teaches the humans how to work their aircraft, weaponry, and speak their the Psychlo language.
** In any scene with Terl and Johnny Jonnie together, you can almost see them passing the ball back and forth. One memorable case is when Terl is inspecting the results of Johnny's Jonnie's mining and quite understandably asks how Johnny Jonnie is presenting him with gold bars, rather than the ore he was expecting. Johnny, Jonnie, who hadn't spotted that flaw in his plan, gives Terl some lame answer about how they decided to smelt and shape it explains lamely, "I assumed, sir, that a Psychlo of your refinement wouldn't settle for him. anything as coarse as raw ore." Terl accepts the [[BlatantLies obvious fallacy]] without question.



* InsaneTrollLogic: In the end Johny keeps Terl alive so that if there are Psychlos outside the homeworld, and they come looking for revenge, humans can use Terl as leverage...because the Psychlos would be really pissed at Terl for indirectly dooming the homeworld...so if they get him, they won't bother with the humans, who '''directly''' doomed their homeworld... Seems like he DidntThinkThisThrough, did he?

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* InsaneTrollLogic: In the end Johny Jonnie keeps Terl alive so that if there are Psychlos outside the homeworld, and they come looking for revenge, humans can use Terl as leverage...because the Psychlos would be really pissed at Terl for indirectly dooming the homeworld...so if they get him, they won't bother with the humans, who '''directly''' doomed their homeworld... Seems like he DidntThinkThisThrough, did he?



* ItWorksBetterWithBullets. Doubles as NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont, since Terl says this to Johnny and his friends aiming them at him.
-->'''Terl:''' If ANY you [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace rat-brains knew ANYTHING about firearms]], you'd know that you '''never store loaded weapons'''!
** Of course, Terl criticizing someone on gun safety is kind of ironic considering what [[Film/PulpFiction OTHER]] film JohnTravolta was in.

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* ItWorksBetterWithBullets. ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Doubles as NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont, since Terl says this to Johnny Jonnie and his friends aiming them at him.
-->'''Terl:''' -->'''Terl''': If ANY you [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace rat-brains knew ANYTHING about firearms]], you'd know that you '''never store loaded weapons'''!
** Of course, Terl criticizing someone on correcting somebody else's gun safety is kind of ironic considering what [[Film/PulpFiction OTHER]] film JohnTravolta Creator/JohnTravolta was in.



* LargeHam: JohnTravolta. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cThdJ0mYbo In a big way. (Spoilers)]]
** Barry Pepper, the guy who plays Jonnie, veers wildly between LargeHam and DullSurprise.

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* LargeHam: JohnTravolta.Creator/JohnTravolta. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cThdJ0mYbo In a big way.So very much. (Spoilers)]]
** Barry Pepper, the guy who plays Jonnie, veers wildly between LargeHam and DullSurprise.



* MadeOfExplodium: The atmosphere on the Psychlo's homeworld gets set ablaze by a single nuclear bomb. The resulting explosion rips the ''entire planet'' apart -- crust, mantle, core and all.

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* MadeOfExplodium: The atmosphere on the Psychlo's homeworld gets set ablaze by Planet Psychlo ignites thanks to a single nuclear bomb. The resulting explosion rips the ''entire planet'' apart -- crust, mantle, core and all.



** They also mention that the dogs have proven themselves much more willing to cooperate with the alien masters than the man-animals. Unfortunately, dogs have proven ill-adapted for manual labor (which, once again, proves that they are a superior species, as they don't need to work). They can fetch, though.

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** They also mention that the dogs have proven themselves were much more willing to cooperate with the alien masters than the man-animals. Unfortunately, dogs have proven ill-adapted proved ill equipped for manual labor (which, once again, proves that they are a superior species, as they don't need demonstrated their superiority, not needing to work). They can fetch, though.



* OverlyLongTongue: Terl's girlfriend, as played by John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston.

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* OverlyLongTongue: Terl's girlfriend, as played by John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston.Creator/KellyPreston.



* RagnarokProofing: The ruins of Denver look like they've only been abandoned for a year or so, with readable books instead of piles of dust. Then there's Fort Hood. Jets, nukes, stinger missiles and flight simulators still work just as fine.

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* RagnarokProofing: The ruins of Denver UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} look like they've only been abandoned for a year or so, with readable books instead of piles of dust. Then there's Fort Hood. Jets, nukes, stinger missiles and flight simulators still work just as fine.



* RepeatCut: When Terl's boss mentions that he plans to keep Terl on Earth instead of giving him a temporary reprieve, the movie plays back the "endless options for renewal!" part of the speech three times for some reason.
** The same thing happens when a caveman tells Johnny that the Psychlos can't be defeated.
* RubberForeheadAliens: Imagine The Coneheads with dreadlocks, furry hands, codpieces, limb extensions, and breathing tubes that look like rivets of snot dangling from their nostrils.

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* RepeatCut: When Terl's boss mentions that he plans to keep Terl on Earth instead of giving him a temporary reprieve, the movie plays back the "endless "''endless options for renewal!" renewal!''" part of the speech three times for some reason.
** The same thing happens when a caveman tells Johnny Jonnie that the Psychlos can't be defeated.
* RubberForeheadAliens: Imagine The the Coneheads with dreadlocks, furry hands, codpieces, limb extensions, and breathing tubes that look like rivets of snot dangling from their nostrils.



* ShoutOut: When Jonny is first shot, he falls through several glass panes similar to ''Film/BladeRunner'', [[SoftGlass taking no lasting damage]].
** Then, the first time we're presented with the Psychlo's homeworld, the camera pans around a cityscape, like in ''Blade Runner'''s opening too.
** Later at the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy, Jonny runs in slow motion through a bunch of pillars as they are shot, just like how Neo ran through the government lobby in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* SlowMotion: Roughly a fourth of the film consists of slow-mo shots of Psychlos lumbering around shooting at people, Jonny running away from Psychlos shooting at him (complete with [[BulletTime Matrix-esque]] clouds of debris and shrapnel), or Jonny mourning somebody's death

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* ShoutOut: When Jonny Jonnie is first shot, he falls through several glass panes similar to ''Film/BladeRunner'', [[SoftGlass taking no lasting damage]].
damage]].
** Then, the first time we're presented with the Psychlo's Psychlo homeworld, the camera pans around a cityscape, like also as in ''Blade Runner'''s opening too.
Runner''[='=]s opening.
** Later at the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy, Jonny Jonnie runs in slow motion through a bunch of pillars as they are shot, just like how Neo ran runs through the government lobby in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* SlowMotion: Roughly a fourth of the film consists of slow-mo shots of Psychlos lumbering around shooting at people, Jonny Jonnie running away from Psychlos shooting at him (complete with [[BulletTime Matrix-esque]] clouds of debris and shrapnel), or Jonny Jonnie mourning somebody's deathdeath.



* StunGuns: The Psychlo's handguns have a stun setting, which they use to capture Johnny without killing him. A closeup of one of these guns later shows its owner switching the setting between stunning and lethal.

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* StunGuns: The Psychlo's Psychlos' handguns have a stun setting, which they use to capture Johnny Jonnie without killing him. A closeup of one of these guns later shows its owner switching the setting between stunning and lethal.



* TokenRomance: Jonny's girlfriend gets about four scenes in this film. All we know is that she left the village against her father's wishes.
* TooDumbToLive: The entire Psychlo race, but especially Terl. Terl's stupidity directly leads not only to his own downfall, but [[spoiler: the destruction of his homeworld and everyone who lived on it.]]

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* TokenRomance: Jonny's girlfriend Jonnie's girlfriend, Chrissy, gets about four scenes in this film. All we know is that she left the village against her father's wishes.
* TooDumbToLive: The entire Psychlo race, but especially Terl. Terl's stupidity directly leads not only to his own downfall, but [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the destruction of his homeworld and everyone who lived on it.]]



* TranslationConvention: While the Psychlos are in private, their language is translated into English, but when the humans are the focus, it's left untranslated. It gets a little weird once Jonny learns the language and is speaking both in the same scene and "translating".
* TranslationYes: A rare example of something done ''well'' by this film. Terl delivers a flowery and overdramatic threat to the humans he's sending to mine gold for him, which Johnny accurately summarizes in six words: "Try to run, he'll kill us".

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* TranslationConvention: While the Psychlos are in private, their language is translated into English, but when the humans are the focus, it's left untranslated. It gets a little weird once Jonny Jonnie learns the language and is speaking both in the same scene and "translating".
* TranslationYes: A rare example of something done ''well'' by this film. Terl delivers a flowery and overdramatic threat to the humans he's sending to mine gold for him, which Johnny Jonnie accurately summarizes in six words: "Try to run, he'll kill us".



* VillainBall: Held by the Psychlos' leader, Terl. Teaching your slaves [[InstantExpert everything to know about your civilization in an instant]] can only end badly, ''especially'' if you're supposedly doing it to help [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer their planet]]. Introducing your pet human to inspiring documents from the American Revolution will only make things worse. Holding your pet human's girlfriend hostage just [[ItsPersonal makes things personal]]. Abusing your henchman only serves to set up the MistreatmentInducedBetrayal in the final act. And not launching an all-out crackdown when the man-animals rebel and attack with air support... not a good idea Terl doesn't even notice [[spoiler:an exploding collar Jonny straps to his arm in a melee, and proceeds to amputate his own limb when he triumphantly hits the detonator.]] His ([[DullSurprise non]])reaction shot is priceless. He appears to read the BizarroUniverse inversion of the EvilOverlordList, telling him exactly what to do ''wrong''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** The nameless guy running around with Jonny and Carlo in Aspen is never seen again after that scene. This is because he died immediately afterwards in a deleted scene where Ker thinks for some bizarre reason that humans must be able to fly, and Terl proves that they can't by throwing the guy in question into a chasm.

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* VillainBall: Held by the Psychlos' leader, Terl. Teaching your slaves [[InstantExpert everything to know about your civilization in an instant]] can only end badly, ''especially'' if you're supposedly doing it to help [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer their planet]]. Introducing your pet human to inspiring documents from the American Revolution will only make things worse. Holding your pet human's girlfriend hostage just [[ItsPersonal makes things personal]]. Abusing your henchman only serves to set up the MistreatmentInducedBetrayal in the final act. And not launching an all-out crackdown when the man-animals rebel and attack with air support... not a good idea Terl doesn't even notice [[spoiler:an exploding collar Jonny Jonnie straps to his arm in a melee, and proceeds to amputate his own limb when he triumphantly hits the detonator.]] His ([[DullSurprise non]])reaction shot is priceless. He appears to read the BizarroUniverse inversion of the EvilOverlordList, telling him exactly what to do ''wrong''.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** The nameless guy running around with Jonny Jonnie and Carlo in Aspen is never seen again after that scene. This is because he (He died immediately afterwards in a deleted scene DeletedScene where Ker thinks for some bizarre reason that humans must be able to fly, and Terl proves that they can't by throwing the guy in question into a chasm. chasm.)



* WhileYouWereInDiapers: When another Psychlo mocks Terl and says that he could have taken a much less stressful job, he says something to this effect - that he was trained to be a GalacticConqueror since birth (see the quote under MemeticMutation).

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* WhileYouWereInDiapers: When another Psychlo mocks Terl and says that he could have taken a much less stressful job, he says something to this effect - effect: that he was trained to be a GalacticConqueror since birth (see the quote quotation under MemeticMutation).
5th Dec '15 8:00:06 AM CheeseDogX
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** The same thing happens when a caveman tells Johnny that the Psychlos can't be defeated.
14th Nov '15 7:07:40 PM nombretomado
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--> '''RogerEbert:''' "The director, Roger Christian, has learned from better films that directors sometimes tilt their cameras, but he has not learned why."

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--> '''RogerEbert:''' '''Creator/RogerEbert:''' "The director, Roger Christian, has learned from better films that directors sometimes tilt their cameras, but he has not learned why."
2nd Nov '15 8:56:36 PM jameygamer
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Has the dubious honor of winning nine [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzies]] -- a record that stood until 2012's ''Film/JackAndJill'', which won one more -- including the Worst Movie of 2000 and Worst Movie of the Decade, 2000-2009.

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Has the dubious honor of winning nine [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzies]] -- a record that stood until 2012's ''Film/JackAndJill'', which won one more -- including the Worst Movie of 2000 2000, the Worst Drama of the award's first 25 years, and Worst Movie of the Decade, 2000-2009.
12th Sep '15 1:44:01 PM rjd1922
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* KickTheDog: Terl blasts some cows just to show how evil he is.



* ShootTheDog: Terl blasts some cows just to show how evil he is.
12th Sep '15 2:28:28 AM rjd1922
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* ReducedToRatburgers: Terl allows some of the slaves out in the wild to see what they will consume as food, as he doesn't know what humans like to eat. The only edible animals they find are rats, so that's what they eat, but Terl believes it was their ''preferred'' meal. Apparently he never stopped to consider that these slaves were so starved, they were actually willing to eat ''anything'' at this point (it's specifically stated that they haven't eaten for three days). They didn't even bother cooking it first, [[WhatAnIdiot causing Terl to assume the prefer it raw]].

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* ReducedToRatburgers: Terl allows some of the slaves out in the wild to see what they will consume as food, as he doesn't know what humans like to eat. The only edible animals they find are rats, so that's what they eat, but Terl believes it was their ''preferred'' meal. Apparently he never stopped to consider that these slaves were so starved, they were actually willing to eat ''anything'' at this point (it's specifically stated that they haven't eaten for three days). They didn't even bother cooking it first, [[WhatAnIdiot causing Terl to assume the they prefer it raw]].
28th Aug '15 12:11:15 PM Anddrix
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->''"When you were still learning how to '''[[ChewingTheScenery spell your name]]''', I was being trained '''to conquer galaxies!'''"''

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->''"When you were still learning how to '''[[ChewingTheScenery spell '''spell your name]]''', name''', I was being trained '''to conquer galaxies!'''"''



->''"Has anyone here ever seen one? A demon, a monster, a BEAST! YAH!"''
-->-- '''Johnny'''

->''"I watched it in mounting gloom, realizing I was witnessing something historic, a film that for decades to come will be [[SnarkBait the punch line of jokes about bad movies]]."''
->''"It's like spending two hours in the intergalactic town dump with a lot of people who need a bath and a trip to the dentist."''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''', who put this movie on [[RogerEbertMostHatedFilmList his most hated list.]]

->''"..all the money and all the star power in the world, and you've got one of the ugliest, most depressing, dank movies we've ever seen."''
-->-- '''Richard Roeper'''

->''"A Sci-Fi movie that is so terrible, it makes my nipples tingle with fear!"''
-->-- '''Bhargav Dronamraju''' as '''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Ma-Ti]]''' in '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's''' review of the movie.

->''"With this kind of epic ineptitude -- hell, the flick is set in the year 3000 -- you go for "worst of the millennium.""''
-->-- '''Peter Travers, Rolling Stone'''

->''"And after about 20 minutes of this amateurish picture, [[KillAllHumans extinction]] doesn't seem like such a bad idea."''
-->-- '''Elvis Mitchell'''

->''"The ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'' of Sci-Fi shoot em' ups!"''
-->-- '''Variety'''

->''"If this is what we have to look forward to in the year 3000, count me out."''
-->-- '''Palo Alto Weekly'''
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