History Film / EventHorizon

14th Jun '17 11:50:58 AM Dravencour
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* ThisIsNotAFloor: [[spoiler:Peters]] is killed when [[spoiler:the evil ship creates an illusion of a bridge across the gravity chamber floor, with her son on the other side]], leading to [[spoiler:Peters falling to her death]].



--> '''D.J.''': ...I thought it said ''Libera te me''. "Save me." [[spoiler: But it's not "''me''". It's "''Liberate'' '''''tutemet'''''." "Save yourselves." And it gets worse... I think... that says "''ex inferis''". "Save yourselves... from Hell."]]

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--> '''D.J.''': ...I thought it said ''Libera te ''Liberate me''. "Save me." [[spoiler: But it's not "''me''". It's "''Liberate'' '''''tutemet'''''." "Save yourselves." And it gets worse... I think... that says "''ex inferis''". "Save yourselves... from Hell."]]
1st Jun '17 6:13:05 AM lolface123
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* ItIsBeyondSaving: Miller and his crew appear to try and fix the ship as well as rescue any survivors. But after Miller's group begins to get picked off by the entity inhabiting the ship and they see the full distress call, Miller decides to throw in the towel, exit the ship and blast it to oblivion.
29th May '17 11:04:52 PM MrInsecure
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* BigNo: Delivered by Weir when Miller [[spoiler: activates the explosives, detaching the front of the ship and allowing the surviving crew to escape).
* BigOMG: Miller after he sees [[spoilers: Weir's self-inflicted EyeScream]].

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* BigNo: Delivered by Weir when Miller [[spoiler: activates the explosives, detaching the front of the ship and allowing the surviving crew to escape).
escape).]]
* BigOMG: Miller after he sees [[spoilers: [[spoiler: Weir's self-inflicted EyeScream]].
29th May '17 11:04:13 PM MrInsecure
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* AbsentAliens: Though it's implied there is ''something'' out there, no non-human life forms are ever seen. [[spoiler:Unless you count the possessed-by-evil ship itself.]]

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* AbsentAliens: Though it's implied there is ''something'' out there, no non-human life forms are ever seen. [[spoiler:Unless [[spoiler: Unless you count the possessed-by-evil ship itself.]]



* AntagonistTitle: [[spoiler:The ship becomes alive and demonic after passing through Hell]].
* ApocalypticLog: "''Liberate tutemet ex inferis...''" The final, decoded version of this log entry, which places those words into context, is one of the most (in)famous examples of this trope in cinema; it's even been referenced in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.

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* AntagonistTitle: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The ship becomes is heavily implied to have become alive and demonic after passing through Hell]].
Hell (or some kind of hellish alternate dimension)]].
* ApocalypticLog: "''Liberate "''[[spoiler: Liberate tutemet ex inferis...''" ]]''" The final, decoded version of this log entry, which places those words into context, is one of the most (in)famous examples of this trope in cinema; it's even been referenced in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.



** The movie never quite works out which pseudophysics handwave it intends to use for the ship's FTL capability; the description given by Weir suggests the ship works by warp drive; his demonstrated metaphor works more like a wormhole; however, the events that actually transpire suggest it was some kind of hyperdrive. Weir talks about how the drive uses focused gravitons, implying that it uses the immense gravity of the black hole in the core to bend space.

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** The movie never quite works out which pseudophysics handwave it intends to use for the ship's FTL capability; capability: the description given by Weir suggests the ship works by warp drive; his demonstrated metaphor works more like a wormhole; however, the events that actually transpire suggest it was some kind of hyperdrive. Weir talks about how the drive uses focused gravitons, implying that it uses the immense gravity of the black hole in the core to bend space.



** Played utterly and completely straight with the ''Lewis and Clark's'' ion-drive acceleration. While an ion drive is a very efficient way to move around large distances, they produce minimal acceleration (you're basically using individual atoms as reaction mass to propel a ship billions of times more massive). Their advantages are excellent fuel economy and continuous acceleration, their disadvantages are extremely low changes in velocity and direction over a given period of time. So there's no way an ion drive firing would generate any appreciable g-force, let alone enough to liquify a person.

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** Played utterly and completely straight with the ''Lewis and Clark's'' ion-drive acceleration. While an ion drive is a very efficient way to move around large distances, they produce minimal acceleration (you're basically using individual atoms as reaction mass to propel a ship billions of times more massive). Their advantages are excellent fuel economy and continuous acceleration, their disadvantages are extremely low changes in velocity and direction over a given period of time. So there's no way an ion drive firing would generate any appreciable g-force, let alone enough to liquify liquefy a person.



* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The final confrontation between Miller and the demon-possessed Weir.

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* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The final confrontation between Miller and [[spoiler: the demon-possessed Weir.Weir]].



* BigNo: Delivered by Weir when Miller activates the explosives.
* BigOMG: Miller after he sees Weir's self-inflicted EyeScream.

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* BigNo: Delivered by Weir when Miller [[spoiler: activates the explosives.
explosives, detaching the front of the ship and allowing the surviving crew to escape).
* BigOMG: Miller after he sees [[spoilers: Weir's self-inflicted EyeScream.EyeScream]].



* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Averted. Cooper, who in any other movie would be [[UncleTomfoolery prime fodder]] for this trope, is one of the few to survive the entire film. Miller is the last to "die", though it's actually ''hopeful'' [[FateWorseThanDeath that he did die.]]

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler: Averted. Cooper, who in any other movie would be [[UncleTomfoolery prime fodder]] for this trope, is one of the few to survive the entire film. Miller is the last to "die", though it's actually ''hopeful'' [[FateWorseThanDeath that he did die.]]]]]]



* CameBackWrong: The whole ship. Weir, too.
* CanisLatinicus: Notably averted. The phrase in question, while often misheard as "Liberate tutame ex inferis" (which makes no sense), is actually "Liberate tutemet ex inferis", which is good Latin and means what they say it does ("Save yourselves from hell"). [[labelnote:For those interested in the Latin itself]] "Liberate" is the plural command form of "free", and "ex inferis" means "from hell". Those are easy enough. "Tutemet" is a bit tricky though--it ''is'' a real Latin word, and it was used by classical Roman writers, but it is kind of rare: "tu" means "you", and "te" means "yourself" (reflexive pronoun). "Tute" is a word on its own, meaning "you yourself; yourself". The suffix "-met" is an intensifier that adds the meaning "himself, itself" to words it is attached to. It is perfectly allowed within the rules of Latin to stack a couple of intensifiers together, thus "tu-te-met" = "you yourself, yourself" (very intensive meaning). It just looks a little odd to the non-native speaker when you dissect the literal meaning of the word parts: the Romans themselves certainly used it to mean "yourself". More commonly "te ipsum" would be used, "te" = "you", and "ipsum" is actually the commonly used pronoun for "yourself". Of course, if they used the much more common and simple "te ipsum", the entire plot point would be lost that the doctor originally misheard the word "tutemet" (he heard "me", which happens to be the same in English and Latin). The only blunder is in grammatical numbers: ''-te'' ending in "liberate" suggests a plural, while "tutemet" (as opposed to "vosmet") indicates a singular. Which is arguably made worse by the fact that a correct grammatical number would actually drive the point closer: it is no doubt easier to confuse "libera'''te''' me" with "libera '''tute'''met" than with "libera'''te tute'''met"). [[/labelnote]]

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* CameBackWrong: The whole ship. [[spoiler: Weir, too.
too.]]
* CanisLatinicus: Notably averted. [[spoiler: The phrase in question, while often misheard as "Liberate tutame ex inferis" (which makes no sense), is actually "Liberate tutemet ex inferis", which is good Latin and means what they say it does ("Save yourselves from hell"). hell").]] [[labelnote:For those interested in the Latin itself]] "Liberate" is the plural command form of "free", and "ex inferis" means "from hell". Those are easy enough. "Tutemet" is a bit tricky though--it ''is'' a real Latin word, and it was used by classical Roman writers, but it is kind of rare: "tu" means "you", and "te" means "yourself" (reflexive pronoun). "Tute" is a word on its own, meaning "you yourself; yourself". The suffix "-met" is an intensifier that adds the meaning "himself, itself" to words it is attached to. It is perfectly allowed within the rules of Latin to stack a couple of intensifiers together, thus "tu-te-met" = "you yourself, yourself" (very intensive meaning). It just looks a little odd to the non-native speaker when you dissect the literal meaning of the word parts: the Romans themselves certainly used it to mean "yourself". More commonly "te ipsum" would be used, "te" = "you", and "ipsum" is actually the commonly used pronoun for "yourself". Of course, if they used the much more common and simple "te ipsum", the entire plot point would be lost that the doctor originally misheard the word "tutemet" (he heard "me", which happens to be the same in English and Latin). The only blunder is in grammatical numbers: ''-te'' ending in "liberate" suggests a plural, while "tutemet" (as opposed to "vosmet") indicates a singular. Which is arguably made worse by the fact that a correct grammatical number would actually drive the point closer: it is no doubt easier to confuse "libera'''te''' me" with "libera '''tute'''met" than with "libera'''te tute'''met"). [[/labelnote]]



* ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument: At the beginning of the film, the ship receives part of a signal from the title vessel containing a message in Latin. As the signal is partly corrupted, they initially take the message to be "''Libera te me''"--"save me." Upon acquiring the full signal and inspecting it closer, they find that the message is actually "''Liberate tutemet ex inferis''"--"Save yourselves from Hell."

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* ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument: At the beginning of the film, the ship receives part of a signal from the title vessel containing a message in Latin. As the signal is partly corrupted, they initially take the message to be "''Libera te me''"--"save me." Upon acquiring the full signal and inspecting it closer, they find that the message is actually [[spoiler: "''Liberate tutemet ex inferis''"--"Save yourselves from Hell.""]]



* CoveredWithScars: When the ship brings Weir back for the final showdown, he is bald, naked, and covered in freaky scars. It did give him his eyes back, strangely enough.
* DecoyProtagonist: The opening scenes might incline you to believe that Weir is the protagonist, [[spoiler:but by the end, it's clearly Miller]]. Played with even further in that by the end, [[spoiler:[[SanitySlippage Weir has become the]] ''[[DemonicPossession villain]]'']].

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* CoveredWithScars: When the ship brings [[spoiler: Weir back comes BackFromTheDead for the final showdown, showdown]], he is bald, naked, and covered in freaky scars. [[spoiler: It did give him his eyes back, strangely enough.
enough.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: The opening scenes might incline you to believe that Weir is the protagonist, [[spoiler:but [[spoiler: but by the end, it's clearly Miller]]. Played with even further in that by the end, [[spoiler:[[SanitySlippage Weir has become the]] ''[[DemonicPossession villain]]'']].



* DramaticThunder: Lightning illuminates the ship interiors occasionally, justified in that the ship is in a decaying orbit around Neptune which has storms with wind speeds up to 2000 km/h. The ship is already in the upper thermosphere and continues falling deeper into the atmosphere over the course of the film. [[ParanoiaFuel Or maybe it's just the ship]] [[MindScrew fucking with their brains?]]

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* DramaticThunder: Lightning illuminates the ship interiors occasionally, justified occasionally. Justified in that the ship is in a decaying orbit around Neptune which has storms with wind speeds up to 2000 km/h. The ship is already in the upper thermosphere and continues falling deeper into the atmosphere over the course of the film. [[ParanoiaFuel Or maybe it's just the ship]] [[MindScrew fucking with their brains?]]



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: If he wasn't transported to hell, and perished in the explosion Miller went out with a huge bang.

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: If he wasn't [[spoiler: transported to hell, the hell dimension, and instead perished in the explosion explosion,]] Miller went out with a huge bang.



* EldritchStarship: The ''Event Horizon'' was an excellent example of one even ''before'' it was [[spoiler:warped into a tortured consciousness by exposure to a [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace hellish extradimensional realm]].]] Note the interior design of the ship, with its [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} odd cybergothic architecture, including its extremely strange "central core" and the "meat grinder corridor" leading to it, as well as the numerous spikes and other elements of its rather terrifying aesthetic]] (some of which, like the "meat grinder corridor," are handwaved as being essential to the ship's operation). It's definitely one of the weirdest human-designed ships on this list, even before being [[spoiler: possessed by extradimensional evil]]. It's also one of the closest examples on this list to an StandardHumanSpaceship, despite being simultaneously ''this'' trope.

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* EldritchStarship: The ''Event Horizon'' was an excellent example of one even ''before'' it was [[spoiler:warped [[spoiler: warped into a tortured consciousness by exposure to a [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace hellish extradimensional realm]].]] Note the interior design of the ship, with its [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} odd cybergothic architecture, including its extremely strange "central core" and the "meat grinder corridor" leading to it, as well as the numerous spikes and other elements of its rather terrifying aesthetic]] (some of which, like the "meat grinder corridor," are handwaved as being essential to the ship's operation). It's definitely one of the weirdest human-designed ships on this list, even before being [[spoiler: possessed by extradimensional evil]]. It's also one of the closest examples on this list to an StandardHumanSpaceship, despite being simultaneously ''this'' trope.



-->'''Weir:''' Do you see? DO YOU SEE? '''DO YOU SEE?'''\\

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-->'''Weir:''' -->[[spoiler: '''Weir:''']] Do you see? DO YOU SEE? '''DO '''[[LargeHam DO YOU SEE?'''\\SEE?]]'''\\



* EvilIsHammy: For much of the film, Weir is rather quiet and self-effacing. After [[spoiler: he's taken by the ship,]] he quickly becomes as [[LargeHam theatrically evil]] as you'd expect.

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* EvilIsHammy: For much of the film, [[spoiler: Weir is rather quiet and self-effacing.self-effacing]]. After [[spoiler: he's taken by the ship,]] he quickly becomes as [[LargeHam theatrically evil]] as you'd expect.



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Weir. Played with, as it seems he may have been possessed by the ship itself.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Weir.[[spoiler: Weir. Played with, as it seems he may have been possessed by the ship itself.]]



* FullFrontalAssault: [[spoiler:Weir.]]

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** Also applies to the restored message from the original crew of the ''Event Horizon.'' To an extent, this is a mercy.
* FullFrontalAssault: [[spoiler:Weir.[[spoiler: Weir, after he is "resurrected" by the ship.]]



* {{Hellgate}}: To all intents and purposes, this is what the engine core with it's DarkIsEvil take on a spiked Stargate is alongside its stated objective of being an FTL Drive. The rest of the ship? Who knows: the atrium with welcome mat, perhaps? Flypaper? It's hard to say what.

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* {{Hellgate}}: To all intents and purposes, this is what the engine core with it's (with its DarkIsEvil take on a spiked Stargate is [[Series/StargateSG1 Stargate]]) is, alongside its stated objective of being an FTL Drive. The rest of the ship? Who knows: the atrium with welcome mat, perhaps? Flypaper? It's hard to say what.



* HiddenDepths: Invoked, as the ship uses the memories and regrets that haunt the protagonists most deeply against them, to horrifying effect. Interestingly, of everyone, it is [[spoiler: the rational, normal seeming Dr. Weir]] who proves the most suspectible to it, implying that the character was a touch more disturbed than they seemed to begin with.

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* HiddenDepths: Invoked, as the ship uses the memories and regrets that haunt the protagonists most deeply against them, to horrifying effect. Interestingly, of everyone, it is [[spoiler: the rational, normal seeming Dr. Weir]] who proves the most suspectible susceptible to it, implying that the character was a touch more disturbed than they seemed to begin with.



* IWantMyJetpack: So far, 2015 has come and gone without a single colony being established on the Moon.

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* IWantMyJetpack: So far, 2015 has come and gone without a single colony being established on the Moon.



* KnifeNut: After told about [[spoiler: Weir's madness,]] D.J. features a badass moment when he starts picking up surgical knifes and muttering that he will take care of him. Sadly, he doesn't have chance of use them.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: (upon seeing the restored Apocalyptic Log) ''"We're leaving."''

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* KnifeNut: After told about [[spoiler: Weir's madness,]] D.J. features a badass moment when he starts picking up surgical knifes and muttering that he will take care of him. Sadly, he doesn't have the chance of to use them.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: KnowWhenToFoldEm:
--> '''Miller:'''
(upon seeing the restored Apocalyptic Log) ''"We're leaving."''



* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Uttered by Starck when Weir is blown through the breached window into space; Miller doubts it. They still arm themselves, just to be sure.

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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Uttered by Starck when Weir is blown through the breached window into space; Miller doubts it. [[GenreSavvy They still arm themselves, just to be sure.]]



* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Possibly subverted. Dr. Weir is a doctor of theoretical physics, but shows an amazing grasp of surgery and anatomy later in the film. This is most likely due to the [[PowersViaPossession Event Horizon possessing him]] as the 'surgery' was preformed by an eyeless Weir and around/after this time he was also able to [[NeckLift neck lift]] and throw people across a room with unnatural ease for someone with his build.

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* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Possibly subverted. Dr. Weir is a doctor of theoretical physics, but shows an amazing grasp of surgery and anatomy later in the film. This is most likely due to [[spoiler: the [[PowersViaPossession Event Horizon possessing him]] as the 'surgery' was preformed by an eyeless Weir Weir]] and around/after this time he was also able to [[spoiler: [[NeckLift neck lift]] and throw people across a room with unnatural ease for someone with his build.]]



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Miller is haunted by the memory of the crewman he left behind to save himself. In the end, he saves what is left of his crew by sacrificing himself.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The hallucination of Weir's wife, Claire, that keeps popping up. Notable in that her eyes are ''entirely'' red. The reason for that being that, like so, so many other people, her eyes are gouged out in the hallucination.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Miller is haunted by the memory of the crewman he left behind to save himself. In the end, [[spoiler: he saves what is left of his crew by sacrificing himself.
himself.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The hallucination of Weir's wife, Claire, that keeps popping up. Notable in that her eyes are ''entirely'' red. The reason for that being that, like so, so many other people, people in this film, her eyes are gouged out in the hallucination.



* SelfDestructiveCharge: Leading to HeroicSacrifice.

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* SelfDestructiveCharge: Leading to a HeroicSacrifice.



* ShooOutTheClowns: Possibly the darkest example in cinema. [[spoiler:When Weir starts his rampage, his first act is to blow up the ''Lewis and Clark''. Cooper survives on a piece of wreckage, but is blown clear. He blows his air supply to try to return, but we don't see him again until much later.]]

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* ShooOutTheClowns: Possibly the darkest example in cinema. [[spoiler:When [[spoiler: When Weir starts his rampage, his first act is to blow up the ''Lewis and Clark''. Cooper survives on a piece of wreckage, but is blown clear. He blows his air supply to try to return, but we don't see him again until much later.]]



* SlasherSmile: Possibly the most disturbing part of the ApocalypticLog (and that says ''a lot'') is Kilpack flashing one in front of the camera while uttering ''"Liberate tutemet ex inferis."''

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* SlasherSmile: Possibly the most disturbing part of the ApocalypticLog (and that says ''a lot'') is Kilpack flashing one in front of the camera while uttering [[spoiler: ''"Liberate tutemet ex inferis."''"'']]



* TakeMeInstead: Captain Miller offers himself in exchange for his crew. The response is "No. There is no escape. The gateway is open, and you're all coming with me!"
* TakeMyHand: When Miller saves a crewmember from being sucked out the ship's broken window into space.

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* TakeMeInstead: Captain Miller offers himself in exchange for his crew. The response is Unfortunately, [[spoiler: "Weir" isn't in a negotiating mood.]]
--> '''[[spoiler: Weir]]'''
"No. There is no escape. The gateway is open, and you're all coming with me!"
* TakeMyHand: When Miller saves a crewmember crew member from being sucked out the ship's broken window into space.



* TeleporterAccident: The ''Event Horizon'' was supposed to travel to Alpha Centauri. Instead it wound up in Hell for about a decade and came back alive.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[DefiedTrope Defied.]] This is what Captain Miller ''wants'' to do, but Weir and the ''Event Horizon'' make sure he never gets the chance.

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* TeleporterAccident: The ''Event Horizon'' was supposed to travel to Alpha Centauri. Instead it wound up in Hell (or something very close to it) for about a decade and came back alive.
CameBackWrong.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[DefiedTrope Defied.]] This is what Captain Miller ''wants'' to do, but [[spoiler: Weir and the ''Event Horizon'' Horizon'']] make sure he never gets the chance.



* ToHellAndBack: Hell is just a word, however. The reality is ''much, much'' worse.
* TouchedByVorlons: [[spoiler:Dr. Weir, though "Touched By ''Shadows''" might be more appropriate, here.]]

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* ToHellAndBack: Hell is just a word, however. The reality is ''much, much'' much, ''much'' worse.
* TouchedByVorlons: [[spoiler:Dr.[[spoiler: Dr. Weir, though "Touched By ''Shadows''" might be more appropriate, here.]]



--> '''D.J.''': ...I thought it said ''Libera te me''. "Save me." But it's not "''me''". It's "''Liberate'' '''''tutemet'''''." "Save yourselves." And it gets worse... I think... that says "''ex inferis''". "Save yourselves... from Hell."

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--> '''D.J.''': ...I thought it said ''Libera te me''. "Save me." [[spoiler: But it's not "''me''". It's "''Liberate'' '''''tutemet'''''." "Save yourselves." And it gets worse... I think... that says "''ex inferis''". "Save yourselves... from Hell.""]]
17th May '17 11:48:01 AM FlutteringNasuine
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* eyeopen: close-up of William's eye.

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* eyeopen: EyeOpen: close-up of William's eye.
17th May '17 11:47:24 AM FlutteringNasuine
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* Eyeopen: close-up of William's eye.

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* Eyeopen: eyeopen: close-up of William's eye.
17th May '17 11:47:24 AM FlutteringNasuine
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* Eyeopen: close-up of William's eye.
2nd May '17 9:41:12 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ChekhovsGun: The explosive ship-cutting charges. It's obvious to the point that some GenreSavvy viewers think they might be a RedHerring.

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* ChekhovsGun: The explosive ship-cutting charges. It's obvious to the point that some GenreSavvy viewers think they might be a RedHerring.
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* AgentScully: Weir keeps trying to think up increasingly ridiculous explanations for the obviously supernatural goings-on aboard the ''Event Horizon'', long after everyone else accepts that something weird is going on.
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