History Film / Evolution

3rd Apr '18 7:13:28 PM kalel32688
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* NeverLiveItDown: [[InUniverse The Kane Madness.]] An anthrax vaccine that ''did'' immunize people against anthrax... at the cost of a ''month'' of [[LongList debilitating stomach cramps, severe diarrhea, memory loss, partial facial paralysis, temporary blindness, drooling, bleeding gums, erectile dysfunction, uncontrollable flatulence...]]

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* NeverLiveItDown: [[InUniverse The Kane Madness.]] Madness is an InUniverse example. An anthrax vaccine that ''did'' immunize people against anthrax... anthrax...at the cost of a ''month'' of [[LongList debilitating stomach cramps, severe diarrhea, memory loss, partial facial paralysis, temporary blindness, drooling, bleeding gums, erectile dysfunction, uncontrollable flatulence...]]
3rd Apr '18 6:28:31 PM Scifiwriterguy
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* ProductPlacement: Head & Shoulder's dandruff-killing formula [[spoiler:also happens to kill aliens. This is parodied after the end of the movie, where the actors do a cliched commercial with forced smiles. And Harry holding his bottle backwards]]. This was Ivan Reitman's son's idea.

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* ProductPlacement: Subverted. Head & Shoulder's dandruff-killing formula [[spoiler:also happens to kill aliens. This is parodied after the end of the movie, where the actors do a cliched commercial with forced smiles. And Harry holding his bottle backwards]]. This The commercial was Ivan Reitman's son's idea.idea. However, according to Reitman, the production wasn't paid for product placement by P&G, and that the bottles shown were all acquired by the production through purchase.
2nd Apr '18 3:59:07 PM bitemytail
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** The aliens are supposed to be "[[YouFailBiologyForever nitrogen-based lifeforms]]." As anyone with a background in chemistry could tell you, this is extremely unlikely. However, they are[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothetical_types_of_biochemistry#Nitrogen_and_phosphorus_biochemistry theoretically entirely impossible]].

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** The aliens are supposed to be "[[YouFailBiologyForever nitrogen-based lifeforms]]." As anyone with a background in chemistry could tell you, this is extremely unlikely. However, they are[[http://en.are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothetical_types_of_biochemistry#Nitrogen_and_phosphorus_biochemistry theoretically entirely impossible]].
12th Jan '18 7:35:35 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* AlienInvasion: Via superior adaptability.

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* AlienInvasion: Via superior adaptability.adaptability, the aliens will take over the North American continent within months.



* ApocalypseHow: Class 3.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: {{Played for laughs}}. See below.
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: The heroes [[spoiler:figure out the weakness of the nitrogen-based aliens by comparing arbitrary patterns on the Periodic Table of Elements. "Hmm, well, Arsenic is the weakness of carbon-based life-forms, and Arsenic is two down and one across from Carbon. So that means that the weakness of the nitrogen-based life-forms must also be two down and one across!"]] Of course, [[RuleOfFunny because this is]] [[PlayedForLaughs a comedy film]], [[BatDeduction the logic is perfectly sound]].

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* ApocalypseHow: Class 3.
3 - the aliens threaten to take over the planet through explosive breeding, driving other species to extinction.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: {{Played for laughs}}. See below.
ArtisticLicenseBiology:
** The earlier aliens look pretty weird, but there's some pretty weird stuff in Earth's evolutionary history too; some of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgess_Shale_type_fauna Burgess Shale critters]] are pretty strange in their own right.
** The aliens are supposed to be "[[YouFailBiologyForever nitrogen-based lifeforms]]." As anyone with a background in chemistry could tell you, this is extremely unlikely. However, they are[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothetical_types_of_biochemistry#Nitrogen_and_phosphorus_biochemistry theoretically entirely impossible]].
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: There are two takes on this based on the discovery of the alien's weakness.
**
The heroes [[spoiler:figure out the weakness of the nitrogen-based aliens by comparing arbitrary patterns on the Periodic Table of Elements. "Hmm, well, Arsenic is the weakness of carbon-based life-forms, and Arsenic is two down and one across from Carbon. So that means that the weakness of the nitrogen-based life-forms must also be two down and one across!"]] Of course, [[RuleOfFunny because this is]] [[PlayedForLaughs a comedy film]], [[BatDeduction the logic is perfectly sound]].



** Poor Harry becomes a ''literal'' example when he has to have an alien mosquito removed from his body rectally.
* AssShove: [[spoiler:They kill the ultimate alien with a shampoo enema administered via fire hose. Though it ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice sucks Harry into its ass for at least a minute before it dies]]'']].

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* AssShove:
** Poor Harry becomes a ''literal'' example when he has to have an alien mosquito removed from his body rectally.
* AssShove:
[[spoiler:They kill the ultimate alien with a shampoo enema administered via fire hose. Though it ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice sucks Harry into its ass for at least a minute before it dies]]'']].



* BiggerIsBetter: [[spoiler:One of the organisms, in response to being napalmed, becomes a HUGE amoeba-thing. With an ''anus''.]]

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* BiggerIsBetter: [[spoiler:One of the organisms, in response to being napalmed, becomes a HUGE amoeba-thing. With amoeba-thing with an ''anus''.]]''anus''. This becomes the superior life form that kills/absorbs the other aliens]]



* CallASmeerpARabbit: For some reason, the lead characters refuse to call the obviously dragon/raptor-looking flying aliens that, and instead insist on calling them "birds." Maybe it's a case of NotUsingTheZWord, and they're not shown to be capable of breathing fire either.
** Earlier models of the dragon/raptor actually show it to look a lot more like a featherless oviraptor. Now that would have been weird.
** Perhaps models weren't complete until after the live-action filming. That would also explain why the creature that looks like a snub-nosed seal is mistaken for a dog.
* CameFromTheSky: How the aliens got to earth.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: In one scene, a shoplifter is wearing her stolen clothes under her already-worn ones. As she comes out of the dressing room, she's snatched away by the flying raptor. Once she's rescued, she vows never to shoplift again to a somewhat confused Harry.
** It's actually fortunate for her she was wearing the layers, as without them, the claws of the bird thing could have badly hurt her.
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunmen]]: Deke and Danny.
* ComedicSociopathy: Harry vs. the alien fly.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The meteor hits smack-dab on the shed above a cavern.
* CreatorProvincialism: Parodied (hopefully).

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* CallASmeerpARabbit: For some reason, the lead characters refuse to call the obviously dragon/raptor-looking flying aliens that, and instead insist on calling them "birds." Maybe it's a case of NotUsingTheZWord, and they're not shown to be capable of breathing fire either.
**
either.Earlier models of the dragon/raptor actually show it to look a lot more like a featherless oviraptor. Now that would have been weird.
** Perhaps
weird. Also, perhaps models weren't complete until after the live-action filming. That would also explain why the creature that looks like a snub-nosed seal is mistaken for a dog.
* CameFromTheSky: How the The aliens got came to earth.
earth from a meteor.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: In one scene, a shoplifter is wearing her stolen clothes under her already-worn ones. As she comes out of the dressing room, she's snatched away by the flying raptor. Once she's rescued, she vows never to shoplift again to a somewhat confused Harry.
**
Harry. It's actually fortunate for her she was wearing the layers, as without them, the claws of the bird thing could have badly hurt her.
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunmen]]: Deke and Danny.
*
Danny are introduced on a TheDitz joke. [[spoiler: They are the key to finding a sufficient supply of the alien's weakness in the climax.]]
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ComedicSociopathy: Harry vs. the alien fly.
* %%%* ContrivedCoincidence: The meteor hits smack-dab on the shed above a cavern.
* %%%* CreatorProvincialism: Parodied (hopefully).



* DeadpanSnarker: Ira and Harry.
* DumbassHasAPoint: The two biggest idiots in Ira's class end up saving the day in the end.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: [[spoiler:Shortly after the alien life-forms reach a simian stage of evolution, they get napalmed. And are crushed by one cell. These are the fastest and most violent things to come out of the ecosystem, in the short time they're seen before they're crushed.]]

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* %%%%* DeadpanSnarker: Ira and Harry.
* DumbassHasAPoint: The two biggest idiots in Ira's class [[spoiler: end up saving the day in the end.
end by point out that Head and Shoulders shampoo has selenium in it]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: [[spoiler:Shortly after the alien life-forms reach a simian stage of evolution, they get napalmed. And hen they are crushed by one cell. These are the fastest and most violent things to come out of the ecosystem, in the short time they're seen before they're crushed.]]



* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Oddly enough ''{{averted}}'', given the type of movie it was. When Ira and Harry go down into the underground alien world, almost none of the creatures try to harm them. There was a carnivorous tree, but really the only one to go after anyone was that big mosquito.

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* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Oddly enough ''{{averted}}'', given the type of movie it was. When Ira and Harry go down into the underground alien world, they note that "everything down here is food for something else; let's try to stay off the menu". Yet almost none of the creatures try to harm them. There was a carnivorous tree, but really the only one to go after anyone was that big mosquito.



* ForgottenFallenFriend: Nobody seems to care much about Lieutenant Cryer being taken away by the fuzzy no-nosed chimps. He isn't mentioned and no attempt is made by Woodman to rescue him. Not even the ostensible heroes bring him up.

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* ForgottenFallenFriend: Nobody seems to care much about Lieutenant Cryer being taken away by the fuzzy no-nosed chimps. He isn't mentioned and no attempt is made by Woodman to rescue him. Not even the ostensible heroes bring him up.



* GenreSavvy: Harry knows the [[BlackDudeDiesFirst black guy dies first]].

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* GenreSavvy: Harry knows the [[BlackDudeDiesFirst black guy dies first]].first]] in horror/alien films.



* HaveANiceDaySmile: The movie poster features one of these with three eyes.
** Used for the movie's ViralMarketing, where the three-eyed smiley began appearing all over New York City in the months prior to the film's release.
* AHeadAtEachEnd: Sported by one of the first critters Ira and Harry encounter in the cavern's "bug period".
* HeroesWantRedheads: Harry insists this of Ira. [[spoiler: It turns out to be true.]]
* HeroicWannabe: Wayne, who wants desperately to be a firefighter or ''some'' other type of hero to get girls.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ira and Harry, though Ira [[spoiler:does get the girl in the end]].
* HiddenDepths: Deke and Danny.
* HollywoodEvolution: The whole point.
* HotScientist: Allison or, for that matter, Ira or Harry, depending on one's gender/orientation.
* IgnoredExpert: Ira tries to warn Woodman that [[spoiler:[[KillItWithFire napalming the aliens]] may be a really bad idea]]. [[spoiler:And [[FeedItWithFire turns out to be right]]]].

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* HaveANiceDaySmile: The movie poster features one of these with three eyes.
** Used
eyes. It is also used for the movie's ViralMarketing, where the three-eyed smiley began appearing all over New York City in the months prior to the film's release.
* AHeadAtEachEnd: Sported by one of the first critters Ira and Harry encounter in the cavern's "bug period".
period". Harry doesn't know if it is "coming or going".
* HeroesWantRedheads: Harry insists this of Ira.Ira in regards to Allison. [[spoiler: It turns out to be true.]]
* HeroicWannabe: Wayne, who Wayne wants desperately to be a firefighter or ''some'' other type of hero to get girls.
* %%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: Ira and Harry, though Ira [[spoiler:does get the girl in the end]].
Harry
* HiddenDepths: Deke and Danny.
Danny are smarter than they appear, at least in regards to their grooming practices.
* HollywoodEvolution: The whole point.
*
"Evolution" in this movie depicted as the rapid development of single-celled organisms instead of more and more complex ones. At the end, it is noted that [[spoiler: the giant amoeba is still considered "evolution" over the apes and such because evolution is the ability to survive.]]
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HotScientist: Allison or, for that matter, Ira or Harry, depending on one's gender/orientation.
* IgnoredExpert: Ira tries to warn Woodman that [[spoiler:[[KillItWithFire napalming the aliens]] may be a really bad idea]]. [[spoiler:And [[spoiler:He [[FeedItWithFire turns out to be right]]]].



* IWillFightSomeMoreForever
* JerkAss: General Woodman and his fellow army officers.
* KillerSpaceMonkey: ...but not for long enough to get any use from it.
** Literally comes in the form of three-eyed, no-nose, ape-like beings that are one of the last to breach the habitat seal.
* [[KillItWithFire Kill It With Napalm]]: [[spoiler:This ends [[FeedItWithFire so]], ''[[FeedItWithFire so]]'' [[FeedItWithFire badly]]...]]

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* %%%%* IWillFightSomeMoreForever
* JerkAss: General Woodman and his fellow army officers.
officers are rude, arrogant, sexist and dismissive of the science experts.
* KillerSpaceMonkey: ...but not for long enough to get any use from it.
**
KillerSpaceMonkey: Literally comes in the form of three-eyed, no-nose, ape-like beings that are one of the last to breach the habitat seal.
* [[KillItWithFire Kill It With Napalm]]: [[spoiler:This ends [[FeedItWithFire so]], ''[[FeedItWithFire so]]'' [[FeedItWithFire badly]]...KillItWithFire: The military decided to burn the entire alien habitat with napalm. [[spoiler: This backfires because fire accelerates their evolutionary process.]]



* LifeOrLimbDecision: When Harry finds himself with an alien fly burrowing into his leg, he refuses to let the doctors amputate his leg until he hears that it's headed for his testicles.
** And then they decide to TakeAThirdOption and remove it rectally. That poor guy.

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* LifeOrLimbDecision: When Harry finds himself with an alien fly burrowing into his leg, he refuses to let the doctors amputate his leg until he hears that it's headed for his testicles.
** And then
testicles. [[spoiler: Then they decide to TakeAThirdOption and remove it rectally. That poor guy.]]



* MadeOfExplodium: [[spoiler:The final alien creature, after receiving an enema of anti-dandruff shampoo.]]
* MiracleGroMonster: This is why [[spoiler:napalm should not be used as a {{Kaiju}} attack Band-Aid]].
* MultipurposeTongue / NestedMouths: One creature that looks kind of like a green pig has this.

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* MadeOfExplodium: [[spoiler:The final alien creature, after receiving an enema of anti-dandruff shampoo.shampoo, explodes.]]
* MiracleGroMonster: This [[spoiler:Fire makes the aliens grow faster. It is why [[spoiler:napalm napalm should not be used as a {{Kaiju}} attack Band-Aid]].
* MultipurposeTongue / NestedMouths: MultipurposeTongue: One creature that looks kind of like a green pig [[NestedMouths has this.a beaked creature for a tongue]]. It is used as a weapon.



* NonMaliciousMonster: The aliens are hostile all right, but they're not evil. They are just lost and confused on a strange planet.

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* NonMaliciousMonster: The aliens are hostile all right, but they're not evil. They are just lost and confused on a strange planet. They're also hungry.



* OneHandedShotgunPump: Ira, Harry and Wayne do this after killing the first oxygen-tolerant alien.

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* OneHandedShotgunPump: Ira, Harry and Wayne do this after killing the first oxygen-tolerant alien. It is presented as a post-victory swagger rather than something to do in actual combat.



* ProductPlacement: Head & Shoulder's dandruff-killing formula [[spoiler:also happens to kill aliens. This is parodied after the end of the movie, where the actors do a cliched commercial with forced smiles. And Harry holding his bottle backwards]].
** This was Ivan Reitman's son's idea.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits

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* ProductPlacement: Head & Shoulder's dandruff-killing formula [[spoiler:also happens to kill aliens. This is parodied after the end of the movie, where the actors do a cliched commercial with forced smiles. And Harry holding his bottle backwards]].
**
backwards]]. This was Ivan Reitman's son's idea.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfitsRagtagBunchOfMisfits: We have an ex-colonel, a women's volleyball coach, a wanna-be fireman and a fiery redhead fighting off an alien invasion,



* SequelHook: Oh so blatantly at the conclusion.
* ShoutOut: Take a long look at the head of the dragony thing. It closely resembles the head of the creature from Film/TheGiantClaw.

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* SequelHook: Oh so blatantly at [[spoiler: Not all the conclusion.
aliens were killed. This leads into the sequel series.]]
* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
**
Take a long look at the head of the dragony thing. It closely resembles the head of the creature from Film/TheGiantClaw.



** The heroes discover that selenium is toxic to the nitrogen-based alien lifeforms. Selenium was also one of the materials used by the evil architect Ivo Shandor to build 55 Central Park West (Dana Barrett's apartment building) in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''.

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** The heroes discover that [[spoiler: selenium is toxic to the nitrogen-based alien lifeforms.lifeforms]]. Selenium was also one of the materials used by the evil architect Ivo Shandor to build 55 Central Park West (Dana Barrett's apartment building) in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''.



** The earlier aliens do look pretty weird, but there's some pretty weird stuff in Earth's evolutionary history too; some of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgess_Shale_type_fauna Burgess Shale critters]] are pretty strange in their own right.
** They're supposed to be "[[YouFailBiologyForever nitrogen-based lifeforms]]." As anyone with a background in chemistry could tell you, this wouldn't work.
*** Sort of; nitrogen-based life-forms are unlikely, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothetical_types_of_biochemistry#Nitrogen_and_phosphorus_biochemistry but not theoretically entirely impossible]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: Somewhat {{subverted}}. Harry is well-aware that he's not on the same-level (scientifically) as Ira or Allison, but that doesn't stop him from milking what he does know for all it's worth.

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** The earlier aliens do look pretty weird, but there's some pretty weird stuff in Earth's evolutionary history too; some of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgess_Shale_type_fauna Burgess Shale critters]] are pretty strange in their own right.
** They're supposed to be "[[YouFailBiologyForever nitrogen-based lifeforms]]." As anyone with a background in chemistry could tell you, this wouldn't work.
*** Sort of; nitrogen-based life-forms are unlikely, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothetical_types_of_biochemistry#Nitrogen_and_phosphorus_biochemistry but not theoretically entirely impossible]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: Somewhat {{subverted}}. Harry It's downplayed here with Harry. He is well-aware that he's not on the same-level (scientifically) as Ira or Allison, but that doesn't stop him from milking what he does know for all it's worth.



* ThoseTwoGuys: Deke and Danny.
* ThrowTheDogABone: They handed in the worst science paper ever, copied off each other to boot. And are responsible for an EurekaMoment.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Deke and Danny.
Danny are a pair of fat idiots who are used for comedy [[[spoiler: except for one scene.]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: They Deke and Danny handed in the worst science paper ever, copied off each other to boot. And They are responsible for an EurekaMoment.



* WeaksauceWeakness: [[spoiler:''Shampoo'']].

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* WeaksauceWeakness: [[spoiler:''Shampoo'']].
[[spoiler: The aliens are weak to Selenium but this is not what counts; what counts is that the only way to get enough of the stuff is to empty out dozens of bottles of ''Shampoo''.]].
24th Dec '17 8:48:44 AM Sharlee
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* AHeadAtEachEnd: Sported by one of the first critters Ira and Harry encounter in the cavern's "bug period".
24th Nov '17 7:04:26 AM SeptimusHeap
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* NeverLiveItDown: [[{{In-Universe}} The Kane Madness.]] An anthrax vaccine that ''did'' immunize people against anthrax... at the cost of a ''month'' of [[LongList debilitating stomach cramps, severe diarrhea, memory loss, partial facial paralysis, temporary blindness, drooling, bleeding gums, erectile dysfunction, uncontrollable flatulence...]]

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* NeverLiveItDown: [[{{In-Universe}} [[InUniverse The Kane Madness.]] An anthrax vaccine that ''did'' immunize people against anthrax... at the cost of a ''month'' of [[LongList debilitating stomach cramps, severe diarrhea, memory loss, partial facial paralysis, temporary blindness, drooling, bleeding gums, erectile dysfunction, uncontrollable flatulence...]]
7th Nov '17 10:19:30 AM Tightwire
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Glen Canyon, UsefulNotes/{{Arizona}}, ThePresentDay. Wayne Grey (Seann William Scott), practicing at night in the desert for his upcoming firefighter entrance exam, witnesses the impact of a meteor. The next day, biology teacher Dr. Ira Kane (Creator/DavidDuchovny) and geology teacher Harry Block (Orlando Jones) from Glen Canyon Community College manage to get to the meteor, which is stuck in the ground at the bottom of an underground cave. By taking a sample, they discover a slimy blue fluid coming out of the meteor.

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Glen Canyon, UsefulNotes/{{Arizona}}, ThePresentDay. Wayne Grey (Seann William Scott), practicing at night in the desert for his upcoming firefighter entrance exam, witnesses the impact of a meteor.meteor throw his truck 200 feet in the air and crash down. The next day, biology teacher Dr. Ira Kane (Creator/DavidDuchovny) and geology teacher Harry Block (Orlando Jones) from Glen Canyon Community College manage to get to the meteor, which is stuck in the ground has crash-landed at the bottom of an a system of underground cave.caverns. By taking a sample, they discover a slimy blue fluid coming out of the meteor.
21st Jun '17 1:58:34 PM autofire
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* AssShove: [[spoiler:They kill the ultimate alien with a shampoo enema administered via firehose. Though it ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice sucks Harry into its ass for at least a minute before it dies]]'']].

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* AssShove: [[spoiler:They kill the ultimate alien with a shampoo enema administered via firehose.fire hose. Though it ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice sucks Harry into its ass for at least a minute before it dies]]'']].



** Wayne suffers one, courtesy of his firehose falling and hitting him right in the crotch during his exam.

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** Wayne suffers one, courtesy of his firehose fire hose falling and hitting him right in the crotch during his exam.



** The heroes discover that selenium is toxic the nitorgen-based alien lifeforms. Selenium was also one of the materials used by the evil architect Ivo Shandor to build 55 Central Park West (Dana Barrett's apartment building) in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''.

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** The heroes discover that selenium is toxic to the nitorgen-based nitrogen-based alien lifeforms. Selenium was also one of the materials used by the evil architect Ivo Shandor to build 55 Central Park West (Dana Barrett's apartment building) in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''.



* SpiritualSuccessor: To the fisrt two ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films. Creator/DanAykroyd was unable to get his co-stars to do ''Ghostbusters III'', so ''Evolution'' was born.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To the fisrt first two ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films. Creator/DanAykroyd was unable to get his co-stars to do ''Ghostbusters III'', so ''Evolution'' was born.
19th Feb '17 8:46:46 PM Mdumas43073
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Evolution_movie.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Have a nice end of the world.]]

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Evolution_movie.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Have [[caption-width-right:300:Have a nice end of the world.]]
12th Dec '16 1:25:50 PM PeppermintTwist
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* AliensInCardiff: The movie takes place around Glen Canyon and Lake Powell, near the Arizona/Utah border. The town in the movie is usually just referred to as "Glen Canyon" as well, but is actually the small real-life town of Page, Arizona.
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