History Film / TheLastStarfighter

1st Nov '17 4:57:18 PM DragonQuestZ
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* UncannyValley: An accidental case. Further scenes with Beta required reshoots, and Lance Guest had to wear an obvious wig, which just emphasizes that he's playing a robot pretending to be human.
1st Nov '17 4:56:32 PM DragonQuestZ
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* EurekaMoment: Alex realizes that hide and seek can be used to bypass the armada to get to the communication turret.



* KarmaHoudini: At the end of the movie, Xur flies off in an escape pod and is never seen again.

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* KarmaHoudini: At the end of the movie, Xur flies off in an escape pod and is never seen again.again (though it was done as a SequelHook).



* RefusalOfTheCall: Followed by [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Xur And The Ko-Dan Armada Know Where You Live]].

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* RefusalOfTheCall: Followed Alex wants to get out of his small town, but isn't sure he wants to get involved in an interstellar war. Yet this refusal is followed by [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Xur And The Ko-Dan Armada Know Where You Live]].


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* UncannyValley: An accidental case. Further scenes with Beta required reshoots, and Lance Guest had to wear an obvious wig, which just emphasizes that he's playing a robot pretending to be human.
1st Nov '17 4:47:15 PM DragonQuestZ
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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The spy is executed by Xur by having ''his skull then brain melted''. And no, there's no GoryDiscretionShot.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The spy is executed by Xur by having ''his skull then brain melted''. And no, there's no GoryDiscretionShot. Even the DVDCommentary acknowledges how extreme it is compared to the rest of the film.



* RuleOfSymbolism: Why is the official starfighter test called the "Excalibur test"? It's because the idea for this movie came from one of the filmmakers watching kids play arcade games, while he read ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', and thought of a video game being a sword in the stone. So the term is an in-joke.



** The Frontier is an energy field that encapsulates (or at least cordons off) an entire section of the known galaxy. The energy field is projected by field generators that are placed, at best, ten kilometers apart. That would be a septillion (10 to the power of 24) generators per square light year of barrier, with a few billion of those for one third of the galaxy. The novelization changes this to state that the Frontier is a political designation and that, rather than knowing how to defeat it, Xur instead knows the location of the Starfighter base. Also, it changes the destruction of a force field to the traitor giving the enemy the codes for the League NoWarpingZone generators.

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** The Frontier is an energy field that encapsulates (or at least cordons off) an entire section of the known galaxy. The energy field is projected by field generators that are placed, at best, ten kilometers apart. That would be a septillion (10 to the power of 24) generators per square light year of barrier, with a few billion of those for one third of the galaxy. galaxy.
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The novelization changes this to state that the Frontier is a political designation and that, rather than knowing how to defeat it, Xur instead knows the location of the Starfighter base. Also, it changes the destruction of a force field to the traitor giving the enemy the codes for the League NoWarpingZone generators.
13th Oct '17 3:46:14 AM Kalibre
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** Otis gives one to Alex early on, minutes before he beats the Starfighter record and kicks off the plot.
--> '''Otis''': Things change. They always do. You'll get your chance. The important thing is when it comes- you've got to grab with both hands and hold on tight.
18th Sep '17 10:56:40 AM hullflyer
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* AcePilot: Alex mostly fulfills this trope, but slightly subverts it as he is a talented ''gunner'', not a pilot - Grig, the navigator, takes care of that, and the Gunstar, though fast and heavily armored, doesn't seem to be particularly maneuverable.
14th Sep '17 11:32:32 AM StClair
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* IWishItWereReal: Except that when it does turn out to be real, all Alex wants is to go home again.

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* IWishItWereReal: Except that when it does turn out to be real, all Alex wants is [[RefusingTheCall to go home again.again]].



* RedPillBluePill: Subverted at first; Centauri does a very hard sell to pressure Alex into becoming a Starfighter, up to "kidnapping" him (but not really), and taking him to the Star League and having him sit in a mission briefing, but Alex still [[RefusalOfTheCall turns down the offer.]] It's only when the Ko-Dan starts sending assassins after him that he reluctantly accepts.
* RefusalOfTheCall. Followed by [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Xur And The Ko-Dan Armada Know Where You Live]].

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* RedPillBluePill: Subverted at first; Centauri does a very hard sell to pressure Alex into becoming a Starfighter, up to "kidnapping" him (but not really), and taking him to the Star League and having him sit in a mission briefing, but Alex still [[RefusalOfTheCall turns down the offer.]] It's only when the Ko-Dan starts sending assassins after him that he reluctantly accepts.
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* RefusalOfTheCall. RefusalOfTheCall: Followed by [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive Xur And The Ko-Dan Armada Know Where You Live]].
14th Sep '17 11:29:58 AM StClair
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-->[[spoiler:'''Grig:''' You will stay, won't you, Alex?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Centauri:''' Of course he'll stay.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Alex:''' ... Stay.]]
9th Sep '17 11:34:58 AM NoxSky12599
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* GreaterScopeVillain: The Ko-Dan Emperor is never seen or heard in the film, only being mentioned a couple of times by other characters. However, they provided the armada Xur uses to breach the Frontier and attack Rylos (and presumably gave Kril permission to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness get rid of Xur once his usefulness]] in getting past the Frontier was over).
11th Aug '17 4:05:45 AM Arivne
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* ActorAllusion: Centauri is clearly based on Creator/RobertPreston's famous character, Harold Hill from ''Film/TheMusicMan''
10th Aug '17 2:32:03 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BiggerBad: Xur has nothing much going for him; his Ko-Dan armada is actually on loan from the Ko-Dan emperor who never appears and is mentioned only a couple of times.
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