History Literature / PrisonersOfPower

20th Feb '18 9:41:17 AM aurora369
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* GermanRussians: Maxim Kammerer himself. He's ethnically German but lived in Leningrad (Moscow in the movie).
7th Feb '18 11:05:20 AM girlyboy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* KillerRobot: Of a UsedFuture, DieselPunk variety. Saraksh is mostly at a 20th-century level of development, but has [[SchizoTech unusually advanced]] computer and nuclear technology -- so autonomous nuclear-powered robots were used during the War that turned it into a CrapsackWorld. When Maxim arrives, the planet's wilderness is filled with rusting, malfunctioning machines that are still attempting to follow their original instructions, attacking anything they perceive as an enemy while leaking poisonous radiation wherever they go. Maxim is originally stranded when his starship is shot down by an autonomous AA platform. He later comes across a rusting, highly radioactive robot tank rumbling through the landscape; fortunately it is too stupid and broken down to react to Maxim's presence. The evil government routinely sends political prisoners into the wilderness to try and disarm all the dangerous machinery, which generally amounts to a death sentence.

to:

* KillerRobot: Of a UsedFuture, DieselPunk variety.variety (but also relatively [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness realistic]] in that they are neither humanoid nor particularly intelligent). Saraksh is mostly at a 20th-century level of development, but has [[SchizoTech unusually advanced]] computer and nuclear technology -- so autonomous nuclear-powered robots were used during the War that turned it into a CrapsackWorld. When Maxim arrives, the planet's wilderness is filled with rusting, malfunctioning machines that are still attempting to follow their original instructions, attacking anything they perceive as an enemy while leaking poisonous radiation wherever they go. Maxim is originally stranded when his starship is shot down by an autonomous AA platform. He later comes across a rusting, highly radioactive robot tank rumbling through the landscape; fortunately it is too stupid and broken down to react to Maxim's presence. The evil government routinely sends political prisoners into the wilderness to try and disarm all the dangerous machinery, which generally amounts to a death sentence.
7th Feb '18 10:59:11 AM girlyboy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AfterTheEnd: The HumanAliens of Saraksh are the survivors of a nuclear war, and live in this kind of setting. Everything is radioactive, the countryside is filled with rusting, malfunctioning {{Killer Robot}}s, the world is divided between savage regimes squabbling over the remaining habitable scraps of land, and the best hope for preserving civilization may be a horribly oppressive dictatorial state that employs MindControl to keep its subjects in line. At one point in the story Maxim comes across old photos from before the war, showing a lush, beautiful planet filled with happy, prosperous people; he actually becomes ''angry'' thinking about how Saraksh's inhabitants ruined their world.



* ApocalypseHow: Saraksh's nuclear war was a Planetary Scale / Societal Disruption variety. Industrial civilization survives, but not in a particularly pleasant form, and doesn't seem likely to recover any time soon.



* DieselPunk: Saraksh's [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology aesthetic]] [[PlanetOfHats hat]].

to:

* CrapsackWorld: The story is a {{Robinsonade}} -- but instead of being stranded on a desert island, the protagonist is stranded on a horrible, ruined planet full of radiation, killer robots, oppressive dictatorial regimes, mind control technology, and the threat of a ''second'' nuclear war. No-one here is having a good time -- even the despots at the top of the social hierarchy must suffer.
* DieselPunk: Saraksh's [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology aesthetic]] [[PlanetOfHats hat]].hat]], with some UsedFuture mixed in.


Added DiffLines:

* KillerRobot: Of a UsedFuture, DieselPunk variety. Saraksh is mostly at a 20th-century level of development, but has [[SchizoTech unusually advanced]] computer and nuclear technology -- so autonomous nuclear-powered robots were used during the War that turned it into a CrapsackWorld. When Maxim arrives, the planet's wilderness is filled with rusting, malfunctioning machines that are still attempting to follow their original instructions, attacking anything they perceive as an enemy while leaking poisonous radiation wherever they go. Maxim is originally stranded when his starship is shot down by an autonomous AA platform. He later comes across a rusting, highly radioactive robot tank rumbling through the landscape; fortunately it is too stupid and broken down to react to Maxim's presence. The evil government routinely sends political prisoners into the wilderness to try and disarm all the dangerous machinery, which generally amounts to a death sentence.


Added DiffLines:

* UsedFuture: The planet Saraksh has some of this aesthetic, especially when we see the machinery left over from the War that turned it into a CrapsackWorld -- much of it still functioning, but very much worse for the wear. Provides a contrast to the 22nd-century Earth that is Maxim's homeworld -- which is more at a CrystalSpiresAndTogas level of development by this point.
7th Feb '18 10:18:31 AM girlyboy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* SchizoTech: Sarakshians have roughly World War II level tech and science, but their astronomical knowledge and worldview are practically at a prehistoric level due to the above mentioned atmospheric phenomenon. That also made them unable to work out normal flight physics and aviation is almost non-existent. However, they have achieved remarkable progress in nuclear physics and neurological sciences.

to:

* SchizoTech: Sarakshians have roughly World War II level tech and science, but their astronomical knowledge and worldview are practically at a prehistoric level due to the above mentioned atmospheric phenomenon. That also phenomenon (i.e. they believe they live on the ''inner surface'' of a sphere, and have no concept of "space" or even "celestial bodies"). This made it impossible for them unable to work out normal ballistic flight physics and their aviation technology is almost non-existent. very primitive. However, they have achieved remarkable progress in nuclear physics physics, computers, and the neurological sciences.sciences. Hence an otherwise 20th-century-type civilization with ''mind control'' technology -- and surrounded by scrap piles filled with autonomous, nuclear-powered {{Killer Robot}}s left over from their last war.
7th Feb '18 10:12:19 AM girlyboy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The original Russian title -- ''Inhabited Island'' -- is a reference to ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and other {{Robinsonade}} stories. Crusoe was stranded on a DesertedIsland, a term usually rendered in Russian as "an ''uninhabited island''." Maxim is stranded on a "desert island" as well, but this island is ''anything but'' "uninhabited" -- which turns out to be his main problem.all

to:

* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The original Russian title -- ''Inhabited Island'' -- is a reference to ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and other {{Robinsonade}} stories. Crusoe was stranded on a DesertedIsland, DesertedIsland -- a term trope usually rendered in Russian as "an ''uninhabited island''." Maxim is stranded on a "desert island" as well, but this island is ''anything but'' anything but "uninhabited" -- which turns out to be his main problem.all
7th Feb '18 10:10:58 AM girlyboy
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** It's a Cool Plane to the natives, but Anton, used to 22nd-century Earth technology, regards it as [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Plane]].

to:

** It's a Cool Plane to the natives, but Anton, Maxim, used to 22nd-century Earth technology, regards it as [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Plane]].



* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The original title was a play off ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''. Like Crusoe, Maxim is stranded on an unknown island, but this island is anything but uninhabited.

to:

* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The original Russian title -- ''Inhabited Island'' -- is a reference to ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and other {{Robinsonade}} stories. Crusoe was stranded on a play off ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''. Like Crusoe, DesertedIsland, a term usually rendered in Russian as "an ''uninhabited island''." Maxim is stranded on an unknown island, a "desert island" as well, but this island is anything but uninhabited.''anything but'' "uninhabited" -- which turns out to be his main problem.all
7th Feb '18 10:03:26 AM girlyboy
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** It's a Cool Plane to the natives, but Anton, used to 22nd-century Earth technology, regards it as [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Plane]].
26th Nov '17 5:39:40 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Island Empire is obviously based on ImperialJapan.

to:

** Island Empire is obviously based on ImperialJapan.UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan.
6th Jun '17 4:30:18 AM NhazUl
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The [[spoiler: "Dummkopf! Rotznase!"]] WhamLine doesn't have such an effect in the 2009 movie, since it's said with such a hard Russian accent that you won't at first realize it's in [[spoiler: German]].
25th Apr '17 8:57:15 AM Koveras
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* WhamLine: "Dummkopf! Rotznase!" [[spoiler:This line is uttered by the Stranger, the supposed mastermind behind TheGovernment's tyranny on Saraksh, in ''German''--a Terran language, revealing him to Maxim as a fellow Earthling.]]

to:

* WhamLine: "Dummkopf! Rotznase!" [[spoiler:This line is uttered by the Stranger, the supposed mastermind behind TheGovernment's tyranny on Saraksh, in ''German''--a Terran language, revealing him to Maxim himself as a fellow Earthling.(very pissed-off) Earthling to Maxim.]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 50. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Literature.PrisonersOfPower