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12th Sep '17 6:46:23 AM Koveras
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** The notoriously haunting part of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' soundtrack, "Leaving Earth" (which plays as the ''Normandy'' escapes the planet as it is being overrun by the Reapers), incorporates a sequence of droning, high-pitched eighths in the background, which can easily be interpreted as a distress signal sent out by the planet -- which plays almost uninterrupted all the way to the end of the track, because there is no help coming this time.
2nd Jul '17 12:20:47 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** An unsettling example appears in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' after the Klingon power plant on Praxis explodes (the film being an allegory for the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this is a analogue for the [[UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} Chernobyl disaster]]), ''Excelsior'' intercepts a distress call from someone at the facility: A lone Klingon male surrounded by flames, shouting in panicked, unintelligible Klingon. The message abruptly cuts out, and is soon replaced by a message from a Klingon [[ObstructiveBureaucrat government official]] who confirms that there ''has'' been an [[InferredHolocaust incident on Praxis]], that they ''do not'' require ''Excelsior's'' assistance, and ordering them to stay on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone.

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** An unsettling example appears in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' after the Klingon power plant on Praxis explodes (the film being an allegory for the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this is a analogue for the [[UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} Chernobyl disaster]]), ''Excelsior'' the starship''Excelsior'' intercepts a distress call from someone at the facility: A lone Klingon male surrounded by flames, shouting in panicked, unintelligible Klingon. The message abruptly cuts out, and is soon replaced by a message from a Klingon [[ObstructiveBureaucrat government official]] who confirms that there ''has'' been an [[InferredHolocaust incident on Praxis]], that they ''do not'' require ''Excelsior's'' assistance, and ordering them to stay on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone.
2nd Jul '17 12:17:09 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** An unsettling example appears in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' after the Klingon power plant on Praxis explodes (the film being an allegory for the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this is a analogue for the [[UsefulNotes/Chernobyl Chernobyl disaster]]), ''Excelsior'' intercepts a distress call from someone at the facility: A lone Klingon male surrounded by flames, shouting in panicked, unintelligible Klingon. The message abruptly cuts out, and is soon replaced by a message from a Klingon [[ObstructiveBureaucrat government official]] who confirms that there ''has'' been an [[InferredHolocaust incident on Praxis]], that they ''do not'' require ''Excelsior's'' assistance, and ordering them to stay on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone.

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** An unsettling example appears in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' after the Klingon power plant on Praxis explodes (the film being an allegory for the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this is a analogue for the [[UsefulNotes/Chernobyl [[UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} Chernobyl disaster]]), ''Excelsior'' intercepts a distress call from someone at the facility: A lone Klingon male surrounded by flames, shouting in panicked, unintelligible Klingon. The message abruptly cuts out, and is soon replaced by a message from a Klingon [[ObstructiveBureaucrat government official]] who confirms that there ''has'' been an [[InferredHolocaust incident on Praxis]], that they ''do not'' require ''Excelsior's'' assistance, and ordering them to stay on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone.
2nd Jul '17 12:16:36 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** An unsettling example appears in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' after the Klingon power plant on Praxis explodes (the film being an allegory for the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this is a analogue for the [[UsefulNotes/Chernobyl disaster]]), ''Excelsior'' intercepts a distress call from someone at the facility: A lone Klingon male surrounded by flames, shouting in panicked, unintelligible Klingon. The message abruptly cuts out, and is soon replaced by a message from a Klingon [[ObstructiveBureaucrat government official]] who confirms that there ''has'' been an [[InferredHolocaust incident on Praxis]], that they ''do not'' require ''Excelsior's'' assistance, and ordering them to stay on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone.

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** An unsettling example appears in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' after the Klingon power plant on Praxis explodes (the film being an allegory for the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this is a analogue for the [[UsefulNotes/Chernobyl Chernobyl disaster]]), ''Excelsior'' intercepts a distress call from someone at the facility: A lone Klingon male surrounded by flames, shouting in panicked, unintelligible Klingon. The message abruptly cuts out, and is soon replaced by a message from a Klingon [[ObstructiveBureaucrat government official]] who confirms that there ''has'' been an [[InferredHolocaust incident on Praxis]], that they ''do not'' require ''Excelsior's'' assistance, and ordering them to stay on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone.
2nd Jul '17 12:15:44 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** An unsettling example appears in 'Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' after the Klingon power plant on Praxis explodes (the film being an allegory for the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this is a analogue for the [[UsefulNotes/Chernobyl disaster]]), ''Excelsior'' intercepts a distress call from someone at the facility: A lone Klingon male surrounded by flames, shouting in panicked, unintelligible Klingon. The message abruptly cuts out, and is soon replaced by a message from a Klingon [[ObstructiveBureaucrat government official]] who confirms that there ''has'' been an [[InferredHolocaust incident on Praxis]], that they ''do not'' require ''Excelsior's'' assistance, and ordering them to stay on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone.

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** An unsettling example appears in 'Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' after the Klingon power plant on Praxis explodes (the film being an allegory for the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this is a analogue for the [[UsefulNotes/Chernobyl disaster]]), ''Excelsior'' intercepts a distress call from someone at the facility: A lone Klingon male surrounded by flames, shouting in panicked, unintelligible Klingon. The message abruptly cuts out, and is soon replaced by a message from a Klingon [[ObstructiveBureaucrat government official]] who confirms that there ''has'' been an [[InferredHolocaust incident on Praxis]], that they ''do not'' require ''Excelsior's'' assistance, and ordering them to stay on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone.
2nd Jul '17 12:14:57 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** An unsettling example appears in 'Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' after the Klingon power plant on Praxis explodes (the film being an allegory for the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this is a analogue for the [[UsefulNotes/Chernobyl disaster]]), ''Excelsior'' intercepts a distress call from someone at the facility: A lone Klingon male surrounded by flames, shouting in panicked, unintelligible Klingon. The message abruptly cuts out, and is soon replaced by a message from a Klingon [[ObstructiveBureaucrat government official]] who confirms that there ''has'' been an [[InferredHolocaust incident on Praxis]], that they ''do not'' require ''Excelsior's'' assistance, and ordering them to stay on the Federation side of the Neutral Zone.
18th Jun '17 9:37:22 AM JackG
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** Though the Doctor's former companions have this option, as they've SeenItAll during their adventures with the Doctor, so know when a situation has arisen that requires his unique talents. People who've been shown to have the Tardis phone number or some other means of contacting the Doctor include the Brigadier, Winston Churchill, Martha Jones, and the Pond family.
-->'''Rory Williams:''' The light's stopped flashing...does this mean he's coming or do I need to change the bulb?
9th Jun '17 9:40:17 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* The counselors in ''VideoGame/FridayThe13thTheGame'' can repair the phone box and call the police, which can give them an alternative means of escape. In addition, they can call Tommy Jarvis (one of Jason's killers) over the CB radio, who acts more or less as a one-up for the first survivor to escape or die.
6th Jun '17 12:45:49 AM JackG
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* A staple of ''Series/DoctorWho'', to the point where Creator/RussellTDavies acknowledges that he had to tell other writers to not start their episodes this way.
** But what if it's mauve?

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* A staple of ''Series/DoctorWho'', to the point where Creator/RussellTDavies acknowledges that he had to tell other writers to not start their episodes this way.
** But what if it's mauve?
way. One problem was the writers were reluctant to accept the ContrivedCoincidence (inherent in the series) of the TARDIS always turning up at the right time and place for the Doctor to help people.
5th Jun '17 6:18:02 AM TFSyndicate
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Rick ''loves'' these.
-->'''Rick:''' The first rule of space travel, kids, is always check out distress beacons. Nine out of ten times, itís a ship full of dead aliens and a bunch of ''free shit!'' One out of ten times, itís a deadly trap, but...Iím ready to roll those dice.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Rick ''loves'' these.
these. See the quote above.
-->'''Summer:''' Looks like something terrible happened here.
-->'''Rick:''' The first rule of space travel, kids, is always check out distress beacons. Nine out of ten times, itís a ship full of dead aliens and a bunch of ''free shit!'' One out of ten times, itís a deadly trap, but...Iím ready to roll those dice.Yep. Cha-ching!
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