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17th Jun '17 9:27:41 AM JackG
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld The Pyramid at the End of the World]]: The aliens make every clock or watch on Earth, whether digital or analog, display their DoomsdayClock.
11th Jun '17 11:13:46 PM Materioptikon
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* [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism/series/atlas-shrugged/the-cobra-commander-dialogues/ Atlas Shrugged: The Cobra Commander Dialogues]] parodies ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'''s use of the trope. As Cobra Commander notes, he has vastly more experience than John Galt at intercepting and subverting broadcasts, and some simple social manipulation tricks and the option to silence Galt ensure the world closes ranks around Cobra.
6th Jun '17 10:34:41 AM lalalei2001
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpacePOP'', Empress Geela takes over the holonet feeds, saturating it with programs all about her.
29th May '17 10:09:55 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''. Dr. Two-Brains suddenly interrupts Becky "WordGirl" Botsford's favorite television show:
** Dr. Two-Brains: "Hello, WordGirl! ...And I guess anyone else watching this."

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''. Dr. Two-Brains suddenly interrupts Becky "WordGirl" "[=WordGirl=]" Botsford's favorite television show:
** Dr. Two-Brains: "Hello, WordGirl! ...[=WordGirl=]! ...And I guess anyone else watching this."
26th May '17 4:07:35 PM Angeldeb82
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* In ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'', Mr. Curtain's messages are broadcast on every television signal, every radio signal, every wireless signal in every language. Most people don't notice them, though, because they broadcast using childrens' thoughts so that they may hide insidiously in people's minds.

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* In ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'', Mr. Curtain's messages are broadcast on every television signal, every radio signal, every wireless signal in every language. Most people don't notice them, though, because they broadcast using childrens' children's thoughts so that they may hide insidiously in people's minds.


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* In the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Aku makes a broadcast through TV monitors all around the world, first airing the show's intro from the first four seasons, and then announcing that he will [[HopeCrusher crush the hopes of everyone]] by killing their hero Jack in a PublicExecution. Cue the BigDamnHeroes moment from all of the inhabitants.
22nd May '17 6:18:41 PM Vir
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* Dr. Evil from ''Film/AustinPowers''. It is somewhat undermined when he goes to dramatically switch off the feed and accidentally switches it to an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''.

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* Dr. Evil from ''Film/AustinPowers''. It is somewhat undermined when he goes to dramatically switch off the feed and accidentally switches it to an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''.''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''.



* In ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'', Kilokhan takes over the airwaves to challenge Servo to battle. Servo didn't go for it, so he had to finally shut down all television broadcasts to get Servo to come into {{Cyberspace}} and fight.



* In ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'', Kilokhan takes over the airwaves to challenge Servo to battle. Servo didn't go for it, so he had to finally shut down all television broadcasts to get Servo to come into {{Cyberspace}} and fight.
22nd May '17 11:49:25 AM TheNinth
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* The current crop of ads for Hulu, a video-on-demand service, features celebrities' cheerful claims that they are aliens, and are using methods to render human brains both inert and palatable.

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* The current crop of ads Ads for Hulu, a video-on-demand service, features featured celebrities' cheerful claims that they are aliens, and are using methods to render human brains both inert and palatable.
13th Apr '17 3:24:21 AM JackG
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* From ''Captain Future and the Space Emperor'', by Creator/EdmondHamilton.
-->"We'll have Dock Fifteen ready for..."
-->''Then it happened!''
-->The televisor went blank as an untuned wave of incredible power crowded onto it. Then the image of a man appeared.
-->"What the devil?" Sparks gasped.
-->The man on the screen was an extraordinary-looking individual. He seemed an Earthman, yet his tall, gaunt, black-clothed figure, his [[MyBrainIsBig enormous bulging forehead and skull]], and his hypnotically burning black eyes, gave to his aspect some indefinable but startling aura of the superman.
-->"Doctor Zorro calling the Solar System peoples," he rasped in a deep, harsh voice. "People of the nine worlds, I bring you warning of a dreadful peril!"
12th Apr '17 10:28:34 AM AthenaBlue
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8* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "Secrets of the Stars", Martin Trueman manages to get his show displayed on television throughout the world.
8* In ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'', this trope was exaggerated for the creepy factor so that instead of broadcasting on all televisions, the evil aliens broadcast on all ''children'', taking over [[PlayingWithPuppets every child on Earth]] to make them SpeakInUnison to deliver the ultimatum.

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8* ** In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "Secrets of the Stars", Martin Trueman manages to get his show displayed on television throughout the world.
8* ** In ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'', this trope was exaggerated for the creepy factor so that instead of broadcasting on all televisions, the evil aliens broadcast on all ''children'', taking over [[PlayingWithPuppets every child on Earth]] to make them SpeakInUnison to deliver the ultimatum.
12th Apr '17 10:28:05 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E16PrinceOfSpace Prince Of Space]]''. Twice, even. [[EvilLaugh "Haaaaahh-heeeeaaaahh-heeeeaaahh-heeeeaaahh-heeeaaahh-heeeaahh-heeaah-heeah-heh!"]]
* In the miniseries ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', it is "explained" that all the world's broadcasting networks have been handed over to the alien Visitors. In the sequel miniseries, it is shown that a single (albeit large) microchip aboard the alien spaceship controls all TV signals.
* The famous OpeningNarration of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' sets this up, but it has nothing to do with the actual plots.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E16PrinceOfSpace Prince Of Space]]''. Twice, even. [[EvilLaugh "Haaaaahh-heeeeaaaahh-heeeeaaahh-heeeeaaahh-heeeaaahh-heeeaahh-heeaah-heeah-heh!"]]
In Season 4 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', when terrorists kidnapped Secretary of Defense Heller, they hacked the Internet so that they could broadcast his execution live to every computer with Internet access in the world.
* An unusual use in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', where Jasmine cannot in fact simply take control of all airwaves, but can use her MassHypnosis to convince enough people that she ''should'' be on every channel that it'll happen. Also, doing this is the culmination rather than the start of her plan, because anyone who sees the broadcast will fall under her control.
* In the miniseries ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', it is "explained" that all first episode of ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' [[BigBad Radiguet]] announces the world's broadcasting networks have been handed coming of the Vyram this way, but goes overboard and his image his image doesn't appear just on tv and computer screens, but also into thin air towering over to cities, on mirrors, and inside a ''coffee mug'' (cue SpitTake from the alien Visitors. In the sequel miniseries, it is shown that a single (albeit large) microchip aboard the alien spaceship controls all TV signals.
* The famous OpeningNarration of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' sets this up, but it has nothing to do with the actual plots.
disgusted coffee drinker when he sees Radiguet's eye in his mug).



-->''Do not adjust your set. This is an Eyes Only streaming freedom video bulletin. It cannot be Traced. It cannot be stopped. And it is the only free voice left in this city...''
* The revived series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' had something similar in the series 2 episode "The Idiot's Lantern" which featured an energy-based alien consciousness that inhabited televisions in 1953 London. Apparently, it was a single being calling itself "The Wire" and could exist in multiple television sets. It also fed off of human brain energy and sucked off the faces of its victims.
** The Master in the serial ''Logopolis'' does this for the entire ''universe''.
** The Atraxi in "The Eleventh Hour" are not exactly evil--more incredibly callous--and broadcast on every communications device "Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence, or the human residence will be incinerated" ad infinitum. (At first, the Doctor and Amy think "human residence" just means her house, but once he realizes it's on ''every'' communications device, he promptly figures out what they really mean.)
** And the Doctor and his crew do this again to foil The Silents' subliminal control over Earth. They use a 21st century smartphone to hack into the broadcast of the Moon Landing and replace it with a subliminal message to attack and kill all Silents on sight. In this case, though, it's less that they take over ''every'' channel as that they take over the ''one'' channel that everyone will be watching.
* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "Secrets of the Stars", Martin Trueman manages to get his show displayed on television throughout the world.
* In ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'', this trope was exaggerated for the creepy factor so that instead of broadcasting on all televisions, the evil aliens broadcast on all ''children'', taking over [[PlayingWithPuppets every child on Earth]] to make them SpeakInUnison to deliver the ultimatum.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Demons", the leader of a radical, xenophobic group called Terra Prime broadcasts a warning "on every frequency" to all the aliens living on Earth. The message even shows up conveniently on a large TV in an alien conference on Earth. And in "Exile" when [[CunningLinguist Hoshi Sato]] was contacted by a telepathic alien, all the computer screens around her showed images of her own face. Hoshi was, needless to say, somewhat creeped out.

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-->''Do not adjust your set. This is an Eyes Only streaming freedom video bulletin. It cannot be Traced.traced. It cannot be stopped. And it is the only free voice left in this city...''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
**
The revived series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' had something similar Master in the series 2 episode serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis "Logopolis"]] does this for the entire ''universe''.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern
"The Idiot's Lantern" which Lantern"]] featured an energy-based alien consciousness that inhabited televisions in 1953 London. Apparently, it was a single being calling itself "The Wire" and could exist in multiple television sets. It also fed off of human brain energy and sucked off the faces of its victims.
** The Master in the serial ''Logopolis'' does this for the entire ''universe''.
** The Atraxi in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour" Hour"]] are not exactly evil--more evil -- more incredibly callous--and callous -- and broadcast on every communications device "Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence, or the human residence will be incinerated" ad infinitum. (At first, the Doctor and Amy think "human residence" just means her house, but once he realizes it's on ''every'' communications device, he promptly figures out what they really mean.)
** And [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon"]]: The Doctor and his crew do this again to foil The Silents' the Silence's subliminal control over Earth. They use a 21st century 21[[superscript:st]]-century smartphone to hack into the broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing landing and replace it with a subliminal message to attack and kill all Silents Silence on sight. In this case, though, it's less that they take over ''every'' channel channel, as that they instead take over the ''one'' channel that everyone will be watching.
* 8* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "Secrets of the Stars", Martin Trueman manages to get his show displayed on television throughout the world.
* 8* In ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'', this trope was exaggerated for the creepy factor so that instead of broadcasting on all televisions, the evil aliens broadcast on all ''children'', taking over [[PlayingWithPuppets every child on Earth]] to make them SpeakInUnison to deliver the ultimatum.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Demons", the leader of a radical, xenophobic group called Terra Prime broadcasts a warning "on every frequency" to all the aliens living on Earth. The message even shows up conveniently on a large TV in an alien conference on Earth. And in "Exile" when [[CunningLinguist Hoshi Sato]] was contacted by a telepathic alien, all the computer screens around her showed images of her own face. Hoshi was, needless to say, somewhat creeped out.
ultimatum.



* Happens again in Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon. Mio announces she's taking over as Queen of the World in this manner during the Special Act. (which takes place after the main series)
* An unusual use in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', where Jasmine cannot in fact simply take control of all airwaves, but can use her MassHypnosis to convince enough people that she ''should'' be on every channel that it'll happen. Also, doing this is the culmination rather than the start of her plan, because anyone who sees the broadcast will fall under her control.
* In Season 4 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', when terrorists kidnapped Secretary of Defense Heller, they hacked the Internet so that they could broadcast his execution live to every computer with Internet access in the world.

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* Happens again in Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon. Mio announces she's taking over as Queen of In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' ChristmasEpisode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S2E9RunningToStandStill "Running to Stand Still"]], the World in this manner during the Special Act. (which Trickster takes place after over the main series)
* An unusual use
airwaves in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', where Jasmine cannot in fact simply take control of all airwaves, but can use her MassHypnosis Central City to convince enough people that she ''should'' be on every channel that it'll happen. Also, doing this is issue a threat/challenge to Comicbook/TheFlash.
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. In an episode spoofing ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'',
the culmination rather than aliens have taken over the start TV channels to show an image of her plan, because anyone who sees Knutters Knoll (where they plan to make FirstContact) via a pottery show and Patrick Moore's hairdo.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "Target Earth",
the broadcast will fall under her control.
* In Season 4 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', when
terrorists kidnapped Secretary of Defense Heller, they hacked who have stolen the Internet so that they could space shuttle hijack a communications satellite to broadcast his execution live their demands to every computer with Internet access in the world.earth.



* A downplayed version appears in ''Series/TrueBlood'' when BigBad Russel Edgington sends a national broadcast of his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech using a nationally-broadcast news programme, by rushing into the set while live, killing the anchorman and intimidating the crew to let the camera roll while he delivers his rant.



* When the Nickelodeon Studios complex at Universal Studios Florida in 1990; they celebrated with a three-hour special, which was periodically interrupted by A.W.F.F.U.L. [[FunWithAcronyms the Adults Who Find Fun Unbearably Loathesome]] who planned to prevent the studios from opening.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E16PrinceOfSpace Prince Of Space]]''. Twice, even. [[EvilLaugh "Haaaaahh-heeeeaaaahh-heeeeaaahh-heeeeaaahh-heeeaaahh-heeeaahh-heeaah-heeah-heh!"]]
* When the Nickelodeon Studios complex at Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990; they celebrated with a three-hour special, which was periodically interrupted by A.W.F.F.U.L. [[FunWithAcronyms the Adults Who Find Fun Unbearably Loathesome]] who planned to prevent the studios from opening.opening.
* The famous OpeningNarration of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' sets this up, but it has nothing to do with the actual plots.
* Happens again in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''. Mio announces she's taking over as Queen of the World in this manner during the Special Act. (which takes place after the main series)
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' - during the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, various Soviet television programs periodically cut into the station broadcasts. This is treated as an act of aggression which leads to war.
** A later episode features Gerry Todd's music video show, where he introduces a telecast from his Japanese counterpart Tim Ishimuni. Later on, Todd starts editorializing on the need to buy American, and Ishimuni cuts in with a rebuttal. Todd cuts in over him, the two keep bumping the other off until both their transmissions short out, leaving the empty airwaves free for...[[BrickJoke the Soviets again.]]



* On the vintage anthology show ''Tales Of Tomorrow'', a scifi program is interrupted repeatedly by views of someone's kitchen in which a murder is being planned. The images' source isn't ever fully explained, but in between these foreboding glimpses, the TV studio's personnel are seen debating where the rogue "broadcast" might be coming from, arguing about how they might prevent the crime, and frantically trying to identify and warn the intended victim.
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. In an episode spoofing ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', the aliens have taken over the TV channels to show an image of Knutters Knoll (where they plan to make FirstContact) via a pottery show and Patrick Moore's hairdo.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "Target Earth", the terrorists who have stolen the space shuttle hijack a communications satellite to broadcast their demands to earth.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' - during the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, various Soviet television programs periodically cut into the station broadcasts. This is treated as an act of aggression which leads to war.
** A later episode features Gerry Todd's music video show, where he introduces a telecast from his Japanese counterpart Tim Ishimuni. Later on, Todd starts editorializing on the need to buy American, and Ishimuni cuts in with a rebuttal. Todd cuts in over him, the two keep bumping the other off until both their transmissions short out, leaving the empty airwaves free for...[[BrickJoke the Soviets again.]]
* In the first episode of ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' [[BigBad Radiguet]] announces the coming of the Vyram this way, but goes overboard and his image his image doesn't appear just on tv and computer screens, but also into thin air towering over cities, on mirrors, and inside a ''coffee mug'' (cue SpitTake from the disgusted coffee drinker when he sees Radiguet's eye in his mug).
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' ChristmasEpisode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S2E9RunningToStandStill "Running to Stand Still"]], the Trickster takes over the airwaves in Central City to issue a threat/challenge to Comicbook/TheFlash.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Demons", the leader of a radical, xenophobic group called Terra Prime broadcasts a warning "on every frequency" to all the aliens living on Earth. The message even shows up conveniently on a large TV in an alien conference on Earth. And in "Exile" when [[CunningLinguist Hoshi Sato]] was contacted by a telepathic alien, all the computer screens around her showed images of her own face. Hoshi was, needless to say, somewhat creeped out.
* On the vintage anthology show ''Tales Of of Tomorrow'', a scifi program is interrupted repeatedly by views of someone's kitchen in which a murder is being planned. The images' source isn't ever fully explained, but in between these foreboding glimpses, the TV studio's personnel are seen debating where the rogue "broadcast" might be coming from, arguing about how they might prevent the crime, and frantically trying to identify and warn the intended victim.
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. In an episode spoofing ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', the aliens have taken over the TV channels to show an image of Knutters Knoll (where they plan to make FirstContact) via A downplayed version appears in ''Series/TrueBlood'' when BigBad Russel Edgington sends a pottery show and Patrick Moore's hairdo.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "Target Earth", the terrorists who have stolen the space shuttle hijack a communications satellite to
national broadcast their demands to earth.
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' - during the height
of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, various Soviet television programs periodically cut his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech using a nationally-broadcast news programme, by rushing into the station broadcasts. This is treated as an act of aggression which leads set while live, killing the anchorman and intimidating the crew to war.
** A later episode features Gerry Todd's music video show, where
let the camera roll while he introduces a telecast from delivers his Japanese counterpart Tim Ishimuni. Later on, Todd starts editorializing on the need to buy American, and Ishimuni cuts in with a rebuttal. Todd cuts in over him, the two keep bumping the other off until both their transmissions short out, leaving the empty airwaves free for...[[BrickJoke the Soviets again.]]
rant.
* In the first episode of ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' [[BigBad Radiguet]] announces miniseries ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', it is "explained" that all the coming of the Vyram this way, but goes overboard and his image his image doesn't appear just on tv and computer screens, but also into thin air towering world's broadcasting networks have been handed over cities, on mirrors, and inside a ''coffee mug'' (cue SpitTake from to the disgusted coffee drinker when he sees Radiguet's eye in his mug).
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alien Visitors. In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' ChristmasEpisode [[Recap/TheFlash2014S2E9RunningToStandStill "Running to Stand Still"]], the Trickster takes over sequel miniseries, it is shown that a single (albeit large) microchip aboard the airwaves in Central City to issue a threat/challenge to Comicbook/TheFlash.alien spaceship controls all TV signals.
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