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4th Jan '15 3:29:48 PM VicGeorge2011
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[[caption-width-right:350:Teal, Henderson and York, about to make a new enemy for all of mankind.]]

-> "''That thing is eating my crew!''"
-> "''Only the slow ones. She's picking them off, doing exactly what I'd do. I almost love her.''"
--> '''Henderson and York''', ''A Gift From The Glish''

->''Attention all crew: nutrition advice. Lager is not a meal in itself. Eat food with your lager.''

''Hyperdrive'' is a SciFi BritCom that aired on BBC Two starring Nick Frost, Kevin Eldon, and Miranda Hart.

Set in the year 2151, the show follows the crew of HMS ''Camden Lock'', a British "Wendover-class" ship headed by the eager, yet [[IdiotHero hopelessly naive]] Commander Michael Henderson. His crew is made up of the psychopathic Eduardo York, the shy and timid Chloe Teal, the neurotic Dave Vine, the disobedient Karl Jeffers and RobotGirl Sandstrom, who is in charge of flying the ship. They are charged with the mission of exploring new worlds and protecting Britain's interests in the galaxy, but because of how hilariously incompetent all of the characters are they usually end up making their problems bigger until they go away.

The show frequently parodies its source material, {{lampshading}} and making fun of many tropes and conventions that are a part of SpeculativeFiction. It was generally well liked by critics, but failed to get the necessary ratings. Two seasons have been produced, the first in 2006 and the second in 2007.
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!Contains examples of:
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Lallakki song "Kill the Humans", by Jeffers. Henderson was not amused.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: {{Lampshaded}}, "...their language is amazingly similar to English, which is jolly helpful..." Every alien language in the show is either English or English being spoken in a weird voice.
* {{Badass}}: York.
* BloodKnight: Again, York. See the page quote.
* BolivianArmyEnding: ''Both'' seasons. First: [[spoiler:they are about to get gunned down by the Space Force after going rogue (turns out that Chloe's father stepped in).]] Second: [[spoiler:Henderson gives everyone (including those keeping the air circulating and power on) the day off, leaving them with a few minutes' worth of air...]]
* {{Brainwashed}} ([[BrainwashedAndCrazy and arguably crazy]]): [[spoiler: Henderson]] in the season two finale
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Possibly not Chloe.
* CrazyCulturalComparison: The alien races thrive on this.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Sandstrom.
* CyborgHelmsman: Sandstrom.
* DeadlyGame: A reality TV program no less.
* DisintegratorRay: Lampooned with the Queppunian Doom Ray. It only works if the target stays perfectly still for three days, and has a recharge time of 1 week.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Averted for RuleOfFunny, but there is no realistic way York's [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat clone could have survived]] shunting Shuttle 3 through the ''Pride Of Glenrothes''' ramscoop to save the ''Camden Lock''.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Henderson.
** TheLancer / TokenEvilTeammate: York
** TheChick: Teal
** TheSmartGuy: Jeffers / Vine
** TheBigGuy: Sandstrom
* FutureImperfect: ''"When he first discovered France, did Charles Dickens feel as I do now?"''
* InterspeciesRomance: Averted with the {{Squick}}-inducing sex education video.
* MildlyMilitary: The ''Camden Lock'' is ostensibly a warship, but discipline is nearly nonexistent. And while there's a definite chain of command, rank is rarely (if ever) mentioned.
* MookChivalry: {{Lampshaded}} and then {{subverted}}; the Shiny Red Robots of Vortis behave this way, until Henderson points it out.
* NoOSHACompliance: Lampshaded when the Commander and York find themselves on a narrow, rail-less walkway suspended hundreds of feet above a SwirlyEnergyThingy.
-->'''Cmdr Henderson''': ''Why would anything on this ship have to be so high?''
* PatrickStewartSpeech: Given by Henderson after their disasterous FirstContact with Queppu. His crew decide that DeusExNukina is a better response.
* PlanarShockwave: The Superweapon in ''Convoy'' issues one of these when it's destroyed.
* RubberForeheadAliens: Played straight, but to the point that it is hilarious (the aliens look really silly, especially the Queppunians, but this is never commented upon.)
* ShoutOut: The ship has a resemblance to the BT Tower. Its registration number, [=XH558=], is that of an Avro Vulcan bomber that was recently restored to flying condition.
* ShowWithinAShow: Captain Helix. [[spoiler: Responsible for the aforementioned brainwashing.]]
* SingleTear
* SociopathicHero: York. Well, sometimes he is heroic, or at least on the right side.
* SpaceshipGirl: Sandstrom, she used to be a ordinary human but volunteered to undergo cybernetic enhancement (including the removal of her memories and sentient thoughts) just to pay off her college debts. Somehow they could put Sandtroms mind back once her contracted tour of duty was over.
** The way that this came out in the show proves that they can put her back the way she was: In one episode she malfunctioned and reverted to her pre-conversion personality and memories, including being told that afterwards she would be restored to being a normal human.
* {{Technobabble}}: Also played straight until it looks utterly daft.
* VillainSong: Lallakki song ''Kill the Humans''.
* XMeetsY: ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' meets ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* ZanyScheme: Season 1, Episode 3
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[[caption-width-right:350:Teal, Henderson and York, about to make a new enemy for all of mankind.]]

-> "''That thing is eating my crew!''"
-> "''Only the slow ones. She's picking them off, doing exactly what I'd do. I almost love her.''"
--> '''Henderson and York''', ''A Gift From The Glish''

->''Attention all crew: nutrition advice. Lager is not a meal in itself. Eat food with your lager.''

''Hyperdrive'' is a SciFi BritCom that aired on BBC Two starring Nick Frost, Kevin Eldon, and Miranda Hart.

Set in the year 2151, the show follows the crew of HMS ''Camden Lock'', a British "Wendover-class" ship headed by the eager, yet [[IdiotHero hopelessly naive]] Commander Michael Henderson. His crew is made up of the psychopathic Eduardo York, the shy and timid Chloe Teal, the neurotic Dave Vine, the disobedient Karl Jeffers and RobotGirl Sandstrom, who is in charge of flying the ship. They are charged with the mission of exploring new worlds and protecting Britain's interests in the galaxy, but because of how hilariously incompetent all of the characters are they usually end up making their problems bigger until they go away.

The show frequently parodies its source material, {{lampshading}} and making fun of many tropes and conventions that are a part of SpeculativeFiction. It was generally well liked by critics, but failed to get the necessary ratings. Two seasons have been produced, the first in 2006 and the second in 2007.
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!Contains examples of:
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Lallakki song "Kill the Humans", by Jeffers. Henderson was not amused.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: {{Lampshaded}}, "...their language is amazingly similar to English, which is jolly helpful..." Every alien language in the show is either English or English being spoken in a weird voice.
* {{Badass}}: York.
* BloodKnight: Again, York. See the page quote.
* BolivianArmyEnding: ''Both'' seasons. First: [[spoiler:they are about to get gunned down by the Space Force after going rogue (turns out that Chloe's father stepped in).]] Second: [[spoiler:Henderson gives everyone (including those keeping the air circulating and power on) the day off, leaving them with a few minutes' worth of air...]]
* {{Brainwashed}} ([[BrainwashedAndCrazy and arguably crazy]]): [[spoiler: Henderson]] in the season two finale
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Possibly not Chloe.
* CrazyCulturalComparison: The alien races thrive on this.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Sandstrom.
* CyborgHelmsman: Sandstrom.
* DeadlyGame: A reality TV program no less.
* DisintegratorRay: Lampooned with the Queppunian Doom Ray. It only works if the target stays perfectly still for three days, and has a recharge time of 1 week.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Averted for RuleOfFunny, but there is no realistic way York's [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat clone could have survived]] shunting Shuttle 3 through the ''Pride Of Glenrothes''' ramscoop to save the ''Camden Lock''.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Henderson.
** TheLancer / TokenEvilTeammate: York
** TheChick: Teal
** TheSmartGuy: Jeffers / Vine
** TheBigGuy: Sandstrom
* FutureImperfect: ''"When he first discovered France, did Charles Dickens feel as I do now?"''
* InterspeciesRomance: Averted with the {{Squick}}-inducing sex education video.
* MildlyMilitary: The ''Camden Lock'' is ostensibly a warship, but discipline is nearly nonexistent. And while there's a definite chain of command, rank is rarely (if ever) mentioned.
* MookChivalry: {{Lampshaded}} and then {{subverted}}; the Shiny Red Robots of Vortis behave this way, until Henderson points it out.
* NoOSHACompliance: Lampshaded when the Commander and York find themselves on a narrow, rail-less walkway suspended hundreds of feet above a SwirlyEnergyThingy.
-->'''Cmdr Henderson''': ''Why would anything on this ship have to be so high?''
* PatrickStewartSpeech: Given by Henderson after their disasterous FirstContact with Queppu. His crew decide that DeusExNukina is a better response.
* PlanarShockwave: The Superweapon in ''Convoy'' issues one of these when it's destroyed.
* RubberForeheadAliens: Played straight, but to the point that it is hilarious (the aliens look really silly, especially the Queppunians, but this is never commented upon.)
* ShoutOut: The ship has a resemblance to the BT Tower. Its registration number, [=XH558=], is that of an Avro Vulcan bomber that was recently restored to flying condition.
* ShowWithinAShow: Captain Helix. [[spoiler: Responsible for the aforementioned brainwashing.]]
* SingleTear
* SociopathicHero: York. Well, sometimes he is heroic, or at least on the right side.
* SpaceshipGirl: Sandstrom, she used to be a ordinary human but volunteered to undergo cybernetic enhancement (including the removal of her memories and sentient thoughts) just to pay off her college debts. Somehow they could put Sandtroms mind back once her contracted tour of duty was over.
** The way that this came out in the show proves that they can put her back the way she was: In one episode she malfunctioned and reverted to her pre-conversion personality and memories, including being told that afterwards she would be restored to being a normal human.
* {{Technobabble}}: Also played straight until it looks utterly daft.
* VillainSong: Lallakki song ''Kill the Humans''.
* XMeetsY: ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' meets ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* ZanyScheme: Season 1, Episode 3
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4th Jan '15 3:08:10 PM supergod
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* AmbiguouslyBi: In the DeadlyGame episode, York doesn't seem bothered at all that he's the fan favorite for the gay male crowd. In fact, at the end of the episode he requests that the ship make a detour so he can appear at the opening of a disco/bathhouse/club (called "Spurt") because he was invited by his new gay fans. Considering this and his affection for [[SpaceshipGirl Sandstrom]], he's comfortably in this role.
22nd Jul '14 1:06:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* XMeetsY: ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' meets ''RedDwarf''.

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* XMeetsY: ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' meets ''RedDwarf''.''Series/RedDwarf''.
1st Oct '13 6:40:48 AM MessiahElephant
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* FridgeHorror: The DisintegratorRay that takes three days, and tickles. Sure it only tickles, ''at first'', but after a few hours the victim would be ''begging'' for a quick death.
25th Jul '13 7:06:11 AM MyTai
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** The way that this came out in the show proves that they can put her back the way she was: In one episode she malfunctioned and reverted to her pre-conversion personality and memories, including being told that afterwards she would be restored to being a normal human.
9th Jul '13 4:55:47 PM dannybeans
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* BloodKnight: Again, York. See the page quote.

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* BloodKnight: Again, York. See the page quote.


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* XMeetsY: ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' meets ''RedDwarf''.
9th Jul '13 4:53:50 PM dannybeans
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* BloodKnight: Again, York. See the page quote.
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* MildlyMilitary: The ''Camden Lock'' is ostensibly a warship, but discipline is nearly nonexistent. And while there's a definite chain of command, rank is rarely (if ever) mentioned.
24th May '13 1:06:18 AM Bushranger
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Set in the year 2151, the show follows the crew of the HMS ''Camden Lock'', a British "Wendover-class" ship headed by the eager, yet [[IdiotHero hopelessly naive]] Commander Michael Henderson. His crew is made up of the psychopathic Eduardo York, the shy and timid Chloe Teal, the neurotic Dave Vine, the disobedient Karl Jeffers and RobotGirl Sandstrom, who is in charge of flying the ship. They are charged with the mission of exploring new worlds and protecting Britain's interests in the galaxy, but because of how hilariously incompetent all of the characters are they usually end up making their problems bigger until they go away.

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Set in the year 2151, the show follows the crew of the HMS ''Camden Lock'', a British "Wendover-class" ship headed by the eager, yet [[IdiotHero hopelessly naive]] Commander Michael Henderson. His crew is made up of the psychopathic Eduardo York, the shy and timid Chloe Teal, the neurotic Dave Vine, the disobedient Karl Jeffers and RobotGirl Sandstrom, who is in charge of flying the ship. They are charged with the mission of exploring new worlds and protecting Britain's interests in the galaxy, but because of how hilariously incompetent all of the characters are they usually end up making their problems bigger until they go away.
22nd May '13 12:55:48 PM Epithumia
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* FridgeHorror: The DisintegratorRay that takes three days, and tickles. Sure it only tickles, ''at first'', but after a few hours the victim would be ''begging'' for a quick death.
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