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24th Aug '16 5:20:30 PM Sullivan
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** In ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', what's left of the [[spoiler:Enterprise saucer section]] crash-lands within easy walking distance from where [[spoiler:another Federation starship]] crashed many years ago.
16th Aug '16 11:16:16 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Vor Game]]'', Miles Vorkosigan is on a space station several wormhole jumps from home, and just happens to get tossed into a holding cell that contains his old friend [[spoiler: Emperor Gregor]]. And later, on an entirely different station, he runs into [[spoiler: General Metzov, the man whose career he had ended in the opening chapters of the book.]]
** In ''The Warrior's Apprentice'', one of the first people Miles meets after arriving on Beta Colony is the freighter captain that his mother had conned into giving her a lift off the planet eighteen years earlier. And then, several planets away from both their home worlds, he runs into [[spoiler: Elena's mother]].

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In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Vor Game]]'', ''Literature/TheVorGame'', Miles Vorkosigan is on a space station several wormhole jumps from home, and just happens to get tossed into a holding cell that contains his old friend [[spoiler: Emperor [[spoiler:Emperor Gregor]]. And later, on an entirely different station, he runs into [[spoiler: General [[spoiler:General Metzov, the man whose career he had ended in the opening chapters of the book.]]
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** In ''The Warrior's Apprentice'', ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', one of the first people Miles meets after arriving on Beta Colony is the freighter captain that his mother had conned into giving her a lift off the planet eighteen years earlier. And then, several planets away from both their home worlds, he runs into [[spoiler: Elena's [[spoiler:Elena's mother]].
19th Jun '16 2:26:35 PM nombretomado
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*** [[TheHero Luke]] is told to look for Yoda in the Dagobah System. That's all he's told about where to find Yoda. And not only does he get the right planet, but he even lands within a mile or so of Yoda's hut. Note that the EU justifies this particular example on both counts. ''The Essential Atlas'' states that Dagobah is the only Earthlike planet in its star system[[note]]the other four are respectively volcanic, airless, iced-over, and a gas giant[[/note]], and the vast majority of intelligent species in the ''Star Wars'' galaxy are carbon-based and oxygen-breathing. And in ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'', Luke theorizes that Yoda used the Force to scramble his X-Wing's sensors and guide him to the correct location.

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*** [[TheHero Luke]] is told to look for Yoda in the Dagobah System. That's all he's told about where to find Yoda. And not only does he get the right planet, but he even lands within a mile or so of Yoda's hut. Note that the EU justifies this particular example on both counts. ''The Essential Atlas'' states that Dagobah is the only Earthlike planet in its star system[[note]]the other four are respectively volcanic, airless, iced-over, and a gas giant[[/note]], and the vast majority of intelligent species in the ''Star Wars'' galaxy are carbon-based and oxygen-breathing. And in ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'', ''Literature/HeirToTheEmpire'', Luke theorizes that Yoda used the Force to scramble his X-Wing's sensors and guide him to the correct location.
18th Mar '16 2:20:31 PM margdean56
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* It happens on smaller scale in ''Literature/FeliksNetAndNika''. What are the chances that in city of more than million people children of two man working in the same top secret facility will turn out to go to the same (regular) school ''and'' to the same class?

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* It happens on smaller scale in ''Literature/FeliksNetAndNika''. What are the chances that in city of more than million people children of two man men working in the same top secret facility will turn out to go to the same (regular) school ''and'' to the same class?
17th Mar '16 4:25:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** Also justified in that they tend to mention towns and villages elsewhere on the planet. If you're just looking for civilization, and the civilization happens to cover the entire planet, "landing randomly" works just fine.



** Well, considering that when they ''do'' do those things, the Wraith come in from space and bomb the place to hell, it might make more sense.
* Very obvious in ''Series/DoctorWho'', where the TARDIS never seems to land on the opposite side of the planet from wherever the local intrigue is going on. The episode ''The Doctor's Wife'' tells us that the TARDIS is doing it on purpose, even in the early seasons when the ship's flights were entirely random.
** For example, despite having an entire planet to argue over, the Thals and the Kaleds apparently live within walking (or gliding) distance of each other in ''Genesis of the Daleks''.

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** Well, considering that when they ''do'' do those things, the Wraith come in from space and bomb the place to hell, it might make more sense.
* Very obvious in ''Series/DoctorWho'', where the TARDIS never seems to land on the opposite side of the planet from wherever the local intrigue is going on. The episode ''The "The Doctor's Wife'' Wife" tells us that the TARDIS is doing it on purpose, even in the early seasons when the ship's flights were entirely random.
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random. For example, despite having an entire planet to argue over, the Thals and the Kaleds apparently live within walking (or gliding) distance of each other in ''Genesis "Genesis of the Daleks''.Daleks".



** A Pa'u Did It?



** Actually two different diners. [[spoiler:Nathan and Hiro were outside Las Vegas. Hiro, Charlie, and Sylar were outside Odessa, Texas. Hiro just loves waffles.]]
*** WordOfGod is that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo evolved humans are subconsciously drawn to each other]].
*** Translation: "[[FollowTheLeader We wanted to be like]] ''Series/{{Lost}}''."
* Cleverly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the original ''Series/LandOfTheLost,'' where the artificial pocket dimension the Marshalls are trapped in is not only small, but warps over on itself, so that if you walk far enough in one direction, you will return to your starting point. The local "mountain range" is, in fact, just the endlessly repeated image of the ''same mountain,'' and if you stand on its peak and look at the neighboring beak with binoculars, you can see your own back.
* Averted and then played straight in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Starbuck crash lands on a barren moon and a big deal is made of how difficult it is to find one person on a planet when all you've got is "visual scanning". At one point they even show a map of the moon with the comparatively small area they've managed to search drawn on. They then throw this out the window by having Starbuck find a crashed Cylon Raider that apparently came down not far from where she crashed. ContrivedCoincidence maybe, maybe not, as she personally shot it down before she crashed from damage it inflicted.

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** Actually two different diners. [[spoiler:Nathan and Hiro were outside Las Vegas. Hiro, Charlie, and Sylar were outside Odessa, Texas. Hiro just loves waffles.]]
*** WordOfGod is that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo evolved humans are subconsciously drawn to each other]].
*** Translation: "[[FollowTheLeader We wanted to be like]] ''Series/{{Lost}}''."
* Cleverly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the original ''Series/LandOfTheLost,'' ''Series/LandOfTheLost1974,'' where the artificial pocket dimension the Marshalls are trapped in is not only small, but warps over on itself, so that if you walk far enough in one direction, you will return to your starting point. The local "mountain range" is, in fact, just the endlessly repeated image of the ''same mountain,'' and if you stand on its peak and look at the neighboring beak with binoculars, you can see your own back.
* Averted and then played straight in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''.''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** Double subverted.
Starbuck crash lands on a barren moon and a big deal is made of how difficult it is to find one person on a planet when all you've got is "visual scanning". At one point they even show a map of the moon with the comparatively small area they've managed to search drawn on. They then throw this out the window by having Starbuck find a crashed Cylon Raider that apparently came down not far from where she crashed. ContrivedCoincidence maybe, maybe not, as she personally shot it down before she crashed from damage it inflicted.



*** The answer to all of the above is, of course: [[spoiler: [[AWizardDidIt the entity which does not like to be called God did it.]]]]



* Both Averted and Justified in ''{{Traveller}}''. From the point of view of your usual [[BigDamnHeroes intrepid intersteller adventurer]] a [[SpaceIsAnOcean starport]] is the only part worth thinking about on a given planet. However most planets are quite large and whole campaigns can be featured on just one of them.

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* Both Averted and Justified in ''{{Traveller}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''. From the point of view of your usual [[BigDamnHeroes intrepid intersteller adventurer]] a [[SpaceIsAnOcean starport]] is the only part worth thinking about on a given planet. However most planets are quite large and whole campaigns can be featured on just one of them.



* Painfully obvious in ''KingdomHearts'', where one "world" consists of only a single thoroughfare and one block to either side in Agrabah, and one spot in the desert with the Cave of Wonders, and another consists of just Captain Hook's pirate ship and the top end of Big Ben. Other worlds are similarly diminutive.

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* Painfully obvious in ''KingdomHearts'', ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', where one "world" consists of only a single thoroughfare and one block to either side in Agrabah, and one spot in the desert with the Cave of Wonders, and another consists of just Captain Hook's pirate ship and the top end of Big Ben. Other worlds are similarly diminutive.



** But wait! Arguably, ''KingdomHearts'' actually ''averts'' this. After all, being a giant CrossOver game, the worlds it contains are ''already'' fictional worlds mostly suffering from this {{trope}}, and therefore their meta-representations in KH are actual size!



* In the episode "Around the Berry Big World," StrawberryShortcake goes on an "Around the World in 80 Days" style trip and is deflected at every turn, yet she always manages to end up near one of her international friends (from the "World of Friends" line).
* TopCat plans an all-you-can-eat pizza binge for him and his pals in "Rafeefleas" but picks the wrong pizza shop to do it:

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* In the episode "Around the Berry Big World," StrawberryShortcake WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake goes on an "Around the World in 80 Days" style trip and is deflected at every turn, yet she always manages to end up near one of her international friends (from the "World of Friends" line).
* TopCat WesternAnimation/TopCat plans an all-you-can-eat pizza binge for him and his pals in "Rafeefleas" but picks the wrong pizza shop to do it:
13th Mar '16 2:52:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Sliders}}'', they would always randomly appear in the precise place and time where four strangers could, over the course of a few hours, completely alter the way of life on the planet. (We did briefly see the Sliders in universes where they had no particular impact, usually at the very start of an episode. Presumably, there were any number of such banal slides and the network was only showing us the interesting ones.)

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* In ''{{Sliders}}'', ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', they would always randomly appear in the precise place and time where four strangers could, over the course of a few hours, completely alter the way of life on the planet. (We did briefly see the Sliders in universes where they had no particular impact, usually at the very start of an episode. Presumably, there were any number of such banal slides and the network was only showing us the interesting ones.)
7th Jan '16 12:58:33 PM nombretomado
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* In ''StarBlazers'', the man that Queen Starsha rescued from the Gamilon ship that crash-landed on Iscandar ''just happens to be'' Alex Wildstar, Derek's long-lost brother, presumed dead.

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* In ''StarBlazers'', ''Anime/StarBlazers'', the man that Queen Starsha rescued from the Gamilon ship that crash-landed on Iscandar ''just happens to be'' Alex Wildstar, Derek's long-lost brother, presumed dead.
19th Dec '15 1:07:17 AM Arivne
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*** When the Imperial probe droid arrives on the planet Hoth, it slams into the ground not only fairly near the Rebel base, but close enough to Luke Skywalker for him to see it land. What are the odds?

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*** When the Imperial probe droid arrives on the planet Hoth, it slams into the ground not only fairly near the Rebel base, but close enough to Luke Skywalker for him to see it land. What are the odds?
18th Dec '15 1:42:33 PM bwburke94
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* Present in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' season 2, in the Pylea arc. After lengthy discussion of how two people going through the portal might wind up halfway across the world from each other, -and- coming up with a plan to stop them from doing so, Angel, Wesley, Gunn, and Lorne get to Pylea and find [[spoiler: they're a few miles from where Cordi ended up after her own trip through the portal. Cordi herself came through about the same place that Fred had, on yet another trip]]. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that it's mentioned that the portals need psychic energy to open. The Pyleans, and a few of the wild animals nearby, produce quite a bit of said energy.

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* Present in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' season 2, in the Pylea arc. After lengthy discussion of how two people going through the portal might wind up halfway across the world from each other, -and- coming up with a plan to stop them from doing so, Angel, Wesley, Gunn, and Lorne get to Pylea and find [[spoiler: they're a few miles from where Cordi Cordelia ended up after her own trip through the portal. Cordi Cordy herself came through about the same place that Fred had, on yet another trip]]. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that it's mentioned that the portals need psychic energy to open. The Pyleans, and a few of the wild animals nearby, produce quite a bit of said energy.
17th Dec '15 3:58:00 PM Arivne
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** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Qui Gon and Obi-Wan arrive in the Naboo capital city at the same time and place that the Queen and her entourage are being moved by their combat droid escorts, allowing the two Jedi to rescue them.

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** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Qui Gon Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi arrive in the Naboo capital city at the same time and place that the Queen and her entourage are being moved by their combat droid escorts, guards, allowing the two Jedi to rescue them.
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