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24th Mar '18 10:32:21 PM nombretomado
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* While the ''Franchise/{{Stargate}}'' series mostly avert this, the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Trinity," wherein [=McKay=] finds an abandoned Ancient experiment to produce limitless energy, it's repeatedly suggested that he is getting in over his head (The Ancients did not complete the program, and it went rather wrong). Despite constant protestations that this is a field they are simply not ready for, [=McKay=] continues. In the end he ends up destroying about five-sixths of a solar system (it's not an exact science). While the episode plays the aesop straight, a later episode has a solution to the problems from the first time, and the attempt is assisted by an Asgard, the most technologically advanced race who will talk with humanity.

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* While the ''Franchise/{{Stargate}}'' ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' series mostly avert this, the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Trinity," wherein [=McKay=] finds an abandoned Ancient experiment to produce limitless energy, it's repeatedly suggested that he is getting in over his head (The Ancients did not complete the program, and it went rather wrong). Despite constant protestations that this is a field they are simply not ready for, [=McKay=] continues. In the end he ends up destroying about five-sixths of a solar system (it's not an exact science). While the episode plays the aesop straight, a later episode has a solution to the problems from the first time, and the attempt is assisted by an Asgard, the most technologically advanced race who will talk with humanity.
11th Mar '18 11:06:42 AM Pendrake
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** Bill Nye, once having visiteda small town in the bible Belt to give a speech, came out to find his car defaced with the words "Bill Nye the Science Lie."

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** Bill Nye, once having visiteda visited a small town in the bible Bible Belt to give a speech, came out to find his car defaced with the words "Bill "[[IncrediblyLamePun Bill Nye the Science Lie.Lie]]."
11th Mar '18 11:04:48 AM Pendrake
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*Sadly common in some more conservative areas of the world, particular along the North American Bible Belt.
** Bill Nye, once having visiteda small town in the bible Belt to give a speech, came out to find his car defaced with the words "Bill Nye the Science Lie."
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8th Mar '18 4:31:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* Like many late-1990s horror movies, ''Film/DeepBlueSea'' takes place in an elaborate science base where research is being conducted to cure society of some uncurable ill -- in this case, degenerative brain disorders. Lead researcher Susan has genetically modified mako sharks in order to increase their brain mass to harvest more protein, and the sharks get bigger and smarter and start killing everyone when they get into the base. It also takes another common position in this particular sub-genre, which essentially boils down to: Well, since the monsters created by science are chasing ''us'' right ''now'', every part of the research was bad in the first place. Screw those Alzheimer's patients! Bonus points for the two non-science people being the only survivors.

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* Like many late-1990s horror movies, ''Film/DeepBlueSea'' takes place in an elaborate science base where research is being conducted to [[CureForCancer cure society of some uncurable ill ill]] -- in this case, degenerative brain disorders. Lead researcher Susan has genetically modified mako sharks in order to increase their brain mass to harvest more protein, and the sharks get bigger and smarter and start killing everyone when they get into the base. It also takes another common position in this particular sub-genre, which essentially boils down to: Well, since the monsters created by science are chasing ''us'' right ''now'', every part of the research was bad in the first place. Screw those Alzheimer's patients! Bonus points for the two non-science people being the only survivors.
17th Feb '18 1:04:57 AM ArthurEld
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', science is usually the cause of evil, and science (in the form of the Doctor) usually saves the day. Whether or not it uses this trope depends on the specific episode.
2nd Feb '18 4:00:02 AM bificommander
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* A short video by Ben Croshaw of ''WebVideo/ZeroPunctuation'' fame had a radio playing during ''VideoGame/HalfLife'''s train ride opening.
-->'''Radio:''' You're listening to Black Mesa Radio: We play the hits while you [[AGodAmI play god]].
25th Jan '18 1:49:42 PM Tractical_Chunder
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** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' waffles back and forth on this one. On the one hand, many of the characters rely on technology and science to live and get by, particularly after the events of the game itself. But characters like Hojo, who experiments on people purely to satisfy his own ego, rather than benefiting humanity, and the rest of Shinra Inc. tend to abuse it. Also, the game's environmental message, and going back to a simpler, rustic existence was seen as favourable to an advanced one. However, Bugenhagan, the head of the most rustic settlement in the world, enjoys his ride on the Airship, calling the technology something akin to "the wisdom of man." The real message doesn't seem to be that ScienceIsBad, but that Science needs to be used carefully.

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** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' waffles back and forth on starts off seemingly with this one.theme, but introduces more nuance to it as the story goes in. On the one hand, many of the characters rely on technology and science to live and get by, particularly after the events of the game itself. But characters like Hojo, who experiments on people purely to satisfy his own ego, rather than benefiting humanity, and the rest of Shinra Inc. tend to abuse it. Also, the game's environmental message, and going back to a simpler, rustic existence was seen as favourable favorable to an advanced one. However, Bugenhagan, the head of the most rustic settlement in the world, enjoys his ride on the Airship, calling the technology something akin to "the wisdom of man." When Barret, the leader of [[EcoTerrorist AVALANCHE]], meets a man living in a remote glacial house, he says if he were to live in nature like that he'd make it "more comfortable," then quickly realizes that's what technology is and has a brief NotSoDifferent moment about Shinra before quickly recanting. The real message doesn't seem to be that ScienceIsBad, but that Science needs to be used carefully.
7th Jan '18 3:21:06 AM jormis29
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* Pick a Film/SyFyChannelOriginalMovie, any Film/SyfyChannelOriginalMovie. The plot is as follows: "Oh noes! Science Is Bad and inevitably results in giant insects! Explosions are the only thing that can rectify the wages of man's hubris! Better call Creator/JohnRhysDavies, Creator/LanceHenriksen, Bruce Boxleitner and/or Dean Cain."

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* Pick a Film/SyFyChannelOriginalMovie, any Film/SyfyChannelOriginalMovie. The plot is as follows: "Oh noes! Science Is Bad and inevitably results in giant insects! Explosions are the only thing that can rectify the wages of man's hubris! Better call Creator/JohnRhysDavies, Creator/LanceHenriksen, Bruce Boxleitner and/or Dean Cain.Creator/DeanCain."
27th Dec '17 6:26:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* Pick a SyFyChannelOriginalMovie, any SyfyChannelOriginalMovie. The plot is as follows: "Oh no! ScienceIsBad and inevitably results in giant insects! Explosions are the only thing that can rectify the wages of man's hubris! Better call Creator/JohnRhysDavies, Creator/LanceHenriksen, Bruce Boxleitner and/or Dean Cain."

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* Pick a SyFyChannelOriginalMovie, Film/SyFyChannelOriginalMovie, any SyfyChannelOriginalMovie. Film/SyfyChannelOriginalMovie. The plot is as follows: "Oh no! ScienceIsBad noes! Science Is Bad and inevitably results in giant insects! Explosions are the only thing that can rectify the wages of man's hubris! Better call Creator/JohnRhysDavies, Creator/LanceHenriksen, Bruce Boxleitner and/or Dean Cain."
9th Nov '17 8:38:51 AM Redkun
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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' features Spyrix machines. These devices such the Mana from the world: which causes Spirits to die. [[spoiler:As it happens, there's an entire ''world'' that uses the Spyrix machines - and it's close to reaching its end because the devices have all but consumed nature entirely.]] By contrast, the Spirit Artes of Rieze Maxia are consistently shown as a good, natural power and [[spoiler:it's only by literally imitating them that the other world manages to restore some amount of balance.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' features Spyrix machines. These devices such the "Natural" magic works by feeding Mana from the world: which causes to Spirits to die. [[spoiler:As it happens, there's an entire ''world'' that uses the and being granted their magic in exchange. Spyrix machines - and it's close ''burn'' Mana as fuel to reaching its end because create magical effects, thus starving Spirits of their food source. [[spoiler:Spyrix were initially created to level the devices have all but consumed nature entirely.]] By contrast, the playing field between those who could use Spirit Artes of Rieze Maxia are consistently shown as a good, natural power Magic and [[spoiler:it's only by literally imitating those who were biologically incapable of it. This offended the Lord of Spirits enough that he rounded up everything magical in the world and sealed them away in a separate world, forcing the survivors to rely even more on Spyrix to fill the massive magic-shaped gap in their civilisation. It tips the balance so badly that the other Spyrix world manages is practically a wasteland by the time the protagonists visit it]]. Fortunately, the final act of the game has the protagonists use their scientific knowledge to restore some amount of balance.]]research and develop a new technology that addresses everyone's concerns: [[spoiler:Spyrite technology]].
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