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10th Dec '17 4:13:40 AM Pagani800
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* Plasmius by Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has taken to using numerous, tiny, bug-shaped, ''Franchise/SpiderMan''-esque cameras. [[IncrediblyObviousBug But not that tiny]].

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* Plasmius by Season 3 of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has taken to using [[LiteralSurveillanceBug numerous, tiny, bug-shaped, bug-shaped]], ''Franchise/SpiderMan''-esque cameras. [[IncrediblyObviousBug But not that tiny]].
3rd Oct '17 6:44:56 PM Malady
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** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', the villain, an evil FairyGodmother, has a MagicMirror room that allows her to scry through any reflective surface on the disc. It's a bit AwesomeButImpractical, though, since she has no magical ability locate what she wants to look at, so she has to essentially scroll through every reflective surface in a given area to find what she's looking for.

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** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', the villain, an evil FairyGodmother, has a MagicMirror room that allows her to scry through any reflective surface on the disc. It's a bit AwesomeButImpractical, though, since she has no magical ability to locate what she wants to look at, so she has to essentially scroll through every reflective surface in a given area to find what she's looking for.
12th Jul '17 9:49:04 AM xcountryguy
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* L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' likes this trope, [[spoiler: so do Mello and Near]] and is often seen watching OminousMultipleScreens. At one point L put 64 cameras in his suspect's room only to take them out again later.

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* L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' likes this trope, [[spoiler: so [[spoiler:so do Mello and Near]] and is often seen watching OminousMultipleScreens. At one point L put 64 cameras in his suspect's room only to take them out again later.



* Justified in ''ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas'', where their opponent has [[spoiler: a video link to their robot team member, allowing him to always have a camera where they are.]]

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* Justified in ''ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas'', where their opponent has [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a video link to their robot team member, allowing him to always have a camera where they are.]]



** Batman has this. He [[spoiler: hacks all the cell phones in the city to act as sonar-esque devices which all report to a central hub, giving him real-time, 3D, audio and video of nearly ''all of Gotham City''.]]

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** Batman has this. He [[spoiler: hacks [[spoiler:hacks all the cell phones in the city to act as sonar-esque devices which all report to a central hub, giving him real-time, 3D, audio and video of nearly ''all of Gotham City''.]]



* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Mizzamir plays the Palantir Ploy throughout the book. It seems to work perfectly at first, but the presence of both Kaylana and Valeriana in the group causes it to only give him vague glimpses of the protagonist's progress. Later, the protagonists get ahold of a {{magic mirror}} which allows them to remotely view Mizzamir, conveniently revealing [[spoiler: that Robin in his spy.]]

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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Mizzamir plays the Palantir Ploy throughout the book. It seems to work perfectly at first, but the presence of both Kaylana and Valeriana in the group causes it to only give him vague glimpses of the protagonist's progress. Later, the protagonists get ahold of a {{magic mirror}} which allows them to remotely view Mizzamir, conveniently revealing [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that Robin in his spy.]]



* On ''Series/HenryDanger''. When Henry is blamed for causing Debbie to fall off of a roof of a building, he shows three high-quality pictures that [[ClearMyName proves he's innocent]] and [[spoiler: Piper did it by accident.]]

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* On ''Series/HenryDanger''. When Henry is blamed for causing Debbie to fall off of a roof of a building, he shows three high-quality pictures that [[ClearMyName proves he's innocent]] and [[spoiler: Piper [[spoiler:Piper did it by accident.]]



** In the climax of Sora's story in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: the Recusant's Sigil - you know, that nondescript unimportant ''X'' right on his shirt? - was being used as a tracker making sure he was kept in place during his time in the Sleeping Worlds.]]

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** In the climax of Sora's story in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Recusant's Sigil - you know, that nondescript unimportant ''X'' right on his shirt? - was being used as a tracker making sure he was kept in place during his time in the Sleeping Worlds.]]



* Played straight in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'', replete with villains in [[SinisterSilhouettes the shadows]]. They exchange [[CrypticConversation words]] about their master, but [[spoiler: anyone who's even a little well versed in the series' trend of recurring final bosses already knows this "master" is [[BigBad Sigma]].]]

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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2'', replete with villains in [[SinisterSilhouettes the shadows]]. They exchange [[CrypticConversation words]] about their master, but [[spoiler: anyone [[spoiler:anyone who's even a little well versed in the series' trend of recurring final bosses already knows this "master" is [[BigBad Sigma]].]]
29th Jun '17 11:42:04 PM PhantomRider
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**"Sleep No More" has it look like this trope for quite some time only for it to turn out to be ''very'' important that what we thought was surveillance footage comes from angles where there couldn't possibly have been actual cameras.



* Nearly every ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' team from the beginning to the present does have a Magical Security Cam, good guys and bad guys alike able to observe any plot-relevant event no matter where it took place and at angles that make you wonder if they've got an invisible camera crew (though it's not always footage we've just seen in reality.) In some seasons, surveillance devices were literally magical ([[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers "Observe the viewing globe!"]]) but in others... apparently, the entire world (and galaxy, in some seasons) is filled with never-seen hovering security cameras for both sides. ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' (the 11th season) makes a mention of a security drone, and ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' (season 16) mentioned a citywide surveillance system - the show's first (and to date, only) attempts to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] this.

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* Nearly every ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' team from the beginning to the present does have a Magical Security Cam, good guys and bad guys alike able to observe any plot-relevant event no matter where it took place and at angles that make you wonder if they've got an invisible camera crew (though it's not always ''always'' footage we've just seen in reality.) In some seasons, surveillance devices were literally magical ([[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers "Observe the viewing globe!"]]) but in others... apparently, the entire world (and galaxy, in some seasons) is filled with never-seen hovering security cameras for both sides. ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' (the 11th season) makes a mention of a security drone, and ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' (season 16) mentioned a citywide surveillance system - the show's first (and to date, only) attempts to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] this.
9th Jun '17 11:22:41 AM ChadM
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* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/MoonbeamCity'' when Rad confesses to a scam on TV:
--> '''Rad (as he's blubbering like a child):''' I tried to stop the punks....but I got scared and I ran away...and tripped on the rack of sunglasses and all the sunglasses fell on me. I got up and ran into the street, but I couldn't see, so I fell down an open manhole. HOW IS THERE FOOTAGE OF ''THIS'' PART?!\\
'''Vex:''' Sewer-cam.
6th May '17 11:59:34 AM AthenaBlue
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* [[TheAlcatraz Sunnyside Day Care Center]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' has more surveillance cameras than [[Series/{{Smallville}} the Luthor mansion]].

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* [[TheAlcatraz Sunnyside Day Care Center]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' has more surveillance cameras than [[Series/{{Smallville}} the Luthor mansion]].
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* [[TheAlcatraz Sunnyside Day Care Center]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' has more surveillance cameras than [[Series/{{Smallville}} the Luthor mansion]].



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* Parodied in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', where the villain goes into a movie theater to escape the hero, sits down, and sees the hero coming into the theater on the screen.



* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', where the bad guys track down the heroes using a VHS tape of the film itself.

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* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', where The skeksis of ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' have spying creatures called crystal bats, whose bodies appear to be lenses; the bad guys track down images picked up by these lenses can be seen through the heroes using a VHS tape of the film itself.eponymous crystal.



* Parodied in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', where the villain goes into a movie theater to escape the hero, sits down, and sees the hero coming into the theater on the screen.
* In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', two scenes where Film/JamesBond follows the action through TV screens might bring FridgeLogic. In one, the car television shows a helicopter throwing a car in the middle of the sea - ''from above'' - and Blofeld's ship engulfing the American one ''in space''.
* The skeksis of ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' have spying creatures called crystal bats, whose bodies appear to be lenses; the images picked up by these lenses can be seen through the eponymous crystal.



* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', where the bad guys track down the heroes using a VHS tape of the film itself.
* In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', two scenes where Film/JamesBond follows the action through TV screens might bring FridgeLogic. In one, the car television shows a helicopter throwing a car in the middle of the sea - ''from above'' - and Blofeld's ship engulfing the American one ''in space''.



* Averted by ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. They have cameras and [=TVs=] but the existence of an internal security camera system on the ''Galactica'' would have solved many problems before they could expand into episode-length plots. The aversion is justified since the colonials are downright (and considering the RobotWar very [[ProperlyParanoid properly) paranoid]] about any computer networks. The more modern Pegasus ''has'' security cameras, making this one more way in which the Galactica shows [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece just how old it is.]]



** In the episode "The Sound of Drums", the Master observes the Doctor, Jack and Martha on a public CCTV camera, while speaking to the Doctor on a mobile phone. While the camera's existence is perfectly plausible, the Master's ability to quickly gain access to the exact one our heroes are standing in front of is not, [[spoiler:even if he is the Prime Minister.]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Barring Fourth Tier Time Lord technology]], of course, [[WildMassGuessing though the episode doesn't say that]].
** Torchwood London was able to locate the arrival of the TARDIS on their global sensors (during "Army of Ghosts"), find a public camera nearby ''and'' pipe the picture from it to a screen at their headquarter just in time to see the TARDIS dematerialize again.
** Not to mention, both Sarah Jane Smith and Harriet Jones both had their own secret global communications network (in "Journey's End"). Or the "magical" cell phones the Doctor is handing out to his companions these days, that use the TARDIS as a transtemporal relay station. Communications technology is the new plot shortcut.
* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', it seems that "A" knows what each of the protagonists is doing almost all of the time. "A" uses this to intimidate, threaten and blackmail them.
* Megan of ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of Ghosts"]]: Torchwood London was able to detect the Doctor messing with a ghost, find a public camera nearby ''and'' pipe the picture from it to a screen at their headquarters just in time to see the TARDIS dematerialize.
** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums", Drums"]], the Master observes the Doctor, Jack and Martha on a public CCTV camera, while speaking to the Doctor on a mobile phone. While the camera's existence is perfectly plausible, the Master's ability to quickly gain access to the exact one our heroes are standing in front of is not, [[spoiler:even if he is the Prime Minister.]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Barring Fourth Tier Time Lord technology]], of course, [[WildMassGuessing though the episode doesn't say that]].
** Torchwood London was able to locate the arrival of the TARDIS on their global sensors (during "Army of Ghosts"), find a public camera nearby ''and'' pipe the picture from it to a screen at their headquarter just in time to see the TARDIS dematerialize again.
** Not to mention, both Sarah Jane Smith and Harriet Jones both had their own secret global communications network (in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End").End"]]). Or the "magical" cell phones the Doctor is handing out to his companions these days, that use the TARDIS as a transtemporal relay station. Communications technology is the new plot shortcut.
* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', it seems that "A" knows what each of the protagonists is doing almost all of the time. "A" uses this to intimidate, threaten and blackmail them.
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%%* Megan of ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''.''Series/DrakeAndJosh''.
* Granted, she's not a council, but disregarding that ''Series/GossipGirl'' fits this trope to a T.
* On ''Series/HenryDanger''. When Henry is blamed for causing Debbie to fall off of a roof of a building, he shows three high-quality pictures that [[ClearMyName proves he's innocent]] and [[spoiler: Piper did it by accident.]]
* In ''Series/KyleXY'', Latnok apparently installs cameras in places like a diner in the middle of nowhere.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s "Others" seem to know the Losties' every move for the first few seasons. This is eventually explained (mostly) by the presence of spies in their camps and cameras all over the island.
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'' this becomes a crucial point during an investigation of a murder in a high school. The school's principal is able to obtain information about events he could not have witnessed and was not told about. It turns out that he secretly installed security cameras in the bathrooms.
* Justified and then averted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' where the Machine is fed data from millions of cameras already installed all over the country. It can thus track individual people everywhere in the county and determine if they are pose a threat. However, the Machine was specifically designed to deny its human operators access to its inner workings and thus they cannot just tell the Machine to track a specific person. The Machine outputs a Social Security number of a Person of Interest and the humans have to track that person down through other means.



** In ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo,'' the periscope of Divatox's sub can appear from any body of water... even a glass of water on a table across the room from the Rangers. It resizes to match, being bigger when it's in a lake than when it's in a coffee cup.
** In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers,'' Rita and Zedd have their telescope and visor respectively, and both are XRayVision capable... but you'd expect them to only be able to look from above. They get impossible camera angles with those things!

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** In ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo,'' ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', the periscope of Divatox's sub can appear from any body of water... even a glass of water on a table across the room from the Rangers. It resizes to match, being bigger when it's in a lake than when it's in a coffee cup.
** In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers,'' ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Rita and Zedd have their telescope and visor respectively, and both are XRayVision capable... but you'd expect them to only be able to look from above. They get impossible camera angles with those things!



* ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s "Others" seem to know the Losties' every move for the first few seasons. This is eventually explained (mostly) by the presence of spies in their camps and cameras all over the island.
* In ''Series/KyleXY'', Latnok apparently installs cameras in places like a diner in the middle of nowhere.
* Granted, she's not a council, but disregarding that Literature/GossipGirl fits this trope to a T.
* {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, "The Menagerie," when Spock shows footage from his days with Capt. Pike (using footage from "The Cage") and when it gets so detailed, Kirk objects, noting that no security footage could be like that. It turns out it is images sent from the [[MasterOfIllusion Masters of Illusion]] from Talos IV instead.
* Justified and then averted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' where the Machine is fed data from millions of cameras already installed all over the country. It can thus track individual people everywhere in the county and determine if they are pose a threat. However, the Machine was specifically designed to deny its human operators access to its inner workings and thus they cannot just tell the Machine to track a specific person. The Machine outputs a Social Security number of a Person of Interest and the humans have to track that person down through other means.
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'' this becomes a crucial point during an investigation of a murder in a high school. The school's principal is able to obtain information about events he could not have witnessed and was not told about. It turns out that he secretly installed security cameras in the bathrooms.
* Averted by ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. They have cameras and [=TVs=] but the existence of an internal security camera system on the ''Galactica'' would have solved many problems before they could expand into episode-length plots. The aversion is justified since the colonials are downright (and considering the RobotWar very [[ProperlyParanoid properly) paranoid]] about any computer networks. The more modern Pegasus ''has'' security cameras, making this one more way in which the Galactica shows [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece just how old it is.]]
* On ''Series/HenryDanger''. When Henry is blamed for causing Debbie to fall off of a roof of a building, he shows three high-quality pictures that [[ClearMyName proves he's innocent]] and [[spoiler: Piper did it by accident.]]

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s "Others" seem to know the Losties' every move for the first few seasons. This is eventually explained (mostly) by the presence of spies in their camps and cameras all over the island.
* In ''Series/KyleXY'', Latnok apparently installs cameras in places like a diner in the middle of nowhere.
* Granted, she's not a council, but disregarding
''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', it seems that Literature/GossipGirl fits "A" knows what each of the protagonists is doing almost all of the time. "A" uses this trope to a T.
intimidate, threaten and blackmail them.
* {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, "The Menagerie," Menagerie", when Spock shows footage from his days with Capt. Pike (using footage from "The Cage") and when it gets so detailed, Kirk objects, noting that no security footage could be like that. It turns out it is images sent from the [[MasterOfIllusion Masters of Illusion]] from Talos IV instead.
* Justified and then averted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' where the Machine is fed data from millions of cameras already installed all over the country. It can thus track individual people everywhere in the county and determine if they are pose a threat. However, the Machine was specifically designed to deny its human operators access to its inner workings and thus they cannot just tell the Machine to track a specific person. The Machine outputs a Social Security number of a Person of Interest and the humans have to track that person down through other means.
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'' this becomes a crucial point during an investigation of a murder in a high school. The school's principal is able to obtain information about events he could not have witnessed and was not told about. It turns out that he secretly installed security cameras in the bathrooms.
* Averted by ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. They have cameras and [=TVs=] but the existence of an internal security camera system on the ''Galactica'' would have solved many problems before they could expand into episode-length plots. The aversion is justified since the colonials are downright (and considering the RobotWar very [[ProperlyParanoid properly) paranoid]] about any computer networks. The more modern Pegasus ''has'' security cameras, making this one more way in which the Galactica shows [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece just how old it is.]]
* On ''Series/HenryDanger''. When Henry is blamed for causing Debbie to fall off of a roof of a building, he shows three high-quality pictures that [[ClearMyName proves he's innocent]] and [[spoiler: Piper did it by accident.]]
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4th May '17 5:49:24 AM nombretomado
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** Megatron has one of those [[spoiler:when he's dismembered]] during the first few episodes of ''TransformersAnimated''.

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** Megatron has one of those [[spoiler:when he's dismembered]] during the first few episodes of ''TransformersAnimated''.''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''.
17th Apr '17 10:50:59 PM PhantomRider
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** Played with in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'': the city is rigged with sensors like the ones in ''Ninja Storm'' and ''Jungle Fury'' allegedly are, but not cameras - the alarms are accompanied by maps showing the monster's location but no video feed of the monster itself. This often leaves them unprepared for the monster's attack - most teams get to witness the monster's means of tormenting the populace before fac ing it themselves.

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** Played with in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'': the city is rigged with sensors like the ones in ''Ninja Storm'' and ''Jungle Fury'' allegedly are, but not cameras - the alarms are accompanied by maps showing the monster's location but no video feed of the monster itself. This often leaves them unprepared for the monster's attack - most teams get to witness the monster's means of tormenting the populace before fac ing facing it themselves.themselves, but this one doesn't.



**''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' lets us know how the ''villains'' do it - the Rangers' battles are being broadcast galaxy-wide as DeadlyGames, and the "Galaxy Warriors" show has 'buzzcams' that can fly anywhere to film the action, insect-sized so as to avoid being easily detected. As for the Rangers, we've got a magic viewing globe-like device again (in the form of the MacGuffin that gave them their powers) and ''no'' Zordon to give explanations: they often don't understand what the Ninja Nexus Prism is showing them or why.



* Lampshaded in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, :The Menagerie," when Spock shows footage from his days with Capt. Pike (using footage from "The Cage") and when it gets so detailed, Kirk objects noting that no security footage could be like that. It turns out it is images sent from the [[MasterOfIllusion Masters of Illusion]] from Talos IV instead.

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* Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, :The "The Menagerie," when Spock shows footage from his days with Capt. Pike (using footage from "The Cage") and when it gets so detailed, Kirk objects objects, noting that no security footage could be like that. It turns out it is images sent from the [[MasterOfIllusion Masters of Illusion]] from Talos IV instead.
16th Apr '17 4:17:03 PM intastiel
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* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', this is a favourite tactic of the [[AncientConspiracy Seers of the Throne]]: they build libraries of people's stray hairs and personal effects as SympatheticMagic foci for scrying spells, create ghostly servant "Grigori" to observe and trace the Fate lines of people's acquaintances and relationships, form pacts with spirits that can stalk targets unseen, and so on.
13th Apr '17 1:25:47 AM GhostLad
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Menagerie", the Talosians show video footage of the pilot episode, "The Cage".
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