History Main / TacticalReminiscence

8th Feb '18 2:23:35 PM intastiel
Is there an issue? Send a Message


"Now," growled Carlo, his gun pressed against Bob's temple. "Call Alice and have her bring the diamonds here. She must not suspect, if you try to warn her, I'll blow your head off!"

Bob thought desperately as he dialed. "Hi Alice, its me. I've found a great place to sell the diamonds on 3rd and Main, near that Italian place we ate at last week."

"Italian?" thought Alice. "We didn't eat at any... of course, it's a warning, those Mafia goons must have caught up with him!"

"Alright," she said, trying to sound calm. "Afterwards we can go celebrate our anniversary. Oh and Bob, your Aunt Sally called." Alice hung up.

"Bugger," thought Bob, "I hate doing the Aunt Sally plan!"

Before too long, an explosion of gunfire erupts in the street outside. As Carlo and the Mafia goons take cover, Bob uses the distraction to hurl himself out of the back window... falling right on the crash-mat in the back of the waiting truck below. Bob knew Alice wouldn't let him down, just like that time in Berlin when they last pulled an "Aunt Sally".

But now the Mafia goons were after them both. Not to worry, once they lose their tails, they could meet up later. Their anniversary wasn't for months, but they were the only two people who knew the secret spot where Bob had proposed.

Compare OutOfCharacterAlert or SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay.

----

TacticalReminiscence is where characters take advantage of their shared history to communicate and co-ordinate, giving additional meaning to references to the past only clear to those in the know. There are several ways the tactic can be used:

to:

"Now," growled Carlo, his gun pressed against Bob's temple. "Call Alice and have her bring the diamonds here. She must not suspect, if you try to warn her, I'll blow your head off!"

Bob thought desperately as he dialed. "Hi Alice, its me. I've found a great place to sell the diamonds on 3rd and Main, near that Italian place we ate at last week."

"Italian?" thought Alice. "We didn't eat at any... of course, it's a warning, those Mafia goons must have caught up with him!"

"Alright," she said, trying to sound calm. "Afterwards we can go celebrate our anniversary. Oh and Bob, your Aunt Sally called." Alice hung up.

"Bugger," thought Bob, "I hate doing the Aunt Sally plan!"

Before too long, an explosion of gunfire erupts in the street outside. As Carlo and the Mafia goons take cover, Bob uses the distraction to hurl himself out of the back window... falling right on the crash-mat in the back of the waiting truck below. Bob knew Alice wouldn't let him down, just like that time in Berlin when they last pulled an "Aunt Sally".

But now the Mafia goons were after them both. Not to worry, once they lose their tails, they could meet up later. Their anniversary wasn't for months, but they were the only two people who knew the secret spot where Bob had proposed.

Compare OutOfCharacterAlert or SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay.

----

TacticalReminiscence
Tactical Reminiscence is where characters take advantage remind each other of their shared history to communicate and co-ordinate, giving additional meaning to references to the past only clear to those in the know. There are several ways the tactic can be used:



* It emphasizes that the characters have a long and colorful history together that might not have been seen on screen, or acts as a fun call-back if its referring to something that was seen earlier.

to:

* It emphasizes that the characters have a long and colorful history together that might not have been seen on screen, or acts as a fun call-back CallBack if its it's referring to something that was seen earlier.


Added DiffLines:


Compare OutOfCharacterAlert, SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay, and CovertDistressCode.
9th Apr '17 9:39:06 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* RogueSquadron once pulled this in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', when they couldn't exchange jump coordinates without the Imperials intercepting their transmission. Wedge reminded his squad of the battle of Xyquine, which they correctly interpreted as a suggestion to use a disinformation technique called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Cracken_Twist the Cracken Twist]].

to:

* RogueSquadron ''VideoGame/RogueSquadron'' once pulled this in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', when they couldn't exchange jump coordinates without the Imperials intercepting their transmission. Wedge reminded his squad of the battle of Xyquine, which they correctly interpreted as a suggestion to use a disinformation technique called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Cracken_Twist the Cracken Twist]].
2nd Sep '16 11:47:19 AM erforce
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* From [[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]: "Melvin? Melvin" (cue groin attack).

to:

* From [[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]: ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'': "Melvin? Melvin" (cue groin attack).



* In one scene in ''Film/{{Sahara}}'', in order to get out of a really tight situation involving guys with automatic weapons shooting up their boat, Dirk Pitt suggests "doing a Panama," an obvious reference to some crazy maneuver that he and Al did in the region so named. [[spoiler:Except they weren't in Panama. And it didn't work.]]

to:

* In one scene in ''Film/{{Sahara}}'', ''Film/{{Sahara 2005}}'', in order to get out of a really tight situation involving guys with automatic weapons shooting up their boat, Dirk Pitt suggests "doing a Panama," an obvious reference to some crazy maneuver that he and Al did in the region so named. [[spoiler:Except they weren't in Panama. And it didn't work.]]
30th Apr '16 4:39:19 PM darrenr
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* In the opening episode of the second series of ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'', Commander Koenig is captured by an alien who forces him to order the evacuation of Moonbase Alpha. When this is questioned by Alpha's security chief back on the Moon, he is instructed that the operation comes under 'Directive Four'. It turns out that this is a secret code ordering the destruction of the signal's point of origin.
10th Apr '16 6:36:47 PM FordPrefect
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Subverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' when such a reference is used to hint at a double agents true loyalty, but the hint is not picked up on.

to:

* Subverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' when such a reference is used to hint at a double agents agent's true loyalty, but the hint is not picked up on.



* In one scene in ''Film/{{Sahara}}'', in order to get out of a really tight situation involving guys with automatic weapons shooting up their boat, Dirk Pitt suggests "doing a Panama," an obvious reference to some crazy maneuver that he and Al did in the region so named. [[spoiler:Except they weren't in Panama. And it didn't work]]

to:

* In one scene in ''Film/{{Sahara}}'', in order to get out of a really tight situation involving guys with automatic weapons shooting up their boat, Dirk Pitt suggests "doing a Panama," an obvious reference to some crazy maneuver that he and Al did in the region so named. [[spoiler:Except they weren't in Panama. And it didn't work]]work.]]
10th Apr '16 6:35:38 PM FordPrefect
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The characters reactions can be used for drama or comedy ("Not an Aunt Sally, I still have the scars from last time!")

to:

* The characters characters' reactions can be used for drama or comedy ("Not an Aunt Sally, I still have the scars from last time!")



* It leaves an opening for another character to ask "Whats an Aunt Sally?" and have the plan explained to them and therefore the audience.

to:

* It leaves an opening for another character to ask "Whats "What's an Aunt Sally?" and have the plan explained to them and therefore the audience.
10th Apr '16 6:34:15 PM FordPrefect
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Before too long, an explosion of gunfire erupts in the street outside. As Carlo and the Mafia goons take cover, Bob uses the distraction to hurl himself out of the back window... falling right the crash-mat in the back of the waiting truck below. Bob knew Alice wouldn't let him down, just like that time in Berlin when they last pulled an "Aunt Sally".

to:

Before too long, an explosion of gunfire erupts in the street outside. As Carlo and the Mafia goons take cover, Bob uses the distraction to hurl himself out of the back window... falling right on the crash-mat in the back of the waiting truck below. Bob knew Alice wouldn't let him down, just like that time in Berlin when they last pulled an "Aunt Sally".



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', at the start of "Death Race to Oblivion", Batman tells Green Arrow he'll beat him in the race "Just like he beat him at Monte Carlo". At the end it's revealed that they didn't race at Monte Carlo, but they did use a similar plan to defeat The Clock King there.

to:

* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', at the start of "Death Race to Oblivion", Batman tells Green Arrow he'll beat him in the race "Just like he beat him at Monte Carlo". At the end it's revealed that they didn't race at Monte Carlo, but they did use a similar plan to defeat The Clock King there.
5th Dec '15 4:24:19 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In one scene in ''{{Sahara}}'', in order to get out of a really tight situation involving guys with automatic weapons shooting up their boat, Dirk Pitt suggests "doing a Panama," an obvious reference to some crazy maneuver that he and Al did in the region so named. [[spoiler:Except they weren't in Panama. And it didn't work]]
* Happens a lot in ''GalaxyQuest''. "Go for the eyes, like in episode 22!" "You're starting to act like you did in episode 17, you scene-stealing hack!"

to:

* In one scene in ''{{Sahara}}'', ''Film/{{Sahara}}'', in order to get out of a really tight situation involving guys with automatic weapons shooting up their boat, Dirk Pitt suggests "doing a Panama," an obvious reference to some crazy maneuver that he and Al did in the region so named. [[spoiler:Except they weren't in Panama. And it didn't work]]
* Happens a lot in ''GalaxyQuest''.''Film/GalaxyQuest''. "Go for the eyes, like in episode 22!" "You're starting to act like you did in episode 17, you scene-stealing hack!"



* RogueSquadron from StarWars once pulled this in TheThrawnTrilogy, when they couldn't exchange jump coordinates without the Imperials intercepting their transmission. Wedge reminded his squad of the battle of Xyquine, which they correctly interpreted as a suggestion to use a disinformation technique called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Cracken_Twist the Cracken Twist]].

to:

* RogueSquadron from StarWars once pulled this in TheThrawnTrilogy, ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', when they couldn't exchange jump coordinates without the Imperials intercepting their transmission. Wedge reminded his squad of the battle of Xyquine, which they correctly interpreted as a suggestion to use a disinformation technique called [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Cracken_Twist the Cracken Twist]].



** At the start of ''[[XWingSeries Iron Fist]]'', the squad are being led away from a BarBrawl by a group of Republic military police. [[TheFace "Face" Loran]] starts talking to the lead MP and mentions that his name is Corellian, and the MP confirms that he's from Corellia. "Just like the welcoming party on M2398", he replies, referring to [[ContinuityNod an incident in the previous book]] where the Wraiths were LuredIntoATrap -- because [[SherlockScan he knows from the man's body lanuage]] that [[SpotTheImposter he isn't from Corellia]].

to:

** * At the start of ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Iron Fist]]'', the squad are being led away from a BarBrawl by a group of Republic military police. [[TheFace "Face" Loran]] starts talking to the lead MP and mentions that his name is Corellian, and the MP confirms that he's from Corellia. "Just like the welcoming party on M2398", he replies, referring to [[ContinuityNod an incident in the previous book]] where the Wraiths were LuredIntoATrap -- because [[SherlockScan he knows from the man's body lanuage]] that [[SpotTheImposter he isn't from Corellia]].



* ''HumanTarget'': Chance, Winston and Guererro use "Uncle Bob" or "Aunt Alice" to reference specific plans. [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee Almost never mentioned]] in a way the audience can tell is what the plan actually is - except one time:

to:

* ''HumanTarget'': ''Series/HumanTarget'': Chance, Winston and Guererro use "Uncle Bob" or "Aunt Alice" to reference specific plans. [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee Almost never mentioned]] in a way the audience can tell is what the plan actually is - except one time:
25th Oct '15 4:56:34 AM WillBGood
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Using Tactical Reminiscent in dialogue is a useful tool for the writers as well.

to:

Using Tactical Reminiscent Reminiscence in dialogue is a useful tool for the writers as well.
6th Oct '15 1:38:27 AM JamaicanCastle
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** At the start of ''[[XWingSeries Iron Fist]]'', Face Loran does it.

to:

** At the start of ''[[XWingSeries Iron Fist]]'', Face Loran does it.the squad are being led away from a BarBrawl by a group of Republic military police. [[TheFace "Face" Loran]] starts talking to the lead MP and mentions that his name is Corellian, and the MP confirms that he's from Corellia. "Just like the welcoming party on M2398", he replies, referring to [[ContinuityNod an incident in the previous book]] where the Wraiths were LuredIntoATrap -- because [[SherlockScan he knows from the man's body lanuage]] that [[SpotTheImposter he isn't from Corellia]].
This list shows the last 10 events of 33. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TacticalReminiscence