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19th Apr '18 4:44:57 PM SomberCaelifera
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* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'''s CRT monitors, 90s-like [=GUIs=] and [=BeOS=]. Also notable is the Dreamcast-like console seen in the OP animation, and the many computers that seem to be running some version of [=NeXTSTEP=], the direct predecessor to OSX. Lain doesn't take place in the future, however, but in "Present day, present time! Hahahahaha!", ie. some kind of alternate reality that may or may not be turned into the world that we know at the end of the show.

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* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'''s CRT [=CRT=] monitors, 90s-like [=GUIs=] and [=BeOS=]. Also notable is the Dreamcast-like console seen in the OP animation, and the many computers that seem to be running some version of [=NeXTSTEP=], the direct predecessor to OSX. Lain doesn't take place in the future, however, but in "Present day, present time! Hahahahaha!", ie. some kind of alternate reality that may or may not be turned into the world that we know at the end of the show.



* Anime/OutlawStar: In ''The Demon of the Water Planet'', the old man who hired the crew to go get sunken treasure hands Jim a floppy disk.
* Appears in ''Manga/DragonBall'' in both intentional and unintentional forms. Intentional examples are vehicle designs that have a militaristic, World War II type of appearance to them. Unintentional ones would be the use of VHS tapes and CRT televisions, as well as a more "flashing-light circuitboard and wires" look to any unique tech, such as Bulma and Dr. Gero's inventions, that is distinctively 80s. [[TechnologyMarchesOn This was considered modern at the time the story was written]], but nowadays it provides a unique aesthetic when mashed into the [[AnachronismStew traditional Chinese]] aspects.

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* Anime/OutlawStar: ''Anime/OutlawStar'': In ''The Demon of the Water Planet'', the old man who hired the crew to go get sunken treasure hands Jim a floppy disk.
* Appears in ''Manga/DragonBall'' in both intentional and unintentional forms. Intentional examples are vehicle designs that have a militaristic, World War II type of appearance to them. Unintentional ones would be the use of VHS tapes and CRT [=CRT=] televisions, as well as a more "flashing-light circuitboard and wires" look to any unique tech, such as Bulma and Dr. Gero's inventions, that is distinctively 80s. [[TechnologyMarchesOn This was considered modern at the time the story was written]], but nowadays it provides a unique aesthetic when mashed into the [[AnachronismStew traditional Chinese]] aspects.



* In the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' film ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'' (released in 1968), the year's 1999. Rocket men, aliens that [[HumanAliens look like people]], MindControl signals, knockout gas, a nation devoted to containing monsters; must've been what [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2000_problem Y2K]] was distracting us from.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' film ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'' (released in 1968), the year's year is 1999. Rocket men, aliens that [[HumanAliens look like people]], MindControl signals, knockout gas, a nation devoted to containing monsters; must've been what [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2000_problem Y2K]] was distracting us from.



* A strangely modern example appears in ''Film/MenInBlack:'' K shows J a tiny disc, explaining: "it'll replace CD's soon." Back then, it looked like the logical next step in audio recording medium. But with the invention of the MP3, it seems we skipped that "micro-disc" step. The trope is then used intentionally in the third movie, with the 1969 MIB headquarters (as well as many of the aliens inside) having a very Zeerusty look.
* Creator/FritzLang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' has vid-phones, with 1920s style handsets. Much like Le Corbusier, the cars on the elevated freeways are all Model T's. The flying taxis are a mix of antique biplanes and RaygunGothic [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelins.]] It has ticker-tape machines and antique IBM devices instead of computers, of course.

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* A strangely modern example appears in ''Film/MenInBlack:'' K shows J a tiny disc, explaining: "it'll replace CD's [=CDs=] soon." Back then, it looked like the logical next step in audio recording medium. But with the invention of the MP3, it seems we skipped that "micro-disc" step. The trope is then used intentionally in the third movie, with the 1969 MIB headquarters (as well as many of the aliens inside) having a very Zeerusty look.
* Creator/FritzLang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' has vid-phones, with 1920s style handsets. Much like Le Corbusier, the cars on the elevated freeways are all Model T's.Ts. The flying taxis are a mix of antique biplanes and RaygunGothic [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelins.]] It has ticker-tape machines and antique IBM devices instead of computers, of course.



* The film ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' suffered from this more than the book. In the film version, CRT monitors were prominent despite flat-panel monitors already having been invented and in production by the time the movie was made.

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* The film ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' suffered from this more than the book. In the film version, CRT [=CRT=] monitors were prominent despite flat-panel monitors already having been invented and in production by the time the movie was made.



* The original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', with its ridiculously bulky CRT-based videophones.

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* The original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', with its ridiculously bulky CRT-based [=CRT=]-based videophones.



* Deconstructed in the Creator/KimNewman short story ''Literature/TomorrowTown,'' which is set in the 1970s and focuses on a murder committed in an experimental community of futurists deliberately constructed as a 1970s version of what the year 2000 would look like -- and the savvy detectives are quick to realize that it's completely unworkable, with a futuristic monorail system and bubble cars that can be outrun by someone on a bike, [[RobotBuddy robots]] that are bugger-all use whatsoever, a "[[InstantAIJustAddWater super computer]]" that's really good at adding things up but not much else, an [[NuSpeling "evolved" linguistics system]] which exists largely because its creator has trouble spelling, and a dysfunctional and somewhat sexist social system that, not un-coincidentally, places the (murdered) leader of the community in both a position of unquestioned power and gives him the opportunity to legally steal other people's girlfriends/wives if he fancies them, whether they (or their partners) want to or not. Oh, and the very fact that a murder's been committed by people who claim to have [[EvolutionaryLevels evolved "beyond"]] the petty motives for murder is a pretty big strike on the card as well. And, of course, there's the fact that the 21st century reader knows for a fact that all of the community's predictions about the world of 2000 ''are completely wrong.''

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* Deconstructed in the Creator/KimNewman short story ''Literature/TomorrowTown,'' which is set in the 1970s and focuses on a murder committed in an experimental community of futurists deliberately constructed as a 1970s version of what the year 2000 would look like -- and the savvy detectives are quick to realize that it's completely unworkable, with a futuristic monorail system and bubble cars that can be outrun by someone on a bike, [[RobotBuddy robots]] that are bugger-all use whatsoever, a "[[InstantAIJustAddWater super computer]]" that's really good at adding things up but not much else, an [[NuSpeling "evolved" linguistics system]] which exists largely because its creator has trouble spelling, and a dysfunctional and somewhat sexist social system that, not un-coincidentally, places the (murdered) leader of the community in both a position of unquestioned power and gives him the opportunity to legally steal other people's girlfriends/wives if he fancies them, whether they (or their partners) want to or not. Oh, and the very fact that a murder's murder has been committed by people who claim to have [[EvolutionaryLevels evolved "beyond"]] the petty motives for murder is a pretty big strike on the card as well. And, of course, there's the fact that the 21st century reader knows for a fact that all of the community's predictions about the world of 2000 ''are completely wrong.''



* One second grade schoolbook contained a short story about life in an extremely polluted future. It was told from the point of view of a kid living his normal day at home (school via video and so on). At one point, parents came back home and the mother went to the kitchen and set about making FoodPills dinner. Yes, in a world where dinner consists of swallowing pre-made brown ("chicken and gravy") and green ("peas") pills, it's still the woman's sacred duty to take the pills out and set the table.

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* One second grade schoolbook contained a short story about life in an extremely polluted future. It was told from the point of view of a kid living his normal day at home (school via video and so on). At one point, parents came back home and the mother went to the kitchen and set about making FoodPills dinner.[[FoodPills dinner]]. Yes, in a world where dinner consists of swallowing pre-made brown ("chicken and gravy") and green ("peas") pills, it's still the woman's sacred duty to take the pills out and set the table.



* In keeping with the many struggles that ''Series/DoctorWho'' has had with this trope over the years (see below for televisual examples), the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures (and, to a lesser extent, the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures) contain many visions of the then-near future that have not aged particularly well. As part of it's general DarkerAndEdgier approach to the franchise, it so enthusiastically leaned into things like {{cyberpunk}}, virtual reality universes, speculative computing technology that [[TechnologyMarchesOn isn't quite as impressive these days as people back then thought it sounded]] and [[NinetiesAntiHero leather-clad badasses with big guns]] running around that almost every page of every novel might as well have a watermark reading "this was published in [[TheNineties The Early '90s]]"".

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* In keeping with the many struggles that ''Series/DoctorWho'' has had with this trope over the years (see below for televisual examples), the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures (and, to a lesser extent, the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures) contain many visions of the then-near future that have not aged particularly well. As part of it's its general DarkerAndEdgier approach to the franchise, it so enthusiastically leaned into things like {{cyberpunk}}, virtual reality universes, speculative computing technology that [[TechnologyMarchesOn isn't quite as impressive these days as people back then thought it sounded]] and [[NinetiesAntiHero leather-clad badasses with big guns]] running around that almost every page of every novel might as well have a watermark reading "this was published in [[TheNineties The Early '90s]]"".



** Let's give credit where it's due and acknowledge that Trek's PADD's have a great deal in common with modern PDA's and Tablet PC's and that communicators are cellphone equivalents. Our cellphones, however, are restricted to sublight communication and ''at most'' single-planet range. PADD's, however, have aged about as poorly as the main computer systems. They seemed to have no built-in real-time communications capability (in particular no video) and were not capable of running multiple applications, which often resulted in users working with more than one PADD at a time.

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** Let's give credit where it's due and acknowledge that Trek's PADD's [=PADDs=] have a great deal in common with modern PDA's [=PDAs=] and Tablet PC's [=PCs=] and that communicators are cellphone equivalents. Our cellphones, however, are restricted to sublight communication and ''at most'' single-planet range. PADD's, [=PADD=]s, however, have aged about as poorly as the main computer systems. They seemed to have no built-in real-time communications capability (in particular no video) and were not capable of running multiple applications, which often resulted in users working with more than one PADD at a time.



** The signature LCARS interface introduced in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' as the look for all Starfleet ship control panels qualifies. It anticipated smartphone like touch-sensitive virtual controls, but not most of computer graphic user interface advancements like tiled windows and multitasking. LCARS resembles a multi touch enabled piece of DOS software. Since TNG debuted in 1987, before Windows 1.0 was readily available for IBM PC's and most home computers were Commodore 64's or ZX Spectrums, this is at least understandable.

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** The signature LCARS interface introduced in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' as the look for all Starfleet ship control panels qualifies. It anticipated smartphone like touch-sensitive virtual controls, but not most of computer graphic user interface advancements like tiled windows and multitasking. LCARS resembles a multi touch enabled piece of DOS software. Since TNG debuted in 1987, before Windows 1.0 was readily available for IBM PC's PCs and most home computers were Commodore 64's 64s or ZX Spectrums, this is at least understandable.



** The Mondasian Cybermen, when compared to their modern day counterparts, should be {{Narm}}y relics of ZeeRust. Except, of course, for the fact that they're a secret medical project, kept from the people aboard a GenerationShip suffering a TimeDilation in the grip of a black hole, [[UnwillingRoboticisation until they're tricked into the operating room to have painful surgery conducted on them]] that [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul robs them of their humanity]] and leaves them in crippling pain. They're in constant agony, and their doctors and nurses could ''not'' care any less, seeing as how their preferred method of treatment for the pain is to turn down their voice boxes. And companion Bill Potts has just been lured into the Conversion Theatre.

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** The Mondasian Cybermen, when compared to their modern day counterparts, should be {{Narm}}y relics of ZeeRust.Zeerust. Except, of course, for the fact that they're a secret medical project, kept from the people aboard a GenerationShip suffering a TimeDilation in the grip of a black hole, [[UnwillingRoboticisation until they're tricked into the operating room to have painful surgery conducted on them]] that [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul robs them of their humanity]] and leaves them in crippling pain. They're in constant agony, and their doctors and nurses could ''not'' care any less, seeing as how their preferred method of treatment for the pain is to turn down their voice boxes. And companion Bill Potts has just been lured into the Conversion Theatre.



* In a B&W episode of CBS's ''[[Creator/JohnnyCarson The Johnny Carson Show]]'' from the 1950's (not to be confused with ''Series/TheTonightShow'', which Carson would begin hosting in 1962) depicting the future of 1980, where a husband has a robot household servant named Gregory who operates on an electric cord, with the bored housewife finding the robot more appealing, only for the robot's wife to take him home so he can take care of their robot children.

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* In a B&W episode of CBS's ''[[Creator/JohnnyCarson The Johnny Carson Show]]'' from the 1950's 1950s (not to be confused with ''Series/TheTonightShow'', which Carson would begin hosting in 1962) depicting the future of 1980, where a husband has a robot household servant named Gregory who operates on an electric cord, with the bored housewife finding the robot more appealing, only for the robot's wife to take him home so he can take care of their robot children.



* In ''Series/Earth2'' the audience gets to see inside the cockpit of the starship that will take the colonists to their new home. It's a very modern glass cockpit with displays everywhere, but they are all heavy bulky CRT's.

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* In ''Series/Earth2'' the audience gets to see inside the cockpit of the starship that will take the colonists to their new home. It's a very modern glass cockpit with displays everywhere, but they are all heavy bulky CRT's.[=CRTs=].



** ''Leda,'' a story about a woman serving out her sentence on a spacecraft. Despite having the ability to travel in space, the ship's computer used CRT screens to talk to her and only did so through text.

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** ''Leda,'' a story about a woman serving out her sentence on a spacecraft. Despite having the ability to travel in space, the ship's computer used CRT [=CRT=] screens to talk to her and only did so through text.



* The Futuristic Zone from ''Series/TheCrystalMaze'' has many [[TheNineties early Nineties]] ideas of future technology, with good doses of CyberPunk and UsedFuture, and lacking many of the technological advancements made since then. Fluorescent tube lighting, CRT screens and seven-segment displays abound, along with a talking computer.

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* The Futuristic Zone from ''Series/TheCrystalMaze'' has many [[TheNineties early Nineties]] ideas of future technology, with good doses of CyberPunk and UsedFuture, and lacking many of the technological advancements made since then. Fluorescent tube lighting, CRT [=CRT=] screens and seven-segment displays abound, along with a talking computer.



* Deliberately invoked in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge''. Since this is 1938 every human made screen is a CRT and punch card operated vacuum tube computers exist alongside more advanced versions, some of which even incorporate parts of Ancient Martian robobrains.

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* Deliberately invoked in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge''. Since this is 1938 every human made screen is a CRT [=CRT=] and punch card operated vacuum tube computers exist alongside more advanced versions, some of which even incorporate parts of Ancient Martian robobrains.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' deals with an inventor who's secluded himself in his own little Tomorrow-Land. It does look heavily Zeerust, but then, most "modern" buildings and fashions in that series tend towards the early 20th century, so who knows how they see it.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' deals with an inventor who's who has secluded himself in his own little Tomorrow-Land. It does look heavily Zeerust, but then, most "modern" buildings and fashions in that series tend towards the early 20th century, so who knows how they see it.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had an episode that actually lampshaded this trope called "Future Lost", in which Timmy discovers one of his father's old sci-fi comic books that supposedly takes place in the "far off" future of the year 2000. Timmy notes that what's in the book is very different than the real early twenty first century. He then makes a wish making the ZeeRust world of that book come to life.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had an episode that actually lampshaded this trope called "Future Lost", in which Timmy discovers one of his father's old sci-fi comic books that supposedly takes place in the "far off" future of the year 2000. Timmy notes that what's in the book is very different than the real early twenty first century. He then makes a wish making the ZeeRust Zeerust world of that book come to life.



** Apparently, to Mr. Rosewater, "futuristic" means "shaped like a 1950s CRT TV frame". For the quasi-medieval [=MtG=], that ''is'' pretty amazingly prescient.

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** Apparently, to Mr. Rosewater, "futuristic" means "shaped like a 1950s CRT TV [=CRT=] [=TV=] frame". For the quasi-medieval [=MtG=], that ''is'' pretty amazingly prescient.



** They had been planned to erase from people's minds the impression of [[http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5170/5370264430_5223df23e9.jpg heavy V8 powered dinosaurs]] fit for [[BritishStuffiness older rich Brits]] and which [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot looked like a cross between a Mustang and an Opel Manta]]. This was also the reason for cramming every possible cubic inch with CRT screens and complex electronics. It backfired.

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** They had been planned to erase from people's minds the impression of [[http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5170/5370264430_5223df23e9.jpg heavy V8 powered dinosaurs]] fit for [[BritishStuffiness older rich Brits]] and which [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot looked like a cross between a Mustang and an Opel Manta]]. This was also the reason for cramming every possible cubic inch with CRT [=CRT=] screens and complex electronics. It backfired.
17th Apr '18 11:54:42 AM CaptainAmazing
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** One middle-school science textbook ended with a series of sci-fi stories. One took place in a future where advanced plastics had made a better world, told from the perspective of kids in that time learning about the "dangerous" past. Despite only having been printed in 1992, it had the kids learning what soda cans and glass bottles were, saying that "it wasn't until around 2000 that plastic bottles completely replaced them."
26th Mar '18 2:56:54 PM Sanokal
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* There's something of a meta, in-universe example in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. The character Vizor/Dark Glass(es) is from an unspecified point in the future (there seems to be some indication it is about fifty years in the future), as are several other characters, such as the Three Emperors of Yliaster. Many of these cards have by now been released as cards for the trading card game. Aside from the universe-destroying time paradox this has inevitably caused, the cards...don't stack up to what PowerCreep would dictate.

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* There's something of a meta, in-universe example in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. The character Vizor/Dark Glass(es) is from an unspecified point in the future (there seems to be some indication it is about fifty two-hundred years in the future), future, as are several other characters, such as the Three Emperors of Yliaster.Illiaster. Many of these cards have by now been released as cards for the trading card game. Aside from the universe-destroying time paradox this has inevitably caused, the cards...don't stack up to what PowerCreep would dictate. On the other hand, in-universe, their energy-bladed duel disks were introduced to the series with ''Anime/YuGiOhARCV''.
25th Feb '18 10:48:01 PM MadAnthony94
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' deals with an inventor who's secluded himself in his own little Tomorrow-Land. It does look heavily Zeerust, but then, most "modern" buildings and fashions in that series tend towards the early 20th century, so who knows how they see it.
21st Feb '18 6:48:18 AM CloudStriker
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* The SpaceZone (called The Space Zone) in ''VideoGame/ThemeParkWorld''.

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* The SpaceZone (called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Space Zone) Zone]]) in ''VideoGame/ThemeParkWorld''.
13th Feb '18 7:51:45 AM Ulkomaalainen
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** In ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel,'' there are colonies on the Moon and the hero wins a used space suit in a contest... But the contest is held by the sole sponsor of a (typical) live TV program (a soap company), as in bar soap for washing clothes. By hand. By housewives. Even when RAH wrote it, most of his readers were probably too young to remember that. On top of that the chronically unemployed town ne'er-do-well, "Ace" Quiggle, hangs out at the drugstore soda fountain. Drinking ''[[MaltShop chocolate malts.]]''

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** In ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel,'' there are colonies on the Moon and the hero wins a used space suit in a contest... But the contest is held by the sole sponsor of a (typical) live TV program (a soap company), as in bar soap for washing clothes. By hand. By housewives. Even when RAH Heinlein wrote it, most of his readers were probably too young to remember that. On top of that the chronically unemployed town ne'er-do-well, "Ace" Quiggle, hangs out at the drugstore soda fountain. Drinking ''[[MaltShop chocolate malts.]]''
3rd Feb '18 8:38:55 PM Kalaong
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* Creator/RichardKMorgan's ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' trilogy is an example of how ''fast'' this can happen; Morgan wrote the trilogy from 2002/2005 -- just ''twelve years ago'', but still well before [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_bioprinting 3D bioprinting]] and TheMetaverse became buzzwords -- making his universe's demand for natural aged humans and clones for sleeves look rather quaint. The [[Series/AlteredCarbon Netflix series]] makes good attempts to HandWave this with bioprinters being heavily regulated to prevent "identity theft" and an {{Alternet}} full of stack-annihilating malware.
3rd Feb '18 5:25:59 AM Ninamarie124
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31st Jan '18 4:42:33 PM Gray
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** The Metroliners are sort-of a defied trope at the moment, however: Between the originals (some of which are still in service 50 years later) and their immediate non-EMU cousins in the Amfleets, the design has largely been "the" intercity passenger railcar design in the Eastern US for two generations...if only because no new equipment has come along to replace them. Ironically, however, the newer railcar designs out there look an ''awful'' lot like the "sleek" designs from a generation before, meaning that the "Zeerust-ish" designs from the 30s-50s are looking more and more like the ''actual'' future.
23rd Jan '18 7:50:00 AM batty3108
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* Part of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'''s charm is how a lot of the "future tech" weapons look like old fashioned guns. This is exemplified in the episode "Trash", where the high-tech laser gun shown looks like an oversized ''Star Wars'' blaster. Well, it's a SpaceWestern.

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* Part of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'''s charm is how a lot of the "future tech" weapons look like old fashioned guns. This is exemplified in the episode "Trash", where the antique, high-tech laser gun shown looks like an oversized ''Star Wars'' blaster.blaster. More contemporary (InUniverse) laser weapons are still quite boxy, and fall into the AwesomeButImpractical category, running off quickly-depleted batteries. Well, it's a SpaceWestern.
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