History NightmareFuel / SapphireAndSteel

15th Aug '17 9:56:43 AM Sharlee
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* How so many of the menaces on this show are ones that ordinary human beings can't even ''recognize''. never mind fight back against. And even the superpowered HumanoidAbomination experts who are assigned to stop them take an alarming amount of trial-and-error - often ''costly and painful'' error - to get a handle on what they're up against.

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* How so many of the menaces on this show are ones that ordinary human beings can't even ''recognize''. never mind fight back against. And even the superpowered HumanoidAbomination experts who are assigned to stop them take those menaces have to use an alarming amount of trial-and-error - often ''costly and painful'' error - to get a handle on what they're up against.
15th Aug '17 9:55:52 AM Sharlee
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* How so many of the menaces on this show are ones that ordinary human beings can't even ''recognize''. never mind fight back against. And even the "nice" {{Humanoid Abomination}}s who are assigned to stop them take an alarming amount of trial-and-error - often ''costly and painful'' error - to get a handle on what they're up against.

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* How so many of the menaces on this show are ones that ordinary human beings can't even ''recognize''. never mind fight back against. And even the "nice" {{Humanoid Abomination}}s superpowered HumanoidAbomination experts who are assigned to stop them take an alarming amount of trial-and-error - often ''costly and painful'' error - to get a handle on what they're up against.
15th Aug '17 9:54:51 AM Sharlee
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* How so many of the menaces on this show are ones that ordinary human beings can't even ''recognize''. never mind fight back against. And even the "nice" {{HumanoidAbomination}}s who are assigned to stop them take an alarming amount of trial-and-error - often ''costly and painful'' error - to get a handle on what they're up against.

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* How so many of the menaces on this show are ones that ordinary human beings can't even ''recognize''. never mind fight back against. And even the "nice" {{HumanoidAbomination}}s {{Humanoid Abomination}}s who are assigned to stop them take an alarming amount of trial-and-error - often ''costly and painful'' error - to get a handle on what they're up against.
15th Aug '17 9:54:26 AM Sharlee
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* How so many of the menaces on this show are ones that ordinary human beings can't even ''recognize''. never mind fight back against. And even the "nice" {{HumanoidAbomination}}s who are assigned to stop them take an alarming amount of trial-and-error - often ''costly and painful'' error - to get a handle on what they're up against.
13th Aug '17 9:53:24 AM Sharlee
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* The photo-kids may have been nasty little brats, but one can't help but feel for them when they're [[spoiler: dragged back into the old photographs the Shape released them from. Particularly if you assume they'll ''remain conscious'' in there, same as Ruth was sort of aware of herself when she was trapped, or that the Shape may have called up and enslaved the souls of the long-dead people who'd posed for those photos, same as he'd threatened to do to Liz.]]
13th Aug '17 9:49:08 AM Sharlee
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** Just to make it worse, consider the agents' discussion of how the Shape could be lurking ''behind things'' in photos, like on the other sides of walls or behind bushes. Presumably that means that, to the Shape, a photo of a house would contain all the interior features of that house - rooms, furnishings, etc - that aren't visible to a person looking at the photo. Now, consider how such "interior features" might include all the ''people'' in the house. From the Shape's perspective, poor [[spoiler: Liz]] could be accessible via the concealed back rooms of photographs taken ''from the street outside'' - or even from a plane flying overhead! - that she never even knew existed...

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** Just to make it worse, consider the agents' discussion of how the Shape could be lurking ''behind things'' in photos, like on the other sides of walls or behind bushes. Presumably that means that, to the Shape, a photo of a house would contain all the interior features of that house - rooms, furnishings, etc - that aren't visible to a person looking at the photo.picture of its exterior. Now, consider how such "interior features" might include all the ''people'' in the house. From the Shape's perspective, poor [[spoiler: Liz]] could be accessible via the concealed back rooms of photographs taken ''from the street outside'' - or even from a plane flying overhead! - that she never even knew existed...
13th Aug '17 9:48:13 AM Sharlee
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** Although that may actually be ''helpful'' for her, as [[spoiler: the Shape's affinity for paper suggests that it's ''only'' actual photographs - i.e. pictures created on chemically-permeated paper or film - that he inhabits and can manipulate. So it's possible that a digital image would lie outside his "habitat". Digital photography was already being used by NASA when the episode is set, yet Sapphire didn't pick up any impressions related to space probes or radio transmissions from the Shape, only old-tech darkroom sensations.]]

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** *** Although that may actually be ''helpful'' for her, as [[spoiler: the Shape's affinity for paper suggests that it's ''only'' actual photographs - i.e. pictures created on chemically-permeated paper or film - that he inhabits and can manipulate. So it's possible that a digital image would lie outside his "habitat". Digital photography was already being used by NASA when the episode is set, yet Sapphire didn't pick up any impressions related to space probes or radio transmissions from the Shape, only old-tech darkroom sensations.]]]]
** Just to make it worse, consider the agents' discussion of how the Shape could be lurking ''behind things'' in photos, like on the other sides of walls or behind bushes. Presumably that means that, to the Shape, a photo of a house would contain all the interior features of that house - rooms, furnishings, etc - that aren't visible to a person looking at the photo. Now, consider how such "interior features" might include all the ''people'' in the house. From the Shape's perspective, poor [[spoiler: Liz]] could be accessible via the concealed back rooms of photographs taken ''from the street outside'' - or even from a plane flying overhead! - that she never even knew existed...
13th Aug '17 9:43:09 AM Sharlee
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** Although that may actually be ''helpful'' for her, as [[spoiler: the Shape's affinity for paper suggests that it's ''only'' actual photographs - i.e. pictures created on chemically-permeated paper or film - that he inhabits and can manipulate. So it's possible that a digital image would lie outside his "habitat". Digital photography was already being used by NASA when the episode is set, yet Sapphire didn't pick up any impressions related to space probes or radio transmissions from the Shape, only old-tech darkroom sensations.]]
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14th Jan '16 11:39:17 AM Gizensha
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** HarsherInHindsight - Good luck to her following Steel's advice with the [[spoiler:increased prevalence of CCTV and ubiquitous consumer photography e.g. smartphones over the past 30 or so years.]]
26th Nov '13 9:57:57 AM LondonKdS
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* The basic concept of the show: the universe is constantly at risk from hostile temporal attacks, and the best any human involved can hope for is that the '''nice''' {{Humanoid Abomination}}s don't decide that [[ShootTheDog killing you]] is the best response.

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* The basic concept of the show: the universe is constantly at risk from hostile temporal attacks, and the best any human involved can hope for is that the '''nice''' "nice" {{Humanoid Abomination}}s don't decide that [[ShootTheDog killing you]] is the best response.
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