History Recap / TintinTheCalculusAffair

20th Feb '17 5:56:34 AM Chabal2
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* DoubleTake: Sponz' secretary tells his boss about the prison director who called to check about Calculus being moved. Sponz confirms that if his signature was on the papers, there was no need to call. Then he remembers the papers were in his coat, and goes to look for them...



* MenAreUncultured: At one point, Tintin and Captain Haddock hiding in the Klow opera. Tintin wakes the Captain up at the end with a disapproving GrandeDame looking on. Note that Hergé himself admitted to disliking opera, stating that it usually bored him or made him laugh.

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* MenAreUncultured: At one point, Tintin and Captain Haddock hiding in the Klow opera. Tintin wakes the Captain up at the end with a disapproving GrandeDame looking on. Note that Hergé himself admitted to disliking opera, stating that it usually bored him or made him laugh.laugh (Bianca Castafiore was based on an opera-singing aunt of his).


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* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: In the previous book, the Syldavians were responsible for launching a rocket to the moon, with the Bordurians trying to stop them. Here, they're trying to kidnap Calculus to work for them, same as the Bordurians.
2nd Oct '16 2:39:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* CommieNazis: Borduria is depicted as a stereotypical half-Eastern Bloc and half-fascist country complete with its own secret police (ZEP) (led by Colonel Sponsz) and a fascist military dictator called Kûrvi-Tasch who promotes a Taschist ideology. A statue of Kûrvi-Tasch appears in front of a government building, in which he wears a moustache similar to JosephStalin's and gives a Nazi-like salute.

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* CommieNazis: Borduria is depicted as a stereotypical half-Eastern Bloc and half-fascist country complete with its own secret police (ZEP) (led by Colonel Sponsz) and a fascist military dictator called Kûrvi-Tasch who promotes a Taschist ideology. A statue of Kûrvi-Tasch appears in front of a government building, in which he wears a moustache similar to JosephStalin's UsefulNotes/JosephStalin's and gives a Nazi-like salute.



* WickedCultured: Sponz seems to enjoy the Castafiore's performance, even inviting her to sing for a private party.

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* WickedCultured: Sponz seems to enjoy the Castafiore's performance, even inviting her to sing for a private party.
7th Sep '15 9:40:12 PM nombretomado
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* ReluctantMadScientist: Calculus invents a NikolaTesla-style sonic superweapon. But he is extremely opposed to any government using his invention, goes to meet a fellow scientist because his discovery frightens him, and at the end burns the plans on his own volition. Meanwhile Syldavia and Borduria are all too eager to employ him and use the weapon on their enemies.

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* ReluctantMadScientist: Calculus invents a NikolaTesla-style UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla-style sonic superweapon. But he is extremely opposed to any government using his invention, goes to meet a fellow scientist because his discovery frightens him, and at the end burns the plans on his own volition. Meanwhile Syldavia and Borduria are all too eager to employ him and use the weapon on their enemies.
7th Sep '15 1:09:27 PM nombretomado
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* ScaleModelDestruction: Calculus' ultrasound device is used on a model of NewYorkCity. The results point to why both factions would like to use the device as a WeaponOfMassDestruction.

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* ScaleModelDestruction: Calculus' ultrasound device is used on a model of NewYorkCity.UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The results point to why both factions would like to use the device as a WeaponOfMassDestruction.
20th Apr '15 1:29:13 PM nombretomado
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The Calculus Affair (1956) is the 18th adventure of {{Tintin}}, mostly set in UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}}. It is a ColdWar tale featuring SpyVersusSpy situations. The tale begins at Marlinspike Hall during a thunderstorm. Tintin and Haddock witness a series of mysterious events. Glass and porcelain items both within the Hall and in its general vicinity shatter for no apparent reason, followed by a series of gunshots right outside the Hall. The two friends fail to find anyone out there, except a wounded man who makes a quick escape.

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The Calculus Affair (1956) is the 18th adventure of {{Tintin}}, mostly set in UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}}. It is a ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar tale featuring SpyVersusSpy situations. The tale begins at Marlinspike Hall during a thunderstorm. Tintin and Haddock witness a series of mysterious events. Glass and porcelain items both within the Hall and in its general vicinity shatter for no apparent reason, followed by a series of gunshots right outside the Hall. The two friends fail to find anyone out there, except a wounded man who makes a quick escape.
20th Nov '14 2:33:02 AM Odon
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* PunkInTheTrunk: Subverted; Calculus is in a hidden compartment under the backseat, as Tintin realises far too late.
14th Nov '14 4:29:20 AM Odon
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* NoSwastikas: The book on Nazi secret weapons is an actual book...minus the swastika on the cover.
6th Nov '14 2:19:23 AM Odon
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* CarMeetsHouse: On driving a stolen tank to the Bordurian border, Tintin finds the road blocked by heavy trucks and the border protected by anti-tank obstacles. So he drives the tank straight through the guardhouse.
6th Nov '14 2:11:58 AM Odon
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* ShurFineGuns: Our heroes are saved from certain death when an anti-tank gun [[BornLucky explodes as it's about to blow up their stolen tank. They then run over some dud land mines]].
6th Nov '14 2:10:29 AM Odon
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Sponsz boasts of his plans, unaware that Tintin and Haddock are hiding in the closet. He even mentions the release order for Calculus he has in his coat pocket, which has just been placed in said closet.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Sponsz boasts of his plans, plans and the location where he has Calculus prisoner, unaware that Tintin and Haddock are hiding in the closet. He even mentions the release order for Calculus he has in his coat pocket, which has just been placed in said closet.
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