History Recap / TintinTheSevenCrystalBalls

26th Jan '16 4:11:03 PM Andyroid
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* NoMoreForMe: Haddock pours himself a drink of rum as he swears before a portrait of Professor Calculus to find his missing friend. When the portrait ''starts speaking to him'', Haddock decides he's had enough and pours the drink out a window.



** Much like ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'' the plot was inspired by the so-called ''curse of the mummy'' surrounding the opening of pharao UsefulNotes/{{Tutankhamun}}'s tomb in 1922, only with the action brought to Peruvian mummies instead of Egyptian ones.

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** Much like ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'' the plot was inspired by the so-called ''curse of the mummy'' surrounding the opening of pharao Pharaoh UsefulNotes/{{Tutankhamun}}'s tomb in 1922, only with the action brought to Peruvian mummies instead of Egyptian ones.
31st Mar '15 5:22:44 AM Menshevik
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The ending of the story is partly set in the French port of Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle, which Titin and Haddock reach from Belgium by car. As the English translation relocates the home setting to England (Marlinspike in Marlinshire), it renames the ports Westermouth and Bridgeport.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The ending of the story is partly set in the French port ports of Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle, which Titin and Haddock reach from Belgium by car. As the English translation relocates the home setting to England (Marlinspike in Marlinshire), it renames the ports Westermouth and Bridgeport.



** Professor Tarragon's house really exists. It was located somewhere in Belgium. During the Nazi occupation of Belgium, when this story was made, Creator/{{Herge}} and his assistant Bob De Moor went to the house to draw sketches of it. They had just finished and were about to leave when they saw a car full of German Nazi officials drive to it in the distance. Apparently it was used as one of their head quarters! When Hergé told this anecdote to a journalist after the war he added: "If they had turned up a little earlier they would've probably have spotted our suspicious activity and forced us to explain what we were doing there."

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** Professor Tarragon's house really exists. It was located somewhere exists in Belgium.Brussels. During the Nazi occupation of Belgium, when this story was made, Creator/{{Herge}} and his assistant Bob De Moor went to the house to draw sketches of it. They had just finished and were about to leave when they saw a car full of German Nazi officials SS soldiers drive to it in the distance. Apparently it was used as one of their head quarters! headquarters! When Hergé told this anecdote to a journalist after the war he added: "If they had turned up a little earlier they would've probably have spotted our suspicious activity and forced us to explain what we were doing there."
31st Mar '15 5:17:59 AM Menshevik
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The ending of the story is set in the French port of Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle, which can be reached by car from the Captain's château in Belgium. As the English translation relocated Moulinsart to England as Marlinspike, it renames the ports Westermouth and Bridgeport.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The ending of the story is partly set in the French port of Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle, which can be reached by car Titin and Haddock reach from the Captain's château in Belgium. Belgium by car. As the English translation relocated Moulinsart relocates the home setting to England as Marlinspike, (Marlinspike in Marlinshire), it renames the ports Westermouth and Bridgeport.
31st Mar '15 5:15:42 AM Menshevik
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The ending of the story is set in the French port of Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle, which can be reached by car from Belgium. As the English translation relocated Moulinsart to England as Marlinpike, it renames the ports Westermouth and Bridgeport.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The ending of the story is set in the French port of Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle, which can be reached by car from the Captain's château in Belgium. As the English translation relocated Moulinsart to England as Marlinpike, Marlinspike, it renames the ports Westermouth and Bridgeport.
31st Mar '15 5:14:34 AM Menshevik
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The story accurately depicts the French port of Saint-Nazaire. The English translation renames it Westermouth for no good reason.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The ending of the story accurately depicts is set in the French port of Saint-Nazaire. The Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle, which can be reached by car from Belgium. As the English translation relocated Moulinsart to England as Marlinpike, it renames it the ports Westermouth for no good reason.and Bridgeport.
31st Mar '15 5:08:59 AM Menshevik
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/album-tintin-seven-crystal-balls_4866.jpg]]Tintin goes to visit Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus at their new home in Marlinspike Hall. On the train, he reads about a team of seven explorers led by Professor Sanders-Hardiman (Sanders-Hardmuth in the original French) returning home after a two year expedition in the Andes where they discovered the tomb of the ancient Incan ruler Rascar Capac, with the latter's mummy in tow. A strange man compares them to the Egyptologists who unearthed Tutankhamen's tomb and claims the same fate will befall them. Later on, Tintin attends a music hall with Haddock and is surprised to see General Alcazar, who since ''[[Recap/TintinTheBrokenEar The Broken Ear]]'' was deposed and now is performing as a knife thrower. Another act by a psychic also mentions the Incan expedition and claims its members are in grave danger.

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/album-tintin-seven-crystal-balls_4866.jpg]]Tintin goes to visit Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus at their new home in Marlinspike Hall. On the train, he reads about a team of seven explorers led by Professor Sanders-Hardiman (Sanders-Hardmuth in the original French) returning home after a two year expedition in the Andes where they discovered the tomb of the ancient Incan ruler Rascar Capac, with the latter's mummy in tow. A strange man compares them to the Egyptologists who unearthed Tutankhamen's tomb and claims the same fate will befall them. Later on, Tintin attends a music hall with Haddock and is surprised to see General Alcazar, who since ''[[Recap/TintinTheBrokenEar The Broken Ear]]'' was deposed and now is performing as a knife thrower. Another act by a psychic also mentions the Incan expedition and claims warns its members are in grave danger.
31st Mar '15 5:07:06 AM Menshevik
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** Much like ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'' the plot was inspired by the so-called ''curse of the mummy'' surrounding the opening of farao UsefulNotes/{{Tutankhamun}}'s tomb in 1922, only with the action brought to Peruvian mummies instead of Egyptian ones.

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** Much like ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'' the plot was inspired by the so-called ''curse of the mummy'' surrounding the opening of farao pharao UsefulNotes/{{Tutankhamun}}'s tomb in 1922, only with the action brought to Peruvian mummies instead of Egyptian ones.
31st Mar '15 5:06:17 AM Menshevik
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* {{Curse}}: The explorers and archaeologists all fall victim to a curse due to desecrating a tomb.

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* {{Curse}}: The explorers and archaeologists all fall victim to a curse due to desecrating a tomb. Subverted in that it requires human agents to make the curse come true for them.
31st Mar '15 5:04:35 AM Menshevik
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* ContinuityLockout: An extremely minor example, but when our heroes are contacting the explorers to warn them of the curse, Professor Cantonneau greets Tintin as an old acquaintance ("My dear Tintin" in the English). This is because Cantonneau was also one of the experts aboard the Aurora in ''[[Recap/TintinTheShootingStar The Shooting Star]]''. It's a nice little grace note, but perhaps too subtle, as there isn't a word of explanation as to how the professor already knows Tintin. However, when the story first appeared it was only about three years since ''The Shooting Star'' was serialized and less than two since it was republished as a colour album, and besides Cantonneau's part in ''Crystal Balls'' was just as minimal as that in ''Shooting Star''.

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* ContinuityLockout: An extremely minor example, but when our heroes are contacting the explorers to warn them of the curse, Professor Cantonneau greets Tintin on the telephone as an old acquaintance ("My dear Tintin" in the English). Tintin"). This is because Cantonneau was also one of the experts scientists aboard the Aurora in ''[[Recap/TintinTheShootingStar The Shooting Star]]''. It's a nice little grace note, but perhaps too subtle, as there isn't a word of explanation as to how the professor already knows Tintin. However, when the story first appeared it was only about three years since ''The Shooting Star'' was serialized and less than two since it was republished as a colour album, and besides Cantonneau's part the sequence in ''Crystal Balls'' was just as minimal as is so short (six panels) that in ''Shooting Star''.it does not merit the extra space needed to explain that Cantonneau has met Tintin and Haddock before.
31st Mar '15 4:54:53 AM Menshevik
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/album-tintin-seven-crystal-balls_4866.jpg]]Tintin goes to visit Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus at their new home in Marlinspike Hall. On the train, he reads about a team of seven explorers led by Professor Sanders-Hardiman returning home after a two year expedition in the Andes where they discovered the tomb of the ancient Incan ruler Rascar Capac, with the latter's mummy in tow. A strange man compares them to the Egyptologists who unearthed Tutankhamen's tomb and claims the same fate will befall them. Later on, Tintin attends a music hall with Haddock and is surprised to find General Alcazar, having been deposed of power and now performing as a knife thrower. Another act by a psychic also mentions the Incan expedition and claims its members are in grave danger.

Concurrent with these events, each member of the Sanders-Hardiman expedition starts falling into a mysterious coma, one by one. Thompson and Thomson are investigating and reveal that the only clue present at each scene are fragments of crystal spheres, which apparently contained some sort of mysterious gas that caused the comas. Despite the efforts of Tintin, Haddock, and the Thompsons, they are unable to stop the attacks and finally decide to personally guard the last explorer, Professor Tarragon, an old friend of Professor Calculus, who accompanies them to the former's house. After Rascar Capac's mummy disappears from the house in a mysterious bolt of ball lightning, Tarragon claims that this is the culmination of a prophecy: Rascar Capac has "returned to his element" and will go after Tarragon personally. Despite the escort, Tarragon succumbs to the coma as well, becoming the last of the seven. To make matters worse, Professor Calculus is kidnapped after finding the mummy's bracelet.

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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/album-tintin-seven-crystal-balls_4866.jpg]]Tintin goes to visit Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus at their new home in Marlinspike Hall. On the train, he reads about a team of seven explorers led by Professor Sanders-Hardiman (Sanders-Hardmuth in the original French) returning home after a two year expedition in the Andes where they discovered the tomb of the ancient Incan ruler Rascar Capac, with the latter's mummy in tow. A strange man compares them to the Egyptologists who unearthed Tutankhamen's tomb and claims the same fate will befall them. Later on, Tintin attends a music hall with Haddock and is surprised to find see General Alcazar, having been who since ''[[Recap/TintinTheBrokenEar The Broken Ear]]'' was deposed of power and now is performing as a knife thrower. Another act by a psychic also mentions the Incan expedition and claims its members are in grave danger.

Concurrent with these events, each member of the Sanders-Hardiman expedition starts falling into a mysterious coma, one by one. Thompson and Thomson are investigating and reveal that the only clue present at each scene are fragments of crystal spheres, which apparently contained some sort of mysterious gas that caused the comas. Despite the efforts of Tintin, Haddock, and the Thompsons, they are unable to stop the attacks and finally decide to personally guard the last explorer, Professor Tarragon, Tarragon (Bergamotte in French), an old friend of Professor Calculus, who accompanies them to the former's house. After Rascar Capac's mummy disappears from the house in a mysterious bolt of ball lightning, Tarragon claims that this is the culmination of a prophecy: Rascar Capac has "returned to his element" and will go after Tarragon personally. Despite the escort, Tarragon succumbs to the coma as well, becoming the last of the seven. To make matters worse, Professor Calculus is kidnapped after finding the mummy's bracelet.



** Mr. Bergamot's house really exists. It was located somewhere in Belgium. During the Nazi occupation of Belgium, when this story was made, Creator/{{Herge}} and his assistant Bob De Moor went to the house to draw sketches of it. They had just finished and were about to leave when they saw a car full of German Nazi officials drive to it in the distance. Apparently it was used as one of their head quarters! When Hergé told this anecdote to a journalist after the war he added: "If they had turned up a little earlier they would've probably have spotted our suspicious activity and forced us to explain what we were doing there."

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** Mr. Bergamot's Professor Tarragon's house really exists. It was located somewhere in Belgium. During the Nazi occupation of Belgium, when this story was made, Creator/{{Herge}} and his assistant Bob De Moor went to the house to draw sketches of it. They had just finished and were about to leave when they saw a car full of German Nazi officials drive to it in the distance. Apparently it was used as one of their head quarters! When Hergé told this anecdote to a journalist after the war he added: "If they had turned up a little earlier they would've probably have spotted our suspicious activity and forced us to explain what we were doing there."
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