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* SanitySlippageSong:
** Uses Music/BuddyHolly's "Everyday" for the scene in "Unimatrix Zero" where Janeway gets assimilated.
** "Clementine" in "Equinox Pt. 3."
** When a brain virus leaves Riker comatose, he-- ....no, wait. You better see this one for yourself. ("Shades of Grey")
* SayingTooMuch: "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man"
-->"And he's constantly writing, constantly trying to get that story out there-- and he's constantly getting back rejection letters. Harsh, demoralizing papers. Counting one after another, after another, stacking up higher and higher and higher, until it's a [[color:red:glowing packet of hate constantly LOOKING DOWN AND JUDGING YOU! JUDGING YOU UNTIL THE ONLY SOLACE YOU CAN FIND IS DOING YOUR]] '''[[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs CRAPPY INTERNET REVIEW SHOW!!]]'''"
** He can relate to Captain Braxton's desire to blow ''Voyager'' up. ("Relativity")
--->"I know it's rough, buddy, I've been having to deal with ''Voyager'' for thirteen yea-- '''SPIDERS!''' Nonononono you will not [[SanitySlippage crawl into my ear and make me kill again]], spider, not this time~♪
** "Fascination" really speaks to him. A bit too much.
--->"There's nothing quite like the sensation where, at the root of where you live, everything has gone to shit and you can do nothing about it. It's like you can sense that the little components of your soul just went "[[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud vizzle]]" and now you're broken. You could [[ComfortFood eat something that's horribly bad]] for ya, until you feel worse that you've screwed up your ''body'' too, now. You can try finding things that make you happy to look at, but then you remember that they've blocked pornography on your work computer. Seems that all that's left is...finding [[TheScapegoat something that you hate]]. And just ''venting'' at it and ''venting'' at it until you've finally ''purged yourself of all that negative energy''... (sighs contently) '''Back to the review'''!"
** Obviously, the ''Wonder Woman'' pilot is incomplete, with post-production notes for things to be added in later. These start out as mundane notes such as "[[AC:Enhance skyline]]" and quickly turn into Chuck instructing himself to "[[AC:Turn your back on hope and love]]" and plant vomit in an annoying neighbor's trashcan.
** Chuck can relate to an alien's temptation to coerce sex from Riker. ("First Contact", TNG)
--->"If the locals are ''us'', then, essentially, she is anyone who has ever been curious about that kind of thing. ...Has had those kinds of thoughts. ...[-wondered what [[Franchise/MassEffect Tali]] looks like when she's out of that suit...-] ''(sputters'') SHADDAP! DON'T JUDGE ME!"
* {{Scandalgate}}: In the review of "Deep Throat" from ''Series/TheXFiles'', he admits that this is his pet peeve.
* ScheduleSlip:
** Magnificently averted. He hasn't missed a scheduled update in ages. Made even more impressive with the transfer of his videos from Website/YouTube to blip.tv; he posts several videos per week, which are either brand new or are completely re-recorded (given the poor sound quality of his older videos), usually with new material added. In August 2011, he posted at the rate of almost one video per day. And the only breaks he takes are scheduled ones. He's only missed three scheduled updates, two of which have been due to outside forces, the first from a tornado knocking out power to his house for a few days, the second from some unknown technical glitch on the blip server.
** Subverted in February 2014. He was summoned to jury duty, and noted that the schedule posted was tentative. He did not miss a day even with jury duty.
* SchizoTech: On an ''X Files'' episode he noted that in UFO lore the aliens have oddly inconsistent levels of technology. Sure, they can travel between stars and their metallurgy is far beyond ours, but they apparently can't perform surgery without leaving extremely obvious scars.
* [invoked] SciFiGhetto: Discusses this in his introduction to ''Series/RedDwarf'' (which can be found [[http://www.bookgallery.co.il/sfdebris/ here]]), and points out that whilst ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' may have lost to ''{{Film/Gandhi}}'' in the Oscars, ''Gandhi'' has yet to be inducted into the National Film Registry alongside science fiction classics like ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'', ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', and the aforementioned ''E.T.''.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Points this out in the "Terra Nova" (ENT) review. The episode tells us that colonists from Earth to a nearby Earth-like planet became angry at Terran authorities for wanting to send another group of about 200 colonists to the same planet.
--> '''Chuck''': Wait, they didn't want another ''200 people'' to land on the same ''planet''... How much lebensraum do you people need?! Are Berman and Braga really this stupid? It's a '''''planet'''''! How can these idiots not realize how freaking huge a planet is, considering they will likely never ever leave the one they're on?
** Notes the same issue with 600 Ba'ku having this objection in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection''.
** A minor one in the 2009 reboot where Pine!Kirk ends up withing walking distance of Nimoy!Spock on the same planet.
* TheScrappy: InUniverse, he hates Neelix more than any other main character in a Trek show (with only guest character Okona being worse).
** He also lists the "Annoying Character" for any non-''Voyager'' ''Trek'' show.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: At the start of the ''Film/NightOfTheComet'' review.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: He notes that his legal experience is basically limited to "not singing Ninety-nine ''[sic]'' Luftballons", (which was the dropped intro music of TNG on [=YouTube=]).
** And now, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg8KOFVLMAo this.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He tries to do this in the "Unimatrix Zero" review after the sight of ''Neelix'' running Voyager's science station is followed up by the revelation that two rebel Borg drones have somehow commandeered a Borg Sphere, which is supposed to have a crew of several hundred, if not thousand drones.
* ScrewYourself: Harry once commented on becoming smitten with his own hologram. ("Latent Image")
** Two Sevens! "Clearly the only way to resolve this paradox is for the two of them to start making out! ..[[GirlOnGirlIsHot C'mon, right now]]." ("VOY: Relativity")
** Why is it that whenever there are two Janeways, they always argue with one another? The answer: UnresolvedSexualTension! ("VOY: Deadlock")
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Mentioned InUniverse in the review of ''Series/TheXFiles'' Pilot. SF Debris claims that the show is one of the best TV product of and biggest influence on TheNineties, and that today it might seem uninspired or cliché, however, when it first aired, it was very innovative.
* SelfDeprecation: Chuck after spending the first eight minutes of [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/films/transformers1.php his review]] of ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' talking in deep detail about how the relationship of the summer blockbuster to science fiction is both blessing and curse. After the commercial break:
--> "Okay, I stand by everything I have said, and I ''do'' advocate rational discourse over a hurricane of {{troll}}s. But I'm also an Internet critic and part of the job is, well, this part of the show now, where I act like a guffawing dickhead."
** This one was a long time coming: To commemorate "Captain Picard Day", Riker mockingly imitates the Captain. Chuck replies, in Sir Pat Stu's accent, that it's "the second worst impression" he's ever heard. ("The Pegasus")
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: In the third "Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay" review, is quickly irritated by their insistence on running the joke that British people and Americans use different words for things into the ground, pointing out that it'd become a [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore tired old cliche]], years ago.
** Although in "Rose" he pointed out that it was rather amusing when Rose went to find the C.E.O. in the basement.
* SequentialSymptomSyndrome: Chuck doesn't buy the idea that ''Star Trek'' inspired the cell phone, but in "Realm of Fear," he does give credit to the franchise for predicting hypochondriacs using the Internet to diagnose themselves.
* SeriousBusiness: He reveals while reviewing "Real Life" that his twin sons were born premature, and overcame incredible odds to both be alive and healthy today. So he is quite upset at the episode's trivialization of that horrible situation, saying that people should go through it to build character (especially since the show forgot about it anyway).
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: When Dukat talks to Weyoun and calls him "anhedonic"[[note]](Incapable of feeling pleasure or enjoyment)[[/note]]. Chuck replies "Someone got a word-a-day calendar" then makes up this bit.
-->'''Dukat:''' I suggest you stop this ultracrepidarianism, Weyoun, especially in front of that xanthippe we work for to avoid acting mendaciously.\\
'''Weyoun:''' Dukat.\\
'''Dukat:''' Yes?\\
'''Weyoun:''' Your newfound logological hobby is leading to excessive magniloquence, so I assert you circumvent words of a hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian nature.
* ShapedLikeItself: Brought up in his second MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic-related review. He mentions that, since Discord was largely based off of Q, Lauren Faust had wanted his VA to "sound like JohnDeLancie". She ended up with... John de Lancie.
-->'''Chuck''': So, mission accomplished.
* {{Shipping}}: He ships Mulder and Scully in-universe, i.e. in his review. From ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Deep Throat" review:
-->'''Chuck:''' We then get to return to Mulder and Scully in a bar in the midst of the day working that [[UnresolvedSexualTension sexual chemistry]] of theirs.\\
'''Mulder:''' I've got something to show you.\\
'''Chuck:''' Yeah, you know it. '''Sometimes the fan fics just write themselves.'''
* [[DumbassHasAPoint Shithead Has A Point]]: From the intro of "The Cloud" review.
-->'''Kes:''' I don't think the captain is an idiot. She cares a great deal about her crew.\\
'''Neelix:''' You don't care a great deal about your crew and introduce them to the specter of death at every opportunity!\\
'''Chuck:''' You know, he may be a shithead, but he's got a point!
** Similar exchange from ''Fair Trade'':
-->'''Chuck:''' See, he thinks that when he stops being able to serve Janeway as a guide, she'll boot him off the ship. What, you mean, just use you until you can no longer serve her, and then cast you aside? Tha-- [pause...] Huh. Fairly astute there, Neelix.
** "The Void", which notably did ''not'' have a Stupid Neelix Moment, but rather Neelix piping up to say something "useful and well thought-out. ''(Beat)'' It's time for some '''blood tests'''! [[OutOfCharacterAlert Changelings have obviously infiltrated Voyager!]]"
* SharedUniverse: He cameod in Linkara's review of One More Day, making him part of the TGWTG/AVGN universe.
* ShoutOut: Now with their [[ShoutOut/SFDebris own page]].
* ShownTheirWork: His reviews of ''Series/RedDwarf'' are ''very'' well-researched.
** Chuck knows his Chinese, which opened the way to a very interesting lecture about "Darmok." He also spotted the faux Chinese in ''Back to Earth.''
--->"If it seems indulgent, remember, there's not a whole lot of opportunities to practice Mandarin in Wisconsin."
** His review of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic discusses the franchise and Lauren Faust's past works.
** Not to mention "Doctor Who: Lost in Time", where the first episode, "Wiped, Junked, But Not Forgotten" went ''very'' deep into detail concerning the lost episodes of ''Doctor Who''.
** In his review of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', he takes several moments to quote passages from Theatre/KingLear, MobyDick, and ParadiseLost, and explains how each story ties into the theme the overall movie. He also explains the history behind how the movie got made.
** The ''Series/TwinPeaks'' review was pretty impressive.
** His review of "Chain of Command" points out how the interrogation techniques in the episode (apart from the torture and drugs... probably) match techniques used by real-world police and military. This includes quotes from the US Army Field Manual on Interrogation.
** While he admits ''Stargate'' took some liberties and has some major face-palming elements, he praises the times they get the research right, like about how languages evolve and how Jackson couldn't speak ancient Egyptian despite being able to read it without hearing it spoken for a while due to not having a clue about the pronounciation of a language unspoken for 3000 years. He mentions that in contrast to other works by Creator/RolandEmmerich, ''Stargate'' might as well be a lecture by CarlSagan - and you don't actually feel dumber after watching it unlike ''TheDayAfterTomorrow'' or ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''.
** His review of Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' has him reading a passage of the original novella, ''WhoGoesThere'' at the beginning.
* SignificantAnagram: [[{{Foreshadowing}} He names his character]] in ''Knights Of The Old Republic'' "Traven Rhad." [[spoiler: It's an anagram for "Darth Revan."]]
* SincerityMode: [[SubvertedTrope In contrast to his usual]] [[DeadpanSnarker approach]], Chuck will occasionally make a point of gushing and talking at length about something he thought was done well, made him think, or just needed a [[SeriousBusiness sober explanation with less of the usual humor]].
** Such as the epilogue for the ''Tapestry'' review.
** Or the ''In The Pale Moonlight'' Coda.
** Or the Prime Directive rant.
** Maybe even the ''Passing Through Gethsemane'' Coda.
** And the dedication to Elizabeth Sladen at the end of the ''Seeds of Doom'' review.
** Also, in the ''Real Life'' review, when he compares the death of the Doctor's dying (holographic) daughter, to his own experience of almost losing his twin boys.
** In the re-upload of ''Shuttlepod One'', praises the professionalism of many of the actors in ''Enterprise'', who were let down because the writers and producers simply didn't seem to care about what they were giving them to work with.
* SinglePreceptReligion: The Bajoran religion is occasionally mocked for showing signs of this, but particularly in the review of "Children of Time" (''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'').
--> '''Kira''': I miss [First Minister Shakaar], but the last time we were on Bajor we went to the Kenda shrine, and we asked the prophets if we were meant to walk the same path.
--> '''Dax''': ...And?
--> '''Kira''': We're not.
--> '''Chuck''': Well... that's certainly a quick, neat, and ridiculous explanation. I'm surprised it wasn't revealed that he was a Leo and she was a Sagittarius, and their ''signs clashed''. If they ''do'', I don't know, I don't respect astrology enough to even look it up to accurately mock it. But they're really keeping it vague for such a life-changing decision, I mean, do they make use of one of the orbs to get some vision of the future? Is that how they found out? Or is this just asking some Vedec who was trying to take a nap?
--> '''Vedec''': *sleepy* Huh? What? No, you're not compatible, now go away, prophets be with you.
--> '''Random Bajoran''': Uh... Vedec? My father just died...
--> '''Vedec''': He's rotting in hell. Prophets be with you. Go away.
** This turns into a small BrickJoke when later in the episode we find out that Kira was killed when the Defiant accidentally jumped 200 years back into the past and crashed on a planet in the Gamma Quadrant.
---> '''Chuck''': Ah. Well, I have to credit them this much: I suppose dying 200 years in the past is a definite sign that you're not destined to be with somebody.
---> '''Vedec''': Ha! Told you! Prophets be with you. Fuck off.
* SinsOfOurFathers: His interpretation of the [[spoiler: Ninth Doctor]] following Day of the Doctor. [[spoiler: The War Doctor was the one who made the decision to burn Gallifrey but it's the Nineth Doctor who has to live with that decision and the universe it created.]] In Chuck's words, he was born with Original Sin.
** More humorously, he suggests that the reason why Worf is so disgusted by Alexander is that Klingon Religion states that Klingon Parents can go to Hell (well, Gre'thor, but same thing) for the dishonor of their children.
* SlicesDicesAndMakesJulienneFries: Spoofed the line in the ''Projections'' review, when "kinoplasmic radiation" is used to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] or HandWave almost every plot development.
-->'''SF Debris:''' What versatile radiation: it screws up all the computers, the transporters, ''and'' human brains. It slices, it dices, it cuts through a tin can and still slices through a tomato!
* SmallNameBigEgo: Invoked when he accuses ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' director Stuart Baird of this; Baird, at the time a well-regarded editor and fledgling action director, [[AccidentalMisnaming continually got [=LeVar=] Burton's name wrong]] (he called him ''Laverne''). Burton, who [[RenaissanceMan has many talents and has been recognized for all of them]], is highly esteemed by his peers and beloved by fans, and is an all-around nice guy, certainly did ''not'' deserve that treatment. As Chuck himself points out, it's basic courtesy and Baird should never have done it more than once.
** There's an added wrinkle that Chuck doesn't actually mention: Rick Berman wanted [=LeVar=] to direct, but Paramount went over his head to install Baird as director. In effect, Burton was being mistreated by the man who basically stole his job. [[LaserGuidedKarma No wonder he's more than happy to lay all the blame for the movie's failure at the guy's feet]].
* SmokeOut: Time onboad the Krenim ship has no meaning ("Year of Hell"), so Annorax can live forever, never aging because that has to do with "time." While continuing to breathe, eat, etc., since none of that to do with time because [[CallingYourAttacks FLASH BOMB!]] (screen goes white)
* SmugSnake: Chuck portrays Lutan from "Code of Honor" as a particularly unlikable Smug Snake, with his every attempt to project authority and confidence failing and instead coming off as entitled, childish, obnoxious idiocy.
* SoWasX: His retort to a TNG Admiral's assertion that "for 500 years, every ship that has borne the name of the ''Enterprise'' has become a legend! This one is no different."
-->"Which lumps the [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise NX-01]] into this group, too. Though I suppose you could argue the ''Titanic'' has become a legend."
** Tom was thinking along similar lines, as he drew inspiration from "an ancient steamship called the ''Titanic''." ("Year of Hell")
--->"For some reason I was thinking of a doomed ship Captained by someone who thoughtlessly steered the crew into harm's way, causing a disaster so legendary all would remember it for centuries to come."
** It's no accident that Janeway's ex-fiancee gave her a copy of ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]'' as a gift, either. ("Shattered")
--->'''Mark:''' For ''some reason'', I picked out the story about a man who journeys through the eternal torments of the damned! ''*chuckle which devolves into a whimper*''
** "''Voyager'' may not be as big as a ''Galaxy'' ship, but she's quick and smart -- like her Captain!" ("Relativity")
--->"...and of course devoid of a soul!"
** When reminded that ''Insurrection'' is supposed to be 'lighthearted and fun'' Chuck's rejoinder is that the last person who tried to combine Moral Dilemma + Lighthearted and Fun was the Clown in "The Thaw."
--->"You know, the '''''VILLAIN!'''''"
** Michael Pillar was convinced that [=LeVar Burton=] should submit Creator/RaymondChandler parody with [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Banean avian-headed femme fatales and cops]] for ''Emmy consideration''.
--->"I'm sure Ed Wood thought ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' was brilliant, too."
** In another moment of Pillerian inspiration: He decided that Ferengi female emancipation would ultimately result in [[InsaneTrollLogic Quark and Rom ending up in drag somehow]].
--->"...And like many ideas, like nerve gas and butt-chugging, this was a bad one."
** Likewise, the many "brave" gambles made by John Nathan-Turner in his classic, "The Twin Dilemma." However, like a BASE jump gone wrong, purposely flouting all story convention doesn't make the result suck less.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Lampshaded in his review of "Angel One", where the Federation go in prepared with the most up-to-date information they have on the planet... from over 62 years ago. Chuck points out how stupid it is that societies never seem to evolve in ''Trek'', noting that in 1950's America a black man could be arrested from drinking from the wrong fountain, but skip-forward to the present day and a black man has just been elected President for the ''second'' time.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: His review of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. The first time he ever reviewed a video game (it was actually [[LetsPlay a full-length annotated playthrough]], followed by his usual detailed analysis).
* SoOkayItsAverage: Declared this InUniverse of ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}''.
* SophisticatedAsHell: A common tactic of his, especially in his otherwise more "serious" videos, to remind everyone not to take him or what he says ''too'' seriously.
-->'''Chuck:''' Once again I will use the words 'magnetic balls' to show that I'm not anyone special myself.
* SoundtrackDissonance: When Eddington asks Sisko for a "rousing" song before they head into battle, Chuck inserts the Piña Colada Song.
** Janeway blowing up the Caretaker array to the accompaniment of banjo music. How apropos.
** The first video in "Profit and Lace" (Chuck's Christmas selection) plays Andy Williams over lesbian/gay spank material. The final video closes out with "The Little Drummer Boy" while Quark and his mother hurl vicious insults at each other offscreen. It's glorious.
** The ending montage in "The Fall of Night" is set to "Peace in Our Time" by Eddie Money. The ironic juxtaposition of this song against the images on screen is chilling.
** A brief history of Neelix's attempts at deception throughout the series. His faceplants are deserving of "[[MichaelJackson Smooth Criminal]]." ("Resistance")
** When weighing the triumphs of Trek's respective Captains -- forestalling the Borg invasion of Earth, sealing away the Pah-Wraiths and saving the entire Alpha Quadrant, preserving the very existence of all sapient life, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers getting into a sissy fight with some criminals on a catwalk]] -- we see Archer proudly accepting his accolades while [[TheKarateKid "You're the Best"]] blares. ("These Are the Voyages...")
* SpaceJews: Takes a hammer to the concept in his ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' review - or at least, the idea that the batarians match to Arabs because we've seen a lot of batarian terrorists and there was one batarian religious fanatic.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Parodied in "Forest of the Dead":
** Remember to recycle your paper, or your shadow will eat you.
** Remember to back up your data, or a computer will [[BodyHorror eff up your face.]]
* SpecialEditionTitle: Of a sort. While it's possibly just a holdover from when he was on YouTube, he doesn't use his theme for a number of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG's]] more dramatic episodes such as "The Measure of a Man", "Pen Pals", "Sarek" and "The Best of Both Worlds, parts 1 & 2", opting instead to open with a scene from the episode in question to set up the weight of the subject.
** When reviewing [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG's]] "Darmok", an episode about overcoming a language barrier, he uses the original German "99 Luftballons".
** For ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'''s "In a Mirror, Darkly, part 2", he played the theme backwards.
** "Emanations" (''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager VOY]]'') was his first YouTube review, and when it came time to remake the video for Blip.tv (it was one of the last Star Trek reviews to be remade), Chuck made [[http://blip.tv/sf-debris-opinionated-reviews/tng-emanations-review-6509738 a special intro montage]] to celebrate all of his ''Voyager'' reviews up to that point. The intro sequence starts as normal, but then the music stops and the video begins to reverse. The music is then replaced with ''Music/{{ACDC}}'''s "Highway to Hell", over video that is simply comprised of all of Chuck's VOY reviews, back to back, strongly {{Undercrank}}ed, and played in reverse.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He claims that the real reason why the Prophets call Ben Sisko "The Sisko" is his [[MemeticBadass memetic badassness]].
* SpoilerTitle: Among its many other faults, he calls out the ''Voyager'' episode "Memorial" for having one, as most of the story is a mystery about what's screwing with the crew's heads.
* SpoofAesop: Unrequited love is tragedy. ...Unless it leads to rampant sexual harassment, ''then'' it becomes comedy! ("Fascination")
** Well, I hope you girls have learned a valuable lesson: If you want to succeed, all you have to do is be superficial, put down your own gender, and take off your clothes, and the world is your oyster! ("Profit and Lace")
** He had a nice chortle over Etta Candy tut-tutting Wonder Woman for uttering a vulgarity. ''This'', coming off the heels of Diana torturing a perp in a previous clip.
--->"Remember kids: When you get mad, don't swear; get violent!"
** In "These Are the Voyages..." we learn the following: coming to terms with a miscarriage and the breakup of your relationship is not imporant. What ''is'' important is [[BigBrotherIsWatching spying on said personal lives]] from the future. (Riker even joins in the firefight without bothering to save Trip, causing Chuck to observe that it's turned into ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts Call of Duty: Ghost of the Franchise]]''.)
* {{Spoonerism}}: Seven getting bombed on synthehol at a party in "Timeless".
-->''(slurring)'' "Ah'm Borrrg you--dammit! ''Prepare to be stimulated! Feudalism is resilience!''"
** Scotty's mind seems to be... "elsewhere" in ''Wrath of Khan''.
--->'''Scotty:''' ''(carrying Preston)'' He's badly hurt, so I brought him up here to Sick Bay!\\
'''Kirk:''' This... this is ''the Bridge'', Scotty.\\
'''Scotty:''' And then I'm headin' back down to finish ''drinkin' ''the engines! ...I-I mean, repairing the ''scotch''! Er...[-crap.-].
* SpotlightStealingSquad: [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl]] became this a result of John Travolta's ego. Chuck states that Travolta was originally planned to be the hero of the film, but admitted he had gotten to old and out of shape for it, but wasn't too humble to still not have most of the focus of the film be on him, resulting in significant portions of it being written to allow him to chew the scenery.
* SpotTheThread: In his "Unreality" month where he reviewed episodes where reality and fantasy were warping into one another, he finds a common theme. "You may have thought you could fool us, hallucination, but you make the same mistake all the other hallucinations have made. You made Chakotay too lifelike, a dead giveaway!"
* StargateCity: He repeatedly references ''Series/StargateSG1'' being filmed in Canada, referring to Canada as SG-1's equivalent of KirksRock. Also, Canadian Druids.
* StatusQuoIsGod: For the times when ''Voyager'' doesn't even bother with the ResetButton. To mention one example, the episode "The Could" started off with the Voyager's replicators running low on... whatever it is that powers them. By the end of the episode they hadn't managed to get them refilled, yet in the next episode the replicators were used frivolously like the shortage never happened.
* StealthInsult: Much chortling over the selection of Janeway as the ''only'' officer fit to pose as a galaxy-ruling HiveQueen, even edging out Seven, who has ''actual experience'' serving as same! ("Bride of Chaotica")
-->'''Tom:''' He's a meglomaniac, so it's a good idea to appeal to his ego.\\
'''Janeway:''' Heheh! So clueless! ...Uhh tell me again why ''I'm'' the only one awesome enough to pull this off?
* TheStinger: In traditional [=MST3K=] fashion, playing a funny clip from the episode at the end. Voyager reviews are the exception, always ending on this exchange from The Thaw.
--> The Clown: I'm afraid.
--> Janeway: I knoooow.
* TheStoic: Chakotay is interpreted as "half Native American, half tree" as a gag on Robert Beltran's sometimes wooden acting.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: A rich, gold-filled in-universe vein of snark for his reviews of Star Trek episodes. SF Debris is able to spot these from a mile away.
** So when Bruce Maddox of the ''Next Generation'' episode "The Measure of a Man" ''wasn't'' this trope, he made sure to point it out.
--->"Normally in the Opinionated Guides, we defend the assholes, douchebags, and general antagonists when, objectively speaking, their behavior is understandable given the collection of starry-eyed, clicky, sugar-coated dogmatic zealots that they wind up going up against. But there is no defending [Bruce Maddox]."
** Believes that Seska's reasons for wanting to forge an alliance with the Kazon, for protection and backup in a region of hostile space, are incredibly pragmatic.
** The Unaired Wonder Woman pilot has the characters who fight for due process as sleazy criminals or people in the pocket of sleazy criminals. Much better to have a short-tempered, impulsive, violent super-woman who holds such concepts in contempt and is immune to prosecution ferret things out.
** While reviewing ''TorchwoodMiracleDay'', he points out that Jane Espenson's episodes tend to contrast with points explicitly made earlier - while the Catholic belief in the unborn is mocked, the Miracle's parameters lend credence to the idea that life starts at conception, and while a member of the Tea Party is presented as a fringe zealot, the next episode shows a form of "death panels" being used to determine who lives and who's annihilated. While Chuck is neither Catholic nor a Tea Partier, he has to question how effective a work's message is when the quick jibes are utterly contrasted by future events.
* StealthPun: In the "Body and Soul," he describes [[MateOrDie pon farr]] as "the need to do the Vulcan salute without the ring finger." Which would look [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shocker_(hand_gesture) a little something like this]].
* StockholmSyndrome: Suggests that Kes might have a form of this, theorising that as usual, Neelix simply forced himself into the unwanted position of "boyfriend" and eventually Kes just gave up trying to tell him to take a hike.
** Considers the villagers refusal to leave at the end of "Paradise" to be proof that they are suffering this, after years of torture and indoctrination at the hands of a mad despot.
** Why the people put up with Wonder Woman's actions.
--> "She pushes to be given time alone with this fellow that she actually put in the hospital in the first place, yeah, [[SarcasmMode that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all]]. But the detective, for some reason, decides to go along with it, because, well, nobody can say no to Wonder Woman. Or at the very least, no one ''dares'' to say no to Wonder Woman."
* StupidEvil: This is his main complaint about the MirrorUniverse episodes of ''Enterprise;'' everyone's so busy backstabbing each other that it's a wonder anything gets ''done.''
** The Borg Queen in "Unimatrix Zero", since it portrays her as a laughably incompetent villain.
** Darth Malak from ''Knights Of The Old Republic'' gets this for his laughably incompetent, over-the-top Salt The Earth tactics, as well as sending legions of droids to kill a man... who has a power that is labeled, quite literally, "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Destroy Droid]]."
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Used in the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' review:
-->Oh hear me speak, oh rhyming tree /\\
Your poet's speech is killing me /\\
So, pardon me if I seem blunt /\\
But knock it off, you stupid... jerk.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: A RunningGag with Chakotay.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Janeway's reputation in the Delta Quadrant precedes her -- even in holographic simulations. (''Living Witness'')
-->'''Janeway:''' ''(speaking too soon)'' I didn't do it. Except for the stuff that sounds good, ''that'' I did the hell out of!
** She accidentally blurted out the existence of "[[CompositeCharacter Kes-kotay]]" when Chakotay made an offhand remark in "Dark Frontier". She then protests that there's "only one", so if Chakotay kills it, then that constitutes genocide/suicide!
** When Seven comes looking for answers in the mess hall, Neelix automatially ducks under the counter and cries, " I swear that lice didn't come from me!" ("The Voyager Conspiracy")
--->'''Neelix:''' O-of course, I meant that they came from my ''spice'', and are completely unrelated to my scalp condition. Uh, powdered donut?
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* TakeAThirdOption: Neelix gives us the chestnut of "When the road before you splits into two, take the third path." Chuck responds, "The third path...would be back the way you came."
** Blames ''Voyager'' for abusing this trope by repeatedly putting the crew in a moral dilemma with two valid but questionable solutions - and then presents a third option which renders all the preceding moral contemplations and discussions moot.
** Hilariously done in ''Film/TheMatrix'' review. Neo finds several alternatives for the choice between 'blue or red pill'. "Do you have a green pill? Orange? Yellow? Can I take both?"
** In ''TNG: Haven'' Chuck declares that if he were trapped in a room with Lwaxana Troi, Neelix and Okona and had a gun with only two bullets, he would shoot ''himself''.
* TakeThat: Any given episode has a 50% chance of having one against either ''Voyager'' or ''Enterprise''.
** In "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the only crewman to speak in Gary Mitchell's defense "has the credibility of Bill O'Reilly." Spock contends that his judgement is better, as he has "no feelings", leading Chuck to concede that, okay, they ''both'' share similarities with O'Reilly.
** In "Where No '''One''' Has Gone Before" (''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]''):
---> '''Chuck''': "One actually-useful thing [Troi] does say, is that the assistant Kosinski brought over is... just blank. He may be occupying space, but he doesn't have any presence at all. Just like Joe Biden.'
** Same episode, when Data suggests sticking around near the M-33 Galaxy to do some exploration before trying to get back to our galaxy:
---> '''Chuck''': "There could be ''whole new species'' out here for him to find and surrender to! --But they could end up [[Series/StarTrekVoyager getting stranded out here and having to spend the entire rest of the series trying to get home]]. And who the hell wants to watch ''that'' crap?"
** Provides a subtle StealthInsult towards the ''infamous'' endings of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Kirk, in "The City On the Edge Of Forever," wonders what if he tried changing history again with the Guardian to get a different ending. The only difference is that everything is blue-lit instead of red-lit.
** Another less subtle shot at the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' non-ending comes in his review of [=DS9=] "Paradise", wherein his fury at the episode's TheBadGuyWins plot culminates in "Why don't you just make the audience choose between red, green and blue if you want to piss everyone off!"
** In TOS's "Doomsday Machine", Chuck laments that the Machine destroyed both sides and "kept on going, spreading misery long after it was relevant, like ''{{Series/Lost}}''."
** "Way to Eden's" hippie anthem which, if you were to buy if off [=iTunes=], would actually be [[EpicRocking longer than the iTunes contract itself]].
** When Spock's brain is stolen, Bones gives his prognosis as ''worse'' than death. "He's in ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Transformers 3]]'', Jim!"
** Kirk uncomfortably shifts in his seat as Sarek digs around through his brain (''The Search for Spock''). Sarek learns that the Shat smothered his great-grandmother ("Well, she ''was'' old."), is a chronic masturbator ("Alright, well, I just won't shake your hand anymore."), and liked ''Film/MeetTheSpartans''. This proves [[ArsonMurderAndjaywalking a bridge too far.]].
--->'''Sarek :''' You ''are'' a diseased brain, aren't you? No wonder my son didn't leave his ''katra'' in it.
** Fed up with the pomposity of first-season ''TNG'' in "The Neutral Zone," where the show tells us acquiring things is evil, he points out that it ''still'' costs a pretty penny to collect the show on DVD, and that even Gene Rodenberry himself has ripped people off in the past (he cites an incident where Gene wrote unused lyrics for the original ''Star Trek'' theme so he could get part of the credit, and thus part of the royalties). "And yet, what a perfect metaphor for 20th century Communism! Taking the credit for the people who do the actual work, all while spouting party doctrine!"
** Chuck also snarkily points out how ironic it was that the ''Voyager'' episode "Dark Frontier" had the crew engage in piracy, while the DVD had a label against it. This is definitely a TakeThat against Website/YouTube who took down his videos.
** While examining how the language in "Darmok" could work, he brings up how people can instinctively perform actions without thinking about the words that go with them, like braking when you see someone in the road... "unless it's Rick Berman."
** Compares Riker's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Jellico to how many writer's felt about Gene Roddenbery before he was KickedUpstairs.
--->'''Riker:''' You ARE arrogant, and closed-minded. You need to control everything and everyone. You don't provide an atmosphere of trust, and you don't inspire these people to go out of their way for you. You've got everybody wound up so tight, there's no joy in anything.
** "The Outcast" (TNG) presents us with a world of genderless beings. Kinda like a world of bisexuals. "It's like ''Torchwood'', where your choices are either [[EveryoneIsBi bisexual]] or [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Welsh]]."
** Gul Madred gloating to Picard that the ''Enterprise'' is destroyed, the invasion successful, that no one is ever going to come for him now, and ''{{Film/Masterminds}}'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking was a box office disaster!]] (TNG: "Chain of Command")
--->'''Chuck:''' Always best to slip in a little truth with your lies.
** When O'Brien accidentally points his sonic whistle at Quark, it "hits him like an [=iPod=] full of {{Music/Nickelback}}" and he collapses in agony. ("Playing God")
** Similarly, O'Brien dryly notes that with the invention of a Bashir EMH, Bashir can annoy hundreds of people he's never met. "It's like being Music/JustinBieber." ([=DS9=]:"Doctor Bashir, I Presume")
** "This is a pyramid! One of the most mysterious objects in nature!" ([=DS9=]: "The Begotten")
--->"At least, that's what I've heard on DiscoveryChannel's ''In Search of Ancient Claptrap.''"
** A writer's room reenactment of Ronald D. Moore. (TNG: "Genesis")
--->'''RDM:''' You know I'm a sucker for dark corridors and phones with cords on them. Hell, [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined I could do a whole series on that!]]
*** In "The Defector", Michael Pillar nicks one of Moore's lines of dialogue for his own script, "The Best of Both Worlds". This leads Moore to scoff, "Hah! As if that script will ever overshadow this one."
*** [[invoked]]Janeway's retort to Leonardo Da Vinci, who suggests that she pray for deliverance. (VOY: "Scorpion.") No hitting below the belt, Chuck:
---->"If I start praying now, the only way I'll ever make it to Earth is if I start [[TheChrisCarterEffect spouting bullshit prophecies]] and a bunch of angelic hallucinations start patronizing me. I'd rather try to get back to Earth in a rowboat!"
*** In "The Voyager Conspiracy", the inventor of a graviton catapult takes a moment to throw shade on both shows at once.
---->''(laughingly)'' "Well, what ''else'' was I supposed to do? [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough Just fly towards home and hope I got lucky?]]"
*** Janeway gravely quotes the Cylon creed ("All of this has happened before...") after predicting the future in "Fury." However, when Chakotay asks if that is true, she snaps "''No.'' When I break a time loop [[ScrewDestiny it damn well stays broken!]]"
---->'''Chuck''': Janeway broke a time loop by shooting at it! ''That's'' how she rolls!
** Chuck's Janeway offers a plausible excuse for why she [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/star-trek/10754474/Kate-Mulgrew-duped-into-geocentric-documentary-voiceover.html provided the voiceover for a pseudoscience documentary]]. Whoops. ("Future's End")
---> '''Janeway''': "For the last time, I never said that the universe revolves around the Earth. I said the universe revolves around ''[[ItsAllAboutMe me!]]''"
** Flashing back to 1998, Steve Jobs offers to let GeorgeLucas in on the ground floor of his [=iPad=]. Feh! {{It will never catch on}}. ([=DS9=]: "Timeless")
--->'''George:''' [[{{Pixar}} Traitor!]] It'll be [[TemptingFate a cold day in hell before I ever work with Disney]]! I'm going to let you go and go back to writing the speeches for all the Oscars I'm gonna win, okay?"
** For Vulcans, a repressed memory can cause brain damage until the patient tries to lobotomize himself. "Kind of like what happens when you watch an Creator/UweBoll film." (VOY: "Flashback")
** "Not since ''DoubleJeopardy'' have I seen such a ludicrous concept with the window dressing of a legal thriller." (VOY: "Ex Post Facto")
** Chakotay/Seven - "The kind of hot, steamy romance science fiction has been known for since ''AttackOfTheClones''."
** Tom's run the numbers, and the results aren't good. "We've built an Edsel! A lemon! A disaster waiting to happen!!" (VOY: "Timeless")
--->"It's called {{UPN}}!"
** We pan on Creator/SarahSilverman wheedling away her days at [=SETI=], hopelessly listening for sounds of intelligent life in space, and Chuck responds that the audience feels the same way listening to her. ("Future's End")
** It's only natural that the Xindi would select 2004 AD to begin annihilating the human race, and they'd want to disintegrate {{Music/Eminem}} first. (ENT: "Carpenter Street")
** When Riker, as "Chef", indulges himself by playing every single role on the ''NX-01'', Chuck proclaims him the Creator/QuentinTarantino of space. (ENT: "These Are the Voyages...")
*** Also made fun of in the review of "Out of Gas" from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' when the injured Zoe is administered adrenaline and later Mal [[ShotToTheHeart jabs himself in his own heart, too]]. Chuck reflects that one really shouldn't take medical advice from Tarantino films.
** ThatOtherWiki has assured us that a ''Red Dwarf'' reboot is ''going'' to happen, "and hey, if you can't trust an encyclopedia that can be edited by a small child, then clearly ''no'' source is safe!"
** ''The Day After'' - "No telling who or ''what'' it could be out there. That's why he has be ready with that shotgun, he has to be ready for ''whatever horror comes through that door.''
--->"Hi, I'm Steve Guttenberg!"\\
'''"[[GetOut YOU GIT THE HELL OUTTA HERE!!]]'''"
** Chuck relates the story of why the Xenomorph was designed as a collection of dicks and teeth. "It was this or the ''PennyArcade'' guys, really."
** When wondering who in Marvel would be so horrible as to want a blu-ray release of [[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Duck]] the video goes to [[JoeQuesada Joe Quesada]] with [[Franchise/StarWars Imperial March]] playing.
** David Clennon's iconic "You gotta be fucking kidding" from ''The Thing'' would later becomes the public's reaction to this thespian's later work, ''Film/GhostsOfMars''.
** When Batman drops Maroni off a building, Chuck says "That's for [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie}} the Doctor Who movie!]]"
** Agent Smith removing Neo's mouth, depriving him of [[KeanuReeves his greatest assets as an actor]]: "whaa...?" "duuude", and "unnh?"
** In his review of ''Stargate'', when someone talks about "Men from Atlantis".
--> '''Chuck:''' ''Men from Atlantis'', ah ah, that'd be a real crap [[Series/StargateAtlantis show]] wouldn't it?
** When discussing how SeanBean is a ChronicallyKilledActor, says he's not sure if he was killed in ''Film/SilentHill'', because that would require him to actually ''watch'' ''Film/SilentHill'' and there are limits to what [[EvenNerdsHaveStandards even he will do]].
** A little of the Doctor's "jiggery pokery" can send cell phone signals 5 billion year away.
--->"Wow, maybe if he used the sonic screwdriver on it, too, he ''just might'' be able to pick up a signal from [=AT&T=]."
** From "The Parting of the Ways":
--->'''Anne-droid:''' [[AC:What ancient building was the cobalt pyramid built on?]]\\
'''Chuck:''' Oh, that's not fair! As if '''anyone''' watches ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''!!
** In the "Day of the Doctor", we're led into a basement filled with art deemed too dangerous for humanity to see. Among the works is the ''Jar Jar Binks Animated Dancing Hour'', which the Queen is holding onto [[SuckinessIsPainful in case of a planetary war]].
** In his review of ''Farscape'''s "Liars, Guns, and Money I", Chuck figures that the only way the Moya crew's heist of the shadow depository can go wrong even after the entire crew escapes with the loot is if said loot turns out to be in bitcoin. When the money turns out to be disguised metal eating spiders, Chuck insists that the spiders are still better than bitcoin.
** Jool's [[IAteWhat urine-spiked]] home remedy, also known as "[=PBR=]" among earthlings. ("Different Destinations"), not to mention his dig about planetary memorials that tend to mind rape the visiters ala [[StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]
** RobLiefeld comes to mind when observing Dark City, a dystopia filled with anachronisms and crafted by gods with no creativity or good taste.
** Makes a much deserved TakeThat at renowned anti-vaccine advocate Jenny [=McCarthy=], comparing her to the nanogenes in "The Doctor Dances" (believing they're saving the world when they're really destroying it).
** Whenever possible, he makes a jab at Vladimir Putin, calling his running of Russia a "USSR tribute cover band."
* TakeThatAudience: "Masks": "What does it feel like...when a person is losing his mind?"
-->'''Chuck:''' In my experience, the first impulse is to start forwarding irrelevant shit to my email.
** Following his review of ''TMP'', Chuck pauses in the middle of the other TOS films to describe the hate mail he's getting lately. Some die-hards criticized him for using profanity in the review -- curse words that are later used by Kirk himself in ''Star Trek V''.
--->"Apparently, if you like ''TMP'', you didn't watch any more ''Trek'' films."
** In "Past Tense" he says that he hates reviewing "message" episodes, since it inevitably results in him simultaneously being accused of being a hippie, a warhawk, and a wimpy centrist.
* TakeThatMe: Jokes in his review of "Rose" that Clive's obsession with the Doctor has caused even Clive's own family to think he's an internet lunatic.
--> '''Chuck''': Poor people, having to put up with this hobby taking over... *yells offscreen* Get out! I told you, I am NOT playing, I am ''working''!
** The end-episode caption for ''First Contact'' compared the film to "My Prom Date; [[BrainlessBeauty Stupid But Fun]]"
** In "Blood Oath" he mentions that the titular blood oath has been going on for 80 years "which is also the time it takes for me to respond to an email".
** A particularly arbitrary Stupid Neelix Moment in "The Swarm." Rather than a clip of the episode playing us out, we instead see footage from "[[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4yywcpVuY1qj720qo1_400.gif What's Opera, Doc?]]"
** ''Gattica'' - Can we afford to feed, clothes and house hundreds of thousands of people with inferior genes, who "do nothing but complain about ''Star Trek'' all day"? Food for thought!
* TakingYouWithMe: Duly notes that Neelix - who was indignant at being told to wear a safety harness earlier ([[SarcasmMode expert climber]] that he is) - immediately grabs onto Torres' legs when he takes a tumble, nearly killing both of them.
* TalkLikeAPirate: Has recently become an increasingly-common gag.
** "Rocks and Shoals" (''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]]'') has the first example of this, when Keevan the Vorta opens a box of Ketracel White only to discover there's only one vial left.
--->'''The Third''': It... just sounded like you were going to say "[[CurseCutShort Oh shit]]".\\
'''Keevan''': ...What? ''No''! I-- I was saying "Oh... '''[[LastSecondWordSwap shiver me timbers]], thar be White here!'''"
** In the ''Series/TwinPeaks'' review, Chuck's voice for Nadine is always this because... she has an eyepatch. Seems legit.
** In "Brothers" (''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]''), when Data hijacks the ship.
--->'''Chuck''': A wee bit o' piracy, yarrrr!
*** Later in the same episode he is referred to as "Gold-face the Pirate, yarrrr!"
*** And finally, Chuck refers to [[BrickJoke Tasha Yarrrrr]]!
** A bartender lady wearing an eye-patch in the ''Film/BladeRunner'' review serves Deckard a drink.
--->'''Chuck''': Made it with me'own urine, yarrr!
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: "Author, Author", which features a Holonovel that Chuck wryly describes as "What happens if you watch my show and then try to write a ''Voyager'' episode".
-->'''Doctor:''' As far as I know, Captain, you haven't executed any of my patients. ''(cut to Tuvix being killed)''
** The term "black holes" falls out of usage by the time Will Decker mentions them in ''The Motion Picture''. ...Except amongst Ferengi, Vulcans, Trills, Data, and Q. Ahem.
** In "Death Wish", Janeway lauds Q for his honesty. This calls for a StupidStatementDanceMix, Music/FleetwoodMac-style!
--->'''Q:''' I think you've uncovered [[InformedAttribute my one redeeming virtue]].
** "Up the Long Ladder" juxtaposes alien refugees being reduced to breeding stock (which is played for laughs) with the Borg essentially doing the same thing to the ''Enterprise'' a year later.
--->'''Chuck:''' Huh, I guess I got that backward.
* TaughtByTelevision: We slag off on Harry Kim's complete ignorance of history, but his crew mates aren't much better. Witness the Doctor's summary of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in "The Killing Game" Pt. 2.
-->'''UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt''': ''The only thing we have to fear is Franchise/{{Batman}}.''
* TeachHimAnger: Chuck points out a scene in "The Descent" ([[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]) where Data comes into Troi's office with unsolved rage issues, only for Troi to encourage him to explore his rage further. Unsurprisingly, much like Troi's other endeavors, this results in complete disaster.
* {{Technobabble}}: The secret is to take two scientific terms and mash them together, even if you don't know what they mean. He then gives some examples, while stating what they actually would be.
--->'''Chuck (about the phrase "hull plating offline"):''' "...IT'S BROKEN! It's ARMOR! You BROKE it! IT'S ''GONE''!"
** A BerserkButton of his seems to be pressed when ''Voyager'''s Technobabble isn't even consistent with ''itself'', which unfortunately happens a lot.
** He also goes out on a limb and says that Technobabble goes against basic good television if you lean too heavily on it.
* TemptingFate: On ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'':
-->"They've clearly gone out of their way with all this stuff to not have that [[TheSixties sixties-era]] feel to it, instead be a timeless piece of-- [cue Bones, [[OutdatedOutfit with a full beard and wearing a giant medallion over his all-white Jedi robe]]] --'''the''' '''''hell'''''??!
** Aeryn Sun cranking up the Aurora Chair to eleven, leaving Crais screaming in agony. "Ouch," Chuck winces, "I really can't imagine anything worse."
--->[cut to Chiana & Rygel [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction behind a steamed porthole, with Rygel's hand pressed against the glass]]]
--->"'''''AAUUUGH--!!'''' Damn my imagination!"
** His response to a homeless bum settling a dispute over stolen bread... by [[JudgmentOfSolomon breaking the bread in half]]. ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan "Daleks in Manhattan"]])
--->'''Chuck:''' That's ''[[SarcasmMode brilliant]]'' justice, taking a page from Solomon there! Who are you?\\
'''Bum #1:''' I'm starvin', Solomon!\\
'''Chuck:''' [-oh, this is gonna be a long day.-]
** In "The Wire," Garak gives Bashir a new book about the Klingons and Cardassians being at war with each other.
---> '''Chuck:''' Bah! Like THAT is ever gonna happen!
** This bit from "A Night in Sickbay"
--->'''Chuck:''' So far, we've had the fart joke, the pee joke, the Decon Chamber erotica, and we're not even though the first act yet. What next, more water polo?! (cuts to a scene featuring a water polo game) This...is the worst Christmas ever.
* TestosteronePoisoning: When Sisko, Spock and Kirk were in the same frame in "Trials and Tribble-ations" Chuck claims that his computer froze up and nearly broke as though it sensed the sheer awesomeness of that situation.
* ThatOneRule: "Persistence of Vision": A vision of his disapproving father asks Tom Paris several questions, which Tom successfully answers, until he asks him to explain [[CricketRules the Leg Before Wicket rule]].
* ThemeSong: One for every series, and one for the movies, most of them being {{Real Song Theme Tune}}s (though ''Series/RedDwarf'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', ''Film/FlashGordon'', ''Series/TheXFiles[[note]](It's the Blue Man Group cover version of the X-files theme)[[/note]]'', and ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandaloneComplex'' use their own respective themes, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' and ''Manga/KannazukinoMiko'' use their ''ending'' themes, "Magia" and "Agony" respectively, and ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'', oddly enough, has ''no'' theme song), generally dating from the same era, and usually with some thematic connection to their respective series:
** ''TOS'': "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" as covered by, of course, WilliamShatner.
** ''TNG'': "99 Red Balloons" by Nena[[note]](which notably contains the lyric "Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]])[[/note]]".
*** Chuck used "Harleys and Indians (Riders in the Sky)" on the last few ''TNG'' reviews that were posted to Website/YouTube, after they started disabling the audio on some of the TNG videos with "99 Red Balloons."
*** The episode "Up the Long Ladder" used "Funky Ceili" by Black 47, thanks to the plot point about the Irish stereotypes on the Enterprise.
*** The episode "Skin of Evil" used "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan in tribute to Tasha Yar's death.
** ''Deep Space Nine'': "The Mystic's Dream" by Loreena [=McKennitt=].
*** For the [=DS9=] episode ''Sacrifice Of Angels'' he added the theme from ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' as a closing theme tune.
*** "Statistical Probabilities" opened with the guest star's performance of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9ht-5RmO9E Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do]]", from that episode's followup, "Chrysalis".
** ''Voyager'': "Harleys and Indians (Riders in the Sky)" by Roxette.
*** In an attempt to lend some dramatic weight to "Basics" Pt 2. opened with "Bonnie Portmore" by Loreena [=McKennitt=]. Part 3 opened with instrumentals apparently taken from ''Battlestar Galactica''.
*** And for kicks, he opened [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager's]] "Death Wish" with Janeway saying Q isn't a liar, then showing all the times Q lied (or was said to be a liar), set to Music/FleetwoodMac's "Little Lies". (See also, TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat)
*** Aptly enough, "[[WelcomeToHell Highway to Hell]]" by AC/DC, to commemorate his fifth anniversary ("Emanations"). It starts off with the standard "Harleys and Indians (Riders in the Sky)", but only for about a second.
*** "Fair Haven"'s companion video, Holograms and Ethics, opened with a Vitamin String Quartet tribute to "Back in Black". This may be a call back to ''Blade Runner'' below.
*** "Blink of an Eye" uses Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker" as the Voyager is referred to as "the Ground Shaker, the Light Bringer!"
*** "Barge of the Dead" closed with "Inline Skates" by German band Funny Fux, apparently so awful that Chuck expects it to play at the gates of Hell.
** ''Enterprise'': "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down. Back when he was on YouTube, Chuck once mentioned that he picked it because a song about Superman going insane seemed to fit Archer. It's also a reference to a scene wherein Archer randomly hops down from a catwalk looking like Superman landing. The second episode of "Through A Mirror Darkly" plays it ''backwards'' to support the dark-mirror theme.
** ''Trek'' Movies: "[[{{Monk}} It's A Jungle Out There]]" by RandyNewman. (♪ You better pay attention, cause this world we love so much [[DroppedABridgeOnHim might - just - kill - you....]] ♪)
*** The bumper music for ''Star Trek V'' was "WhatIfGodWasOneOfUs", in reference to Shatner finding God in...[[AGodAmI himself?]]
---->'''Kirk:''' That's right boys, I'm God. Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! Mwu ha ha.
*** Though for ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'' he switched it with a ShoutOut to Patrick Stewart's speech in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', complete with its theme music.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries TAS]]'': "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos.
** ''Series/DoctorWho'': "Good Lovin'", though a variation of the ''Doctor Who'' theme played during the Cyberman episodes from ''The Moonbase''.
*** "Good Lovin'" is also the RealSongThemeTune from the old sitcom ''Series/DoctorDoctor''. Chuck's opening video even seems to be inspired by the show's credits (seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmDurvRTXEw here]]).
*** For the 50th Anniversary, and as of his review of ''The End of the World'', the theme changed to a theme remix by Grubbo.
*** For his [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/doctorwho/dwjh.asp Doctor Who?]] speculation video, "Devil Inside" by Music/{{INXS}}
*** For his [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/doctorwho/spedotd.php review]] of ''[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]'', he used "Dust in the Wind" by {{Music/Kansas}}
** ''Film/NightOfTheComet'': "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany.
** ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'': "I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy Cliff
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': "All Along The Watchtower" by Music/JimiHendrix
** ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins. The choral bits and almost tribal, mystical sound of the song make it a perfect fit.
** ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings - The Two Towers'': "People Ain't No Good", performed by Nick Cave.
** ''Franchise/MassEffect'' - "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult, since the main villains of the franchise are called Reapers.
*** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOAiT7jzZzI&feature=channel_video_title trailer]] is even better. "[[Music/{{Aqua}} I'm a blonde single girl in a fantasy world...]]"
** ''Series/TwinPeaks'': "Way Back Home" by BingCrosby.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "The Sound of Silence" by SimonAndGarfunkel.
*** For the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bYbD8arWDs&feature=feedu trailer]], "Hero" by Nickelback. Wait, wait, come back, it works!
** ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "Ride the Wind" by Music/{{Poison}}.
** ''Film/BladeRunner'': "Who Made Who" by Music/{{ACDC}}.
** ''Series/{{Threshold}}'': "The Times They Are A-Changin'" by BobDylan.
** ''TheManFromEarth'': What else? "WhoWantsToLiveForever" by {{Queen}}![[note]](For posterity's sake, the original trailer featured "Baba Yetu" before [=YouTube=] pulled it.)[[/note]]
** ''Film/{{Alien}}'': [[IronicNurseryTune "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"]] from ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''.
** ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': "One Night In Bangkok" from ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'', as performed by Murray Head.
** ''Film/HowardTheDuck'': "Loser" by Music/{{Beck}}.
** ''{{Evangelion}}'': "Eve of Destruction" by Barry [=McGuire=].
** ''TheDayAfter'': "The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash
** ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'': Gets two, "The Old Ways" by Loreena [=McKinnet=] and "Baba Yetu" by Christopher Tin.
** ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' & ''Series/StargateSG1'': "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (Which doubles a nice bonus as ''Series/StargateSG1'' would often reference ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and even outright spoof it in one episode).
** His 5th anniversary ClipShow kicks off with the DiscoveryChannel's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC1yLD7R0ZU I Love the world]]", with characters from all of the aforementioned recaps singing along.
--->'''Londo:''' ''I love to take a drink!''\\
'''Sisko:''' ''I love to hit things''\\
'''Data:''' ''I love my lifeforms''\\
'''Worf:''' ''[[{{Headdesk}} I hate when Data sings]]''
** ''WesternAnimation/WallE:'' "I Like To Move It" by Real 2 Real, a reference to Wall-E's assigned task on Earth.
** ''[[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Wonder Woman]]'': "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" from ''{{Gigi}}'', sung by Maurice Chevalier (who might have recanted, had he seen this show).
** ''WesternAnimation/AllStarSuperman'': "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting.
** ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'': Mix between Pandora's Music Box and Lullaby, both by ''Music/NoxArcana''.
** ''Film/DarkCity'': "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House (director Alex Proyas also directed the music video for this song, and they share certain themes)
** ''MobileSuitGundam0080'': "Mr. Roboto" by Styx
** The ''{{Franchise/Godzilla}}'' films: "Big in Japan" by Alphaville.
** ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': "Panama" by Music/VanHalen.
** ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': "Never Surrender" by Corey Hart, partially due to this being the CatchPhrase of one of the characters.
** ''Literature/WorldWarZ'': "The Trooper" by Music/IronMaiden
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: He describes ''SG-1's'' iris like this: bad guys travel at beyond lightspeed to smash into a titanium wall.
-->''(The sounds of Jaffas smashing into the Iris as they come out the Stargate, then the gate shuts down)''
-->'''Walter:''' Wormhole disengaged.
-->'''Chuck:''' Someone bring a hose. A really big hose!
** [[{{Averted}} Averted]] in his [[TheDayAfter The Day After]] review, where he describes the effects of a nuke detonating as being "such a level of overkill it would be funny if it wasn't so sad".
* TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste: Suggested that, since Q leaving VOY stranded is such a blatant plot hole, the series might as well have ended with Q just snapping his fingers and sending them home. ("[=Q2=]"). It makes about as much sense as a Borg transwarp tunnel which the Queen never got around to using.
* [[invoked]] TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Chuck suggests many avenues in which characters could have developed, particularly characters that did not receive any development during the course of the shows.
** In a video dedicated entirely to Kes, he theorizes that had her character arc been better planned out, she could have been an effective "River from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''" type character. He also thinks TPTB removing Kes when they did was a waste of Torres, as this could have created an interesting love triangle between Tom/B'Elann/Kes. Even more so that in "Year of Hell" where her knowledge of the future from "Before and After" could come into play, would she hesitate in warning B'Elanna to step away from the console that was going to kill her?
** Chuck repeatedly mentions that Seven of Nine was a great character who was wasted in Voyager and suggests that instead of being forced to have Humanity thrust upon her, she could have remained as a Borg for her first season and slowly come to embrace humanity, which would have given her far more depth to her character development.
*** He then went on to make her the hero in his {{Crossover}} fanfic TheUnitySaga... and promptly wasted her, as she was acting for two novels and a half as a borderline suicidal lunatic. Constantly switching back and forth between Borg mode and Human mode also turned out to be a very bad idea.
** In his review of Star Trek (2009) he points out that Nero was far more fleshed-out and sympathetic in the comic book tie-in to the film. He points out Nero could have been the most compelling Trek villain since Khan, and gives a chilling monologue regarding the villain's motivations, finishing with a lament that instead of an effective villain, Nero's lack of on-screen development put him across as some "emo with a trident."
** In his review of "Non Sequitur," he points out a way the episode could have been infinitely more compelling and developed Harry Kim's character - instead of having him fight being planted in a branching timeline from the very start, have him go with it, [[CannotSpitItOut tell the truth to everyone who thinks he's acting so weird]], and only have him consider going back to Voyager after he learns that his inaction in this timeline resulted in Paris' death.
** Suggests that if "Year of Hell" had been a full season arc as they had planned, Harry Kim should have been the only one to remember those events after the ResetButton, leaving him as the battle-hardened veteran of a year that never was. This would have allowed the audience to see Harry trying to adjust to a ''Voyager'' he's now a stranger on, as well as his difficulty dealing with the lost friends and colleagues that he'd mourned, alive and well again.
** In "Bliss," he says he likes Qatai, noting that W. Morgan Sheppard gives a performance that elevates him from a forgettable bit character and wonders if he couldn't have replaced Neelix, since a grizzled [[AloofAlly aloof outsider]] native to a strange region of space was what Neelix's character was ''supposed'' to be before the writer's turned him into [[TheScrappy odious comic relief]]. He suggests that Neelix could have performed a HeroicSacrifice to kill the creature and his place could have been filled with Qatai, who with the death of the creature and nothing to go back home to, now had a reason to join the crew.
** '''They Wasted a Perfectly Good Ending!''': In "Waltz", Chuck joined the consensus of fans who believed Gul Dukat's tragic fall was complete and that he should have died on that planet, rather than being re-animated into a soap opera villain a la [[Series/DaysOfOurLives Stefano [=DeMira=]]] for the remainder of the show's run.
** '''They Wasted a Perfectly Good Race!''': In his review of "Acquisition" he notes how for a fleeting moment the episode manages to make the Ferengi look truly intimidating, and muses about how things might have turned out if that had always been the case with them.
** '''They Wasted a Perfectly Good Director!''': When reviewing the episode ''Timeless'', he talks about how great [=LeVar=] Burton was at directing this episode, how he worked with the actors to get them to give their best performance, and laments how utterly screwed he got when the higher-ups decided to hand the reins of ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' over to Stuart Baird.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: One of his major in-universe peeves against ''Voyager'', as he often points out where it actually has some good, original ideas, but utterly fails to do anything worthwhile with them, such as in "The 37's", "Alliances" and "Waking Moments". Generally, the show was content to coast off fumes and market its hackneyed writing as {{Camp}}. Best summed up in his re-upload of "The 37's", he says that rather than hating Voyager, he's only disappointed that the writers never bothered to take advantage of any of the opportunities they had.
--> '''Chuck''': ''[[[SincerityMode Sincerely]]]'': You could be [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre so much more]] than what you are.
** The end-of-episode epitaph for "Scorpion" (the 10 out of 10 episode) cheekily read, "If Only We Had A Show About This Kind of Thing"
** In another review, he flat-out says that Voyager is "Where potential goes to die".
** Virtually all ''Trek'' end-season cliffhangers cause him great confusion. It's long been Trek policy for the departing writer to write a 100% no-win scenario for our heroes, then leave the mess for somebody else to resolve next year. It got to the point where the recurrence of a ''prop'' in "Equinox Pt. 3" left Chuck [[DamnedByFaintPraise utterly floored.]]
--->"One piece of info they dropped in the first part that they ''actually wound up using''! Believe me, no one was more surprised than I!"
** He claims [[InUniverse in his review]] that a key difference between SoBadItsGood and DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible is that the latter embodies this trope.
** His big complaint in Basics is this, especially since it's obvious he enjoyed some parts of it, but that it eventually transformed in yet another "planet of the week".
** He brings this up again in ''The 37s'', where he lays out all the interesting elements of the episode...none of which have been put to good use. Amelia Earhart on a planet in the Delta Quadrant full of displaced humans would have been a very tempting crisis for the crew to face dramatically, with Earhart herself being such a beacon of charisma and leadership that she could wind up ''unintentionally'' dividing the crew in two. He also notes that, since it wouldn't make any sense that a civilization with the ability to drag in humans all the way from the Alpha Quadrant could possibly be completely wiped out by them, it would be a possibility that the aliens had simply lost track of that particular settlement, and the Voyager crew waking up the 37's could have alerted them, forcing a confrontation between Voyager and a new, potentially very powerful opponent. Chuck says the whole episode feels like the set-up for a two-parter that never got its second part.
** "The Void" features ''Voyager'' being pulled in by an unknown force and trapped in a hostile region of space, the crew forced to make alliances with unsavory characters in order to survive and all the while dealing with their dwindling resources and power. Chuck points out that after 6 years and a dozen episodes from the finale, the writers of ''Voyager'' finally seemed to realise the premise of the entire show!
** An inversion of sorts: In response to a bogus rumor that Edward James Olmos was considered for the part of Janeway, Chuck ruminates that we'd see "a lot more of Neelix being bludgeoned with a flashlight, so that's one serious loss we've suffered." The VOY premiere would have doubled as the Series Finale, with the crew getting home immediately after throwing the Kazons [[ThrownOutTheAirlock Out the Airlock]].
** According to him, it would have taken very little to make "These Are the Voyages..." a proper tribute to each show in the franchise. For one, actually seeing Archer's [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome galaxy-unifying speech]] which inspires Riker. Or, failing that, having Riker echoing Archer's words to illustrate the long chain of Starfleet heritage. Or, at the very least, having Riker converse with ''Archer'' and not a random smattering of crewmen below decks. As it stands, both worlds seems to stand apart, with virtually no traffic between TNG and ENT (beyond a sentence or two of lip service) and making it all the more easy to disregard ENT in the canon.
** ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' revolves around an attempt by the Federation to underhandedly appropriate a planet that magically heals sick and wounded people. Given the stardate reported during the movie, this plot takes place during the events of the Dominion War, when the Federation is being badly battered by a rival space empire. Chuck points out how unlikely it is that Worf (or, for that matter, Riker or Geordi, whose blindness was cured by said planet) would pass up such an advantage during wartime, when this planet could help turn the tide and possibly prevent ''the destruction of the Federation''. The film logically should have shown the crew split into two -- with Picard and the Prime Directive enthusiasts on one side, and Riker and the war-hardened pragmatists on the other -- each group trying to outwit the other.
** He speculates in his review of "Out of Gas" what could the creators have done with the universe and the characters of ''Series/{{Firefly}} if the show hadn't been cancelled.
** Incidentally, he mentions it in his reviews of ''Stargate'', combining it with TropesAreNotBad: The potential of the Stargate, and its world changing implications had not been really explored by the movie, and he credits this as why ''Series/StargateSG1'' succeeded where many series based on films died: Because this huge element was untouched by the movie, it left the door wide open for the series to do so.
** He suggests that in the 2011 ''[[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Wonder Woman]]'' pilot, a better plot would have been Diana Prince (as a separate character) acting in the shadows to do the right thing while the KnightTemplar Wonder Woman is a gloryhound and monster worshipped by the city. When that Wonder Woman is done in by her own hubris, Diana steps up to thwart the villain and take her place and live up to the actual ideals of Wonder Woman rather than the monster she has been.
** He has also repeatedly stated that he considers the ''Star Trek: Enterprise'', Temporal Cold War arc, to be a waste of potential as it really went nowhere and was resolved too easily. He gives his own version of the storyline which is that the Vulcans knew about the War and the reason why they were spying on the Andorians is because they were afraid that the Sulibans were infiltrating their ranks, and that they tried to slow down humanity's development to keep them out of it only for them to accidentally stumble onto it, and that eventually Archer would have to sacrifice [[RetGone the very existence of his Enterprise]] [[HeroicSacrifice to ensure]] [[TheFederation the Federation]] comes to existence even though no one will remember them at all. This would've explained away the [[StrawVulcan uncharacteristic behaviour]] the Vulcans had in the early Enterprise episodes as well as [[ContinuitySnarl why the events of this series were never referenced in any of the other series]].
** Believes that Braga was ''right'' to want to have an entire season of ''Voyager'' dedicated to the "Year of Hell", instead of a two-parter with a rather lame ResetButton that rendered all of the events meaningless.
** Chuck notes that "Jetrel" does have elements to elevate it above the average work for VOY. For instance, the Talaxians could very well have been the aggressors in the war, with Haakonians finishing the matron cascade in a desperate attempt to avoid total defeat. This could have gone a long way to make the episode a bit more complex rather than "Oh, the atomic bomb was completely wrong!" as Trek usually does with historical issues.
** He also expresses his dissatisfaction with ''Voyager's'' finale "Endgame" for taking two elements (time travel and the Borg) that could've made for a great finale and failing to do anything good with them, leading to him (much like in his "Cold Front" review) to tell his own version of the ending which includes a future where Voyager does indeed return home but the Borg, having assimilated the second caretaker and her powers, have launched a full scale invasion of the Federation and have assimilated Vulcan and Earth. The surviving Voyager crew propose a plan to use captured Borg time travel technology to send a probe containing all the information and equipment Past!Voyager in the Delta Quadrant would need to prevent this future from occurring and in the process of altering history results in '''causing''' the Temporal Cold War that ''Enterprise'' would have to deal with.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Chuck is taken aback in "Shattered" when Janeway, distracted by an alternate-universe (and dying) Tuvok, ''sets down an untouched carafe of coffee and steps away from it.'' Now we '''know''' it's serious.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: In his review of "Daleks in Manhattan," a character who acts like King Solomon is actually named Solomon causes Chuck to have this reaction.
** Chuck asks, in the first episode of ''Full Moon'', what the anime is going to be like. Cue the opening credits of the anime, intercut with a disgusted[=/=]horrified looking Spock and a facepalming Picard, and finished up by Chuck simply going "Oh fuck." And to top it all off, a clip of Galvatron screaming that "This is Bullshit" in Japanese.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Not a big fan of this trope in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' when discussing the Borg using time travel to assimilate Earth and why the good guys don't use it more often. "And before anyone tries to bring the whole parallel reality argument in...don't. If that's true, then it invalidates when it IS used. You can't have it both ways, that the only time that it works just the right way is when the plot says that it's okay and the rest of the time you can't use it. Look, all I ask is that you [[MagicAIsMagicA be consistent with your nonsense]], okay?"
* TitleDrop: "Why it's...dare I say it...a swarm! Maybe even ''The'' Swarm."
** Meta-Title Drop during the review of the Voyager episode ''Real Life'' when the crew makes a shocking discovery while attempting to visit a space station.
-->'''Kim:'''It's...debris...
-->'''Chakotay:''' Debris?
-->'''Chuck:''' Yes, it's meeee!! You guys are sooooo screeeeewed...
* ToTheBatNoun: Chakotay's Sacred [insert noun here].
-->[clutches head] "Agh! I shouldn't have drunk that Sacred Smoothie so quickly!"
* ToiletHumour: Done with the aid of an abrupt cut between two unrelated clips here:
-->'''Chuck (on the Q story arc):''' We've gone through the good ''(clip of "Q Who?")'' the bad ''(clip of "Hide and Q")'' and the ugly...
-->'''Pakled:''' We look for things. Things that make us go.
-->'''Worf:''' Prune juice, extra large!
* TooDumbToLive: This is pretty much the modus operandi of the cast on Enterprise. It's rare for an Enterprise review to go without Chuck commenting on at least one Too Dumb to Live moment (Almost always from Archer, with Trip taking most other incidents).
** Of particular note is the instance where Archer engages in some convoluted plan, which involves getting the shit beaten out of him, to figure out where some holes in the wall lead to. This plan is apparently preferred to the simpler plan of... looking through the holes.
** Reaches a head ''Nemesis'', where he points out that the only reason that the Enterprise crew isn't destroyed out of their own stupidity is because Shinzon is even ''more'' incompetent.
** Points out that Linnis, Kes' daughter, could quickly tell Kes her brilliant plan to keep her in the present, but instead stands and gawps helplessly while she quantum leaps back in her own timeline. Congratulations Linnis, you now have been responsible for erasing yourself from existence.
** In ''Film/BladeRunner'', he notes how stupid it was to make soldiers out of slaves.
** In "Lifesigns," apparently there are Vidiians who do not have the Phage. Such a medically advanced species has apparently never heard of "quarantine."
** Neelix in "Q2", when he taunts the temporarily depowered "[[FanNickname Harry Potter]]" by ''refusing to shut up'', as revenge for Q's son having used his powers to previously remove both his mouth and vocal chords. Chuck points out the stupidity of taunting a Demigod that will get his powers ''back'' in a week.
** The crew of ''Voyager'' for assigning their technologically-minded engineers in charge of gathering plants, putting their botanically-minded biochemists in charge of handling medical technology and taking over ''seven years'' before they realised they'd assigned an engineer to be their astrophysicist while conversely putting "CarlSagan in charge of shovelling coal".
--> '''Chuck''': Is it any wonder why these dumbasses are ''lost''?!
** The crew of ''Voyager'' for everytime they seem to be taken in by Neelix's [[BlatantLies claims]] that he's an "[[InformedAttribute Expert]]" on something.
--> '''Chuck''': Neelix has conned the crew into thinking he's a survival expert...
** The Psychlos in general. He describes Terl as the smartest and most cunning of Psychlos, which would mean he would generously be considered an imbecile. They only manage to conquer native populations because they have gas drones, robotic nerve-gas dispensers not burdened with an incompetent psychlo brain.
* [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously Took The Bad Episode Seriously]]: An in-universe LampshadeHanging. Gives props to Robert Duncan [=McNeill=] in "Threshold" who is clearly acting his ass off... while doing so under pulsating head-lung lizard makeup and in an episode so awful that it that actually became CanonDiscontinuity.
** Another example from the original series: Chuck praises DeForestKelley and his ability to deliver the most ridiculous dialogue with utter sincerity in "Spock's Brain".
** Is utterly baffled why Michael Piller so firmly believed "Ex Post Facto" to be good enough to be submitted for Emmy nomination, when it was clear to everyone else involved just how ''awful'' the episode was?!
* TokenEvilTeammate: His [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/SFDebris version]] of Janeway.
* TooSpicyForYogSogoth: Believes that in ''Unimatrix Zero'', the reason the Borg Queen starting blowing up her own ships was because an assimilated ''Janeway'' was actually subtly taking [[AssimilationBackfire control of her]].
--> '''Janeway''': Your mistake was assimilating ''me!''
* TrainingFromHell: Notes that Tuvok's attempts to put the Maquis through their paces in "Learning Curve" makes him come off as a massive jerkass, especially when he makes them run a 10 kilometre lap, with full packs and the gravity turned up 10%.
--> '''Chuck''': A particularly nice sign of dickishness from a man who has over ''[[MadeOfIron three times the strength]]'' of the people he's leading.
* TranquilFury: While reviewing the ''Voyager'' episode "Real Life," he reveals that his twin sons were born premature and barely survived. Hence, he takes serious issue with the episode's message that people should go through something like that to build character, never raising his voice until the last few words while it's still clear that we're hearing absolute, genuine rage.
* TranslationByVolume: In "Darmok" from ''TNG''. He comments on desperate attempts of the ''Enterprise'' crew and Captain Picard to communicate with incomprehensible aliens whose language their Universal Translator couldn't crack.
--> '''SF Debris:''' I'll check [Picard's] academy records. His language course was 203. Let me cross-check that. Oh yes! He's fluent in yelling at people. This is the time honoured method of speaking your own language loudly and somewhat slowly to people who don't speak it, in the hopes that they will suddenly understand you. ({{beat}}) The others just laugh at him.
* TranslationTrainWreck: In his review of the episode "[[http://sfdebris.blip.tv/file/4574217/ Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy]]" he translates the lyrics of "La donna è mobile" using the Babylon 8 translation software resulting in this trope. Apperantly the song is about furniture.
* TrashTheSet: In his review of the "Eleventh Hour", he notes that due to the Tenth Doctor's violent regeneration, Eleven can't use the still-rebuilding TARDIS, but at least he still has his ever-faithful sonic screwdriver, right? Cue it promptly exploding.
--> '''Sfdebris''': Man, when Ten breaks shit, he really ''breaks shit'', doesn't he?
* TropesAreNotBad: Chuck mentions this by name when he reviews the TNG episode "Timescape", noting that several of Brannon Braga's scripts begin with the premise "the captain returns to the ship to find things have gone to hell", but that does provide a good mystery setup.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[{{In-universe}} Acknowledges this trope]] when discussing David Lynch and surrealists in general. In his opinion, what separates Lynch from the others is that he doesn't fall into this trope: all of his surreality seems to serve a higher purpose.
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: Referenced in a review, regarding UnfortunateImplications.
-->"''Kes comes in to see Tuvok and, after a couple of minutes, Tuvok decides he'll try that plan of Harry's. There's a thing TV Tropes calls UnfortunateImplications, and this seems to apply here: The only thing stopping the black guy and the Asian guy from beating each other up are white women.''"
** When he finally awarded the first ever 10 to a ''Voyager'' episode ("Life Line") the video caption noted to [[ShoutOut "Alert TV Tropes!"]] in order to update [[EightPointEight the entry]] that would be affected by that score (and which, in light of said review, became obsolete and was subsequently deleted).
** His review of Film/FlashGordon references [[TropeOverdosed a large number of tropes by name]], and the general approach to the review is in line with the feel of this website, all the way up to, and including... '''''{{BRIAN BLESSED}}!'''''
** In the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' review he implored viewers not to tag him with a Did Not Do the Research entry on his supposition that the constellation system for gate co-ordinates didn't make sense because he had no time to scan through all 10 seasons of the [[Series/StargateSG1 TV series]] for an explanation.
*** In a meta example of not doing research the Did Not Do the Research trope had been recently [[Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub red linked]] because [[SeriousBusiness TV Tropes is not for pointing out errors]].
* TwentyPerCentMoreAwesome: From his review of Voyager episode "[[SharingABody Body And Soul]]" he uses the unit "Kims" (as in deci-Kims), which is the measure of [[RunningGag Harry Kim]]'s sexual trauma applied per cubic meter/second. Not to be confused with a metric-Kim, which is a measurement of personal shame.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Parodied along with ExecutiveMeddling in his review of "The Naked Now," where one (hypothetical) moronic executive thinks Geordi is wearing the visor because he's gay, making him gay, black, AND blind.
** Even funnier, the dumb executive is portrayed by an image of Rick Berman. (The guy who fired Ron Jones. Make of that what you will...)
* TypeCasting: When BradDourif turns up in the ''X-Files'' episode "Beyond the Sea", playing a serial killer: "You might remember him from ''Voyager'', where he was a killer. Or ''Babylon 5'', where he was a killer. Or ''The Lord of the Rings'', where he betrayed and then killed people."
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* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: From "Bliss", the Telepathic Pitcher Plant vs Crystalline Entity.
* UndyingLoyalty: Suggests that Janeway has slowly brainwashed a sense of this into Tuvok.
-->'''Janeway''': "Tuvok! Bring me some coffee!"
-->'''Tuvok''': "But captain, I'm trying to hold this cable to stop the lift with my family in it from plummeting to their-"
-->'''Janeway''': "Tuvok! Do you actually expect me to get up and walk over there?"
-->'''Tuvok''': "... No, of course not captain. I'm sorry for being selfish."
-->'''Janeway''': "I'll punish you later, coffee now!"
* UnfortunateNames:
** ''The Next Generation'' writer Melinda Snodgrass, incorrectly referred to by Chuck as "Melissa".
** Chuck can't help but laugh when the "pronunciation" of Chakotay's name by Torres sounds exactly like Chocolate Day.
--->'''Chuck''': "CHOCOLATE DAAAAAAAY!"
** In his review of "Message in a Bottle," Chuck makes the obligatory joke about guest star Andy Dick.
** Due to the lack of colons in their titles, Chuck is led to think that ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' were respectively rebelling against and the enemy of ''Franchise/StarTrek''. But given [[FranchiseKiller the fate of the franchise]] not long afterwards, [[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt he finds them appropriate]].
* UnholyMatrimony: In his review of Voyager's "Counterpoint", Janeway falls in love with Kashyk because he too is a brutal oppressor.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A much more subtle example than most, but some references and jokes that are made when the episode comes out are not always understandable at a later date. For example, in "Ensign Ro," a planet "Salar" is attacked, and SF Debris makes a joke about "Krogans attacking the Salarians" but then comments that "No one who gets that joke is watching today." This was because the episode came out on the day that ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' was released, but future watchers can sometimes be confused. Similarly, the episode "A Matter of Time" was released on the date of the fiftieth anniversary of DoctorWho, and several jokes reference that.
* {{Unperson}}: He likes to sell the idea that Jonathan Archer was stricken from the history books for being such an embarrassment. Picard actually spat in disgust when his name was mentioned.
* UpToEleven: Chuck has commented that, despite having years to plan and prepare for their year-long mission into space, the madness onboard the NX-01 isn't noticeably different from it's beleaguered counterpart two centuries in the future -- the ''U.S.S. Voyager''. Captain Archer proves to be even more unstable and reckless than Janeway, willingly stranding his crew three hundred years from home (as opposed to Janeway's 'mere' 90 years, which was accidental) rather than apologize to alien natives for drowning one of their holy sites in dog piss. ("A Night in Sick Bay")
** In fact, the NX-01 is even ''more'' understaffed than ''Voyager'' (eighty crew members to VOY's paltry one hundred and fifty), to the degree that Phlox has no nurses to help him and must rope Hoshi Sato, Ph.D into cleaning up vomit in the Sick Bay. (Shades of Tom Paris!) So, what happens if the ''non''-holographic, ''non''-indestructible Doctor gets killed or incapacitated? ("Minefield")
--->"I've heard "''Physician, heal thyself''", but that probably shouldn't be your ship's official medical policy."
* UriahGambit: A running gag that Picard almost letting slip that he intentionally sent Jack Crusher to his death so he could get Beverley in the sack.
* UrineTrouble: In "Booby Trap", Wesley poses a hypothetical to Riker which involves spying on girls while they pee, as though there's nothing odd about that.
** "Prototype" opens on a POV camera lens aimed at Torres, angry as usual. Chuck guesses she mistook it for one those webcams Harry keeps hiding in her toilet.
** During "A Night in Sickbay", Chuck keened that if Archer had his way, every "diplomatic mission" would entail peeing on the dignitaries from the safety of his shuttlecraft.
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* ValuesDissonance: ''Franchise/StarTrek'' may have been FairForItsDay, but [[{{In-Universe}} Chuck]] uncomfortably points out how most of the ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' original episodes he's reviewed have been unkind to women (with depictions of them as crazed and emotionally fragile).
** Not to mention legally barred from captaining a starship in the 23rd century. In a story that Gene Roddenberry came up with, so you can't just say it was another writer who didn't understand his vision. This becomes FridgeLogic when ''Enterpise'' has a woman as the Captain of the second NX-class ship.
** In "Angel One", Riker defends wearing a skimpy outfit he's been given to wear to meet with the leader of a female-dominated society, stating that it's his duty as a Starfleet officer to respect local customs and traditions. Chuck notes that by that logic, any Ferengi delegation would be completely in their rights to ask for female diplomats to be nude, as is ''their'' custom.
* VerbalTic: He personally acknowledges one of them - prefacing rhetorical questions with the phrase "You might ask" - during his "The Nth Degree" review.
* ViewersAreMorons: Usually [[ViewersAreGeniuses inverted]]. For instance, in the first review of "Threshold" posted to Website/YouTube, Chuck likens the phlebotnium that makes the episode's storyline possible (namely a type of dilithium that allows travel at infinite speed) to being able to buy a type of gasoline that would let you drive a corvette at light speed. In the version posted to blip.tv however, the analogy is replaced with a lengthy discussion of the mathematics that make it impossible to achieve light speed, much less ''infinite'' speed.
** Their repeated use of the word "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord Ancient]]" to describe ''anything'' in Earth's past, which he points out is seemingly done to remind us that this is the future. Because all the starships, aliens and phasers, didn't make it clear to the audience ''before?!''
* VillainBall: Points out in the MirrorUniverse ''Enterprise'' episode that everyone suffers from ChronicBackstabbingDisorder to the point that most of their problems are a result of it, and marvels at the fact the eventual collapse of their empire comes from reform instability rather than the blatantly self-destructive way it's run.
* VillainOverride: Suggests that the reason that the Borg Queen starts blowing up her ''own'' ships in "Unimatrix Zero" actually came from Janeway being the one to control her.
--> '''Janeway''': Your mistake was assimilating ''me!''
* VillainProtagonist: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation By his reckoning]], Captain Kathryn Janeway.
* [[invoked]] VindicatedByHistory: Discussed with ''Film/TheThing1982'' doing poorly in ticket sales and reviews during its release, but is held in high regard today. Another example he mentions is ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
** Discussed how ''Star Trek: Insurrection'' actually ''inverted'' this- it did very well at the box office, but then faded away, becoming one of the most forgettable of the films.
* VoodooShark: [[TropeNamer Coined the trope name]] in his review of the ''Voyager'' episode, "The Cloud". The Voodoo Shark plot device in question is that the power supply to the holodeck on Voyager is stated to be completely incompatible with the rest of the ship. Chuck references this fact frequently in other episodes, such as when alien technology is subsequently integrated with the ship, meaning that utterly alien power sources are more compatible with Voyager than Voyager is with itself.
** Alludes to this in the review of ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', pointing out the sheer lack of explanation or information about the central plot device means that the only two clues in the first six episodes could easily be replaced with the words "Walrus Tusk" and still have just as much impact on the progress of the story.

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* WalkingDisasterArea: His version of Commander Shepard, appropriately named Shiva Shepard.
* WaxingLyrical:
** The Stupid Neelix Moment for "Manuevers" was subtitled, "''[[OffToSeeTheWizard I would not be just a nuthin', my head all fulla stuffin'...]]''"
*** "I'm off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Booze!" -- sung by Bones
** In response to Sybok's "secret pain" shtick, Chuck shoots back with "[[Music/LeonardCohen Hallelujah]]." (''Star Trek V'')
--->''I heard there was a secret pain\\
That Sybok finds to keep men sane\\
But you don't really care for bullshit, do yaaaaa...'' ♪
** "Yes, We've got trouble. Right here in River City. [[TheMusicMan With a capital "T" and that rhymes with]] "[[CallBack 3]]" [[TheMusicMan and that stands for Ziyal]]."
** Quark spends the first act of "The Jem'Hadar" complaining about roughing it in outdoors and wishing his people would strip-mine the whole planet. For this he earns that episode's "Annoying Character" award, with the subtitle "''Pave paradise and put up a parking lot.''"
** Just listen to Chuck's cackling laughter when Neelix's lungs are stolen. ("Phage")
-->"Tall stranger, ''you'' are [[{{Film/Beaches}} the wind beneath my wings]]."
** He eventually zones out in the middle of "Ex Post Facto" to hum "[[PaulSimon You Can Call Me Al]]" to himself.
** ''[[DeanMartin When some guy out-ranks you / And tells you what to do / That's an or-der...]] ♫'' ("Unimatrix Zero")
** He expresses amusement that "Tsunkatse", a gimmick episode designed to attract testosterone-soaked {{WWE}} fans, more resembles "[[SimonAndGarfunkel The Sound of Silence]]" set to film.
*** "'''''[[SayMyName SUSPIRIAAAAAAA!!]]'''''" ("Cold Fire")
--->'''Chuck:''' ...''you're breaking my heart, you're shaking my con-fi-dence dai-hee-ly...'' ♪"
** Janeway instructing Kim to "brush up" on his Ancient Earth History. Hoo boy. There's a reason "The [=37s=]" is the codifier of Ancient Chinese Secret.
--->'''Kim:''' ''(panicking'') Uhh, umm... On behalf of Napoleon Bonaparte, first Pope and the ever-living Pharaoh, I have been asked to welcome you in His traditional greeting, that [[ElvisPresley you ain't nothin' but a hound dog, barking all the time!]]"
** "A Night in Sickbay" brought on the lyrics to "[[Music/CultureClub Karma Chameleon]]". He actually fell asleep beforehand, dreaming about Scott Bakula [[Film/TheRing crawling out of his TV]] and peeing on the couch.
** "[[Series/{{Farscape}} Crais is a maniac!]]" ("The Way We Weren't")
--->"That's for sure. And he's...[[{{Flashdance}} dancing like he's never danced before]]."
** [[Series/BabylonFive Londo]] singing the No Beer Polka. ("One Small Step")
--->"Een heaven there eez no beeeer! That's why wee drink eet heeere!"
** In ''Series/StargateSG1's'' PilotMovie, he sees a guy who resembles Music/MeatLoaf killing a Jaffa, causing Chuck to quip:
--->"Don't be sad Jaffa, two out of three ain't bad."
* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt:
** In his ''{{Sunshine}}'' review he points out that it's probably not a good idea to name a spaceship sent on a mission to the sun after a mythological character who was killed due to venturing too close to the sun. And after losing the first one, they named the next one Icarus II.
** The exploration vessel which disappeared at Z'ha'dum with Sheridan's wife on board in ''Series/BabylonFive'' was also named Icarus.
--->'''Chuck:''' When will people learn to stop naming ships 'Icarus'? It never ends well!
** In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion" Chakotay names a seemingly safe route through Borg space the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Passage Northwest Passage]]". Chuck proceeds to point out that several expeditions were lost looking for the Northwest Passage on Earth (that is to say, a way to navigate between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the waters between North America and the Arctic), and it ultimately proved to not exist. (Actually, it does exist, but has turned out to not be nearly as useful as people seeking it hoped.)
** When reviewing ''Gojira'', he makes several jokes about Star Trek... but then points out that ''he'' isn't the one who named one of the locations "Odo Island."
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: [[InUniverse References this trope]] several times when reviewing ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', in particular how it averts NeverSayDie. Also comes up in his ''Clone Wars'' review. [[invoked]]
* WTHCastingAgency: Invoked while discussing the decision the director of "Code of Honor" made to cast the aliens of the week entirely with African-Americans:
-->'''Chuck :''' The script makes numerous comparisons to Earth:\\
'''Data:''' That is from an obscure language known as French.\\
'''Picard:''' ...and [the Ligonian society's] unique similarity to an ancient Earth culture we all admire. On behalf of the Federation, therefore, I would like to present this token of our gratitude and friendship, from China's Song Dynasty.\\
'''Data:''' For example, what Lutan did is similar to what certain American-Indians once did, called "Counting Coup."\\
'''Chuck :''' So, of course... the director interpreted this to mean that everybody was black.
* [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman What Measure Is A Non Minbari]]: In "Meet John Sheridan" he chews out the Minbari for launching a genocidal war against humanity over a simple cultural misunderstanding, refusing to accept Humanity's unequivocal surrender and then having the gall to be ''[[AssholeVictim offended]]'' that the sole human victory of the war occured when John Sheridan managed to actually blow up ''one'' of their ships.
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Leadership skills are going to be a key element to the crew's survival in "Basics Pt 2." Therefore, the four team leaders are Janeway, Tuvok, uhh...[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Harry Kim]]. And the fourth...? (Oh, this won't end well.)
-->"''(chuckling)'' Naah, ''you know'' who I'm gonna say! But you're wondering, "''How could it happen''?! How could anybody be stupid enough to actually suggest this?" Well, remember, we're in this situation precisely '''because''' of that stupidity!"
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: In the third "The Killing Game" video, a WWII-era Tom holds him at gunpoint to test whether he's a Jerry or not. In theory, anything that Tom asks - anything at all - Harry can answer! Just so long as it's not related to [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes the sexual behavior of a normal human being.]]
-->'''Tom:''' If Betty Grable came around that corner, what part of her would you be staring at?\\
'''Harry:''' ''([[OhCrap sighs resignedly]])''\\
'''Chuck:''' And the answer is: '''None of the above'''! All he'd see is his grandmother slapping and shaking her finger at him for looking at girls, then her face splitting open and Janeway's head on a snake's body coming out and ordering him to remodulate her rug.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs / HypercompetentSidekick: Frequently lampshades this fact about Tom Paris;
--> '''SFDebris''': Wait, so LetMeGetThisStraight. Tom Paris not only flies the ship, the most important shuttle missions, is the field medic/assistant to the Doctor, has 24th century lock-picking ability... he's also a commando. Oh! And let's not forget he once designed an engine that goes to infinity. And this is the guy Starfleet ''doesn't'' want?!
** Within thirty seconds of "Year of Hell", Paris shows mastery of engineering and history, and is then summoned to sick bay to conduct field medicine, "and none of these things '''are even his job.'''" Chuck concludes Paris was held in some prison for savants.
** In "Persistence of Vision", he speculates that Tom Paris' complex relationship [[WellDoneSonGuy with his father]] is responsible. Instead of the hallucination telling Tom how proud he is of him, his take is that the hallucination began quizzing Tom on various topics from multiple fields and broke his spirit after he forgot one of the answers.
** Regarding ''StarTrekEnterprise'' he points out that the transporter is such new and untested technology that it is normally only used on cargo... Yet there is no dedicated transporter operator, and instead they use pretty much anyone who happens to be at hand to operate the thing, including the ship's ''linguist''!
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: Classic television mistake: handing [[SlowMotionDrop a highly-breakable cup]] to a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone psychic]]. "Thanks, demons from the beyond!"
** This also appears to be [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Dooku's complaint when Sidious tells him to kill Asajj Ventress]].
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: "The first half of TheNineties largely reflected this realization that the world was no longer what we thought it'd be, from the decline of the military industrial complex, to who should be [[AcceptableTargets the default bad guys]] in fiction."
* WildCard: The inexorable Brannon Braga who, while not the crap writer he's been described as by some, isn't good enough to save bad material. In this respect, Chuck suspects he acts as a "multiplying factor" in whatever job he's given.
* WickedCultured: His interpretation of Khan, spending quite a while in the "Wrath of Khan" review quoting from the various books seen on Khan's shelf, noting how these few books have affected his worldview.
* WildMassGuessing: Discussed at length in the "Doctor Who?" special, where he lists the various speculative theories on the identity of [[spoiler: Creator/JohnHurt's Doctor, as well as where [[TheNthDoctor this incarnation]] possibly fits into the overall continuity]].
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: Refers to this in the ''Voyager'' episode "Faces", where he points out that the intelligent, believable way the characters were written in that episode makes it possible to accept that the episode's entire premise hinges on the absurd plot point that the Vidiians can somehow split one person into two fully-formed and fully-grown people.
** Altough he doesn't mention it, it comes again for his review of Wall-e, were he mentions that, despite how simplistic the science was, the mature way things were handled allowed him to put that aside.
* WordSaladHumor: In his review of ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', Chuck points out how Creator/RLeeErmey has perfected the DrillSergeantNasty persona to such a degree that he can literally say anything and it will have the same effect.
-->'''Chuck:''' [''Ermey Voice''] "I WILL MARCH YOU DAISYMUFFINS THROUGH THE CAN-OPENER OF WAR!"
* TheWorfEffect: Worf seems to have finally overcome this in "By Inferno's Light", laying out 10 Jem'Hadar in a row.
-->'''Chuck:''' [''Worf baritone''] "It was the 'hitting them' part that I was having trouble with."
** Chuck theorizes that the reason for this trope's existance is that Worf's commanding officers in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' are such pantywaists that they keep hampering his efforts while giving the enemies time to prepare.
** Notes that Tim Russ seems to play characters who are on the recieving end of the Vulcan nerve pinch, more than anyone else in the franchise. Even though, as Tuvok, his character has three times the strength of a normal human... and he ''still'' gets knocked out this way!
* WorldOfHam: "''DoctorWho'' is a world where no villain has an indoor voice."
* WrongGenreSavvy: An interesting variation in "Tattoo" where, as Chuck points out, Chakotay is told by the chief that he should stay with his people and embrace the old ways... which is perfectly baffling to Chuck, as we're supposed to ''agree'' with this chief, when a) pretty much every other story in modern fiction would present "Staying with your kind and doing the same thing for all time" as a ''bad'' thing, and b) this takes place in ''a Star Trek episode'', a series about finding the unknown and exploring all the strange and wonderful things of the universe, ''not'' staying in one's closed-off environment.
** He predicts that Samantha Carter, a strong feminist blonde woman, will be the one selected as the next one to be selected by the Goa'uld in the Stargate Pilot, and then spends the next fifteen seconds listing all the action movie cliches that will be employed... and then ''Skarra'', Jack's surrogate son, is taken instead. After a moment of shock, Chuck praises this for subverting his expectations.
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* XDaysSince: The poor safety record of an ''entire moon'' in ''Star Trek VI'' is mocked.
-->"It's hard to imagine anyone would do something like this, without being deliberate gross negligence, like they have a sign up somewhere celebrating 428 days without a workplace apocalypse."
* XMeetsY: "A Night in Sickbay" is like Creator/CliveBarker directing a JimCarrey comedy.
** "The Thaw": Joel Schumacher if he directed ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
** Okona is ''truly'' outrageous. Contagious. [[{{Jem}} Okona's his name, no one else is the same.]]
-->"He's some asshole in a puffy shirt, but everyone acts like he's equal parts Han Solo, James Bond, and Robin Hood -- when he's ''really'' equal parts Keanu Reeves, Pauly Shore, and Chris Kattan in ''ANightAtTheRoxbury''."
** The [=DS9=] episode "Paradise", whose title is, of course, ironic. "This place is like ''GilligansIsland'' if the Professor was replaced by DrDoom!"
** "''Series/{{Farscape}}'' is what you'd get if ''StarWars'' and ''Series/RedDwarf had a kid, and that kid ran away to join the circus."
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* YouCantHandleTheParody: Inserted into Dukat's rant in "Waltz."
* YouHaveFailedMe: Chuck's headcanon for why there are two different Borg Queens. The one played by Alice Krige was retired after the crippling losses to Picard and the Undine. The one played by Susanna Thompson was much more aggressive and expansionist, resolving to throw more cubes at enemies so they could claim more resources. Unfortunately, the Collective realized the new queen was willing to destroy entire ships just to taunt Janeway, so she was retired as well.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Really hates their repeated use of the word "Ancient" to describe anything that takes place before the 21st Century, pointing that this means they've lumped Roman chariots and nuclear weapons into the ''same'' era.
** Launches into a tirade when ''Enterprise'' repeatedly uses the phrase, "Hull plating offline," explaining everything wrong about the term.
* YouMightRememberMeFrom: Brad Dourif, who "you might remember from ''Voyager'', where he was a killer. ...Or ''Babylon 5'' where he was a killer. ...Or ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' where [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs he betrayed people and then killed them]]." (''Lord of the Rings'')
** Wilford Brimley: Perpetual old man, oatmeal spokesman, and cock fighting enthusiast. (''The Thing'')
** Previously, referred to Brad Dourif as "who you might remember from your ''nightmares''". ("Passing Through Gethsemane")
** Hey kids, it's Creator/MarkSheppard! "Great chance to talk about this performer in a ''rare'' appearance '''[[Series/{{Firefly}} in]] [[Series/StarTrekVoyager a]] [[Series/TheXFiles work of]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined science]] [[Series/DoctorWho fiction!]]'''"
--->''"Okay, I lied, he's in every damn thing I review."''
** Ronnie Cox, whom you may remember from ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', ''Film/RoboCop1987'', ''{{Cop Rock}}'', ''Beverly Hills Cop 2'', and his most famous work ''Cop Cop Part Cop: Still Copping.'' ("Chain of Command")
** One of the Bond Babes in Dr. Bashir's holo-porn, Mona Lovesit, whom you might remember as "[[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0108597/?ref_=tt_cl_t14 Girl in restaurant]]" and two -- count 'em, ''two''! -- appearances on ''{{Baywatch}}.'' ("Our Man Bashir")
** Ensign Ballard you may recognize from the film version of ''Film/AtlasShrugged'' by Creator/AynRand. ("Ashes to Ashes")
--->"...And ''speaking of'' a manipulative coldhearted tormentor of all those she claims to love, Ballard's having dinner with Janeway!"
** Mr. Grey Poupon Guy! (''Dark City'') Guess those fifty years of theater and film training finally paid off, eh, Mr. Richardson?
** Says that there are so many speculative fiction actors and actresses in ''Stargate Atlantis'' that "EVERYONE is in this series."
*** And then follows that up by a clip from the show of Rodney talking to ''Bill Nye The Science Guy.'' He's not kidding.
* YouMonster: Notes the sheer horror of Janeway's actions in "Tuvix", where she forcibly executes Tuvix, who literally goes from person to person begging to be allowed to live. Besides the Doctor, everyone simply stands there and ''does nothing''.
* YourMom: Mentioning Spock's origin as his disadvantage to his face? One of the best Yo Momma jokes on Vulcan in thousands years. From ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009) review.
** The Klingon Ambassador doesn't have anything to say to Sarek's accusations in ''Star Trek VI'', other than, "er... yeah, well... yo' momma's so fat ''we'' don't have to look for whales this movie."
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* ZanyScheme: Invoked as Quark in the ''Profit and Lace'' review, where he has to change his gender in order to dupe an influential businessman, cutting Bashir who took it seriously and started to advise to follow the lifestyle of a woman first before making such a life-changing decision. To Quark's regret, there is no ZanyScheme clause to speed up the process.
* ZeeRust: Chuck once mentioned that if he ever made a sci-fi film, he would deliberately use outdated tech and call it "advanced."
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* SanitySlippageSong:
** Uses Music/BuddyHolly's "Everyday" for the scene in "Unimatrix Zero" where Janeway gets assimilated.
** "Clementine" in "Equinox Pt. 3."
** When a brain virus leaves Riker comatose, he-- ....no, wait. You better see this one for yourself. ("Shades of Grey")
* SayingTooMuch: "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man"
-->"And he's constantly writing, constantly trying to get that story out there-- and he's constantly getting back rejection letters. Harsh, demoralizing papers. Counting one after another, after another, stacking up higher and higher and higher, until it's a [[color:red:glowing packet of hate constantly LOOKING DOWN AND JUDGING YOU! JUDGING YOU UNTIL THE ONLY SOLACE YOU CAN FIND IS DOING YOUR]] '''[[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs CRAPPY INTERNET REVIEW SHOW!!]]'''"
** He can relate to Captain Braxton's desire to blow ''Voyager'' up. ("Relativity")
--->"I know it's rough, buddy, I've been having to deal with ''Voyager'' for thirteen yea-- '''SPIDERS!''' Nonononono you will not [[SanitySlippage crawl into my ear and make me kill again]], spider, not this time~♪
** "Fascination" really speaks to him. A bit too much.
--->"There's nothing quite like the sensation where, at the root of where you live, everything has gone to shit and you can do nothing about it. It's like you can sense that the little components of your soul just went "[[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud vizzle]]" and now you're broken. You could [[ComfortFood eat something that's horribly bad]] for ya, until you feel worse that you've screwed up your ''body'' too, now. You can try finding things that make you happy to look at, but then you remember that they've blocked pornography on your work computer. Seems that all that's left is...finding [[TheScapegoat something that you hate]]. And just ''venting'' at it and ''venting'' at it until you've finally ''purged yourself of all that negative energy''... (sighs contently) '''Back to the review'''!"
** Obviously, the ''Wonder Woman'' pilot is incomplete, with post-production notes for things to be added in later. These start out as mundane notes such as "[[AC:Enhance skyline]]" and quickly turn into Chuck instructing himself to "[[AC:Turn your back on hope and love]]" and plant vomit in an annoying neighbor's trashcan.
** Chuck can relate to an alien's temptation to coerce sex from Riker. ("First Contact", TNG)
--->"If the locals are ''us'', then, essentially, she is anyone who has ever been curious about that kind of thing. ...Has had those kinds of thoughts. ...[-wondered what [[Franchise/MassEffect Tali]] looks like when she's out of that suit...-] ''(sputters'') SHADDAP! DON'T JUDGE ME!"
* {{Scandalgate}}: In the review of "Deep Throat" from ''Series/TheXFiles'', he admits that this is his pet peeve.
* ScheduleSlip:
** Magnificently averted. He hasn't missed a scheduled update in ages. Made even more impressive with the transfer of his videos from Website/YouTube to blip.tv; he posts several videos per week, which are either brand new or are completely re-recorded (given the poor sound quality of his older videos), usually with new material added. In August 2011, he posted at the rate of almost one video per day. And the only breaks he takes are scheduled ones. He's only missed three scheduled updates, two of which have been due to outside forces, the first from a tornado knocking out power to his house for a few days, the second from some unknown technical glitch on the blip server.
** Subverted in February 2014. He was summoned to jury duty, and noted that the schedule posted was tentative. He did not miss a day even with jury duty.
* SchizoTech: On an ''X Files'' episode he noted that in UFO lore the aliens have oddly inconsistent levels of technology. Sure, they can travel between stars and their metallurgy is far beyond ours, but they apparently can't perform surgery without leaving extremely obvious scars.
* [invoked] SciFiGhetto: Discusses this in his introduction to ''Series/RedDwarf'' (which can be found [[http://www.bookgallery.co.il/sfdebris/ here]]), and points out that whilst ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' may have lost to ''{{Film/Gandhi}}'' in the Oscars, ''Gandhi'' has yet to be inducted into the National Film Registry alongside science fiction classics like ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'', ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', and the aforementioned ''E.T.''.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Points this out in the "Terra Nova" (ENT) review. The episode tells us that colonists from Earth to a nearby Earth-like planet became angry at Terran authorities for wanting to send another group of about 200 colonists to the same planet.
--> '''Chuck''': Wait, they didn't want another ''200 people'' to land on the same ''planet''... How much lebensraum do you people need?! Are Berman and Braga really this stupid? It's a '''''planet'''''! How can these idiots not realize how freaking huge a planet is, considering they will likely never ever leave the one they're on?
** Notes the same issue with 600 Ba'ku having this objection in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection''.
** A minor one in the 2009 reboot where Pine!Kirk ends up withing walking distance of Nimoy!Spock on the same planet.
* TheScrappy: InUniverse, he hates Neelix more than any other main character in a Trek show (with only guest character Okona being worse).
** He also lists the "Annoying Character" for any non-''Voyager'' ''Trek'' show.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: At the start of the ''Film/NightOfTheComet'' review.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: He notes that his legal experience is basically limited to "not singing Ninety-nine ''[sic]'' Luftballons", (which was the dropped intro music of TNG on [=YouTube=]).
** And now, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg8KOFVLMAo this.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He tries to do this in the "Unimatrix Zero" review after the sight of ''Neelix'' running Voyager's science station is followed up by the revelation that two rebel Borg drones have somehow commandeered a Borg Sphere, which is supposed to have a crew of several hundred, if not thousand drones.
* ScrewYourself: Harry once commented on becoming smitten with his own hologram. ("Latent Image")
** Two Sevens! "Clearly the only way to resolve this paradox is for the two of them to start making out! ..[[GirlOnGirlIsHot C'mon, right now]]." ("VOY: Relativity")
** Why is it that whenever there are two Janeways, they always argue with one another? The answer: UnresolvedSexualTension! ("VOY: Deadlock")
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Mentioned InUniverse in the review of ''Series/TheXFiles'' Pilot. SF Debris claims that the show is one of the best TV product of and biggest influence on TheNineties, and that today it might seem uninspired or cliché, however, when it first aired, it was very innovative.
* SelfDeprecation: Chuck after spending the first eight minutes of [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/films/transformers1.php his review]] of ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' talking in deep detail about how the relationship of the summer blockbuster to science fiction is both blessing and curse. After the commercial break:
--> "Okay, I stand by everything I have said, and I ''do'' advocate rational discourse over a hurricane of {{troll}}s. But I'm also an Internet critic and part of the job is, well, this part of the show now, where I act like a guffawing dickhead."
** This one was a long time coming: To commemorate "Captain Picard Day", Riker mockingly imitates the Captain. Chuck replies, in Sir Pat Stu's accent, that it's "the second worst impression" he's ever heard. ("The Pegasus")
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: In the third "Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay" review, is quickly irritated by their insistence on running the joke that British people and Americans use different words for things into the ground, pointing out that it'd become a [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore tired old cliche]], years ago.
** Although in "Rose" he pointed out that it was rather amusing when Rose went to find the C.E.O. in the basement.
* SequentialSymptomSyndrome: Chuck doesn't buy the idea that ''Star Trek'' inspired the cell phone, but in "Realm of Fear," he does give credit to the franchise for predicting hypochondriacs using the Internet to diagnose themselves.
* SeriousBusiness: He reveals while reviewing "Real Life" that his twin sons were born premature, and overcame incredible odds to both be alive and healthy today. So he is quite upset at the episode's trivialization of that horrible situation, saying that people should go through it to build character (especially since the show forgot about it anyway).
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: When Dukat talks to Weyoun and calls him "anhedonic"[[note]](Incapable of feeling pleasure or enjoyment)[[/note]]. Chuck replies "Someone got a word-a-day calendar" then makes up this bit.
-->'''Dukat:''' I suggest you stop this ultracrepidarianism, Weyoun, especially in front of that xanthippe we work for to avoid acting mendaciously.\\
'''Weyoun:''' Dukat.\\
'''Dukat:''' Yes?\\
'''Weyoun:''' Your newfound logological hobby is leading to excessive magniloquence, so I assert you circumvent words of a hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian nature.
* ShapedLikeItself: Brought up in his second MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic-related review. He mentions that, since Discord was largely based off of Q, Lauren Faust had wanted his VA to "sound like JohnDeLancie". She ended up with... John de Lancie.
-->'''Chuck''': So, mission accomplished.
* {{Shipping}}: He ships Mulder and Scully in-universe, i.e. in his review. From ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Deep Throat" review:
-->'''Chuck:''' We then get to return to Mulder and Scully in a bar in the midst of the day working that [[UnresolvedSexualTension sexual chemistry]] of theirs.\\
'''Mulder:''' I've got something to show you.\\
'''Chuck:''' Yeah, you know it. '''Sometimes the fan fics just write themselves.'''
* [[DumbassHasAPoint Shithead Has A Point]]: From the intro of "The Cloud" review.
-->'''Kes:''' I don't think the captain is an idiot. She cares a great deal about her crew.\\
'''Neelix:''' You don't care a great deal about your crew and introduce them to the specter of death at every opportunity!\\
'''Chuck:''' You know, he may be a shithead, but he's got a point!
** Similar exchange from ''Fair Trade'':
-->'''Chuck:''' See, he thinks that when he stops being able to serve Janeway as a guide, she'll boot him off the ship. What, you mean, just use you until you can no longer serve her, and then cast you aside? Tha-- [pause...] Huh. Fairly astute there, Neelix.
** "The Void", which notably did ''not'' have a Stupid Neelix Moment, but rather Neelix piping up to say something "useful and well thought-out. ''(Beat)'' It's time for some '''blood tests'''! [[OutOfCharacterAlert Changelings have obviously infiltrated Voyager!]]"
* SharedUniverse: He cameod in Linkara's review of One More Day, making him part of the TGWTG/AVGN universe.
* ShoutOut: Now with their [[ShoutOut/SFDebris own page]].
* ShownTheirWork: His reviews of ''Series/RedDwarf'' are ''very'' well-researched.
** Chuck knows his Chinese, which opened the way to a very interesting lecture about "Darmok." He also spotted the faux Chinese in ''Back to Earth.''
--->"If it seems indulgent, remember, there's not a whole lot of opportunities to practice Mandarin in Wisconsin."
** His review of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic discusses the franchise and Lauren Faust's past works.
** Not to mention "Doctor Who: Lost in Time", where the first episode, "Wiped, Junked, But Not Forgotten" went ''very'' deep into detail concerning the lost episodes of ''Doctor Who''.
** In his review of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', he takes several moments to quote passages from Theatre/KingLear, MobyDick, and ParadiseLost, and explains how each story ties into the theme the overall movie. He also explains the history behind how the movie got made.
** The ''Series/TwinPeaks'' review was pretty impressive.
** His review of "Chain of Command" points out how the interrogation techniques in the episode (apart from the torture and drugs... probably) match techniques used by real-world police and military. This includes quotes from the US Army Field Manual on Interrogation.
** While he admits ''Stargate'' took some liberties and has some major face-palming elements, he praises the times they get the research right, like about how languages evolve and how Jackson couldn't speak ancient Egyptian despite being able to read it without hearing it spoken for a while due to not having a clue about the pronounciation of a language unspoken for 3000 years. He mentions that in contrast to other works by Creator/RolandEmmerich, ''Stargate'' might as well be a lecture by CarlSagan - and you don't actually feel dumber after watching it unlike ''TheDayAfterTomorrow'' or ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''.
** His review of Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' has him reading a passage of the original novella, ''WhoGoesThere'' at the beginning.
* SignificantAnagram: [[{{Foreshadowing}} He names his character]] in ''Knights Of The Old Republic'' "Traven Rhad." [[spoiler: It's an anagram for "Darth Revan."]]
* SincerityMode: [[SubvertedTrope In contrast to his usual]] [[DeadpanSnarker approach]], Chuck will occasionally make a point of gushing and talking at length about something he thought was done well, made him think, or just needed a [[SeriousBusiness sober explanation with less of the usual humor]].
** Such as the epilogue for the ''Tapestry'' review.
** Or the ''In The Pale Moonlight'' Coda.
** Or the Prime Directive rant.
** Maybe even the ''Passing Through Gethsemane'' Coda.
** And the dedication to Elizabeth Sladen at the end of the ''Seeds of Doom'' review.
** Also, in the ''Real Life'' review, when he compares the death of the Doctor's dying (holographic) daughter, to his own experience of almost losing his twin boys.
** In the re-upload of ''Shuttlepod One'', praises the professionalism of many of the actors in ''Enterprise'', who were let down because the writers and producers simply didn't seem to care about what they were giving them to work with.
* SinglePreceptReligion: The Bajoran religion is occasionally mocked for showing signs of this, but particularly in the review of "Children of Time" (''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'').
--> '''Kira''': I miss [First Minister Shakaar], but the last time we were on Bajor we went to the Kenda shrine, and we asked the prophets if we were meant to walk the same path.
--> '''Dax''': ...And?
--> '''Kira''': We're not.
--> '''Chuck''': Well... that's certainly a quick, neat, and ridiculous explanation. I'm surprised it wasn't revealed that he was a Leo and she was a Sagittarius, and their ''signs clashed''. If they ''do'', I don't know, I don't respect astrology enough to even look it up to accurately mock it. But they're really keeping it vague for such a life-changing decision, I mean, do they make use of one of the orbs to get some vision of the future? Is that how they found out? Or is this just asking some Vedec who was trying to take a nap?
--> '''Vedec''': *sleepy* Huh? What? No, you're not compatible, now go away, prophets be with you.
--> '''Random Bajoran''': Uh... Vedec? My father just died...
--> '''Vedec''': He's rotting in hell. Prophets be with you. Go away.
** This turns into a small BrickJoke when later in the episode we find out that Kira was killed when the Defiant accidentally jumped 200 years back into the past and crashed on a planet in the Gamma Quadrant.
---> '''Chuck''': Ah. Well, I have to credit them this much: I suppose dying 200 years in the past is a definite sign that you're not destined to be with somebody.
---> '''Vedec''': Ha! Told you! Prophets be with you. Fuck off.
* SinsOfOurFathers: His interpretation of the [[spoiler: Ninth Doctor]] following Day of the Doctor. [[spoiler: The War Doctor was the one who made the decision to burn Gallifrey but it's the Nineth Doctor who has to live with that decision and the universe it created.]] In Chuck's words, he was born with Original Sin.
** More humorously, he suggests that the reason why Worf is so disgusted by Alexander is that Klingon Religion states that Klingon Parents can go to Hell (well, Gre'thor, but same thing) for the dishonor of their children.
* SlicesDicesAndMakesJulienneFries: Spoofed the line in the ''Projections'' review, when "kinoplasmic radiation" is used to [[JustifiedTrope justify]] or HandWave almost every plot development.
-->'''SF Debris:''' What versatile radiation: it screws up all the computers, the transporters, ''and'' human brains. It slices, it dices, it cuts through a tin can and still slices through a tomato!
* SmallNameBigEgo: Invoked when he accuses ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' director Stuart Baird of this; Baird, at the time a well-regarded editor and fledgling action director, [[AccidentalMisnaming continually got [=LeVar=] Burton's name wrong]] (he called him ''Laverne''). Burton, who [[RenaissanceMan has many talents and has been recognized for all of them]], is highly esteemed by his peers and beloved by fans, and is an all-around nice guy, certainly did ''not'' deserve that treatment. As Chuck himself points out, it's basic courtesy and Baird should never have done it more than once.
** There's an added wrinkle that Chuck doesn't actually mention: Rick Berman wanted [=LeVar=] to direct, but Paramount went over his head to install Baird as director. In effect, Burton was being mistreated by the man who basically stole his job. [[LaserGuidedKarma No wonder he's more than happy to lay all the blame for the movie's failure at the guy's feet]].
* SmokeOut: Time onboad the Krenim ship has no meaning ("Year of Hell"), so Annorax can live forever, never aging because that has to do with "time." While continuing to breathe, eat, etc., since none of that to do with time because [[CallingYourAttacks FLASH BOMB!]] (screen goes white)
* SmugSnake: Chuck portrays Lutan from "Code of Honor" as a particularly unlikable Smug Snake, with his every attempt to project authority and confidence failing and instead coming off as entitled, childish, obnoxious idiocy.
* SoWasX: His retort to a TNG Admiral's assertion that "for 500 years, every ship that has borne the name of the ''Enterprise'' has become a legend! This one is no different."
-->"Which lumps the [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise NX-01]] into this group, too. Though I suppose you could argue the ''Titanic'' has become a legend."
** Tom was thinking along similar lines, as he drew inspiration from "an ancient steamship called the ''Titanic''." ("Year of Hell")
--->"For some reason I was thinking of a doomed ship Captained by someone who thoughtlessly steered the crew into harm's way, causing a disaster so legendary all would remember it for centuries to come."
** It's no accident that Janeway's ex-fiancee gave her a copy of ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]'' as a gift, either. ("Shattered")
--->'''Mark:''' For ''some reason'', I picked out the story about a man who journeys through the eternal torments of the damned! ''*chuckle which devolves into a whimper*''
** "''Voyager'' may not be as big as a ''Galaxy'' ship, but she's quick and smart -- like her Captain!" ("Relativity")
--->"...and of course devoid of a soul!"
** When reminded that ''Insurrection'' is supposed to be 'lighthearted and fun'' Chuck's rejoinder is that the last person who tried to combine Moral Dilemma + Lighthearted and Fun was the Clown in "The Thaw."
--->"You know, the '''''VILLAIN!'''''"
** Michael Pillar was convinced that [=LeVar Burton=] should submit Creator/RaymondChandler parody with [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Banean avian-headed femme fatales and cops]] for ''Emmy consideration''.
--->"I'm sure Ed Wood thought ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' was brilliant, too."
** In another moment of Pillerian inspiration: He decided that Ferengi female emancipation would ultimately result in [[InsaneTrollLogic Quark and Rom ending up in drag somehow]].
--->"...And like many ideas, like nerve gas and butt-chugging, this was a bad one."
** Likewise, the many "brave" gambles made by John Nathan-Turner in his classic, "The Twin Dilemma." However, like a BASE jump gone wrong, purposely flouting all story convention doesn't make the result suck less.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Lampshaded in his review of "Angel One", where the Federation go in prepared with the most up-to-date information they have on the planet... from over 62 years ago. Chuck points out how stupid it is that societies never seem to evolve in ''Trek'', noting that in 1950's America a black man could be arrested from drinking from the wrong fountain, but skip-forward to the present day and a black man has just been elected President for the ''second'' time.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: His review of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. The first time he ever reviewed a video game (it was actually [[LetsPlay a full-length annotated playthrough]], followed by his usual detailed analysis).
* SoOkayItsAverage: Declared this InUniverse of ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}''.
* SophisticatedAsHell: A common tactic of his, especially in his otherwise more "serious" videos, to remind everyone not to take him or what he says ''too'' seriously.
-->'''Chuck:''' Once again I will use the words 'magnetic balls' to show that I'm not anyone special myself.
* SoundtrackDissonance: When Eddington asks Sisko for a "rousing" song before they head into battle, Chuck inserts the Piña Colada Song.
** Janeway blowing up the Caretaker array to the accompaniment of banjo music. How apropos.
** The first video in "Profit and Lace" (Chuck's Christmas selection) plays Andy Williams over lesbian/gay spank material. The final video closes out with "The Little Drummer Boy" while Quark and his mother hurl vicious insults at each other offscreen. It's glorious.
** The ending montage in "The Fall of Night" is set to "Peace in Our Time" by Eddie Money. The ironic juxtaposition of this song against the images on screen is chilling.
** A brief history of Neelix's attempts at deception throughout the series. His faceplants are deserving of "[[MichaelJackson Smooth Criminal]]." ("Resistance")
** When weighing the triumphs of Trek's respective Captains -- forestalling the Borg invasion of Earth, sealing away the Pah-Wraiths and saving the entire Alpha Quadrant, preserving the very existence of all sapient life, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers getting into a sissy fight with some criminals on a catwalk]] -- we see Archer proudly accepting his accolades while [[TheKarateKid "You're the Best"]] blares. ("These Are the Voyages...")
* SpaceJews: Takes a hammer to the concept in his ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' review - or at least, the idea that the batarians match to Arabs because we've seen a lot of batarian terrorists and there was one batarian religious fanatic.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Parodied in "Forest of the Dead":
** Remember to recycle your paper, or your shadow will eat you.
** Remember to back up your data, or a computer will [[BodyHorror eff up your face.]]
* SpecialEditionTitle: Of a sort. While it's possibly just a holdover from when he was on YouTube, he doesn't use his theme for a number of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG's]] more dramatic episodes such as "The Measure of a Man", "Pen Pals", "Sarek" and "The Best of Both Worlds, parts 1 & 2", opting instead to open with a scene from the episode in question to set up the weight of the subject.
** When reviewing [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG's]] "Darmok", an episode about overcoming a language barrier, he uses the original German "99 Luftballons".
** For ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'''s "In a Mirror, Darkly, part 2", he played the theme backwards.
** "Emanations" (''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager VOY]]'') was his first YouTube review, and when it came time to remake the video for Blip.tv (it was one of the last Star Trek reviews to be remade), Chuck made [[http://blip.tv/sf-debris-opinionated-reviews/tng-emanations-review-6509738 a special intro montage]] to celebrate all of his ''Voyager'' reviews up to that point. The intro sequence starts as normal, but then the music stops and the video begins to reverse. The music is then replaced with ''Music/{{ACDC}}'''s "Highway to Hell", over video that is simply comprised of all of Chuck's VOY reviews, back to back, strongly {{Undercrank}}ed, and played in reverse.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He claims that the real reason why the Prophets call Ben Sisko "The Sisko" is his [[MemeticBadass memetic badassness]].
* SpoilerTitle: Among its many other faults, he calls out the ''Voyager'' episode "Memorial" for having one, as most of the story is a mystery about what's screwing with the crew's heads.
* SpoofAesop: Unrequited love is tragedy. ...Unless it leads to rampant sexual harassment, ''then'' it becomes comedy! ("Fascination")
** Well, I hope you girls have learned a valuable lesson: If you want to succeed, all you have to do is be superficial, put down your own gender, and take off your clothes, and the world is your oyster! ("Profit and Lace")
** He had a nice chortle over Etta Candy tut-tutting Wonder Woman for uttering a vulgarity. ''This'', coming off the heels of Diana torturing a perp in a previous clip.
--->"Remember kids: When you get mad, don't swear; get violent!"
** In "These Are the Voyages..." we learn the following: coming to terms with a miscarriage and the breakup of your relationship is not imporant. What ''is'' important is [[BigBrotherIsWatching spying on said personal lives]] from the future. (Riker even joins in the firefight without bothering to save Trip, causing Chuck to observe that it's turned into ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts Call of Duty: Ghost of the Franchise]]''.)
* {{Spoonerism}}: Seven getting bombed on synthehol at a party in "Timeless".
-->''(slurring)'' "Ah'm Borrrg you--dammit! ''Prepare to be stimulated! Feudalism is resilience!''"
** Scotty's mind seems to be... "elsewhere" in ''Wrath of Khan''.
--->'''Scotty:''' ''(carrying Preston)'' He's badly hurt, so I brought him up here to Sick Bay!\\
'''Kirk:''' This... this is ''the Bridge'', Scotty.\\
'''Scotty:''' And then I'm headin' back down to finish ''drinkin' ''the engines! ...I-I mean, repairing the ''scotch''! Er...[-crap.-].
* SpotlightStealingSquad: [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl]] became this a result of John Travolta's ego. Chuck states that Travolta was originally planned to be the hero of the film, but admitted he had gotten to old and out of shape for it, but wasn't too humble to still not have most of the focus of the film be on him, resulting in significant portions of it being written to allow him to chew the scenery.
* SpotTheThread: In his "Unreality" month where he reviewed episodes where reality and fantasy were warping into one another, he finds a common theme. "You may have thought you could fool us, hallucination, but you make the same mistake all the other hallucinations have made. You made Chakotay too lifelike, a dead giveaway!"
* StargateCity: He repeatedly references ''Series/StargateSG1'' being filmed in Canada, referring to Canada as SG-1's equivalent of KirksRock. Also, Canadian Druids.
* StatusQuoIsGod: For the times when ''Voyager'' doesn't even bother with the ResetButton. To mention one example, the episode "The Could" started off with the Voyager's replicators running low on... whatever it is that powers them. By the end of the episode they hadn't managed to get them refilled, yet in the next episode the replicators were used frivolously like the shortage never happened.
* StealthInsult: Much chortling over the selection of Janeway as the ''only'' officer fit to pose as a galaxy-ruling HiveQueen, even edging out Seven, who has ''actual experience'' serving as same! ("Bride of Chaotica")
-->'''Tom:''' He's a meglomaniac, so it's a good idea to appeal to his ego.\\
'''Janeway:''' Heheh! So clueless! ...Uhh tell me again why ''I'm'' the only one awesome enough to pull this off?
* TheStinger: In traditional [=MST3K=] fashion, playing a funny clip from the episode at the end. Voyager reviews are the exception, always ending on this exchange from The Thaw.
--> The Clown: I'm afraid.
--> Janeway: I knoooow.
* TheStoic: Chakotay is interpreted as "half Native American, half tree" as a gag on Robert Beltran's sometimes wooden acting.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: A rich, gold-filled in-universe vein of snark for his reviews of Star Trek episodes. SF Debris is able to spot these from a mile away.
** So when Bruce Maddox of the ''Next Generation'' episode "The Measure of a Man" ''wasn't'' this trope, he made sure to point it out.
--->"Normally in the Opinionated Guides, we defend the assholes, douchebags, and general antagonists when, objectively speaking, their behavior is understandable given the collection of starry-eyed, clicky, sugar-coated dogmatic zealots that they wind up going up against. But there is no defending [Bruce Maddox]."
** Believes that Seska's reasons for wanting to forge an alliance with the Kazon, for protection and backup in a region of hostile space, are incredibly pragmatic.
** The Unaired Wonder Woman pilot has the characters who fight for due process as sleazy criminals or people in the pocket of sleazy criminals. Much better to have a short-tempered, impulsive, violent super-woman who holds such concepts in contempt and is immune to prosecution ferret things out.
** While reviewing ''TorchwoodMiracleDay'', he points out that Jane Espenson's episodes tend to contrast with points explicitly made earlier - while the Catholic belief in the unborn is mocked, the Miracle's parameters lend credence to the idea that life starts at conception, and while a member of the Tea Party is presented as a fringe zealot, the next episode shows a form of "death panels" being used to determine who lives and who's annihilated. While Chuck is neither Catholic nor a Tea Partier, he has to question how effective a work's message is when the quick jibes are utterly contrasted by future events.
* StealthPun: In the "Body and Soul," he describes [[MateOrDie pon farr]] as "the need to do the Vulcan salute without the ring finger." Which would look [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shocker_(hand_gesture) a little something like this]].
* StockholmSyndrome: Suggests that Kes might have a form of this, theorising that as usual, Neelix simply forced himself into the unwanted position of "boyfriend" and eventually Kes just gave up trying to tell him to take a hike.
** Considers the villagers refusal to leave at the end of "Paradise" to be proof that they are suffering this, after years of torture and indoctrination at the hands of a mad despot.
** Why the people put up with Wonder Woman's actions.
--> "She pushes to be given time alone with this fellow that she actually put in the hospital in the first place, yeah, [[SarcasmMode that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all]]. But the detective, for some reason, decides to go along with it, because, well, nobody can say no to Wonder Woman. Or at the very least, no one ''dares'' to say no to Wonder Woman."
* StupidEvil: This is his main complaint about the MirrorUniverse episodes of ''Enterprise;'' everyone's so busy backstabbing each other that it's a wonder anything gets ''done.''
** The Borg Queen in "Unimatrix Zero", since it portrays her as a laughably incompetent villain.
** Darth Malak from ''Knights Of The Old Republic'' gets this for his laughably incompetent, over-the-top Salt The Earth tactics, as well as sending legions of droids to kill a man... who has a power that is labeled, quite literally, "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Destroy Droid]]."
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Used in the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' review:
-->Oh hear me speak, oh rhyming tree /\\
Your poet's speech is killing me /\\
So, pardon me if I seem blunt /\\
But knock it off, you stupid... jerk.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: A RunningGag with Chakotay.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Janeway's reputation in the Delta Quadrant precedes her -- even in holographic simulations. (''Living Witness'')
-->'''Janeway:''' ''(speaking too soon)'' I didn't do it. Except for the stuff that sounds good, ''that'' I did the hell out of!
** She accidentally blurted out the existence of "[[CompositeCharacter Kes-kotay]]" when Chakotay made an offhand remark in "Dark Frontier". She then protests that there's "only one", so if Chakotay kills it, then that constitutes genocide/suicide!
** When Seven comes looking for answers in the mess hall, Neelix automatially ducks under the counter and cries, " I swear that lice didn't come from me!" ("The Voyager Conspiracy")
--->'''Neelix:''' O-of course, I meant that they came from my ''spice'', and are completely unrelated to my scalp condition. Uh, powdered donut?
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* TakeAThirdOption: Neelix gives us the chestnut of "When the road before you splits into two, take the third path." Chuck responds, "The third path...would be back the way you came."
** Blames ''Voyager'' for abusing this trope by repeatedly putting the crew in a moral dilemma with two valid but questionable solutions - and then presents a third option which renders all the preceding moral contemplations and discussions moot.
** Hilariously done in ''Film/TheMatrix'' review. Neo finds several alternatives for the choice between 'blue or red pill'. "Do you have a green pill? Orange? Yellow? Can I take both?"
** In ''TNG: Haven'' Chuck declares that if he were trapped in a room with Lwaxana Troi, Neelix and Okona and had a gun with only two bullets, he would shoot ''himself''.
* TakeThat: Any given episode has a 50% chance of having one against either ''Voyager'' or ''Enterprise''.
** In "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the only crewman to speak in Gary Mitchell's defense "has the credibility of Bill O'Reilly." Spock contends that his judgement is better, as he has "no feelings", leading Chuck to concede that, okay, they ''both'' share similarities with O'Reilly.
** In "Where No '''One''' Has Gone Before" (''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]''):
---> '''Chuck''': "One actually-useful thing [Troi] does say, is that the assistant Kosinski brought over is... just blank. He may be occupying space, but he doesn't have any presence at all. Just like Joe Biden.'
** Same episode, when Data suggests sticking around near the M-33 Galaxy to do some exploration before trying to get back to our galaxy:
---> '''Chuck''': "There could be ''whole new species'' out here for him to find and surrender to! --But they could end up [[Series/StarTrekVoyager getting stranded out here and having to spend the entire rest of the series trying to get home]]. And who the hell wants to watch ''that'' crap?"
** Provides a subtle StealthInsult towards the ''infamous'' endings of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Kirk, in "The City On the Edge Of Forever," wonders what if he tried changing history again with the Guardian to get a different ending. The only difference is that everything is blue-lit instead of red-lit.
** Another less subtle shot at the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' non-ending comes in his review of [=DS9=] "Paradise", wherein his fury at the episode's TheBadGuyWins plot culminates in "Why don't you just make the audience choose between red, green and blue if you want to piss everyone off!"
** In TOS's "Doomsday Machine", Chuck laments that the Machine destroyed both sides and "kept on going, spreading misery long after it was relevant, like ''{{Series/Lost}}''."
** "Way to Eden's" hippie anthem which, if you were to buy if off [=iTunes=], would actually be [[EpicRocking longer than the iTunes contract itself]].
** When Spock's brain is stolen, Bones gives his prognosis as ''worse'' than death. "He's in ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Transformers 3]]'', Jim!"
** Kirk uncomfortably shifts in his seat as Sarek digs around through his brain (''The Search for Spock''). Sarek learns that the Shat smothered his great-grandmother ("Well, she ''was'' old."), is a chronic masturbator ("Alright, well, I just won't shake your hand anymore."), and liked ''Film/MeetTheSpartans''. This proves [[ArsonMurderAndjaywalking a bridge too far.]].
--->'''Sarek :''' You ''are'' a diseased brain, aren't you? No wonder my son didn't leave his ''katra'' in it.
** Fed up with the pomposity of first-season ''TNG'' in "The Neutral Zone," where the show tells us acquiring things is evil, he points out that it ''still'' costs a pretty penny to collect the show on DVD, and that even Gene Rodenberry himself has ripped people off in the past (he cites an incident where Gene wrote unused lyrics for the original ''Star Trek'' theme so he could get part of the credit, and thus part of the royalties). "And yet, what a perfect metaphor for 20th century Communism! Taking the credit for the people who do the actual work, all while spouting party doctrine!"
** Chuck also snarkily points out how ironic it was that the ''Voyager'' episode "Dark Frontier" had the crew engage in piracy, while the DVD had a label against it. This is definitely a TakeThat against Website/YouTube who took down his videos.
** While examining how the language in "Darmok" could work, he brings up how people can instinctively perform actions without thinking about the words that go with them, like braking when you see someone in the road... "unless it's Rick Berman."
** Compares Riker's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Jellico to how many writer's felt about Gene Roddenbery before he was KickedUpstairs.
--->'''Riker:''' You ARE arrogant, and closed-minded. You need to control everything and everyone. You don't provide an atmosphere of trust, and you don't inspire these people to go out of their way for you. You've got everybody wound up so tight, there's no joy in anything.
** "The Outcast" (TNG) presents us with a world of genderless beings. Kinda like a world of bisexuals. "It's like ''Torchwood'', where your choices are either [[EveryoneIsBi bisexual]] or [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Welsh]]."
** Gul Madred gloating to Picard that the ''Enterprise'' is destroyed, the invasion successful, that no one is ever going to come for him now, and ''{{Film/Masterminds}}'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking was a box office disaster!]] (TNG: "Chain of Command")
--->'''Chuck:''' Always best to slip in a little truth with your lies.
** When O'Brien accidentally points his sonic whistle at Quark, it "hits him like an [=iPod=] full of {{Music/Nickelback}}" and he collapses in agony. ("Playing God")
** Similarly, O'Brien dryly notes that with the invention of a Bashir EMH, Bashir can annoy hundreds of people he's never met. "It's like being Music/JustinBieber." ([=DS9=]:"Doctor Bashir, I Presume")
** "This is a pyramid! One of the most mysterious objects in nature!" ([=DS9=]: "The Begotten")
--->"At least, that's what I've heard on DiscoveryChannel's ''In Search of Ancient Claptrap.''"
** A writer's room reenactment of Ronald D. Moore. (TNG: "Genesis")
--->'''RDM:''' You know I'm a sucker for dark corridors and phones with cords on them. Hell, [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined I could do a whole series on that!]]
*** In "The Defector", Michael Pillar nicks one of Moore's lines of dialogue for his own script, "The Best of Both Worlds". This leads Moore to scoff, "Hah! As if that script will ever overshadow this one."
*** [[invoked]]Janeway's retort to Leonardo Da Vinci, who suggests that she pray for deliverance. (VOY: "Scorpion.") No hitting below the belt, Chuck:
---->"If I start praying now, the only way I'll ever make it to Earth is if I start [[TheChrisCarterEffect spouting bullshit prophecies]] and a bunch of angelic hallucinations start patronizing me. I'd rather try to get back to Earth in a rowboat!"
*** In "The Voyager Conspiracy", the inventor of a graviton catapult takes a moment to throw shade on both shows at once.
---->''(laughingly)'' "Well, what ''else'' was I supposed to do? [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough Just fly towards home and hope I got lucky?]]"
*** Janeway gravely quotes the Cylon creed ("All of this has happened before...") after predicting the future in "Fury." However, when Chakotay asks if that is true, she snaps "''No.'' When I break a time loop [[ScrewDestiny it damn well stays broken!]]"
---->'''Chuck''': Janeway broke a time loop by shooting at it! ''That's'' how she rolls!
** Chuck's Janeway offers a plausible excuse for why she [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/star-trek/10754474/Kate-Mulgrew-duped-into-geocentric-documentary-voiceover.html provided the voiceover for a pseudoscience documentary]]. Whoops. ("Future's End")
---> '''Janeway''': "For the last time, I never said that the universe revolves around the Earth. I said the universe revolves around ''[[ItsAllAboutMe me!]]''"
** Flashing back to 1998, Steve Jobs offers to let GeorgeLucas in on the ground floor of his [=iPad=]. Feh! {{It will never catch on}}. ([=DS9=]: "Timeless")
--->'''George:''' [[{{Pixar}} Traitor!]] It'll be [[TemptingFate a cold day in hell before I ever work with Disney]]! I'm going to let you go and go back to writing the speeches for all the Oscars I'm gonna win, okay?"
** For Vulcans, a repressed memory can cause brain damage until the patient tries to lobotomize himself. "Kind of like what happens when you watch an Creator/UweBoll film." (VOY: "Flashback")
** "Not since ''DoubleJeopardy'' have I seen such a ludicrous concept with the window dressing of a legal thriller." (VOY: "Ex Post Facto")
** Chakotay/Seven - "The kind of hot, steamy romance science fiction has been known for since ''AttackOfTheClones''."
** Tom's run the numbers, and the results aren't good. "We've built an Edsel! A lemon! A disaster waiting to happen!!" (VOY: "Timeless")
--->"It's called {{UPN}}!"
** We pan on Creator/SarahSilverman wheedling away her days at [=SETI=], hopelessly listening for sounds of intelligent life in space, and Chuck responds that the audience feels the same way listening to her. ("Future's End")
** It's only natural that the Xindi would select 2004 AD to begin annihilating the human race, and they'd want to disintegrate {{Music/Eminem}} first. (ENT: "Carpenter Street")
** When Riker, as "Chef", indulges himself by playing every single role on the ''NX-01'', Chuck proclaims him the Creator/QuentinTarantino of space. (ENT: "These Are the Voyages...")
*** Also made fun of in the review of "Out of Gas" from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' when the injured Zoe is administered adrenaline and later Mal [[ShotToTheHeart jabs himself in his own heart, too]]. Chuck reflects that one really shouldn't take medical advice from Tarantino films.
** ThatOtherWiki has assured us that a ''Red Dwarf'' reboot is ''going'' to happen, "and hey, if you can't trust an encyclopedia that can be edited by a small child, then clearly ''no'' source is safe!"
** ''The Day After'' - "No telling who or ''what'' it could be out there. That's why he has be ready with that shotgun, he has to be ready for ''whatever horror comes through that door.''
--->"Hi, I'm Steve Guttenberg!"\\
'''"[[GetOut YOU GIT THE HELL OUTTA HERE!!]]'''"
** Chuck relates the story of why the Xenomorph was designed as a collection of dicks and teeth. "It was this or the ''PennyArcade'' guys, really."
** When wondering who in Marvel would be so horrible as to want a blu-ray release of [[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Duck]] the video goes to [[JoeQuesada Joe Quesada]] with [[Franchise/StarWars Imperial March]] playing.
** David Clennon's iconic "You gotta be fucking kidding" from ''The Thing'' would later becomes the public's reaction to this thespian's later work, ''Film/GhostsOfMars''.
** When Batman drops Maroni off a building, Chuck says "That's for [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie}} the Doctor Who movie!]]"
** Agent Smith removing Neo's mouth, depriving him of [[KeanuReeves his greatest assets as an actor]]: "whaa...?" "duuude", and "unnh?"
** In his review of ''Stargate'', when someone talks about "Men from Atlantis".
--> '''Chuck:''' ''Men from Atlantis'', ah ah, that'd be a real crap [[Series/StargateAtlantis show]] wouldn't it?
** When discussing how SeanBean is a ChronicallyKilledActor, says he's not sure if he was killed in ''Film/SilentHill'', because that would require him to actually ''watch'' ''Film/SilentHill'' and there are limits to what [[EvenNerdsHaveStandards even he will do]].
** A little of the Doctor's "jiggery pokery" can send cell phone signals 5 billion year away.
--->"Wow, maybe if he used the sonic screwdriver on it, too, he ''just might'' be able to pick up a signal from [=AT&T=]."
** From "The Parting of the Ways":
--->'''Anne-droid:''' [[AC:What ancient building was the cobalt pyramid built on?]]\\
'''Chuck:''' Oh, that's not fair! As if '''anyone''' watches ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''!!
** In the "Day of the Doctor", we're led into a basement filled with art deemed too dangerous for humanity to see. Among the works is the ''Jar Jar Binks Animated Dancing Hour'', which the Queen is holding onto [[SuckinessIsPainful in case of a planetary war]].
** In his review of ''Farscape'''s "Liars, Guns, and Money I", Chuck figures that the only way the Moya crew's heist of the shadow depository can go wrong even after the entire crew escapes with the loot is if said loot turns out to be in bitcoin. When the money turns out to be disguised metal eating spiders, Chuck insists that the spiders are still better than bitcoin.
** Jool's [[IAteWhat urine-spiked]] home remedy, also known as "[=PBR=]" among earthlings. ("Different Destinations"), not to mention his dig about planetary memorials that tend to mind rape the visiters ala [[StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]
** RobLiefeld comes to mind when observing Dark City, a dystopia filled with anachronisms and crafted by gods with no creativity or good taste.
** Makes a much deserved TakeThat at renowned anti-vaccine advocate Jenny [=McCarthy=], comparing her to the nanogenes in "The Doctor Dances" (believing they're saving the world when they're really destroying it).
** Whenever possible, he makes a jab at Vladimir Putin, calling his running of Russia a "USSR tribute cover band."
* TakeThatAudience: "Masks": "What does it feel like...when a person is losing his mind?"
-->'''Chuck:''' In my experience, the first impulse is to start forwarding irrelevant shit to my email.
** Following his review of ''TMP'', Chuck pauses in the middle of the other TOS films to describe the hate mail he's getting lately. Some die-hards criticized him for using profanity in the review -- curse words that are later used by Kirk himself in ''Star Trek V''.
--->"Apparently, if you like ''TMP'', you didn't watch any more ''Trek'' films."
** In "Past Tense" he says that he hates reviewing "message" episodes, since it inevitably results in him simultaneously being accused of being a hippie, a warhawk, and a wimpy centrist.
* TakeThatMe: Jokes in his review of "Rose" that Clive's obsession with the Doctor has caused even Clive's own family to think he's an internet lunatic.
--> '''Chuck''': Poor people, having to put up with this hobby taking over... *yells offscreen* Get out! I told you, I am NOT playing, I am ''working''!
** The end-episode caption for ''First Contact'' compared the film to "My Prom Date; [[BrainlessBeauty Stupid But Fun]]"
** In "Blood Oath" he mentions that the titular blood oath has been going on for 80 years "which is also the time it takes for me to respond to an email".
** A particularly arbitrary Stupid Neelix Moment in "The Swarm." Rather than a clip of the episode playing us out, we instead see footage from "[[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4yywcpVuY1qj720qo1_400.gif What's Opera, Doc?]]"
** ''Gattica'' - Can we afford to feed, clothes and house hundreds of thousands of people with inferior genes, who "do nothing but complain about ''Star Trek'' all day"? Food for thought!
* TakingYouWithMe: Duly notes that Neelix - who was indignant at being told to wear a safety harness earlier ([[SarcasmMode expert climber]] that he is) - immediately grabs onto Torres' legs when he takes a tumble, nearly killing both of them.
* TalkLikeAPirate: Has recently become an increasingly-common gag.
** "Rocks and Shoals" (''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]]'') has the first example of this, when Keevan the Vorta opens a box of Ketracel White only to discover there's only one vial left.
--->'''The Third''': It... just sounded like you were going to say "[[CurseCutShort Oh shit]]".\\
'''Keevan''': ...What? ''No''! I-- I was saying "Oh... '''[[LastSecondWordSwap shiver me timbers]], thar be White here!'''"
** In the ''Series/TwinPeaks'' review, Chuck's voice for Nadine is always this because... she has an eyepatch. Seems legit.
** In "Brothers" (''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]''), when Data hijacks the ship.
--->'''Chuck''': A wee bit o' piracy, yarrrr!
*** Later in the same episode he is referred to as "Gold-face the Pirate, yarrrr!"
*** And finally, Chuck refers to [[BrickJoke Tasha Yarrrrr]]!
** A bartender lady wearing an eye-patch in the ''Film/BladeRunner'' review serves Deckard a drink.
--->'''Chuck''': Made it with me'own urine, yarrr!
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: "Author, Author", which features a Holonovel that Chuck wryly describes as "What happens if you watch my show and then try to write a ''Voyager'' episode".
-->'''Doctor:''' As far as I know, Captain, you haven't executed any of my patients. ''(cut to Tuvix being killed)''
** The term "black holes" falls out of usage by the time Will Decker mentions them in ''The Motion Picture''. ...Except amongst Ferengi, Vulcans, Trills, Data, and Q. Ahem.
** In "Death Wish", Janeway lauds Q for his honesty. This calls for a StupidStatementDanceMix, Music/FleetwoodMac-style!
--->'''Q:''' I think you've uncovered [[InformedAttribute my one redeeming virtue]].
** "Up the Long Ladder" juxtaposes alien refugees being reduced to breeding stock (which is played for laughs) with the Borg essentially doing the same thing to the ''Enterprise'' a year later.
--->'''Chuck:''' Huh, I guess I got that backward.
* TaughtByTelevision: We slag off on Harry Kim's complete ignorance of history, but his crew mates aren't much better. Witness the Doctor's summary of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in "The Killing Game" Pt. 2.
-->'''UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt''': ''The only thing we have to fear is Franchise/{{Batman}}.''
* TeachHimAnger: Chuck points out a scene in "The Descent" ([[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]) where Data comes into Troi's office with unsolved rage issues, only for Troi to encourage him to explore his rage further. Unsurprisingly, much like Troi's other endeavors, this results in complete disaster.
* {{Technobabble}}: The secret is to take two scientific terms and mash them together, even if you don't know what they mean. He then gives some examples, while stating what they actually would be.
--->'''Chuck (about the phrase "hull plating offline"):''' "...IT'S BROKEN! It's ARMOR! You BROKE it! IT'S ''GONE''!"
** A BerserkButton of his seems to be pressed when ''Voyager'''s Technobabble isn't even consistent with ''itself'', which unfortunately happens a lot.
** He also goes out on a limb and says that Technobabble goes against basic good television if you lean too heavily on it.
* TemptingFate: On ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'':
-->"They've clearly gone out of their way with all this stuff to not have that [[TheSixties sixties-era]] feel to it, instead be a timeless piece of-- [cue Bones, [[OutdatedOutfit with a full beard and wearing a giant medallion over his all-white Jedi robe]]] --'''the''' '''''hell'''''??!
** Aeryn Sun cranking up the Aurora Chair to eleven, leaving Crais screaming in agony. "Ouch," Chuck winces, "I really can't imagine anything worse."
--->[cut to Chiana & Rygel [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction behind a steamed porthole, with Rygel's hand pressed against the glass]]]
--->"'''''AAUUUGH--!!'''' Damn my imagination!"
** His response to a homeless bum settling a dispute over stolen bread... by [[JudgmentOfSolomon breaking the bread in half]]. ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan "Daleks in Manhattan"]])
--->'''Chuck:''' That's ''[[SarcasmMode brilliant]]'' justice, taking a page from Solomon there! Who are you?\\
'''Bum #1:''' I'm starvin', Solomon!\\
'''Chuck:''' [-oh, this is gonna be a long day.-]
** In "The Wire," Garak gives Bashir a new book about the Klingons and Cardassians being at war with each other.
---> '''Chuck:''' Bah! Like THAT is ever gonna happen!
** This bit from "A Night in Sickbay"
--->'''Chuck:''' So far, we've had the fart joke, the pee joke, the Decon Chamber erotica, and we're not even though the first act yet. What next, more water polo?! (cuts to a scene featuring a water polo game) This...is the worst Christmas ever.
* TestosteronePoisoning: When Sisko, Spock and Kirk were in the same frame in "Trials and Tribble-ations" Chuck claims that his computer froze up and nearly broke as though it sensed the sheer awesomeness of that situation.
* ThatOneRule: "Persistence of Vision": A vision of his disapproving father asks Tom Paris several questions, which Tom successfully answers, until he asks him to explain [[CricketRules the Leg Before Wicket rule]].
* ThemeSong: One for every series, and one for the movies, most of them being {{Real Song Theme Tune}}s (though ''Series/RedDwarf'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', ''Film/FlashGordon'', ''Series/TheXFiles[[note]](It's the Blue Man Group cover version of the X-files theme)[[/note]]'', and ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandaloneComplex'' use their own respective themes, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' and ''Manga/KannazukinoMiko'' use their ''ending'' themes, "Magia" and "Agony" respectively, and ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'', oddly enough, has ''no'' theme song), generally dating from the same era, and usually with some thematic connection to their respective series:
** ''TOS'': "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" as covered by, of course, WilliamShatner.
** ''TNG'': "99 Red Balloons" by Nena[[note]](which notably contains the lyric "Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]])[[/note]]".
*** Chuck used "Harleys and Indians (Riders in the Sky)" on the last few ''TNG'' reviews that were posted to Website/YouTube, after they started disabling the audio on some of the TNG videos with "99 Red Balloons."
*** The episode "Up the Long Ladder" used "Funky Ceili" by Black 47, thanks to the plot point about the Irish stereotypes on the Enterprise.
*** The episode "Skin of Evil" used "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan in tribute to Tasha Yar's death.
** ''Deep Space Nine'': "The Mystic's Dream" by Loreena [=McKennitt=].
*** For the [=DS9=] episode ''Sacrifice Of Angels'' he added the theme from ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' as a closing theme tune.
*** "Statistical Probabilities" opened with the guest star's performance of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9ht-5RmO9E Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do]]", from that episode's followup, "Chrysalis".
** ''Voyager'': "Harleys and Indians (Riders in the Sky)" by Roxette.
*** In an attempt to lend some dramatic weight to "Basics" Pt 2. opened with "Bonnie Portmore" by Loreena [=McKennitt=]. Part 3 opened with instrumentals apparently taken from ''Battlestar Galactica''.
*** And for kicks, he opened [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager's]] "Death Wish" with Janeway saying Q isn't a liar, then showing all the times Q lied (or was said to be a liar), set to Music/FleetwoodMac's "Little Lies". (See also, TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat)
*** Aptly enough, "[[WelcomeToHell Highway to Hell]]" by AC/DC, to commemorate his fifth anniversary ("Emanations"). It starts off with the standard "Harleys and Indians (Riders in the Sky)", but only for about a second.
*** "Fair Haven"'s companion video, Holograms and Ethics, opened with a Vitamin String Quartet tribute to "Back in Black". This may be a call back to ''Blade Runner'' below.
*** "Blink of an Eye" uses Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker" as the Voyager is referred to as "the Ground Shaker, the Light Bringer!"
*** "Barge of the Dead" closed with "Inline Skates" by German band Funny Fux, apparently so awful that Chuck expects it to play at the gates of Hell.
** ''Enterprise'': "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down. Back when he was on YouTube, Chuck once mentioned that he picked it because a song about Superman going insane seemed to fit Archer. It's also a reference to a scene wherein Archer randomly hops down from a catwalk looking like Superman landing. The second episode of "Through A Mirror Darkly" plays it ''backwards'' to support the dark-mirror theme.
** ''Trek'' Movies: "[[{{Monk}} It's A Jungle Out There]]" by RandyNewman. (♪ You better pay attention, cause this world we love so much [[DroppedABridgeOnHim might - just - kill - you....]] ♪)
*** The bumper music for ''Star Trek V'' was "WhatIfGodWasOneOfUs", in reference to Shatner finding God in...[[AGodAmI himself?]]
---->'''Kirk:''' That's right boys, I'm God. Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! Mwu ha ha.
*** Though for ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'' he switched it with a ShoutOut to Patrick Stewart's speech in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', complete with its theme music.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries TAS]]'': "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos.
** ''Series/DoctorWho'': "Good Lovin'", though a variation of the ''Doctor Who'' theme played during the Cyberman episodes from ''The Moonbase''.
*** "Good Lovin'" is also the RealSongThemeTune from the old sitcom ''Series/DoctorDoctor''. Chuck's opening video even seems to be inspired by the show's credits (seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmDurvRTXEw here]]).
*** For the 50th Anniversary, and as of his review of ''The End of the World'', the theme changed to a theme remix by Grubbo.
*** For his [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/doctorwho/dwjh.asp Doctor Who?]] speculation video, "Devil Inside" by Music/{{INXS}}
*** For his [[http://sfdebris.com/videos/doctorwho/spedotd.php review]] of ''[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]'', he used "Dust in the Wind" by {{Music/Kansas}}
** ''Film/NightOfTheComet'': "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany.
** ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'': "I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy Cliff
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': "All Along The Watchtower" by Music/JimiHendrix
** ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins. The choral bits and almost tribal, mystical sound of the song make it a perfect fit.
** ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings - The Two Towers'': "People Ain't No Good", performed by Nick Cave.
** ''Franchise/MassEffect'' - "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult, since the main villains of the franchise are called Reapers.
*** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOAiT7jzZzI&feature=channel_video_title trailer]] is even better. "[[Music/{{Aqua}} I'm a blonde single girl in a fantasy world...]]"
** ''Series/TwinPeaks'': "Way Back Home" by BingCrosby.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "The Sound of Silence" by SimonAndGarfunkel.
*** For the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bYbD8arWDs&feature=feedu trailer]], "Hero" by Nickelback. Wait, wait, come back, it works!
** ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "Ride the Wind" by Music/{{Poison}}.
** ''Film/BladeRunner'': "Who Made Who" by Music/{{ACDC}}.
** ''Series/{{Threshold}}'': "The Times They Are A-Changin'" by BobDylan.
** ''TheManFromEarth'': What else? "WhoWantsToLiveForever" by {{Queen}}![[note]](For posterity's sake, the original trailer featured "Baba Yetu" before [=YouTube=] pulled it.)[[/note]]
** ''Film/{{Alien}}'': [[IronicNurseryTune "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"]] from ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''.
** ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': "One Night In Bangkok" from ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'', as performed by Murray Head.
** ''Film/HowardTheDuck'': "Loser" by Music/{{Beck}}.
** ''{{Evangelion}}'': "Eve of Destruction" by Barry [=McGuire=].
** ''TheDayAfter'': "The Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash
** ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'': Gets two, "The Old Ways" by Loreena [=McKinnet=] and "Baba Yetu" by Christopher Tin.
** ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' & ''Series/StargateSG1'': "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (Which doubles a nice bonus as ''Series/StargateSG1'' would often reference ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and even outright spoof it in one episode).
** His 5th anniversary ClipShow kicks off with the DiscoveryChannel's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC1yLD7R0ZU I Love the world]]", with characters from all of the aforementioned recaps singing along.
--->'''Londo:''' ''I love to take a drink!''\\
'''Sisko:''' ''I love to hit things''\\
'''Data:''' ''I love my lifeforms''\\
'''Worf:''' ''[[{{Headdesk}} I hate when Data sings]]''
** ''WesternAnimation/WallE:'' "I Like To Move It" by Real 2 Real, a reference to Wall-E's assigned task on Earth.
** ''[[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Wonder Woman]]'': "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" from ''{{Gigi}}'', sung by Maurice Chevalier (who might have recanted, had he seen this show).
** ''WesternAnimation/AllStarSuperman'': "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting.
** ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'': Mix between Pandora's Music Box and Lullaby, both by ''Music/NoxArcana''.
** ''Film/DarkCity'': "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House (director Alex Proyas also directed the music video for this song, and they share certain themes)
** ''MobileSuitGundam0080'': "Mr. Roboto" by Styx
** The ''{{Franchise/Godzilla}}'' films: "Big in Japan" by Alphaville.
** ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': "Panama" by Music/VanHalen.
** ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': "Never Surrender" by Corey Hart, partially due to this being the CatchPhrase of one of the characters.
** ''Literature/WorldWarZ'': "The Trooper" by Music/IronMaiden
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: He describes ''SG-1's'' iris like this: bad guys travel at beyond lightspeed to smash into a titanium wall.
-->''(The sounds of Jaffas smashing into the Iris as they come out the Stargate, then the gate shuts down)''
-->'''Walter:''' Wormhole disengaged.
-->'''Chuck:''' Someone bring a hose. A really big hose!
** [[{{Averted}} Averted]] in his [[TheDayAfter The Day After]] review, where he describes the effects of a nuke detonating as being "such a level of overkill it would be funny if it wasn't so sad".
* TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste: Suggested that, since Q leaving VOY stranded is such a blatant plot hole, the series might as well have ended with Q just snapping his fingers and sending them home. ("[=Q2=]"). It makes about as much sense as a Borg transwarp tunnel which the Queen never got around to using.
* [[invoked]] TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Chuck suggests many avenues in which characters could have developed, particularly characters that did not receive any development during the course of the shows.
** In a video dedicated entirely to Kes, he theorizes that had her character arc been better planned out, she could have been an effective "River from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''" type character. He also thinks TPTB removing Kes when they did was a waste of Torres, as this could have created an interesting love triangle between Tom/B'Elann/Kes. Even more so that in "Year of Hell" where her knowledge of the future from "Before and After" could come into play, would she hesitate in warning B'Elanna to step away from the console that was going to kill her?
** Chuck repeatedly mentions that Seven of Nine was a great character who was wasted in Voyager and suggests that instead of being forced to have Humanity thrust upon her, she could have remained as a Borg for her first season and slowly come to embrace humanity, which would have given her far more depth to her character development.
*** He then went on to make her the hero in his {{Crossover}} fanfic TheUnitySaga... and promptly wasted her, as she was acting for two novels and a half as a borderline suicidal lunatic. Constantly switching back and forth between Borg mode and Human mode also turned out to be a very bad idea.
** In his review of Star Trek (2009) he points out that Nero was far more fleshed-out and sympathetic in the comic book tie-in to the film. He points out Nero could have been the most compelling Trek villain since Khan, and gives a chilling monologue regarding the villain's motivations, finishing with a lament that instead of an effective villain, Nero's lack of on-screen development put him across as some "emo with a trident."
** In his review of "Non Sequitur," he points out a way the episode could have been infinitely more compelling and developed Harry Kim's character - instead of having him fight being planted in a branching timeline from the very start, have him go with it, [[CannotSpitItOut tell the truth to everyone who thinks he's acting so weird]], and only have him consider going back to Voyager after he learns that his inaction in this timeline resulted in Paris' death.
** Suggests that if "Year of Hell" had been a full season arc as they had planned, Harry Kim should have been the only one to remember those events after the ResetButton, leaving him as the battle-hardened veteran of a year that never was. This would have allowed the audience to see Harry trying to adjust to a ''Voyager'' he's now a stranger on, as well as his difficulty dealing with the lost friends and colleagues that he'd mourned, alive and well again.
** In "Bliss," he says he likes Qatai, noting that W. Morgan Sheppard gives a performance that elevates him from a forgettable bit character and wonders if he couldn't have replaced Neelix, since a grizzled [[AloofAlly aloof outsider]] native to a strange region of space was what Neelix's character was ''supposed'' to be before the writer's turned him into [[TheScrappy odious comic relief]]. He suggests that Neelix could have performed a HeroicSacrifice to kill the creature and his place could have been filled with Qatai, who with the death of the creature and nothing to go back home to, now had a reason to join the crew.
** '''They Wasted a Perfectly Good Ending!''': In "Waltz", Chuck joined the consensus of fans who believed Gul Dukat's tragic fall was complete and that he should have died on that planet, rather than being re-animated into a soap opera villain a la [[Series/DaysOfOurLives Stefano [=DeMira=]]] for the remainder of the show's run.
** '''They Wasted a Perfectly Good Race!''': In his review of "Acquisition" he notes how for a fleeting moment the episode manages to make the Ferengi look truly intimidating, and muses about how things might have turned out if that had always been the case with them.
** '''They Wasted a Perfectly Good Director!''': When reviewing the episode ''Timeless'', he talks about how great [=LeVar=] Burton was at directing this episode, how he worked with the actors to get them to give their best performance, and laments how utterly screwed he got when the higher-ups decided to hand the reins of ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' over to Stuart Baird.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: One of his major in-universe peeves against ''Voyager'', as he often points out where it actually has some good, original ideas, but utterly fails to do anything worthwhile with them, such as in "The 37's", "Alliances" and "Waking Moments". Generally, the show was content to coast off fumes and market its hackneyed writing as {{Camp}}. Best summed up in his re-upload of "The 37's", he says that rather than hating Voyager, he's only disappointed that the writers never bothered to take advantage of any of the opportunities they had.
--> '''Chuck''': ''[[[SincerityMode Sincerely]]]'': You could be [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre so much more]] than what you are.
** The end-of-episode epitaph for "Scorpion" (the 10 out of 10 episode) cheekily read, "If Only We Had A Show About This Kind of Thing"
** In another review, he flat-out says that Voyager is "Where potential goes to die".
** Virtually all ''Trek'' end-season cliffhangers cause him great confusion. It's long been Trek policy for the departing writer to write a 100% no-win scenario for our heroes, then leave the mess for somebody else to resolve next year. It got to the point where the recurrence of a ''prop'' in "Equinox Pt. 3" left Chuck [[DamnedByFaintPraise utterly floored.]]
--->"One piece of info they dropped in the first part that they ''actually wound up using''! Believe me, no one was more surprised than I!"
** He claims [[InUniverse in his review]] that a key difference between SoBadItsGood and DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible is that the latter embodies this trope.
** His big complaint in Basics is this, especially since it's obvious he enjoyed some parts of it, but that it eventually transformed in yet another "planet of the week".
** He brings this up again in ''The 37s'', where he lays out all the interesting elements of the episode...none of which have been put to good use. Amelia Earhart on a planet in the Delta Quadrant full of displaced humans would have been a very tempting crisis for the crew to face dramatically, with Earhart herself being such a beacon of charisma and leadership that she could wind up ''unintentionally'' dividing the crew in two. He also notes that, since it wouldn't make any sense that a civilization with the ability to drag in humans all the way from the Alpha Quadrant could possibly be completely wiped out by them, it would be a possibility that the aliens had simply lost track of that particular settlement, and the Voyager crew waking up the 37's could have alerted them, forcing a confrontation between Voyager and a new, potentially very powerful opponent. Chuck says the whole episode feels like the set-up for a two-parter that never got its second part.
** "The Void" features ''Voyager'' being pulled in by an unknown force and trapped in a hostile region of space, the crew forced to make alliances with unsavory characters in order to survive and all the while dealing with their dwindling resources and power. Chuck points out that after 6 years and a dozen episodes from the finale, the writers of ''Voyager'' finally seemed to realise the premise of the entire show!
** An inversion of sorts: In response to a bogus rumor that Edward James Olmos was considered for the part of Janeway, Chuck ruminates that we'd see "a lot more of Neelix being bludgeoned with a flashlight, so that's one serious loss we've suffered." The VOY premiere would have doubled as the Series Finale, with the crew getting home immediately after throwing the Kazons [[ThrownOutTheAirlock Out the Airlock]].
** According to him, it would have taken very little to make "These Are the Voyages..." a proper tribute to each show in the franchise. For one, actually seeing Archer's [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome galaxy-unifying speech]] which inspires Riker. Or, failing that, having Riker echoing Archer's words to illustrate the long chain of Starfleet heritage. Or, at the very least, having Riker converse with ''Archer'' and not a random smattering of crewmen below decks. As it stands, both worlds seems to stand apart, with virtually no traffic between TNG and ENT (beyond a sentence or two of lip service) and making it all the more easy to disregard ENT in the canon.
** ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' revolves around an attempt by the Federation to underhandedly appropriate a planet that magically heals sick and wounded people. Given the stardate reported during the movie, this plot takes place during the events of the Dominion War, when the Federation is being badly battered by a rival space empire. Chuck points out how unlikely it is that Worf (or, for that matter, Riker or Geordi, whose blindness was cured by said planet) would pass up such an advantage during wartime, when this planet could help turn the tide and possibly prevent ''the destruction of the Federation''. The film logically should have shown the crew split into two -- with Picard and the Prime Directive enthusiasts on one side, and Riker and the war-hardened pragmatists on the other -- each group trying to outwit the other.
** He speculates in his review of "Out of Gas" what could the creators have done with the universe and the characters of ''Series/{{Firefly}} if the show hadn't been cancelled.
** Incidentally, he mentions it in his reviews of ''Stargate'', combining it with TropesAreNotBad: The potential of the Stargate, and its world changing implications had not been really explored by the movie, and he credits this as why ''Series/StargateSG1'' succeeded where many series based on films died: Because this huge element was untouched by the movie, it left the door wide open for the series to do so.
** He suggests that in the 2011 ''[[Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot Wonder Woman]]'' pilot, a better plot would have been Diana Prince (as a separate character) acting in the shadows to do the right thing while the KnightTemplar Wonder Woman is a gloryhound and monster worshipped by the city. When that Wonder Woman is done in by her own hubris, Diana steps up to thwart the villain and take her place and live up to the actual ideals of Wonder Woman rather than the monster she has been.
** He has also repeatedly stated that he considers the ''Star Trek: Enterprise'', Temporal Cold War arc, to be a waste of potential as it really went nowhere and was resolved too easily. He gives his own version of the storyline which is that the Vulcans knew about the War and the reason why they were spying on the Andorians is because they were afraid that the Sulibans were infiltrating their ranks, and that they tried to slow down humanity's development to keep them out of it only for them to accidentally stumble onto it, and that eventually Archer would have to sacrifice [[RetGone the very existence of his Enterprise]] [[HeroicSacrifice to ensure]] [[TheFederation the Federation]] comes to existence even though no one will remember them at all. This would've explained away the [[StrawVulcan uncharacteristic behaviour]] the Vulcans had in the early Enterprise episodes as well as [[ContinuitySnarl why the events of this series were never referenced in any of the other series]].
** Believes that Braga was ''right'' to want to have an entire season of ''Voyager'' dedicated to the "Year of Hell", instead of a two-parter with a rather lame ResetButton that rendered all of the events meaningless.
** Chuck notes that "Jetrel" does have elements to elevate it above the average work for VOY. For instance, the Talaxians could very well have been the aggressors in the war, with Haakonians finishing the matron cascade in a desperate attempt to avoid total defeat. This could have gone a long way to make the episode a bit more complex rather than "Oh, the atomic bomb was completely wrong!" as Trek usually does with historical issues.
** He also expresses his dissatisfaction with ''Voyager's'' finale "Endgame" for taking two elements (time travel and the Borg) that could've made for a great finale and failing to do anything good with them, leading to him (much like in his "Cold Front" review) to tell his own version of the ending which includes a future where Voyager does indeed return home but the Borg, having assimilated the second caretaker and her powers, have launched a full scale invasion of the Federation and have assimilated Vulcan and Earth. The surviving Voyager crew propose a plan to use captured Borg time travel technology to send a probe containing all the information and equipment Past!Voyager in the Delta Quadrant would need to prevent this future from occurring and in the process of altering history results in '''causing''' the Temporal Cold War that ''Enterprise'' would have to deal with.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Chuck is taken aback in "Shattered" when Janeway, distracted by an alternate-universe (and dying) Tuvok, ''sets down an untouched carafe of coffee and steps away from it.'' Now we '''know''' it's serious.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: In his review of "Daleks in Manhattan," a character who acts like King Solomon is actually named Solomon causes Chuck to have this reaction.
** Chuck asks, in the first episode of ''Full Moon'', what the anime is going to be like. Cue the opening credits of the anime, intercut with a disgusted[=/=]horrified looking Spock and a facepalming Picard, and finished up by Chuck simply going "Oh fuck." And to top it all off, a clip of Galvatron screaming that "This is Bullshit" in Japanese.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Not a big fan of this trope in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' when discussing the Borg using time travel to assimilate Earth and why the good guys don't use it more often. "And before anyone tries to bring the whole parallel reality argument in...don't. If that's true, then it invalidates when it IS used. You can't have it both ways, that the only time that it works just the right way is when the plot says that it's okay and the rest of the time you can't use it. Look, all I ask is that you [[MagicAIsMagicA be consistent with your nonsense]], okay?"
* TitleDrop: "Why it's...dare I say it...a swarm! Maybe even ''The'' Swarm."
** Meta-Title Drop during the review of the Voyager episode ''Real Life'' when the crew makes a shocking discovery while attempting to visit a space station.
-->'''Kim:'''It's...debris...
-->'''Chakotay:''' Debris?
-->'''Chuck:''' Yes, it's meeee!! You guys are sooooo screeeeewed...
* ToTheBatNoun: Chakotay's Sacred [insert noun here].
-->[clutches head] "Agh! I shouldn't have drunk that Sacred Smoothie so quickly!"
* ToiletHumour: Done with the aid of an abrupt cut between two unrelated clips here:
-->'''Chuck (on the Q story arc):''' We've gone through the good ''(clip of "Q Who?")'' the bad ''(clip of "Hide and Q")'' and the ugly...
-->'''Pakled:''' We look for things. Things that make us go.
-->'''Worf:''' Prune juice, extra large!
* TooDumbToLive: This is pretty much the modus operandi of the cast on Enterprise. It's rare for an Enterprise review to go without Chuck commenting on at least one Too Dumb to Live moment (Almost always from Archer, with Trip taking most other incidents).
** Of particular note is the instance where Archer engages in some convoluted plan, which involves getting the shit beaten out of him, to figure out where some holes in the wall lead to. This plan is apparently preferred to the simpler plan of... looking through the holes.
** Reaches a head ''Nemesis'', where he points out that the only reason that the Enterprise crew isn't destroyed out of their own stupidity is because Shinzon is even ''more'' incompetent.
** Points out that Linnis, Kes' daughter, could quickly tell Kes her brilliant plan to keep her in the present, but instead stands and gawps helplessly while she quantum leaps back in her own timeline. Congratulations Linnis, you now have been responsible for erasing yourself from existence.
** In ''Film/BladeRunner'', he notes how stupid it was to make soldiers out of slaves.
** In "Lifesigns," apparently there are Vidiians who do not have the Phage. Such a medically advanced species has apparently never heard of "quarantine."
** Neelix in "Q2", when he taunts the temporarily depowered "[[FanNickname Harry Potter]]" by ''refusing to shut up'', as revenge for Q's son having used his powers to previously remove both his mouth and vocal chords. Chuck points out the stupidity of taunting a Demigod that will get his powers ''back'' in a week.
** The crew of ''Voyager'' for assigning their technologically-minded engineers in charge of gathering plants, putting their botanically-minded biochemists in charge of handling medical technology and taking over ''seven years'' before they realised they'd assigned an engineer to be their astrophysicist while conversely putting "CarlSagan in charge of shovelling coal".
--> '''Chuck''': Is it any wonder why these dumbasses are ''lost''?!
** The crew of ''Voyager'' for everytime they seem to be taken in by Neelix's [[BlatantLies claims]] that he's an "[[InformedAttribute Expert]]" on something.
--> '''Chuck''': Neelix has conned the crew into thinking he's a survival expert...
** The Psychlos in general. He describes Terl as the smartest and most cunning of Psychlos, which would mean he would generously be considered an imbecile. They only manage to conquer native populations because they have gas drones, robotic nerve-gas dispensers not burdened with an incompetent psychlo brain.
* [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously Took The Bad Episode Seriously]]: An in-universe LampshadeHanging. Gives props to Robert Duncan [=McNeill=] in "Threshold" who is clearly acting his ass off... while doing so under pulsating head-lung lizard makeup and in an episode so awful that it that actually became CanonDiscontinuity.
** Another example from the original series: Chuck praises DeForestKelley and his ability to deliver the most ridiculous dialogue with utter sincerity in "Spock's Brain".
** Is utterly baffled why Michael Piller so firmly believed "Ex Post Facto" to be good enough to be submitted for Emmy nomination, when it was clear to everyone else involved just how ''awful'' the episode was?!
* TokenEvilTeammate: His [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/SFDebris version]] of Janeway.
* TooSpicyForYogSogoth: Believes that in ''Unimatrix Zero'', the reason the Borg Queen starting blowing up her own ships was because an assimilated ''Janeway'' was actually subtly taking [[AssimilationBackfire control of her]].
--> '''Janeway''': Your mistake was assimilating ''me!''
* TrainingFromHell: Notes that Tuvok's attempts to put the Maquis through their paces in "Learning Curve" makes him come off as a massive jerkass, especially when he makes them run a 10 kilometre lap, with full packs and the gravity turned up 10%.
--> '''Chuck''': A particularly nice sign of dickishness from a man who has over ''[[MadeOfIron three times the strength]]'' of the people he's leading.
* TranquilFury: While reviewing the ''Voyager'' episode "Real Life," he reveals that his twin sons were born premature and barely survived. Hence, he takes serious issue with the episode's message that people should go through something like that to build character, never raising his voice until the last few words while it's still clear that we're hearing absolute, genuine rage.
* TranslationByVolume: In "Darmok" from ''TNG''. He comments on desperate attempts of the ''Enterprise'' crew and Captain Picard to communicate with incomprehensible aliens whose language their Universal Translator couldn't crack.
--> '''SF Debris:''' I'll check [Picard's] academy records. His language course was 203. Let me cross-check that. Oh yes! He's fluent in yelling at people. This is the time honoured method of speaking your own language loudly and somewhat slowly to people who don't speak it, in the hopes that they will suddenly understand you. ({{beat}}) The others just laugh at him.
* TranslationTrainWreck: In his review of the episode "[[http://sfdebris.blip.tv/file/4574217/ Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy]]" he translates the lyrics of "La donna è mobile" using the Babylon 8 translation software resulting in this trope. Apperantly the song is about furniture.
* TrashTheSet: In his review of the "Eleventh Hour", he notes that due to the Tenth Doctor's violent regeneration, Eleven can't use the still-rebuilding TARDIS, but at least he still has his ever-faithful sonic screwdriver, right? Cue it promptly exploding.
--> '''Sfdebris''': Man, when Ten breaks shit, he really ''breaks shit'', doesn't he?
* TropesAreNotBad: Chuck mentions this by name when he reviews the TNG episode "Timescape", noting that several of Brannon Braga's scripts begin with the premise "the captain returns to the ship to find things have gone to hell", but that does provide a good mystery setup.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[{{In-universe}} Acknowledges this trope]] when discussing David Lynch and surrealists in general. In his opinion, what separates Lynch from the others is that he doesn't fall into this trope: all of his surreality seems to serve a higher purpose.
* TVTropesWillRuinYourLife: Referenced in a review, regarding UnfortunateImplications.
-->"''Kes comes in to see Tuvok and, after a couple of minutes, Tuvok decides he'll try that plan of Harry's. There's a thing TV Tropes calls UnfortunateImplications, and this seems to apply here: The only thing stopping the black guy and the Asian guy from beating each other up are white women.''"
** When he finally awarded the first ever 10 to a ''Voyager'' episode ("Life Line") the video caption noted to [[ShoutOut "Alert TV Tropes!"]] in order to update [[EightPointEight the entry]] that would be affected by that score (and which, in light of said review, became obsolete and was subsequently deleted).
** His review of Film/FlashGordon references [[TropeOverdosed a large number of tropes by name]], and the general approach to the review is in line with the feel of this website, all the way up to, and including... '''''{{BRIAN BLESSED}}!'''''
** In the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' review he implored viewers not to tag him with a Did Not Do the Research entry on his supposition that the constellation system for gate co-ordinates didn't make sense because he had no time to scan through all 10 seasons of the [[Series/StargateSG1 TV series]] for an explanation.
*** In a meta example of not doing research the Did Not Do the Research trope had been recently [[Administrivia/PermanentRedLinkClub red linked]] because [[SeriousBusiness TV Tropes is not for pointing out errors]].
* TwentyPerCentMoreAwesome: From his review of Voyager episode "[[SharingABody Body And Soul]]" he uses the unit "Kims" (as in deci-Kims), which is the measure of [[RunningGag Harry Kim]]'s sexual trauma applied per cubic meter/second. Not to be confused with a metric-Kim, which is a measurement of personal shame.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Parodied along with ExecutiveMeddling in his review of "The Naked Now," where one (hypothetical) moronic executive thinks Geordi is wearing the visor because he's gay, making him gay, black, AND blind.
** Even funnier, the dumb executive is portrayed by an image of Rick Berman. (The guy who fired Ron Jones. Make of that what you will...)
* TypeCasting: When BradDourif turns up in the ''X-Files'' episode "Beyond the Sea", playing a serial killer: "You might remember him from ''Voyager'', where he was a killer. Or ''Babylon 5'', where he was a killer. Or ''The Lord of the Rings'', where he betrayed and then killed people."
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* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: From "Bliss", the Telepathic Pitcher Plant vs Crystalline Entity.
* UndyingLoyalty: Suggests that Janeway has slowly brainwashed a sense of this into Tuvok.
-->'''Janeway''': "Tuvok! Bring me some coffee!"
-->'''Tuvok''': "But captain, I'm trying to hold this cable to stop the lift with my family in it from plummeting to their-"
-->'''Janeway''': "Tuvok! Do you actually expect me to get up and walk over there?"
-->'''Tuvok''': "... No, of course not captain. I'm sorry for being selfish."
-->'''Janeway''': "I'll punish you later, coffee now!"
* UnfortunateNames:
** ''The Next Generation'' writer Melinda Snodgrass, incorrectly referred to by Chuck as "Melissa".
** Chuck can't help but laugh when the "pronunciation" of Chakotay's name by Torres sounds exactly like Chocolate Day.
--->'''Chuck''': "CHOCOLATE DAAAAAAAY!"
** In his review of "Message in a Bottle," Chuck makes the obligatory joke about guest star Andy Dick.
** Due to the lack of colons in their titles, Chuck is led to think that ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' were respectively rebelling against and the enemy of ''Franchise/StarTrek''. But given [[FranchiseKiller the fate of the franchise]] not long afterwards, [[WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt he finds them appropriate]].
* UnholyMatrimony: In his review of Voyager's "Counterpoint", Janeway falls in love with Kashyk because he too is a brutal oppressor.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A much more subtle example than most, but some references and jokes that are made when the episode comes out are not always understandable at a later date. For example, in "Ensign Ro," a planet "Salar" is attacked, and SF Debris makes a joke about "Krogans attacking the Salarians" but then comments that "No one who gets that joke is watching today." This was because the episode came out on the day that ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' was released, but future watchers can sometimes be confused. Similarly, the episode "A Matter of Time" was released on the date of the fiftieth anniversary of DoctorWho, and several jokes reference that.
* {{Unperson}}: He likes to sell the idea that Jonathan Archer was stricken from the history books for being such an embarrassment. Picard actually spat in disgust when his name was mentioned.
* UpToEleven: Chuck has commented that, despite having years to plan and prepare for their year-long mission into space, the madness onboard the NX-01 isn't noticeably different from it's beleaguered counterpart two centuries in the future -- the ''U.S.S. Voyager''. Captain Archer proves to be even more unstable and reckless than Janeway, willingly stranding his crew three hundred years from home (as opposed to Janeway's 'mere' 90 years, which was accidental) rather than apologize to alien natives for drowning one of their holy sites in dog piss. ("A Night in Sick Bay")
** In fact, the NX-01 is even ''more'' understaffed than ''Voyager'' (eighty crew members to VOY's paltry one hundred and fifty), to the degree that Phlox has no nurses to help him and must rope Hoshi Sato, Ph.D into cleaning up vomit in the Sick Bay. (Shades of Tom Paris!) So, what happens if the ''non''-holographic, ''non''-indestructible Doctor gets killed or incapacitated? ("Minefield")
--->"I've heard "''Physician, heal thyself''", but that probably shouldn't be your ship's official medical policy."
* UriahGambit: A running gag that Picard almost letting slip that he intentionally sent Jack Crusher to his death so he could get Beverley in the sack.
* UrineTrouble: In "Booby Trap", Wesley poses a hypothetical to Riker which involves spying on girls while they pee, as though there's nothing odd about that.
** "Prototype" opens on a POV camera lens aimed at Torres, angry as usual. Chuck guesses she mistook it for one those webcams Harry keeps hiding in her toilet.
** During "A Night in Sickbay", Chuck keened that if Archer had his way, every "diplomatic mission" would entail peeing on the dignitaries from the safety of his shuttlecraft.
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* ValuesDissonance: ''Franchise/StarTrek'' may have been FairForItsDay, but [[{{In-Universe}} Chuck]] uncomfortably points out how most of the ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' original episodes he's reviewed have been unkind to women (with depictions of them as crazed and emotionally fragile).
** Not to mention legally barred from captaining a starship in the 23rd century. In a story that Gene Roddenberry came up with, so you can't just say it was another writer who didn't understand his vision. This becomes FridgeLogic when ''Enterpise'' has a woman as the Captain of the second NX-class ship.
** In "Angel One", Riker defends wearing a skimpy outfit he's been given to wear to meet with the leader of a female-dominated society, stating that it's his duty as a Starfleet officer to respect local customs and traditions. Chuck notes that by that logic, any Ferengi delegation would be completely in their rights to ask for female diplomats to be nude, as is ''their'' custom.
* VerbalTic: He personally acknowledges one of them - prefacing rhetorical questions with the phrase "You might ask" - during his "The Nth Degree" review.
* ViewersAreMorons: Usually [[ViewersAreGeniuses inverted]]. For instance, in the first review of "Threshold" posted to Website/YouTube, Chuck likens the phlebotnium that makes the episode's storyline possible (namely a type of dilithium that allows travel at infinite speed) to being able to buy a type of gasoline that would let you drive a corvette at light speed. In the version posted to blip.tv however, the analogy is replaced with a lengthy discussion of the mathematics that make it impossible to achieve light speed, much less ''infinite'' speed.
** Their repeated use of the word "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord Ancient]]" to describe ''anything'' in Earth's past, which he points out is seemingly done to remind us that this is the future. Because all the starships, aliens and phasers, didn't make it clear to the audience ''before?!''
* VillainBall: Points out in the MirrorUniverse ''Enterprise'' episode that everyone suffers from ChronicBackstabbingDisorder to the point that most of their problems are a result of it, and marvels at the fact the eventual collapse of their empire comes from reform instability rather than the blatantly self-destructive way it's run.
* VillainOverride: Suggests that the reason that the Borg Queen starts blowing up her ''own'' ships in "Unimatrix Zero" actually came from Janeway being the one to control her.
--> '''Janeway''': Your mistake was assimilating ''me!''
* VillainProtagonist: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation By his reckoning]], Captain Kathryn Janeway.
* [[invoked]] VindicatedByHistory: Discussed with ''Film/TheThing1982'' doing poorly in ticket sales and reviews during its release, but is held in high regard today. Another example he mentions is ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
** Discussed how ''Star Trek: Insurrection'' actually ''inverted'' this- it did very well at the box office, but then faded away, becoming one of the most forgettable of the films.
* VoodooShark: [[TropeNamer Coined the trope name]] in his review of the ''Voyager'' episode, "The Cloud". The Voodoo Shark plot device in question is that the power supply to the holodeck on Voyager is stated to be completely incompatible with the rest of the ship. Chuck references this fact frequently in other episodes, such as when alien technology is subsequently integrated with the ship, meaning that utterly alien power sources are more compatible with Voyager than Voyager is with itself.
** Alludes to this in the review of ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', pointing out the sheer lack of explanation or information about the central plot device means that the only two clues in the first six episodes could easily be replaced with the words "Walrus Tusk" and still have just as much impact on the progress of the story.

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* WalkingDisasterArea: His version of Commander Shepard, appropriately named Shiva Shepard.
* WaxingLyrical:
** The Stupid Neelix Moment for "Manuevers" was subtitled, "''[[OffToSeeTheWizard I would not be just a nuthin', my head all fulla stuffin'...]]''"
*** "I'm off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Booze!" -- sung by Bones
** In response to Sybok's "secret pain" shtick, Chuck shoots back with "[[Music/LeonardCohen Hallelujah]]." (''Star Trek V'')
--->''I heard there was a secret pain\\
That Sybok finds to keep men sane\\
But you don't really care for bullshit, do yaaaaa...'' ♪
** "Yes, We've got trouble. Right here in River City. [[TheMusicMan With a capital "T" and that rhymes with]] "[[CallBack 3]]" [[TheMusicMan and that stands for Ziyal]]."
** Quark spends the first act of "The Jem'Hadar" complaining about roughing it in outdoors and wishing his people would strip-mine the whole planet. For this he earns that episode's "Annoying Character" award, with the subtitle "''Pave paradise and put up a parking lot.''"
** Just listen to Chuck's cackling laughter when Neelix's lungs are stolen. ("Phage")
-->"Tall stranger, ''you'' are [[{{Film/Beaches}} the wind beneath my wings]]."
** He eventually zones out in the middle of "Ex Post Facto" to hum "[[PaulSimon You Can Call Me Al]]" to himself.
** ''[[DeanMartin When some guy out-ranks you / And tells you what to do / That's an or-der...]] ♫'' ("Unimatrix Zero")
** He expresses amusement that "Tsunkatse", a gimmick episode designed to attract testosterone-soaked {{WWE}} fans, more resembles "[[SimonAndGarfunkel The Sound of Silence]]" set to film.
*** "'''''[[SayMyName SUSPIRIAAAAAAA!!]]'''''" ("Cold Fire")
--->'''Chuck:''' ...''you're breaking my heart, you're shaking my con-fi-dence dai-hee-ly...'' ♪"
** Janeway instructing Kim to "brush up" on his Ancient Earth History. Hoo boy. There's a reason "The [=37s=]" is the codifier of Ancient Chinese Secret.
--->'''Kim:''' ''(panicking'') Uhh, umm... On behalf of Napoleon Bonaparte, first Pope and the ever-living Pharaoh, I have been asked to welcome you in His traditional greeting, that [[ElvisPresley you ain't nothin' but a hound dog, barking all the time!]]"
** "A Night in Sickbay" brought on the lyrics to "[[Music/CultureClub Karma Chameleon]]". He actually fell asleep beforehand, dreaming about Scott Bakula [[Film/TheRing crawling out of his TV]] and peeing on the couch.
** "[[Series/{{Farscape}} Crais is a maniac!]]" ("The Way We Weren't")
--->"That's for sure. And he's...[[{{Flashdance}} dancing like he's never danced before]]."
** [[Series/BabylonFive Londo]] singing the No Beer Polka. ("One Small Step")
--->"Een heaven there eez no beeeer! That's why wee drink eet heeere!"
** In ''Series/StargateSG1's'' PilotMovie, he sees a guy who resembles Music/MeatLoaf killing a Jaffa, causing Chuck to quip:
--->"Don't be sad Jaffa, two out of three ain't bad."
* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt:
** In his ''{{Sunshine}}'' review he points out that it's probably not a good idea to name a spaceship sent on a mission to the sun after a mythological character who was killed due to venturing too close to the sun. And after losing the first one, they named the next one Icarus II.
** The exploration vessel which disappeared at Z'ha'dum with Sheridan's wife on board in ''Series/BabylonFive'' was also named Icarus.
--->'''Chuck:''' When will people learn to stop naming ships 'Icarus'? It never ends well!
** In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion" Chakotay names a seemingly safe route through Borg space the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Passage Northwest Passage]]". Chuck proceeds to point out that several expeditions were lost looking for the Northwest Passage on Earth (that is to say, a way to navigate between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the waters between North America and the Arctic), and it ultimately proved to not exist. (Actually, it does exist, but has turned out to not be nearly as useful as people seeking it hoped.)
** When reviewing ''Gojira'', he makes several jokes about Star Trek... but then points out that ''he'' isn't the one who named one of the locations "Odo Island."
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: [[InUniverse References this trope]] several times when reviewing ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', in particular how it averts NeverSayDie. Also comes up in his ''Clone Wars'' review. [[invoked]]
* WTHCastingAgency: Invoked while discussing the decision the director of "Code of Honor" made to cast the aliens of the week entirely with African-Americans:
-->'''Chuck :''' The script makes numerous comparisons to Earth:\\
'''Data:''' That is from an obscure language known as French.\\
'''Picard:''' ...and [the Ligonian society's] unique similarity to an ancient Earth culture we all admire. On behalf of the Federation, therefore, I would like to present this token of our gratitude and friendship, from China's Song Dynasty.\\
'''Data:''' For example, what Lutan did is similar to what certain American-Indians once did, called "Counting Coup."\\
'''Chuck :''' So, of course... the director interpreted this to mean that everybody was black.
* [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman What Measure Is A Non Minbari]]: In "Meet John Sheridan" he chews out the Minbari for launching a genocidal war against humanity over a simple cultural misunderstanding, refusing to accept Humanity's unequivocal surrender and then having the gall to be ''[[AssholeVictim offended]]'' that the sole human victory of the war occured when John Sheridan managed to actually blow up ''one'' of their ships.
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Leadership skills are going to be a key element to the crew's survival in "Basics Pt 2." Therefore, the four team leaders are Janeway, Tuvok, uhh...[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Harry Kim]]. And the fourth...? (Oh, this won't end well.)
-->"''(chuckling)'' Naah, ''you know'' who I'm gonna say! But you're wondering, "''How could it happen''?! How could anybody be stupid enough to actually suggest this?" Well, remember, we're in this situation precisely '''because''' of that stupidity!"
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: In the third "The Killing Game" video, a WWII-era Tom holds him at gunpoint to test whether he's a Jerry or not. In theory, anything that Tom asks - anything at all - Harry can answer! Just so long as it's not related to [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes the sexual behavior of a normal human being.]]
-->'''Tom:''' If Betty Grable came around that corner, what part of her would you be staring at?\\
'''Harry:''' ''([[OhCrap sighs resignedly]])''\\
'''Chuck:''' And the answer is: '''None of the above'''! All he'd see is his grandmother slapping and shaking her finger at him for looking at girls, then her face splitting open and Janeway's head on a snake's body coming out and ordering him to remodulate her rug.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs / HypercompetentSidekick: Frequently lampshades this fact about Tom Paris;
--> '''SFDebris''': Wait, so LetMeGetThisStraight. Tom Paris not only flies the ship, the most important shuttle missions, is the field medic/assistant to the Doctor, has 24th century lock-picking ability... he's also a commando. Oh! And let's not forget he once designed an engine that goes to infinity. And this is the guy Starfleet ''doesn't'' want?!
** Within thirty seconds of "Year of Hell", Paris shows mastery of engineering and history, and is then summoned to sick bay to conduct field medicine, "and none of these things '''are even his job.'''" Chuck concludes Paris was held in some prison for savants.
** In "Persistence of Vision", he speculates that Tom Paris' complex relationship [[WellDoneSonGuy with his father]] is responsible. Instead of the hallucination telling Tom how proud he is of him, his take is that the hallucination began quizzing Tom on various topics from multiple fields and broke his spirit after he forgot one of the answers.
** Regarding ''StarTrekEnterprise'' he points out that the transporter is such new and untested technology that it is normally only used on cargo... Yet there is no dedicated transporter operator, and instead they use pretty much anyone who happens to be at hand to operate the thing, including the ship's ''linguist''!
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: Classic television mistake: handing [[SlowMotionDrop a highly-breakable cup]] to a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone psychic]]. "Thanks, demons from the beyond!"
** This also appears to be [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Dooku's complaint when Sidious tells him to kill Asajj Ventress]].
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: "The first half of TheNineties largely reflected this realization that the world was no longer what we thought it'd be, from the decline of the military industrial complex, to who should be [[AcceptableTargets the default bad guys]] in fiction."
* WildCard: The inexorable Brannon Braga who, while not the crap writer he's been described as by some, isn't good enough to save bad material. In this respect, Chuck suspects he acts as a "multiplying factor" in whatever job he's given.
* WickedCultured: His interpretation of Khan, spending quite a while in the "Wrath of Khan" review quoting from the various books seen on Khan's shelf, noting how these few books have affected his worldview.
* WildMassGuessing: Discussed at length in the "Doctor Who?" special, where he lists the various speculative theories on the identity of [[spoiler: Creator/JohnHurt's Doctor, as well as where [[TheNthDoctor this incarnation]] possibly fits into the overall continuity]].
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: Refers to this in the ''Voyager'' episode "Faces", where he points out that the intelligent, believable way the characters were written in that episode makes it possible to accept that the episode's entire premise hinges on the absurd plot point that the Vidiians can somehow split one person into two fully-formed and fully-grown people.
** Altough he doesn't mention it, it comes again for his review of Wall-e, were he mentions that, despite how simplistic the science was, the mature way things were handled allowed him to put that aside.
* WordSaladHumor: In his review of ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', Chuck points out how Creator/RLeeErmey has perfected the DrillSergeantNasty persona to such a degree that he can literally say anything and it will have the same effect.
-->'''Chuck:''' [''Ermey Voice''] "I WILL MARCH YOU DAISYMUFFINS THROUGH THE CAN-OPENER OF WAR!"
* TheWorfEffect: Worf seems to have finally overcome this in "By Inferno's Light", laying out 10 Jem'Hadar in a row.
-->'''Chuck:''' [''Worf baritone''] "It was the 'hitting them' part that I was having trouble with."
** Chuck theorizes that the reason for this trope's existance is that Worf's commanding officers in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' are such pantywaists that they keep hampering his efforts while giving the enemies time to prepare.
** Notes that Tim Russ seems to play characters who are on the recieving end of the Vulcan nerve pinch, more than anyone else in the franchise. Even though, as Tuvok, his character has three times the strength of a normal human... and he ''still'' gets knocked out this way!
* WorldOfHam: "''DoctorWho'' is a world where no villain has an indoor voice."
* WrongGenreSavvy: An interesting variation in "Tattoo" where, as Chuck points out, Chakotay is told by the chief that he should stay with his people and embrace the old ways... which is perfectly baffling to Chuck, as we're supposed to ''agree'' with this chief, when a) pretty much every other story in modern fiction would present "Staying with your kind and doing the same thing for all time" as a ''bad'' thing, and b) this takes place in ''a Star Trek episode'', a series about finding the unknown and exploring all the strange and wonderful things of the universe, ''not'' staying in one's closed-off environment.
** He predicts that Samantha Carter, a strong feminist blonde woman, will be the one selected as the next one to be selected by the Goa'uld in the Stargate Pilot, and then spends the next fifteen seconds listing all the action movie cliches that will be employed... and then ''Skarra'', Jack's surrogate son, is taken instead. After a moment of shock, Chuck praises this for subverting his expectations.
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* XDaysSince: The poor safety record of an ''entire moon'' in ''Star Trek VI'' is mocked.
-->"It's hard to imagine anyone would do something like this, without being deliberate gross negligence, like they have a sign up somewhere celebrating 428 days without a workplace apocalypse."
* XMeetsY: "A Night in Sickbay" is like Creator/CliveBarker directing a JimCarrey comedy.
** "The Thaw": Joel Schumacher if he directed ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
** Okona is ''truly'' outrageous. Contagious. [[{{Jem}} Okona's his name, no one else is the same.]]
-->"He's some asshole in a puffy shirt, but everyone acts like he's equal parts Han Solo, James Bond, and Robin Hood -- when he's ''really'' equal parts Keanu Reeves, Pauly Shore, and Chris Kattan in ''ANightAtTheRoxbury''."
** The [=DS9=] episode "Paradise", whose title is, of course, ironic. "This place is like ''GilligansIsland'' if the Professor was replaced by DrDoom!"
** "''Series/{{Farscape}}'' is what you'd get if ''StarWars'' and ''Series/RedDwarf had a kid, and that kid ran away to join the circus."
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[[folder:Y]]
* YouCantHandleTheParody: Inserted into Dukat's rant in "Waltz."
* YouHaveFailedMe: Chuck's headcanon for why there are two different Borg Queens. The one played by Alice Krige was retired after the crippling losses to Picard and the Undine. The one played by Susanna Thompson was much more aggressive and expansionist, resolving to throw more cubes at enemies so they could claim more resources. Unfortunately, the Collective realized the new queen was willing to destroy entire ships just to taunt Janeway, so she was retired as well.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Really hates their repeated use of the word "Ancient" to describe anything that takes place before the 21st Century, pointing that this means they've lumped Roman chariots and nuclear weapons into the ''same'' era.
** Launches into a tirade when ''Enterprise'' repeatedly uses the phrase, "Hull plating offline," explaining everything wrong about the term.
* YouMightRememberMeFrom: Brad Dourif, who "you might remember from ''Voyager'', where he was a killer. ...Or ''Babylon 5'' where he was a killer. ...Or ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' where [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs he betrayed people and then killed them]]." (''Lord of the Rings'')
** Wilford Brimley: Perpetual old man, oatmeal spokesman, and cock fighting enthusiast. (''The Thing'')
** Previously, referred to Brad Dourif as "who you might remember from your ''nightmares''". ("Passing Through Gethsemane")
** Hey kids, it's Creator/MarkSheppard! "Great chance to talk about this performer in a ''rare'' appearance '''[[Series/{{Firefly}} in]] [[Series/StarTrekVoyager a]] [[Series/TheXFiles work of]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined science]] [[Series/DoctorWho fiction!]]'''"
--->''"Okay, I lied, he's in every damn thing I review."''
** Ronnie Cox, whom you may remember from ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'', ''Film/RoboCop1987'', ''{{Cop Rock}}'', ''Beverly Hills Cop 2'', and his most famous work ''Cop Cop Part Cop: Still Copping.'' ("Chain of Command")
** One of the Bond Babes in Dr. Bashir's holo-porn, Mona Lovesit, whom you might remember as "[[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0108597/?ref_=tt_cl_t14 Girl in restaurant]]" and two -- count 'em, ''two''! -- appearances on ''{{Baywatch}}.'' ("Our Man Bashir")
** Ensign Ballard you may recognize from the film version of ''Film/AtlasShrugged'' by Creator/AynRand. ("Ashes to Ashes")
--->"...And ''speaking of'' a manipulative coldhearted tormentor of all those she claims to love, Ballard's having dinner with Janeway!"
** Mr. Grey Poupon Guy! (''Dark City'') Guess those fifty years of theater and film training finally paid off, eh, Mr. Richardson?
** Says that there are so many speculative fiction actors and actresses in ''Stargate Atlantis'' that "EVERYONE is in this series."
*** And then follows that up by a clip from the show of Rodney talking to ''Bill Nye The Science Guy.'' He's not kidding.
* YouMonster: Notes the sheer horror of Janeway's actions in "Tuvix", where she forcibly executes Tuvix, who literally goes from person to person begging to be allowed to live. Besides the Doctor, everyone simply stands there and ''does nothing''.
* YourMom: Mentioning Spock's origin as his disadvantage to his face? One of the best Yo Momma jokes on Vulcan in thousands years. From ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009) review.
** The Klingon Ambassador doesn't have anything to say to Sarek's accusations in ''Star Trek VI'', other than, "er... yeah, well... yo' momma's so fat ''we'' don't have to look for whales this movie."
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[[folder:Z]]
* ZanyScheme: Invoked as Quark in the ''Profit and Lace'' review, where he has to change his gender in order to dupe an influential businessman, cutting Bashir who took it seriously and started to advise to follow the lifestyle of a woman first before making such a life-changing decision. To Quark's regret, there is no ZanyScheme clause to speed up the process.
* ZeeRust: Chuck once mentioned that if he ever made a sci-fi film, he would deliberately use outdated tech and call it "advanced."
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27th Dec '14 4:53:29 AM windower
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** He also expresses his dissatisfaction with ''Voyager's'' finale "Endgame" for taking two elements (time travel and the Borg) that could've made for a great finale and failing to do anything good with them, leading to him (much like in his "Cold Front" review) to tell his own version of the ending which includes a future where Voyager does indeed return home but the Borg, having assimilated the second caretaker and her powers, have launched a full scale invasion of the Federation and have assimilated Vulcan and Earth. The surviving Voyager crew propose a plan to use captured Borg time travel technology to send a probe containing all the information and equipment Past!Voyager in the Delta Quadrant would need to prevent this future from occurring and in the process of altering history results in '''causing''' the Temporal Cold War that ''Enterprise'' would have to deal with.
26th Dec '14 11:22:14 AM Landis
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* SmugSnake: Chuck portrays Lutan from "Code of Honor" as a particularly unlikable Smug Snake, with every attempt to by Lutan to project authority and confidence failing and instead coming off as an entitled, childish, obnoxious idiot.

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* SmugSnake: Chuck portrays Lutan from "Code of Honor" as a particularly unlikable Smug Snake, with his every attempt to by Lutan to project authority and confidence failing and instead coming off as an entitled, childish, obnoxious idiot.idiocy.
13th Dec '14 12:45:19 PM Hallwings
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** This bit from "A Night in Sickbay"
--->'''Chuck:''' So far, we've had the fart joke, the pee joke, the Decon Chamber erotica, and we're not even though the first act yet. What next, more water polo?! (cuts to a scene featuring a water polo game) This...is the worst Christmas ever.
13th Dec '14 12:45:19 PM Hallwings
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--->'''Chuck:''' So far, we've had the fart joke, the pee joke, the Decon Chamber erotica, and we're not even though the first act yet. What next, more water polo?! (cuts to a scene featuring a water polo game) This...is the worst Christmas ever.

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--->'''Chuck:''' So far, we've had the fart joke, the pee joke, the Decon Chamber erotica, and we're not even though the first act yet. What next, more water polo?! (cuts to a scene featuring a water polo game) This...is the worst Christmas ever.
9th Dec '14 9:52:19 PM Sandangel89
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** "Rocks and Shoals" (''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]]'') has the first example of this, when Kievan the Vorta opens a box of Ketracel White only to discover there's only one vial left.

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** "Rocks and Shoals" (''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]]'') has the first example of this, when Kievan Keevan the Vorta opens a box of Ketracel White only to discover there's only one vial left.



'''Kievan''': ...What? ''No''! I-- I was saying "Oh... '''[[LastSecondWordSwap shiver me timbers]], thar be White here!'''"

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'''Kievan''': ...'''Keevan''': ...What? ''No''! I-- I was saying "Oh... '''[[LastSecondWordSwap shiver me timbers]], thar be White here!'''"
29th Nov '14 5:43:31 PM Eegah
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** In "Past Tense" he says that he hates reviewing "message" episodes, since it inevitably results in him simultaneously being accused of being a hippie, a warhawk, and a wimpy centrist.
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** "Emanations" (''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager VOY]]'') was his first YouTube review, and when it came time to remake the video for Blip.tv (it was one of the last Star Trek reviews to be remade), Chuck made a special intro montage to celebrate all of his ''Voyager'' reviews up to that point. The intro sequence starts as normal, but then the music stops and the video begins to reverse. The music is then replaced with ''Music/{{ACDC}}'''s "Highway to Hell", over video that is simply comprised of all of Chuck's VOY reviews, back to back, strongly {{Undercrank}}ed, and played in reverse.

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** "Emanations" (''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager VOY]]'') was his first YouTube review, and when it came time to remake the video for Blip.tv (it was one of the last Star Trek reviews to be remade), Chuck made [[http://blip.tv/sf-debris-opinionated-reviews/tng-emanations-review-6509738 a special intro montage montage]] to celebrate all of his ''Voyager'' reviews up to that point. The intro sequence starts as normal, but then the music stops and the video begins to reverse. The music is then replaced with ''Music/{{ACDC}}'''s "Highway to Hell", over video that is simply comprised of all of Chuck's VOY reviews, back to back, strongly {{Undercrank}}ed, and played in reverse.
14th Nov '14 5:14:24 PM Headrock
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** "Emanations" (''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager VOY]]'') was his first YouTube review, and when it came time to remake the video for Blip.tv (it was one of the last Star Trek reviews to be remade), Chuck made a special intro montage to celebrate all of his ''Voyager'' reviews up to that point. The intro sequence starts as normal, but then the music stops and the view begins to reverse. The music is then replaced with ''Music/ACDC'''s "Highway to Hell", over video that is simply comprised of all of Chuck's VOY reviews, strongly {{Undercrank}}ed, and played in reverse.

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** "Emanations" (''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager VOY]]'') was his first YouTube review, and when it came time to remake the video for Blip.tv (it was one of the last Star Trek reviews to be remade), Chuck made a special intro montage to celebrate all of his ''Voyager'' reviews up to that point. The intro sequence starts as normal, but then the music stops and the view video begins to reverse. The music is then replaced with ''Music/ACDC'''s ''Music/{{ACDC}}'''s "Highway to Hell", over video that is simply comprised of all of Chuck's VOY reviews, back to back, strongly {{Undercrank}}ed, and played in reverse.
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