History Series / AlienNation

28th Jun '16 1:19:22 PM Someoneman
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* ShamingTheMob: In the pilot, when a group of 'concerned parents' tries to keep Emily out of her school, Sikes lets them all have it. This may be one of the first times Sikes himself treats a Newcomer with any respect, but he does have limits.
** The video is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0tqK8DDjGU here.]] Following the verbal smackdown, Sikes asks them all, "Aren't you ashamed of yourselves? Aren't you?" [[spoiler: A black protester, of age to have seen racial integration of public schools first hand, can't answer.]]
*** Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* ShamingTheMob: In the pilot, when a group of 'concerned parents' tries to keep Emily out of her school, Sikes lets them all have it. This may be one of the first times Sikes himself treats a Newcomer with any respect, but he does have limits.
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limits. The video is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0tqK8DDjGU here.]] Following the verbal smackdown, Sikes asks them all, "Aren't you ashamed of yourselves? Aren't you?" [[spoiler: A black protester, of age to have seen racial integration of public schools first hand, can't answer.]]
*** Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
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1st Jun '16 7:17:05 AM Greenygal
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* MulticulturalAlienPlanet: The Tenctonese don't have a single all-encompassing culture. In an early episode, for example, Matthew Sikes is initially shocked to discover that his alien neighbor Kathy follows a different religion than that followed by his alien partner George (and George's family), even asking, "You guys have more than one religion?" To the credit of both the character and the writers, Sikes '''''immediately''''' lampshades how ridiculous that question is by saying, "Wait a second, of course you do. Why wouldn't you?"

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* MulticulturalAlienPlanet: The Tenctonese don't have a single all-encompassing culture. In an early episode, for example, Matthew Sikes is initially shocked to discover that his alien neighbor Kathy Cathy follows a different religion than that followed by his alien partner George (and George's family), even asking, "You guys have more than one religion?" To the credit of both the character and the writers, Sikes '''''immediately''''' lampshades how ridiculous that question is by saying, "Wait a second, of course you do. Why wouldn't you?"



* RussianRoulette: Tenconese style (George explicitly referred to RussianRoulette, when he described the "game"). In episode 10, they reveal a gruesome "game" from the time of slavery: Two Tenctonese sit at opposite and of a rotating machine, that either sprays normal water... Or salt water (like hydrochloric acid to Tenctonese).

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* RussianRoulette: Tenconese Tenctonese style (George explicitly referred to RussianRoulette, when he described the "game"). In episode 10, they reveal a gruesome "game" from the time of slavery: Two Tenctonese sit at opposite and of a rotating machine, that either sprays normal water... Or salt water (like hydrochloric acid to Tenctonese).
1st Jun '16 3:25:19 AM Divra
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* GoodCopBadCop: George Francisco and Matt Sikes, respectively. But hilariously reversed in 'Contact' against an Anti-Newcomer suspect.

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* GoodCopBadCop: George Francisco and Matt Sikes, respectively. But hilariously reversed in 'Contact' against an Anti-Newcomer suspect. However, they deliberately play up this dynamic during interrogations; when interrogating a human, Matt is Good and George is Bad, when interrogating Tenctonese, George is Good and Matt is bad, and when interrogating Purists, Matt is Bad and George is AxCrazy.
28th May '16 4:48:27 PM frisco
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* AlienCatnip: The Newcomers get drunk on sour milk.
26th Dec '15 1:50:43 PM morenohijazo
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* PickedFlowersAreDead: In ''Dark Horizon'', one of the aliens is sick. Her human boyfriend brings a bouquet of flowers as he visits her in the hospital, but is not allowed to deliver them to her. His alien rival is allowed to deliver the potted plant, however. In the alien culture, dying flowers are seen as a bad omen when it comes to recovering health.
4th Dec '15 8:31:05 PM Renoc
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* NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp: According to the producers Baby Vessna was at daycare after every film since Dark Horizon (except when we saw her in a kind of cocoon).
31st Aug '15 1:44:29 PM jayhawk01
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* Cool Car: Matt Sikes's Red 1988 Carralo, a sports car based on the F-Body Camaro.

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* Cool Car: CoolCar: Matt Sikes's Red 1988 Carralo, a sports car based on the F-Body Camaro.
31st Aug '15 1:27:07 PM jayhawk01
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* Cool Car: Matt Sikes's Red 1988 Carralo, a sports car based on the F-Body Camaro.
19th Mar '15 4:07:02 PM Exxolon
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* {[Retcon}}: In the transition from Movie to TV Series, the actors were recast and the ages of relative ages of Matthew Sikes and his daughter were changed. George's family grew and his children were aged up with Matt's daughter was aged down to a teenager for the series. Events from the movie, however, were referenced several times in the two-hour Pilot Episode, and some footage was reshot and spliced with footage from the movie for flashbacks, now featuring the younger Matt Sikes of the series in place of James Caan, who played the character in the original movie. When the series was revived in the form of TV Movies, CanonDiscontinuity was again selective: Emily, George's young daughter, was aged up to a teenager while Buck, the older son, didn't seem to age between the series and the first TV movie, nor did Baby Vessna. Additionally, the "bacteria" of the series finale was recast as a virus for the first TV movie. These discrepancies can only be solved by the application of the LiteraryAgentHypothesis. Also, the color of Tenctonese blood was made pink in the TV show and the TV movies, probably to appease censors, whereas it was the same color as human blood in the original movie.

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* {[Retcon}}: {{Retcon}}: In the transition from Movie to TV Series, the actors were recast and the ages of relative ages of Matthew Sikes and his daughter were changed. George's family grew and his children were aged up with Matt's daughter was aged down to a teenager for the series. Events from the movie, however, were referenced several times in the two-hour Pilot Episode, and some footage was reshot and spliced with footage from the movie for flashbacks, now featuring the younger Matt Sikes of the series in place of James Caan, who played the character in the original movie. When the series was revived in the form of TV Movies, CanonDiscontinuity was again selective: Emily, George's young daughter, was aged up to a teenager while Buck, the older son, didn't seem to age between the series and the first TV movie, nor did Baby Vessna. Additionally, the "bacteria" of the series finale was recast as a virus for the first TV movie. These discrepancies can only be solved by the application of the LiteraryAgentHypothesis. Also, the color of Tenctonese blood was made pink in the TV show and the TV movies, probably to appease censors, whereas it was the same color as human blood in the original movie.
19th Mar '15 4:04:12 PM Exxolon
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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Sikes deals with a potential riot against a newcomer family moving into a human neighbourhood by firing a few shots into the air before holding the business end of his gun against a newcomer child's temple (ItMakesSenseInContext). In real life this would get a cop suspended and fired in short order, if not brought up on charges themselves.
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