History Series / HoratioHornblower

22nd Mar '17 4:59:42 PM eowynjedi
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* TheChainsOfCommanding: "The Examination for Lieutenant" is about this trope, as Hornblower witnesses or experiences the consequences of rash decisions, the deaths of men under his immediate command, exercising judgment in giving orders,

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* TheChainsOfCommanding: "The Examination for Lieutenant" is about this trope, as Hornblower witnesses or experiences the consequences of rash decisions, the deaths of men under his immediate command, exercising judgment in giving orders, and a sailor who remains insubordinate and self-destructive no matter what Hornblower tries. His experiences commanding fearful men and a tiny supply ship give him much more thorough lessons than the book he's studying from and by the time he rejoins the ship, he questions if he should even take the exam at all. Pellew, however, says that he's doing fine and that such difficulties are the price of leadership.



* ExactWords: In "The Duchess at the Devil" Hornblower holds Hunter from jumping the gun on the ambush of ''La Reve's'' crew. Hunter objects that they're supposed to fight them, but Hornblower replies that they're there to ''defeat'' them.


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* InsistentTerminology: In "The Duchess at the Devil" Hornblower holds Hunter from jumping the gun on the ambush of ''La Reve's'' crew. Hunter objects that they're supposed to fight them, but Hornblower replies that they're there to ''defeat'' them.
19th Feb '17 1:23:09 PM eowynjedi
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: In "Duty," Horatio presses a rescued American sailor into his crew. American viewers will recognize this as an allusion to UsefulNotes/TheWarOf1812 (which was caused in part by British impressment of American sailors and mainly by [[PoorCommunicationKills lack of swift postal service]]) even though the episode takes place about ten years prior.



* DiesWideShut: Averted for every character whose face is visible when they die, except for the villain of Series Three.

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* DiesWideShut: Averted for every important character whose face is visible when they die, except for die. With the villain exception of Series Three.Three's villain, they all slowly unfocus to stare glassy-eyed at the ceiling.



** Randall tries to take Styles' mug in "Mutiny" but Styles makes him put it back.

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** Randall tries to take Styles' mug in "Mutiny" but Styles Hobbs makes him put it back.
19th Feb '17 12:47:49 PM eowynjedi
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** In "Loyalty," Horatio and the shore party are about to be shot firing-squad style on the beach when the gun from the ship's boat blasts a hole in the French, courtesy of Mr. Bush.
15th Feb '17 7:33:30 PM eowynjedi
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* JumpingOnAGrenade: In "Duty". Strictly speaking, it's a howitzer shell that will explode once the fuse burns down--it strikes the rigging and then falls to the deck. Horatio leaps to extinguish the fuse and is both shocked and dismayed to realize that the rest of his crew is now looking at him like a hero. He snaps when Orrock cheers and flatly refuses when Bush tries to convince him that "a five-inch shell which fortunately failed to explode" is not an adequate description of the incident. He is still disturbed by his vision of getting blown into bloody rags and thinks it shows cowardice (while Bush more accurately says that it was more admirable for that). Word still gets out among the fleet.


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* StunnedSilence: In "Duty", a howitzer shell strikes the rigging and falls to the deck. After Horatio dives to extinguish it, he gets up to see that everyone is frozen and staring openly at him.
9th Feb '17 4:28:19 PM eowynjedi
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* OrphanedPunchline: At Horatio's wedding reception, Bush is heard telling Mrs. Mason a joke that ends "she was right there on the admiral's barge." She laughs and says she never heard that one before.


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* WartimeWedding: Most of the ''Hotspur's'' crew seems to ascribe Horatio's hasty and unlikely marriage to Maria Mason to the usual reasons people marry hastily in war. Bush alludes to it too, but he's also more acquainted with the real reason Horatio's doing it (which is that he is so reluctant to hurt her feelings that he marries her from pity). Everyone besides him enjoys the occasion, at least.


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** Subverted by Matthews after he says that Midshipman Hammond can't run away aboard ship and Hammond "doesn't much care" for his tone. Matthews replies that he knows damn well that Hornblower gave no order to leave without him and that Hammond is the only person who's let him down after being given a chance, so he really doesn't give a tinker's cuss what he likes or doesn't.
3rd Feb '17 2:45:42 PM eowynjedi
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler: The captains of the court-martial decide to ask Hornblower straight-out if he pushed Captain Sawyer, knowing that he is a man of honor. [[SubvertedTrope Archie answers it for them]].]]

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: [[spoiler: ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** At the trial in "Retribution," Pellew asks Buckland if he intended Hornblower to survive the destruction of the Spanish fort and, as he once did with Hornblower, snaps at Buckland's "resenting" the question. Buckland finally replies that he doesn't send men to their deaths.
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The captains of the court-martial decide to ask Hornblower straight-out if he pushed Captain Sawyer, knowing that he is a man of honor. [[SubvertedTrope Archie answers it for them]].]]



* InfantImmortality: Averted in the second series, which showed "powder monkeys" used on naval vessels--that is, young boys whose job it was to fetch powder to the guns. They are no more immune to cannon fire than anyone else.



* InterServiceRivalry: Prominently used in "The Wrong War", when Horatio has to work alongside a battalion of the British Army. However, during the fighting, he does earn the respect of the British commander, the Earl of Edrington.

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* InterServiceRivalry: Prominently used in "The Wrong War", when Horatio has to work alongside a battalion of the British Army. Neither Army nor Navy get along well with the Royalists. However, during the fighting, he Horatio does earn the respect of the British commander, the Earl of Edrington.



** There's also quite a bit of contention between the British sailors and the French royalists.



** Hornblower outruns a massive fireball in "Loyalty". This explosion was huge and frankly, it's ridiculous that anyone near the fort might survive it. [[spoiler: But even the bad guys who were not seen outrunning the fireball apparently got better as they resurfaced at the end of the movie.]] The book that the third series was based on, ''Hornblower and the Hotspur'', featured a similarly massive explosion.

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** Hornblower outruns a massive fireball in "Loyalty". This explosion was huge and frankly, it's ridiculous that anyone near the fort might survive it. [[spoiler: But even the bad guys who were not seen outrunning the fireball apparently got better as they resurfaced at the end of the movie.]] The book that the third series was based on, ''Hornblower and the Hotspur'', featured a similarly massive explosion.explosion but with several deaths due to the raining debris.



* RiddleForTheAges: Much of the drama in the second series revolves around the question of how Captain Sawyer fell, and who pushed him if anyone did. There are a number of suspicions, accusations, and cryptic silhouettes, but it's never definitively answered. [[spoiler:All the audience ever knows for sure is that Sawyer remembered who did it and told Hobbs, and it wasn't Wellard. That leaves Hornblower, who was accused by Buckland in court, and Kennedy, who confessed before Hornblower could answer the charge.]]

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* RiddleForTheAges: Much of the drama in the second series revolves around the question of how Captain Sawyer fell, and who pushed him if anyone did. There are a number of suspicions, accusations, and cryptic silhouettes, but it's never definitively answered. [[spoiler:All the audience ever knows for sure is that Sawyer remembered who did it and told Wellard--who wasn't the man--Wellard told Hobbs, and it wasn't Wellard.Hobbs would not name the man in court. That leaves Hornblower, who was accused by Buckland in court, and Kennedy, who confessed before Hornblower could answer the charge.]]



* TooDumbToLive: An English soldier who is guarding Spanish prisoners lets himself to be seduced by Spaniards' leader's wife. She has a knife with her... It couldn't end well for him.

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* TooDumbToLive: An English soldier who is guarding Spanish prisoners lets himself to be seduced by Spaniards' leader's their colonel's wife. She has a knife with her... It couldn't end well for him.
30th Jan '17 8:24:03 PM eowynjedi
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* MuggedForDisguise:
** Hornblower's plan at the start of the third episode is to capture a French jollyboat's crew and steal their uniforms so his men can sneak aboard their home ship and take it. It works well, although Hunter calls it cheating.
** Mr. Bowles steals a French uniform by playing dead and killing a French soldier who tried to loot his "corpse" after the massacre of the royalist troops.
28th Jan '17 9:12:26 PM eowynjedi
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* ChekhovsLecture: The French officer who surrenders to Hornblower at the start of "The Duchess and the Devil" makes some remarks about maintaining his personal honor on surrendering, which becomes a major theme of the episode.



* DistractedByTheSexy: One poor TooDumbToLive British RedShirt-ed soldier likes imprisoned Spanish ladies who are taking a bath together.

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* DistractedByTheSexy: DistractedByTheSexy:
** Everyone on ''La Reve'' has their head turned by the Duchess at first--even the cranky Hunter trips over himself.
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One poor TooDumbToLive British RedShirt-ed soldier likes imprisoned Spanish ladies who are taking a bath together.


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* ExactWords: In "The Duchess at the Devil" Hornblower holds Hunter from jumping the gun on the ambush of ''La Reve's'' crew. Hunter objects that they're supposed to fight them, but Hornblower replies that they're there to ''defeat'' them.


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* ShownTheirWork: In "The Duchess and the Devil" Hornblower has to borrow a pair of the stocky Bracegirdle's stockings for a formal dinner and keeps them from looking baggy by strapping oakum to his legs. This is quite accurate--men at the time were expected to have shapely calves and would make up for scrawny muscles by stuffing their stockings.
27th Jan '17 9:23:08 PM eowynjedi
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* TheChainsOfCommanding: "The Examination for Lieutenant" is about this trope, as Hornblower witnesses or experiences the consequences of rash decisions, the deaths of men under his immediate command, exercising judgment in giving orders,



** In "Mutiny", Captain Sawyer grants several times double rum and a day off for the whole crew, which does ''not'' enhance the crew's morals and their loyalty but it makes them incompetent and unable to cope with their duties. Doctor Clive, the only person who might pronounce him unfit for command, is drunk as any of them.

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** In "Mutiny", Captain Sawyer grants several times double rum and a day off for the whole crew, which does ''not'' enhance the crew's morals morale and their loyalty but it rather makes them incompetent and unable to cope with their duties. Doctor Clive, the only person who might pronounce him unfit for command, is drunk as any of them.



* DuelToTheDeath:
** The first episode (as the American title subtly hints) features Horatio's duel with Jack Simpson. His "even chance" here cuts out the business with an unloaded gun; it's solely the fact that he considers death in the duel to be "even" with killing Simpson, so miserable is living with him. Clayton keeps him out of the first duel, but Simpson issues a second challenge when Horatio accuses him of UnfriendlyFire.
** In "The Examination for Lieutenant," Foster accuses Hammond of deliberately hanging back in the longboat rather than following the fire ship to pick up him and Hornblower. Hammond calls it an insulting remark; Foster congratulates him on his perspicacity. It escalates until Hammond roars that he will duel Foster at first light. (Neither duel nor outcome is depicted. Although Hammond appears later, it was common enough for duels to end without anyone dying.)



** Captain Foster in "The Examination for Lieutenant"/"The Fire Ship" a slightly unusual case as he is quite high-ranking. He is genuinely courageous--[[spoiler:it is clear at the episode's climax that he has every intention of boarding the fire ship himself]]--but he has little regard for anyone else he imperils with his actions.

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** Captain Foster in "The Examination for Lieutenant"/"The Fire Ship" a slightly unusual case as he is quite high-ranking. He is genuinely courageous--[[spoiler:it courageous--it is clear at the episode's climax that he has every intention of boarding the fire ship himself]]--but himself--but he has little regard for anyone else he imperils with his actions.



* HopeSpot: A little ways into "The Examination for Lieutenant," after half-rationing and Finch falls ill with scurvy, the first supply ship in over two months appears in harbor. The whole crew erupts in cheering and Finch sits up--the a light appears next to the ship. It's a Spanish fire ship, which destroys the supply ship in a dramatic explosion, and Finch slumps back dead.
* HowWeGotHere: "Mutiny" starts with Sir Edward Pellew visiting Hornblower in prison, telling the audience that he's going to be tried for his life. The whole instalment is told in one long FlashBack, though not entirely from Horatio's point of view specifically. The next part "Retribution" resumes the story where it was left: the lieutenants have to face a trial and continue to give a full account what happened at their mission. It's being constantly interrupted with court testimonies and the judges' private discussion happening in the present. "Retribution" thus mixes How We Got Here with InMediasRes and AnachronicOrder.

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* HopeSpot: A little ways into "The Examination for Lieutenant," after half-rationing and Finch falls falling ill with scurvy, the first supply ship in over two months appears in harbor. The whole crew erupts in cheering and Finch sits up--the up--then a light appears next to the ship. It's a Spanish fire ship, which destroys the supply ship in a dramatic explosion, and Finch slumps back dead.
* HowWeGotHere: "Mutiny" starts with Sir Edward Pellew visiting Hornblower in prison, telling the audience that he's going to be tried for his life. The whole instalment installment is told in one long FlashBack, though not entirely from Horatio's point of view specifically. The next part "Retribution" resumes the story where it was left: the lieutenants have to face a trial and continue to give a full account what happened at their mission. It's being constantly interrupted with court testimonies and the judges' private discussion happening in the present. "Retribution" thus mixes How We Got Here with InMediasRes and AnachronicOrder.



** [[spoiler: Finch]] in "The Fire Ships". Doesn't take him long to go from coughing to dead, but that is also because of being on half-rations, which can't have helped his health.

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** [[spoiler: Finch]] in "The Fire Ships". Doesn't take him long to go He quickly goes from coughing to dead, but that is also because of thanks to being on half-rations, which can't have helped his health.half-rations. It's implied that scurvy plays a part when he spits out a tooth.



** The second supply ship seen in "The Examination for Lieutenant" explodes almost as soon as the fire ship touches it.



* ManOnFire: In "The Examination for Lieutenant." Foster's clothes catch first after he nearly plummets into the flame-filled hold. Right after Hornblower smothers it, his own coat catches fire. Foster yanks them both overboard in short order.



* MeaningfulName: In "Duty", the USS ''Liberty'', as {{lampshaded}} by Commander Hornblower [[spoiler: [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy before he leaves]] [[DeathRow Doughty]] alone, unrestrained, in Hornblower's cabin with a window open, after it was [[ChekhovsSkill previously established]] that Doughty was a skilled swimmer.]] In the original book, the American ship in the harbor was the USS ''Constitution'', which would have hardly worked for the purposes of the conversation.

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* MeaningfulName: In "Duty", the USS ''Liberty'', as {{lampshaded}} by Commander Hornblower [[spoiler: [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy before he leaves]] [[DeathRow Doughty]] alone, unrestrained, in Hornblower's cabin with a window open, after it was [[ChekhovsSkill previously established]] that Doughty was a skilled swimmer.]] In the original book, the American ship in the harbor was the USS ''Constitution'', which would have hardly worked for the purposes of the conversation. conversation (although the real ship ''was'' actually there during the week that the ''Hotspur'' was).



** Even [[TheLancer Bush]] pulls a minor stunt by the time of "Loyalty" and "Duty". He orders a midshipman to double-check a signal in the hopes that a more preferable order will have been hoisted by the time he's confirmed it.

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** Even [[TheLancer Bush]] pulls a minor stunt by the time of "Loyalty" and "Duty". He orders a midshipman to painstakingly double-check a signal with the book in the hopes that a more preferable order will have been hoisted by the time he's confirmed it.



** Horatio realizes he and his four men are screwed when he wakes up, sudenly remembering that the prize ship he commands was hit by a cannonball when the "Indy" attacked her.

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** Horatio realizes he and his four men are screwed when he wakes up, sudenly suddenly remembering that the prize ship he commands was hit by a cannonball when the "Indy" attacked her.



* ThoseTwoGuys: Matthews and Styles by the time of "Mutiny".

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Matthews and Styles by the time of "Mutiny". In the first series they were important characters (particularly the steady and experienced Matthews) and were under Horatio's immediate command as midshipman for most of it. In the second they're the view into the brewing trouble belowdecks, but in the third--no longer being part of the plot or involved in Horatio's CharacterDevelopment--were mainly there to provide a bit of a belowdecks stuff and lighthearted moments. (Although Styles did pull double duty as the Surly Seaman of the Week._



* VitriolicBestBuds: Something like this goes on between Bush and Styles, in that Bush can't stand sloppiness and Styles genuinely angers him several times, and Styles doesn't much like Bush but seems to respect him and is really upset when he's is wounded.



** The sarcastic "sir" is also used quite frequently, done by the character leaving a slight pause before the word. A series-wide compilation would probably run some time.



** Don Masserado considers Hornblower to be a worthy adversary.

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** Don Masserado considers Hornblower to be a an intelligent and worthy adversary.



** Matthews, a reliable, dependable lower-deck sailor tries to assure Acting Lieutenant Hornblower who was in command that he did all he could to save Bunting, who tried to desert several times and finally chose SuicideByCop by grabbing Hornblower's pistol and forcing him to pull the trigger. Despite Matthew's assurance that Hornblower did everything he could, Hornblower still thinks that Pellew would have found a way.

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** Matthews, a reliable, dependable lower-deck sailor tries to assure Acting Lieutenant Hornblower who was in command that he did all he could to save Bunting, who tried to desert several times and finally chose SuicideByCop by grabbing Hornblower's pistol and forcing him to pull the trigger.trigger, and Tapling says that Bunting was looking for death. Despite Matthew's assurance that Hornblower did everything he could, Hornblower still thinks that Pellew would have found a way. (Later, Pellew says much the same thing as the other two, and that dealing with such self-destructive men is inevitable with command.)
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* HopeSpot: A little ways into "The Examination for Lieutenant," after half-rationing and Finch falls ill with scurvy, the first supply ship in over two months appears in harbor. The whole crew erupts in cheering and Finch sits up--the a light appears next to the ship. It's a Spanish fire ship, which destroys the supply ship in a dramatic explosion, and Finch slumps back dead.


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* RedShirt: Invoked in the first episode when Hornblower sees his first action on the ''Indefatigable'' and one of his division has a leg shot off. Hornblower takes him down to the surgery but he dies nonetheless. Eccleston gives the man a very disinterested funeral service and requires Horatio's prompting to even know his name. Afterwards, Styles approaches Hornblower to say that they appreciate him trying.
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