History Series / JonathanCreek

21st Jan '17 5:30:27 AM DoctorNemesis
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* NoSocialSkills: A downplayed case; Jonathan's not a complete social ignoramus by any means, but he's definitely on the awkward-and-dorky side of the social scale, and he's got a special talent for putting his foot in his mouth.
20th Jan '17 4:55:13 PM ApeAccount
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** This was played with in "The Judas Tree". Jonathan meets a girl and they almost go to bed together, when she starts telling him details of unexplained events that have happened in her life. He doesn't believe in the coincidence that he picks up a girl in the street, she goes to bed with him straight away and just happens to have an unexplained mystery to solve (therefore assuming she knew who he was and she was only interested in him because he could help her). It's subverted when it's revealed that the only reason she was there for him to run into was because she was there to see Joey and to talk to her about the unexplained mystery.
18th Jan '17 8:05:11 PM ApeAccount
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* CallingMeALogarithm: One episode has a streaker hired for the show. When he starts becoming abusive to the staff Jonathan fires him and points out that a streaker's dressing room is an oxymoron. He responds by saying that Jonathan is the poxy-moron.
11th Jan '17 7:36:56 AM ApeAccount
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* TheFunInFuneral: Maddie decides to get payback on an Oompa Band that's been performing in the street by spraying them with water. Unfortunately, it turns out they're carrying a coffin at the time.
11th Jan '17 12:09:39 AM ApeAccount
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish" Jonathan solves the mystery by deducing that a character in the episode was actually adopted at birth and is- unknown even to the person in question- actually of RoyalBlood, in part when he sees photographs of the person as a child with their parents and notes that the parents have blue eyes while they have brown eyes, which Jonathan declares "genetically impossible". [[http://genetics.thetech.org/how-blue-eyed-parents-can-have-brown-eyed-children Except Jonathan is wrong, and it is totally possible,]] making this RightForTheWrongReasons at best, and borderline CriticalResearchFailure at worst since the mystery hinges on this false "fact".
8th Jan '17 4:02:57 AM Anodyne
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* InternalHomage: The 2016 Christmas special "Daemons' Roost", being something of a 20th anniversary episode, contains numerous references and allusions to previous episodes:
** "Jack in the Box": The surprise when they [[spoiler:open the grave]] is likened to a jack in the box.
** "The Reconstituted Corpse": Someone hides in one of Adam Klaus' old magic cabinets, and is [[spoiler:knocked unconscious]].
** "The House of Monkeys": Jonathan is stalked by [[spoiler:Dr. Strange's murderer, who has just been paroled]].
** "Ghosts Forge": Nathan Clore, Alison's aged stepfather, peers out of a window in a scene reminiscent of the one from this episode.
** "Mother Redcap":
*** Alison's ''mother'' standing at the window with a terrified expression on her face references the final moments of Mother Redcap's victims.
*** Polly's encounter with dead rats is similar to that of Maddy when she explores the inn.
** "Satan's Chimney":
*** The [[spoiler:hidden dungeon]] and its associated history and plot are similar.
*** Wendell Wilkie, the vicar, points out how similar a [[spoiler:cafetière]] is to the [[spoiler:crushing device]], a scene which is itself repeated from this episode.
** "The Judas Tree": The central theme of [[spoiler:retribution]] is shared. Ryman's desire to [[spoiler:avenge the murder of his sister-in-law]], and the fact that he does it so elaborately, mirrors the actions of Hugo and Harriet Dore in [[spoiler:avenging the death of Hugo's brother]].
** "The Clue of the Savant's Thumb":
*** Something is hidden inside a [[spoiler:globe]].
*** Jonathan [[spoiler:beheads]] his (relatively) lifelike scarecrow, putting [[spoiler:the head]] on another scarecrow. Franklin Tartikoff suffered a similar fate.
*** The company which produced Nathan Clore's films, "Great Portland Productions", is the same as (or, at least, has the same name as) the one which created the [[spoiler:satirical video]].
** The overly-dramatic presentation of Nathan Clore's cheesy horror films bears a striking resemblance to Adam Klaus' magic shows.
** Wendell Wilkie drives a Volvo estate car just like the one Maddy Magellan drove.
7th Jan '17 1:55:32 PM Anodyne
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* RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts: "Mother Redcap"[[spoiler: (two electrocution traps)]], "Satan's Chimney"[[spoiler: (a piston that crushes its victims)]], "The Coonskin Cap"[[spoiler: (a constricting flak jacket that suffocates the wearer)]] and "The Grinning Man"[[spoiler: (a bathtub mounted on a trapdoor that drowns the victim in a tank below)]]. To add to the mystery, all of them are deployed in [[LockedRoomMystery sealed rooms]].

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* RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts: RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts:
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"Mother Redcap"[[spoiler: (two Redcap": [[spoiler:two electrocution traps)]], traps]].
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"Satan's Chimney"[[spoiler: (a Chimney": [[spoiler:a piston that crushes its victims)]], victims]].
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"The Coonskin Cap"[[spoiler: (a Cap": [[spoiler:a constricting flak jacket that suffocates the wearer)]] and wearer]].
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"The Grinning Man"[[spoiler: (a Man": [[spoiler:a bathtub mounted on a trapdoor that drowns the victim in a tank below)]]. below]].
** "Daemons' Roost": [[spoiler:a ritual room where everything is rotated 90 degrees, so that victims appear to "fly" into a fiery portal, when in fact they ''fall'']].
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To add to the mystery, all most of them are deployed in [[LockedRoomMystery sealed rooms]].
29th Dec '16 5:12:00 AM DoctorNemesis
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'''Carla:''' ''[Imperiously]'' Before you say it Jonathan, you needn't say it. Clearly I was expecting too much, but I did just think you ''might'' have tqaken the trouble to ring me, you know? God knows it must have been obvious I wanted to hear from you! With your astute mind you must have figured that one out. ''[Jonathan tries to interject]'' And don't try to pretend I'm so repellent! Cause... I mean... I'm bright. I'm fun to be with. And well up to your speed. And plus! I did actually save your life if you remember! So I don't think it would have killed you to get in touch! Just to say hello or see how I was! After everything we went through together?\\

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'''Carla:''' ''[Imperiously]'' Before you say it Jonathan, you needn't say it. Clearly I was expecting too much, but I did just think you ''might'' have tqaken taken the trouble to ring me, you know? God knows it must have been obvious I wanted to hear from you! With your astute mind you must have figured that one out. ''[Jonathan tries to interject]'' And don't try to pretend I'm so repellent! Cause... I mean... I'm bright. I'm fun to be with. And well up to your speed. And plus! I did actually save your life if you remember! So I don't think it would have killed you to get in touch! Just to say hello or see how I was! After everything we went through together?\\
29th Dec '16 5:10:42 AM DoctorNemesis
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* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Carla is suffering from a pretty big one of these, as lampshaded at the end of "Satan's Chimney":
-->''[After Carla storms into the theatre where Jonathan is working]''\\
'''Carla:''' ''[Imperiously]'' Before you say it Jonathan, you needn't say it. Clearly I was expecting too much, but I did just think you ''might'' have tqaken the trouble to ring me, you know? God knows it must have been obvious I wanted to hear from you! With your astute mind you must have figured that one out. ''[Jonathan tries to interject]'' And don't try to pretend I'm so repellent! Cause... I mean... I'm bright. I'm fun to be with. And well up to your speed. And plus! I did actually save your life if you remember! So I don't think it would have killed you to get in touch! Just to say hello or see how I was! After everything we went through together?\\
'''Jonathan:''' ... It only happened last night. It's only twelve o'clock now. I thought you'd be glad of some rest--\\
'''Carla:''' ''[In the exact same tone]'' Yes. Well. That's the other thing. [[InsecureLoveInterest I'm also deeply insecure.]] And emotionally vulnerable. And frequently prone to irrational outbursts. So, now you know the whole picture, it's up to you whether you want to see me again or not.\\
'''Jonathan:''' Okay then, let's say tonight. Have a bite to eat or something?\\
'''Carla:''' I'll let you know if I'm free. ''[Storms off]''
29th Dec '16 4:49:04 AM DoctorNemesis
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* CharacterizationMovesOn: In his first appearance (when played by Anthony Head), in addition to his hedonistic woman-chasing Adam Klaus is suggested to be scheming, manipulative and slightly malicious towards Jonathan. In subsequent appearances, when played by Stuart Milligan, while still egotistical and hedonistic Klaus had generally become more of an amiable dimwit.

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* CharacterizationMovesOn: CharacterizationMarchesOn: In his first appearance (when played by Anthony Head), in addition to his hedonistic woman-chasing Adam Klaus is suggested to be scheming, manipulative and slightly malicious towards Jonathan. In subsequent appearances, appearances when played by Stuart Milligan, while still an egotistical and hedonistic jerk, Klaus had generally become a bit more of an amiable dimwit.
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