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18th Aug '16 3:20:02 PM Tre
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''The Chronicle'' (2001-2002) is a sci-fi TV series based on the ''News from the Edge'' novel series by Mark Sumner. The show follows a group of reporters for the tabloid newspaper ''The Chronicle'' and their encounters with real monsters and aliens -- most of whom turn out to be not as scary as they seem. The show ran for one season of 22 episodes on the SciFiChannel.

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''The Chronicle'' (2001-2002) is a sci-fi TV series based on the ''News from the Edge'' novel series by Mark Sumner. The show follows a group of reporters for the tabloid newspaper ''The Chronicle'' and their encounters with real monsters and aliens -- most of whom turn out to be not as scary as they seem. The show ran for one season of 22 episodes on the SciFiChannel.
[[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]].
14th Apr '16 8:05:14 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Sal was [[RevengeOfTheNerds Booger]] and [[HeyItsThatVoice later]] [[DanVs Dan]].
** "Here There Be Dragons" features GeorgeTakei as a prideful father.
*** And Creator/DanteBasco as a noodle delivery boy
** In "Baby Got Back," a Satanic cult is led by [[HomeImprovement Al Borland]].
** Grace's mother was played by Adrienne Barbeau.
** One of the group therapy members in "Take Me Back" has prompted people to say [[Series/TheInvisibleMan "Shut up, Eberts."]]
** In "Bring Me the Head of Tucker Burns," MarkSheppard plays Nitro, the owner of a bike shop. [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Casey Biggs]], meanwhile, plays Dick Blanston.
27th Feb '15 9:14:50 AM ChronoLegion
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* FalseRapeAccusation: Tucker reveals that the reason no other newspaper or magazine will hire him is because, back in journalism school, he was approached by a girl claiming her professor molested her. He started an investigation, and then another girl approached him claiming the same thing. Concluding he had enough evidence, he wrote an article slamming the guy. The professor lost his job, his marriage, etc. And then it's revealed that the two girls were lying because the professor gave them bad grades. Not only did this not help the professor, but it also cost Tucker his career.
21st Dec '13 10:27:06 PM nombretomado
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*** And DanteBasco as a noodle delivery boy

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*** And DanteBasco Creator/DanteBasco as a noodle delivery boy
30th Jun '13 5:36:17 AM SpideyTerry
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* AbortedArc: Several episodes demonstrated that Donald had a MysteriousPast and that he was not quite what he seemed. When an alien assassin comes for him, he knows why, but the story he gives the staff doesn't pan out. Assuming the writers had answers in mind for this arc, the show's cancellation meant they never got the chance to follow through.



* AlienAbduction: Grace claims that she was abducted several times when she was a child by at least two different alien races. One of these later returns to check up on their subjects... and remove their brains.

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* AlienAbduction: Grace claims that she was abducted several six times when she was a child by at least two different alien races. One of these later teenager. She mentions having encountered [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Spielberg-like]] aliens, TheGreys and a nasty reptilian species. The last one returns to check up on their her and other subjects... and remove by removing their brains.



* BlessedWithSuck: In "Take Me Back," an alien tells Grace that her brain has a unique bio-chemical structure, which might explain why she's a multiple abductee.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In "Take Me Back", Grace's alien abduction experiences play an awfully lot like sexual assault.

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* DawsonCasting: In "The Stepford Cheerleaders," Tucker, Grace and Wes have to go undercover as high schoolers for a story. Tucker points out the implausibility of this, but Grace and Wes respond by invoking ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In "Take Me Back", Grace's alien abduction experiences play an awfully lot like sexual assault. Tucker actually gets accused of doing just that when the police bust in on him and Grace recreating an experience as part of a therapy technique.



* TheGreys: One's body has been in the Archives since a certain crash in 1947. Grace also says she was abducted by them. According to her, they're more friendly in comparison to some other species.



** In "Here There Be Dragons," a woman gives birth to a baby that's half-dragon. [[spoiler:Subverted when the father turns out to be a human suffering from Ichthyosis and was faking dragon sightings to scare people away.]]

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** In "Here There Be Dragons," a woman gives birth to a baby that's half-dragon. [[spoiler:Subverted when the father turns out to be a human suffering from Ichthyosis and was faking dragon sightings to scare people away. Only the woman knew the truth.]]



* HiddenDepths: Donald is fluent in Italian, not too shabby with German and knows how to perform an exorcism.



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The hybrid creatures in "Pig Boy's Big Adventure" really despise humans due to what they've experienced throughout their lives. Sal begins to question humanity, but snaps back when he witnesses the hybrids kill the doctor that experimented on them.



* IronicHell: In "Touched by an Alien," the staff has to deal with an alien assassin after Donald that possesses people and can move from body-to-body by having sex. The alien soon takes over Grace, but needs to take over Sal to get to Donald. As alien!Grace puts on the moves, Sal learns the truth and (much to his irritation) realizes he can't go through with it.
-->"I'm in Hell!"



* PigMan: Sal, a heroic hacker pigman, was the consequence of government genetic manipulation.

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** In "Touched by an Alien," Tucker mentions being trapped in a cursed stove all night. He's referring to "Hot from the Oven," which was produced before "Touched by an Alien," but aired weeks afterward.
* PigMan: Sal, a heroic hacker pigman, pigman. His spotlight episode reveals it was the consequence result of government genetic manipulation.a risky transplant operation when he was a baby. Sal needed a kidney transplant, but was stuck on a waiting list for over a year. His parents turned to a doctor who used animal parts in operations, which led to his porcine features.
* ProperlyParanoid: Detective Garibaldi questions how Tucker, Grace and Wes keep getting involved in his cases (which include murder and disappearances) and thinks he can find answers by investigating them.



* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: One of the species that abducted Grace was reptilian. She refers to them as the meanest and worst of the lot.



* SaunaOfDeath: In one episode, the tabloid reporters were dealing with the angry ghosts fat people killed in a fat farm sauna. In the end, they had to rescue the murderer from suffering the same fate.

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* SaunaOfDeath: In one episode, the tabloid reporters were dealing with the angry ghosts fat "I See Dead Fat People," Tucker and Wes investigate a former weight-loss clinic where four people were killed in a fat farm sauna. In this fashion. As the end, duo unravel who was responsible, they had to rescue the murderer from suffering nearly suffer the same fate.fate and need a vengeful ghost's help to survive.


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* ShellShockedVeteran: In "Take Me Back," after years of having coped just fine, Grace begins experiencing violent and horrifying flashbacks of her abductions along this kind of trope.


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* TheUnreveal: In "Tears of a Clone," an alien race clones Grace and intends for the clone to take her place. Things go wrong in the swap, leaving the clone exposed and her memories damaged. The aliens clean up the mess before the staff can learn what the clone's purpose was.


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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The ghosts in "I See Dead Fat People." They were killed in a SaunaOfDeath by an abusive doctor pushing them well-past healthy measures to lose weight. One of the victims was scapegoated as the murderer and spent years haunting the property to try to get people to investigate what really happened. And of course, when the ghosts get their chance, they nearly kill their killer.
** The bionic cheerleader in "The Stepford Cheerleaders." She was injured in a car accident and given implants to survive, but she sees herself as a freak and has very violent mood swings.
29th Jun '13 12:24:34 AM SpideyTerry
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* WireDilemma: Subverted in "Man and Superman." Wes thinks he has mere seconds to cut the right wire in a bomb hidden in a closet, but Tucker and Grace stop him--pulling aside some clothes covering the countdown clock. It turns out they got there an hour before the antagonist intended to set off the bomb.
28th Jun '13 3:57:19 AM SpideyTerry
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* BrainBleach: In "Touched by an Alien," while searching for a body surfing alien, the trio arrive at a hotel hosting a swingers convention. Tucker and Grace may be a bit unnerved by what they see, but that's nothing compared to when Wes finds his parents there.
-->"I think I need to wash my skull out with soap... good soap."
27th Jun '13 2:38:07 AM SpideyTerry
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* AllMenArePerverts: Sal falls into this at times.
-->'''Grace:''' Did you just grab my ass?\\
'''Sal:''' What do you want from me? I'm a pig.



** MarkSheppard plays Nitro, the owner of a bike shop.

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** In "Bring Me the Head of Tucker Burns," MarkSheppard plays Nitro, the owner of a bike shop.shop. [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Casey Biggs]], meanwhile, plays Dick Blanston.



* IntrepidReporter: Tucker and Grace are the reporters, while Wes is the phtographer.

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* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: In "Baby Got Back," Donald initially objects to performing the exorcism on baby Julian.
-->"We are a newspaper; we're not the Vatican!"
* IntrepidReporter: Tucker and Grace are the reporters, while Wes is the phtographer.photographer.
27th Jun '13 1:38:49 AM SpideyTerry
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* EvilDetectingDog: In "Baby Got Back," Wes takes [[TheAntichrist baby Julian]] to the park, where every dog that passes by starts barking uncontrollably. Wes finds the first instance of this very suspicious.



** In "Here There Be Dragons," a woman gives birth to a baby that's half dragon.

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** In "Here There Be Dragons," a woman gives birth to a baby that's half dragon.half-dragon. [[spoiler:Subverted when the father turns out to be a human suffering from Ichthyosis and was faking dragon sightings to scare people away.]]



* HauntedFetter: "Hell Mall." Personal objects are brought to the mall, stirring the ghosts of (often violent) mental patients. Ghosts start appearing in the mall and possessing people - including Tucker, with others usually being harmed in the process.

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* HauntedFetter: "Hell Mall." Personal objects are brought to the mall, stirring the ghosts of (often violent) mental patients. Ghosts start appearing in the mall and possessing people - including Tucker, (including Tucker ultimately), with others usually being harmed in the process.
29th Sep '12 4:25:37 PM Gryle
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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The conversation between Donald, Wes, and Tucker, near the beginning of "Pig Boy's Big Adventure" certainly is something superb.
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