History Series / TheCrystalMaze

5th Jun '16 4:19:17 PM nombretomado
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Most of the show's appeal came from the wonderfully eccentric Richard O'Brien (of ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'' fame) and the way he would present the show: his manic, restless behaviour; his razor-sharp put-downs of (frankly bad) team performances; and how he would always play that damn harmonica at the most inappropriate and distracting times. Edward Tudor-Pole [[ReplacementScrappy never had a chance]]. It also became common for the viewer base to start shouting at the screen at the contestants when [[RealityShowGenreBlindness they missed]] the very obvious solutions. (Extracts from the show's blooper reel that have been leaked onto [=YouTube=] reveal that, in the privacy of the technical gallery, the show's director did it too.)

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Most of the show's appeal came from the wonderfully eccentric Richard O'Brien (of ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'' ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' fame) and the way he would present the show: his manic, restless behaviour; his razor-sharp put-downs of (frankly bad) team performances; and how he would always play that damn harmonica at the most inappropriate and distracting times. Edward Tudor-Pole [[ReplacementScrappy never had a chance]]. It also became common for the viewer base to start shouting at the screen at the contestants when [[RealityShowGenreBlindness they missed]] the very obvious solutions. (Extracts from the show's blooper reel that have been leaked onto [=YouTube=] reveal that, in the privacy of the technical gallery, the show's director did it too.)
7th Apr '16 12:11:01 AM PaulA
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** MessyHair: Ed Tudor Pole, the replacement.



* FortuneTeller: One of the inhabitants of the Medieval Zone was a stereotypical fortune teller who asked quiz questions and handed over a crystal (which was hidden in the base of her crystal ball) if the contestant answered correctly. O'Brien would provide the contestant with silver coins to cross her palm with.
** The fortune teller is his in-show mother, 'Mumsie', something that O'Brian made up on the spot during a first-series episode and it stuck.
*** In Series 3, 'Mumsie' was replaced by 'Auntie Sabrina' - which was strange, because they were both played by Sandra Caron (possibly it was just an elaborate excuse to change her costume, as the characters did dress differently). 'Mumsie' returns in Series 4, announcing her arrival back in the ChristmasEpisode which kickstarts said series.
* GoldenSnitch: The Crystal Dome.

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* FortuneTeller: One of the inhabitants of the Medieval Zone was a stereotypical fortune teller who asked quiz questions and handed over a crystal (which was hidden in the base of her crystal ball) if the contestant answered correctly. O'Brien would provide the contestant with silver coins to cross her palm with.
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with. The fortune teller is his in-show mother, 'Mumsie', something that O'Brian made up on the spot during a first-series episode and it stuck.
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stuck. In Series 3, 'Mumsie' was replaced by 'Auntie Sabrina' - which was strange, because they were both played by Sandra Caron (possibly it was just an elaborate excuse to change her costume, as the characters did dress differently). 'Mumsie' returns in Series 4, announcing her arrival back in the ChristmasEpisode which kickstarts said series.
* GoldenSnitch: The Ultimately, the number of crystals gathered meant nothing if the team gather too many (negative-scoring) silver tokens in the final stage. And they frequently did. (In theory, they could have used the extra time to check for silver tokens instead of just shoving in as many as possible, but apparently no-one ever thought of that.)
** Conversely... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faQ1TfarvZY One
Crystal Dome.+ Crystal Dome]] = EpicFail. It actually happened twice.
--> '''O'Brien''': I'm not going to wish you luck, it's a ''complete'' waste of time!



* MessyHair: Ed Tudor Pole.



* ShaggyDogStory: Ultimately, the number of crystals gathered meant nothing if the team gather too many (negative-scoring) silver tokens in the final stage. And they frequently did. (In theory, they could have used the extra time to check for silver tokens instead of just shoving in as many as possible, but apparently no-one ever thought of that.)
** Conversely... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faQ1TfarvZY One Crystal + Crystal Dome]] = EpicFail. It actually happened twice.
--> '''O'Brien''': I'm not going to wish you luck, it's a ''complete'' waste of time!
7th Apr '16 12:08:48 AM PaulA
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* ApothecaryAlligator - A Mystery Room in the medieval zone was dressed as an alchemist's laboratory, complete with stuffed crocodile (with a clue in its mouth).
* AsideComment - The crux of Richard O'Brien's awesomeness.
* BaldOfAwesome - Richard O'Brien.
** MessyHair - Ed Tudor Pole, the replacement.
* BambooTechnology - A feature of the Aztec Zone.
* BerserkButton - Don't tell the contestant "You've got plenty of time", or Richard O'Brien will get very annoyed.
* CaptainObvious - Most of the team "advice" during certain games. Not that the obvious advice was necessarily unhelpful to their teammates...

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* ApothecaryAlligator - ApothecaryAlligator: A Mystery Room in the medieval zone was dressed as an alchemist's laboratory, complete with stuffed crocodile (with a clue in its mouth).
* AsideComment - AsideComment: The crux of Richard O'Brien's awesomeness.
* BaldOfAwesome - BaldOfAwesome: Richard O'Brien.
** MessyHair - MessyHair: Ed Tudor Pole, the replacement.
* BambooTechnology - BambooTechnology: A feature of the Aztec Zone.
* BerserkButton - BerserkButton: Don't tell the contestant "You've got plenty of time", or Richard O'Brien will get very annoyed.
* CaptainObvious - CaptainObvious: Most of the team "advice" during certain games. Not that the obvious advice was necessarily unhelpful to their teammates...



* CatchPhrase -

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* CatchPhrase - CatchPhrase:



* ChristmasEpisode - Kids' special
* FashionDissonance - The perms, mullets, and toupees sported by so many of the contestants certainly were a product of the time.
* FifteenPuzzle - Sometimes appeared as a challenge.
* FortuneTeller - One of the inhabitants of the Medieval Zone was a stereotypical fortune teller who asked quiz questions and handed over a crystal (which was hidden in the base of her crystal ball) if the contestant answered correctly. O'Brien would provide the contestant with silver coins to cross her palm with.

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* ChristmasEpisode - Kids' special
ChristmasEpisode: Between seasons there were Christmas specials with child contestants.
* FashionDissonance - FashionDissonance: The perms, mullets, and toupees sported by so many of the contestants certainly were a product of the time.
* FifteenPuzzle - FifteenPuzzle: Sometimes appeared as a challenge.
* FortuneTeller - FortuneTeller: One of the inhabitants of the Medieval Zone was a stereotypical fortune teller who asked quiz questions and handed over a crystal (which was hidden in the base of her crystal ball) if the contestant answered correctly. O'Brien would provide the contestant with silver coins to cross her palm with.



* GoldenSnitch - The Crystal Dome.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes - Mr O'Brien dresses like a fashion designer, that is to say like a man who knows nothing about style.

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* GoldenSnitch - GoldenSnitch: The Crystal Dome.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes - ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Mr O'Brien dresses like a fashion designer, that is to say like a man who knows nothing about style.



* LargeHam - Richard O'Brien. Ed Tudor Pole tries to go one up, but doesn't quite make it.
* LaserHallway - Sometimes appeared as a challenge in the Futuristic Zone (but using tripwires -- they probably didn't have the budget for real lasers).
* LinkedListClueMethodology - A lot of the games had a dash of this, but particularly one of the most iconic games, the 'Murder Mystery' where a trail of clues would lead around a messy room (which also had a dead body in it because [[AlwaysMurder reasons]]) to the crystal. These games were so popular a different incarnation was done in each series.
* LoopholeAbuse - It wasn't unknown for contestants to obtain their crystals in ways they weren't really supposed to.
* {{Mayincatec}} - The Aztec Zone.
* MineralMacGuffin - The Time Crystals, which grants the team 5 seconds in the Crystal Dome, or can be used to buy out a locked in contestant.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass - Although the audience might have argued that it was more like "Only a ''complete idiot'' cannot pass".
* PirateBooty - One of the challenges in the Ocean Zone was searching for the key to a treasure chest in a pirate cave, complete with pirate skeleton and stuffed PirateParrot.
* PutOnABus - Richard O'Brien, when he left the series. Although the Series 5 ChristmasEpisode helps to explain the transfer of the ownership to Ed Tudor Pole.
* ShaggyDogStory - Ultimately, the number of crystals gathered meant nothing if the team gather too many (negative-scoring) silver tokens in the final stage. And they frequently did. (In theory, they could have used the extra time to check for silver tokens instead of just shoving in as many as possible, but apparently no-one ever thought of that.)

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* LargeHam - LargeHam: Richard O'Brien. Ed Tudor Pole tries to go one up, but doesn't quite make it.
* LaserHallway - LaserHallway: Sometimes appeared as a challenge in the Futuristic Zone (but using tripwires -- they probably didn't have the budget for real lasers).
* LinkedListClueMethodology - LinkedListClueMethodology: A lot of the games had a dash of this, but particularly one of the most iconic games, the 'Murder Mystery' where a trail of clues would lead around a messy room (which also had a dead body in it because [[AlwaysMurder reasons]]) to the crystal. These games were so popular a different incarnation was done in each series.
series.
* LoopholeAbuse - LoopholeAbuse: It wasn't unknown for contestants to obtain their crystals in ways they weren't really supposed to.
* {{Mayincatec}} - {{Mayincatec}}: The Aztec Zone.
* MineralMacGuffin - MineralMacGuffin: The Time Crystals, which grants the team 5 seconds in the Crystal Dome, or can be used to buy out a locked in contestant.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass - OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Although the audience might have argued that it was more like "Only a ''complete idiot'' cannot pass".
* PirateBooty - PirateBooty: One of the challenges in the Ocean Zone was searching for the key to a treasure chest in a pirate cave, complete with pirate skeleton and stuffed PirateParrot.
* PutOnABus - PutOnABus: Richard O'Brien, when he left the series. Although the Series 5 ChristmasEpisode helps to explain the transfer of the ownership to Ed Tudor Pole.
* ShaggyDogStory - ShaggyDogStory: Ultimately, the number of crystals gathered meant nothing if the team gather too many (negative-scoring) silver tokens in the final stage. And they frequently did. (In theory, they could have used the extra time to check for silver tokens instead of just shoving in as many as possible, but apparently no-one ever thought of that.)



* ThemeTune - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjRnyyJLNy0 Much more dramatic than it has any right to be]]
* TimedMission - Every challenge is 2-3 minutes long. The crystal dome has 5 seconds per crystal earned.
* TimeTravel - Some of the challenges seem to take place in a medieval time period, or the future, or something similar...
* TooDumbToLive - Several contestants, although [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAHG2zxX_rE this]] is probably the most ludicrous example.
* VoodooDoll - Used for a throwaway gag in a series 2 episode:

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* ThemeTune - ThemeTune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjRnyyJLNy0 Much more dramatic than it has any right to be]]
* TimedMission - TimedMission: Every challenge is 2-3 minutes long. The crystal dome has 5 seconds per crystal earned.
* TimeTravel - TimeTravel: Some of the challenges seem to take place in a medieval time period, or the future, or something similar...
* TooDumbToLive - TooDumbToLive: Several contestants, although [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAHG2zxX_rE this]] is probably the most ludicrous example.
* VoodooDoll - VoodooDoll: Used for a throwaway gag in a series 2 episode:



* WireDilemma - Sometimes appeared as a challenge.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs - The hosts would both moan about the quality of the prizes, the game design, the contestants, the set, just about everything.
* [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Your Crystal Is Not In This Game]]: In the fourth series, a game involved creating a chain of words to release a sword from a stone (King Arthur reference). That sword had a crystal as the pommel, but the game had no crystal for the winner. Where is the crystal?[[spoiler: In the hand of a suit of armour, possibly worn by a crew member, who is given the crystal-pommel sword by Richard O'Brien.]]

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* WireDilemma - WireDilemma: Sometimes appeared as a challenge.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs - WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: The hosts would both moan about the quality of the prizes, the game design, the contestants, the set, just about everything.
everything.
* [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Your Crystal Is Not In This Game]]: YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: In the fourth series, a game involved creating a chain of words to release a sword from a stone (King Arthur reference). That sword had a crystal as the pommel, but the game had no crystal for the winner. Where is the crystal?[[spoiler: In crystal? [[spoiler:In the hand of a suit of armour, possibly worn by a crew member, who is given the crystal-pommel sword by Richard O'Brien.]]
2nd Jan '16 8:12:31 AM ReloadPsi
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* FashionDissonance - The perms, mullets, and toupees sported by so many of the contestants certainly were a product of the time.
18th Dec '15 12:36:10 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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* CheatersNeverProsper: Kind of averted. Contestants who managed to get a crystal in a method other than the one the game intended were usually allowed to keep it. On the other hand, they'd usually misunderstood the game than strictly speaking cheated.

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* CheatersNeverProsper: Kind of averted. Contestants who managed to get a crystal in a method other than the one the game intended were usually allowed to keep it. On the other hand, they'd usually misunderstood the game game, rather than strictly speaking cheated.
18th Dec '15 12:33:18 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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* CheatersNeverProsper: Kind of averted. Contestants who managed to get a crystal in a method other than the one the game intended were usually allowed to keep it. On the other hand, they'd usually misunderstood the game than strictly speaking cheated.
27th Sep '15 11:19:21 AM auroVee
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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication, while [[EpilepticTrees rumours]] surface every couple of years about a {{Revival}}. The show was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. Although a TV revival is still far off, a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involved has been announced and is currently seeking [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding on IndieGoGo]]

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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication, while [[EpilepticTrees rumours]] surface every couple of years about a {{Revival}}. The show was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet. Although a TV revival is still far off, a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involved has been announced and is currently seeking has managed to recieve [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding on through IndieGoGo]]



** "Will you start the fans, PLEASE!"

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** "Will you start the fans, PLEASE!"PLEASE!" for Richard, "Let the four winds blow!" or similar for Ed - both just before the Crystal Dome task.



*** In Series 3, 'Mumsie' was replaced by 'Auntie Sabrina' - which was strange, because they were both played by Sandra Caron (possibly it was just an elaborate excuse to change her costume, as the characters did dress differently).

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*** In Series 3, 'Mumsie' was replaced by 'Auntie Sabrina' - which was strange, because they were both played by Sandra Caron (possibly it was just an elaborate excuse to change her costume, as the characters did dress differently). 'Mumsie' returns in Series 4, announcing her arrival back in the ChristmasEpisode which kickstarts said series.



%%* MineralMacGuffin

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%%* MineralMacGuffin* MineralMacGuffin - The Time Crystals, which grants the team 5 seconds in the Crystal Dome, or can be used to buy out a locked in contestant.



* PutOnABus - Richard O'Brien, when he left the series.

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* PutOnABus - Richard O'Brien, when he left the series. Although the Series 5 ChristmasEpisode helps to explain the transfer of the ownership to Ed Tudor Pole.
14th Jun '15 1:57:02 AM SilentHunterUK
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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication, while [[EpilepticTrees rumours]] surface every couple of years about a {{Revival}}. The show was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet.

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The show remains a classic and repeats are still shown in syndication, while [[EpilepticTrees rumours]] surface every couple of years about a {{Revival}}. The show was and remains very popular amongst University Students, though there have been no DVD releases as yet.
yet. Although a TV revival is still far off, a "live immersive experience" in central London with Richard O'Brien's involved has been announced and is currently seeking [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crystal-maze-a-live-immersive-experience#/story funding on IndieGoGo]]
15th May '15 6:23:53 PM doubleutf
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* LinkedListClueMethodology - A lot of the games had a dash of this, but particularly one of the most iconic games, the 'Murder Mystery' where a trail of clues would lead around a messy room (which also had a dead body in it because [[AlwaysMurder reasons]]) to the crystal. These games were so popular a different incarnation was done in each series.
25th Apr '15 5:11:09 PM doubleutf
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* AsideComment - The crux of Richard O'Brien's awesomeness.



* CatchPhrase - "This is a two/two and a half/three minute game from the very second I close the door...", "Will you start the fans, PLEASE!"

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* CatchPhrase - -
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"This is a two/two and a half/three minute game from the very second I close the door...", "
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"Will you start the fans, PLEASE!"PLEASE!"
** Subverted for a while by Richard O'Brien who decided to make "Go for it!" his catchphrase, but whenever he used it would shortly after go off on a monologue [[BreakingTheFourthWall explaining to the audience]] that he had decided to make "Go for it!" his catchphrase.


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* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs - The hosts would both moan about the quality of the prizes, the game design, the contestants, the set, just about everything.
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