History Series / WeirdScience

16th Jul '16 9:04:28 AM nombretomado
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* LiteralGenie: In "Cyrano Debrainac," Gary wishes for the brain of AlbertEinstein, so Lisa zaps up Einstein's BrainInAJar. Note this was after he tried to be very careful with his wording to avoid a mishap like his head being replaced by Einstein's.

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* LiteralGenie: In "Cyrano Debrainac," Gary wishes for the brain of AlbertEinstein, UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein, so Lisa zaps up Einstein's BrainInAJar. Note this was after he tried to be very careful with his wording to avoid a mishap like his head being replaced by Einstein's.
30th May '16 10:03:31 PM ecojosh1
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* MayflyDecemberRomance: Wyatt falls in love with a robot, but she dumps him when she finds out he's human. She loves him but doesn't want to get involved with someone who's going to grow old and die someday.
28th May '16 7:43:50 PM SpideyTerry
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* BrilliantButLazy: Gary. In "Slow Times at Farber High," he spent hours writing cheat notes all over his body (writing backwards for his back so he could read them in the bathroom mirror) rather than just study.

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* BrilliantButLazy: Gary. In "Slow Times at Farber High," he spent hours writing cheat notes all over his body (writing backwards for his back so he could read them in the bathroom mirror) rather than just study. Scampi tells him he could be a great mind if he devoted that kind of energy to his studies.



* CoolLoser: Like in the movie, Wyatt and Gary start out as absolutely pathetic. After about a season or so, they become this--able to interact socially with their peers and ask girls out. They're still considered unpopular, though, but that's shown to be because the popular kids are assholes.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first few episodes, Wyatt and Gary would actually have to type on the computer to summon Lisa. Afterwards, they could still do this, but Lisa was far more likely to pop in on her own.



* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Chett. Wyatt tends to stick up for him out of family loyalty, but Gary often snarks at him and Lisa has a lot of issues with him, too. It turns out that the people Chett regularly hangs out with look down on him, too.
* FriendlyEnemy: Rhett and Mickey (the two rats turned human in "Chett World") want to take over the world and avenge their kind for being experimented on, but they genuinely like Chett and offer him a position of power.



* GrandFinale: "[=WS4=]." Aliens invade, Gary is killed by said aliens but then [[DeathIsCheap resurrected]]; Chet and Scampi have a LukeIAmYourFather moment.

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* GrandFinale: "[=WS4=]." Aliens invade, Gary is killed by said aliens but then [[DeathIsCheap resurrected]]; Chet Chett and Scampi have a LukeIAmYourFather moment.



* HateSink: Chett starts out as an unrepentant asshole that regularly bullies and annoys others. Over time, CharacterDevelopment gave him more likable qualities.



* HollywoodDateless: Averted. Early on, Wyatt was too timid to ask girls out and Gary often stuck his foot in his mouth. Over time, the conflict was involved complaining about not getting a date with a particular girl instead of not getting one in general.



* MyBrainIsBig: In "Cyrano De Brainiac," Gary wants to impress a brainy girl in class by becoming "super brainiac smart." Lisa initially does this to him, but he asks her to undo it since it would impede his efforts to score.



* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: "Stalag 16" double subverts it in the prison camp plot. Chett is fully prepared to leave Scampi behind due to their history, but the latter later proves his worth by acting as a distraction. When the other men decide to leave Scampi behind anyway, Chett goes back for him.



* ParentalFavoritism: Wyatt is the folks' clear favorite--much to Chett's annoyance.
-->'''Chett:''' ''[to Wyatt]'' You're the good son. You're gonna get the good job. You're the one Nana wants to see at Christmas.



** This is is also the plot of Rat and Mickey, two rats transformed into humans by Lisa's magic--use mind-controlling jerky to make everyone in the world act like the moronic Chett, then use humans for science experiments.

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** This is is also the plot of Rat Rhett and Mickey, two rats transformed into humans by Lisa's magic--use mind-controlling mind-altering jerky to make everyone in the world act like the moronic Chett, then use humans for science experiments.


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* RedEyesTakeWarning: Lisa fakes this in "Magnifico Dad" to mess with the guys.
-->"Who dares disturb my slumber? I did not wish to be summoned. For this impertinence, you shall be punished."


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* SpoiledSweet: Wyatt's parents regularly give him hefty allowances and buy him expensive gifts to make up for always being away to work.


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* TrueCompanions: Wyatt, Gary, and Lisa. Chett is begrudgingly included after he learns the big secret.


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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Chett's friends can be just as obnoxious to him as he is to others. "Man's Best Friend" even opens with them abandoning Chett in the woods and forcing him to walk back home.
24th May '16 12:05:35 PM SpideyTerry
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** "Free Gary" has him reveal that he can't swim. A later episode ("It Takes a Geek") has a couple scenes involving being on a boat in a lake, so Gary is shown wearing a life-jacket.



** In "Chett's World," Lisa's magic accidentally turns two mice into humans, who then proceed [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain to try to take over the world]].

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** In "Chett's World," Lisa's magic accidentally turns two mice rats into humans, who then proceed [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain to try to take over the world]].



** "Chett's World" to ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' (only replacing aliens with mind-altering drinks to make everyone like Chett).

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** "Chett's World" to ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' (only replacing aliens ''[[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers]]'', complete with Chett running through the streets and telling his story in flashback. However, instead of aliens, the threat is mind-altering drinks to make beef jerky that makes everyone act like Chett).Chett.
19th May '16 4:53:04 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* TakeThat: In "Slow Times at Farber High," Gary's attempt to use a brain-draining machine on a nerd who humiliated him backfires when he inadvertently sucks up ''everyone's'' intelligence. At one point, he wonders where all of the now-stupid teenagers have vanished to. It turns out they've all gathered to watch ''SavedByTheBell: The College Years.''

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* TakeThat: In "Slow Times at Farber High," Gary's attempt to use a brain-draining machine on a nerd who humiliated him backfires when he inadvertently sucks up ''everyone's'' intelligence. At one point, he wonders where all of the now-stupid teenagers have vanished to. It turns out they've all gathered to watch ''SavedByTheBell: ''Series/SavedByTheBell: The College Years.''
14th Feb '16 6:55:17 PM Zark
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Unintentional example. While Movie!Lisa was very affectionate towards the boys and helped them become more confident and less socially awkward, Series!Lisa definitely has a mean streak and her JackassGenie antics (which aren't ''always'' unintentional) often seem like something that if anything would make them even ''less'' confident and more depressive. Any attempts to portray her as TricksterMentor type also fall flat thanks to StatusQuoIsGod ensuring Gary and Wyatt won't ever change in any significant way, meaning she is either really bad at the 'Mentor' part or is simply messing with them for her own amusement.
31st Oct '15 11:34:44 PM nombretomado
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** In "Bee in There", Wyatt asks Lisa to not only send himself and Gary back in time to 1987 but to leap them into their fathers a la ''QuantumLeap'' so they can teach their younger selves show to throw a baseball. Gary, however, leaps into his mother. This leads his dad and Wyatt's mother to believe that their spouses are having an affair.

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** In "Bee in There", Wyatt asks Lisa to not only send himself and Gary back in time to 1987 but to leap them into their fathers a la ''QuantumLeap'' ''Series/QuantumLeap'' so they can teach their younger selves show to throw a baseball. Gary, however, leaps into his mother. This leads his dad and Wyatt's mother to believe that their spouses are having an affair.



* WholePlotReference: Several episodes take the premise of existing shows. In "Sci-Fi Zoned," when the boys were fighting, Lisa zaps them into a world based on their favorite show, [[TheTwilightZone The Sci-Fi Zone]]. Another episode, "Quantum Wyatt," helps Wyatt figure out possible careers by spoofing ''QuantumLeap''.

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* WholePlotReference: Several episodes take the premise of existing shows. In "Sci-Fi Zoned," when the boys were fighting, Lisa zaps them into a world based on their favorite show, [[TheTwilightZone The Sci-Fi Zone]]. Another episode, "Quantum Wyatt," helps Wyatt figure out possible careers by spoofing ''QuantumLeap''.''Series/QuantumLeap''.
29th Oct '15 12:01:28 PM SpideyTerry
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** Like in the movie, it's Gary who names Lisa.



* NoHuggingNoKissing: Unlike the movie, Lisa tells the guys she won't do anything sexual with them until they're legal. While both are nonetheless attracted to her, Wyatt is too shy to broach the subject and Gary is repeatedly rejected.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Generally enforced. Due to limitations in Lisa's powers, wishes only last a short time and everything goes back to normal no matter what the characters experienced. (Whether or not other characters remember what was going on [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the given episode]].)
** [[FreakyFridayFlip "Switched at Birth"]] discusses and defies the trope. Gary expected everything to just snap back to normal when the wish was over, so he went hog wild with Wyatt's parents' credit cards. However, Wyatt's computer was abruptly unplugged--cancelling the wish before it fully played out and forcing the characters to deal with the fallout of Gary's actions.



* OpeningShoutOut: For most of the run, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctMqEJuqBN8 series intro]] began and ended with StockFootage from ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein''. Cut to "Searching for Boris Karloff":

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* OpeningShoutOut: For most of the run, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctMqEJuqBN8 series intro]] began and ended with StockFootage from ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein''. Cut to Since "Searching for Boris Karloff":Karloff" was a salute to Universal's Frankenstein movies, the opening exchange was re-created (albeit with Frankenstein instead of Pretorius).



'''Praetorius:''' No. Woman!\\

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'''Praetorius:''' '''Frankenstein:''' No. Woman!\\




-->'''Frankenstein''': She's alive! ''Alive!''



** "Searching for Boris Karloff" to Universal's ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'' movies.

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** "Searching for Boris Karloff" to Universal's ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'' movies.''[[Film/{{Frankenstein1931}} Frankenstein]]'' and [[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein its sequel]].
28th Oct '15 12:54:26 AM SpideyTerry
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* AbsenteeActor: Chett missed a few episodes here and there, with no explanation given for his whereabouts. Gary also didn't appear in "Phantom Scampi."

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* AbsenteeActor: Chett missed a few episodes here and there, with no explanation given for his whereabouts. Gary also didn't appear in "Phantom Scampi."


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* AesopAmnesia: In "Cyrano De Brainiac," Wyatt realizes that getting turned down wouldn't be the end of the world and gains a new level of confidence. He's back to his old shy self in the very next episode.


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* BadassBoast: During "Searching for Boris Karloff," when the guys are preparing to use Frankenstein's laboratory to revitalize Lisa.
-->'''Wyatt:''' We're not exactly in our element here.\\
'''Gary:''' We belong here! We captured the elusive spark of life from the vast nothingness. We created a beautiful woman from that inky void, and we can do it again! [[AllMenArePerverts And maybe this time, she'll shower with us!]]


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* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted. Gary and Wyatt are starting their sophomore year in the first episode and are well-into their senior year by the GrandFinale. The show did last five seasons, but its initial run was over the course of three years (barring six episodes being burned off a year later).


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* VillainDecay: The Steves were always comical, but in their first appearance, they were a true threat--effortlessly capturing the protagonists and being poised to destroy Earth. In their second appearance, they were instead quite hapless and pathetic.
26th Oct '15 1:22:45 AM ecojosh1
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* ScrewDestiny: Lisa gives Wyatt a watch that shows when he'll die and Gary a watch that shows when he'll lose his virginity. According to the watches, Wyatt will die in 90 years and Gary will lose his virginity in a few days. A few days later, they realize they have the wrong watches, which means Wyatt has 10 minutes to live. He avoids his death by refusing to help Chett soup up his Jeep with nitro. Then Gary ignores his destiny by having sex with a nerdy classmate.
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