Cue the Original, Homage
Early September, 2009. Karma Crow
, a hippie-psychiatrist estranged from his family of mad scientists
, wakes up in the back of a dark, moving van. A man on the other side, standing against the back wall, lights a cigarette, giving some faint illumnination to the van. His clothes are very tattered and dirty, and his filthy hair reaches his shoulders. He introduces himself as Rick O'Connell
. He says he was arrested in Cairo, and a mysterious van saved him from death row.
Just then, the van stops. In is thrown a man in a green shirt and blue overalls. A thick moustache covers his slender face, and his nose separates his eye-covering hair. Donning a cap with the letter "L" on it, he introduces himself as Luigi, an Italian immigrant to Brooklyn who found work as a plumber, until he and his brother Mario were kidnapped by slave-trader turtles and deposited in a drug-feuled fantasy world, which he explored while Mario established them a role in the Royal Entertainment industry
Another stop. Malcolm Wilkerson
and Lt. Archie Hicox
emerge. They spot two young men talking, Link and Kafei
, and capture Link, narrowly saving him from being assassinated by Alta´r ibn'La-Ahad
who is then forced to interrogate Kafei.
Lastly, the mysterious expedition goes underwater and grabs a certain Sponge Bob Square Pants
, claiming his real name is Robert Kelsey, and then knocks out all five captives, who then wake up on a boat in the ocean. This boat lands at the southern tip of South Africa, and they are briefed on their holy mission.
They are to travel across space and time, looking in prescribed places for the "Pyramidion Shards", which are to be contructed into a pyramid shape, and placed on top of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Cue a journey across Africa, the Mushroom Kingdom, Hyrule, Rome, ancient Greece, America in several different periods at once, and through the Land of Tenochtikuzcalitlan
over which time they die— permanently or temporarily,
learn the truth about their task and form a bond to last a thousand years
.Cue The Sequel, Homage II: The Game
Starting with a narration from the Prince of Persia
, son of Sharaman and heir to the throne, ("Most people think time is like a river, that flows swift and sure in one direction. But I have seen the face of time. And I can tell you; they have the basic idea, but are missing the lot of it. Time is indeed a river, but in flows in every direction. It can't just stand still; that would be a... erm, well, it's a river, one that has many
tributaries, and you can stand on the levees... no, Time is an Ocean in a Storm.") The sequel then cuts to Seattle, Semptember of 2009. With a van driving by in the background
, the Prince runs parkour
over the cityscape, along with a few figures in white robes
. He reaches his goal; a schoolyard, where a young janitor named Reese Wilkerson
eyes a special dagger. Reese is blissfully unaware that several assassins await him; bounty hunter Jared Slim
and U.S. government agent Leon Scott Kennedy
, both of whom want to kill Reese for his recently dicovered crimes. He is also stalked by Alta´r (Who is seen handing a young man some robes beforehand).
Retrieving the dagger, the Prince kills Alta´r by slowing down time, and then tells Reese to run.
He subdues Jared and Leon, and tells them that if they help him do what he wants to do, he'll let them have Reese.
The Prince tells of his plan to reconstruct the cap-stone of an ancient monument to the West of his Kingdom of Persia. It is said to bestow a marvelous reward to the person who does it. To do so, however, the Prince needs to collect several things back in his homeland, then travel to certain places, where the pyramidion shards are held. They are followed by a very strange and ultimately benign salesman, Dwight Kurt Schrute
, who thinks he was destined to be a hero and they are his underlings, despite not being so much as noticed by them and often getting lost.After a disastrous trip through the trap-laden castles of Persia, in which Jared, Dwight and Leon meet their end and the Prince's clothes are terribly ruined, he and Reese
arrive at Giza, while a great battle goes on between the rest of the teams, including Karma's. In the struggle, Rick O'Connell
slyly sneaks up to the top of Khufu's Great Pyramid and places the Pyramidion in its place, which sets off a great explosion of light, killing him and transporting all of the survivors to a mysterious, infinte white room where all of their wounds are healed, and their equipment is restored to what they had when they first set out.Cue The Threequel, Homage III: Denoument
After an opening credits sequence set to Cream's "White Room"
, we pick up right where we left off, except there are seven doors. They lead to: Seattle for Karma, Hyrule for Link, Mushroom Kingdom for Luigi, Madrid for Luis Sera
, Persia for the Prince, a mysterious unmarked door and Renaissance-era Florence for the new arrival in the room, Ezio Auditore da Firenze
, who has found them with the help of the Apple of Eden. When asked what they should do next, Ezio tells them that the Pyramidion Shards from the last films were strange artifacts known as Pieces of Eden
, and were not meant to be handled by the hands of mankind. The five of them are meant to restore things to their natural order, which was disrupted by their escapades over the last two films. As for Ezio, he finds himself wandering into the wacky and wonderful world of the Mushroom Kingdom.
After a brief Platform Hell
segment made possible by the Dagger of Time, the group ends up on the campus of Hogwarts
. After trying to learn magic, necromancy in particular to raise the characters killed in the last films, they unintentionally start a zombie apocalypse and incite a Hogwarts CivilWar that ends up destroying the place entirely, with only Hagrid, Sirius Black and Dumbledore escaping, only to wonder if they're infected.
The team goes around ressurecting their dead comrades , their journey taking them to Victorian England, modern Venice, and ancient Israel, and eventually separating the prince from the rest of the gang. When they are reunited after a seven-year Time Skip
, The Prince reveals that should the Dagger fail, he has two chances to return afterwards before he's Killed Off for Real
. Coincidentally, one of those times comes quickly, as he runs out of sand and falls off of Mt. Sinai
Later on, the characters, clothes torn to shreds
and hair twice as long, realize that they have no hope of finishing the task laid in front of them, as it quickly undoes itself afterwards. The Prince decides that there is only one thing to do; Plunge the Dagger into the Hourglass of Time, atop the Tower of Dawn in Azad, near his home castle. Once there, however, the Prince drops his Dagger down a shaft, and while the characters go to retrieve it, the Prince gets nervous and wall-runs across a long drop too early and fatally wounds himself. He manages to get out of the shaft, and in his last moments of being able to fight, he gives Karma the Dagger of Time and his scimitar, taking a small machete from a dead body in the courtyard. While Karma, Luigi, Link and Luis run to the Tower of Dawn, the prince stays behind to fight the sand-zombie of Bill Overbeck
. Just as he loses consciousness and dies, the Prince utilizes his final chance.
Later on, the Prince, pristine and with weak weapons and no Dagger, fights his way to Karma Crow, who is fighting the the Special Infected of Left 4 Dead
. Just as the Prince makes himself known (And is about to reveal his name
) he is killed by a zombie that tackles him off a cliff. Karma takes an incredible journey through his own mind, and then ends up in Luigi's bedroom, the doorway to a "Power Star World". When Mario comes upstairs and threatens to kill Luigi for not letting Mario stuff John Leguizamo inside of his skin, Ezio Auditore
emerges from the level door with both The Apple of Eden and the "Power-Up of Eden". He entrusts his team of assassins to Luigi and Karma, who escape through the level. The fates of Mario and Ezio are never given.
After the level, Luigi tells Karma he must go, which leaves Karma with his team- Primo Penna
and his lover Beatrice Simoni, Nestore Nucci, Ercole Esposito
, Piero Piacentini and Lorenzo la Falce
, Laura Boccanera, Fabiola Fornari, Severino Sabelli, Paolo Profeta, Guido Tucerini, Desideria Donati, Anna Abette, Kafei
and Giovanni Gugliemi.
After many adventures, in which Karma briefly re-unites with Rick O'Connell
and explores his own mind, Karma learns that the hourglass has been shifting position, and is now atop the ancient Stone Tower of a place called Ikana Canyon
. Karma leads the assassins into battle against the undead Ikani army, who are blocking entry to Stone Tower. All of the assassins except for Beatrice are killed, and Beatrice stays behind to help hold them back.
Karma, running past sand zombies of his former friends and teammates, uses the skills he's learned from his friends and allies to climb Stone Tower. As it is about to teleport, Karma plunges the Dagger into the Hourglass of Time, whilst the Pink Floyd
song "Wish You Were Here"
plays in the background. All of the trilogy is erased, including all of the battles, accomplishments, meetings, and bonds, and Karma find himself in the van, holding the Dagger of Time, as Rick ignites his cigarette. "I'm Rick O'Connell. Who're you? What's that face about?"
Cue the credits, and the song "Gypsy" by The Moody Blues...
This Work Contains Non-Alphabetized Examples Of:
- Ancient Egypt: The plot of the first two films involves restoring the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The third film briefly snaps back in time to its initial construction.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- Piero Piacentini and Lorenzo La Falce
- Karma and Rick
- May Inca Tec: The land of Tenochtikuzcalitlan.
- Heroic Sacrifice: A few examples.
- Spongebob blows the police station while he's inside of it to distract the local law enforcement, who wrongly imprisoned the rest of the group.
- Luigi dies stallling Akhenaten when they're entering the temple. Undone soon afterwards.
- Karmic Death: Jacob Crow gets shot with a shotgun, falls down three stories, accidentally lights himself on fire and gets eaten alive by scarabs for killing millions of people in the name of entertainment-science.
- Bad Ass:
- Captain Ash
- The Prince, before he goes insane and starts talking to himself.
- Link, to an extent. Views all of his gagedtry as run of the mill tools and finds adventuring and killing to be everyday work.
- The Assassin Recruits. In particular, Primo, Beatrice, Piero, Nestore and Lorenzo.
- According to Luigi, Mario destroys entire universes single-handedly for cake. He likes cake.
- Clothing Damage: Not so prominent in the first film until the end, but from the Prince's entry onwards, characters take the Sands of Time approach and lose large bits at sparse times.
- Shifting Sand Land: Karma visist the Trope Namer in the first one, and the desert below it in the third.
- Lethal Lava Land: Rick visits the Trope Namer in the first one.
- Continuity Nod: The series loves these.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The group is briefly jailed in the first one for entering the (Fictional) city of Constantinople, Idaho with under six cents each.
- It turns out that four of them actually did have the required cents, and that the police really just wanted to fill up the jail to appear competent for some young children on a field trip.
- Too Dumb to Live: Reese, an ordinary, unarmed teenager, charges screaming into a battle full of magic, electricity and rifles. It goes as well as you'd expect.
- Shout-Out: Anything that couldn't be incorporated into the series without being a Big Lipped Alligator Moment finds its way into the sequence where Karma is trapped inside his mind.
- Knight Templar: Jacob Crow
- Moctezuma murdered his way to power because he beleived that the political situation of
Tenochtikuzcalitlan was terrible, and that he was chosen to lead the people by the gods.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Kafei is seen at the very beginning of the first film, when Link is abducted. He is later seen as one of Ezio's assassins.
- Ezio himself. He was destined to enter the Mushroom Kingdom, and later saves Luigi and Karma from Mario by entering the castle from there.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The fates of Shaggy Rogers and Lenny Oldburn are never, ever revealed. They are Lampshaded though.
- Badass Side-Cape: Ezio, Primo, Nestore, Piero and Lorenzo have one, and dyed all different colours too. Beatrice gets one after Primo dies.
- In his after-the-credits sequence, Karma gets a tattered, black regular cape with a hood.
- Revolvers Are Just Better
- Artistic License: Karma, in the game he's from, is actually just an alternate costume for main villain Jacob Crow, not his brother, or even a less evil version of him. Luigi really is a paranoid wimp, and Link, in addition to being mute, knows damn well how important he is. Jared Slim is the kind of person that Leon would aprehend, not Reese, and he (Leon) would likely try to kill the Prince after the whole subduing shenanigans. Luis is a pervert, but he's no idiot. Alta´r did not recruit assassins. Other than that, the characters stay fairly true to their original selves, especially the Prince and Rick.
- Great White Hunter: Captain Ash
- Reset Button: The ultimate resolution of the franchise. As evidenced by the credits, did more harm than good.
- Crapsack World: The after-credits montage. Karma's mind breaks down and he wanders through the mountains of Romania with the Dagger slowly going into a deep depression. Luigi's spirit is broken and he essentially become a zombie. Rick gets killed by living mummies. [[spoiler: Link and Kafei get killed by Alta´r, who ends up being shot by Jared Slim, who gets shot by Leon, who shoots the Prince and arrests Reese. Luis gets killed like he does in the game he's from. The only characters whose lives are actually better in the end are Spongebob, Shaggy, Lenny Oldburn, Captain Jack, Harry Tipper and Captain Ash.
- Five-Man Band: While the filsm star either a five-or-four man band, they don't really fit into the roles perfectly, though some characters do.
- Magnificent Bastard: The Prince gets Leon and Jared to be subordinate through manipulation. Rather easy to do, since the Dagger essentially makes him unkillable.
- Jacob relies on Karma's refusal to let him get killed to evade death and taunt the heros to their faces throughout the original. Rick gets fed up and shoots him off a cliff into being eaten AND burned alive.
- Large Ham: Dwight, who has been tagging along with everyone in II unnoticed, gets to have his moment finally near the end, staying behind to hold off the Taliban, and dies when Leon dies.
- Matthew Patel, right up until he becomes Kafei's first kill.