Playing With / Negative Space Wedgie

Basic Trope: An unexplained phenomenon used as a major plot point IN SPACE!
  • Straight: The Starship Future Hope is sucked into a "black hole".
  • Exaggerated: The black hole is, in fact, a wormhole to another dimension.
  • Downplayed: A previously unknown phenomenon knocks out communications for a few minutes, so Future Hope does not get an important update.
  • Justified: All sorts of weird things can happen in an unfamiliar environment such as outer space
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The crew manages to pull the ship out of the gravitational pull of the black hole.
  • Double Subverted: Only to wind up in a tailspin and crash land on a World of Weirdness.
  • Parodied: A road sign near the black hole reads, "Major Plot Point Ahead!"
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes these events are major plot points, sometimes minor or side plot points, sometimes a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, sometimes not used at all.
  • Averted: Plot points are things like Good Versus Evil and other more "mundane" plot points.
  • Enforced: "You know, a lot of stuff can happen in space that just can't happen in any other setting..."
  • Lampshaded: "Captain, we're being...sucked into...some sort of cosmic void..."
  • Invoked: Someone challenges the authority of The Captain, causing the crew to veer off course when they aren't paying attention.
  • Exploited: A gang of space criminals take advantage of the crew's diverted attention toward the problem at hand to sabotage the laboratory.
  • Defied:
    • The writers choose to stick to more mundane plots.
    • The crew never gets lost or sucked into black holes, always avoiding them well in advance.
  • Discussed: "There's a black hole ahead, but we can avoid it by going into hyperspace, Captain."
  • Conversed: "Why are these people always getting sucked into black holes?"
  • Played For Laughs: The black hole is, in fact, someone's overpowered vacuum cleaner.

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