Robin: "Gosh, Batman. The nobility of the almost-human porpoise." Batman: "True, Robin. It was noble of that animal to hurl himself into the path of that final torpedo. He gave his life for ours."
"I've been suddenly rescued by some force utterly outside of the context of this narrative! How... unsatisfying."
certainly is convenient."
"I mean, come on! Time travel?! What kind of deus ex machina bulls@#! is that?!
"You can't just throw stuff like this into the story out of nowhere! Where's the foreshadowing?!
"Who says deus ex machina is an outdated plot device?
"Oh Lord, hear our prayer... HELP!!!!
" (God's hand appears to help him and Richie)
"This particular blunder is known as deus ex machina, which is French for "Are you fucking kidding me?
"Where in the name of deus ex machina did that T. rex come from?!
"'Life is too precious to be left to chance.' - Deus X. Machina"
"Genies are only fun in the movies if you define and limit their powers."
"That's the whole point of
Doctor Who in these narrative collapse stories - that ultimately there is no such thing as threatening the fundamental narrative logic of
Doctor Who because, eventually, it just shrugs its shoulders and does something random to get out of it."
"It's one of the bigger cop-outs in epiphany history.
"These movies have a tendency to do this, where everything that would’ve mattered is immediately rendered irrelevant by some stupid plot contrivance. Lois getting nuked in Superman: The Movie and then time getting reversed, Superman losing his powers FOR EVER in Superman II and then, I dunno, deciding he wants them back and that’s all it takes, and now this. I mean, I guess you could say the same for the comics, but the movies go the extra mile in weaseling out of their own stupid plot points by making their excuses as dumb as possible. Compared to those, a Kryptonian crystal 1-Up Mushroom is actually the most believable."
"One minute they're dying of asphyxiation in deep space and the next minute they look over and: 'Hey, look, look, there's a space ship that civilians can fly, that can take us back to Earth and it's within half mile of a station that no one's noticed until now!' It's this kind of thing that was a running joke in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Fucking Galaxy