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Reynardine: It behaves that way because she wills it so. That's how a blinker stone works!
Kat: That doesn't explain anything!
Reynardine: It explains enough, doesn't it?
Kat: Ugh! That's a terrible ethic!

Christina: How does a crystal drive a bus?
The Doctor: In a super clever outer-spacey way... just trust me.
Doctor Who, "Planet of the Dead"

Amy: Are you gonna make her talk again?
The Doctor: Can't.
Rory: Why not?
Amy: Spacey-wacey, isn't it?
The Doctor: Well actually it's because the Time Lords discovered that if you take an eleventh dimensional matrix and fold it into a mechanical frame then... Yes, it's spacey-wacey!
Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife"

Time Magazine: How does the Heisenberg compensator work?
Star Trek technical advisor Michael Okuda: It works very well, thank you.
—"Reconfigure the Modulators," Nov. 28, 1994

Stan: Jeff?! I thought you drowned!
Jeff: Nope.
Stan: Awesome.

Zadok: We have ambient light. That means it's coming from everywhere at once. If there's space up there, it's white too.
Ghanny: So?
Zadok: So shouldn't that light be accumulating and blinding us all?
Tailsteak: Light in this universe breaks back down into heat after traveling 1.85 kilometres.
Ghanny: Einstein would have a fit.
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I don't have to explain every little impossible thing to you!
Dr. Dinosaur, Atomic Robo

"I don't think I have the intellectual ability to condense 17 years of study and experiment into 17 minutes of explanation. For the moment, it will have to suffice to say that the people you witness before, living under my care and protection, are animals that have been fused with human genes."
Dr. Moreau, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

On works

Jerry Van Dyke: Mom, you're a car? I didn't think that things like this were possible!
Mom: I understand there's a baseball team called the Mets. If that's possible, anything's possible.
Mechanic: You call that a joke? I don't care if this thing is your mom, fuck you both. (is electrocuted) AIIIIEEEE!!
Jerry: Cut! Lock down the set! It's happening again!

"One of the greatest gifts DS9 gave to the Trek universe was Weyoun, and it is no co-incidence that is heavy presence in the last three seasons sees a soar in quality of the show. Jeffrey Combs has already chipped his teeth on some minor characters and Brunt but this is his piece de resistance performance, a naughty, sinister Vorta with a great line in black humour. Once he is introduced the writers simply had no choice but to let the Dominion invade because we simply had to spend more time in this guy's company...When they wrote the script they obviously didnít realise that Combs was going to do such a stellar job with the role and so they had to figure a way to rewind the ending of this tale where Weyoun is killed. Of course the Vorta are a clone raceÖdidnít you know?"

"Then we finally get an actual explanation for why the Federation is working with our plastic surgery addicted villains: The Head-Staplers have the technology to harvest whatever the hell is in the rings, and the Federation doesn't. Since the planet is in Federation territory, a partnership was formed. We also learn that the harvesting will make the planet uninhabitable. And if the Head-Staplers just establish a colony of their own on the planet, it'll take ten years for the rings to begin to take effect. Is it just me, or is this script roughly 90% about plugging up all its own plot holes?"

"It is, we learn, an Asian crocodile. "How did he swim across the sea?" a lawman asks, not unreasonably. "They conceal information like that in books," one of the movie's croc lovers answers sarcastically. I dunno; I thought it was a pretty good question."

Chris: The Penguin is thrown into the river, bassinet and all, and rather than sinking and drowning, he floats into the sewers where heís found by a flock of penguins who are inexplicably living in Gotham Cityís sewer.
David: I guess they escaped from the zoo?
Chris: The movie actually shows them being from an abandoned aquarium, because apparently when the money runs out, you just stop going to work and leave all the animals to fend for themselves. And again, I mentioned this in passing with the first movie, but Iím kind of okay with Gotham City being a place where weird stuff like that happens.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Batman Returns

"See, this immortal sanctuary is specifically mentioned as holy ground. As in that one place where no immortal can ever fight. As in the place where the one time in recorded history where an immortal killed another immortal on holy ground, the entire city of Pompeii got destroyed. Now Kell leads a band of evil immortals to the sanctuary, kills all the monks, and then decapitates the dozen or so helpless immortals there. The result? Nothing. Nothing happens. Turns out that the whole holy ground thing is all a myth and that immortals just like to handicap themselves that way just because."
The Screamsheet on Highlander: Endgame

"Besides, this is kind of a scifi-y show. We'll think of an excuse soon.

"Nanomachines, son!"
Senator Armstrong explaining why he has superpowers, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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