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Taken is a Science Fiction miniseries made in 2002. It's about three families, beginning with Russell Keys, an Air Force pilot who is abducted by aliens in the middle of a battle; Owen Crawford, an Air Force captain who is the first from the military to see the crashed alien spaceship; and Sally Clarke, a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage who meets a strange man in her shed. Three generations of conflict unfolds from these events, and we, along with the characters, slowly learn the motives behind the abductions that have been going on for almost a century.Despite the overuse of cliches, it's actually pretty good. It focuses just as much on the characters as on the plot, as we watch them grow from children to adults.
This series contains examples of:
Aliensare Bastards: A belief held almost unanimously by the military and especially the Keys family. When John an alien gets badly injured protecting Allie, he is met with no sympathy by even his own granddaughter who precedes to Callingthe Oldmanout.
Game of Nerds: The quiet, bookish Jacob plays baseball. He says that he enjoys it because he can never make assumptions (which is probably important to a psychic). His daughter assumed it was because it's impossibly hard, and had a lot of useless statistics he could memorise.
Humans Are Special: The aliens are intrigued by humans because their own evolution branched away and stripped them of emotions. They are especially interested in the Keys family for their strength of will and physical hardiness.
Journey to the Center of the Mind: Of a sort. People who walk into the alien ship see people and places from their mind. Owen Crawford claims to be a manifestation of Mary's view of him. It turns out Allie was psychically manipulating everyone.
Meaningful Echo: Sally tells Jacob this phrase every now and again. Jacob repeats it, first to his mother when she sends him away, and again to his daughter just before he dies. She repeats it to Allie just before Allie goes with the aliens.
I love you. Every day and twice on Sundays.
When Jacob is about to Mind Rape somebody, he says "Look at me". When Allie is about to save her dad, she says "Look at me".
Mind Rape: Alien technology has a bad habit of inducing this.
All your memories play at once. All your memories and all your fears.
Not So Different: The aliens are similar to humans; both physically and biologically. One scientist compares this to the similarities to a human and a fruit fly to which Dr Wakeman replies "maybe that's the point".
Retraux: Subtly used. The direction of each episode tried to mimic the direction of movies from the time period. For example, the first two episodes used older tungsten lights, while the later episodes used more modern lighting systems.
Redemption Equals Death: Even the ruthless Eric Crawford decides his daughter has gone too far in putting innocent civilians at risk and endangering the life of the young girl Allie. He dies attempting to avoid a bloodbath.
Roswell That Ends Well: Played with. What the farmer found really was a weather balloon, but it crashed because of aliens.
Science Marches On: In-story example. As time passes, doctor's reactions to the devices in the Keys brains change.
Shout-Out: Dr Wakeman says the aliens are "nowhere as nice" as the ones from ET. Stephen Spielberg actually produced this series and it may also reference the aborted ET sequel that was to feature evil albino E Ts that abducted people.
Skepticism Failure: Tom realises that aliens are real after finding out his half-brother is half-alien.
Superpowerful Genetics: Allie's conception was the result of decades of genetics meddling in order to create in Mary Crawford's words "the next stage in the evolution of life". Her power more than validates the claim.
The Stoner: Jesse becomes this after Vietnam, as well as befriending one.
Those Two Guys: Bowen and Erickson, Owen Crawford's two closest lackeys.
Those Wacky Nazis: Dr. Kreutz is an ex-Nazi scientist. As a physicist he is more von Braun than Mengle, but he certainly doesn't have much problem with grusome medical procedures.
The Unfavorite: Eric, to Owen. Interestingly, Sam, the favoured son, hates his father. It turns out the reason that Owen ignores Eric is because when Owen got Mind Raped by Jacob, he saw how he died, with Eric standing over him.
The Unfettered: Owen Crawford really wants to find out what's up with the aliens.
Unperson: Owen did this to his minions to force them into working for him.
Vancouver Doubling: For many, many different American states. Sometimes more successfully than others.
Villain Hasa Point: Col Greer believes the aliens should be considered as hostile, and lists the belligerent acts that no nation should get away with. The list includes unwanted abductions, human experimentation, violating airspace and stealing a highly classified energy reactor.
Wife Husbandry: The relationship between Wakeman and Mary Crawford: she and her "Uncle Chet" had wanted to sleep together since she was thirteen.
White Sheep: Sam Crawford is the only one in his whole family that isn't a murderous sociopath. He is the only one that wants to reveal the alien cover up and risks his own life to defend a deformed and harmless alien half-breed.