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YMMV: Bio-Dome

  • Anvilicious: The film isn't exactly subtle with its environmental message.
  • Creator Killer / Star-Derailing Role: This was the film that derailed both Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin's careers.
    • Baldwin had previously received praise for his performance in The Usual Suspects and was seen as following in the footsteps of his brothers Alec, Daniel, and Billy. Since Bio-Dome, he has generally been regarded as a joke and the Black Sheep of the Baldwin family's acting abilities and has been more famous for appearing in reality shows and expressing his devout Christian beliefs than for his acting work.
    • Shore, for his part, was never regarded as a particularly acclaimed actor, although he did star in a string of moderately successful comedy films for most of the early 90s. After this film, however, he would not appear in anything aside from bit roles and occasional cameos for many years. Shore himself later even lampshaded his lost fame in the self-produced Pauly Shore Is Dead.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Dude. Everyone likes The Safety Dance. Its inclusion in this movie is one of the three good things about the movie.
  • Designated Hero: We're meant to see Bud and Doyle as the good guys, despite the fact that they spend the movie beating the shit out of themselves, acting ridiculously obnoxious and practically destroying the dome, and the majority of the stuff the scientists put all that hard work into developing. And let's not forget their unprovoked groping/attempted rape of the female scientists in their sleep.
  • Designated Villain: Faulkner is the villain... for trying to stop Bud and Doyle from ruining the experiment. I'm sorry, but in what world does 'wanting the two stoners who broke into an experiment designed to sustain only a set number of people for a year and destroyed all our hard work' to leave make the head researcher a bad guy?
    • Ok so he wouldn't let them leave, but only because he didn't want to damage the integrity of the experiment anymore than their arrival did.
    • He may have been a little less villainous if his idea of a solution to Bud and Doyle being there wasn't "throw them in the utility closet and maybe we'll try and remember to feed them eventually." Of course, this is Bud and Doyle we're talking about here...
    • He didn't even go 'kill em' crazy until they had utterly trashed the dome.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The rape scene.
    • The clown died.
    • Basically everything the two guys do, really.
  • Fridge Logic: The two slackers had only been in the dome a few minutes. It wouldn't have damaged any year long scientific studies to boot them out and reset a few minutes.
  • Idiot Plot: The entire film is built on this trope.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Faulkner supposedly crosses this either when he abandons Bud and Doyle in the desert part of the dome to die or when he tries to destroy the dome with the people inside. Bud and Doyle cross this when they commit sexual assault on two of the female scientists.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Shore's laugh after winning the "for fun" Rock-Paper-Scissors match.
  • Rooting for the Empire / Strawman Has a Point: Faulkner. In spades. His only crime seems to be being a Jerk Ass towards the two doofuses - but even that is perfectly explainable. Would anyone else act differently?
  • The Scrappy: Bud and Doyle
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: You actually feel sorry for Faulkner and see why he went Ax-Crazy when you think about how much obnoxious assholes Bud and Doyle were.


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