YMMV / Pitch Black

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • There is a much-debated alternative character interpretation of Riddick in the scene of Carolyn Fry's death.
      • The standard interpretation is that Fry went back to save Riddick, and then suddenly gets stabbed by one of the aliens, who then drags her off to her doom.
      • The second interpretation is that it was in fact Riddick who stabbed her, sacrificing her to save himself. The alien then detected her wound (they go off on blood), and drags her off to her doom. What supports this particular viewing is Riddick's knife being in just the right place for such a move, the look of remorse on his face after it happens, and his hardcore survival instincts.
      • The third one tapdances between the two ideas - Riddick's blood was attracting the creature, and he intentionally moved so that Fry was the one that got grabbed by it - but it was likely an instinctual tactic, as he does suffer a minor Heroic B.S.O.D. immediately afterward.
    • Riddick's comment at the end of the movie - "Tell them Riddick's dead. He died somewhere on that planet." This could be his way of saying he plans to start with a clean slate, or (as mentioned on the Tear Jerker page) that the last of his humanity had gone bye-bye. Or he could simply be covering his ass so he's not a wanted man anymore.
  • Genius Bonus: In Pitch Black, Riddick-o-vision is in anaglyph 3d. Go get those red/blue 3d glasses. It's simply purple and blurred at the edges in all the other installments of the franchise, though.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The flying alien monsters in Pitch Black are never named throughout the course of the film. Sorry, "bio-raptor" and "demon" are just fanspeak.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Riddick, for all his badass, murderous, cold-blooded tendencies, has a certain charm to him. He loves to smile, has a great (if not incredibly dark) sense of humor along with nerves of steel, and is actually willing to work with people (even an enemy) to achieve a common goal once he knows they're not after his head. At the same time, however, he will (and does) abandon those same people for his own gain once they've become expendable.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Johns has two available in Pitch Black, although which one is the true event horizon is up for debate. The first is when he steals the morphine from the crashed spaceship - he's a junkie - so Fry's friend has to die in screaming agony. The second is when he suggests Riddick kill Jack and drag her behind to put the creatures off them - he offers to keep the others off Riddick's back in exchange.
  • Retroactive Recognition: On deeper look, Mystic Force fans will recognize Ali, the boy who gets first mauled by the baby creatures as Firass Dirani, who played Nick Russel, the Red Ranger in the show.
  • What an Idiot!: Paris panics after the group is nearly attacked and not only cuts the groups light source power, but is killed by one the creatures himself.