YMMV: The First Men in the Moon

  • Designated Hero: Bedford in the 1964 film. It's pretty clear that he's only with Cavor to share in the profit of Cavorite and sells a rented cottage to Cavor for thousands of pounds, whilst tricking Kate into signing the deed over instead of him, so she will take the fall in his place. When he finally sets foot on the Moon he cautiously greets the natives, by throwing a dozen of them off a cliff. And later assumes that there understandable and relatively benign disinterest in earthlings is instead a declaration of war.
    • Hell, he even sadistically grins and chuckles when he realises that Cavor's Heroic Sacrifice accidentally spread a disease to wipe out all of the unsuspecting aliens.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Gatiss' conceit that Cavor used a sheet of Cavorite to flush the moon's atmosphere into space, rendering the moon the airless dead world Aldrin and Armstrong discover. An extremely elegant solution to the problem that Science Marches On.
  • Fridge Horror: Cavor destroys an entire sentient race to prevent them fighting a war with humanity. While, yes, a huge war would have been awful, most wars tend to end, and usually with diplomacy and peace (or at least a cessation of conflict for some time). There's no reason there couldn't have been peace in the future.
    • It's worse in the 1964 film when Cavor did so accidentally while trying to maintain peaceful relations with the aliens.