YMMV: The Langoliers

  • Casting Gag: Of course Dean Stockwell would know a thing or two about time travel.
  • Freud Was Right: At least in the miniseries, that time warp looks rather... vaginal.
    "It's the place where...all life begins!"
    "It's so beautiful!"
  • Fridge Logic: At one point, Toomy thinks of the man who was supposed to be watching out while Jesus prayed in the garden before he was arrested. If Toomy was raised to do nothing but work, where did he learn the Gospels from? An attitude of "LOVE IS NOT PART OF THE BIG PICTURE!" doesn't exactly gel with a Christian upbringing.
    • The phrase 'tough love' is frequently used to justify examples of malicious child abuse, and the tough love concept is pretty much the kernel of Christian belief. Toomy's dad is just not bothering to sugarcoat what he's doing. He definitely seems like he could be an Old Testament kind of guy.
    • Demanding that his son take rigorous Sunday-school lessons as a young child might have seemed to Toomy's father like a logical precursor to making him study extra-hard in school.
  • Ham and Cheese: Bronson Pinchot knows exactly what kind of miniseries this is, and acts accordingly. Believe it or not, Balki is actually subtle next to Toomy.
    • Dean Stockwell contributes a performance that closely resembles a cross between William Shatner and Sir David Attenborough.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point, the mystery writer attempts to explain how time travel works and why it would be impossible to change or stop events, using the JFK assassination as an example. Years later, Stephen King writes 11/22/63, a novel about a time traveler attempting to do just that.
  • Inferred Holocaust: No one ever seems to make a big deal out of the fact that 90% of the people on the plane were apparently vaporized at the beginning of the story. Justifiable, considering that there are bigger issues to deal with. Alternatively, as they were awake at the time, they may simply not have gone through the time rip with everyone else... and the plane. Oops...
  • Jerkass Woobie: Toomy is unstable and murderous but he does have a very good Freudian Excuse for his behavior.
  • Moral Event Horizon: As sad a character as Mr. Toomy is, what does he do to Dinah, the one person to show him compassion and attempt to help him? He kills her. It's little wonder Dinah then decides to get him killed too, though she is sorry about it.
    • Also, Dean Stockwell's entire performance.
    • What does the horrifying noise of the approaching Langoliers sound like? "Rice Krispies after the milk has been poured in", apparently. Made even weirder after it's called a "scary cereal sound".
    • The miniseries as a whole, really. It's spectacularly low-quality by the standards of a King adaptation, but not at all unenjoyable.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Kate Maberly (Dinah) would go on to play Glumdalclitch in the Gulliver's Travels miniseries and Wendy in Finding Neverland.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The miniseries.
  • Special Effect Failure: There is no other term that can possibly describe the presentation of the Langoliers in the mini-series. And the time rip is pretty hokey as well.
    • Well, in the novella the Langoliers were only a form they were comfortable with: they saw incomprehensible shapes almost like machinery until they thought of the motion of bouncing balls, at which point that's what was there.
    • The CGI plane used for in-flight scenes was startlingly fake as well.