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* TheBadGuyWins: And the Ebonites didn't even have to do anything.

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* TheBadGuyWins: And [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Due to the humans inadvertently destroying themselves and their planet]], the Ebonites didn't win the war without even have having to do anything.


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* TheBadGuyWins: And the Ebonites didn't even have to do anything.


Earth is at war with a planet called Ebon. A crew is given a mission to send a bomb powerful enough to destroy a planet to Ebon in an attempt to win the war, but get captured by the Ebonites and locked in a room with the bomb. The crew never actually see the Ebonites, just hear their voice, but everyone experiences various forms of physical and psychological torture with high tech devices, including being mutilated (which is healed afterwards) and being made to hallucinate loved ones appearing. The crew is interrogated about their mission, ordered to teach the Ebonites how to arm the bomb so they can use it for themselves, and begin to grow paranoid when the Ebonites imply one or more of the crew betrayed them. Eventually, one of the crew reaches his breaking point and kills another, believing he was the traitor. It's then revealed that the crew was on Earth all along, with their General explaining they were being tested to see how they stand up to stress and interrogation. Unfortunately, at the same time, the creator of the bomb, believing that they all going to die, had set the bomb to go off, hoping to take the Ebonites with them. With the bomb unable to be deactivated, it explodes, presumably wiping out Earth.

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Earth is at war with a planet called Ebon. A crew is given a mission to send a bomb powerful enough to destroy a planet to Ebon in an attempt to win the war, but get captured by the Ebonites and locked in a room with the bomb. The crew never actually see the Ebonites, just hear their voice, but everyone experiences various forms of physical and psychological torture with high tech devices, including being mutilated (which is healed afterwards) and being made to hallucinate loved ones appearing. The crew is interrogated about their mission, ordered to teach the Ebonites how to arm the bomb so they can use it for themselves, and begin to grow paranoid when the Ebonites imply one or more of the crew betrayed them. Eventually, one of the crew reaches his breaking point and kills another, believing he was the traitor. It's then revealed that the crew was on Earth all along, with their General explaining they were being tested to see how they stand up to stress and interrogation. Unfortunately, at the same time, the creator of the bomb, believing that they were all going to die, had set the bomb to go off, hoping to take the Ebonites with them. With the bomb unable to be deactivated, it explodes, presumably wiping out Earth.


Earth is at war with a planet called Ebon. A crew is given a mission to send a bomb powerful enough to destroy a planet to Ebon in an attempt to win the war, but get captured by the Ebonites and locked in a room with the bomb. The crew never actually see the Ebonites, just hear their voice, but everyone experiences various forms of physical and psychological torture with high tech devices, including being mutilated (which is healed afterwards) and being made to hallucinate loved ones appearing. The crew is interrogated about their mission, ordered to teach the Ebonites how to arm the bomb so they can use it for themselves, and begin to grow paranoid when the Ebonites imply one or more of the crew betrayed them. Eventually, one of the crew reaches his breaking point and kills another, believing he was the traitor. The creator of the bomb, believing that they all going to die, sets the bomb to go off, hoping to take the Ebonites with them. At this point their General enters the room and reveals they were on Earth the whole time being tested to see how they stand up to stress and interrogation. The bomb cannot be shut off and explodes, presumably wiping out Earth.

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Earth is at war with a planet called Ebon. A crew is given a mission to send a bomb powerful enough to destroy a planet to Ebon in an attempt to win the war, but get captured by the Ebonites and locked in a room with the bomb. The crew never actually see the Ebonites, just hear their voice, but everyone experiences various forms of physical and psychological torture with high tech devices, including being mutilated (which is healed afterwards) and being made to hallucinate loved ones appearing. The crew is interrogated about their mission, ordered to teach the Ebonites how to arm the bomb so they can use it for themselves, and begin to grow paranoid when the Ebonites imply one or more of the crew betrayed them. Eventually, one of the crew reaches his breaking point and kills another, believing he was the traitor. The creator of the bomb, believing It's then revealed that they the crew was on Earth all going to die, sets the bomb to go off, hoping to take the Ebonites along, with them. At this point their General enters the room and reveals explaining they were on Earth the whole time being tested to see how they stand up to stress and interrogation. The Unfortunately, at the same time, the creator of the bomb, believing that they all going to die, had set the bomb cannot to go off, hoping to take the Ebonites with them. With the bomb unable to be shut off and deactivated, it explodes, presumably wiping out Earth.


A crew on a mission to deploy a DoomsdayDevice against an alien planet is captured and psychologically tortured.

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Earth is at war with a planet called Ebon. A crew on is given a mission to deploy send a DoomsdayDevice against an alien bomb powerful enough to destroy a planet is to Ebon in an attempt to win the war, but get captured by the Ebonites and psychologically tortured.
locked in a room with the bomb. The crew never actually see the Ebonites, just hear their voice, but everyone experiences various forms of physical and psychological torture with high tech devices, including being mutilated (which is healed afterwards) and being made to hallucinate loved ones appearing. The crew is interrogated about their mission, ordered to teach the Ebonites how to arm the bomb so they can use it for themselves, and begin to grow paranoid when the Ebonites imply one or more of the crew betrayed them. Eventually, one of the crew reaches his breaking point and kills another, believing he was the traitor. The creator of the bomb, believing that they all going to die, sets the bomb to go off, hoping to take the Ebonites with them. At this point their General enters the room and reveals they were on Earth the whole time being tested to see how they stand up to stress and interrogation. The bomb cannot be shut off and explodes, presumably wiping out Earth.


-->'''The Control Voice:''' In our efforts to plumb the depths of our psychological endurance, we may do more than drive ourselves to the breaking point... we may destroy the very world we're seeking to protect.



* TakingYouWithMe: At the end of the experiment, TheStoic O'Keefe [[NotSoStoic has reached]] [[BreakTheHaughty her breaking point even more than the others]] and ends up setting the EarthShatteringKaboom device to blow, believing that she and the others were going to die in enemy territory, unaware they were really on Earth.
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-->'''The Control Voice:''' In our efforts to plumb the depths of our psychological endurance, we may do more than drive ourselves to the breaking point... we may destroy the very world we're seeking to protect.

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* TakingYouWithMe: At the end of the experiment, TheStoic O'Keefe [[NotSoStoic has reached]] [[BreakTheHaughty her breaking point even more than the others]] and ends up setting the EarthShatteringKaboom device to blow, believing that she and the others were going to die in enemy territory, unaware they were really on Earth.
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-->'''The Control Voice:''' In our efforts to plumb the depths of our psychological endurance, we may do more than drive ourselves to the breaking point... we may destroy the very world we're seeking to protect.
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-->'''The Control Voice:''' In our efforts to plumb the depths of our psychological endurance we may do more than drive ourselves to the breaking point... we may destroy the very world we're seeking to protect.

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-->'''The Control Voice:''' In our efforts to plumb the depths of our psychological endurance endurance, we may do more than drive ourselves to the breaking point... we may destroy the very world we're seeking to protect.


-->'''The Control Voice:''' In our efforts to plumb the depths of our psychological endurance we may do more than drive ourselves to the breaking point... we may destroy the very world we're seeking to protect.

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-->'''The Control Voice:''' In our efforts to plumb the depths of our psychological endurance we may do more than drive ourselves to the breaking point... we may destroy the very world we're seeking to protect.

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-->'''The Control Voice:''' In our efforts to plumb the depths of our psychological endurance we may do more than drive ourselves to the breaking point... we may destroy the very world we're seeking to protect.

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-->'''The Control Voice:''' While some prisoners of war show bravery beyond the call of duty, others succumb to an enemy often more formidable than the one which captured them.


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-->'''The Control Voice:''' In our efforts to plumb the depths of our psychological endurance we may do more than drive ourselves to the breaking point... we may destroy the very world we're seeking to protect.

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* BinarySuns: The Ebonites' solar system is said to have two suns.


* TheMole: One of the experiment's tactics was making the crew think there was a traitor in the ranks'. Unfortunately, when they made it look like it was Naguchi, it resulted in him getting stabbed in the stomach.

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* TheMole: One of the experiment's tactics was making the crew think there was a traitor in the ranks'. Unfortunately, when they made it look like it was Naguchi, it resulted in Valentine stabbing him getting stabbed in the stomach.


* TheMole: One of the experiment's tactics was making the crew think there was a traitor in the ranks'. Unfortunately, when they made it look like it was Naguchi, it resulted in him getting stabbed in the stomach.



* TheMole: One of the experiment's tactics was making the crew think there was a traitor in the ranks'. Unfortunately, when they made it look like it was Naguchi, it resulted in him getting stabbed in the stomach.


* DarkAndTroubledPast: It turns out that every member of the crew has one. Part of the experiment consists of the supposed Eminites playing upon their pasts while interrogating them.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: It turns out that every member of the crew has one. Part of the experiment consists of the supposed Eminites Ebonites playing upon their pasts while interrogating them.



* NothingIsScarier: What exactly the Eminites look like is not shown.

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* NothingIsScarier: What exactly the Eminites Ebonites look like is not shown.

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* {{Gaslighting}}: The military uses elaborate special effects to imitate the Ebonites' capabilities.


A crew on a mission to deploy a doomsday device against an alien planet is captured and psychologically tortured.

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A crew on a mission to deploy a doomsday device DoomsdayDevice against an alien planet is captured and psychologically tortured.


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* DarkAndTroubledPast: It turns out that every member of the crew has one. Part of the experiment consists of the supposed Eminites playing upon their pasts while interrogating them.


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* NothingIsScarier: What exactly the Eminites look like is not shown.

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