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* ShoutOut: In 'The Wolf You Feed', Zeph stymies John's backdoor hack into Lucy with a hologram that wags its finger and begins its message with "Ah ah ah!", an obvious reference to Film/JurassicPark.

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In 'The Wolf You Feed', Zeph stymies John's backdoor hack into Lucy with a hologram that wags its finger and begins its message with "Ah ah ah!", an obvious reference to Film/JurassicPark.Film/JurassicPark.
** The opening scene of the season 3 finale includes [[https://i.imgur.com/TVCXRuV.gif a shot]] that's a clear imitation of ''[[LastSupperSteal The Last Supper]]'', right down to the hand gestures.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The majority of episodes have titles taken from movies or other media: for example, [[Film/KissKissBangBang "Kiss Kiss Bye Bye"]], [[Film/EnemyMine "Enemy Khlyen"]], [[Film/LarsAndTheRealGirl "Dutch and the Real Girl"]], [[Film/WildWildWest "Wild, Wild Westerley"]], [[Film/{{Shaft}} "Shaft"]], [[Film/MeetTheParents "Meet the Parents"]], [[Series/ILoveLucy "I Love Lucy"]], [[Music/{{Nirvana}} "Heart-Shaped Box"]], [[Film/FullMetalJacket "Full Metal Monk"]], [[Music/ChuckBerry "Johnny Be Good"]], [[Literature/HowToWinFriendsAndInfluencePeople "How to Kill Friends and Influence People"]], [[Literature/AScannerDarkly "A Skinner, Darkly"]], [[Film/TheHillsHaveEyes "The Hullen Have Eyes"]], [[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe "The Lion, the Witch & the Warlord"]], [[Film/AttackTheBlock "Attack the Rack"]], [[Film/ApocalypseNow "Necropolis Now"]], [[Music/VanillaIce "Heist, Heist Baby"]], [[Film/ThePrincessBride "The Warrior Princess Bride"]], [[Film/JohnnyDangerously "Johnny Dangerously"]], [[Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou "O Mother, Where Art Thou?"]]


* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The Company's way of dealing with a labor strike involves ''carpet-bombing''.

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
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Company's way of dealing with a labor strike involves ''carpet-bombing''. ''carpet-bombing''.
** Also its response to a disease outbreak in Oldtown in season 4.


* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Cybernetic enhancement is tolerated, but only to a limited extent. Too much enhancement and the person isn't even considered human by law. 26% is considered well over the legal limit.

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* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Cybernetic enhancement is tolerated, but only to a limited extent. Too much enhancement and the person isn't even considered human by law. 26% is considered well over the legal limit. RAC agents are not allowed any mods at all.


* PregnantBadass: In 'Vessel', the heavily pregnant surrogate Constance leads the charge against the assassins with a rifle and kicks copious amounts of ass. Justified in that she's just had an adrenaline injection, before which she was fragile enough to be seen as needing bedrest - though even in that state, she was still badass enough to stab someone trying to hold her hostage.

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* PregnantBadass: In PregnantBadass:
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'Vessel', the heavily pregnant surrogate Constance leads the charge against the assassins with a rifle and kicks copious amounts of ass. Justified in that she's just had an adrenaline injection, before which she was fragile enough to be seen as needing bedrest - though even in that state, she was still badass enough to stab someone trying to hold her hostage.hostage.
:: Delle Seyah Kendry shows no sign of her pregnancy slowing her throughout season 4.


* HostileWeather: Westerly is occasionally beset by magneto-active acid rainstorms, a result of all the pollution from strip-mining the planet.

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* HostileWeather: Westerly HostileWeather:
**Westerly
is occasionally beset by magneto-active acid rainstorms, a result of all the pollution from strip-mining the planet.planet.
** The Jacobis' home planet is subject to lethal silica dust storms.


* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: In the season 3 episode "The Lion, the Witch and the Warlock", Pree is captured by his old mercenary gang and their leader (his ex-lover). They plan to execute him for running away from the gang / the ex, and the last we see of him in one late scene is him surrounded by drawn guns and asking to be forgiven for leaving the ex. Then he shows up to rescue Dutch and Johnny, explaining that the mercenaries decided not to kill him after all, and in return, he "had to put out. A lot." This implies the previous scene ended in a gang bang - but, even though Pree and the leader clearly still have feelings for each other and even if Pree maybe wouldn't mind having sex with the rest of the mercenaries under normal circumstances - the point remains that they were ''threatening to kill him'' if he doesn't "put out". That means he had no way of refusing and thus couldn't give consent, which means that whatever happened was sexual assault. This comment from Pree is played as a throw-away joke about [[AllGaysArePromiscuous how "easy" gay men are.]] The mercenaries are specifically supposed to be accepted as honorable and righteous "good guys" by the audience, meaning the writer really didn't see any problem here. Imagine a female character in Pree's situation and you get a scenario that's usually reserved for justifying mass murder of the gang that captured her, and especially the creepy ex who won't let go and is using the situation to exhort sexual favors. And even if Pree was just joking in-universe, that would still mean he's implying the mercenaries he wants Dutch to trust are capable of raping their prisoners / allies, or at least that he and they think this would be funny, if the victim is a man.

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* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: In the season 3 episode "The Lion, the Witch and the Warlock", Pree is captured by his old mercenary gang and their leader (his ex-lover). They plan to execute him for running away from the gang / the ex, and the last we see of him in one late scene is him surrounded by drawn guns and asking to be forgiven for leaving the ex. Then he shows up to rescue Dutch and Johnny, explaining that the mercenaries decided not to kill him after all, and in return, he "had to put out. A lot." This implies the previous scene ended in a gang bang - but, even though Pree and the leader clearly still have feelings for each other and even if Pree maybe wouldn't mind having sex with the rest of the mercenaries under normal circumstances - the point remains that they were ''threatening to kill him'' if he doesn't "put out". That means he had no way of refusing and thus couldn't give consent, which means that whatever happened was sexual assault. This comment from Pree is played as a throw-away joke about [[AllGaysArePromiscuous how "easy" gay men are.]] The mercenaries are specifically supposed to be accepted as honorable and righteous "good guys" by the audience, meaning the writer really didn't see any problem here. Imagine a female character in Pree's situation and you get a scenario that's usually reserved for justifying mass murder of the gang that captured her, and especially the creepy ex who won't let go and is using the situation to exhort sexual favors. And even if Pree was just joking in-universe, that would still mean he's implying the mercenaries he wants Dutch to trust are capable of raping their prisoners / allies, or at least that he and they think circumstances. Double standard because, this would be funny, if wouldn't have gotten past the victim is radar with a man. woman.

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** [[spoiler: Pip]] sacrifices himself to trigger the RAC's self-destruct sequence.


** In a season 4 episode, Dutch decides to fly in close circles around a sun to create a higher g-force after her lab centrifuge wasn't strong enough to separate the cells from the suspension medium in some ApliedPhlebotinum. This means that Dutch supposedly survived more than the 5000 to 15000 g[[note]]or rather Relative Centrifugal Force equivalents[[/note]] that even a small, low-speed desktop centrifuge can easily reach. Even if human tissue/bone could actually survive more than about 25 g for more than a second, at thousands of g, her blood cells should have clotted at the bottom of her heart and all her blood vessels, killing her through heart attack / brain embolism. So the nonsense in this episode isn't even internally consistent: Separating suspended cells from liquids is literally what this kind of low-power centrifuge is for, and what she was trying to do with their spore sample by pulling this stunt. But somehow it only happens to the sample, not her blood. Also, if it was actually acchievable the way she was planning, higher power (higher rotation speed) centrifugation than what the small desk centrifuge could do would have destroyed the spore cells in her sample, because separating the parts of cells (organelles, DNA strands, proteins, etc.) is what higher power centrifuges are for.[[note]] These are about the size of a desk, due to needing a bigger diameter, a bigger motor, bigger anchoring mass and sometimes even having to be bolted to the floor. If you don't roughly balance out the load of a small desktop centrifuge, you might damage the machine. If you don't ''very carefully'' balance out the load of a high-power centrifuge, the machine will likely fling itself out to break the next wall. Also, you just cost the lab several hundred thousand Dollars.[[/note]]

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** In a season 4 episode, Dutch decides to fly in close circles around a sun to create a higher g-force after her lab centrifuge wasn't strong enough to separate the cells from the suspension medium in some ApliedPhlebotinum.AppliedPhlebotinum. This means that Dutch supposedly survived more than the 5000 to 15000 g[[note]]or rather Relative Centrifugal Force equivalents[[/note]] that even a small, low-speed desktop centrifuge can easily reach. Even if human tissue/bone could actually survive more than about 25 g for more than a second, at thousands of g, her blood cells should have clotted at the bottom of her heart and all her blood vessels, killing her through heart attack / brain embolism. So the nonsense in this episode isn't even internally consistent: Separating suspended cells from liquids is literally what this kind of low-power centrifuge is for, and what she was trying to do with their spore sample by pulling this stunt. But somehow it only happens to the sample, not her blood. Also, if it was actually acchievable the way she was planning, higher power (higher rotation speed) centrifugation than what the small desk centrifuge could do would have destroyed the spore cells in her sample, because separating the parts of cells (organelles, DNA strands, proteins, etc.) is what higher power centrifuges are for.[[note]] These are about the size of a desk, due to needing a bigger diameter, a bigger motor, bigger anchoring mass and sometimes even having to be bolted to the floor. If you don't roughly balance out the load of a small desktop centrifuge, you might damage the machine. If you don't ''very carefully'' balance out the load of a high-power centrifuge, the machine will likely fling itself out to break the next wall. Also, you just cost the lab several hundred thousand Dollars.[[/note]]


** In a season 4 episode, Dutch decides to fly in close circles around a sun to create a higher g-force after her lab centrifuge wasn't strong enough to separate the cells from the suspension medium in some AppliedPhlebotium. This means that Dutch supposedly survived more than the 5000 to 15000 g[[note]]or rather Relative Centrifugal Force equivalents[[/note]] that even a small, low-speed desktop centrifuge can easily reach. Even if human tissue/bone could actually survive more than about 25 g for more than a second, at those kinds of g, her blood cells should have clotted at the bottom of her heart and all her blood vessels, killing her through oxygen deprivation and heart attack / brain aneurism. So the nonsense in this episode isn't even internally consistent: Separating suspended cells from liquids is literally what this kind of low-power centrifuge is for, and what she was trying to do with their spore sample by pulling this stunt. But somehow it only happens to the sample, not her blood. Also, if it was actually acchievable the way she was planning, higher power (higher rotation speed) centrifugation than what the small desk centrifuge could do would have destroyed the spore cells in her sample, because separating the parts of cells (organelles, DNA strands, proteins, etc.) is what higher power centrifuges are for.[[note]] These are about the size of a desk, due to needing a bigger diameter, a bigger motor, bigger anchoring mass and sometimes even having to be bolted to the floor. If you don't roughly balance out the load of a small desktop centrifuge, you might damage the machine. If you don't ''very carefully'' balance out the load of a high-power centrifuge, the machine will likely fling itself out to break the next wall. Also, you just cost the lab several hundred thousand Dollars.[[/note]]

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** In a season 4 episode, Dutch decides to fly in close circles around a sun to create a higher g-force after her lab centrifuge wasn't strong enough to separate the cells from the suspension medium in some AppliedPhlebotium.ApliedPhlebotinum. This means that Dutch supposedly survived more than the 5000 to 15000 g[[note]]or rather Relative Centrifugal Force equivalents[[/note]] that even a small, low-speed desktop centrifuge can easily reach. Even if human tissue/bone could actually survive more than about 25 g for more than a second, at those kinds thousands of g, her blood cells should have clotted at the bottom of her heart and all her blood vessels, killing her through oxygen deprivation and heart attack / brain aneurism.embolism. So the nonsense in this episode isn't even internally consistent: Separating suspended cells from liquids is literally what this kind of low-power centrifuge is for, and what she was trying to do with their spore sample by pulling this stunt. But somehow it only happens to the sample, not her blood. Also, if it was actually acchievable the way she was planning, higher power (higher rotation speed) centrifugation than what the small desk centrifuge could do would have destroyed the spore cells in her sample, because separating the parts of cells (organelles, DNA strands, proteins, etc.) is what higher power centrifuges are for.[[note]] These are about the size of a desk, due to needing a bigger diameter, a bigger motor, bigger anchoring mass and sometimes even having to be bolted to the floor. If you don't roughly balance out the load of a small desktop centrifuge, you might damage the machine. If you don't ''very carefully'' balance out the load of a high-power centrifuge, the machine will likely fling itself out to break the next wall. Also, you just cost the lab several hundred thousand Dollars.[[/note]]


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** In season 4, Pree off-handedly mentions that some time ago he worked as a "sexor" in that bar himself. Together with the earlier given information that sex work is how many new immigrants to Westerly first make a living (Pree offers this option to Johnny and D'avin on separate occasions), and that Pree did something awful (worse than non-fatal stabbing anyway) to the previous owner of the bar to gain the establishment for himself, this implies a backstory where the previous bar owner / pimp was abusing the sex workers, and the recently arrived ex-mercenary Pree put an end to it and then took over as the new, much more ethical manager of the sex workers. It's never actually stated that they work ''for'' him or shown that their customers pay ''him'', only that the sex workers rent rooms in the upper level and that he can make announcements like "sexors are 20% off for the rest of the night" - which he might just say to keep customers around to sell more drinks and then reimburse the sex workers later. So Pree might not actually be a pimp in the conventional sense, more like a manager / landlord. The bar's "sexors" might well be so content because they have health care (Pawter) and protection (Pree keeps Dutch & Co. as bouncers and is himself very capable as well) but they aren't forced to give up most of the money they make and they aren't getting beaten to enforce obedience.


** In a season 4 episode, Dutch decides to fly in close circles around a sun to create a higher g-force after her lab centrifuge wasn't strong enough to separate the cells from the suspension medium in some AppliedPhlebotium. This means that Dutch supposedly survived more than the 5000 to 15000 g[[note]]or rather Relative Centrifugal Force equivalents[[/note]] that even a small, low-speed desktop centrifuge can easily reach. Even if human tissue/bone could actually survive more than about 25 g for more than a second, at those kinds of g, her blood cells should have clotted at the bottom of her heart and all her blood vessels, killing her through oxygen deprivation and heart attack / brain aneurism. So the nonsense in this episode isn't even internally consistent: Separating suspended cells from liquids is literally what this kind of low-power centrifuge is for, and what she was trying to do with their spore sample by pulling this stunt. But somehow it only happens to the sample, not her blood. Also, if it was actually acchievable the way she was planning, higher power (higher rotation speed) centrifugation than what the small desk centrifuge could do would have destroyed the spore cells in her sample, because separating the parts of cells (organelles, DNA strands, proteins, etc.) is what higher power centrifuges are for.[[note]] These are about the size of a desk, due to needing a bigger diameter, a bigger motor, bigger anchoring mass and sometimes even having to be bolted to the floor. If you don't roughly balance out the load of a small desktop centrifuge, you might damage the machine. If you don't ''very carefully'' balance out the load of a high-power centrifuge, the machine will likely fling itself out to break the next wall. Also, you just cost the lab several hundred thousand Dollars.[[/note]]



** Basically, there's ''a lot'' of ColdBloodedTorture happening on this show and ''everyone'', including the "good guys" seems to believe it's no big deal and TortureAlwaysWorks (except maybe not on inhuman SuperSoldiers). Partly 'justified' in that, unlike in the real world where lie detectors aren't admissable in court for good reason, there's a wide array of technobabble-based infallible lie detector technologies and truth serums in this setting. But even when those aren't used, nobody ever seems to think of just providing false information or saying whatever the torturer wants to hear until they can't believe anything the victim says anymore. The only reason torture fails to work in this show is if the victim genuinely doesn't know anything or if they are tough enough to make jokes and stall until they're rescued within the hour.

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** And in season 4, even though it had previously been established that it's pointless to try to torture a Hullen through conventional means of pain infliction, an elite Black Root SuperSoldier immediately spills all the info he knows after D'avin tasers him just ''once''. The Hullen's superiors were even expecting this and put a kill switch on him to stop him talking. It's not at all presented as if this case was unusual or surprising, and D'avin (who had just again criticized Dutch for her torture-happy attitude a couple episodes before, and specifically took [[spoiler: his son]] away from her because she was trying to teach him how to torture people) wasn't even trying a different approach to extracting information from their prisoner first.
** Basically, there's ''a lot'' of ColdBloodedTorture happening on this show and ''everyone'', including the "good guys" seems to believe it's no big deal and TortureAlwaysWorks (except maybe not (even on inhuman inhuman, instantly regenerating SuperSoldiers). Partly 'justified' in that, unlike in the real world where lie detectors aren't admissable in court for good reason, there's a wide array of technobabble-based infallible lie detector technologies and truth serums in this setting. But even when those aren't used, nobody ever seems to think of just providing false information or saying whatever the torturer wants to hear until they can't believe anything the victim says anymore. The only reason torture fails to work in this show is if the victim genuinely doesn't know anything or if they are tough enough to make jokes and stall until they're rescued within the hour.


** Zeph is using them to get food at the start of ''Johnny Dangerously.''

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** Zeph is using them to get food at the start of ''Johnny “Johnny Dangerously.''

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** Zeph is using them to get food at the start of ''Johnny Dangerously.''


* NameMcAdjective: Going hand in hand with his tendency to use BuffySpeak, D'avin also gets creative with names from time to time. Highlights include Baroness von Batshit (Delle Seyah) and Chest Wound McGee (John).

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* NameMcAdjective: Going hand in hand with his tendency to use BuffySpeak, D'avin also gets creative with names from time to time. Highlights include Baroness von Batshit (Delle Seyah) and Chest Wound McGee [=McGee=] (John).


* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: In season 3, a Hullen is trying to save Pree and Gared on Turin's behalf ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]), but they're unwilling to believe he's on their side. He decides to imitate Turin's "Goddammit!", and they immediately believe him.

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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: In season 3, 4, a Hullen is trying to save Pree and Gared on Turin's behalf ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]), but they're unwilling to believe he's on their side. He decides to imitate Turin's "Goddammit!", and they immediately believe him.

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