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* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Zandie. Knowing basic engineering is certainly reasonable and sensible, and the sort of thing to-be settlers would be taught. But while it's the sort of thing ''Zandie'' would learn, would ''new settlers really'' be ''taught'' [[spoiler: last-resort ''starship'' manoeuvres]]?[[note]]Unless they WERE in fact intended to plausibly be reanimated in the event of an onboard emergency, and/or were trained as cadets/given basic Space Force training BEFORE being chosen as settlers...[[/note]] Zandie learning [[spoiler: ballroom dancing]] from her gran is also something of an eyebrow-raiser, although it's certainly plausible her personality was different back then, and/or she loved and respected her gran enough to do it anyway. Last but certainly not least, knowing enough to [[spoiler: take over for the computer officer ''designated by Earth command'' (and presumably specially trained before the mission)]]? [[TropesAreNotBad It's a cool plotline,]] but [[AssPull uhh...]]

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* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Zandie. Knowing basic engineering is certainly reasonable and sensible, and the sort of thing to-be settlers would be taught. But while it's the sort of thing ''Zandie'' would learn, would ''new settlers really'' be ''taught'' [[spoiler: last-resort ''starship'' manoeuvres]]?[[note]]Unless they WERE in fact intended to plausibly be reanimated in the event of an onboard emergency, and/or were trained as cadets/given basic Space Force training BEFORE being chosen as settlers...[[/note]] Zandie learning [[spoiler: ballroom dancing]] from her gran is also something of an eyebrow-raiser, although it's certainly plausible her personality was different back then, and/or she loved and respected her gran enough to do it anyway. Last but certainly not least, knowing enough to [[spoiler: take over for the computer officer ''designated by Earth command'' (and presumably specially trained before the mission)]]? [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools It's a cool plotline,]] but [[AssPull uhh...]]


* SpaceIsMagic: Not only do aliens and wormholes exist, the crew are remarkably willing to fly through unknown phenomena such as a "solar fog", even when Cyriax openly admits that they're going [[Series/StarTrek where no man has gone before]].

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* SpaceIsMagic: Not only do aliens and wormholes exist, the crew are remarkably willing to fly through unknown phenomena such as a "solar fog", even when Cyriax openly admits that they're going [[Series/StarTrek [[Franchise/StarTrek where no man has gone before]].


* CloningBlues: Explored in depth and rather realistically with [[spoiler: C2, later named "Will Power" by his choice, a medical clone of the Commander who starts out as a blank state with no brain activity ''whatsoever'', but is then awoken and developed by various members of the crew. Unfortunately, his nature as a [[WalkingTransplant harvest clone]] eventually leads to an incurable degenerative disease.]]

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* CloningBlues: Explored in depth and rather realistically with [[spoiler: C2, later named "Will Power" by his choice, a medical clone of the Commander who starts out as a blank state with no brain activity ''whatsoever'', whatsoever, but is then awoken and developed by various members of the crew. Unfortunately, his nature as a [[WalkingTransplant harvest clone]] eventually leads to an incurable degenerative disease.]]


* ClonesArePeopleToo: The position advocated by [[spoiler: Zandie, and eventually agreed upon to varying extents by the other members of the crew. Unfortunately, his neurodegenerative disorder coupled with other crises leads to him taking one of several [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet at best]] options, although he is left with a remote chance of seeing the Earth.]]

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* ClonesArePeopleToo: The position advocated by [[spoiler: Zandie, and eventually agreed upon to varying extents by the other members of the crew. Unfortunately, his said clone's neurodegenerative disorder coupled with other crises leads to him taking one of several [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet at best]] options, although he is left with a remote chance of seeing the Earth.]]


** One is used as a tug in an attempt to push the ''Star Runner'' away from a [[spoiler: jammed-on fuel barge]]. [[spoiler: Will Power successfully completes this manoeuvre later, after circumstances become more urgent, then hijacks this life pod to attempt to return to Earth.]]

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** One is used as a tug in an attempt to push the ''Star Runner'' away from a [[spoiler: jammed-on fuel barge]]. [[spoiler: [[ClonesArePeopleToo Will Power Power]] successfully completes this manoeuvre later, after circumstances become more urgent, then hijacks this life pod to attempt to return to Earth.]]

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* CloningBlues: Explored in depth and rather realistically with [[spoiler: C2, later named "Will Power" by his choice, a medical clone of the Commander who starts out as a blank state with no brain activity ''whatsoever'', but is then awoken and developed by various members of the crew. Unfortunately, his nature as a [[WalkingTransplant harvest clone]] eventually leads to an incurable degenerative disease.]]
* ClonesArePeopleToo: The position advocated by [[spoiler: Zandie, and eventually agreed upon to varying extents by the other members of the crew. Unfortunately, his neurodegenerative disorder coupled with other crises leads to him taking one of several [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet at best]] options, although he is left with a remote chance of seeing the Earth.]]


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* WalkingTransplant: [[spoiler: C2 is a rather realistically handled variant - he is a full-body clone of Commander Cyriax, but had never been awoken[[note]]or, indeed, experienced any brain activity at all, not even dreaming[[/note]] prior to Zandie's intervention and was never intended to be.]]

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** Another version, through {{Irony}}, which also doubles as a RewatchBonus: When Tane [[spoiler: makes fun of Tycho for seeing the alien on the hull, when no-one else believes him, everything Tane says about the alien's nature ''is actually true'' (besides it eating little kids) - it ''is'' unfriendly, ''can'' speak to humans - infected ones, at least - and ''does'' want to take over the ship ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation if only so it can return home]])]].


* EscapePod: The ''Star Runner'' is equipped with several, which are mentioned several times and put to several uses in the series:

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* EscapePod: The ''Star Runner'' is equipped with several, a few, which are mentioned several times and put to several different uses in the series:


* InItForLife: Part of the drama and premise of the show, since the mission/journey to the New World is 90 years long, and [[RuleOfDrama if everything goes as planned]], there's no reasonable way off or back[[note]]especially after crossing the Andromeda Line, the point past which an EscapePod would not be able to make it back to Earth[[/note]].

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* InItForLife: Part of the drama and premise of the show, since the mission/journey to the New World is 90 years long, and [[RuleOfDrama if everything goes as planned]], there's no reasonable way off or back[[note]]especially after crossing the Andromeda Line, the point past which an EscapePod would not be able to make it back to Earth[[/note]]. Especially when [[spoiler: it seems two crew members will have to return to Earth with a critically ill Commander Cyriax.]]

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* OurDarkMatterIsMysterious: It's actually pretty realistically portrayed at first, as a gravitic force and very large mass which threatens ''Star Runner'' via collision and is only detectable via its gravity and radiation (which causes unusual sounds in the ASCO). [[spoiler: Things get a bit weirder when an interaction between its gravity field and the ship's grav-lifts causes a JustOneSecondOutOfSync effect.]] Visually, it's shown as large [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple]] crystals the ''Star Runner'' weaves between, but it's made fairly clear via the dialogue that the crew of the ''Star Runner'' cannot see it, and that this is a visual representation.


* TheCaptain: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with Commander Cyriax. While he is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and has his moments of making judgement calls, leading/guiding everyone in[[note]]what the show believes to be[[/note]] the right direction, and subtly teaching lessons to and aiding in the growth of the crew, he's not the focus of the show as TheLeader and is given roughly the same amount of focus as the other characters, [[spoiler: besides the story arcs which revolve around his exposure to the alien and ensuing [[MindVirus condition]]]]. Most major problems are also solved by the characters working together, and multiple-part solutions contributed by multiple characters, with Cyriax coordinating and making final calls at best. Similarly, he's also portrayed as a flawed human, admitting to fear at one point, having a few casual moments, and occasionally responding to insubordination, other out-of-order behaviour, or other mission difficulties with a brief flare of temper[[note]]even when he's in his right mind outside of the alien virus arc[[/note]] before cooling down and reverting to a more reasoned response and mindset.

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* TheCaptain: TheCaptain[=/=]BigGood: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with Commander Cyriax. While he is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and has his moments of making judgement calls, leading/guiding everyone in[[note]]what the show believes to be[[/note]] the right direction, and subtly teaching lessons to and aiding in the growth of the crew, he's not the focus of the show as TheLeader and is given roughly the same amount of focus as the other characters, [[spoiler: besides the story arcs which revolve around his exposure to the alien and ensuing [[MindVirus condition]]]]. Most major problems are also solved by the characters working together, and multiple-part solutions contributed by multiple characters, with Cyriax coordinating and making final calls at best. Similarly, he's also portrayed as a flawed human, admitting to fear at one point, having a few casual moments, and occasionally responding to insubordination, other out-of-order behaviour, or other mission difficulties with a brief flare of temper[[note]]even when he's in his right mind outside of the alien virus arc[[/note]] before cooling down and reverting to a more reasoned response and mindset.

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* InItForLife: Part of the drama and premise of the show, since the mission/journey to the New World is 90 years long, and [[RuleOfDrama if everything goes as planned]], there's no reasonable way off or back[[note]]especially after crossing the Andromeda Line, the point past which an EscapePod would not be able to make it back to Earth[[/note]].

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* MeaningfulName: Pancha, which is [[BilingualBonus a Spanish colloquialism]] for "calm", "unworried", or "unruffled", befitting Pancha's role as TheSpock.

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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Tane Wilson]] for [[spoiler: Strega]], late in the series.


* FutureFoodIsArtificial: The D-Room food. Also implied to be... ahem... recycled.

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* FutureFoodIsArtificial: The D-Room food. Also implied to be... ahem... recycled.

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