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* Max proudly calls herself [[Series/MacGyver Max Gyver]] having managed to pry open the trapdoor to the dungeon under the barn.

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* Max proudly calls herself [[Series/MacGyver [[Series/MacGyver1985 Max Gyver]] having managed to pry open the trapdoor to the dungeon under the barn.


* One of the art exhibits at the Zeitgeist Gallery is a picture of a person's cybernetic arm similar to [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Adam]] [[VideoGame/DeusExManKindDivided Jensen's]].

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* One of the art exhibits at the Zeitgeist Gallery is a picture of a person's cybernetic arm similar to [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Adam]] [[VideoGame/DeusExManKindDivided Adam Jensen's]].


* A blue butterfly granting someone superpowers to save their town from supernatural devastation? [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Why does that sound familiar...?]]

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* A blue butterfly granting someone superpowers to save their town from supernatural devastation? [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona [[Franchise/{{Persona}} Why does that sound familiar...?]]


** They even have the same birthday, July 22nd

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** They even have the same birthday, July 22nd22nd.


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* During Nathan's breakdown in the bathroom, he tries to reassure himself by saying that his control over the school is so absolute, [[Film/{{Heathers}} he could blow it up if he wanted]].


* This episode contains numerous nods to ''Film/StandByMe'', including a wild deer showing up, Max brandishing a pistol at a knife-wielding thug and Chloe nearly getting hit by a '''TRAIN!!!'''. Max even says "Come ''stand by me''" to Kate when trying to convince her not to jump off the roof.

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* This episode contains numerous nods to ''Film/StandByMe'', including a wild deer showing up, Max brandishing a pistol at a knife-wielding thug and Chloe nearly getting hit by a '''TRAIN!!!'''. Max even says "Come ''stand by me''" to Kate when trying to convince her not to jump off the roof. ''Film/StandByMe'' is also about two childhood friends coming of age, [[spoiler:one of whom doesn't make it.]]

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** They even have the same birthday, July 22nd


* One of the posters in Chloe's room is very clearly a blotchy version of the poster for [[Film/TheThing1982 "The Thing"]]
* The reveal in episode 4 [[spoiler: of the torture porn room locked under an innocuous property owned by a crooked rich family complete with the trophies of women calls to mind ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'']]

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* One of the posters in Chloe's room is very clearly a blotchy version of the poster for [[Film/TheThing1982 "The Thing"]]
''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}''.
* The reveal in episode 4 [[spoiler: of the torture porn room locked under an innocuous property owned by a crooked rich family complete with the trophies of women calls to mind ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'']]''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'']].



** Zachary's last name, Riggins, is a reference to the characters Tim and Billy Riggins, two brothers that try to make something worthwhile in their small town while the former is playing football. The actor who played Billy in the show voices Zachary in the game, although he is uncredited in that role. He also voiced Mark Jefferson.

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** Zachary's last name, Riggins, is a reference to the characters Tim and Billy Riggins, two brothers that try to make something worthwhile in their small town while the former is playing football. The Derek Phillips, the actor who played Billy in the show voices Zachary in the game, although he is uncredited in that role. He also voiced Mark Jefferson.



* When going around the dirty RV in the parking lot (which she later learns is Frank Bowers'), Max can find a sleeping dog. She then quips that the dog looks peaceful now, but if woken up: [[Literature/{{Cujo}} "Cujo."]] This becomes extra funny when she keeps nicknaming the dog Cujo in the following episodes, until [[spoiler: she learns in Episode 3 that its actual name is [[Main/FluffyTheTerrible Pompidou.]]]]

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* When going around the dirty RV in the parking lot (which she later learns is Frank Bowers'), Max can find a sleeping dog. She then quips that the dog looks peaceful now, but if woken up: [[Literature/{{Cujo}} "Cujo."]] This becomes extra funny when she keeps nicknaming the dog Cujo in the following episodes, until [[spoiler: she learns in Episode 3 that its actual name is [[Main/FluffyTheTerrible Pompidou.]]]][[FluffyTheTerrible Pompidou]]]].



* The opening has the main character waking up in a dream sequence, seeing a massive tornado, and fleeing to a lighthouse for safety, not unlike [[VideoGame/AlanWake another game.]]

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* The opening has the main character waking up in a dream sequence, seeing a massive tornado, and fleeing to a lighthouse for safety, not unlike [[VideoGame/AlanWake another game.]]game]].



* Episode 2's license plates continue the reference trend, only with films. In the Two Wales parking lot: the yellow truck reads [[Film/AnotherEarth NTHRRTH]], the light blue car reads [[Series/TheKilling THKLLNG]], the white truck reads [[Film/DonnieDarko DNNDRK]], the blue car reads [[Film/GroundhogDay GRNDGHD]], the orange car reads [[Film/TheFaculty THFLCT]], the white car around the back reads [[Film/{{Elephant}} LPHNT]]. Mr. Jefferson's car, seen in the credits, reads [[Series/TopOfTheLake TPFTHLK]].
* The old fisherman Max encounters outside the diner has a nameplate on his table that reads [[Film/TheThing1982 R.J. MacReady.]]

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* Episode 2's license plates continue the reference trend, only with films. In the Two Wales Whales parking lot: the yellow truck reads [[Film/AnotherEarth NTHRRTH]], the light blue car reads [[Series/TheKilling THKLLNG]], the white truck reads [[Film/DonnieDarko DNNDRK]], the blue car reads [[Film/GroundhogDay GRNDGHD]], the orange car reads [[Film/TheFaculty THFLCT]], the white car around the back reads [[Film/{{Elephant}} LPHNT]]. Mr. Jefferson's car, seen in the credits, reads [[Series/TopOfTheLake TPFTHLK]].
* The old fisherman Max encounters outside the diner has a nameplate on his table that reads [[Film/TheThing1982 R.J. MacReady.]]MacReady]].



* The large boat in the junkyard is named "[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Sleep Perchance I Dream]]"

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* The large boat in the junkyard is named "[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Sleep Perchance I Dream]]"Dream]]".



* [[spoiler: [[Film/TheButterflyEffect A time traveller uses a memory as a focusing point to travel back to a specific event and tries to change things to improve someone's messed up life, inadvertently resulting in someone ending up permanently in a wheelchair.]]]]

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* [[spoiler: [[Film/TheButterflyEffect A time traveller traveler uses a memory as a focusing point to travel back to a specific event and tries to change things to improve someone's messed up life, inadvertently resulting in someone ending up permanently in a wheelchair.]]]]



* A very small and easy to miss one, but if you look at the News Interview on the TV at the Two Whales Diner, the doctor's name is "Doctor [[Film/GodzillaVsHedorah Hedorah]].

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* A very small and easy to miss one, but if you look at the News Interview on the TV at the Two Whales Diner, the doctor's name is "Doctor [[Film/GodzillaVsHedorah Hedorah]].Hedorah]]".



* In the alternate timeline, Chloe has a conversation in an online chatroom with someone who's about to start watching Series/QuantumLeap.
* Alternate Chloe's worsening condition might have to do with the fact that her physician is [[Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes Dr. Anton Phibes,]] and her parents get her meds from [[Creator/DavidCronenberg Cronenberg Medical Supplies]].

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* In the alternate timeline, Chloe has a conversation in an online chatroom with someone who's about to start watching Series/QuantumLeap.
''Series/QuantumLeap''.
* Alternate Chloe's worsening condition might have to do with the fact that her physician is [[Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes Dr. Anton Phibes,]] Phibes]], and her parents get her meds from [[Creator/DavidCronenberg Cronenberg Medical Supplies]].



* After returning from the alternate timeline, Max writes down "let's never [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow do the time warp again]]"

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* After returning from the alternate timeline, Max writes down "let's never [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow do the time warp again]]"again]]".



* If you mention the possibility of time travel causing the weather and other odd happenings around Arcadia Bay while talking to Ms. Grant, she name-drops "Literature/ASoundOfThunder".

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* If you mention the possibility of time travel causing the weather and other odd happenings around Arcadia Bay while talking to Ms. Grant, she name-drops "Literature/ASoundOfThunder".''Literature/ASoundOfThunder''.



* One of the art exibits at the Zeitgeist Gallery is a picture of a person's cybernetic arm similar to [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Adam]] [[VideoGame/DeusExManKindDivided Jensen's]].

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* One of the art exibits exhibits at the Zeitgeist Gallery is a picture of a person's cybernetic arm similar to [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Adam]] [[VideoGame/DeusExManKindDivided Jensen's]].



* Many of the "Everyday Hero Contest" winners share surnames with famous scifi writers, such as: [[Creator/MargaretAtwood Atwood]], [[Literature/{{Crash}} Ballard]], [[Creator/MichaelChabon Chabon]], [[Literature/ReadyPlayerOne Cline]], [[Literature/AHeartbreakingWorkOfStaggeringGenius Eggers]], [[Literature/TheStepfordWives Levin]], [[Creator/CormacMcCarthy McCarthy]], [[Creator/ThomasPynchon Pynchon]], and [[Creator/KurtVonnegut Vonnegut]]

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* Many of the "Everyday Hero Contest" winners share surnames with famous scifi writers, such as: [[Creator/MargaretAtwood Atwood]], [[Literature/{{Crash}} Ballard]], [[Creator/MichaelChabon Chabon]], [[Literature/ReadyPlayerOne Cline]], [[Literature/AHeartbreakingWorkOfStaggeringGenius Eggers]], [[Literature/TheStepfordWives Levin]], [[Creator/CormacMcCarthy McCarthy]], [[Creator/ThomasPynchon Pynchon]], and [[Creator/KurtVonnegut Vonnegut]]Vonnegut]].


* The cars in the parking lot and the one at Chloe's house all have license plates referencing TV shows. Going clockwise from the left: the brown car reads [[Series/ParksAndRecreation PRKSNRC]], the red car reads [[Series/TheWire THWR]], the orange truck reads [[Series/{{Carnivale}} CRNVL]], the white truck reads [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer BFFVMPRSLR]], Warren's car reads [[Series/TheXFiles THXFLS]], the red truck reads [[Series/TwilightZone TWLGHTZN]], the silver car reads [[Series/TheSopranos THSPRNS]], the RV reads [[Series/BreakingBad BRKBD]], the white car reads [[Series/BroadChurch BRDCHRCH]], Chloe's truck reads [[Series/TwinPeaks TWNPKS]], the faded red car reads [[Series/QuantumLeap QNTMLP]], the blue truck in the center reads [[Series/ThePractice THPRCTC]], the red truck in the center reads [[Series/SixFeetUnder SXFTNDR]], and the car in Chloe's garage reads [[Series/TrueDetective TRDTCTV]].

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* The cars in the parking lot and the one at Chloe's house all have license plates referencing TV shows. Going clockwise from the left: the brown car reads [[Series/ParksAndRecreation PRKSNRC]], the red car reads [[Series/TheWire THWR]], the orange truck reads [[Series/{{Carnivale}} CRNVL]], the white truck reads [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer BFFVMPRSLR]], Warren's car reads [[Series/TheXFiles THXFLS]], the red truck reads [[Series/TwilightZone [[Franchise/TheTwilightZone TWLGHTZN]], the silver car reads [[Series/TheSopranos THSPRNS]], the RV reads [[Series/BreakingBad BRKBD]], the white car reads [[Series/BroadChurch BRDCHRCH]], Chloe's truck reads [[Series/TwinPeaks TWNPKS]], the faded red car reads [[Series/QuantumLeap QNTMLP]], the blue truck in the center reads [[Series/ThePractice THPRCTC]], the red truck in the center reads [[Series/SixFeetUnder SXFTNDR]], and the car in Chloe's garage reads [[Series/TrueDetective TRDTCTV]].

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** Speaking of {{Doppelganger}}s and {{Breaking Speech}}es, Max's conversation with [[spoiler:her alternate self]] feels remarkably similar to ''VideoGame/Persona4'' and its [[spoiler:Shadow Selves]]. How far is [[spoiler: "I'm one of the many Maxes you've left behind" from "I am a Shadow, the true self"?]]

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* A blue butterfly granting someone superpowers to save their town from supernatural devastation? [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Why does that sound familiar...?]]


* Chloe repeatedly calls Max [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Super Max]].





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* When entering the boys' dorm, Chloe calls Max [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batmax]].


* [[spoiler:Max's Hell is either a reference to ''Franchise/SilentHill'', or the last two episodes/human instrumentality scenes of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Or perhaps just the works of Creator/HideoKojima, as they include elements of his surreal MindScrew moments with a StealthBasedMission that resembles ''MetalGearSolid''.]]

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* [[spoiler:Max's Hell is either a reference to ''Franchise/SilentHill'', or the last two episodes/human instrumentality scenes of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Or perhaps just the works of Creator/HideoKojima, as they include elements of his surreal MindScrew moments with a StealthBasedMission that resembles ''MetalGearSolid''.''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.]]


* A letter in Chloe's drawer from Principal Wells suggests that Chloe consider attending [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. West Miskatonic University]] in [[LovecraftCountry Boston]].

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* A letter in Chloe's drawer from Principal Wells suggests that Chloe consider attending [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. West Miskatonic University]] in [[LovecraftCountry Boston]].Bolton.


* Alternate Chloe's worsening condition might have to do with the fact that her physician is [[Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes Dr. Anton Phibes.]]

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* Alternate Chloe's worsening condition might have to do with the fact that her physician is [[Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes Dr. Anton Phibes.]]Phibes,]] and her parents get her meds from [[Creator/DavidCronenberg Cronenberg Medical Supplies]].


* When Max finds David's file locker in the garage, she remarks "Hey David, whatcha hidin'?" which, unless you don't pay attention to voice actors or genuinely don't know who she is, is an obvious reference to Chloe's voice actor AshlyBurch a.k.a ''Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?''

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* When Max finds David's file locker in the garage, she remarks "Hey David, whatcha hidin'?" which, unless you don't pay attention to voice actors or genuinely don't know who she is, is an obvious reference to Chloe's voice actor AshlyBurch Creator/AshlyBurch a.k.a ''Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?''

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