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** His reasons for entrapping his coworkers made him even more of a monster. Though it's clear Walton was first cloned because his real-life self didn't give Daly the credit he deserved, it became clear that his reasons became more and more superficial and pointless and he was just making excuses to torture his coworkers. Lowry was cloned for calling Daly out for staring at her, Dudani changed the program on a test build for 14 minutes, Elena didn't smile enough at him, Packer brought him the wrong sandwich, Nanette said she wouldn't date him, and it's implied that Billy Magnussen's character was brought in just for being more attractive than Daly.

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** His reasons for entrapping his coworkers made him even more of a monster. Though it's clear Walton was first cloned because his real-life self didn't give Daly the credit he deserved, it became clear that his reasons became more and more superficial and pointless and he was just making excuses to torture his coworkers. Lowry was cloned for calling Daly out for staring at her, Dudani changed the program on a test build for 14 minutes, Elena didn't smile enough at him, Packer brought him the wrong sandwich, Nanette said she wouldn't date him, and it's implied that Billy Magnussen's character was brought in just for being more attractive than Daly.

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*** It's unlikely that the ''Infinity'' game as a whole is at risk. If the episode is anything to go off, though Daly invented it, it seemed like Dudani and the other programmers were the ones actively coding everything. Additionally, considering how large the office is, it's unlikely that ''Infinity'' is Callister's only source of revenue even if it's their most popular game.


* CompleteMonster: [[PsychopathicManchild Robert Daly]] is a sociopathic inventor who has created a special mod of the online game ''Infinity''. By taking the DNA of his co-workers, Daly can create fully sentient digital clones in the game, which he uses to [[CruelPlayerCharacterGod torture and mistreat]] to relieve all his frustrations. Endlessly abusing and humiliating them, Daly refuses to grant them any relief, at one point sealing one woman's mouth to suffocate her and painfully transforming another into a monster when he wishes to make a point. Constantly putting them through endless pain and abuse, when one, Walton refused to play along, Daly got the DNA of his young son and [[WouldHurtAChild threw the boy's clone out of the airlock]] with the threat he'd revive him and torture him worse if Walton didn't knuckle under. When the crew tries to escape, Daly vows to torture them even worse than before, starting with Walton's son, threatening how his punishment will be "biblical".

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* CompleteMonster: [[PsychopathicManchild Robert Daly]] is a sociopathic inventor who has created a special mod of the online game ''Infinity''. By taking the DNA of his co-workers, Daly can create fully sentient digital clones in the game, which he uses to [[CruelPlayerCharacterGod torture and mistreat]] to relieve all his frustrations. Endlessly abusing and humiliating them, Daly refuses to grant them any relief, at one point sealing one woman's Nanette Cole’s mouth to suffocate her and painfully transforming another Shania Lowry into a monster when he wishes to make a point. Constantly putting them through endless pain and abuse, when one, James Walton refused to play along, Daly got gets the DNA of his young son and [[WouldHurtAChild threw throws the boy's clone out of the airlock]] with the threat he'd he would revive him and torture him worse if Walton didn't knuckle under. When the crew tries to escape, Daly vows to torture them even worse than before, starting with Walton's son, threatening how his punishment will be "biblical".


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: James Walton's personality is subjected to this. Lowry warns Nanette of his flirtatious tendencies, and it is implied that he exploited Daly's intellect in the early days of the ''Callister'' company. However, Walton's colleagues (both women and men) seem to like him, he genuinely loves his young son, and there is no hint that he is still married to Tommy's mother so being a 'player' is hardly a strike against him. Furthermore, Walton show a lot of nobility [[spoiler:with his HeroicSacrifice]].
*** He probably had a friendship with Daly at some point in time. He certainly sees himself as the CTO's friend, because they started the company together and still work together, apparently quite effectively. We only see them interact in real life in two scenes: in one, he's trying to get Daly to be more assertive in his role, and in the other, he yells at Daly for delaying a crucial update after they'd specifically discussed its importance. Both are very reasonable responses in context. We'll never know what would happen if Daly objected to his behavior because the guy never speaks up. Walton's probably a pretty decent guy all-around, but the narrative is (initially) skewed to Daly-vision.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: James Walton's personality is subjected to this. Lowry warns Nanette Cole of his flirtatious tendencies, and it is implied that he exploited Daly's intellect in the early days of the ''Callister'' company. However, Walton's colleagues (both women and men) seem to like be comfortable around him, he genuinely loves his young son, and son and, as there is no hint that he is still married to Tommy's mother so mother, being a 'player' is hardly not necessarily a strike against him. the CEO. Furthermore, Walton show shows a lot of nobility [[spoiler:with his HeroicSacrifice]].
*** He ** Walton probably had a friendship with Daly at some point in time. He certainly time, and likely still sees himself him as a friend. Walton does an affectionate gesture to Daly when showing Cole around, and the CTO's friend, because they started the company together and two bosses still work together, apparently together quite effectively. We well. There are only see them interact two scenes in which the real life in two scenes: in one, he's trying to get Walton interacts with Daly and, while he certainly sounds abrasive, is completely right that the CTO needs to be more assertive in his role, and in when it comes to important things such as updating the other, he yells at Daly for delaying a crucial update after they'd specifically discussed its importance. Both are very reasonable responses in context. We'll never know what would happen if Daly objected to his behavior because the guy never speaks up. Walton's probably a pretty decent guy all-around, but the narrative is (initially) skewed to Daly-vision.game on time.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: James Walton's personality is subjected to this. Lowry warns Nanette of his flirtatious tendencies, and it is implied that he exploited Daly's intellect in the early days of the ''Callister'' company. However, Walton's colleagues (both women and men) seem to like him, he genuinely loves his young son, and there is no hint that he is still married to Tommy's mother so being a 'player' is hardly a strike against him. Furthermore, Walton show a lot of nobility [[spoiler:with his HeroicSacrifice]]
*** He probably had a friendship with Daly at some point in time. He certainly sees himself as one, because they started the company together and still work together, apparently quite effectively. We only see them interact in real life in two scenes: in one, he's trying to get Daly to be more assertive in his role, and in the other, he yells at Daly for delaying a crucial update after they'd specifically discussed its importance. Both are very reasonable responses in context. We'll never know what would happen if Daly objected to his behavior because the guy never speaks up. Walton's probably a pretty decent guy all-around, but the narrative is (initially) skewed to Daly-vision.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: James Walton's personality is subjected to this. Lowry warns Nanette of his flirtatious tendencies, and it is implied that he exploited Daly's intellect in the early days of the ''Callister'' company. However, Walton's colleagues (both women and men) seem to like him, he genuinely loves his young son, and there is no hint that he is still married to Tommy's mother so being a 'player' is hardly a strike against him. Furthermore, Walton show a lot of nobility [[spoiler:with his HeroicSacrifice]]
HeroicSacrifice]].
*** He probably had a friendship with Daly at some point in time. He certainly sees himself as one, the CTO's friend, because they started the company together and still work together, apparently quite effectively. We only see them interact in real life in two scenes: in one, he's trying to get Daly to be more assertive in his role, and in the other, he yells at Daly for delaying a crucial update after they'd specifically discussed its importance. Both are very reasonable responses in context. We'll never know what would happen if Daly objected to his behavior because the guy never speaks up. Walton's probably a pretty decent guy all-around, but the narrative is (initially) skewed to Daly-vision.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** So Daly is an asshole. He's a genuine psychopath, and he zig-zags this. He is aware that the people he puts in his game have fully sentient consciouses, but was effectively bullied in real life and uses being a domineering asshole in a video game as his outlet -- which a lot of people do -- it just so happens that in this society, overly-realistic virtual realities are the video game norm. Of course, a lot of what he considers being mean to him in real life are perceived slights (like Nanette saying she's got a thing for his mind but not for him, to her friend) or just ''incredibly'' petty (one character was put into the game for bringing Daly the wrong sandwich, another is heavily implied to be there because Daly envies his looks and confidence). They could well be exaggerated to him not only because he clearly has issues, but also if he's had a history of being bullied (which he probably has), some form of social anxiety can make him genuinely believe that everyone hates him from the second he meets them, and any affirmative action could be deeply wounding (especially when initially Nanette had expressed such admiration).
*** On the other hand, [[FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse being bullied]] is [[DisproportionateRetribution hardly an excuse for his actions,]] as Walton points out in the “You threw my child into space so fuck you” speech.
*** Another issue with Daly being percieved in-universe as a bad person is that [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy other Black Mirror episodes make it clear that torturing AI copies of people for anything from extracting a confession to training a personal assistant is seen as normal by society as a whole.]]
** How much of a jerk is Walton? He comes off as kind of a douche, Lowry warns Nanette that he's a 'player', and it's implied that he exploited Daly in the early days of ''Callister''. But otherwise his collegues seem to like him, there's no hint that he's married (or is still married) so being a player is hardly a strike against him, he genuinely loves his young son, and there's serious nobility in him [[spoiler:due to his HeroicSacrifice.]]
*** He's also probably Daly's friend, he certainly sees himself as one, because they started the company together and still work together, apparently quite effectively. We only see them interact in real life in two scenes: in one, he's trying to get Daly to be more assertive in his role, and in the other, he yells at Daly for delaying a crucial update after they'd specifically discussed its importance. Both are very reasonable responses in context. We'll never know what would happen if Daly objected to his behavior because the guy never speaks up. Walton's probably a pretty decent guy all-around, but the narrative is (initially) skewed to Daly-vision.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** So Daly
AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: James Walton's personality is an asshole. He's a genuine psychopath, and he zig-zags subjected to this. He is aware that the people he puts in his game have fully sentient consciouses, but was effectively bullied in real life and uses being a domineering asshole in a video game as his outlet -- which a lot of people do -- it just so happens that in this society, overly-realistic virtual realities are the video game norm. Of course, a lot of what he considers being mean to him in real life are perceived slights (like Nanette saying she's got a thing for his mind but not for him, to her friend) or just ''incredibly'' petty (one character was put into the game for bringing Daly the wrong sandwich, another is heavily implied to be there because Daly envies his looks and confidence). They could well be exaggerated to him not only because he clearly has issues, but also if he's had a history of being bullied (which he probably has), some form of social anxiety can make him genuinely believe that everyone hates him from the second he meets them, and any affirmative action could be deeply wounding (especially when initially Nanette had expressed such admiration).
*** On the other hand, [[FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse being bullied]] is [[DisproportionateRetribution hardly an excuse for his actions,]] as Walton points out in the “You threw my child into space so fuck you” speech.
*** Another issue with Daly being percieved in-universe as a bad person is that [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy other Black Mirror episodes make it clear that torturing AI copies of people for anything from extracting a confession to training a personal assistant is seen as normal by society as a whole.]]
** How much of a jerk is Walton? He comes off as kind of a douche,
Lowry warns Nanette that he's a 'player', of his flirtatious tendencies, and it's it is implied that he exploited Daly Daly's intellect in the early days of ''Callister''. But otherwise his collegues the ''Callister'' company. However, Walton's colleagues (both women and men) seem to like him, there's no hint that he's married (or is still married) so being a player is hardly a strike against him, he genuinely loves his young son, and there's serious there is no hint that he is still married to Tommy's mother so being a 'player' is hardly a strike against him. Furthermore, Walton show a lot of nobility in him [[spoiler:due to [[spoiler:with his HeroicSacrifice.]]
HeroicSacrifice]]
*** He's also He probably Daly's friend, he had a friendship with Daly at some point in time. He certainly sees himself as one, because they started the company together and still work together, apparently quite effectively. We only see them interact in real life in two scenes: in one, he's trying to get Daly to be more assertive in his role, and in the other, he yells at Daly for delaying a crucial update after they'd specifically discussed its importance. Both are very reasonable responses in context. We'll never know what would happen if Daly objected to his behavior because the guy never speaks up. Walton's probably a pretty decent guy all-around, but the narrative is (initially) skewed to Daly-vision.


** In ''Film/GameNight'', Jesse Plemons ends up playing a creepy guy who is just outside of the main group which includes Creator/BillyMagnussen's cool guy, and the movie reveals partway through that a lot of the realistic turmoil the main group went through was orchestrated by Plemons' character as a game.

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** In ''Film/GameNight'', Jesse Plemons ends up playing a quiet loner with a creepy guy demeanor who is just outside of the main group which includes Creator/BillyMagnussen's cool guy, and the movie reveals partway through that a lot of the realistic turmoil the main group went through was orchestrated by Plemons' character as a game.


** In ''Film/GameNight'', Jesse Plemons ends up playing a creepy guy who is just outside of the main group which includes Creator/BillyMagnussen's cool guy, and the movie reveals partway through that a lot of the turmoil the main group went through was orchestrated by Plemons' character as a game, which they thought it was real life.

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** In ''Film/GameNight'', Jesse Plemons ends up playing a creepy guy who is just outside of the main group which includes Creator/BillyMagnussen's cool guy, and the movie reveals partway through that a lot of the realistic turmoil the main group went through was orchestrated by Plemons' character as a game, which they thought it was real life.game.


* Daly has to take a quick break from the game to get his pizza, which has everyone, including the villain and the monster he summoned, to drop character and relax for a moment. And when the pause ends, everyone immediately gets back into character. Save for Nanette, who puts on a "kung-fu" pose before looking at herself as if she's confused by what she's doing.
* Walton is the MVP of the episode.

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* ** Daly has to take a quick break from the game to get his pizza, which has everyone, including the villain and the monster he summoned, to drop character and relax for a moment. And when the pause ends, everyone immediately gets back into character. Save for Nanette, who puts on a "kung-fu" pose before looking at herself as if she's confused by what she's doing.
* ** Walton is the MVP of the episode.



* This gem after the reveal that none of the USS Callister crew have genitals, as pictured above:

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* ** This gem after the reveal that none of the USS Callister crew have genitals, as pictured above:



** What's especially funny about the above line is the fact that it’s not being trapped in a hellish game for all eternity that pisses her off, but rather the fact that she no longer has a vagina to use. Go figure!
** They're all so bored out of their skulls that Lowry laments the fact that she "Can't even have the basic fucking pleasure of pushing out a shit." A comment that leads to Tulaska commenting with a sigh that she likewise yearns for something as simple.
* When blackmailing the real Nanette with risque photos of her, digital Walton states if she does not do as they say, they will share said photos with her friends and family... ''and'' [=PornHub=].
* The crew gets tired of listening to Daly's threats while [[spoiler: attempting to escape from him through a wormhole]] and decides to turn off the intercom to shut him up:

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** *** What's especially funny about the above line is the fact that it’s not being trapped in a hellish game for all eternity that pisses her off, but rather the fact that she no longer has a vagina to use. Go figure!
** *** They're all so bored out of their skulls that Lowry laments the fact that she "Can't even have the basic fucking pleasure of pushing out a shit." A comment that leads to Tulaska commenting with a sigh that she likewise yearns for something as simple.
* ** When blackmailing the real Nanette with risque photos of her, digital Walton states if she does not do as they say, they will share said photos with her friends and family... ''and'' [=PornHub=].
* ** The crew gets tired of listening to Daly's threats while [[spoiler: attempting to escape from him through a wormhole]] and decides to turn off the intercom to shut him up:



* For that matter, [[spoiler:Creator/AaronPaul]]'s cameo at the end of the episode, more or less acting as ''the {{Foil}}'' to Daly.

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* ** For that matter, [[spoiler:Creator/AaronPaul]]'s cameo at the end of the episode, more or less acting as ''the {{Foil}}'' to Daly.



* Robert Daly's screams of "EXIT GAME!!!" are very chuckle-worthy, not just because he deserves his punishment but also because he sounds pathetic while flailing at his disabled controls.

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* ** Robert Daly's screams of "EXIT GAME!!!" are very chuckle-worthy, not just because he deserves his punishment but also because he sounds pathetic while flailing at his disabled controls.


** This utter gem, delivered with completely sincere, teeth-clenched rage:
--> '''Nanette''': [[ItMakesSenseInContext Stealing my pussy is a red fucking line!]]
** [[spoiler:Aaron Paul's dead-on voice performance as a bored, jaded MMORPG player irritated with another player's seeming incompetence.]]
** Walton is the MVP of the episode.
-->'''Walton''': For he's a jolly good fellooooowwwww, and so say ''OH MY FUCK''.
** This immortal line:
--> '''Elena''': (on being given blue skin) I know, it's fucked up. Almost sort of racist.

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** This utter gem, delivered with completely sincere, teeth-clenched rage:
--> '''Nanette''': [[ItMakesSenseInContext Stealing my pussy is
* Daly has to take a red fucking line!]]
** [[spoiler:Aaron Paul's dead-on voice performance
quick break from the game to get his pizza, which has everyone, including the villain and the monster he summoned, to drop character and relax for a moment. And when the pause ends, everyone immediately gets back into character. Save for Nanette, who puts on a "kung-fu" pose before looking at herself as a bored, jaded MMORPG player irritated with another player's seeming incompetence.]]
**
if she's confused by what she's doing.
*
Walton is the MVP of the episode.
-->'''Walton''': --->'''Walton''': For he's a jolly good fellooooowwwww, and so say ''OH - ''[[AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption OH MY FUCK''.
**
FUCK]]''.
*
This immortal line:
--> '''Elena''': (on
gem after the reveal that none of the USS Callister crew have genitals, as pictured above:
-->'''Nanette:''' ''(infuriated)'' Okay... stealing my pussy is a red fucking line!
** What's especially funny about the above line is the fact that it’s not
being given blue skin) I know, it's fucked up. Almost sort trapped in a hellish game for all eternity that pisses her off, but rather the fact that she no longer has a vagina to use. Go figure!
** They're all so bored out
of racist. their skulls that Lowry laments the fact that she "Can't even have the basic fucking pleasure of pushing out a shit." A comment that leads to Tulaska commenting with a sigh that she likewise yearns for something as simple.
* When blackmailing the real Nanette with risque photos of her, digital Walton states if she does not do as they say, they will share said photos with her friends and family... ''and'' [=PornHub=].
* The crew gets tired of listening to Daly's threats while [[spoiler: attempting to escape from him through a wormhole]] and decides to turn off the intercom to shut him up:
--->'''Daly''': [[VillainousBreakdown If you thought what happened to you in the past was bad, that was nothing! What I'm going to do to you is going to be goddamn fucking biblical!]] [[BreakThemByTalking I'm literally going to turn your insides out. But, I'll keep you alive, in tiny little jars! And there you'll stay until I'm bored of you--]]
--->'''Cole''': [[LampshadeHanging Why are we listening to this?]]\\
'''Tulaska''': [[PrecisionFStrike Yeah, fuck him!]] ([[ShutUpHannibal turns off intercom]])
* For that matter, [[spoiler:Creator/AaronPaul]]'s cameo at the end of the episode, more or less acting as ''the {{Foil}}'' to Daly.
--->Uh huh, you ''better'' run! King of space, right here! (sighs) King of space...
* Robert Daly's screams of "EXIT GAME!!!" are very chuckle-worthy, not just because he deserves his punishment but also because he sounds pathetic while flailing at his disabled controls.


* In ''Film/GameNight'', Jesse Plemons ends up playing a creepy guy who is just outside of the main group which includes Creator/BillyMagnussen's cool guy, and the movie reveals partway through that a lot of the turmoil the main group went through was orchestrated by Plemons' character as a game, which they thought it was real life.



* HilariousInHindsight: Nanette mistakenly calls Daly's favorite show ''Space Force''. Months later, in real life, President UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump proposed a new branch of the United States military which he called the "Space Force".

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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Nanette mistakenly calls Daly's favorite show ''Space Force''. Months later, in real life, President UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump proposed a new branch of the United States military which he called the "Space Force".
** In ''Film/GameNight'', Jesse Plemons ends up playing a creepy guy who is just outside of the main group which includes Creator/BillyMagnussen's cool guy, and the movie reveals partway through that a lot of the turmoil the main group went through was orchestrated by Plemons' character as a game, which they thought it was real life.

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* In ''Film/GameNight'', Jesse Plemons ends up playing a creepy guy who is just outside of the main group which includes Creator/BillyMagnussen's cool guy, and the movie reveals partway through that a lot of the turmoil the main group went through was orchestrated by Plemons' character as a game, which they thought it was real life.


* AcceptableTargets: While the episode was pretty well-received, some fans and a [[https://trekmovie.com/2017/12/29/review-black-mirrors-uss-callister-aint-no-galaxy-quest few critics]] argued that it treated nerds (and more specifically, Trekkies) as Acceptable Targets. However, the majority opinion is that it attacked only one unfortunate kind of nerd: the entitled, rude sort that uses their online persona to bully others and compensate for real-life frustrations.

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* AcceptableTargets: While the episode was pretty well-received, some fans and a [[https://trekmovie.com/2017/12/29/review-black-mirrors-uss-callister-aint-no-galaxy-quest few critics]] argued that it treated nerds (and more specifically, Trekkies) as Acceptable Targets. However, the majority opinion is that it attacked only one unfortunate kind of nerd: the entitled, rude sort that uses their online persona to bully others and compensate for real-life frustrations. Similar to how ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' didn't attack ''all'' enthusiastic media fans, just the [[LoonyFan aggressive and entitled ones]].


* CompleteMonster: [[PsychopathicManchild Robert Daly]] is a sociopathic inventor who has created a special mod of the online game Infinity. By taking the DNA of his co-workers, Daly can create fully sentient digital clones in the game, which he uses to [[CruelPlayerCharacterGod torture and mistreat]] to relieve all his frustrations. Endlessly abusing and humiliating them, Daly refuses to grant them any relief, at one point sealing one woman's mouth to suffocate her and painfully transforming another into a monster when he wishes to make a point. Constantly putting them through endless pain and abuse, when one, Walton refused to play along, Daly got the DNA of his young son and [[WouldHurtAChild threw the boy's clone out of the airlock]] with the threat he'd revive him and torture him worse if Walton didn't knuckle under. When the crew tries to escape, Daly vows to torture them even worse than before, starting with Walton's son, threatening how his punishment will be "biblical".

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* CompleteMonster: [[PsychopathicManchild Robert Daly]] is a sociopathic inventor who has created a special mod of the online game Infinity.''Infinity''. By taking the DNA of his co-workers, Daly can create fully sentient digital clones in the game, which he uses to [[CruelPlayerCharacterGod torture and mistreat]] to relieve all his frustrations. Endlessly abusing and humiliating them, Daly refuses to grant them any relief, at one point sealing one woman's mouth to suffocate her and painfully transforming another into a monster when he wishes to make a point. Constantly putting them through endless pain and abuse, when one, Walton refused to play along, Daly got the DNA of his young son and [[WouldHurtAChild threw the boy's clone out of the airlock]] with the threat he'd revive him and torture him worse if Walton didn't knuckle under. When the crew tries to escape, Daly vows to torture them even worse than before, starting with Walton's son, threatening how his punishment will be "biblical".

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