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Adam And Eve Plot / Live-Action TV

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  • The Twilight Zone (1959):
    • A classic, and rather literal, example can be found in "Probe 7, Over and Out". An astronaut named Adam Cook crash lands on what appears to be a barren planet. Equipment failures keep him from radioing his homeworld, but he receives transmissions that indicate it has blown itself up in a nuclear war. While searching the planet, he comes across a woman, also stranded there. They can't communicate in words, but they make due by gestures and drawing in the sand. Eventually, it comes out that she's called the planet "Irth" and her name is... Eve Norda.
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    • "Two" had Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery as the (as far as we know) sole survivors — from opposite sides, no less — of a city-destroying war between two unnamed factions. Rod Serling's narration in the episode purposefully says that it could be set at any time during the past or future, and that "The signposts are in English so that we may read them more easily".
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • The revival did this in a two-part story with the episodes "Double Helix" and "Origin of Species". The sample size was 8 students and one professor, and it is immediately pointed out that they could not possibly repopulate the planet alone. It's hand waved by the spaceship that took them into the future, which altered their genes to ensure maximum diversity and created hundreds of babies to further pad the gap. Subtly played with in the fact that both the professor and his son are exempt from being "Adams" due to a genetic disease (and are therefore vaporized), but live on as holograms to assist their friends.
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    • The episode "Phobos Rising" also hints at this plot, with the Earth possibly destroyed and only two Mars colonies with a combined population of less than fifty as survivors. Unfortunately, accidents fueling Enforced Cold War paranoia end up destroying both colonies with only a pair of defectors surviving. Subverted in the final few minutes, when the surviving pair on Mars receive a transmission from Earth, telling them that the Moon was accidentally destroyed and in the wake of the devastation on Earth, both sides have called a truce.
    • The episode "Resurrection" takes place in a world where humanity has been replaced by robots who overthrew their former masters, who are now extinct. Two robot scientists decide to bring back humanity by illegally breeding an adult human male. They manage to keep him hidden until they can deactivate all the other robots, sacrificing their own lives in the process. The last scene shows that they have also bred an adult human female so they can repopulate humanity. Of course this still ignores population genetics, and they didn't give the guy the necessary skills to keep breeding humans artificially.
  • Seven Days:
    • The episode "Adam & Eve & Adam" has a Neutron Bomb obliterate humanity. Parker, Olga, Owlsey, & Army officer Major Jones have to journey back to Project Backstep. At one point, Owlsey kills Jones and tries to kill off Parker to start an Adam and Eve Plot with Olga. Of course, at the time, he was Ax-Crazy from radiation poisoning. Parker, per his usual shtick, must Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
    • Several episodes feature the destruction of nearly all life on Earth. In fact, in one case, Parker is the only survivor of a plot by an alien conveniently nicknamed "Adam" and has to manually start the Sphere to backstep.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The villain's plan in "Timelash" is essentially to cause this trope with his own planet — and he wants Peri to be his Eve.
    • Also part of Luke Rattigan's plan to take his group of genius students to another planet in recompense for selling Earth to the Sontarans - he's even drawn up a breeding schedule! Needless to say, the one girl in the group isn't too happy with the idea.
    • Implied to be the fate of the Tellers in "Time Heist".
    • Suggested by Clyde in the The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "The Empty Planet". Rani has other ideas.
  • Played out in the finale of the 2000s Battlestar Galactica, wherein the Colonists become the distant ancestors of the modern human race, and Hera Agathon is played up as being the Mitochondrial Eve.
  • Done in an episode of Dinosaurs with unnaturally cute, little furball-type animals.
  • Truth in Television example: One episode of Hoarders came close to this trope, featuring a man with over 2000 fancy rats living free in his house. He'd accidentally allowed his one male and two female pet rats to escape, months earlier, and hadn't had the heart to let them starve or set traps, with inevitable consequences.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • The original pilot, "The Cage", has a group of Rubber-Forehead Aliens who try to use their Lotus-Eater Machine to convince Captain Pike to play Adam for them with an Eve of his choice.
    • The story was expanded in "The Menagerie", using footage from the pilot. The aliens, called the Talosians here, release Pike and his crew after finding that humans "have a hatred of captivity". The "Eve", named Vina here, must stay behind, however, as leaving would cause her to die from the injuries sustained by her true body that are suppressed by their technology. In the present day, with Pike being an old and invalid man, they offer to let him live with them again, where he can gain his youth and health back and live with Vina. He accepts, and it remains ambiguous whether the Plot ever succeeded.
    • "Return to Tomorrow" has the crew encounter a disembodied creature known as Sargon, who claims that the human Adam and Eve were explorers from his race. When the humans refute this claim by citing evolution, Spock admits that the Vulcan creation myth also fits Sargon's story.
  • An episode of Stargate Universe reveals that, thanks to a Timey-Wimey Ball, an alternate version of the Destiny crew (minus Rush and Telford) got thrown 2000 years into the past and had to set up a settlement on planet Novus. When "our" Destiny crew encounters them, they're a formerly thriving civilization of millions, forced to abandon their planet when a black hole was detected approaching the system. There is no mention of any inbreeding, although it is possible the crew's descendants have figured out how to maintain genetic diversity, even though all of them are descended from a few dozen people.
  • In Stargate SG-1, the Alpha Site was intended to invoke this trope should an alien invasion overcome Earth's defenses. This was a real threat in the early seasons (they actually started moving personnel offworld in "The Serpent's Lair"), but the threat diminishes after Earth first gains Asgard military protection, then becomes a spacefaring power in its own right.
  • Kaya, a water nymph, uses Malone for one in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. It doesn't stop Veronica from getting the wrong idea.
  • Kamen Rider Gaim offers a twist on the concept: At the end of the series, Kouta and Mai have evolved beyond humanity and gained the power to shape the world to their will. Rather than destroying the planet he fought so hard to protect, Kouta uses his new powers to create a portal to a distant, uninhabited planet and states that that is the world he'll shape. DJ Sagara, the story's Satan analogue, urges them to "be fruitful and multiply" after openly noting the irony of his doing so.
  • In Tensou Sentai Goseiger, The Movie involves the heroes trying to protect an "Eve" figure whose home planet was destroyed by an Artifact of Doom that the villains are now trying to get their hands on. At the end of the movie, "Adam" returns and takes her back to their planet for them to begin rebuilding their world.
  • In The Last Man on Earth, after Carol finds Phil, she takes it as a matter of course that they'll have to mate to repopulate the species. Phil, who's taken a quick dislike to her, refuses. (It's two years after The Plague wiped out the human race.) And then another woman and man show up to complicate things.
  • Though not quite down to two people, the original "Survivors" featured humanity wiped out except for 1 in 10,000 people. When Charles was first introduced, a defining character trait was his belief that the survivors needed to focus on breeding to rebuild the human species (this trait was later downplayed once he became a main character).
  • On The 100, when Kane is considering killing large segments of the Ark's population to conserve oxygen, he says he's willing to reduce the Ark to "a cosmic Adam and Eve" if necessary.


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