- From the opening of the 1938 version of The War of the Worlds: "In the thirty-ninth year of the twentieth century came the great disillusionment, near the end of October....the war scare was over."
- The Radio Drama of A New Hope has this scene, in which Darth Vader is interrogating Leia with a combination of drugs and the Dark Side of the Force, making her suggestible. Vader tells her that her father wants to know what she's done with the Death Star plans, and goes from gently coaxing to telling her her father orders she tell them. When she gasps that Father wouldn't, Vader switches to telling her that she's in incredible pain. Burning alive, and her flesh has been torn apart, she's dying!
- This has the one-two punch of harshness that the writers themselves weren't aware of. Vader himself had been cut to pieces and burned severely, then was left to die, so he's drawing on personal experience...and Leia loves Bail Organa dearly, but Vader is her biological father, and this is the only time he's ever spoken to his daughter sweetly. Seconds before torturing her. Is it any wonder that when she met his spirit after he died and he told her that he'd inadvertently helped the cause, she didn't want anything to do with him?
- The villains of the Big Finish Doctor Who original U.N.I.T. series is the Internal Counter-Intelligence Service, an ultra-nationalist U.N.I.T. counterpart with plans to take over the UK. And this military terrorist organisation threatening the British government is referred to as I.C.I.S., pronounced "Isis".
Harsher In Hindsight / Radio