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Nightmare Fuel / The Ministry of Time

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    In General 
  • The underlying question that is always behind this: all the Ministry workers know that there are many catastrophes going on, that people are going to die for no reason at all, that they could save them... but they can't, because meddling with that could cause even worse problems. It is surprising they don't get a load of workers with time off sick because of depression.

    Episode 3 ("How Time is Rewritten") 
  • The Nazis trying to overtake the 21st century to get advanced weapons and win the Second World War.

    Episode 4 ("A Negotiation in Time") 
  • Rabbi Levi's time loop where he keeps getting burned alive forever by The Spanish Inquisition... and he isn't aware of it for bad or for good. At least he gets saved.

    Episode 8 ("The Legend of Time") 

    Episode 10 ("The Time in His Hands") 
  • Morán, a calm Serial Killer who murders mothers in front of their children and vanishes through a cabinet which is actually a time door.
    • And the reason for these murders is the trauma he got after his vicious father killed his mother in front of him and thus recreates the same scene.

    Episode 13 ("A Virus from Another Time") 
  • How close we could have been to a repeat of the Spanish Flu, because of a pharmaceutical company's greed.

    Episode 15 ("Time of the Braves") 
  • Julián finds Alejo, an affable Philippine villager, hanged with several knives stabbed all over his torso. And this was something that happened in Real Life, too.

    Episode 17 ("Oil on Time") 
  • Walcott's death. He may have been a Jerkass but one could feel sorry for his radiation poisoning and his last will to Lola. It's hard to watch how he painfully succumbs to the radiation in his final moments.
    • How Enriqueta deals with Amelia after she was caught stealing the silverware. It's a Foreshadowing for what's coming up in the next episode.

    Episode 18 ("Separated by Time") 
  • Much like episode 10, it involves crimes, a Serial Killer and children again. This time is about the infamous Enriqueta Martí, nicknamed the "Vampiress of the Raval", a woman who abducted and killed children to sell their organs.
    • Enriqueta herself is very creepy, both her past and future selves. She has big dark eyes with a soulless look and sometimes speaks with a very calm voice.
    • Julia Lozano's disturbing déjà-vu when she was abducted. It involves dead insects, children cries, blood...
    • Also, the episode mentions the Real Life 1986 child abducting scandal, where Enriqueta participates, in which doctor Madrigal would order to kidnap grown infants living in poor conditions to give them into adoption for couples unable to have children.

    Episode 21 ("Change of Time") 
  • Where to even begin with this one...
    • First, the stretching torture that De la Cueva, the 1588 Secretary, suffers. We only see a part of said torture, but it has been very crude, with the poor man's right eye bleeding.
    • Salvador getting shot. Yes, the restored timeline ends up reverting this, but seeing such a beloved character die while trying to do the right thing is horrifying.
    • Philip II using the Ministry to enforce his morals and control across all time after the Armada's victory. Try not to shudder at the changes brought by this.
    • Some of the aforementioned changes: Ernesto is a cold-hearted bastard that thinks nothing of torture and murder, Irene is a submissive secretary that struggles daily to contain her sexuality, Pacino was executed for a crime he did not commit...
    • The parallels with Nineteen Eighty-Four. For example, CCTV in 1588, Philip II's weekly speech, people pretty much brainwashed from childhood... Big Brother only changed historical records to fit the present. Philip II changes actual history to fit the present he wants.
    • Alt!Maite and Alt!Elena's synchronized praying of the rather changed Credo that praises Philip II. Creepy as hell, even In-Universe: Alonso and Julián look scared when that happens.
    • Julián being viciously punched and interrogated by none than his good old friend Ernesto. The alternate Ernesto bears very much to his Torquemada ancestry more than ever.
    • You think that the first torture scene was bad? Think again. The Inquisition torturing Amelia with a freakin' electric chair!

    Episode 22 ("With Time on Our Heels") 
  • The beginning starts with an unexplainable large vortex coming from the Ministry's depths. While it's awesome to see, the vortex is seen dragging Alonso, Amelia and Julián to a time door. This is what causes Julián's death and disintegrates him.
    • Amelia and Alonso's flashback to the Spanish Civil War mission doubles as Tear Jerker too. The Fridge Horror of the war itself, the dirty trenches and constant enemy attacks, and Amelia screaming "Julián!", who was lost in the chaos of the battle.
  • As an episode that is a homage to Alfred Hitchcock, suspense and tension is mandatory. The Psycho scene may catch the audience off-guard or the homage to the surrealistic Vertigo nightmare.
  • Pacino beating and punching the Soviet spy. We already knew about Pacino being a cop that follows his conscience to do his duty, but his violence is enough to scare poor Amelia and leave the room.
  • The ending with the builder revealing himself as an spy, takes a syringe from his toolbox and kills the Soviet spy whose body is seen with foam in his mouth.

    Episode 23 ("Time of Spies") 
  • For most of the episode, Ernesto and the young Lola Mendieta stay at a Nazi concentration camp, tortured daily until they speak.
    • Not to mention that when they first arrive, they see malnourished prisoners with black-and-white striped robes.
  • Ernesto is given a lethal drug to kill Lola if she speaks. He never uses it though.

    Episode 24 ("Time of Spells") 
  • Being a travel back to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer's time, a noted writer of suspenseful stories, could not avoid but have some of these.
  • The aquelarre at the climax, with all the townspeople gathered in a ritual, and Alonso and Amelia brainwashed into joining them.

    Episode 25 ("Time of Enlightenment") 
  • Pacino sees Marta at the Ministry's empty corridors, and after she turns around to see Pacino, her head begins to distort at high speeds with an unnatural noise. Thankfully it was a nightmare.

Alternative Title(s): El Ministerio Del Tiempo


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