But they run into the most dangerous thing in any sci-fi movie: space stuff!
Yeah, ya know, space stuff. Nobody knows what it is, but as long as you say some Techno Babble
with the word "electromagnetic" thrown in, it suddenly can do anything!
Officer: Take initial radiation, gamma ray readings... it's an electromagnetic storm.
Bingo! Now a city of apes can happen.
Quark: What do you make of that?
A most fascinating phenomenon, but one which leaves the mind facing a myriad of possibilities, alternatives and conclusions that are at best strictly hypothetical with no sound basis in fact.
Quark: In other words, you don't know.
That's what I said.
Makoto: We have visual of the target.
Misato: Great! What can you tell me?
The target appears to be...a thing
Misato: What the hell do you mean, "a thing"?
Makoto: It's a...a...thing?
Misato: Can none of you three do anything useful around here? Maya!
Maya: (talking very fast)
Yes! The object is cruising at a steady pace towards Central Dogma. Its constant phase gives it a reflective quality that makes it appear like a massive...thing.
: Bones, there's a thing out there. McCoy
: Why is anything we don't understand always called a thing
Counselor Tryhard: (regarding a shapeshifting alien) I've never seen anything like it!
That's 'cause Deep Sev Nine
got all the morphing effects.
— Sev Trek: Pus in Boots (2002)