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The Search for Captain Tim


Lord Hater accidentally recruits a bloodthirsty alien hunter to help find his missing pet.

Tropes that appear in The Search for Captain Tim:

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Tim-Tim".
  • Androcles' Lion: Hater is convinced at the climax that after caring for him for so long, Captain Tim will overcome his instincts and save him from the Arachnomorph Queen. Much to the surprise of everyone, especially Ripov, he turns out to be right.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The Watchdogs react to the disappearance of Captain Tim by throwing a party.
  • Call-Back: Hater getting stuck on the Arachnomorph Queen's web was seen back on "The Waste of Time". Time-traveling Wander wanted to rescue him then and there, but Sylvia overruled him and promised they'd rescue him at the right point in the timeline.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Lost & Found posters that Hater makes allows Wander and Sylvia to find him.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The episode opens with a string of flashbacks to Hater going back to his room and getting cheered up by Captain Tim which references the events of "The Rider", "The Greater Hater", and "The Show Stopper".
    • The mechanical arm Hater got in "The Hole...Lotta Nuthin'" is brought up again.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Ripov throws a whole bunch of knives at a poster of Captain Tim.
  • Expy: Emily Ripov is one for Ellen Ripley.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Hater didn't realize that Ripov had a hatred of Arachnomorphs, only that she could help him find "Tim Tim."
  • Fluffy Tamer: Lord Hater is the only alien in existence who had tamed an Arachnomorph.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Tim attacks the audience at the very end of the episode.
  • Honey Trap: Gender inversion; Tim after defeating the other males pretends to seduce the Arachnomorph Queen. He then blinds her with his acid, ties her up, and frees Lord Hater.
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  • Hope Spot: Taken to ridiculous lengths. Commander Peepers, Wander, Sylvia, and Tim the Watchdog show up to save Lord Hater and Ripov, but each in turn gets captured by the Arachnomorph Queen.
  • Idiot Ball: Ripov going after Tim and fighting Hater instead of going after the other species that lack a collar.
  • Licked by the Dog: Parodied when after Ripov praises Tim for beating the Arachnomorph Queen he starts to cuddle with her. Then he tries to stick his tongue down her throat and Hater has to pull Tim away.
  • Morality Pet: A literal one, where Hater treats Tim with love and vows to find him.
  • One Steve Limit: There's some confusion on the part of a Watchdog named Tim who thinks Lord Hater is looking for him.
  • Punny Name: Ripov, as she is a "ripoff" of Ripley, as mentioned below.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Ripov would rather kill all the Arachnomorphs, Tim included, than let one live. This means attacking Tim in front of Hater, knowing how he feels about "Tim-Tim."
  • Scar Survey: Ripov and Hater show each other the injuries they got from arachnomorphs, although Hater considers them "love bites" from Captain Tim.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Ripov is basically an Ax-Crazy version of Ellen Ripley.
    • While scanning Hater for Captain Tim's DNA, Ripov discovers that his right arm is mechanical, which references Luke Skywalker's mechanical arm on the Star Wars films...and the fact that his real arm is clogging the black hole from The Hole...Lotta Nothin'.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted four times in a row. The Arachnomorph Queen catches Peepers, Wander, Sylvia and Tim the Watchdog when they stop to explain why they're on the planet.
  • Villain Episode: This episode focuses largely on Hater as he looks for Captain Tim.

The Heebie Jeebies

Wander and Sylvia search a creepy forest planet for a mystical power, but find something far more terrifying.

Tropes that appear in The Heebie Jeebies

  • An Aesop: Face Your Fears.
  • Blank White Eyes: The Phantom Mimes have these, including various other characters in Wander's dream and dream versions of Wander and Sylvia.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Sylvia refers to her fists as "Lady" and "Duchess" again.
    • Characters from previous episodes appear in Wander's dream such as King Bingleborp, Prince Cashmere, Stella Starbella, Beeza, King Draykor and Huckleberry Knucklehead.
    • Wander sings something to keep him busy again. Sylvia also tosses his banjo at him and tells him to get his mind off of the problem.
  • Creepy Circus Music: Ominous-sounding accordion music accompanies the Phantom Mimes.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: It turns out Wander was right about the scary things in the forest, though Sylvia doesn't realize until Wander disappears and by the time she does, she's in for it.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Wander and Sylvia enter a forest hoping to find something that will help them defeat Dominator. They find Phantom Mimes instead.
  • Dream Within a Dream: Wander has a long string of these when he and Sylvia try to get some sleep.
  • Emotion Eater: The Phantom Mimes are implied to feed on fear; more of them show up as Wander becomes more terrified, and they disappear when Wander and Sylvia are willing to face their fears for the sake of their friend.
  • Enemy Mime: The Phantom Mimes that terrorize Wander and Sylvia.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Wander is afraid that there might be a Frankenstein's Monster in the forest. Sylvia assures him there's not, and then one such monster comes running out of the woods screaming "Forest bad!".
  • Hyperventilation Bag: Wander uses his hat in this manner.
  • Jump Scare: Although not very effective because of the art style, at the end of the episode we get one of these, with creepy music after the heroes leave the forest, and a sudden flash of a glowing face against a dark background.
  • Minimalist Cast: Only Wander and Sylvia appear in this episode.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: The Phantom Mimes. While they are creepy, they don't actually harm Wander and Sylvia and actually serve as a Stealth Mentor species.
  • Punny Name: Phantom Mimes (Pantomime).
  • Scare Chord: Plays every time a Slasher Smile appears.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slasher Smile: The Phantom Mimes' only facial expression.
  • Stealth Mentor: The Phantom Mimes, who help Wander and Sylvia face their fears.
  • Stock Scream: Parodied when Wander is startled by a "Wilhelm warbler", a bird whose cry just happens to sound like a Wilhelm Scream.
  • This Is the Part Where...: "Isn't this is where you usually leave me hanging and charge headlong into some horrible danger you're somehow oblivious to?"
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: One of few "dark" episodes of the season, given the scary creatures and Wander getting lost with the Phantom Mimes.
  • When Trees Attack: The branches of the trees move in and block their escape.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Wander is uncharacteristically afraid of the forest because his senses make him highly attuned to the scares inside.
  • Wild Take: Wander makes a long string of these throughout the episode.

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