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  • Awesome Music: Much of the soundtrack, especially the opening and closing credits, was quite a few people's introduction to Tangerine Dream.
  • Complete Monster: In Rekindled, John Rainbird is a death-obsessed psychopath and hitman for the Department of Scientific Intelligence, before he rose through the ranks; he gains young Charlie McGee's trust and friendship by posing as a friendly janitor, before later killing Charlie's father, with it being revealed he killed her mother too. Years after his seeming death, Rainbird continues the experiments on several boys, grooming them to be soldiers for his cause; he masterminds a conspiracy to track down and kill survivors of the original Lot-6 experiments. His obsession with Charlie becomes more twisted as he tortures her boyfriend Vincent, asking intimate questions while sniffing her discarded bra. Rainbird also has one of his hitmen killed for failing to catch Charlie. Rainbird reveals that his true plan to "test" the boys' powers is to have them incite a massacre on a small town in hopes of forcing Charlie into confronting them, committing mass murder and destruction; during the chaos, he kills his seeming superior, and when Charlie confronts them, Rainbird kills Vincent, fully expecting and hoping to get such an emotional response that Charlie would wipe out the town with her powers.
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  • Fridge Brilliance: As pointed out under No Control Group and Blatant Lies, there wasn't much point of using a placebo if the researchers were going to inform their test subjects what the experimental drug was supposed to do. However, given that they told the subjects it was a hallucinogen, the Shop's experts may have expected the drug to cause mild and temporary manifestations of psychic ability, which they wouldn't want the subjects reporting to anyone after the treatment wore off. So telling them about the placebo was just an excuse to warn them that many of them would be hallucinating shortly, thus predisposing the volunteers to disbelieve any potential weirdness they'd witness during the drug trial.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Charlie has her Deadpan Snarker moments, first when she overhears the soldier in the airport ("She was only seven, but she knew a snowjob when she heard one") and then when the Shop finally sets up her test properly.
      Wood chips. They should have given me something hard.
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    • When Charlie shows that can correctly uses her powers in front of The Shop, Hollister drops all traces of professionalism, running around excitedly shouting about how they have undeniable proof that they have someone with powers that can be replicated anytime they want for almost a minute. If his happiness wasn't based on doing horrible things to children you'd be happy for him too.
    • And then immediately after, when Rainbird interrupts the celebration to point out that they should probably go after Charlie - who just wandered off through the door that was left open.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A sexist murderer has the initials OJ and even insists on nicknaming himself "Juice," at a time when O.J. Simpson was still a highly popular football player and actor with his murder scandal still more than a decade away.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Moment of Awesome: When Charlie single-handedly sends the sadistic army of The Shop literally burning and screaming all the way to Hell where they belong. This, combined with a Tear Jerker , being Andy's last words after Rainbird shoots him in the head.
    It's a war. Make them know they've been in a war. [...] Make it so they can never do anything like this again. Burn it down, Charlie. Burn it all down.
  • Narm: In the movie there's Andy's incredibly silly gesture of putting his hands on his forehead whenever he uses his powers. In the book, he doesn't have to do anything, which is why he's able to sneakily use them on government officials when he's careful.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • In the book, Dr. Pynchot's echo eventually causes him to dress in women's underwear and obsess on how his garbage disposal resembles female genitalia. He ultimately decides to clean it by hand. While it's running.
    • The bits from the perspective of those who are in the middle of severe echoes. Overuse of Andy's push on a person can cause echoes from their subconscious to emerge, centering on events that have psychological significance to them; eventually they start obsessing about it until their mind breaks.
    • From the movie, the LOT-6 experiment itself. While for Andy and Vicky, it's all cool, the others go into seizures, enter fugue states, or simply die. The crowner is the poor subject who, to try to make the visions stop, claws his own eyes out.
    • John Rainbird's obvious child molester tendencies towards Charlie (although in the book, his motives are much weirder; he wants to kill Charlie so he can figure out the mystery of death by watching Charlie die, and he gets offended when Cap assumes he wants to molest Charlie).
  • Values Resonance: Orville Jamieson would seem like a scathing Take That! at "incel" culture, if he didn't predate it by decades.


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