They contain examples of: Alternate History: The Suburban Book of the Dead is set partly in a timeline created by Elvis. Bizarre Alien Biology: plant based technology. Church of Happyology: One of the three religious leaders/TV execs that run the world is L. Ron Hubbard the 23rd, although he isn’t a significant part of the plot. Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Spoofed. Deus ex Machina: Played for laughs. Encyclopedia Exposita: I and III have two very different books called The Suburban Book of the Dead. II introduces Hugo Rune and The Book of Ultimate Truths. Played with somewhat, as excerpts from The Book of Ultimate Truth are accompanied by quotes from the work of Sir John Rimmer that try to discredit them http://rogersfarmsupply.com/2013/11/09/1000-and-has-zero-entry-or-exit-load/, which ultimately leads to Hugo Rune complaining about it. Exposition of Immortality: During They Came and Ate Us, Johnathan points out that not only did he recognise Elvis, despite his wig and glasses, his aliases weren’t exactly concealing, either. “Theodore Henry Edward King? T H E King? Mr No ah Never?” Fridge Logic: invoked At the end of the first book, Elvis points out that it doesn’t make any sense. Meaningful Name: Rex Mundi, and his sister Gloria. Oh, and President Wormwood. Metafictional Title: The Suburban Book of the Dead: Armageddon III: The Remake is named after The Suburban Book of the Dead, a religious tome within the book. but which turns out not to be the same Suburban Book Of The Dead that appeared in Armageddon: The Musical. Mind Screw: While this applies to some degree to everything Rankin has written, Armageddon 2 takes the cake, paints it pink, and wears it like a hat while running naked down the street to tell its aunt all about it. No Fourth Wall: Most prominently in Book II. When one scene turns awry, Rex notes that they’re probably going to rewrite it for the movie version. Also used at the beginning:Rambo Bloodaxe: It’s Rankin, he’s in the pub again and he’s writing.
Lotus Eater Machine: In “Goodbye Polumbus,” the Gorgons’ machine designed to drain the minds of brilliant scientists traps the crew in their own fantasies, in a parody of the Star Trek episode “Shore Leave” MacGuffin: In “All the Emperor’s Quasi Norms,” Zorgon demands Quark tell him where “it” is. Quark, having no idea what “it” is, lies. We never find out exactly what “it” is, but Quark ends up with a worthless rock necklace. Meaningful Name: Parodied Ficus is a plant, Palindrome’s first name is one, Gene/Jean has male and female chromosomes in their genes, Andy is an android, etc. Multiarmed Multitasking: In the pilot there was Interface, a four armed alien woman who controlled communications between ships. Negative Space Wedgie: Couldn’t avoid ‘em as it parodied Star Trek. Not So Dire: The pilot episode opened with a spaceship apparently engaged in a highly dangerous docking maneuver. Turns out it’s just a glorified garbage scow picking up a load of trash from the other ship. Out with a Bang: In “The Old and the Beautiful”, Quark has to have sex with an alien princess infamous for fatally wearing out her lovers. Overnight Age Up: In a parody of the Star Trek episode “The Deadly Years,” Quark due to some Applied Phlebotinum starts aging two years for every hour. Oh My Aching Head: Dealing with Palindrome gave “the Head” migraines “the size of a super nova!” The Paralyzer: Gamma guns freeze people in place. Perpetual Poverty: When Palindrome and the Head have to send a telegram to Quark in the pilot, they end up spending the entire episode arguing about the cost of sending it and trying to reduce the number of words. Photoprotoneutron Torpedo: Episode 2 reveals that the crew’s sidearms are called “gamma guns”. Planet of Hats: The Gorgons are all sort of a proud warrior race that’s evil, too. For example:”People of Spartan, this is the High Gorgon. I command your unconditional surrender. You shall be treated with compassion, honor and patience. but it’s got a nice ring to it.
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