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Topical.

What we need right now is a maverick scientist, an eccentric who was brilliant in his day--top of his class in the generic scientific academy--but he was cast out from the scientific community for challenging orthodoxy and vested interest.

He's been working on something, something in his remote home in the desert/hills/country, something gathering dust beneath a tarpaulin in his workshop: something that could just save the world...

He/she can also be teaching "science" at a high school as well before they get whisked away in a helicopter by CIA agents.
 

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He/she can also be teaching "science" at a high school as well.
And when the heroes come to sweep him away on their mission, he'll give a verbal middle finger to the hidebound principal to the accompaniment of cheers from his loyal students.
 

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And when the heroes come to sweep him away on their mission, he'll give a verbal middle finger to the hidebound principal to the accompaniment of cheers from his loyal students.

Have you ever thought that me and you could make a living writing Hollywood movie scripts?
 

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But when this "thing-that-can-save-the-world" comes to be deployed there's a problem.

Now the only way to use it is make a big explosion (were getting near the end of the movie so it's time we had one)

But the explosion can only be set off manually, because of the "problem"

Some one is going to have to sacrifice themselves!

But who?
 

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Topical.

What we need right now is a maverick scientist, an eccentric who was brilliant in his day--top of his class in the generic scientific academy--but he was cast out from the scientific community for challenging orthodoxy and vested interest.

He's been working on something, something in his remote home in the desert/hills/country, something gathering dust beneath a tarpaulin in his workshop: something that could just save the world...
Mecha Escargot? If Godzilla can have one, why can't we?
 

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But when this "thing-that-can-save-the-world" comes to be deployed there's a problem.

Now the only way to use it is make a big explosion (were getting near the end of the movie so it's time we had one)

But the explosion can only be set off manually, because of the "problem"

Some one is going to have to sacrifice themselves!

But who?
The war vet who has spent his life with feelings of guilt because he was the only survivor when his unit was attacked and blames himself.
The criminal who decides that the only way he can truly repent for his crimes is to blow himself up.

In reality, I'd volunteer my mate Dave and tell him, "When you hear the signal, press that button and you'll be able to download all the porn you can handle."
 

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The war vet who has spent his life with feelings of guilt because he was the only survivor when his unit was attacked and blames himself.
The criminal who decides that the only way he can truly repent for his crimes is to blow himself up.

In reality, I'd volunteer my mate Dave and tell him, "When you hear the signal, press that button and you'll be able to download all the porn you can handle."
And if someone says the above to you?
 

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I think Dave would be perfect for the job!
 

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But when this "thing-that-can-save-the-world" comes to be deployed there's a problem.

Now the only way to use it is make a big explosion (were getting near the end of the movie so it's time we had one)

But the explosion can only be set off manually, because of the "problem"

Some one is going to have to sacrifice themselves!

But who?
Alternatively, this missing or damaged part of this finely-tuned piece of sophisticated equipment is repaired by a layman, using a hair-clip, a beer-bottle lid or a part of a children's toy.
 

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Alternatively, this missing or damaged part of this finely-tuned piece of sophisticated equipment is repaired by a layman, using a hair-clip, a beer-bottle lid or a part of a children's toy.
This was lampooned brilliantly in The Big Bang Theory when one of Howard's inventions in the Space Shuttle malfunctions and he has to think of a way to improvise a repair. The blokes suggest various bits and pieces which will do the job but Howard has to patiently explain that only objects already present on the Shuttle are available to the crew.
 

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Any character played by Steven Seagal who is required to run will do so in a strange straight- backed, mincing way, like someone desperately trying to hold in a big jobby til they reach the toilet.
Was it he or another action star who runs with 'flappy hands'?
 

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Any character played by Steven Seagal who is required to run will do so in a strange straight- backed, mincing way, like someone desperately trying to hold in a big jobby til they reach the toilet.
Any character recently played by Steven Seagal is usually filmed in deep shadow, to hide his bloated existence, and his fight moves are just him waving his hands vaguely about...
 

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Any character recently played by Steven Seagal is usually filmed in deep shadow, to hide his bloated existence, and his fight moves are just him waving his hands vaguely about...
Seagal has mystical powers, he just has to flap his hands and stuntmen will throw themselves across the room. Then, if he feels the urge to kick, it will cut to a long shot of his stunt double who looks nothing like him and is only shown from the neck down.
 

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Was it he or another action star who runs with 'flappy hands'?
Don't think it's Mr Seagal - he tends to throw his fists up toward his shoulders when he runs, and does so completely out of rhythm with his legs.

I have probably spent too much time analysing this.
 

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Have you ever heard anyone reading Chaucer in an authentic accent? It's a bit like a hybrid of West country, Geordie and Scots. Gawain and the Green Knight is a bit easier on the ear if you treat it as the broadest of Yorkshire accents.
Ha. Yes. As I said some years back on the Beowulf thread:

My tutors at University used to compete with each other, in that bitchy way academics do, as to who had the most authentic accents for the reading of medieval works like Gawain and the Green Knight - the result was that they all sounded like dyslexic Suffolk yokels who'd been locked in a barn with Benny Hill, Professor Stanley Unwin and an ill-fitting pair of false teeth. I had to excuse myself from one seminar on Piers Plowman (the most boring book ever written in any language and yes I know its ME rather than OE) because I thought I was going to wet myself.
 

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Was it he or another action star who runs with 'flappy hands'?
I have it on good authority (a friend who was there at the James Bond filming location) that Roger Moore couldn't run without flapping his hands about. AFAIK, they had to get a stuntman to do it.
 

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An emerging cliche based on Alien.

A crew member gets attacked by an unknown alien in a form of isolation, (outside ship/in a lab), and yet another crew member dives in to try and free them thus exposing the said monster to the rest of the ship,

You usually have an uptight crew member, (always a woman), saying this against H&S/Ship Protocols/fire-wall procedures for the lab who always gets ignored and is considered cold for not trying to rescue her colleague.
 

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If you're ever cleaning a room or trying on clothes with a friend, you inevitably end up falling backwards onto the bed in unison, laughing.
And then kissing spontaneously?

Before one of them says it feels wrong.
 
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