Writing in the realms of science fiction & fantasy has it’s own difficulties i.e. stringing words and sentences that convey the “other-worldness” of fantastical settings, without referencing our current popular culture.
For example, in shows like “Rome” and “Spartacus”, the dialogue sounds stilted but it’s actually a transliteration in English of how people would have spoken in ancient Latin/ Greek.
In the re-imagined BSG, Ron Moore had repeatedly pointed out at Colonial culture is analogous to ours. This is a world where you would see pianos and guitars and cassette players, as well basketball-type game called “Pyramid”, as well as a football field in “Caprica”
One thing that struck me was a beat in Blood & Chrome, where young Adama yells, “This is what we do! This is what we do!”
I’ve often wondered where that trope started from : right now I’m watching an episode of Friends where Brad Pitt cameos for thanksgiving. When Monica questions Joey on whether he can finish a whole turkey by himself, he says, “I’m a Tribbiani! This is what we do!”
Do you know of other film clips that similarly break the suspension of disbelief?