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smadavid

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« on: 04-28-2005 16:36 »
« Last Edit on: 04-28-2005 16:36 »

Nice mention of Futurama on CNN --

From there, the series is off and running through the galaxies, where Dent is as clueless and overwhelmed as "Futurama's" Fry in the 31st century. (Indeed, Matt Groening's TV series "Futurama" -- which also features a somewhat traditional sci-fi lineup of human male, attractive but caustic female and an easily agitated robot -- shares a sense of humor with Adams' work, which is no surprise, given Groening's love of Pythonesque humor.)

 http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/04/26/eye.ent.adams/index.html
T-Veronica

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« Reply #1 on: 04-28-2005 16:50 »

I was wondering when something like this would pop up. I've been hearing stuff like this from my friends for months. It was only a matter of time. Perhaps with the release of H2G2, sci-fi comedies will get more notice? Sure hope so.

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AsaB

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« Reply #2 on: 04-28-2005 18:42 »

Ah. I adore Hitchhiker's Guide, and I've definitely noticed the similarities also. And I'm with T-V here, hopefully a whole new wave of sci-fi will flood the world! Comics (a la Spiderman, Hulk, X-men) have been prominent lately, I definitely wouldn't mind a sci-fi period now.
T-Veronica

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« Reply #3 on: 04-30-2005 14:04 »

Gah. I saw Hitchhiker's Guide yesterday, and believe me, it'll be no help to us at all. Putting aside the HORRIBLE changes they made from Douglas Adams' original movie script (Arthur/Trillian? WTF?!), it had little merit to anyone who wasn't already a major sci-fi fan. Like it was said in a newspaper review: "Fans will leave saying 'How could they DO that?!' and non-fans will say 'What the hell was that movie about?!'" *sigh* It's not fair, Hitchhiker's fans and sci-fi fans in general deserve better. (I'm done ranting now.) But perhaps the publicity at least will benefit Futurama...*pouts and watches H2G2 BBC series from the 80's*

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Bandit Ruler

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« Reply #4 on: 04-30-2005 18:17 »

And the possibilities live on.. I haven't seen Hitchhiker's Guide yet, but I really want to see it.
T-Veronica

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« Reply #5 on: 05-01-2005 14:35 »

Just don't set your expectations too high. (Though the planet-building interior of Magrathea was awesome...) Luckily, critics who don't know what the hell they're doing might link the re-emerging sci-fi genre (their words, not mine) to Futurama in some way...maybe.

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Neavers

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« Reply #6 on: 05-01-2005 14:37 »

the original series was crap but the movie looks good
T-Veronica

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« Reply #7 on: 05-01-2005 14:48 »

O_O H-how can you say that? I thought the series was brillaint. (Yes, it had cheesy special effects, but hell, it was 1981.) It's certainly closer to the original books than the movie is. But we are all entitled to our opinions. Why didn't you like it?

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David A

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« Reply #8 on: 05-01-2005 14:56 »

Here's a thread that you guys might like.
T-Veronica

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« Reply #9 on: 05-02-2005 16:15 »
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Oop, you're right. And I apologize for going slightly off-topic earlier. I was afraid that might happen. Sorry. -_-

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David A

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« Reply #10 on: 05-02-2005 16:21 »

I didn't think that you had gone off-topic, Veronica.  Besides I'm not a moderator, so you don't need to apologize to me.

I just thought that that old thread deserved to be linked, given the topic.
jamdav86

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« Reply #11 on: 05-18-2005 12:44 »
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T- Veronica - original radio series. The books were an adaption/
T-Veronica

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« Reply #12 on: 05-18-2005 17:26 »

Yeah, I had heard that it was a radio series first, but I haven't been able to find the original scripts in my bookstore. (And my mom says I gotta take it easy on buying stuff from online.) What can one do? Ah, well. Oh, and to David A, I personally had thought that I'd gotten off-topic in my previous posts, hence the apology, but thanks for being so nice about it.  smile

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Prof. Wernstrum

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« Reply #13 on: 05-19-2005 07:19 »

 
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Originally posted by T-Veronica:
Yeah, I had heard that it was a radio series first, but I haven't been able to find the original scripts in my bookstore. (And my mom says I gotta take it easy on buying stuff from online.) What can one do?

Full radio episodes. Share and Enjoy!

F is the 6th letter of the alphabet.
O is the 15th letter (1+5=6)
X is the 24th letter (2+4=6)

Hence, FOX = 666
smision

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« Reply #14 on: 05-19-2005 09:00 »

What is the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy about?
T-Veronica

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« Reply #15 on: 05-19-2005 14:18 »

 
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Originally posted by Prof. Wernstrum: Share and Enjoy!

Thank you! (And you even quoted the Sirius Cybernetics slogan!)

Oh, and to answer Smision's question, Hitchhiker's Guide is a sci-fi/psuedo-philosophy/comedy. It's a book trilogy in 5 parts, a BBC television series, and a radio series (see above). A movie was recently released as well, but I don't feel that it does the series justice. Others, feel free to give a more detailed description. My hands hurt from bubbling in Scantron tests for finals. >_<

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AsaB

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« Reply #16 on: 05-19-2005 14:30 »

You can't describe Hitchhiker's, you read Hitchhiker's! Do that and you'll see the light.

T-V description isn't wrong, of course. But trying to put the wonders of HHGG in one paragraph verges upon blashpemy! (She's forgiven, though. Hands hurting from finals? Just been there!)
Venus

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« Reply #17 on: 05-19-2005 15:17 »

I read Hitchhickers and didn't see what all the fuss was all bout. *cowers*
futurefreak

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« Reply #18 on: 05-19-2005 23:28 »
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I don't know if anyone mentioned this already, but is it just me or does Zaphod Beeblebrox from HG2G the movie remind you a lot of Zapp Brannigan? They're both kinda dim and arrogant, womanizers, similar names/initials (but that would mean that Zapp would be based on Zaphod)...and that one scene where Zaphod wheres the short shorts, hahaha, I was thinking that is so Zapp and his short red outfit.

edit: ah, I just noticed that other thread linked in this one. I see that Chump noticed the same thing, just from the books a few years back.
T-Veronica

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« Reply #19 on: 05-20-2005 13:17 »

 
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Originally posted by AsaB:
You can't describe Hitchhiker's, you read Hitchhiker's! Do that and you'll see the light.

T-V description isn't wrong, of course. But trying to put the wonders of HHGG in one paragraph verges upon blashpemy! (She's forgiven, though. Hands hurting from finals? Just been there!)

Heh. I was actually just trying to point out how many different formats it was in. But yeah, no summary would do it justice. 'Tis a must-read for sci-fi/comedy fans.


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Twee

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« Reply #20 on: 05-20-2005 17:04 »

The latest radio adaptions of book 4 and 5 are on bbc radio 4 at the moment + christian slater is in it.You can get it off the bbc website. Its ok, your awed silencee is thanks enough
smision

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« Reply #21 on: 05-21-2005 06:38 »

awwwww I can't read 5 books. I'm not a genius. Thanks though T-Veronica.
What is the website for the bbc by the way?
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« Reply #22 on: 05-21-2005 11:25 »

Well ive never been that big into books is this one worth reading confused
Twee

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« Reply #23 on: 05-21-2005 12:26 »

The website is http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers  .Also could someone explain what happened on the last page of the last book- it was kinda confusing
Layla50

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« Reply #24 on: 05-21-2005 13:22 »

Hmmm... I'm not sure I should spoiler this or not. I'll just make a little space.

Okay, basically, the little alien guys blow up the Earth, and the evil Hitchhiker's Guide Mrk 2, the bird, makes it so there are no parallel universes... the Earth ain't coming back. Seeing as how everyone but Zaphod was on Earth at the time, they're apparently killed. I say apparently because this is Douglas Adams we're talking about, and because I find it depressing.
The little alien guys have nothing to monitor anymore and the Vogons are satisfied with a job well done.

That answer the question?
I

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« Reply #25 on: 05-21-2005 13:56 »

That sums it all up pretty well, I think.

However, while the evil guide did, indeed, prevent every other possible outcome, it is also true that Douglas Adams was working on a sixth book when he died...
Twee

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« Reply #26 on: 05-21-2005 17:29 »

Thanks Layla50
Wooter

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« Reply #27 on: 05-21-2005 18:32 »

Actually, he was working on his 3rd Dirk Gently book when he died.
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« Reply #28 on: 05-21-2005 23:12 »

are they going to make a video game on this? I hope they dont usually movie games suck!!
T-Veronica

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« Reply #29 on: 05-22-2005 13:26 »

I believe that there is already a Hitchhiker's video game, based on the books. I'm very excited about that new radio adaption of the last books. Thanks for the info, Twee. *awed silence*

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