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Fee

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« on: 04-21-2003 22:42 »

i wonder why they never gave the Planet Express ship a name, Most sci-fi shows/stories named the ship after something or some exoctic name? I figure they just didnt want to seem that point of the show is just about space travel, or it could be that in the year 3000 ships are so common place they dont need names, I mean not many people today name their cars.   wink What you all think?
evan

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« Reply #1 on: 04-21-2003 22:43 »

I think the writers are shiftless, lazy bastards.

Welcome to PEEL, Fee.
Fee

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« Reply #2 on: 04-21-2003 22:46 »

Thanks for the welcome glad to be aboard  smile
Spice Weasel

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« Reply #3 on: 04-21-2003 22:47 »

I think you hit the nail on the head there, Fee.  People don't name their cars or company trucks do they?  Our van at work is called "The Van".  So by Futurama standards we would call our van the "Larrivee Guitars Delivery Van"  just lie they call their vehicle "The Planet Express Delivery Ship"  ordinary and sensible.
getak2003

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« Reply #4 on: 04-21-2003 22:50 »

What can I say, it is just a ship you know, in this show, it is like a car really. although we have seen those in the show, ships are common too.

besides it is the company  car. does your UPS guy name his truck? or the AC guy? They don't in Russia.

just what I think....


GHT
Drippy_Cupcake

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« Reply #5 on: 04-22-2003 00:08 »

It's name is the Planet Express Ship!  I mean really!  Could you imagine it ever being called anything else?!
Anarchist

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« Reply #6 on: 04-22-2003 00:17 »

I dunno. After all, the Nimbus has a name. The P.E. ship is sort of special, too (from how the Professor said it works), and scientists do get attached to their creations seriously enough to name them.
Ah well, no biggie I guess.
Action Jacktion

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« Reply #7 on: 04-22-2003 00:19 »
« Last Edit on: 04-22-2003 00:19 »

Wasn't it originally supposed to be called The Gecko?  I think that name appears in a few of those conceptual drawings from the DVD, though the ship looked quite different in them.
Chriswell

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« Reply #8 on: 04-22-2003 00:22 »

Just like the other characters, the ship has an overbite.

Speaking of newbies hey there. *waves*

-cs
evan

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« Reply #9 on: 04-22-2003 00:45 »

But the Nimbus is a military ship. Therefore, it has to be named so it can follow orders and get in formation and the like (theoretically...)
Gocad

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« Reply #10 on: 04-22-2003 01:22 »
« Last Edit on: 04-22-2003 01:22 »

USS Planet Express ship?

Fry said that. And then it got destroyed by Bender.

Also, the Nimbus is only known as Nimbus. That's somewhat strange for a military ship.

*waves back at Chriswell*


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K5

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« Reply #11 on: 04-22-2003 01:50 »

 
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Originally posted by Drippy_Cupcake:
It's name is the Planet Express Ship!  I mean really!  Could you imagine it ever being called anything else?!

I agree, everyone says "Planet Express Ship" to ship in the "Love and Rocket" episode.
Chanukah Zombie

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« Reply #12 on: 04-22-2003 04:27 »

I have often wondered about this myself.  It seems that when Katey Segal is doing the voice for Leela, she stresses the name "Planet Express Ship," as if to point out how ludicrous it is that it does not have a name.  Give a listen and tell me if you don't hear an ironic emphasis every time she says it.
Zed 85

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« Reply #13 on: 04-22-2003 04:56 »

 
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Originally posted by Gocad:
Also, the Nimbus is only known as Nimbus. That's somewhat strange for a military ship.

The Nimbus does have a registration a la the Enterprise but I've personally never seen/can't remember seeing it close enough to make out what it is. Probably since it's a flag-ship, and has a guy like Zapp in charge of it, everybody would know what Nimbus was if they heard it talked about a ship.


 
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Grim

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« Reply #14 on: 04-22-2003 06:38 »

the professor designed the ship, so its one of a kind its doesnt need to be distinguished from other ships of the same model
Timo

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« Reply #15 on: 04-22-2003 07:25 »
« Last Edit on: 04-22-2003 07:25 »

The Planet Express Ship does not have a name - even though it could - for the same reason that Roger Rabbit did not slip out of the handcuffs right away - even though he could:

because it's funny.

It's the coolest-looking, most indestructible spaceship in science fiction (able to sit at point-blank range from an exploding supernova and still keep its crew alive, never mind maintaining its own integrity), yet it does not have - or need - a name.  To me, that has always been an absolute riot.  I dearly hope that it never changes.

A good writing staff, such as this one, understands that to be successful, the ship has to be as much a character in the series as any of its crew members.  (See especially, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."  It has a frickin' 7 minute establishing fly-around of the Enterprise complete with bombastic theme music.  *That's* how to treat your character right.)  A significant part of the Planet Express Ship's character is precisely that it does *not* have a name.

Out of all the Futurama toys that have come out, I have exactly one: the Planet Express Ship.  (If they ever made bigger versions, I'd buy 'em.)

In fact, had there been any, I would have chosen a Planet Express Ship avatar over Zoidberg.

Zapp: "This is the good ship, uh, Planet Express Ship calling."
Shiny Metal Ass

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« Reply #16 on: 04-22-2003 07:27 »

 
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Originally posted by Grim:
the professor designed the ship, so its one of a kind its doesnt need to be distinguished from other ships of the same model

Thats good logical thinking Grim   smile
bevie_boodle

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« Reply #17 on: 04-22-2003 16:24 »

I kind of like the no-name thing. It's just "The Planet Express Ship". It would feel wierd to me if they started calling it something else.  smile
VelourFog

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« Reply #18 on: 04-22-2003 19:17 »

"the good ship, uh planet express ship"
or something. yeah that was funny
SQFreak

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« Reply #19 on: 04-23-2003 18:07 »
« Last Edit on: 04-23-2003 18:07 »

Leela talks to the ship as "Planet Express Ship" in "Love and Rocket".
 
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Steady, Planet Express Ship!
--Leela
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #20 on: 04-23-2003 18:23 »

IF they named it, it would ruin the mood. Who could feel important when zipping along at near-lightspeed in Doris IV?
Javier Lopez

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« Reply #21 on: 04-24-2003 17:53 »
« Last Edit on: 04-24-2003 17:53 »

 
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Originally posted by Spice Weasel:
People don't name their cars or company trucks do they? 

Really? mmm, why mine puts "Orion" in oputside?   big grin


anyway you havent saw "Gone in 60 seconds" about naming cars?

 In the topic i always guessed that the name was "Planet Express" like the company.. after all they always name her "planet express ship" so thatīs the name.. the ship dont look having a serial number..
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