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Nixons Head

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« on: 08-11-2009 04:25 »
« Last Edit on: 08-11-2009 04:58 »

Hey guys, i've been thinking for a while about this and looking for other threads about this but couldnt find anything.

In "a head in the polls" there is a massage bed that that fry is uses which is thought activated, but how cant it read his thoughts?

is this able to happen because he has not yet gone back in time to become his own grandfather and lose the delta brain wave which he would have had at this time, or is it that it was able to read another sort of brain wave?

The only reason i doubt that it is before he went back in time is that nibbler already knew he wouldn't have the delta brainwave when he pushed him into the cryogenic freezer and since nibbler cannot go back in time (as mentioned in the why of fry) so im lead to believe he somehow already is his own grandfather and missing the delta brainwave.
Freako

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« Reply #1 on: 08-11-2009 04:31 »

Ha! Nice find, I guess they forgot about that, or machines can work around the lack of delta brainwave.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #2 on: 08-11-2009 04:36 »

The Nibblonians mentioned that Fry's mind is made up of a random collection of other brain waves (not Delta). The machine was probably reading those.

Alternatively, it could have been activated by one of the other people in the room (I don't know if you have to be sitting on the thing to activate it).
Nixons Head

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« Reply #3 on: 08-11-2009 04:41 »

Alternatively, it could have been activated by one of the other people in the room (I don't know if you have to be sitting on the thing to activate it).

another good point
futz
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« Reply #4 on: 08-11-2009 05:26 »

The bed does seem to react rather spastically, like it's reading broken bits of thoughts.
Hard to imagine that Fry wanted that to happen.
Gorky

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« Reply #5 on: 08-11-2009 06:14 »

This reminds me of the implication, in "Fry and the Slurm Factory", that Fry is sterile ("Ow, my sperm!"). Obviously, you can't go back in time and impregnate your grandmother when your little swimmers ain't swimmin', and yet the joke remains.

I attribute the inconsistencies between "A Head in the Polls" and "Into the Wild Green Yonder" to the fact that, though the writers may have known in season two that Fry lacked the Delta brainwave, they didn't decide until season "five" that this made his thoughts unreadable. I think little nitpicky things like that are more attributable to the writers making things up as they go along; breaking continuity (which is flimsy at best, anyway) for the sake of a good joke is no biggie to them. (And, to be honest, it's no biggie to me, either.)

But it was still a good find on your part, Nixons Head.
Frisco17

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« Reply #6 on: 08-11-2009 06:24 »

This reminds me of the implication, in "Fry and the Slurm Factory", that Fry is sterile ("Ow, my sperm!"). Obviously, you can't go back in time and impregnate your grandmother when your little swimmers ain't swimmin', and yet the joke remains.

The worms fixed the damage though.

Zoidberg: "Yippykyay, you'll never guess where I've been!"
coldangel

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« Reply #7 on: 08-11-2009 06:35 »
« Last Edit on: 08-11-2009 06:37 by coldangel_1 »

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In "a head in the polls" there is a massage bed that that fry is uses which is thought activated, but how cant it read his thoughts?

The machine's 'mind reading' probably works more like the common polygraph (albeit more precise), responding to physiological indicators (temperature, skin conductivity, pupil dilation, etc) to gauge the subject's thought processes.
I think we can safely attribute true psychic powers to living organisms only.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #8 on: 08-11-2009 09:01 »

The machine's 'mind reading' probably works more like the common polygraph (albeit more precise), responding to physiological indicators (temperature, skin conductivity, pupil dilation, etc) to gauge the subject's thought processes.
I think we can safely attribute true psychic powers to living organisms only.

So there'll never be a robot Jedi? My dreams die before they began!
coldangel

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« Reply #9 on: 08-11-2009 10:47 »

That's what I do. I kill dreams.
And... maim aspirations.
SpaceCase

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« Reply #10 on: 08-11-2009 16:50 »

So there'll never be a robot Jedi? My dreams die before they began!

Cyborg Jedi. Problem solved.

coldangel

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« Reply #11 on: 08-11-2009 17:02 »

General Grievous?
Frisco17

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« Reply #12 on: 08-11-2009 18:22 »

Vader?
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #13 on: 08-12-2009 01:30 »

General Grievous?

He wasn't a Jedi. He just killed them and stole their stuff.
coldangel

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« Reply #14 on: 08-12-2009 02:05 »

Nobody cares!

Lousy prequels...
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #15 on: 08-12-2009 02:34 »

Hey, you're the one who mentioned him.

Anyway, Darth Vader isn't a Jedi. A Jedi is a Knight who fights for good, which Darth Vader isn't.
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