i really dodn't think that my inquiry into whether "species/offspring" would be so misunderstood... i'm bored with it...but i really want to clear a couple things up...
it's not the species...it's the genome
On an evolutionary time scale what's the difference?
umm...everything. that's the entire difference.
edena should be concerned about her OFFSPRING...not the spieces
i don't know...every single biology textbook for the last 100 or so years...unless you're from Kansas were i believe they tear those pages out...sorry if you from Kansas...for multiple reasons.
...who cares if nearly every other crab monster dies?...as long as edena's offspring continue and propagate...that's what should be forfront on edena's mind.
That's just it. It's what's in the forefront of the audience's mind that's the important thing. The writers have just a few seconds of screen time to get an idea across as well as make it seem 'in character' as well as make it funny as well as advance the plot. If they can find a single sentence (incorrect as it may be) that the vast majority of their target audience would understand (or at least could understand if they weren't deliberately trying not to) they wouldn't give a toss if it's not 'technically' correct. Especially if technically correct wording would be less familiar to the audience.
Futurama has made many...many jokes that very very few people would get...quantum physics jokes...computer science jokes...math jokes...jokes that a very small percentage of the viewers would get. they didn't alter the science to make it funny...or more digestable...and it's just one word..."offspring" instead of species...you could use "kids"...or "babies"...Futurama was/is good because they didn't dumb things down.
...the joke would have just been better in my mind if it was accurate because it's still harshly cold statement in a funny way...just inaccurate in the way everyone is about Darwin...it's not the species...it's about the individual
Exactly - it's not a joke if nobody 'gets' it. So the writers chose to word it in terms that non-'Darwinian Fanatics' would be familiar with.
I'm not a Darwin fanatic...it's just science...there is right...and wrong. it's funny if...if edna said i don't want to mate with you because i'll have inferoir kids with you...(maybe inferior is too big...i don't know...retarded kids?)
clearly the writers were either trying to make fun of or attack evlutionary psychology/biology...or Darwin for a matter of fact
Clearly you must know more about the writing and production of animated TV series that the rest of us to be able to claim that no
other factors (e.g. time schedules, searching for a better joke) could possibly have been ahead of "attack evolution" in the minds of the writers, with such certainty.
You aren't a
conspirancy theorist by any chance?
no...it's not a conspirancy...it's a simple misstep
...but the joke is good regardless...but it's not correct. one word would have changed it...(it's edna's offspring that's important...not the crab/lobster monster species)
So, in a nutshell, you're disappointed that, by failing to catch the fact that not swapping one word out of a widely understood phrase for another much less familiar word, the writers placed humor and simplicity ahead of a point of technical accuracy (a point which is not universally acknowledged in the first place)?
The problem is that it's not one with humor...it's funny either way...just would have been nice to see it correct. As i mentioned before...Kansas doesn't agree with evolution, certain religions don't agree with evolution...just because it's not universally accepted doesn't make it not a fact or ripe for humor. The writer get some very witty and smart quips by that are 100% correct. just not this one. That's my only gripe. Very good episode. one mistake.
In response to coldangel_1...your argument is correct if the decapodians were a eugnitic society...and i have a hard time swallowing that since they don't have death camps like the Nazi's...if Zoidberg was so inferior...he should have been castrated...or eliminated...and not even have the possibility to mate. A society that places a high emphasis about the best genome propagating would not leave things to chance. Good catch though.
i'm done with this point...i had hoped that some other people would have also noticed the line slip and be pleased that someone else noticed the error...i guess not.