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Heliotrope

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« on: 05-09-2002 07:12 »

I was watching "The cryonic woman" and it showed that Fry seemed to be flyin the PE ship quite well.
Yet in the next episode "Amazon woman in the mood" he was having loads of trouble with the ship, with it going all over the place.

So how can he be good at flying the ship in one episode, and be really bad at flying it in the next episode?
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #1 on: 05-09-2002 07:43 »

Top Five Reasons:
(1) Brain Fart.
(2) Brain Parasite.
(3) Snuck back to Little Neptune when Leela had her back turned. "We take brain now, gills come next week."
(4) "Fry love beer. Beer love Fry? Fry fly better after few drinks...waaaaaaaaarf!
(5) The first time Fry was using the auto-pilot. The second time, Bender had broken it in an arguement over his bathroom-reading material.
Teral

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« Reply #2 on: 05-09-2002 08:24 »

Elaborating on BrainSluggo's #5. Presumably the PE ship has an automated lnading and take off system, using instruments and radar. Leela trust her instinct a lot more, and swithches of this system as seen in "The Series has Landed". fry don't know how, so he just allows the system to take over.

The ship might also be equipped with systems to prevent it fron crashing by meassuring the hieght above ground level, the pitch etc. I think modern fighters have similar systems, but I'm not sure. Ask the fighter nuts around here.

In space all these systems will be void, and Fry's flying would be totally up to himself, that's why Leela was so impressed with his flying in "Time Keeps On Slipping".

Besides his little joyride didn't seem all that controlled to me.
cellery

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« Reply #3 on: 05-09-2002 12:39 »

They only showed Fry right after takeoff, and the next scene inside the ship Bender is steering it with his ass while Fry is sitting off to the side. It's possible Bender took over the controls after takeoff and is flying the ship, he's done it before in Birdbot with his skillful maneuvering around the peace ring.   smile
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #4 on: 05-09-2002 15:30 »

Y'see, that's one of my all-time favorite sequences, and I forgot that. I am so prejudiced against Robo-Americans.
Chump

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« Reply #5 on: 05-09-2002 15:34 »

Ahem. I believe that Time Keeps on Slipping proves that he can indeed fly the ship.
END THREAD!
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #6 on: 05-10-2002 03:53 »

Burp. That answers the topic title, but not the true topic question. END WAR!
Bender3000

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« Reply #7 on: 05-10-2002 16:41 »

He attempted to fly the ship by tying string to the steering whell and firing the gun at the same time.
Blotto

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« Reply #8 on: 05-13-2002 03:54 »

most intelligent reason..."he knew how too" and then "he forgot"
Lesotho_Leela

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« Reply #9 on: 05-14-2002 11:13 »

Another: When he could do it: He was drunk
       When he couldnt do it: He wasnt.
payn
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« Reply #10 on: 06-01-2002 18:00 »

 
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Originally posted by Chump:
END THREAD!

And then what will our clothes be made of?

Anyway, modern planes are pretty good at assisting takeoffs and landings (every pilot I've ever talked to believes that the only reason the 767 doesn't have an "auto-landing" button is that they would have been out of a job and their union protected them), but they're even better at auto-piloting around in the air. Why? Well, for one thing, it's much easier to fly than to land (or take off). So, if you're looking for a "realistic" explanation, that isn't going to cut it.

Personally, I like the alcohol explanation.

However, you shouldn't discount that fact that Fry is pretty inconsistent in general. And it's not just Fry; even Zoidberg has occasionally done successful work.

Futurama just doesn't put quite as much effort into continuity as, say, Star Trek. Star trek will go out of their way to come up with ridiculous explanations for things just to make sure the fans don't come up with their own--usually less ridiculous--answers). Futurama realizes that the fans will have more fun doing it themselves.

So, sometimes Fry can fly--but I wouldn't trust him to fly my ship.
static

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« Reply #11 on: 06-04-2002 04:27 »

case of point, now he can fly it. thats it.
AstroZombie

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« Reply #12 on: 06-04-2002 14:03 »
« Last Edit on: 06-04-2002 14:03 »

 
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Originally posted by static:
case of point, now he can fly it. thats it.

[BART] TESTIFY![/BART]

I agree, he proved that when he puts his mind to it, i.e. to impress the special lady on his life (ahhh    love    love ), he can do a lot of things he's normally too bored to care about doing well.
 
bartman

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« Reply #13 on: 07-17-2002 02:12 »

I dunno, he probably can...
haleys_comet

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« Reply #14 on: 07-20-2002 07:01 »

I think so far he can just barely fly the ship. How hard could it be for someone to fly it anyway?
Javier Lopez

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« Reply #15 on: 07-20-2002 18:54 »

He knows how pilot somewhere between "Amazon women" and "birdbot of icecatraz"
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