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Beanoz4

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« on: 02-11-2012 21:28 »

In "Where no fan has gone before" Bender, Leela and Fry take off the heads of the Original Star Trek Crew because the ship couldn't hold their weight, but through the course of the show we have seen the ship manage to hold Dark-matter produced by Nibbler as well as managing most of the crew. So why would the ship not be able to hold 5 other bodys?

I may be missing a joke but if it is I don't find it funny at all.
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« Reply #1 on: 02-11-2012 21:32 »

This is my theory, and I hope it is right, otherwise the scene where they fly to Neptune in BBS completely destroys this part of WNFHGB:

The ship didn't have it's Dark Matter engines. It had the ones from the Star Trek ship.
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« Reply #2 on: 02-11-2012 21:39 »

In the show: Maybe due to having the Star Trek engines (as suggested by DannyJC13). Maybe due to the gravity of the planet they were on.

In real life: They wanted to keep the characters as heads in jars and not full bodies.
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« Reply #3 on: 02-11-2012 21:49 »

The PE ship had the antiquated engines on it. Who's to say they were really that compatible with the PE ship? And if the "Trek" ship was built to Star Trek Enterprise standards, I believe the "Trek" ship shouldn't have been engineered to work in atmosphere or on a planet surface at all.

And Scrappy has the other piece of the puzzle: it suits the story better to have the Trek cast back to being heads in jars, so we get a handwave saying they need to ditch their bodies.

Case closed, far as I can see.
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« Reply #4 on: 02-15-2012 20:40 »

My theory:
The planet express ship can hold exactly as much cargo as the plot demands wink

I was reminded of "Bird-Bod" which run lately on TV (one of the few occasions I did watch a German dubbed Futurama episode): I doubt Fry is really able to lift 500 pounds easily with one hand. But when the plot demanded him to catch Bender and lift him on board at the end, he could suddenly do so.
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« Reply #5 on: 02-16-2012 08:09 »

Another possible (but very unlikely) theory is that Melllvar's sorcery caused the unnatural bodies to be insanely heavy. Keep in mind that these weren't normal bodies. That way have been stuffed with a super-heavy alien mineral for all we know.
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« Reply #6 on: 02-17-2012 06:45 »

Ah, the old "A wizard did it" theory ...
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« Reply #7 on: 02-22-2012 10:11 »

Or in this case, a (presumably greasy) nerd cloudlike organism.

That was an interesting point Beanoz. One of the heaviest things they carried has to be that block from A Pharaoh to Remember.
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« Reply #8 on: 02-25-2012 23:25 »

Magic, got it.
jeepdavetj

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« Reply #9 on: 03-10-2012 05:09 »

I just want to know if they have to pull permits, deal with scale houses, and hours of service like the rest of us truckers. ( I have this theory that Futurama is a show about truck driving in the future because that makes me happy tongue )
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« Reply #10 on: 03-21-2012 10:24 »

Well there was that nice truck sequence in Parasites Lost... tongue

If they can "fly" around permits, one thing's for sure - they must abide by a mandatory fishing license.
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« Reply #11 on: 03-21-2012 10:49 »

I thought that perhaps the energy and chemical reactions needed to create the false bodies and keep them in a working order was somehow very heavy?
Then I read that UnrealLegend had already posted something similar and realised that this post may be pointless.
But then I posted it anyway because I want to theorise too.
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TheMadCapper

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« Reply #12 on: 03-21-2012 17:25 »

Or in this case, a (presumably greasy) nerd cloudlike organism.

That was an interesting point Beanoz. One of the heaviest things they carried has to be that block from A Pharaoh to Remember.

I don't think it's crazy to hand-wave this a little bit and say that the Egypt-planet may have had lighter gravity or the stones may have been lighter in weight. Those slaves were accomplishing some unrealistic feats of strength in this episode.
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« Reply #13 on: 03-21-2012 19:32 »

I'd just like to know how they got that cube in the building.

Maybe you're right, maybe they were just cubes of sugar big grin

Also the late night basic channel reruns cut out Fry's reference to Sisyphus booo mad
Lucy

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« Reply #14 on: 03-22-2012 13:05 »

I'd just like to know how they got that cube in the building.
I would assume it was lowered in through the roof opening through which the PE ship takes off...?

What was Sisyphus by the way? I don't remember that and I watched that episode yesterday! Ha ha. (Well, with the commentary on but still, I should remember it cuz I watch it enough to.)
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« Reply #15 on: 03-22-2012 22:35 »


<Wikipedia> In Greek mythology Sisyphus (Greek: Σίσυφος, Sísyphos) was a king punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity.

Lucy

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« Reply #16 on: 03-23-2012 00:55 »

Gutted.
That sounds tedious...
What did he do to get that punishment?
Scrappylive

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« Reply #17 on: 03-23-2012 01:33 »

Quite a few things. Killing people who were under the domain of other gods and taking pleasure in those killings, being crafty and devious in general, trapping the god of death in the Underworld, etc.

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Lucy

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« Reply #18 on: 03-23-2012 03:02 »

He sounds nice...
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« Reply #19 on: 03-25-2012 12:36 »

Killing people who were under the domain of other gods and taking pleasure in those killings, being crafty and devious in general, trapping the god of death in the Underworld, etc.

Wikipedia

He sounds nice...

Or...in other words: "He had a real good time" smile
(Shameless "The Mummy" quote... big grin )
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« Reply #20 on: 03-26-2012 08:22 »

This thread has served its purpose for now, I think. There are several theories above, Beanoz, just pick one tongue
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