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SpaceCase

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« on: 03-31-2003 02:42 »

Hello All,
I just finished watching "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" for the second time.
Hokay: Everybody gets 'youth-a-sized' and starts to revert to their younger selves. Biological beings start out as embryos, buds, larva, etc. and grow from there. Their specification changes over time (to borrow a line from ST TNG's Mr. Data)
Machines, on the other hand, are built to a certain specification, and stay that way unless they're upgraded, retrofitted, or whatever. Their specification doesn't change.
Not that I didn't like it; not that I'm complaining, but how can Bender revert to his 'younger' self?
I forget the ep, but we saw Bender at his 'birth' and he was exactly the same as he is now, less whatever he's learned in four years.
Yeah, yeah, I know; the Futurama writers will trade consistancy for a good joke, but it still doesn't make any sense.
I should like to hear your thoughts.
Joe25

Bending Unit
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« Reply #1 on: 03-31-2003 02:56 »

It really doesn't make any sense, but maybe bender's "RNA" alteration has something to do with it.  He was built with spare parts after all.
Erage

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« Reply #2 on: 03-31-2003 03:39 »

It's just one of those things you have to accept for the plot and the writers obviously knew it was weird so they threw in that RNA explanation.  It also seemed that the clothes were affected as well, conforming to whatever proportions they needed.
Teral

Helpy McHelphelp
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« Reply #3 on: 03-31-2003 10:15 »

Agreed, the early stages was a nit, but the last to stages was actually based in logic. Afterall, a robot is first a collection of blueprints that's later made into various parts.
SQFreak

Professor
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« Reply #4 on: 03-31-2003 18:22 »

For those of you non-biologists, RNA does exist. It's much like DNA, except it's used in the transmission phases. (Correct me if I'm wrong, my Intro Bio teacher kind of skipped genetics.)
This page offers a not-so-bad explanation.
 http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/P/Polypeptides.html

And this one has a bit more detailed explanation.
 http://www.pbs.org/faithandreason/biogloss/rna-body.html
Nixorbo

UberMod
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« Reply #5 on: 03-31-2003 19:37 »

Also, it's Rybonuclaic Acid, as opposed to the "robo" nuclaic acid mentioned.
Kryten

Space Pope
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« Reply #6 on: 03-31-2003 22:09 »

It was this guy's fault:
Prowla RX7

Starship Captain
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« Reply #7 on: 04-01-2003 01:49 »

Well, noticing as how Bender also looks like the preliminary drawings from Pre-Futurama production... They were showing how he looks in the early stage of the process of elimination.  If you ask me what the hell I'm talking about, I'll tell you I don't know, but the general idea is there.
SpaceCase

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #8 on: 04-01-2003 02:41 »
« Last Edit on: 11-15-2008 08:57 »

 
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Originally posted by Kryten:
It was this guy's fault:

Who the [*EXPLETIVES DELETED*] is that?
Or have I answered my own question?
That's from 'COTH' isn't it? An ep I, sadly, haven't seen.
Teral

Helpy McHelphelp
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« Reply #9 on: 04-01-2003 05:05 »

Sure! Blame the wizards.
Gocad

Space Pope
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« Reply #10 on: 04-01-2003 05:23 »

STOP BLAMING THE WIZARDS.
blame the cardassians instead


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CyberKnight

Urban Legend
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« Reply #11 on: 04-01-2003 06:28 »

No! Blame Janeway with her mucking-around-with-the-space-time-continuum-in-"Endgame"!

Argh...thought...of...Endgame ...must...regain...control... of..anger!
wu_konguk

Urban Legend
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« Reply #12 on: 04-01-2003 07:10 »

Maybe he's likr Kryten (not the one on this board but the his namesake from Red Dwarf) and he has a small amount of genetic material in him. After all he does have a human heart, does it matter that it's not his.
Gocad

Space Pope
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« Reply #13 on: 04-01-2003 12:22 »
« Last Edit on: 04-01-2003 12:22 »

 
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Originally posted by CyberKnight:
No! Blame Janeway with her mucking-around-with-the-space-time-continuum-in-"Endgame"!

Argh...thought...of...Endgame ...must...regain...control... of..anger!

   evil laugh
Blaming Janeway, that's also acceptable.

Q: "And that's what you get when you put a woman in the captain's chair."

(Had to mention this again...)


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Chanukah Zombie

Bending Unit
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« Reply #14 on: 04-22-2003 05:36 »

Okay, in a rare departure from my usual stance, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Bender's "rejuvenation" was nothing more than a joke -- a silly, senseless, absurdist joke -- with little to no basis in real or imagined science.  Either that or it's the wizard's doing.  It could also be that I'm too tired to give it careful consideration. 
Action Jacktion

Professor
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« Reply #15 on: 04-22-2003 13:08 »

 
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Originally posted by Chanukah Zombie:
Bender's "rejuvenation" was nothing more than a joke -- a silly, senseless, absurdist joke -- with little to no basis in real or imagined science.
I think that's all it is.  We know that Bender has looked the same since he was "born," but it was funny to have him get younger, so they slipped in the "RNA" explanation (which itself was a joke) and went with it.
Shiny Metal Ass

Crustacean
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« Reply #16 on: 04-22-2003 13:29 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by SQFreak:
For those of you non-biologists, RNA does exist. It's much like DNA, except it's used in the transmission phases. (Correct me if I'm wrong, my Intro Bio teacher kind of skipped genetics.)
This page offers a not-so-bad explanation.
 http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/P/Polypeptides.html

And this one has a bit more detailed explanation.
 http://www.pbs.org/faithandreason/biogloss/rna-body.html

Isn't learning fun!   wink
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