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futuramafreak

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« on: 02-15-2004 23:01 »
« Last Edit on: 02-16-2004 00:00 »

1.  If it takes 1000 lightyears for broadcasts to reach them, how come the Omicronians get to Earth on the same day?
2.  Even a poppler can't fit into the ship that destroys Fry's sand castle.
3.  How can you destroy the city with anti-monument lasers; can't they only destroy monuments?
4.  How does Bender take off his head without unscrewing it?
5.  When yelling how they won, Bender says that it'll never bring back his martini, but he spilled a cocktail.
6.  How does the eye that Zoidberg eats stick to his claw?
7.  How was that an hour long show?  It was only a matter of minutes.

David A

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« Reply #1 on: 02-16-2004 00:47 »

 
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Originally posted by futuramafreak:
1.  If it takes 1000 lightyears for broadcasts to reach them, how come the Omicronians get to Earth on the same day.

Their spaceships can travel faster than light.  Sure, that's probably impossible, but FTL travel is a staple of sci-fi.

 
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2.  Even a poppler can't fit into the ship that destroys Fry's sand castle.

It was an unmanned drone.

 
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3.  How can you destroy the city with anti-monument lasers; can't they only destroy monuments?

Right, and if I shot you with a LAW rocket it wouldn't hurt you, because a light anti-tank weapon can only destroy tanks.

 
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4.  How does Bender take off his head without unscrewing it?

How come when he unscrews it, it screws back on in the same direction instead of the opposite direction?

 
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5.  When yelling how they won, Bender says that it'll never bring back his martini, but he spilled a cocktail.

It was a martini.

 
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6.  How does the eye that Zoidberg eats stick to his claw?

Huh?  Sorry, I'm not sure what you're talking about.

 
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7.  How was that an hour long show?  It was only a matter of minutes.

Well, obviously if they showed the whole hour, it wouldn't have fit into a half-hour long show, especially with all the other stuff that happened.

Speak softly. Drive a Sherman tank.
ooy

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« Reply #2 on: 02-16-2004 01:26 »
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6.  How does the eye that Zoidberg eats stick to his claw?
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bender+fry

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« Reply #3 on: 02-16-2004 01:53 »

it was one of those plastic eyes that stick to birthday cards, and so forth. david cohen explained in a commentary that old light travels at the old speed of light, but new light goes faster because they increased the speed of light.
M0le

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« Reply #4 on: 02-16-2004 04:00 »

He poked the pointy part of his claw onto it and skewered it. What's the problem?   confused
sci_bot

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« Reply #5 on: 02-16-2004 04:58 »

 
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Originally posted by futuramafreak:
1. If it takes 1000 lightyears for broadcasts to reach them, how come the Omicronians get to Earth on the same day

Scientists changed the speed of light some time between now and the year 3000 - as revealed in ďA Clone of my Own.Ē The light that left earth before they changed it is still travelling at the current speed of light so will take a thousand light years to reach omicron persiei but as soon as it makes it to them they come jump in their space ship fly to earth at near to the new light speed - arriving at earth instantaneously.

Itís a bit of a kludge but it is an original and interesting way to get around FTL travel in a sci-fi series. Definitely better than most.
Blackadder11

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« Reply #6 on: 02-16-2004 05:24 »

But in 'The Problem with Popplers' when they land on the nursery planet they say they are days from anywhere.
sci_bot

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« Reply #7 on: 02-16-2004 08:21 »
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Well perhaps the hursery planet is days away from the omicron persei system. Persumably omicron persei would be an "anyware" to be days away from for the PE crew

Birdbot

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« Reply #8 on: 02-16-2004 08:45 »

 
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Well perhaps the nursery planet is days away from the omicron persei system.
That would be likely, because when their young grow up, they eat their mummies.
VoVat

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« Reply #9 on: 02-16-2004 21:49 »

Isn't a martini a kind of cocktail?

As for the length of the show, maybe most of it had already aired before Fry spilled beer on the transmitter.
futuramafreak

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« Reply #10 on: 02-16-2004 22:33 »
« Last Edit on: 02-16-2004 22:33 »

Nah.  Fry said he saw the 1st 30 seconds of the episode.

*Edit*  Also, for #1, lightyears are time, not distance.  I don't remember how long they are, but it's sure a lot longer than a year, so it would take a lot longer than 1000 normal years to get there, even with the increased speed of light.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #11 on: 02-16-2004 22:54 »

A lightyear is the distance light travels in a year, sunshine.
Ranadok

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« Reply #12 on: 02-17-2004 02:27 »
« Last Edit on: 02-17-2004 02:27 »

 
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Originally posted by futuramafreak:
4.  How does Bender take off his head without unscrewing it?
This hasn't been adressed yet, I don't think. Bender's head has come off without screwing other times, such as the beginning of Love and Rocket.  Perhaps it has a system to detect a sudden pull on the head and release it, to avoid damage to the screwing mechanism.  Bender would use it in this case because he is lazy and impatient, and knows his own specs well enough to get away with it. 

Also, because I like giving two options, it isn't impossible to force a normally screwed thing on or off. I do it with milk bottles all the time. It isn't necessarily good, so Bender SHOULDN'T do it, but he does it anyway.


Also, the episode length thing... did they ever say it was an hour long? I'm pretty sure it was intended to be as short as it was (it took that long to write...), and the Omicronians just... fell for it. Perhaps they just have a lousy sense of proportion and time(they will raise the Earth's temperature 1 million degrees a day for five days...), or were so excited to see the final episode that was worth coming all the way to earth for, that they assumed it felt short due to their own nerves.  Pretty weak explanation, I know, but I think it's the one that works best.
Blackadder11

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« Reply #13 on: 02-17-2004 03:13 »
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Originally posted by futuramafreak:
1.  If it takes 1000 lightyears for broadcasts to reach them, how come the Omicronians get to Earth on the same day?


The Omicronians have more than a day to get to earth. It says 1999, but it could any time that year before Fry was frozen, and the episode doesn't take place on the same day he thawed, either.

 
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4.  How does Bender take off his head without unscrewing it?


Maybe he left it on his body unscrewed.
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« Reply #14 on: 02-21-2004 18:19 »

 
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Originally posted by futuramafreak:
1.  If it takes 1000 lightyears for broadcasts to reach them, how come the Omicronians get to Earth on the same day?
2.  Even a poppler can't fit into the ship that destroys Fry's sand castle.
3.  How can you destroy the city with anti-monument lasers; can't they only destroy monuments?
4.  How does Bender take off his head without unscrewing it?
5.  When yelling how they won, Bender says that it'll never bring back his martini, but he spilled a cocktail.
6.  How does the eye that Zoidberg eats stick to his claw?
7.  How was that an hour long show?  It was only a matter of minutes.


1.its the future they got to the moon in three seconds.
2.remote controled/unmanned
3.a monument is a building, there are no different building methods used. a monument is something sacred to the country, but is just a feat of engineering.
4.i dont know how, but he did the same thing in the beginning of a pharoah to remember
5.martini and cocktail have the same alcohol  proof just different names.
6.sharp claws? thats where reality ends and cartoon begins
7.remember they went to commercial and because he didnt have enough writtin, fry just wrote the ending on cards.

was this helpful or just dumb?
futuramafreak

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« Reply #15 on: 02-21-2004 23:54 »

Helpful, but I can't get over #7.  I know that they can't fit an hour-long show into a half-hour show along with the plot, but what's really weird (I think) is that we saw everything they saw, they knew it was an hour-long show, and yet no Omicronian or Earthican commented on how short it was.
David A

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« Reply #16 on: 02-22-2004 00:32 »

 
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Originally posted by futuramafreak:
Helpful, but I can't get over #7.  I know that they can't fit an hour-long show into a half-hour show along with the plot, but what's really weird (I think) is that we saw everything they saw, they knew it was an hour-long show, and yet no Omicronian or Earthican commented on how short it was.

The Omicronians may not have commented on it, but Leela did.  Fry's explanation was, "It took an hour to write, I figured it would take an hour to read."

Oh, and in case anyone is still confused over #5: a martini is a specific kind of drink (made with gin and vermouth); cocktail is a general term for any mixed drink.

Speak softly. Drive a Sherman tank.
futuramafreak

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« Reply #17 on: 02-22-2004 00:34 »

I know, but after it was over, the Omicronians didn't say "That wasn't long enough" or something.
feralHuman

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« Reply #18 on: 02-22-2004 00:52 »

the omicronians don't seem to care for how long the show stretches, so long as McNeal stayed single in the end of it.

anyone else noticed that in the biginning, fry killed the transmission after McNeal's shoe dropped, but the signal was cut before the shoe-drop on the omicronian side?
David A

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« Reply #19 on: 02-22-2004 00:53 »

Omicronians aren't very bright.

Watching all that network television probably makes them stupid.   wink
futuramafreak

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« Reply #20 on: 02-22-2004 00:54 »
« Last Edit on: 02-22-2004 00:54 »

Agreed.

To tell you the truth, I tried to put things down that CGEF didn't have on Freeze Frame.  I hope it's "legal" to post the site here if you want to see what they have.
 http://www.gotfuturama.com/Information/FreezeFrame/season2/1acv12.dhtml

Thanks to everyone who posted.  This is my 1st successful thread.
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