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Tongue Luck

Starship Captain
« on: 09-09-2004 04:13 »
« Last Edit on: 09-09-2004 04:13 »

What does an internet geek do in nerd heaven? She takes lots and lots of notes.

Some of you probably remember CGEF's article about the opening of a Scifi museum in Seattle, the dorkopolis that already houses the Space Needle, the number two result of a google search for "Science Center", and  Bill Gates. I figured it might be worthwhile to compile a list of Futurama stuff at the SFM.

--As part of a timeline, there's a chronologically arranged mural of various scifi media images (book covers, movie and TV characters, movie logos, etc). It includes a picture of Fry, Leela, Bender, and Nibbler.
--There's a (really awesome) hanging sphere with little video clips projected on it. For a short time, the tube scenes from the opening theme are part of it.
--A Bender wind up toy is on display with other toy robots.
--There's a short documentary about robots played on a continuous loop. It features clips of Bender saying, "You all think robots are just machines built by humans to make their lives easier. [Fry's line is cut] I've never made anyone's life easier and you know it!" and "Death to humans!"
--There's a really neat section (mentioned in the CGEF article) where you can select a space ship, read its stats, rotate it to various angles, and watch a short mission video. The PE ship is one of the options.
Planet Express Ship
Planet Express Delivery Company
New New York, Earth
Launch Date
late 2900s
Design and Construction
Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth
At least 400 tons
Dark matter engines
Top mounted laser cannons
Side mounted torpedos
Support Systems
Captain Turanga Leela
Fry - Delivery Boy
Bender - Robot
Dr. Zoidberg - Staff Physician
Amy - Intern
Hermes - Bureaucrat
(a little picture of a TV) Futurama

Mission Video
[the theme song is played and various clips from the first two seasons--I guess they only got the rights to a few episodes--are shown throughout. I took notes on several but not nearly all of these clips. I did manage to transcribe almost all of the verbal stuff, except for a short lapse where I must've lost all control of my hand.]
Female announcer: The Planet Express delivery ship hauls cargo to the ends of the galaxy in a universe fraught with dangers and uncertainty. (clips of Bender geting eaten by the purple fruit snake and the ship being pulled underwater by the colossal mouthed bass. the clip of Amy screaming when she ses her sunburn is intercut with the big fish clip) Built by Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth...
Farnsworth: Ths is my lab table, and this is my intergalactic space ship.
Female Announcer: Piloted by a crack crew [at this point my notes become illegible for a little while. it looks like it says "109here" followed by some hieroglyphics].... Under the watchful eye (clip of Leela looking awkwardly through binoculars from LLLiS) of Captain Leela...
Leela: If everybody's finished being stupid...
Fry: I had more.
Female Announcer: One team of delivery professionals (Amy gets hit in the head with the package lifting magnet, Fry leans back and closes his eyes) like none other in the universe (Bender burps fire)
Zoidberg: Excellent, excellet.
Female Announcer: The Planet Express ship is equipped to handle any contingency (little planet crashes into the windsheld, gets wiped off) that might arise during their mission.
Leela: Hurry, before we freeze.
Bender: What do you mean we, mammal?
Leela: We'll deliver that crate like professionals, and then we'll go home.
Female Announcer: And deliver they do, on board the most animated ship in the galaxy.[somewhere in there, there were clips from the commercial at the beginning of TSHL, the ship landing on Vergon 6, and the Armageddon helmet/head-holding scene of ABPoG, but I forget where now. probably in the illegible portion]

--The gift shop was closed during my little research mission, but I remember it sold Bender wind up toys, packs of magnets, and those cute Zapp Brannigan gun dealies when I was there in July.

So... Thoughts? Feelings? Instructions to be more thorough with the search function? Fire away.

Urban Legend
« Reply #1 on: 09-09-2004 09:43 »

Thanks, Tongue Luck. Now I've no reason to ever go to the United States.  :D

Urban Legend
« Reply #2 on: 09-09-2004 15:31 »

Wow, I had no idea that was there. That's really cool Tounge Luck  :D

Helpy McHelphelp
DOOP Secretary
« Reply #3 on: 09-09-2004 16:25 »

Originally posted by SlackJawedMoron:
Thanks, Tongue Luck. Now I've no reason to ever go to the United States.   :D

Well, there's still the "Star Trek: The Experience" thing in Las Vegas.  ;)

Anyway, great write up Tongue Luck. Sounds like a cool part of the tour. Thanks for taking your time to enlighten us.

Urban Legend
« Reply #4 on: 09-09-2004 17:21 »

That sounds very awesome Tongue Luck!  That gives me all the more reason to visit Seattle one day!

Bending Unit
« Reply #5 on: 09-09-2004 18:36 »

I live just outside Seattle and I really want to go but haven't yet. If I'm not too lazy (and if it's allowed) I'll take pictures but don't hold your breath, I'm really lazy. I'm soo excited, I want the toys!!

Space Pope
« Reply #6 on: 09-09-2004 19:39 »

Hey, lucky I'm only four hours away from Seattle.  I went there once just to watch a movie (which unexpectedly came to theaters here a week later), so maybe people won't think I'm strange because I go there just to see a science fiction museum. 

Since Tongue Luck was unable to transcribe her heiroglyphics, I'll have to go myself to fill in the blanks.  Was it really so exciting that you couldn't at least scribble down the important words, using monosyllabic synonyms, TL?

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #7 on: 09-10-2004 01:55 »

I've been to Seattle (Bad Memories) but really their is no reason to go back except for this museum... Good info TL!

Space Pope
« Reply #8 on: 09-10-2004 02:28 »

That sounds pretty cool, Tongue Luck.
El Pazoozoo

« Reply #9 on: 10-05-2004 06:48 »

Yeah sounds good!
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