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2013-05-25 08:51:42 PM
I always loved the quote about lizard politicians. A wonderful description of democracy. :

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"

"What?"

"I said," said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, "have you got any gin?"
 
2013-05-25 08:56:22 PM

AdrienVeidt: The movie was a failure because it wasn't funny. Mos was most cromulent as Ford, tho.


The BBC show from the 80s is where its at.
 
2013-05-25 08:56:24 PM
"Come along now or you'll be late"
'Late? Late for what?"
"Late. As in the Late Arther Dent. It's sort of a threat, actually"
 
2013-05-25 08:59:55 PM
The BBC video was far superior to the movie, despite the cheesy sets and effects.

"It's not so much an afterlife, more an Apres Vie..."

/or was that Python Meaning of Life?
 
2013-05-25 09:01:49 PM

My Yali or Yours: AdrienVeidt: The movie was a failure because it wasn't funny. Mos was most cromulent as Ford, tho.

The BBC show from the 80s is where its at.


Yup. That and the first 3 books are all anybody should need.
 
2013-05-25 09:09:59 PM

100 Watt Walrus: 20. It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.

The perfect expression of "Adams logic." Plus, the way this entry was animated in the miniseries was perfecto.

OceanVortex: I actually liked the recent movie.

There, I said it.

Not that recent anymore - 8 years ago. As a fan from way back, I'm with you. It's not perfect, goodness knows. (Rockwell didn't get the tone of Zaphod's insanity right, for one.) But the same can very much be said for the miniseries. (Save for the captain, the Golgafrinchams were uniformly terrible actors). People didn't like it because it was different, even though it's exactly what Adams had in mind for the film. And anyone who blows it off because of the romance obviously doesn't know their "Hitchhiker's" lore.

Plus, Mos Def absolutely nailed the alien-ness of Ford. Yes, he doesn't fit Adams' physical description, but he really dove into the role. Pay attention to the way his default reaction to any problem or threat is to try to use his towel. He gets it.

Now, if you want to talk about something from the "Hitchhicker's" lexicon that's bad, we can talk about the fifth book. But I'm convinced Adams did that on purpose.


No, the movie looked like they cut it down to size by chopping the punchline out of every scene, like they were totally tone-deaf to the humor written by Adams. Sadly, this somehow made it more accessible to Americans.
 
2013-05-25 09:10:51 PM
I think the cheesy sets/effects work in the story's favor, underlining the absurdity. The high-end effects of the movie make you think they are and you're supposed to be taking it all seriously.

The movie just plain-old doesn't work right, dammit.
 
2013-05-25 09:13:52 PM

jonny_q: tinfoil-hat maggie: Your whole post is perfectly said, and Adams always was playing with changes in the adaptions.

The whole point of the series is the little gags, clever lines, and situations. How the plot gets you there is beside the point, so putting Slartibartfast and the re-creation of Earth before the Restaurant at the End of the Universe is fine because all the points are there that make it fun. The movie did that and did it well. And the additions in the movie, like the opening song and the spatulas were awesome.


So very true every thing that Adams had involvement in was beyond awesome and yea, I'm one of those that really like the movie along with everything else.
/I mean really doing Hitchhikers as anything but a book is gonna be difficult but I'd say they've always done it well.
//Really need to catch all the Radio and old TV shows as well. Only seen and heard a few.
 
2013-05-25 09:14:04 PM
I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle.
 
2013-05-25 09:17:47 PM

My Yali or Yours: AdrienVeidt: The movie was a failure because it wasn't funny. Mos was most cromulent as Ford, tho.

The BBC show from the 80s is where its at.


Oh, thanks, I know one more thing I'm doing this weekend now : )
 
2013-05-25 09:43:24 PM
List fails without, "Ford, you're turning into a penguin.  Stop it."
 
2013-05-25 10:00:25 PM
bingethinker:  No, the movie looked like they cut it down to size by chopping the punchline out of every scene, like they were totally tone-deaf to the humor written by Adams. Sadly, this somehow made it more accessible to Americans.

Yeah!  Amazingly!

Like:  "The plans were in the basement."

Where in the basement?

Unbelievable.
 
2013-05-25 10:01:06 PM

This Face Left Blank: List fails without, "Ford, you're turning into a penguin.  Stop it."


I remember when I first read that chapter or two having problems breathing from laughing so hard.
 
2013-05-25 10:18:23 PM
And yet no one has mentioned the radio shows yet, the originals as well as the newer ones that came out a couple of years ago. They are fantastic, hilarious, and the special effects are better than the TV show and the movie's COMBINED!

/Plus you have a dead Douglas Adams acting as Agragag. Total win.
 
2013-05-25 10:23:07 PM

Richard_The_Clown: And yet no one has mentioned the radio shows yet, the originals as well as the newer ones that came out a couple of years ago. They are fantastic, hilarious, and the special effects are better than the TV show and the movie's COMBINED!

/Plus you have a dead Douglas Adams acting as Agragag. Total win.


I did, I really wanna listen to them all. All though I didn't know about the newer ones.
 
2013-05-25 10:23:11 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: This Face Left Blank: List fails without, "Ford, you're turning into a penguin.  Stop it."

I remember when I first read that chapter or two having problems breathing from laughing so hard.


So it wasn't just me!  I was in the waiting room at the doctor's office, and I just COULDN'T read past those lines for several minutes.  I'd compose myself, go to back to the book, find where I left off (those lines) and attempt to not make a scene in public when I read them again.  I failed entirely.
 
2013-05-25 10:25:08 PM

bingethinker: No, the movie looked like they cut it down to size by chopping the punchline out of every scene, like they were totally tone-deaf to the humor written by Adams. Sadly, this somehow made it more accessible to Americans.


While it's very much true that the movie stepped on a lot of punchlines, which was one of it's shortcomings, the "more accessible to Americans" is something you're pulling out of your ass. On what do you base that assumption? Certainly not it's poor box-office performance, nor its reviews in the American press.
 
2013-05-25 10:27:57 PM

This Face Left Blank: tinfoil-hat maggie: This Face Left Blank: List fails without, "Ford, you're turning into a penguin.  Stop it."

I remember when I first read that chapter or two having problems breathing from laughing so hard.

So it wasn't just me!  I was in the waiting room at the doctor's office, and I just COULDN'T read past those lines for several minutes.  I'd compose myself, go to back to the book, find where I left off (those lines) and attempt to not make a scene in public when I read them again.  I failed entirely.


Oh completely understand the writings of Douglas Adams are like acid best taken alone or with others that are experienced or you may be committed for being crazy : )
 
2013-05-25 11:15:57 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: This Face Left Blank: tinfoil-hat maggie: This Face Left Blank: List fails without, "Ford, you're turning into a penguin.  Stop it."

I remember when I first read that chapter or two having problems breathing from laughing so hard.

So it wasn't just me!  I was in the waiting room at the doctor's office, and I just COULDN'T read past those lines for several minutes.  I'd compose myself, go to back to the book, find where I left off (those lines) and attempt to not make a scene in public when I read them again.  I failed entirely.

Oh completely understand the writings of Douglas Adams are like acid best taken alone or with others that are experienced or you may be committed for being crazy : )


Oh, well-put!
 
2013-05-25 11:34:49 PM
List fails harder than Dirk gently
 
2013-05-25 11:35:06 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: Richard_The_Clown: And yet no one has mentioned the radio shows yet, the originals as well as the newer ones that came out a couple of years ago. They are fantastic, hilarious, and the special effects are better than the TV show and the movie's COMBINED!

/Plus you have a dead Douglas Adams acting as Agragag. Total win.

I did, I really wanna listen to them all. All though I didn't know about the newer ones.


Yeah, they completed the series and adapted the other books. They did, however, make it so that the second series never took place. It was just Zaphod going mental. But they got the original cast all back together (well those that were still alive). The now late Richard Griffiths played Slartibartfast, Christian Slater was Wonko the Sane and Douglas Adams was Agragag. They used the audiobook version of Life, The Universe and Everything to bring him to life.
 
2013-05-25 11:41:46 PM
I used to have an audiobook version of the first book.  Unabridged.  Read by Adams himself.  It was abso-frickin-lutely hilarious.  Imagine, for instance, Adams as Eddie singing "You'll Never Walk Alone".
 
2013-05-26 12:03:26 AM

Richard_The_Clown: tinfoil-hat maggie: Richard_The_Clown: And yet no one has mentioned the radio shows yet, the originals as well as the newer ones that came out a couple of years ago. They are fantastic, hilarious, and the special effects are better than the TV show and the movie's COMBINED!

/Plus you have a dead Douglas Adams acting as Agragag. Total win.

I did, I really wanna listen to them all. All though I didn't know about the newer ones.

Yeah, they completed the series and adapted the other books. They did, however, make it so that the second series never took place. It was just Zaphod going mental. But they got the original cast all back together (well those that were still alive). The now late Richard Griffiths played Slartibartfast, Christian Slater was Wonko the Sane and Douglas Adams was Agragag. They used the audiobook version of Life, The Universe and Everything to bring him to life.


That sounds so fricken cool, yes I will have to add it to my must finds ; )
 
2013-05-26 12:06:41 AM

mark12A: The BBC video was far superior to the movie, despite the cheesy sets and effects.

"It's not so much an afterlife, more an Apres Vie..."

/or was that Python Meaning of Life?


No, that was definitely from the books - specifically, when the gang arrived at Milliways without quite understanding how or why, and were still toying with the idea that they were dead. That line was Arthur's description of Milliways in that context.
 
2013-05-26 12:08:16 AM
The only time I ever laughed out loud from reading a line in a book. I actually dropped the book and stood up and walked around. I was in awe.
 
2013-05-26 12:50:44 AM
I had forgotten how poorly written that book was.  Great story, horrible delivery.
 
2013-05-26 01:21:49 AM

BarkingUnicorn: I had forgotten how poorly written that book was.  Great story, horrible delivery.


If you want any bites, you're going to have to get your bait in a lot earlier than this.
 
2013-05-26 05:45:07 AM
This must be Thursday, I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
 
2013-05-26 06:30:26 AM

Ivo Shandor: I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle.


Those are fighting words!
 
2013-05-26 07:41:14 AM

FlyingLizardOfDoom: Ivo Shandor: I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle.

Those are fighting words!


Ah, go stick your head in a pig.
 
2013-05-26 09:24:17 AM
Hopefully everyone here has stayed away from the abortion that was "And Another Thing..."

/thought "So Long..." was.actually a decent end to the series
 
2013-05-26 10:21:38 AM
I wish I could spend a year dead.

For tax purposes.
 
2013-05-26 10:37:39 AM

Archie Goodwin: I wish I could spend a year dead.

For tax purposes.



why would you do that
 
2013-05-26 01:41:38 PM
"Ford Prefect hit the ground running"

/DNA said that a friend bet him a very good dinner that he couldn't start a chapter in Don't Panic with that line.
 
2013-05-26 07:19:50 PM

Gubbo: Also, He inched his way up the corridor as if he would rather be yarding his way down it


That's the one I came for.
 
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