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(Cracked)   Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy finally gets a proper ending   (cracked.com) divider line
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2020-09-20 6:05:55 PM  
Are they ignoring the hexagonal phase?
 
2020-09-20 6:17:20 PM  
Douglas Adams Lives?
 
2020-09-20 6:27:28 PM  

optikeye: Douglas Adams Lives?


He was just spending a few years dead for tax reasons.
 
2020-09-20 8:01:03 PM  
When HHGG first aired, I thought that Adams had a grand plan for the story in which Arthur eventually travels back in time and becomes instrumental in the founding of the Guide, which of course eventually saves him.

Later I learned that Douglas Adams was pretty much making things up as he went along, and had no idea how long the BBC was going to let him get away with it.
 
2020-09-20 8:47:41 PM  
radio plays, which were shockingly still a thing in the '70s.

21-year-old American-like typing detected
 
2020-09-20 9:14:37 PM  
What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?
 
2020-09-20 9:27:00 PM  
I didn't like the Artemis Fowl book. But I have no problem with the ending being that the Earth is destroyed.

But I like ticking items off my to do list
 
2020-09-20 9:27:06 PM  

mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?


Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously
 
2020-09-20 9:27:44 PM  

HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously


So. Just the one drink then

/worse ways to go I guess
 
2020-09-20 9:43:07 PM  
The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.
 
2020-09-20 10:45:07 PM  

NuclearPenguins: optikeye: Douglas Adams Lives?

He was just spending a few years dead for tax reasons.


i can neither confirm nor deny
 
2020-09-20 11:22:11 PM  
"We apologize for the inconvenience" seems appropriate to me.
 
2020-09-20 11:28:45 PM  

Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.


You don't know about the BBC series?
 
2020-09-20 11:29:44 PM  
I always felt that Gaiman and/or Pratchett should have finished the series after DNA died.  It would have nice way to continue their Good Omens collaboration when the latter petered out after the first book due to lack of coherent ideas.
 
2020-09-20 11:31:49 PM  

Gubbo: HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously

So. Just the one drink then

/worse ways to go I guess


Could settle for a Ouiskian Soda.
 
2020-09-20 11:34:32 PM  

HugeMistake: Later I learned that Douglas Adams was pretty much making things up as he went along, and had no idea how long the BBC was going to let him get away with it.


When they were recording the radio series, the actors would be recording their lines for a scene while DNA was in the room next door frantically coming up with script for the next scene.

The whole thing was shambolic which is a given for Adams constant procrastination but somehow it all came together.
 
2020-09-20 11:37:09 PM  

Snapper Carr: HugeMistake: Later I learned that Douglas Adams was pretty much making things up as he went along, and had no idea how long the BBC was going to let him get away with it.

When they were recording the radio series, the actors would be recording their lines for a scene while DNA was in the room next door frantically coming up with script for the next scene.

The whole thing was shambolic which is a given for Adams constant procrastination but somehow it all came together.


There's a preface to one of the books where he explains being asked to write a foreword to a book or something along those lines. He's told it won't take a minute. And agrees. And lists all the ways and time that it will take him to do.

I wonder is it weird to be a great writer who hates writing
 
2020-09-20 11:37:15 PM  

Gubbo: I didn't like the Artemis Fowl book. But I have no problem with the ending being that the Earth is destroyed.



It's a nice bit of narrative symmetry since that's where the story starts.
 
2020-09-20 11:41:32 PM  

Mugato: and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.


Dennis Quaid?
 
2020-09-20 11:41:41 PM  
I don't know, I think Marvin's death was very fitting for the poor android.
 
2020-09-20 11:47:26 PM  

HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously


I feel that this passage was scarily prescient in retrospect:

"The President in particular is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had - he has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud."
 
2020-09-20 11:51:32 PM  

Mad_Radhu: HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously

I feel that this passage was scarily prescient in retrospect:

"The President in particular is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had - he has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud."


Prescient? No. That was an astute contemporaneous observation. It just happens to not have changed since then.
 
2020-09-20 11:51:41 PM  
The easiest answer is that it always was a Trilogy and ended with Trillian saving the universe from Hactar, and then Arthur failing to accidentally destroy it because of course he would. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish is Douglas Adams writing self-insert fan fiction and way too awkward to read (even if it has some good bits) and fark Mostly Harmless.
 
2020-09-20 11:55:11 PM  
Well this is emmarrassing. I guess I forgot there was a fifth book. Never read it.
 
2020-09-21 12:00:04 AM  
Ugh. My wife made me sit through that stupid movie. Terrible.
 
2020-09-21 12:11:40 AM  

morg: Well this is emmarrassing. I guess I forgot there was a fifth book. Never read it.


Don't.  Easily on of those most depressing books I have ever read.
 
2020-09-21 12:23:33 AM  

Mad_Radhu: HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously

I feel that this passage was scarily prescient in retrospect:

"The President in particular is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had - he has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud."


You think that's prescient? I've been reading through the series again and towards the beginning of So Long and Thanks For All the Fish, there's this line, written in 1984:

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2020-09-21 12:24:42 AM  
I was hoping this new ending would make me cry as much as the Cracked author did, but it seemed kinda sentimental, like a tweet about how a dead musician is now at the best rock festival in Heaven.
 
2020-09-21 12:27:36 AM  
Books were good. I've never heard the radio play but I'd love to.

The movie made a few years back ranks right up there as one of the worst movies ever made. And that list includes Godzilla from the late 90s and Mystery Men.
 
2020-09-21 1:02:17 AM  

Uncle Eazy: Books were good. I've never heard the radio play but I'd love to.

The movie made a few years back ranks right up there as one of the worst movies ever made. And that list includes Godzilla from the late 90s and Mystery Men.


Well now you've gone and opened a Pantera's Box.
 
2020-09-21 1:11:46 AM  
A perfectly normal beast sandwich and a pan galactic gargleblaster would be good about now.
 
2020-09-21 1:21:27 AM  
Mostly Harmless: God, what a depressing ending

And another thing: Yeah! Finally, a better end to the series!.... which has a depressing ending.
 
2020-09-21 1:27:29 AM  
I did like scene in the movie where Marvin the paranoid android was in the queue twice. That was a nice touch.
 
2020-09-21 1:28:42 AM  

Joe USer: Are they ignoring the hexagonal phase?



Someone else commented on Mostly Harmless ending with narrative symmetry, but the ending to that one managed to have narrative symmetry while being funny and not being depressing.

I couldn't bring myself to read the sixth book, but I did read the last two pages.
 
2020-09-21 2:51:45 AM  

Uncle Eazy: Mystery Men.


You, me.  Pistols, dawn.
 
2020-09-21 3:17:13 AM  
I thought Cracked was OOB after being sold to that Cheeseburger content thief a while back. They basically cut all contributor pay rates to nothing and started to steal memes for their merchandise. This link didn't exactly make a case for them.
 
2020-09-21 4:43:51 AM  

Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.


It's got some good performances, but the forced romance between Arthur and Trillian kills it for me.

You don't need a guide for a galaxy where you fall out the front door in your dressing gown one day and end up with your dick in Zooey Deschanel.
 
2020-09-21 5:09:43 AM  

Uncle Eazy: Books were good. I've never heard the radio play but I'd love to.

The movie made a few years back ranks right up there as one of the worst movies ever made. And that list includes Godzilla from the late 90s and Mystery Men.


Is it that Mystery Men was truly bad or was it in fact a sparkling gem, unnoticed among the paste jewelry except by those with the insight to recognize its true value?

Truly it was a movie that posed many questions.
 
2020-09-21 6:28:05 AM  

Snapper Carr: I always felt that Gaiman and/or Pratchett should have finished the series after DNA died.  It would have nice way to continue their Good Omens collaboration when the latter petered out after the first book due to lack of coherent ideas.


I know this is heretical (and some will accuse me of being merely contrarian), but I thought that the first book petered out due to lack of coherent ideas.
 
2020-09-21 6:33:18 AM  

BolloxReader: Uncle Eazy: Books were good. I've never heard the radio play but I'd love to.

The movie made a few years back ranks right up there as one of the worst movies ever made. And that list includes Godzilla from the late 90s and Mystery Men.

Is it that Mystery Men was truly bad or was it in fact a sparkling gem, unnoticed among the paste jewelry except by those with the insight to recognize its true value?

Truly it was a movie that posed many questions.


For me Mystery Men felt like it had been written and then rewritten by two entirely separate writing teams, one of which wanted to make light and slightly downbeat comedy about people trying to escape their mundane, everyday lives; and the other of which wanted to make fart jokes.
 
2020-09-21 6:52:35 AM  
Finally, a decent ending from a properly-connected original source. I like it.
 
2020-09-21 7:18:43 AM  

GrogSmash: morg: Well this is emmarrassing. I guess I forgot there was a fifth book. Never read it.

Don't.  Easily on of those most depressing books I have ever read.


..and for the longest time, I thought it was just me who found it incredibly depressing.  I thought in it a time and came around to thinking that maybe it was an appropriate development to the arc.

/it seems congruent with the arc of contemporary events
//perhaps even to the destruction of the earf
 
2020-09-21 7:25:33 AM  
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2020-09-21 7:31:31 AM  
Damn you for not putting a Jurassic Bark warning in ....

Shots of Seymour stop me cold for several minutes each time.
 
2020-09-21 8:34:45 AM  

FarkingChas: Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.

You don't know about the BBC series?


Yeah, it's unwatchable.

That's the problem with converting the books into movie/TV form, there's too much internal dialog, asides and narration. But it's possible.
 
2020-09-21 8:36:00 AM  

emtwo: Mugato: and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.

Dennis Quaid?


Jaws 3-D was the bomb, yo.
 
2020-09-21 9:10:46 AM  

mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?


Zaphod seems fun and cool at first, but he'll get on your nerves after a while. Trillian eventually dumped him.
 
2020-09-21 9:14:10 AM  

Mugato: The movie wasn't the worst thing ever made (Zooey Dachenn...whatever) is always adorable but it's too bad that it didn't do well enough for the rest of the books to be made. It should get a Netflix series. With Zooy Deachaeane....whatever and that guy who's always cool, whatever he's in.


Zooey looks more like Trillian than the woman that played her in the TV series, but they messed up her personality. She's supposed to be a genius, not someone who's impressed by a knife that also toasts.
 
2020-09-21 9:16:52 AM  

abhorrent1: Ugh. My wife made me sit through that stupid movie. Terrible.


*Mostly* terrible.
 
2020-09-21 9:25:57 AM  

HugeMistake: mjjt: What? After going a few rounds with Zaphod, Fenchurch would settle for a milquetoast like Arthur Dent?

Being with Zaphod for more than about 10 minutes would be exhausting. He is so needy. Even before Arthur meets him, you can tell Trillian is tiring of his schtick. I would have a drink with Zaphod, but that would be the limit.

/Pangalactic Gargleblaster, obviously


It appears he was elected president of the US. There are way too many overlaps, including Adams' assessment of representative democracy that are way too apt.
 
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