Personally, I prefer the TV version:
although I can see that it might need to be cut down somewhat for the big screen the quality of Adam’s writing is clearly better than that of the film scriptwriters.
I should have realised that a youtube embed wouldn’t make it onto the comments here. Have a link instead:
Huh, didn’t realize you were that old, MGK.
I’m not. I’m 34.
I can’t remember, have you read “And Another Thing…” yet, MGK?
I prefer the TV version, too. This scene was just funnier the way the Beeb did it.
Happy Thanksgiving to MGK and all your fellow Great White Northerners!
Really, really should have used the telly version.
And on that note, I move that ‘And Another Thing’ and its eternal dullness be struck from the canon. If the series needed a sixth book, it would have been written by Adams’ friend/biographer Neil Gaiman, and called ‘Oh No, Not Again’.
That movie is like someone with only a passing familiarity with the book, and no sense of humour, wrote it down from memory in an afternoon and then wasted Stephen Fry by getting him to read it.
@Stig: thank you for the warning about And Another Thing. I bought it, but haven’t read it yet because I was so underwhelmed by the first two pages. Shan’t bother then. HHG jumped the shark after God’s Final Message.
“the quality of Adam’s writing is clearly better than that of the film scriptwriters.”
Douglas Adams is a better writer than Douglas Adams. Good to know.
This is the geekiest thing I have ever seen, all time all my life.
That movie… damn, that was a disappointment. Not just because it wasn’t good enough, but because it wasn’t bad enough either. And to me, there are few things sadder than a movie that could have… Hell, that should have been great, if it had been just a little bit better. Just a little bit better, and it could have hopped the mediocrity line and become a cult classic. Or if it had been worse, then we could have just dismissed it. But as it is, it had just enough in it that actually worked to make the majority of it that didn’t work all the more tragic.
@Salmo: Douglas Adams only wrote the first draft of the movie script. It was heavily rewritten by a number of writers.
But I don’t think the blame for the movie rests on them. Other than a few Hollywood bits, like the love story with Trillian, the script was perfectly decent and even had some great additions, like the idea-slapping plants (?) on Vogsphere and the POV Gun. It was the director who seemed to have no sense of Adams’ style of humour, as witnessed by how flat scenes that were funny in all the other versions fell in the movie.
So comparing those clips, it appears that the probability of getting rescued in space is apparently dependent on the number of digits in British telephone numbers at the time you get airlock’d. British people, STOP BUYING PHONES! You’re killing innocent astronauts!
Also, what does today have to do with forty-two? Is it the day the first book was released or something?
Today is 10/10/10. 101010 is 42 in binary code.
Yes, it’s EXTREMELY nerdy.
I feel like I’m obliged to chime in here.
As bad as that move was, I have to say I did like how they visualized the improbability drive.
The movie was embarrassingly bad though.
I actually liked the movie. Is it because I never got around to reading the books? Every single other person I know that saw it, hated it. But all of those people had also read the books so…..yeah….
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