The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- A Win it Wednesday Feature by Dave & Melanie!
Dave - Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
Someone asks you a question. You answer "42. The ultimate answer is always 42" as you laugh. They give you a blank stare like you are crazy. Right then and there you know they don't get it and have never watched "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". The perfect response is wasted.
The movie has just about everything. Top of the line casting including Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, and Alan Rickman. Quick-witted humor, mixed with dry humor and a manic depressed robot, Marvin, voiced by Severus Snape himself. So many things have come from this. Babelfish is a translator so you can understand any language (not unlike the TARDIS translator) and also used as a translator online. The Guide is like Siri. Ask it anything and it will tell you.
Rockwell's portrayal of the eccentric Zaphod, who hides a second head under his neck, is out of this world-- so to speak. Who would ever think the dry humor of the deadpan Marvin would highlight the humorous travels across the galaxy? The infinite improbability drive is a whole other story. Where else can you find a movie that has a segment featuring characters made of yarn? You're probably wondering why I haven't tried to explain the plot. You're right. I haven't. And I won't. Watching the trailer would explain it better.
Until next time, always bring your towel. So long and thanks for all the fish.
Melanie - No intro for Melanie- If you don't know who she is then why are you here lol!
I remember watching the TV series when I was just a child, and then discovering the books in my teens! I always was, and still am, a fan of things that are a little bit out there. With some references that Whovians could definitely, the Douglas Addams world certainly stands apart, and has offered (as Dave mentioned) some classic quotes that only fans will understand.
The TV series only covered book one and was released in the early 80's. Anyone that watched the live on Sunday will see my Trillion themed hair and make-up (I mean who doesn't love a little 80's throwback). The books are a complete series (for those that can't deal with things unfinished), and as Addam's sadly passed in 2001 we know that the original storyline is complete (and should stay that way - no additional input is needed!)
Whilst the story might be finished, it would appear the adaptations are not. Dave mentioned the 2005 movie, which didn't do as well as expected even though with purists not liking the changes (personally I thought they were fabulous and Alan Rickman voicing the depressed robot - I mean COME ON...), and newcomers perhaps not appreciating what the idea was meant to be. Other than Galaxy Quest (and more recently The Orville), generally Sci Fi with comedy is a fairly limited market.
That doesn't seem to have deterred Hulu thought from venturing into the Hitchhikers universe. Rumors that they were looking to launch it again as a TV series started in 2019. Whilst nothing much further has been released there was a quiet announcement that it had been renewed for Season 2 already which would be good news for anyone looking NOT to start yet another failed adventure. There are even reports that it will be taking over the filming spaces of former FOX, now Hulu only show The Orville fueling speculation that the as yet unreleased Season 3 will be the last for that (filming recently wrapped - again with little to no news being released).
I would definitely be interested in seeing an updated version although with the original series streaming currently on Amazon Prime I am about to do a rewatch with Greg (because he remembers very little and hasn't read the books). Casual visitors would probably find the 2005 movie an easy introduction, personally my vote would be for reading the books, and finally if you love the 80s, and BBC TV, then check out the series on Prime. Life, The Universe, and Everything awaits!
The Code Word For This Article Is Trillian!
Please note the trailer for the BBC Show is fan made - I couldn't find an official one.
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AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS & HOW TO ENTER!
Melanie's Muses will be giving away a "Hitchhikers" Prize Pack featuring the 2005 DVD, Book 1, and a Don't Panic decal sent in by Dennifer, stickers and mask from the Melanie's Muses Prize Hoard.
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What's one of your favorite Fandom references?
Examples - Fish Fingers And Custard (Doctor Who)
Tip Your Waitress (True Blood)
OMG AARON!!! (Ghost Adventures)
Winter Is Coming (Game of Thrones)
The winner will be picked randomly from qualifying comments. Other comments about the article are very welcome but only entrants with the qualifying comments will go in the hat! What your answer is will not influence whether you go into the hat - Only that you answer the question!
Winner will be announced during the Live show on September 5th (and then posted here on the blog as well on September 6th Full Rules Below!
Good luck everyone!