If You Build It, They Will Come.

Monday, March 04, 2002

Tonight I got a joke that I only took me about eight years to get. Allow me to explain, and you may learn some new vocabulary.

My favorite show is Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's the show where the main character, Joel Robinson (played by Joel Hodgson) is trapped in space and forced to watch bad movies with his robot friends Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo. Anyway, Hodgson decided to leave the show in 1994, but the writers had a problem. How to write him off the show. They didn't want to kill him. They had a guy to replace him, a character named Mike Nelson (played by Mike Nelson), but they just needed to find a way to get Joel off the ship that they haven't tried in the previous six years of the show. They decided that Joel would find a single occupant escape pod called the "Deus Ex Machina" and use it to escape to Earth. I always thought that was kind of goofy. Like this escape pod was there the entire time and they never saw it before? Sounds like they just threw that in to fix the problem. Never did I know what the actual joke was behind it.

deus ex ma·chi·na Pronunciation Key (ks mäk-n, -nä, mk-n)
1. In Greek and Roman drama, a god lowered by stage machinery to resolve a plot or extricate the protagonist from a difficult situation.
2. An unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to resolve a situation or untangle a plot.
3. A person or event that provides a sudden and unexpected solution to a difficulty.

Just thought I'd share. One more observation. Puff Daddy looks like he's in a constant state of confusion, like that Jazz guy on Fresh Pricne of Bel-Air. (played by DJ Jazzy Jeff.) Or is it P Diddy now? What a dick.


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