History Franchise / TheHitchhikersGuidetotheGalaxy

19th Aug '17 3:54:58 PM Blued
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To boil it down to the essentials, Arthur Dent, a fairly normal if reckless Earthling, wakes up one Thursday and, after a series of confusing events, is spirited away from Earth by his friend, Ford Prefect, right before [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planet is destroyed]]. He then hooks up with Zaphod Beeblebrox, former President of the Galaxy, current fugitive, and all-around cool guy; Marvin the Paranoid Android, a sarcastic and chronically depressed AI; and Tricia [=McMillan=], AKA Trillian, TheChick and the only other human being left. Zaphod is on a quest to find The Truth, and everyone else gets pulled along for the ride.

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To boil it down to the essentials, Arthur Dent, a fairly normal if reckless rather feckless Earthling, wakes up one Thursday and, after a series of confusing events, is spirited away from Earth by his friend, Ford Prefect, right before [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planet is destroyed]]. He then hooks up with Zaphod Beeblebrox, former President of the Galaxy, current fugitive, and all-around cool guy; Marvin the Paranoid Android, a sarcastic and chronically depressed AI; and Tricia [=McMillan=], AKA Trillian, TheChick and the only other human being left. Zaphod is on a quest to find The Truth, and everyone else gets pulled along for the ride.
1st Aug '17 7:06:46 PM OnerousEagle
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To boil it down to the essentials, Arthur Dent, a fairly normal if reckless Earthling, wakes up one Thursday and, after a series of confusing events, is spirited away from Earth by his friend, Ford Prefect, right before [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planet is destroyed]]. He then hooks up with Zaphod Beeblebrox, former President of the Galaxy, current fugitive, and all-around cool guy; Marvin the Paranoid Android, a sarcastic and chronically depressed AI; and Tricia [=McMillian=], AKA Trillian, TheChick and the only other human being left. Zaphod is on a quest to find The Truth, and everyone else gets pulled along for the ride.

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To boil it down to the essentials, Arthur Dent, a fairly normal if reckless Earthling, wakes up one Thursday and, after a series of confusing events, is spirited away from Earth by his friend, Ford Prefect, right before [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planet is destroyed]]. He then hooks up with Zaphod Beeblebrox, former President of the Galaxy, current fugitive, and all-around cool guy; Marvin the Paranoid Android, a sarcastic and chronically depressed AI; and Tricia [=McMillian=], [=McMillan=], AKA Trillian, TheChick and the only other human being left. Zaphod is on a quest to find The Truth, and everyone else gets pulled along for the ride.
27th Jul '17 7:18:11 AM lakingsif
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* ChekhovsTimeTravel: Time travel, acknowledged but never needed for a while in the stories, is used to escape from mice who want to dissect Arthur's brain. As a subversion, the mice then have the option to create another biological super computer to find out what they wanted to know, but which would take 10 million years to process it -- instead of making it and then travelling in time for the answer, they decide that it's too long to wait and falsify data.
23rd Jun '17 6:30:07 AM FordPrefect
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: The radio series is the only version to explain how the gang ended up at Milliways: The computer bank they were hiding behind was a hyper-time field generator, which upon exploding opened a hole in time, sending them to the end of time, which luckily lead to the Restaurant At The End Of The Universe. In the book, Zaphod asks to be taken to the ''nearest'' restaurant and Eddie sends them to Milliways - physically in the same spot, but separated in time by millions on millions of years - in a version of ExactWords.

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: The radio series is the only version to explain how the gang ended up at Milliways: The computer bank they were hiding behind was a hyper-time field generator, which upon exploding opened a hole in time, sending them to the end of time, which luckily lead led to the Restaurant At The End Of The Universe. In the book, Zaphod asks to be taken to the ''nearest'' restaurant and Eddie sends them to Milliways - physically in the same spot, but separated in time by millions on millions of years - in a version of ExactWords.
12th Feb '17 11:02:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ContinuitySnarl: Adams deliberately ensured that no two forms of the franchise were the same, with the exception of Arthur and Ford fleeing the Earth in Fit/Chapter/Part/Act One.


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* CoverVersion: The radio series, records, TV series and even the film all use different versions of the Music/TheEagles' "Journey of the Sorcerer".
25th Dec '16 4:32:42 PM Morgenthaler
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->''"Why are people born? Why do they die? [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And why do they spend much of the intervening time wearing digital watches?]]"''

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->''"Why are people born? Why do they die? [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And why do they spend much of the intervening time wearing digital watches?]]"''
watches?"''
25th Dec '16 4:32:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* LivingLegend: The Guide notes that towels (in addition to several legitimate uses) let you cultivate this image. If you can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy and still know where your towel is, then ''obviously'' you're a BadAss, and others will think nothing of loaning you some other minor item that you [[BlatantLies happened to recently misplace]].

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* LivingLegend: The Guide notes that towels (in addition to several legitimate uses) let you cultivate this image. If you can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy and still know where your towel is, then ''obviously'' you're a BadAss, badass, and others will think nothing of loaning you some other minor item that you [[BlatantLies happened to recently misplace]].
23rd Dec '16 12:29:17 AM chrisboote
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** Arthur describes him most accurately as "A sort of electronic sulking machine"
15th Dec '16 1:40:19 PM Xtifr
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'''''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy''''' is a franchise of different media, all telling variations on the same story by Creator/DouglasAdams.

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'''''The ''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy''''' Galaxy'' is a franchise of different media, all telling variations on the same story by Creator/DouglasAdams.
16th Oct '16 3:45:08 PM pwiegle
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--> ''Immediately become a taxi driver. Don't worry if you don't know what a taxi is, the geography or even the basic physics of the area. Trust us, this is the best way to blend in.''

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--> ''Immediately become ''Surviving: Get a taxi driver. job as a cabdriver immediately. A cabdriver's job is to take people anywhere they want to go in big yellow machines called taxis. Don't worry if you don't know what a taxi is, how the machine works and you can't speak the language, don't understand the geography or even the basic physics of the area. area, and have long green antennae growing out of your forehead. Trust us, this is the best way to blend in.remain inconspicuous.''
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