History Main / IWantMyJetPack

25th Jul '16 6:39:46 AM GrigorII
Is there an issue? Send a Message


A side-effect of SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale. It's very easy to imagine fantastic tools that solve a dozen of today's problems at once, or combine features of two or more unrelated present-day artifacts. It's harder to do the math on how much they would cost to build, or the power input they would need to be used regularly.

to:

A side-effect of SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale. It's very easy to imagine fantastic tools that solve a dozen of today's problems at once, or combine features of two or more unrelated present-day artifacts. It's harder to do the math on how much they would cost to build, or the power input they would need to be used regularly.regularly, or the cost and potential side problems when released to the general market.
24th Jun '16 3:31:22 PM BobSaget9
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''Back to the Doctor'', [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] assumes this is a typical reaction when he and [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Marty]] arrive in a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture version of 2015. Except Marty reveals that he ''did'' visit a 2015 [[{{Zeerust}} full of holograms, robots, and flying cars]]. The Doctor {{handwave}}s it with his TimeyWimeyBall.

to:

* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7121661/1/Return-to-the-Future the seventh part of]] ''Back to the Doctor'', [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] assumes this is a typical reaction when he and [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Marty]] arrive in a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture version of 2015. Except Marty reveals that he ''did'' visit a 2015 [[{{Zeerust}} full of holograms, robots, and flying cars]]. The Doctor {{handwave}}s it with his TimeyWimeyBall.
23rd Jun '16 5:24:01 AM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[folder:Comics]]

to:

[[folder:Comics]][[folder:Comedy]]
* The theme of Music/MitchBenn's 2015 show ''That Was the Future'', which opened with the song "We Were Promised Hoverboards". Mitch also suggests that the reason we'll never get FlyingCars is financial: maybe someone could afford to own one, but nobody could afford to insure one.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]



* In ''{{Comicbook/X-Factor}}'', when Jamie is transported 80 years into the future:
-->'''Jamie:''' So, do we all have [[Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes flight rings]] or personal jetpacks?\\

to:

* In ''{{Comicbook/X-Factor}}'', when ''ComicBook/XFactor'':
** When
Jamie is transported 80 years into the future:
-->'''Jamie:''' --->'''Jamie:''' So, do we all have [[Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes flight rings]] or personal jetpacks?\\



'''Jamie:''' ''(thinking)'' The future ''sucks.''
** Doubles as a LampshadeHanging, since later in the same storyline, Trevor Fitzroy would arrive on the scene flying using (you guessed it) a jet pack! Plus, even in Jamie's own time superheroes such as ''Comicbook/IronMan'' actually do have personal rocket-powered flight. The ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' not only has (and very publicly uses) more than one model of FlyingCar, but in a later storyline [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed Richards]] was shown as having provided his son and daughter with anti-gravity flight jackets, a technology that apparently never ended up becoming publicly-available!

to:

'''Jamie:''' ''(thinking)'' ''[thinking]'' The future ''sucks.''
** Doubles as a LampshadeHanging, since later in the same storyline, Trevor Fitzroy would arrive on the scene flying using (you guessed it) a jet pack! Plus, even in Jamie's own time superheroes such as ''Comicbook/IronMan'' ''ComicBook/IronMan'' actually do have personal rocket-powered flight. The ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' not only has (and very publicly uses) more than one model of FlyingCar, but in a later storyline [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed Richards]] was shown as having provided his son and daughter with anti-gravity flight jackets, a technology that apparently never ended up becoming publicly-available!



* Creator/CarlBarks' ''Rip Van Donald'' has WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's nephews pulling a prank on their uncle by giving him a fake beard while he sleeps under a palm tree, [[FakedRipVanWinkle telling him he slept for forty years]]. Donald doesn't believe and wants a proof that he really woke up forty years into the future, so nephews quickly make up stuff like winter homes on Venus or counter-gravitation devices. The story was originally released in [[TheFifties 1950]], which would place this far-off future in the year...[[TheNineties 1990]].
* In ''Marvel: The Lost Generation'', 50s-60s hero the Yankee Clipper arrives in the 1980s due to some time travel mix-up. He's baffled - "Where are the flying cars? The videophones? Things don't look ''that'' different... except for the ''fashions''!"
* Similarly, in ''ComicBook/TheTwelve'', WWII era hero Captain Wonder's first reaction upon discovering he'd been in suspended animation for over sixty years was to complain about the near-total absence of rocket cars. This is the MarvelUniverse, so rocket cars certainly ''exist'' (like the ComicBook/FantasticFour's Fantasticar, for instance), [[ReedRichardsIsUseless but nothing like that's ever been mass produced.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]



* CarlBarks' ''Rip Van Donald'' has DonaldDuck's nephews pulling a prank on their uncle by giving him a fake beard while he sleeps under a palm tree, [[FakedRipVanWinkle telling him he slept for forty years]]. Donald doesn't believe and wants a proof that he really woke up forty years into the future, so nephews quickly make up stuff like winter homes on Venus or counter-gravitation devices. The story was originally released in [[TheFifties 1950]], which would place this far-off future in the year...[[TheNineties 1990]].
* In ''Marvel: The Lost Generation'', 50s-60s hero the Yankee Clipper arrives in the 1980s due to some time travel mix-up. He's baffled - "Where are the flying cars? The videophones? Things don't look ''that'' different... except for the ''fashions''!"
* Similarly, in ''ComicBook/TheTwelve'', WWII era hero Captain Wonder's first reaction upon discovering he'd been in suspended animation for over sixty years was to complain about the near-total absence of rocket cars. This is the MarvelUniverse, so rocket cars certainly ''exist'' (like the ComicBook/FantasticFour's Fantasticar, for instance), [[ReedRichardsIsUseless but nothing like that's ever been mass produced.]]



[[folder:Films -- Animated]]

to:

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]Animation]]



[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]

to:

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]Live-Action]]



[[folder:Live Action TV]]

to:

[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]



* On ''Series/TheFlash'', this is pretty much how the Ghost, a villain from the 1950s, reacts when he awakens from cryogenic sleep in 1990 expecting a RaygunGothic world.
* 'I want my jetpack' is the basis of a [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Mitchell and Webb]] sketch. It's a huge success sales-wise, but not at all in terms of safety.
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'', after a witness posts video of a murder on {{Website/YouTube}}:
-->'''Cho:''' Welcome to the future.
-->'''Wainwright:''' They promised us jetpacks and they give us compromised investigations.

to:

* On ''Series/TheFlash'', ''Series/{{The Flash|1990}}'', this is pretty much how the Ghost, a villain from the 1950s, reacts when he awakens from cryogenic sleep in 1990 expecting a RaygunGothic world.
* 'I "I want my jetpack' jetpack" is the basis of a [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Mitchell and Webb]] sketch. It's a huge success sales-wise, but not at all in terms of safety.
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'', after a witness posts video of a murder on {{Website/YouTube}}:
Website/{{YouTube}}:
-->'''Cho:''' Welcome to the future.
-->'''Wainwright:'''
future.\\
'''Wainwright:'''
They promised us jetpacks and they give us compromised investigations.



Visiting Uranus really soon, in 2010 AD!\\
\\

to:

Visiting Uranus really soon, in 2010 AD!\\
\\
AD!\\\



[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy]]
* The theme of Music/MitchBenn's 2015 show ''That Was the Future'', which opened with the song "We Were Promised Hoverboards". Mitch also suggests that the reason we'll never get FlyingCars is financial: maybe someone could afford to own one, but nobody could afford to insure one.
[[/folder]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Uplink}}'', which takes place in 2010, has ''60 [=GHz=]'' computer processors considered slow by the game universe's standards.
** And no mention of multicore processing which more or less put an end to ever-rising processor frequency.

to:

* ''VideoGame/{{Uplink}}'', which takes place in 2010, has ''60 [=GHz=]'' computer processors considered slow by the game universe's standards.
**
standards. And no mention of multicore processing which more or less put an end to ever-rising processor frequency.



* Used hilariously in Andrew Kepples' ''GoodbyeCruelWorld'': A character triggers the [=Y2K=] virus by activating an old [=VCR=], which causes the characters' immediate surroundings to turn into the setting of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.

to:

* Used hilariously in Andrew Kepples' ''GoodbyeCruelWorld'': ''Webcomic/GoodbyeCruelWorld'': A character triggers the [=Y2K=] virus by activating an old [=VCR=], which causes the characters' immediate surroundings to turn into the setting of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.



* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' once met a {{time travel}}er from [[AncientGrome five centuries ago]] expecting at least some [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas crystal spires]] and gave him a [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?p=473 short synopsis]] on [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy current state of affairs]]. He was not amused.

to:

* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'': They once met a {{time travel}}er from [[AncientGrome five centuries ago]] expecting at least some [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas crystal spires]] spires]], and gave Nodwick gives him a [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?p=473 short synopsis]] on [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy current state of affairs]]. He was is not amused.



* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' quotes the trope name 75% word-for-word [[http://xkcd.com/864/ here]].

to:

* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' quotes ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'':
** Quotes
the trope name 75% word-for-word [[http://xkcd.com/864/ here]].
19th Jun '16 1:27:01 PM MorphinBrony
Is there an issue? Send a Message


On the DVD commentary, the movie's creators stated that they were worried about this phenomenon since when making movies set in the future, "nobody ever gets it right". So they simply decided to make the entire future a series of running jokes (the '80s nostalgia cafe, ''Jaws 19'', and kids wearing their pants inside-out are clearly things that weren't meant to be taken seriously).

to:

On the DVD commentary, the movie's creators stated that they were worried about this phenomenon since when making movies set in the future, "nobody ever gets it right". So they simply decided to make the entire future a series of running jokes (the '80s nostalgia cafe, cafe[[note]]which actually turned out to be [[HilariousInHindsight right on the money]][[/note]], ''Jaws 19'', and kids wearing their pants inside-out are clearly things that weren't meant to be taken seriously).
30th May '16 1:33:42 PM Kalaong
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' is a prime example of this trope. A French engineer actually managed to build a functioning hoverboard (inspired by the film, no less), but supporting a person's weight would require more power than a skateboard-sized body could hold. Nike made a version of the power-lacing sneakers for charity. They're even trying to make something along the lines of Mr. Fusion. We do have video calling now, though that concept has actually been in development, at the latest, since the 1930s. Fingerprint scanners are becoming common, and the idea of someone watching six channels at once isn't as ridiculous as it used to be, except that it would be on a computer screen instead of a TV. And maybe cars can't run on Coke, but there have been cars designed to run on ''garbage'', so who knows?\\

to:

** ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' is a prime example of this trope. A French engineer actually managed to build a functioning hoverboard (inspired by the film, no less), but supporting a person's weight would require more power than a skateboard-sized body could hold. Nike made a version of the power-lacing sneakers for charity. They're even trying to make something along the lines of Mr. Fusion. We do have video calling now, though that concept has actually been in development, at the latest, since the 1930s. Fingerprint scanners are becoming common, and the idea of someone watching six channels at once isn't as ridiculous as it used to be, except that it would be on a computer screen instead of a TV. And maybe cars can't run on Coke, but there have been cars designed to run on ''garbage'', so who knows?\\knows?
30th May '16 8:17:11 AM TheOneWhoTropes
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Long-running British science documentary show ''Series/TomorrowsWorld'' tried to showcase current trends in scientific discovery, design, and practical applications for that science, to predict what we might be using and buying a couple of years in the future. It ran for twenty-odd years and possibly thousands of inventions, and the most anyone can remember is that it successfully predicted sat-nav maybe fifteen years ahead of time. This show's earnest, very British, tone and delivery was parodied as spoof science show ''Series/LookAroundYou''. TW was possibly also hampered in that it screened on a Thursday night immediately before ''TopOfThePops'' and viewers were, at most, only politely interested in the nerdy half-hour just before the night's ''real'' attraction.

to:

* Long-running British science documentary show ''Series/TomorrowsWorld'' tried to showcase current trends in scientific discovery, design, and practical applications for that science, to predict what we might be using and buying a couple of years in the future. It ran for twenty-odd years and possibly thousands of inventions, and the most anyone can remember is that it successfully predicted sat-nav maybe fifteen years ahead of time. This show's earnest, very British, tone and delivery was parodied as spoof science show ''Series/LookAroundYou''. TW was possibly also hampered in that it screened on a Thursday night immediately before ''TopOfThePops'' ''Series/TopOfThePops'' and viewers were, at most, only politely interested in the nerdy half-hour just before the night's ''real'' attraction.
26th May '16 11:05:46 PM DarkHunter
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Recently 3D printers have been invented, it may be used to print organs for organ-donation.
28th Apr '16 9:34:12 PM Papayaman1000
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'' makes [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-advancements a convincing argument]] (similar to the [[xkcd]] page quote) that TruthInTelevision actually subverts this trope.

to:

* ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'' makes [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-advancements a convincing argument]] (similar to the [[xkcd]] [[Webcomic/XKCD]] page quote) that TruthInTelevision actually subverts this trope.
28th Apr '16 9:32:12 PM Papayaman1000
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'' makes [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2008/11/05/on-advancements/ a convincing argument]] that TruthInTelevision actually subverts this trope.

to:

* ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'' makes [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2008/11/05/on-advancements/ [[http://www.threepanelsoul.com/comic/on-advancements a convincing argument]] (similar to the [[xkcd]] page quote) that TruthInTelevision actually subverts this trope.
18th Apr '16 3:37:25 AM sabrina_diamond
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Recently 3D printers have been invented, it may be used to print organs for organ-donation.
This list shows the last 10 events of 159. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.IWantMyJetPack