History Main / PhlebotinumAnalogy

1st Dec '16 10:17:14 AM SomberCaelifera
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* The quintessential example is, to no one's surprise, ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** One of the few times it fit was in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E16GalaxysChild Galaxy's Child]]", where a [[SpaceWhale larva space creature]] is feeding on the Enterprise, both because the ship's energy is compatible, and because it thinks the Enterprise is its mother. So they change the form of the energy to something incompatible, which they call, "souring the milk".
*** Later, when [=LaForge=] is retelling this incident to Scotty, Scotty uses the exact that phrase, despite [=LaForge=] (presumably) using only TechnoBabble in his explanation. [[BrickJoke In a completely different episode]] unrelated to the previous one.

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* The quintessential example is, to no one's surprise, ''Franchise/StarTrek''
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One of the few times it fit in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' was in the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E16GalaxysChild Galaxy's Child]]", where a [[SpaceWhale larva space creature]] is feeding on the Enterprise, both because the ship's energy is compatible, and because it thinks the Enterprise is its mother. So they change the form of the energy to something incompatible, which they call, call "souring the milk".
*** Later, when [=LaForge=] is retelling this incident to Scotty, Scotty uses the that exact that phrase, despite [=LaForge=] (presumably) using only TechnoBabble in his explanation. [[BrickJoke In a completely different episode]] unrelated to the previous one.



** A good one is from the Doctor Who audio adventure "The shadow of the Scourge"

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** A good one is from the Doctor Who audio adventure "The shadow Shadow of the Scourge"
23rd Nov '16 3:11:37 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': In "Paxadox", Jay Garrick explains to Barry Allen that no matter how many times you try to fix things with time travel, the best you'll get is a CloseEnoughTimeline. Jay illustrates this by breaking a coffee cup. Now matter how well you try to put it back together, there will always be cracks.
16th Nov '16 7:48:45 PM Totema
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** One of the few times it fit was in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E16GalaxysChild Galaxy's Child]]", where a [[SpaceWhale larva space creature]] is feeding on the Enterprise, both because the ship's energy is compatible, and because it thinks the Enterprise is its mother. So they change the form of the energy to something incompatible, which they call, "sour the milk".

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** One of the few times it fit was in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E16GalaxysChild Galaxy's Child]]", where a [[SpaceWhale larva space creature]] is feeding on the Enterprise, both because the ship's energy is compatible, and because it thinks the Enterprise is its mother. So they change the form of the energy to something incompatible, which they call, "sour "souring the milk".
20th Jul '16 4:30:03 AM BrokenEye
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* In ''Film/TheFly1958'', Andre Delambre takes it one step further. Not only does he use the way televisions transmit pictures through the air as an analogy for how his [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleporter]] transmits matter, he insists that since a television isn't all that fantastic or impressive ''a teleporter isn't either''. No, Andre. Those are ''really'' not the same sort of thing. At least when there's a fly in the television studio, the worst you're gonna get is live footage of the actors trying to swat it. ''Yeech''
21st May '16 9:12:59 AM erforce
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-->-- '''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'''

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-->-- '''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'''
'''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'''



* WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee parodies the original twinkie analogy from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'':

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* WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' parodies the original twinkie analogy from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'':''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'':



** And the original ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' movie, as seen above in the page quote. ("Tell him about the twinkie.")

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** And the original ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' movie, as seen above in the page quote. ("Tell him about the twinkie.")
18th May '16 12:32:31 PM AnotherGuy
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** One of the few times it fit was in a ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode, where a [[SpaceWhale larva space creature]] is feeding on the Enterprise, both because the ship's energy is compatible, and because it thinks the Enterprise is its mother. So they change the form of the energy to something incompatible, which they call, "sour the milk".

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** One of the few times it fit was in a ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode, episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E16GalaxysChild Galaxy's Child]]", where a [[SpaceWhale larva space creature]] is feeding on the Enterprise, both because the ship's energy is compatible, and because it thinks the Enterprise is its mother. So they change the form of the energy to something incompatible, which they call, "sour the milk".
22nd Oct '15 8:13:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Michael Crichton's ''{{Sphere}}'', a physicist character explains gravity and black holes to some of the other characters using fruit on a table.

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* In Michael Crichton's ''{{Sphere}}'', ''Literature/{{Sphere}}'', a physicist character explains gravity and black holes to some of the other characters using fruit on a table.
17th Oct '15 4:33:06 PM eroock
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With as much AppliedPhlebotinum flying around, there's just as much TechnoBabble around to explain it. However, when even TechnoBabble piles on too much, it too needs to be explained away. Thus, we have the PhlebotinumAnalogy. It consists of using a simple simile to explain away something that is seemingly complex to the audience. Really, the only reason that it would be confusing to us is because nine-tenths of the time, whatever the character is explaining has been completely made up, anyway.

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With as much AppliedPhlebotinum flying around, there's just as much TechnoBabble around to explain it. However, when even TechnoBabble piles on too much, it too needs to be explained away. Thus, we have the PhlebotinumAnalogy.Phlebotinum Analogy. It consists of using a simple simile to explain away something that is seemingly complex to the audience. Really, the only reason that it would be confusing to us is because nine-tenths of the time, whatever the character is explaining has been completely made up, anyway.
17th Jun '15 9:00:24 AM Prfnoff
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-->'''Drecker''': We gave the ball of death a giant cavity and now it's past the enamel! There! Fine! Okay?
-->[[BeatPanel (pause)]]
-->'''Drecker''': Oh, like I'm the only one who took a correspondence course in apt metaphors. Sheesh.
* An explanation of Deep Time's [[http://starslip.com/2008/10/31/starslip-number-904/ plan for ending the time war]] in StarslipCrisis:

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-->'''Drecker''': We gave the ball of death a giant cavity and now it's past the enamel! There! Fine! Okay?
-->[[BeatPanel (pause)]]
-->'''Drecker''':
Okay?\\
[[BeatPanel (pause)]]\\
'''Drecker''':
Oh, like I'm the only one who took a correspondence course in apt metaphors. Sheesh.
* An explanation of Deep Time's [[http://starslip.com/2008/10/31/starslip-number-904/ plan for ending the time war]] in StarslipCrisis:''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'':
1st Jun '15 10:25:27 AM TVRulezAgain
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* ToBoldlyFlee parodies the original twinkie analogy from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'':

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* ToBoldlyFlee WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee parodies the original twinkie analogy from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'':
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