Fridge / Freefall

Fridge Brilliance
  • In this comic, we find out that robots determine their gender based on how much talking they do. At first this sounds like something stereotypical and trite...until you realize that the robots only barely understand humanity. Stereotypes are pretty much all they have to go on.
  • Sam Starfall's desire to become rich and famous often seems to be a bit of an obsession, to the point of him doing ridiculous things to spread his name ("A great social injustice has occurred and must be corrected. Namely, why am I not famous?"). But he's an old man, the only one of his species on the planet, who will never have a chance to go home. He can't make a family — his only chance at making a mark on the world is to become a legend.
  • Despite a highly honed sense of self-preservation, Sam enjoys doing things with a high degree of danger and risk. Then we learn that mating is fatal for his species, those of his species capable of breeding do so young, and no member of his species has died of old age. Sam's race effectively has no biological incentive for long-term self-preservation, leading them to take crazy risks in the name of being remembered as they get older.
  • One wonders how Sam could have accumulated so much debt, when you'd think everyone would know not to loan him money...until you realize that he would probably try to avoid his creditors whenever possible.
  • Regular references to 20th and 21st century pop culture may seem odd when the comic is set 500 years in the future... until you realize how many common phrases used today come from Shakespeare's plays it wouldn't be surprising that the same would happen with modern entertainment.
  • At one point, Mr. Raibert says that it's "golden parachute time" for Mr. Kornada, due to his tremendous public screw up and attempted genocide. While initially this seems just to be a reference to the practice of giving fired executives large severance packages - in effect, rewarding them for failure - one has to remember this comic which explains that on the planet Jean, organic cloth is expensive, while gold cloth, diamonds, and silver thread are cheap enough to be used by student tailors. In effect, Mr. Raibert is subverting the conventional meaning of 'golden parachute', since the equivalent on Jean would be something like a 'silk parachute'.
  • Here Florence is talking with her mouth shut, and she reveals later that she learned to talk using ventriloquism, as it helps a species without lips pronounce various sounds better..
  • The Theme Naming of the robots Edge and Blunt! Edge is smart, abrasive to people and sharp-witted, Blunt is special needs, has nothing but the public good in mind and so devoted to being Three-Laws Compliant he wants to enact Genocide from the Inside.

Fridge Horror
  • Nobody knows how long Sam's species lives, because no Sqid has ever lived long enough to die a natural death. Sam is already considered old by his species' standards, so he could die at any moment.
  • Florence's theory on why All Girls Want Bad Boys; “I see it as a genetic gamble. It’s harder to raise a child alone. But if the child is a boy who grows up like his father, the mother’s half of the genetic code is distributed far wider than if she had followed the monogamous model.” Good theory, and it even explains why there are so many Bad Boys prowling the planet. The Fridge moment is this; If that theory is true, it's not that much of a gamble at all. By conceiving a child with a Bad Boy, her genetic legacy is all but assured; most women will cooperate in conceiving more Bad Boys with her sons, and there's a whole world-full of Bad Boys to sire grandchildren on her daughters. Project this both backwards and forwards and you realize this is why so many Humans Are Bastards.
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