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'.