May 08, 2005

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy . . . Without Ship B?

There's something terribly appropriate and unsurprising, I'm afraid to say, that the whole Golgafrinchan Ship B segment didn't make it into the Disney film version of Douglas Adams' A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in the room where that decision was made. One can only imagine the reasons . . .

Thankfully, there's the original BBC television series from 25 years ago which is an infinitely better rendition of the book than this new Hollywood fare.

Posted by brian at May 8, 2005 06:35 PM

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I'm not positive, but I remember that segment from one of the later works. "Ark B" has always been one of my favorite shortcuts for trivially dismissive classification of coworkers.

In fact, I remember (but can't quickly find confirmation via Google) that infamously crazy New Hampshire tech firm Cabletron used a similar technique to lay off dozens of employees during a move to a new campus. Employees were sorted onto chartered buses, while those remaining in the auditorium were given the bad news.

Can anyone reading this confirm that bit of Cabletron's rich history?

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