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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #930 on: 05 June, 2017, 08:50:44 AM »
To be technically accurate... I just can't believe that a battle droid would strike up a friendship with a sewer droid. The whole thing's a bit far-fetched if you ask me.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #931 on: 05 June, 2017, 11:00:57 AM »
I was familiar with Ro-jaws and Hammerstein about five years before I'd heard of the other duo.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #932 on: 05 June, 2017, 12:22:59 PM »
To be technically accurate... I just can't believe that a battle droid would strike up a friendship with a sewer droid. The whole thing's a bit far-fetched if you ask me.

Mills addressed that, though. In the original Ro-Busters, they seemed like a bickering odd couple, but then in the later Return Trilogy we learned some things about Hammerstein that explain why he wasn't acting like his usual sober warbot self, and even got a rationale explaining Ro-Jaws' "faulty obedience and courtesy circuits". In other words, Ro-Jaws is not a typical sewer droid any more than Hammerstein is a typical ABC Warrior, or even a typical Hammerstein Mk III warbot.

I have a harder time believing that a sewer droid and a warbot would have even the most minimal levels of musical song-and-dance routines programmed into them.  :lol:
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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #933 on: 05 June, 2017, 03:29:08 PM »
Hmmm really? I don't think it is that much of a stretch...especially for a pun(???).

I'd say it's a perfect pun. Any less 'stretchy' and it'd be a boring homonym (or just a kid's joke like the one about the shipwrecked survivors of a collision between two ships with cargoes of red and blue paint respectively). The truly great puns require the consumer to do a bit of the legwork.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #934 on: 05 June, 2017, 03:57:05 PM »
Hmmm really? I don't think it is that much of a stretch...especially for a pun(???).

I'd say it's a perfect pun. Any less 'stretchy' and it'd be a boring homonym (or just a kid's joke like the one about the shipwrecked survivors of a collision between two ships with cargoes of red and blue paint respectively). The truly great puns require the consumer to do a bit of the legwork.

But not having any official logo, I always thought of them as "Hammerstein and Ro-Jaws", because that's how it tends to work... the take-charge big hero guy gets first billing, followed by "and..." his diminutive, comic-relief buddy. That tends to make the joke much harder to recognize, too.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #935 on: 05 June, 2017, 04:07:09 PM »
I think that just you to be honest. I always remembered it as Ro-jaws and Hammerstein... because it sounds better that way.

Not sure the big guy always gets mentioned first. Little and Large for instance.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #936 on: 05 June, 2017, 04:56:41 PM »
Or Laurel and Hardy.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #937 on: 05 June, 2017, 05:35:50 PM »
As a pun it's glorious. I've sometimes wondered if PM punched the air (or something/someone more tangible) when he hit upon it.

How do you find Kingdom, on this basis ?  :o  That'll be tough going.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #938 on: 05 June, 2017, 05:46:58 PM »
Kingdom doesn't work for me in that sense. Gene (the) Hackman, Paul Numan, Clara Bow etc. Too contrived for me personally.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #939 on: 05 June, 2017, 07:12:36 PM »
I guess the other part is that for the longest time, it was ABC Warriors, and not Ro-Busters, that was the returning feature, and they were (except for Khaos stories in the early 1990s) Hammerstein's crew. He's the Sgt. Rock to their Easy Company, or the Sgt. Fury to their Howling Commandos.

Ro-Jaws, being a mere sewer droid designed for garbage disposal and cleaning out sewer drains, and therefore essentially weaponless, couldn't contribute much in the way of being a soldier, even if he did make a fair serviceable first responder in the Ro-Busters disaster squad.

It was only after reading The Complete Nuts and Bolts that I truly appreciated what a great character Ro-Jaws is, and now he's replaced Hammerstein as my favorite mek. Of course I'd read a scattered sampling of the Ro-Busters stories way back when, but never the entire thing.

I particularly enjoyed reading "Ro-Jaws' Memoirs", which told his backstory of how it was he wound up in that used-robot showroom in the first place. Now that he's taken a somewhat more prominent role with the ABC Warriors in the ongoing struggle for robot liberation, I hope he may continue exclaiming "Manky Moses!" until at last cludgie is unclogged. :D

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #940 on: 05 June, 2017, 07:52:21 PM »
He does get most of the best lines!

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #941 on: 06 June, 2017, 07:55:34 AM »
General Armz.  I only got it the other day.
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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #942 on: 06 June, 2017, 10:22:05 AM »
I saw Paul Merton interviewed by Richard Herring last night, where he performed his 'Policeman giving evidence after having taken hallucinogenic drugs' routine.

Reminded me a little of that Dredd with McCarthy on art duties - no idea if it was an inspiration (the original inspiration for the routine was a documentary about operation Julie, where there was a drugs factory bust and the air was thick with hallucinogens)

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #943 on: 06 June, 2017, 05:01:59 PM »
General Armz.  I only got it the other day.

Um ... not sure I get it.  I may be being extra thick here so please forgive me for asking for elucidation.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #944 on: 06 June, 2017, 05:06:16 PM »
Um ... not sure I get it.  I may be being extra thick here so please forgive me for asking for elucidation.

I thought it existed entirely to set up the "A Farewell to Armz?" next prog tagline…
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