Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Title text: I have never seen a work of fiction so perfectly capture the out-of-nowhere shock of discovering that you've just bricked something important because you didn't pay enough attention to a loose wire.
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This comic refers to this trailer for The Martian, which was released the on Monday 8th June. This is the first comic after the release of that trailer. A teaser "viral" trailer had been released the previous day. The film is starring Matt Damon (of Interstellar) and directed by Ridley Scott (of Alien). The film has is due to be released in the United States on November 25th, 2015. (At the time of writing, no other release dates are listed.)
The Martian is based on a book of the same name by Andy Weird. The book is very popular for its funny writing, great cast of characters, and skilled use of realistic science to create drama. The plot is – therefore – a cross between Apollo 13 (but on Mars) and Robinson Crusoe.
- [Cueball is sitting at a desk using a computer and White Hat walks in.]
- Cueball: Ooh, trailer for The Martian!
- Whitehat: What's that?
- Cueball: Movie of a book I liked.
- Whitehat: Should I read it?
- [Cueball pivots on chair and turns away from computer to face Whitehat.]
- Cueball: Depends. You know the scene in Apollo 13 where the guy says "we have to figure out how to connect this thing to this thing using this table full of parts or the astronauts will all die?
- Whitehat: Yeah?
- [Cueball pivots on chair again and resumes using computer while talking. White Hat looks at his smart phone.]
- Cueball: The Martian is for people who wish the whole movie had just been more of that scene.
- Whitehat: How on earth did that become a big-budget thing with Matt Damon?
- Cueball: No idea, but I'm so excited.
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I'm too ẞ qwertz (talk) 05:46, 10 June 2015 (UTC)
It's clearly a trap. Matt Damon will try to kill them. 18.104.22.168 11:46, 10 June 2015 (UTC)
I've found the scene from Apollo 13 Cueball is referencing: []
Dahooz (talk) 12:39, 10 June 2015 (UTC)
- Thanks was just asking for this in the incomplete mark. Then I noticed you had posted the link. It is now part of the explain. And it is also a great explanation of that the scene by TheHYPO. Seems complete to me now. --Kynde (talk) 19:04, 10 June 2015 (UTC)
The 'official' explanation says that "...the plot is a cross between Apollo 13 (but on Mars) and Robinson Crusoe." So is this a remake of — or have anything else in common with — the cheesy 1964 sci-fi classic "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"? RAGBRAIvet (talk) 17:03, 10 June 2015 (UTC)
- Looking at the synopsis on both, the only difference I see is that the old one has a monkey. I didn't like the movie knowing Matt Damon was in it. Now it is just worse. 22.214.171.124 02:52, 11 June 2015 (UTC)BK201
If memory serves, the Apollo 13 CO2 canister fix included some duct tape.
126.96.36.199 23:20, 11 June 2015 (UTC)
- That seems entirely logical. I would think that duct tape is something any space journey should include. -Pennpenn 188.8.131.52 04:37, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
- And a towel! 184.108.40.206 11:43, 13 June 2015 (UTC)
- Also the cover torn off the flight manual. 220.127.116.11 13:29, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
- I just finished reading the book. Watney raves about duct tape after talking about how NASA can spend money improving everything except duct tape. He manages to fix air leaks and stuff with it. tspilk (talk) 15:06, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
- There is an improvement over duct tape, it's gaffer tape. Always carry them both and engage in a lengthy technical discussion when people assume they are the same thing. Ralfoide (talk) 16:32, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
- It's funny that duct tape has so many uses that it's surprising when someone actually uses it to repair a duct. Despairbear (talk) 01:56, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Just saw the movie, and it is really great. Now I think I have to put the book on my x-mas wish list ;-) --Kynde (talk) 19:53, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
I was on the phone with my mother the other day, and mentioned this strip to her. She said that scene was her favorite scene out of every movie she's ever seen.
Will X (talk) 02:57, 5 February 2016 (UTC)