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Cueball is watching a DVD he got for Christmas (the comic is set on Boxing day). His friend seems intent to ruin it for him.
Blade Runner, a science fiction movie featuring Harrison Ford. One of the principal characters is played by Daryl Hannah. Hannah later became known for acting in light hearted Rom-com films, such as "Splash" (in which she is a mermaid) similar to the type of films that the Olsen twins are known for, and Hannah does look similar to the Olsens. Full House is a TV series and New York Minute is a romantic film featuring the Olsens. Hannah's character in Blade Runner (a homicidal sex robot) is a marked departure from this type of role. Cueball will now probably watch the rest of the movie thinking about Olsen movies.
The title text is a common comment on the film. It is not paced like most Sci-fi movies.
- Cueball: What DVD is this?
- Friend: Blade Runner. I got it for Christmas.
- Cueball: The one with Harrison Ford, right? And the Olsen twins?
- Friend: Ye- What? Olsen twins? No, this is the 80's sci-fi classic!
- Cueball: Huh. I didn't know the Olsen twins even did sci-fi.
- Friend: ... they don't.
- Cueball: So is Ashely the replicant, or is Mary-Kate? I can never tell them apart.
- Friend: Neither! They're not in this movie!
- Cueball: Then who is?
- Friend: Daryl Hannah!
- Cueball: I liked her in Full House.
- Friend: I hate you.
- Cueball: Man, this movie is just a New York Minute rip-off.
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In the explanation the DVD-owner is refered to as cueball, however in the transcript they are the friend, is this just a mix-up or...--22.214.171.124 06:10, 6 January 2014 (UTC)
- Which should be changed? The description and transcript completely disagree on who is watching/who is commenting. Ad1217 (talk) 01:06, 6 May 2014 (UTC)
- I have corrected both explanation and transcript. As both look like Cueball then neither can be described as being him! Also added more info and links to explain Kynde (talk) 20:52, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
- Please do not remove the Cueball references here. He is a standard character here. The category Category:Comics featuring Cueball gives just an overview about all comics showing this stick figure. --Dgbrt (talk) 21:07, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
- But who should define who Cueball is? You? I could see him as both here. And somebody did. You have just corrected back so that the Cueball in the explain is switched to the other charachter in the transcript. At least one of these should then be changed to match the other. It is thus also clear that people have different views of what Cueball stands for. Is he the one trolling, or is he the one who knows which movie Blade Runner is? Kynde (talk) 07:35, 10 May 2014 (UTC)
- By the way - I did not remove the reference to the chategory - but only in the text as described above. Kynde (talk) 07:38, 10 May 2014 (UTC)
- Now I have corrected the transcript so the Cueball here matches your choice in the explanation. Which I could not say is better that the reverse - but it is less confusing. Randall do not call him Cueball - that is his readers that have used this nane - which is also why there can be more than one "Cueball" in one comic. Neither of these should then be considered to be Cueball in my oppinion. But if you have a way to define why it should be the guy who watches the DVD who is Cueball I would like to hear. Kynde (talk) 07:51, 10 May 2014 (UTC)