692: Dirty Harry
Title text: Sci-fi has energy weapons because otherwise the people like me who watch it get distracted counting shots.
In Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood's character, Harry Callahan, uses a magnum revolver. His most commonly quoted statement is whether or not he fired 5 shots or 6. If he fired only five, the next shot would kill his victim. If six, he wouldn't have any more bullets to shoot.
In Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman's character, Raymond, is autistic and has an eidetic memory. As such, he can instantly remember any number of objects instantly, such as the number of toothpicks in a box that was spilled, or the number of bullets that came out of a gun.
The alt-text notes the usefulness of not having to count shots from an energy gun because the only limitation is the amount of power left.
- [Detective "Dirty" Harry Callahan stands near a wall, pointing a revolver at another figure, presumably a suspect, reclined on the ground. A shotgun is on the ground next to the reclined figure.]
- Harry Callahan: I know what you're thinking--"Did he fire six shots or only five?" In all this excitement, I--
- Suspect: Six. Definitely six.
- Harry Callahan: Shit.
- Caption: Dirty Harry Meets Rain Man