Talk:497: Secretary: Part 4

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The "pew" sound effect that Ron Paul fires back is also a joke -- go look up Pew Charitable Trust on Wikipedia: "Although today the Pew Charitable Trusts is non-partisan and non-ideological, Joseph Pew and his heirs were themselves politically conservative. The mission of the J. Howard Pew Freedom Trust, one of the seven funds, was to "acquaint the American people with the evils of bureaucracy and the values of a free market and to inform our people of the struggle, persecution, hardship, sacrifice and death by which freedom of the individual was won"."

Also, I am 99.9% sure that Tron was not based on a video game; any video games were based on the movie. -- ‎ (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It would appear the Light Cycles portion of Tron is based on a game called "Blockade". In fact, before Tron appeared, I fondly recall playing various versions of this game (wikipedia:Snake (video game)) on home computers before it became repopularised on Nokia handsets and what-not. Light Disc appears to be based on Pong, although the element of the player having a 2D field of movement was a cool touch. Thokling (talk) 08:04, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

I know this is a really old comic, but I'm wondering if it's possible that the 'gold' thing was a reference to Firefly? (I.e., "Jaynestown") Just because in other comics it's clear that Mr. Munroe is very familiar with that show (i.e., 577-581). Berets (talk) 00:12, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

I don't think that Cory's gun is a visual joke about Daleks; if it had been, I think Randall would have made sure to design Ron Paul's turret differently. OriginalName (talk) 23:50, 1 February 2018 (UTC)

Isn't the first panel a Star Trek reference? A common phrase right before battles is "Sir! the <Klingon or Romulan or Borg> ship is hailing us!" -- LankyWhisper624 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Jean-Luc is hailing them, Ferengi, Cardassian,... you name them all. And of course Worf often reports something like "...they are hailing us". So I'll be happy about new insights at the explanation. Nobody can figure out everything. --Dgbrt (talk) 21:50, 8 June 2018 (UTC)