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Wednesday, July 7 12:00 AM ET

BBspot Mailbag

Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just simply amazing.


<smacks forehead>...

Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2004 6:40 AM
Subject: (no subject)

A Fellowship Of Churches and Ministries

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Will the madness ever end?

Australian Welcome

I saw the parade when I went to Australia, but I didn't know it was for me...

From: ben
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2004 11:51 PM
Subject: RE: The Land Down Under

Well, the BBspot fan-club Sydney chapter who all turned up at your welcoming party weren't best pleased. But we put on a boxing kangaroo match and barbequed some poms in honour of the Queen's Birthday instead, and in keeping with true Australian tradition everyone got shitfaced and forgot why they were there so you should be ok. You probably wouldn't have enjoyed the celebrity crocodile wrestling much anyway. Given that you were meant to be the celebrity in question. Although you should have seen the look on the faces of those refugees we got to stand-in for you!

I, Robot

Of course, there are BBspot readers willing to weigh in on what appears to be happening to Asimov's story in the I, Robot trailer...

From: Randall
Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 12:56 AM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: Re: I, Robot

One doesn't need to be "a student of Asimov" to know what he would feel about the new movie. One need only be "a person who has ever read any book by Asimov which included a robot." Which clearly doesn't include the scriptwriters of the new movie. Now, Bicentennial Man, there was a movie written by someone who had at least read some Asimov. I, Robot, was clearly written by a person who saw a copy of "I, Robot" on the shelf of the bookstore while they walked past, and decided it would be a good name for a movie. I mean, literally the only similarities between the book and the movie are that they both include robots. And that the protagonists have the same names. But the plots are not only wildly different; they are exact opposites. In the books, the robots were seen as misunderstood at worst, Mankind's Savior at best. In the movie...I think you've done a pretty good description of how they're described in the movie (based on the trailer, of course). I mean, this would be like a Lord of the Rings movie where Sauron is really just misunderstood, and Gandalf is only helping the Fellowship to serve his own evil ends. It's a totally different story, with a totally different message. Though you're right about nerds liking the Terminator and Matrix movies despite their Luddite messages, at least those didn't claim association with one of the most pro-technology writers ever. I personally will not see this movie, and I will be surprised if it does as well as its marketing people believe.


From: soulburner
Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 10:19 PM
Subject: Trailer Review: I, Robot

You mention the touching "we only did what we were programmed to do" scene that will be at the end of the movie, but you forgot the key feature to get to that ending. After the robots have overrun the city/state/country/planet/whatever, and it seems like all hope is lost, Will Smith's character will find that one failsafe that was built in that allows him to remotely disable all the robots with a push of the button. You just know it'll happen.

One can only hope that it doesn't.

That's all for this week!

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