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In the commentary, Ken Keeler claims that the monks of Deshuba are named after a star from a constellation, but he doesn't remember the name of the constellation. I've been unable to find anything on the internet about this star, even looking up every constellation on wikipedia in alphabetical order and checking out every named star. >.< If anyone can find any further info on it, I'd really like to make sure that the usage here on the Infosphere is correct, not to mention it would be a good trivia addition and sate my curiosity.--Ozzie 10:54, 15 February 2009 (UTC)
Dschubba is the head of the scorpion in the constellation Scorpius.
I just watched this episode and noticed something. When they originally get to the telescope/shrine (whatever it's called, where they're searching for God), it shows the bridge that they go on attaching to the ice, but when the telescope is moving around searching, the bridge is now attached to the telescope itself, and not the ice anymore. Polantaris 05:52, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
Deus Ex Machina?
When Bender is hurled back to Earth by the God Entity, Leela says "This is, by a wide margin, the least likely thing that has ever happened."
Is this a sarcastic self-reference by the writers to the fact that, after 50+ episodes, such an unlikely event is entirely commonplace within the show? In this case it is a literal deus ex machina because it is "a god in a machine" who performs the act. -- the preceding unsigned comment was written by 126.96.36.199.
I was not aware of that phrase, only its dramatic equivalent. Whilst they seem to mean exactly the same, I would say that all of the examples given on the Lampshade hanging page are actually gags, they are not plot devices. Bender landing at Fry and Leela's feet is not (just) a gag, it is a device to quickly reunite them for the conclusion. There are also the facts that Leela's statement is very definitive on the subject and also that it is a literal deus ex machina.
Should these facts be included on either/ both pages?
(The EMP killing the robodinosaurs could be seen as a device but it could also be seen as mirroring the Earth mass extinction event, which, given the rate of evolutionary progress on the planet, was likely to happen very soon.) -- the preceding unsigned comment was written by 188.8.131.52.