Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Turing."


I know Iron Man and Machine Man have met on multiple occasions, and I have to imagine Tony gave Aaron at least one Turing test every time. (Not to be confused with the Voight-Kampff test, but Tony probably would've given him that, too.)

I haven't re-read 2001: a Space Odyssey #8 for some time, but I know Dr. Stack treated the robot X-51 like a son, and gave him a name and a face. Aaron doesn't always use his name, but he gets pretty irate without his face!

I haven't read Thor recently either, but he's lost his hammer Mjolnir and his name; now going by the title Odinson. I picked up all of the most recent Marvel Legends and built Odin, and I wonder if anyone's popped this Thor's arm off and replaced it with the metal one that came with Machine Man. (If you buy the whole series, you could build either Odin or King Thor; I went with Odin.)

As is often the case around here, I'm wondering if robots can pick up Thor's hammer. In the first movie, I'm not sure anything could; but usually in the Marvel U. proper I think robots and heavy machinery can, unless they're sentient to the point that they're "alive." The android Human Torch, the Vision, Jocasta; they wouldn't be able to. I don't think Ultron could either, unless it doesn't think of itself as alive? Or maybe their programming just makes a more sophisticated artificial intelligence "think" they can't lift it. Or maybe it depends on the writer, the situation, convenience...

I've never even seen a game of Gnip Gnop; I'm only familiar with the name as an off-the-cuff remark from an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. And yesterday's riff was from a mummy movie I had seen before it was featured on the show (I saw it on cable as Time Walker) and has one of my favorite bits ever: a group of archaeology students are going to x-ray a recently discovered (and alien!) mummy. Midway through, one runs over and unplugs the machine. Asked why, the student points at the dials, and indignantly tells them they were giving the mummy ten times the normal radiation. From the audience, Crow blurts out "He could die!" It took a minute, and then I laughed and laughed...

That Machine Man figure? Super-great. Recommended!

4 comments:

Randy Jackson said...

There was an issue of Marvel Team-Up where the Lava men animated some sort of hand out of lava that could lift Mjolnir. Of course, sixty seconds later it was a walking stick again.

Dale Bagwell said...

Sweet skit man. Damn that STark luck huh?
Wondered when you'd get to MM and that wave. Did you get the whole wave of figures or are the some you haven't gotten yet?

I got MM and Hawkeye, and Thor(kinda) He got shipped to the wrong address, so now Im not sure when I'll get him.

Will difinitely order Captain Marvel and SW though. Not sure on Sentry or IF though.

googum said...

I went to the Wal-Mart by my work, before work, five in the morning; and found the case in the boxes to be shelved and took all but the spare Hawkeye!

That Sentry hasn't won me over yet, but we'll give him some time. I want to see him and Hyperion together...Iron Fist has the accessories, and you may need an Odin leg...

Dale Bagwell said...

I har a common complaint is about the lack of two sets of fist hands r grab hands. That's why some people seem to swap out the hyperion hands with the Senrty and vice-versa