Dutch Treat spoilers
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Meanwhile, Stan, Xev and Kai learn that Longbore has no intention of bringing them along in his newly built ship. He plans to take with him a bunch of attractive women instead.
Aaah. I should’ve guessed this just from the name and the character.
Dr. Longbore isn’t the latest (or first, whatever) HDS, or simply a parody of Dr. Steven Hawking. He’s directly inspired by, and a parodical reference to, the title character of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Dr. Longbore. Dr. Strangelove. Both in wheelchairs, both attatched in some way to the government, both seeking a way around “doomsday,” both preoccupied with having loads of beautiful women accompany them in the post-apocalyptic future.
From Dr. Strangelove
General “Buck” Turgidson: Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn’t that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?
Dr. Strangelove: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious…service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.
Ambassador de Sadesky: I must confess, you have an astonishingly good idea there, Doctor.
It all makes perfect sense now. Plus, the comedic nihilism and sexual overtones of LEXX seems fairly closely related to the tone of Kubrick’s film (or, perhaps more accurately, Terry Southern’s contributions to the script of Kubrick’s film).
[ 20-02-2002: Message edited by: Aleck ]