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"Did you subverse the polarons to account for interspace flux?"

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Pixel Strong Bad Email #1

Strong Bad travels through thyme. Er, time. Whatever.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, The Cheat, Bubs, Homsar, Strong Sad, Homestar Runner

Places: Computer Room, Strong Badia, The Stick, Bubs' Concession Stand, The Field, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Storybook World (Easter egg)

Computer: Lappier

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Running Time: 3:13

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Transcript[edit | edit source]

{The computer room is empty. After two seconds, Strong Bad enters from the right.}

STRONG BAD: Well... I'm finally finished not checking my email. Guess I should maybe... check my email.

{Strong Bad sits down at the Lappier.}

STRONG BAD: {typing "]STRONGBAD_EMAIL.EXE"} Whatcha got for me, Lappier? {brings up the email}

DEAR COOL BAD,
HAVE YOU EVER BUILT A TIME
MACHINE? WHAT TIME WOULD YOU
TRAVEL TO IF YOU HAD ONE?
WITH CORRECT GRAMMAR AND
SPELLING,
GFDGSGXGZGDRC

STRONG BAD: {clears screen; typing} What, are you Fhqwhgads's twin brother or something? Jeez. Anyway, unpronouncable name, if I had a time machine, I would probably travel back into the...pre-middle ages. When Trogdors ruled the earth. And a dollar bill was worth like fifty golden nuggets. {clears screen} And...coincidentally, I just so happen to have commissioned The Cheat to build a functional time machine about a week ago. So let's go see how he's coming along.

{Strong Bad leaves his chair. Cut to Strong Badia, where The Cheat is painting the word "thyme?" on a cardboard box, with an analog clock duct-taped to it. Strong Bad walks in from the left.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, The Cheat. Ooh! Looks like you're almost finished.

THE CHEAT: Mreh meh meh.

STRONG BAD: Yeah, looks pretty legit. Nice use of duct-taping a clock to cardboard. Did you subverse the polarons to account for interspace flux?

THE CHEAT: Meh?

STRONG BAD: I dunno. That sounds like science, right?

THE CHEAT: Mehheh! Mehheh!

STRONG BAD: Alright! Is this thing ready for a little test-flight?

{Blackout-cut to a closeup of the "time machine", with Strong Bad and The Cheat now inside it.}

STRONG BAD: You ready for this, The Cheat?! {pause} Um... how do you make this thing go?

THE CHEAT: Meh mreh!

{Cut to the original zoomed-out view of Strong Badia. The time machine has started to vibrate up and down rapidly.}

STRONG BAD: Whoa!

{The time machine launches, flying through various scenes: The Stick, Bubs' Concession Stand, the computer room with Homsar inexplicably hovering upside-down in it, and a view of Strong Bad at the Lappier with some of the text from "2 emails" on it.}

{Fade in to the time machine flying in a purple background with particles moving past in the background.}

STRONG BAD: The Cheat! I think we've entered transwarp! {pause} Whoa, nice visual effects! Look at those... quantum particles.

THE CHEAT: Mreh!

{Fade out, then fade in to The Field. The time machine materializes in midair and flies down to the ground as Strong Bad speaks.}

STRONG BAD: Pull in for a landing, The Cheat!

{The time machine lands, and Strong Bad and The Cheat exit.}

STRONG BAD: Well, that was the coolest thing ever. How far back did we go? Like, three or four millenia?

THE CHEAT: Meh mreheh meh.

STRONG BAD: Two or three days?! The Cheat! I told you to use more endurium!

THE CHEAT: Meh meh...

STRONG BAD: {holds up two dollar bills} Now these two bucks will probably only be worth three ounces of copper. Oh well. That's enough to buy, like, a platinum guitar. Let's go.

{Cut to the living room of the Brothers Strong. Strong Sad sits on the couch, watching the Telebision. Strong Bad and The Cheat enter from the right.}

STRONG BAD: Ooh, look, The Cheat. An early lifeform from the pre-mezoic era.

STRONG SAD: That's a new one. What are you guys up to?

STRONG BAD: {turning to The Cheat} It seems that it's trying to use some primitive form of communication. What do you think, The Cheat?

THE CHEAT: Meh mrehmeh mehmeh.

STRONG SAD: Why don't you go back to that time you tore your pants on a tree limb?

STRONG BAD: Ugh, let's get outta here. This moron's too B.C. for me.

{The Cheat holds up a rock with the word "Phaser" written on it for half a second before the scene cuts back to The Field. Homestar Runner is looking at the time machine.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh wow! What a great new invention!

{Strong Bad and The Cheat enter the scene from the left.}

STRONG BAD: Hey! Homestar! Get the crap away from our thyme machine!

{Homestar turns around and jumps in place.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ooh! Ooh! Futurem'n from the twentiest century! Can you replicate me an autograph?

STRONG BAD: Uh, actually, I'll cut you a deal. You can have our time machine in exchange for... fifty gold nuggets.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {throwing a sack labeled "GOLD FASHIONED" to the ground in front of Strong Bad} Sweet bargains! A-sold! {picks up the time machine, puts it on his head, and starts walking away} Thanks, space-type!

STRONG BAD: Whoa! It worked! Check out this mess!

THE CHEAT: Mreheh! Mehmeh!

STRONG BAD: You said it! I bet this is at least enough for a robot laser shark! {short pause} But I wish we'd gotten to go back and kill Strong Sad's grandparents.

THE CHEAT: {lowers eyebrows} Mehmehmeh.

STRONG BAD: Oh yeah. Guess that'd be my grandparents too.

{The Papier comes down.}

Easter Eggs[edit | edit source]

  • Click on the words "COOL BAD" to see a whipped cream can labeled "COOL BAD WHIP STYLE".
  • At the end, click on the "GOLD FASHIONED" sack to see a scene in the Storybook World.
{The "STAND" is shown, with Storybook Bubs in it. Homestar Runner flies in from the right in the time machine.}
NARRATOR STRONG BAD: Just about then, some type of box flew by overhead. "Hot thyme!" said Bubs.

Fun Facts[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As Strong Bad and The Cheat fly past different scenes in the time machine, the text shown on the Lappier reads:

]WELL NABER, I'D DEFINITELY
TRAVEL AHEAD ABOUT 15 MINUTES
TO WHEN ALL THE LADIES SHOW UP
FOR MY "2003 LADIES' CHOICE
AWARDS." ABOUT 70 OR 50 FINE
WOMEN WILL BE SHOWING UP TO
VOTE ON WHICH ONE GETS TO DANCE
WITH YOURS TRULY. BUT
DON'T HAVE A TIME MAC
JUST HAVE TO WAIT IT

  • Some of the text is obscured by Strong Bad's head. See Inside References for the explanation.
  • Clicking on The Papier at the end of this email causes two lists to appear, rather than the one that appeared in Strong Bad Emails - Coming Soon!. The first is labeled "Copy and paste this dang address!" and contains SRMX12's email address (srmx12x@gmail.com). The second one is labeled "Or use this wedsize:" and contains the URL of the Pixel Strong Bad Emails inbox.

Remarks[edit | edit source]

  • The positions of Strong Bad and The Cheat inside the time machine in the close-up are slightly different from how they appear in the rest of the email.
  • The text from "2 emails" is displayed on the Lappier, even though it was a Compy 386-era email.

Goofs[edit | edit source]

  • When Strong Bad sits down at his computer, his reflection is smaller than his actual head. This corrects itself after about a second.
  • The Cheat's first line in Strong Badia is sometimes displayed without the usual dark text background.

Inside References[edit | edit source]

  • Strong Bad references Fhqwhgads while answering the email.
  • The box is labeled "thyme?".
  • The text displayed on the Lappier when Strong Bad and The Cheat fly past is from 2 emails, in which he was also asked what he would do with a time machine.
  • "Endurium" was previously mentioned by Sci-Fi Greg in Teen Girl Squad Issue 15.
  • Homestar's line "What a great new invention!" is a reference to the email part-time job.
  • Homestar Runner calls Strong Bad and The Cheat "Futurem'n", and later, "space-type".

Real-World References[edit | edit source]

  • Strong Bad's line about interspace flux, while nonsensical, refers to the Star Trek series, in which similar-sounding phrases are used.
  • Homestar asking Strong Bad to "replicate" him an autograph is also a reference to Star Trek, in which replication is a technology used to create various objects out of matter.

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