Men In Black Easter Egg - Sir Prefect

When Zed is briefing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones he is talking to someone on a video phone. He mentions a Sir Prefect from blahblahblah. This is an odd little reference to The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. One of the names of the main characters is Ford Prefect.

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Contributed By: Robert Brandin on 08-03-1999
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pepperpot writes:
Your entry is not a reference to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" -- but there is such a reference. The little aliens who were in the coffee room defected (after the warning that the Earth was going to be destroyed), dragging cartons of cigarettes and singing a song to the tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner." This would appear to BE "The Star-Spangled Banner" in their native language, but if you listen carefully (and have seen the BBC miniseries of "Hitchhiker"), you will see that the lyrics perfectly match "The Betelgeuse Death Anthem" sung by Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox (also to the tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner") in the miniseries. Ford referred to this as translating to, "After this, things can only get better," which would certainly make it an appropriate choice of music for the little guys' farewell theme.
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Besides, Ford Prefect named himself after a British make of car (he mistakenly thought autos were the major species on Earth). The car, in turn, was named for the definition above.
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Tigris writes:
about the sur-prefect or whatever, it still phonetically sounds the same. and BTW, the guys who did the closed-captioning might not have been aware of this little inside reference and misspelled it. kewl egg though
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I don't think so. IIRC, the closed-captioning mentioned a "Sur-Prefect of Singalee". Nice try, but it's not an egg.
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Dogstar writes:
From the Webster Online Dictionary: pre·fect Pronunciation: 'prE-"fekt Function: noun 1 : any of various high officials or magistrates of differing functions and ranks in ancient Rome 2 : a chief officer or chief magistrate 3 : a student monitor in a private school My guess is the quote from MIB would go under definition #2.
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Axel writes:
dude, just because his name's "prefect" that doesnt mean that their talking about Ford, it could be just a random name!
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