We’ve all seen the social media games along the lines of “change one word in a movie title and ruin the movie”, but what if you could add one character to a movie and improve it significantly?

Of course, you have to add the right character, and in this case, all it takes is adding your favorite floaty robot buddy to any movie, any TV show, and it’s an instant win.

Let’s call this the V.I.N.CENT cinematic universe theory, which tells us that the robot star of 1979’s The Black Hole was just too good to be confined to any one movie (particularly if that movie is 1979’s The Black Hole).

But don’t take my word for it. I’m more than willing to show my work.

Xanadu has rollerskating moves aplenty, performed by expert skaters, but even the best of them would be hard pressed to be smoother than a hovering robot.
Let’s face it, there are times when you need at least one additional amigo.
You really don’t feel like changing diapers? Ask the robot to do it.
Wait…was V.I.N.CENT in the book too?
Stand under her window. With a robot. Sing “In Your Eyes” (preferably with the robot). Gets the girl every time, guaranteed.

So, you may be asking yourself, is it really just V.I.N.CENT that this works for?

Well, aside from Old B.O.B.’s little-known screen test for a bit part in Forrest Gump, it’s pretty hard to get Hollywood casting directors to take you seriously if you’re a levitating robot. If you think V.I.N.CENT and B.O.B. have been typecast, try asking Maximillian.

You know, this might sound crazy, but I think I may know who the bad guy is here
Hey, I saw what happened to Anthony Perkins, and I ain’t stickin’ around!

It’s really hard to get the male co-lead in the feel-good romantic comedy of the summer when you’re an enormous red robot who’s usually associated with drilling people to death. Maybe Max should try the infomercial circuit?

So next time you’re watching a movie – even a good one – and you think to yourself, “this flick is just missing that certain little something,” you’re right. It’s missing a floating robot.

Published by Earl Green

Earl is the webmaster, writer, graphic designer, and podcaster-in-chief at theLogBook.com, a site that's been on the internet for 20 years as the extension of a project that has been online for 30-odd years. It's home to the Phosphor Dot Fossils video game history archive, one of the internet's most extensive (and always growing) collections of genre TV episode guides, and retro-fixated podcasts such as Retrogram, Select Game, and theLogBook.com's Escape Pod (a bite-sized "today in history" podcast reflecting the geekier side of history). He's written several books on genre TV, and has written for All Game Guide, Classic Gamer Magazine, and the much-missed Retroist site. And now he's here. You can't escape him. I mean, you can try, but why would you?

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