Tonight we are showing “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Douglas Adams’ much-loved tale of Arthur Dent, a normal guy just trying to make his way through the universe without getting kicked in the shins too often, yelled at too much, and without any excess paperwork. Martin Freeman (that’s Watson for you “Sherlock” fans) stars as Arthur, who is a very ordinary man having a truly unusual day. It all starts when his best friends, Ford Prefect (Mos Def), announces that he is actually an alien. It all goes downhill from there. Ford tells him that the planet Earth is going to be destroyed to make room for an intergalactic highway bypass. Since Arthur accidentally saved Ford’s life years ago, Ford does him a favor and teaches him the ways of the galactic hitchhiker. (First rule: Don’t Panic). They hitch a ride on a spaceship passing by and are off on an intergalactic adventure.
During his travels Arthur encounters such interstellar notables as sleazy Galaxy president Zaphod Beebelbrox (Sam Rockwell), the girl of his dreams Tricia McMillan (Zooey Deschanel), perpetually glum robot Marvin (voice of Alan Rickman), interplanetary construction magnate Slartibartfast (Bill Nighy), and cult leader Humma Kavula (John Malkovich). It’s a stellar cast on a literally stellar adventure through space. But since we have so many hours in the work day to kill until we can go home, kick back, and watch “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” at 8/7c, let’s just sit and watch Mos Def videos to wile away the hours:
“History” featuring Talib Kweli:
“Sex, Love & Money”
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” airs tonight at 8:00 PM ET; Friday, Jun. 29 at 12:15 AM ET; Tuesday, Jul. 10 at 10:45 PM ET; and Wednesday, Jul. 11 at 3:45 AM ET