Nick’s pick: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s Zaphod Beeblebrox
As the two-headed, multi-armed entrepreneur/space captain/inventor of the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, Zaphod Beeblebrox has already appeared in radio and TV versions of Hitchhiker's Guide as performed by the amazing Mark Wing-Davey, and in the slightly exaggerated feature film version played by Sam Rockwell. But I could have used an entire sub-series of novels dedicated to the conceited and calculating Zaphod and the interplanetary travels and troubles that Adams only hinted at. And a TV show with an extremely well-crafted team of writers and actors might sate that feeling.

By the time we first meet him, he is already the President of the Galaxy, albeit in name only, and is in charge of the stolen spaceship Heart of Gold. In that theft, we already have our TV series finale. But it’s the lead-up that I’m interested in now. Adams himself already created a prequel blueprint in the short story “Young Zaphod Plays it Safe,” written between So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish and Mostly Harmless. In it, our lowly hero runs the Beeblebrox Salvage and Really Wild Stuff Corporation. If that company isn’t ripe for serialized storytelling, I don’t know what is.

This type of retroactive storytelling normally gets on my nerves, but in this case I want to see where his third arm came from, and I want to meet his father Zaphod the Second and his grandfather Zaphod the Third. If we’re being honest, I’d even take a Kardashian-style “reality show” where he’s followed on a day to day basis, spending more time than necessary in his enormous oddity-filled closet and getting his hair done. In any iteration, it’s all about the wit.

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