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Nibblonian

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« on: 08-20-2004 12:09 »

Who here isn't obsessed with Futurama? I love the show and all, but it doesn't run my life. I don't go looking for plotholes and errors throughout the show. I realize it's a cartoon. I'm not a Trekkie. I've never seen Star Trek in my life nor have I ever played dungeons and dragons. Hell, I've only been into Futurama for close to a year. Anyone else here share my dillema? Anyone been ousted by people here? Share your stories!
j_ohanley

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« Reply #1 on: 08-20-2004 12:38 »

It's my favorite TV show, and I watch the DVDs more than any of my others, and I'm signed up for this forum. But yeah, I've never been into Sci-Fi. I love the first two Alien movies, and yeah, Star Wars is good, but that's it. I came to it because I loved the Simpsons, but found it was going majorly downhill. Futurama offered the same type of humour that I loved on the Simpsons, and also a better premise, better storylines, and better characters. So I just watch the show and let all the Star Trek references and such whiz over my head.
megaton

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« Reply #2 on: 08-20-2004 12:48 »

i'd probably fit into this category.
i lurk on the forums mostly (figuring that alot of what needs to be said about a discontinued (but great, don't get me wrong) tv show has already been said); i own all the dvds, but no other merchandise; i mostly miss episode references (e.g "hey what about that scene with zoidberg in TDGFHD!!!" or whatever); i've never done a whole-season-in-one-day marathon; haven't read that much fan fiction...

you know, that sort of thing.
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #3 on: 08-20-2004 13:05 »

Futurama's not my favorite show. But think about this: if I were to go to a South Park or Family Guy board, do you think I could ever have intelligent conversation with them? No, of course not. Both shows have much stupider fanbases. Futurama is great and everything, but the main reason I stay here to talk about it is because the fanbase is much more intelligent and artistic than any other fanbase I could think of.
Hedonism Bot

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« Reply #4 on: 08-20-2004 14:09 »

You're so right, TheLampIncident; I haven't even bothered to subscribe to other forums dedicated to my various hobbies and favourite TV shows, simply because everybody types in shorthand with no capitals. How hard is it to structure your messages so that they can be read easily, I ask you?

Futurama is the only Sci-Fi show I watch regulary, but I do watch it a lot. However, that is mainly because I have an obsessive personality; if I like something, then I tend to get into it big time. I only get the more obscure sci-fi references because of the commentaries pointing them out and/or other shows which parody sci-fi. I enjoy fixing plot-holes that other people have found, but that's true of any of the shows that I watch. I don't actively search out for plot-holes and plaster them all over the internet (but I like that other people do - see above). I do not own any Futurama merchandise other than the DVDs, but that's partly because there's sod-all choice in the UK.

In conclusion, I am a Futurama Dork, but I could be so much dorkier if I tried, as with most of my other interests.
Nibblonian

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« Reply #5 on: 08-20-2004 15:52 »

TheLampIncident makes a good point. Probably my two favorite TV shows ever are Frasier and Futurama because they are more intelligent than others such as South Park and Friends (that name makes me shudder).
Beamer

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« Reply #6 on: 08-20-2004 23:28 »

I'd say South Park is an intelligent show - it has a certain sattirical wit that I just love about it. What Lampy's talking about is the fan base. As much as I love South Park, I just can't be around the main SP fan base, because... well, most South Park "fans" are morons who only watch the show for the cheap laughs.

Futurama's fan base is much more intelligent, and considering that there are many PEELers who also enjoy South Park, I can actually have an interesting & productive conversation about the intelligent aspects of the show, rather than just being around complete dumbasses who wouldn't know what sattire was if it shat all over their head, yelled out "I am sattire!" and then urinated all over their favourite possessions.

While both South Park and Futurama are intelligent shows - South Park's intelligent aspects are more subtle, thus giving the show both mass and cult appeal. Futurama, on the other hand, is more or less directed at a fairly intelligent audience, which gives the show much more cult appeal than mass appeal, although for the record - I still think that Futurama has plenty of mass appeal to deserve a prime time slot.

Anyway... getting back on topic, like some people here, I'm not much of a sci-fi fan. I watch Futurama for the entertainment. Still, having said that - while I don't understand several sci-fi references in the show, I do get a lot of the more subtle humour, and I have found several plot holes, continuity errors and general animation mistakes, although for the record - I don't sit there looking for stuff like that, they're usually just things I notice after several viewings of an episode. So I guess I am a dorky fan in that aspect, but I wouldn't consider myself a sci-fi nerd...
M0le

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« Reply #7 on: 08-20-2004 23:50 »

I'm like most of the people posting in this thread, and I'm not a sci-fi nerd. Truthfully, most people I know don't even know I post on messageboards like PEEL, which I tend to keep pretty quiet about.
EvilLunch

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« Reply #8 on: 08-20-2004 23:58 »

PEEL is the only messageboard I've ever been so involved with. And I'd say at the moment I'm more of an uberdork for Spiderman. So I guess right now I can post in this thread, but a month ago I was definitely more adamant. These things come in waves, for me. I still love Futurama, but right now I'm not in geek mode for it.
Whoopwhoopwhoop

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« Reply #9 on: 08-21-2004 01:33 »

Futurama is THE BEST water cooler cartoon I have ever watched..... I can quote single characters for days and days... shit, Me and Nasty used the same quotes on vacation...
christyle
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« Reply #10 on: 08-21-2004 07:29 »

I just registered for this forum. I'm a little surprised to see that there's still some die hard fans even though the show is cancelled. I'm a pretty big fan of both The Simpsons and Futurama (and also a pretty big fan of Frasier, since someone mentioned it above).

But I've never seen a single episode or movie of Star Trek. Never played Dungeons & Dragons. And only sat through one Star Wars, which I was forced to watch (as part of summer school). I didn't pay much attention to it, though.

I am a web designer, though, have been for a few years now, so I guess I get a couple geek points for that.
Nibblonian

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« Reply #11 on: 08-21-2004 10:48 »

Welcome to PEEL, christyle! And about your "geek points," everyone posting on PEEL has a set of geek points too. I'll admit it.

Beamer, I don't usually watch South Park because of the cheap laughs, like, let's say, "CRIPLE FIGHT!" I know it's full of satire though because the show seems pretty easy to animate so it can hit more current topics.
christyle
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« Reply #12 on: 08-21-2004 19:54 »

Thanks for the welcome. Yeah, I think the writers of the show all have a nice amount of geek points as well (I've been listening to the commentary audio tracks, haha).

I don't watch South Park, either. I've seen two episodes, I think. And it was at a friend's house, so it wasn't my idea. It's not a bad show, but it's definitely not on Futurama's level.
airbagfailure

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« Reply #13 on: 08-21-2004 20:42 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2004 00:00 »

god, i think this is my topic! I found out about this place only a few months ago. And like everyone else who's posted above...i don't understand ALL the jokes either.I don't look for errors.. what for? there is so much more to see and understand and giggle about.

I haven't posted that much in here because most of the people have been around for a long time and i'm sure anything i say will have already been said countless times.

I own all the dvds but no other stuff, mainly because here in australia, there is NOTHING around. And everything that is around, is bought before it hits the shelves.

I'm constantly suprised by how intelligent and switched on everyone at this forum is. There is none of the silly bickering amongst everyone like i've seen in other forums. This place is really one of a kind.

(there was a typo i had to edit... apologies for the shorthand)
zoidyzoid

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« Reply #14 on: 08-22-2004 07:07 »

I have a fair few geek points myself, but not in the classical areas- no Star Trek or D&D for me. Also I like sport, and sunlight. But a lot of my interests are rather nerdy.
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #15 on: 08-22-2004 20:12 »

Geek. Suck it.
Fryrish1

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« Reply #16 on: 08-23-2004 00:14 »

airbagfailure is quite right of course. im also from australia and there is no futurama whatsoever (well at least no where near me) however i also like Star Wars though i hate Star Trek, i havent played D&D though i love RPG's and i also own 3 of the 4 (soon to have all 4) seasons of Futurama on DVD and watch them nearly all the time. I get most of the jokes except perhaps the more obscure ones in addition to the Computer Programming ones (C64 stuff) and the Star Trek ones.

FUTURAMA ROX
airbagfailure

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« Reply #17 on: 08-23-2004 05:41 »

hey fryrish1... if you live in brisbane, go to Comic's etc in the near skinnys in the city.. they have some futurama things there..if your lucky..
Gloop

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« Reply #18 on: 08-23-2004 09:46 »

Newbie here - forgive any mistakes.
Futurama is one of my favourite shows because of the great humour and the fantastic characters, but also because of all the geek and scifi references. I've grown up with scifi and I've read and watched as much as I can from original pulp magazines from the 1920's to 50's monster flicks to modern day stuff. Another favourite show of mine is a British sitcom called Spaced which references all kinds of movies and fanboy movie moments and stuff like that just makes me laugh.
Being an Englishman, the only things that go over my head sometimes are the references to American culture and personalities, but that's a little thing.

Compare your lives to mine and then kill yourselves!
Y_L_B

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« Reply #19 on: 08-23-2004 10:18 »
« Last Edit on: 08-23-2004 10:18 »

Hello, there, Gloop! Welcome to PEEL!

This will answer any questions you may, or may not, have.

[GFF]Enjoy your stay at nerd-world![/GFF]

As for the conversation, I have nothing to add, because I'm a full blown nerd.   smile

EDITED for spelling.
Gloop

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« Reply #20 on: 08-23-2004 11:05 »

Thanks, YLB, it's appreciated.
Gambit

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« Reply #21 on: 08-23-2004 11:55 »

i dont really think im a dork, maybe i am, its hard to say, its down to personal opinion, i like other programmes, obviously, but Futurama is the only one where i joined a forum, and i like it here, its fun, im not a huge south park fan myself, but i bet there are some really stupid kids on there, Futurama is a smart show, and it has smart fans, and im proud to be a possibly dorky fan

You read it, you cant unread it!
Gloop

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« Reply #22 on: 08-23-2004 12:02 »

I don't really look at myself as a dork, it's just something I like and scifi is something I'm interested in. I never let it interfere with my other pursuits, such as beer, friends, and the pursuit of women. I suppose I am a bit of a nerd but hey - what the hell. If someone judges me on my interests then they can cram it wherever their species traditionally crams things.
I'm a veteran of the Ain't It Cool talkbacks - if you want to read violently abusive hate mails, childish ranting and fanboy wetdreams, that's the place to go. It's strange I chose to come to a website about a comedy scifi cartoon to bask myself in a little intelligence.
EvilLunch

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« Reply #23 on: 08-23-2004 16:24 »

You can find intelligence in the weirdest places, no?
I guess I really can be considered a dork, then.. I'm sure on many occasions my devotion to such things has kept me from getting any. :sigh: Ah well, a woman who won't watch Hardware Wars with me is not a woman I'd fall for.
Gloop

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« Reply #24 on: 08-24-2004 09:01 »

Never saw Hardware Wars, but did see Thumb Wars, which was fun in a not-as-funny-the-second-time-round kind of way.
No, I'm going to find myself a nice nerd woman, with an interest in nerd-type stuff and a tolerance for my slightly more annoying habits. She'll understand my need for craziness but would also enjoy going out on the beers for a party night with my none-nerd friends. And then, perhaps, I'll teach pigs how to put on parachutes.
Or I could create them! Atomic powered floating pigs. Moo-ha-wu-ha-hoo-hoo....
EvilLunch

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« Reply #25 on: 08-24-2004 22:13 »

Hardware Wars was funnier. Thumb Wars had bad comic timing  and a lame script. The jokes that WERE funny were dragged out too long and were ruined in moments. Hardware Wars is classic, and in my opinion the better of the two.
..And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why I have to stop posting this thread.
:runs off in dorky shame:
Gloop

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« Reply #26 on: 08-25-2004 03:38 »

You'd better run!   big grin

Compare your lives to mine and then kill yourselves!
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