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Rhodan

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« on: 03-26-2005 15:05 »

"Aloha Mars" and "Doomsville" were alternate titles for Futurama before first production. My personal question is, if you donīt know if these titles were connected with different plots too, I mean, especially "Aloha Mars" sounds strange in the face of real show, not bad but strange.
Also, what title do you like the best? This thread is free  for "alternate -futurama" duscuss too.
ecks

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« Reply #1 on: 03-26-2005 15:07 »

I would have liked it to be called: "Fry and the World of Tommorow"
germanfryfan

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« Reply #2 on: 03-26-2005 15:12 »

I think these names wouldn't have suited the plot Futurama developed. Both "Aloha Mars" and "Doomsville" would have given away where the Series would be located at (Mars or Doomsville), while Futurama left everything open beside that it plays in the Future.

Out of these three Futurama was best.

A short search on "aloha" in posts gave these two threads:
winna

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« Reply #3 on: 03-26-2005 15:18 »

I liked the word Futurama when I first heard it... Doomsville was more about the aspect of how dreary the future would be... however Futurama ended up making the future look like fun and happy... unlike the discussion that popped up with the suicide booth in the pilot.  Anyways, don't care...
David A

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« Reply #4 on: 03-26-2005 15:33 »

 
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Originally posted by germanfryfan:
Both "Aloha Mars" and "Doomsville" would have given away where the Series would be located at (Mars or Doomsville), while Futurama left everything open beside that it plays in the Future.

You actually think that if the show had been called Doomsville it would have taken place in a town called Doomsville?  How very... literal of you.
germanfryfan

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« Reply #5 on: 03-26-2005 15:38 »

Ok, perhaps not taken place there in every episode, but i think it would have taken a lot of screen time there, to justify the name.

My point is that the name "Futurama" left more opportunities open than the other two.
winna

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« Reply #6 on: 03-26-2005 15:43 »

Doomsville wasn't a place... it was a satirical comment on how the state of the future would be... which is bad.
germanfryfan

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« Reply #7 on: 03-26-2005 15:49 »

Thanks Winna, that makes a little more sense now, still I think my points stays valid.

Futurama could capture both, bad and good, developements. Doomsville would have been preselected.
cujoe169
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« Reply #8 on: 03-26-2005 16:01 »

plus, the title of doomsville kind of insinuates the death of the series, while futurama gives off a more positive connotation, maybe the writers didn't have this in mind, but people prefer optimistic rather than negative views
winna

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« Reply #9 on: 03-26-2005 16:10 »

Hence why Fox had a cow over the suicide booth.
cujoe169
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« Reply #10 on: 03-26-2005 16:36 »

huh... i'm confused as usual... but yes... that would explain it...?  (rhetorical q's no need to reply*)
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« Reply #11 on: 03-26-2005 16:47 »

Aloha Mars is silly seeing how little of the show has taken place on either Mars or in Hawai'i, and Doomsville automatically sort of precludes showing the positive or at least funny sides of post-post-post-postmodern time. The title "Futurama" has a kinda of ironic tone to it since we do get to see so many negative aspects of the future anyway, they just aren't always in the form of alien invasions or suicide booths or near-misses with the end of all human life, and I think that a subtler version of saying "the future is miserable" is probably more effective in any case. Since the original Futurama was a World's Fair exhibit saying how fantastic the world was going to be once everyone who saw the exhibition was dead, there's an inherent humour in appropriating the same title to describe a world which has the technological advances predicted by all the cheesy 50's sci-fi but with all the social issues and daily miseries of the 20th century.
David A

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« Reply #12 on: 03-26-2005 16:57 »

Well said, Rongwrong.  Welcome to PEEL  big grin
cujoe169
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« Reply #13 on: 03-26-2005 17:30 »

2 wrongs do make a right  wink
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