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Binder

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« on: 11-25-2007 10:38 »

While I usually take Mystery Science Theater 3000's "repeat to yourself it's just a show, so you should really just relax" to heart, the opening scene in Bender's Big Score has me confused.

If "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" aired in 2003 (and I assume takes place in 3003), then does that mean that the two year cancellation and subsequent de-cancellation in Bender's Big Score make the first film take place in 3005? Or is the 2 year cancellation refer to the time when the cast and crew of the show were out of work and then began work on the new films in 2005? I haven't seen the movie so I'm not sure if any year is mentioned to place the film.

"I like Fri, leele and binder but not the old guy"
-Early review of "Space Pilot 3000" in the Fox.com forums
Archonix

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« Reply #1 on: 11-25-2007 10:55 »

I'd always assumed that the series took place between 3000 and 3005, seeing as that's the date Fry arrived there.
trickster381

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« Reply #2 on: 11-25-2007 11:12 »

I think the series ended at 3005 in the series and is now 3007

or

according to an interveiw a while back the producers said the movie took place two years after The Devils hands are Idle Plaything
Xanfor

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« Reply #3 on: 11-25-2007 11:46 »

Bender's Big Score takes place in 3007 (framegrab), approximately 7.95 years after Space Pilot 3000 (framegrab).
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #4 on: 11-25-2007 12:23 »

Actually, Bend Her reveals the 3004 Olympics. I'm guessing there might have been some unseen stuff in 2005 within the Futurama world. Or the writer's excluded another year as of writing the film.
What up?

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« Reply #5 on: 11-25-2007 17:50 »

if bender's big scoe does take place in the year 3007 that means fri, leela .ect. are in there thirtys   eek
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #6 on: 11-25-2007 17:51 »

 
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Originally posted by What up?:
if bender's big scoe does take place in the year 3007 that means fri, leela .ect. are in there thirtys    eek

They don't look it, huh?
What up?

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #7 on: 11-25-2007 17:56 »

ye'h i know they look much younger.
Archonix

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« Reply #8 on: 11-25-2007 18:01 »

I figure there's some sort of antigerone treatment in use that makes them look eternally young until they hit their late 80s, then they turn into wrinklefreaks.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #9 on: 11-25-2007 18:12 »

Archonix

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« Reply #10 on: 11-25-2007 18:32 »

What up?

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #11 on: 11-25-2007 18:39 »

What do you meen?
Archonix

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« Reply #12 on: 11-25-2007 18:48 »

Sorry, antigerone means anti-aging treatments. I was talking to the wife about it the other day and we decided that they put something in the water that makes everyone stay young for a longish period and then age suddenly.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #13 on: 11-25-2007 19:09 »

Or maybe they just take a quick dip in the youthasizing tar pits...
What up?

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #14 on: 11-26-2007 01:54 »

i like shows that keep their characters the same age like the simpsons for example, if they grow up they become more mature and boring.
FuturamaPac

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« Reply #15 on: 11-26-2007 10:40 »

But Simpsons have over 365 episodes, don't they? Sometimes in episodes days or months or even years go by, so they must age at some point  wink
Archonix

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« Reply #16 on: 11-26-2007 11:04 »

If they had aged in real time Bart and Lisa would probably have their own families by now.
Kryten

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« Reply #17 on: 11-26-2007 11:27 »

The Simpsons' nonaging would be a lot more believable if they hadn't celebrated Christmas about a dozen times.
bobbot

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« Reply #18 on: 11-26-2007 11:33 »
« Last Edit on: 11-26-2007 11:33 »

Had they aged normally they'd be Bart
30, Lisa 28, Maggie 22, Marge 51, Homer 51.  Based on the ages given early in the series and that Homer and Marge's senior prom was held in 1974.
  Unless you are going to count the Simpsons bumps in the Tracy Ullman show which would add 2 years to the kids and another Christmas as well.  Still, the tradition of too many holidays is rampant on T.V. for example M*A*S*H had a Christmas episode every season and the Korean war only lasted four years, giving them 6 extra Christmases.
Archonix

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« Reply #19 on: 11-26-2007 11:51 »

Oh, the theory I heard for that one was that several of the christmas episodes were meant to take place on the same sort period of time. A great explanation, only slightly marred by the fact that many of those episodes are mutually contradictory when pushed together like that...

Anyway I think I prefer the idea that they're aging, but not showing any signs of it. Besides, it's hard to draw these characters "slightly" older. It's all or nothing.
bobbot

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« Reply #20 on: 11-26-2007 11:53 »

Maybe it's just me but they DID look a little older to me
bend_her

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« Reply #21 on: 11-26-2007 12:26 »

I have a feeling the writers are going to come back to these "missing years" in future movies/episodes.
They might at least reference them somehow.
Archonix

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« Reply #22 on: 11-26-2007 12:41 »

Oh lord, not more time travel!
Binder

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« Reply #23 on: 11-26-2007 19:17 »

Here is my tentative time line:

2999-3000
Season 1
Futurama Comics #1

3000-3001
Season 2
Futurama Comics #2-6

3001-3002
Season 3
Futurama Comics #7-10

3002-3004
Season 4
Futurama Comics #11-19

3005-3006 (The crew's two year cancellation)
Futurama Video Game
Futurama Comics #20-28

3007
Futurama Comics #29-33
Bender's Big Score

3008-3009
The Beast With A Billion Backs
Bender's Game
The Wild Green Yonder
What up?

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #24 on: 11-27-2007 06:59 »
« Last Edit on: 11-27-2007 06:59 »

what year is the new season coming out?
futz
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« Reply #25 on: 11-27-2007 10:17 »

If the Sunset Squad doesn't collect a person until they are are 160 then people in the year 3000 age about half as fast as we do now. Achronix idea makes sense much like water treatment with chlorine and flouride today, or maybe preservatives in all the recycled sandwiches.
Zmithy

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« Reply #26 on: 11-27-2007 10:47 »
« Last Edit on: 11-27-2007 10:47 »

The events at the of "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" are a convenient explanation for any lack of aging.

It was hinted that, biologically, they're a little younger than they should be.. but the exact effect the whirlpool had on them is unknown, so even if the show's still going 5 years from now there's a handy explanation.   smile
Kif White

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« Reply #27 on: 11-27-2007 11:30 »

People definitely age better in the future, rather than slower. I think it's just a simple case of the life expectancy thanks to technology giving them longer lives, a bit like that of the Star Trek universe.

Look at The Professor and Wernstrom, who are basically our equivalent of being in their 70's to 90's, but they are actually well into their 100's.

Also note the likes of Slurms McKenzie saying to his Slurm Babes that they've served him well over the past 40 years, despite them looking rather young, closer to their 20's. This supports that theory also, and the human life expectancy rate has been slowly improving over the years (at least in the western world) due to improved living conditions, scientific accomplishments and richer economy, etc.
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #28 on: 11-27-2007 12:26 »

Even the recent comic books take place in 3007.  So, I believe Futurama started in 2999, the episode TDHAIP was in 3003.  So, now the movie and the comics are in 3007. 
Nixorbo

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« Reply #29 on: 11-27-2007 16:09 »

Aren't the comics a separate continuity anyway?
Binder

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« Reply #30 on: 11-27-2007 21:33 »

 
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Originally posted by KurtPikachu2001:
Even the recent comic books take place in 3007.  So, I believe Futurama started in 2999, the episode TDHAIP was in 3003.  So, now the movie and the comics are in 3007. 

If "The Devil's Hands" takes place in 3003 then why does "Bend Her" take place in 3004? Hmmm? HMMMM???!!!

Vanguard20

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« Reply #31 on: 11-29-2007 15:37 »

 
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Originally posted by Binder:
 If "The Devil's Hands" takes place in 3003 then why does "Bend Her" take place in 3004? Hmmm? HMMMM???!!!


Maybe it was the 3004th time they held the Space Olympics?

PazuzuJr

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« Reply #32 on: 11-29-2007 16:04 »

maybe 3004 is n olympic year  tongue
Sine Wave

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« Reply #33 on: 11-29-2007 16:13 »

Well, if TDHAIP is taken as the last thing that happened before they were canceled, then it would have to have taken place in 3005, wouldn't it? However, that's pretty implausible, meaning that two years would have passed over the course of the last several episodes. In fact, I really wonder why they didn't just say they'd been canceled four years ago. Maybe there's some point to it we don't know about yet. Maybe there's not. Overall I think  a big lesson from BBS is that Futurama's continuity, while mostly continuous, isn't something that can be treated but so seriously.
4_Legs_Good

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« Reply #34 on: 11-29-2007 20:21 »

Dont' forget The Lost Episode, from Futurama: The Game.

IMDB shows the game coming out in 2003, can that be right? It doesn't seem like it was that long ago. That Lost Episode is the only thing that's kept me going since the cancellation and last Tuesday.

I guess I might have mixed it up in hindsight. Must be my hind cataracts.
I.C. Weiner

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« Reply #35 on: 12-11-2007 05:06 »

Well I feel like it is my duty to say nuts to FOX and hello to the year 3007. I know this post has been inactive for awhile but i just registered and i want everyone to know that Futurama is the greatest show on T.V. and fans like us need to keep it going. Thank you David Cohen, Matt Groening, Billy West, John DiMaggio, and everyone else invollved with Futurama for proding us with a brief redpite from the horrors of the modern world.
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