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FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #480 on: 09-28-2009 22:01 »

Well, this isn't really speculation, but just a thought I had.

Anyone notice that except for Season's 4 and "5", Futurama doesn't make much of its season finale's? S1-3 ended with a standard comedic episode that had little to no impact on the characters and/or universe. S4 and "5" ended with episodes that meant quite a bit (though both also doubled as series finale's, so that's one obvious reason why).

What I'm saying is, does anyone else think that the writers should take their chances and end season's with a bang from now on? I think that Devil's Hands and ITWGY are quite brilliant, so I'd like to see more finale's in their veins. Anybody with me?
Frida Waterfall

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« Reply #481 on: 09-28-2009 22:03 »

Hear, hear!
Tedward

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« Reply #482 on: 09-28-2009 23:50 »

What I'm saying is, does anyone else think that the writers should take their chances and end season's with a bang from now on? I think that Devil's Hands and ITWGY are quite brilliant, so I'd like to see more finale's in their veins. Anybody with me?

Definitely. It would be really good if they embraced just enough continuity to keep the general "advancing" sort of feeling Futurama usually has (as well as to keep intrigue and by extension viewer interest high, even though fans would probably keep watching anyway), but not so much as to make the original series run look like it's more disjointed than it is. I can't see the latter happening, but I'd love to see more attention to the finales and such like you said.

On a related note, this reminds me again that I wish Futurama had a few more season- or series-spanning story arcs to run across the contained episodes.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #483 on: 09-29-2009 07:08 »

Well, Futurama is essentially being reborn with this second return (hell, the first episode is tentatively titled Rebirth), so there's no reason the writers should let up. I don't think many want Futurama to go backwards, so we fans should support any (for lack of a better word) maturing the writers want to take with Futurama.

After all, we didn't bring it back just so it could become stale. So bring on better continuity, closer character relationships, more sci-fi stories, and whatever else they can come up with. Every season of Futurama should be trying to beat the previous ones, not just match them.
Tedward

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« Reply #484 on: 09-29-2009 15:05 »

That's true. I was just saying that I didn't want the new episodes to make the earlier ones look inferior by comparison, but now that I think about it that wouldn't be bad at all. The show should just get better and better, and whether or not one thinks the movies are an example what kinds of formats or stories "work," I think we all hope for a return to classic Futurama and then some so that we can continue to be amazed at how funny the show can be or how surprisingly emotional the situations can get.
Go-a-Green-a

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« Reply #485 on: 09-29-2009 22:20 »

That's true. I was just saying that I didn't want the new episodes to make the earlier ones look inferior by comparison, but now that I think about it that wouldn't be bad at all. The show should just get better and better, and whether or not one thinks the movies are an example what kinds of formats or stories "work," I think we all hope for a return to classic Futurama and then some so that we can continue to be amazed at how funny the show can be or how surprisingly emotional the situations can get.

To me Futurama just seemed to get better as the seasons progressed. I'm sure we'll get some Emmy award winners next season. Futurama has always been a fantastic show. You're right, I've always loved how Futurama could be a Si-Fi animated comedy but still have some "deeper" moments. As I've said before I don't think we have much to worry about. I'm sure the writers won't take the dark path The Simpsons has followed.
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« Reply #486 on: 09-29-2009 23:40 »

I agree that the show did get better as it progressed (or at least it took more risks and was more varied in the types of episodes it had), and that's not to say that it wasn't very good at the beginning either. Although Futurama's original cancellation was unfortunate, it was fortunate for the show that the writers knew or suspected that the end was coming; they were able to tie up the story arcs they had started earlier such as Leela's origins, Fry's destiny, and continue advancing the Kif-Amy relationship and the Fry-Leela 'ship as well. Let's hope that Futurama does indeed have even bigger and better things in store for its new episodes!
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« Reply #487 on: 09-30-2009 00:27 »

Well, Futurama is essentially being reborn with this second return (hell, the first episode is tentatively titled Rebirth), so there's no reason the writers should let up. I don't think many want Futurama to go backwards, so we fans should support any (for lack of a better word) maturing the writers want to take with Futurama.

After all, we didn't bring it back just so it could become stale. So bring on better continuity, closer character relationships, more sci-fi stories, and whatever else they can come up with. Every season of Futurama should be trying to beat the previous ones, not just match them.
exactly.
each season should beat the last to a quivering,bloody pulp.
Go-a-Green-a

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« Reply #488 on: 09-30-2009 02:34 »

I agree that the show did get better as it progressed (or at least it took more risks and was more varied in the types of episodes it had), and that's not to say that it wasn't very good at the beginning either. Although Futurama's original cancellation was unfortunate, it was fortunate for the show that the writers knew or suspected that the end was coming; they were able to tie up the story arcs they had started earlier such as Leela's origins, Fry's destiny, and continue advancing the Kif-Amy relationship and the Fry-Leela 'ship as well. Let's hope that Futurama does indeed have even bigger and better things in store for its new episodes!

That's just what I was trying to say. The show just keeps getting better and better and lets hope it stays that way!
willsterdude3000

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« Reply #489 on: 09-30-2009 17:27 »
« Last Edit on: 09-30-2009 19:34 »

The other day I watched the finale of ITWGY on sky one. I thought the ending was very weird. I mean they just fly over to a black hole or whatever it was, and then it opens up like the starting animation, and then the credits come on, and I was like- that's it? ITWGY was going to be the last thing they ever did with futurama, but thanks to the DVD sales, there's going to be a new season. But if it was the last thing they ever did, that would be very disappointing.  

Willster- The annoying rascal ya love to hate
Jezzem

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« Reply #490 on: 09-30-2009 18:52 »

You really weren't paying attention were you?
lilkitten29

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« Reply #491 on: 10-01-2009 03:59 »

I love the ending for ITWGY. I have that movie on my iPod and I always replay the last scene over and over every day. Haha.
coldangel

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« Reply #492 on: 10-01-2009 07:18 »

I love the ending for ITWGY. I have that movie on my iPod and I always replay the last scene over and over every day. Haha.

My condolences, that's very very sad.
FistfulOAwesome

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« Reply #493 on: 10-02-2009 23:29 »
« Last Edit on: 10-03-2009 02:32 »

Okay, well, since that last hope went off so well, how about these?

I always thought that one of the more interesting additions to the Futuramaverse were the Chronotons. These little particles literally made up of time have so much potential for future storylines. The two episodes they've been used in have been great, and used them in unique ways, so there's got to be more that can be done with them.

The Farnsworth Parabox is a great episode, but I've always been a little disappointed that the other universes were given so little time. I'd like a sequel to that episode, because I don't think Futurama got the full squeeze of parallel universe bits out of the first one. Perhaps it could be called Parabox Squared?

So, anybody agree?

P.S. Actually, I'd be surprised if the sixth season time travel episode didn't use Chronotons as an explanation.
Tedward

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« Reply #494 on: 10-03-2009 00:09 »

I do agree. In regards to the Chronotons, I hadn't really thought about them too much in relation to future stories or anything, but now that you've mentioned them it would be nice to have them used again. And, now that I think about it, what we've heard about the set-up for the time-travel episode sounds kind of like the time skips anyway...

Speaking of old ideas used anew, an episode featuring the Parabox-specific parallel universes again may seem to be a bit of a rehash, even though there are certainly many opportunities for an exciting new story to come out of the existing material. After all, the crew does possess a box containing the universe; you'd think that would be important (it's presumably a good thing that no one else in Universe A knows about the box). It seems a little harder to imagine the writers making a sequel of sorts to "The Farnsworth Parabox" since it was a single-episode sort of story while the Chronotons were only a part of "Time Keeps on Slipping," allowing them to be used in other stories as well. Then again, "The Why of Fry" is in a way a sequel to "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid," so it's not out of the question that the parallel universes could play a larger role again (on the other hand, TWOF and TDTESS are part of the series-spanning Fry arc, so I guess they have a good reason to be part of a larger story. This just further demands a greater number of story arcs!).
CookiesOnTheFloor
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« Reply #495 on: 10-03-2009 05:44 »

There's going to be a sneak peek at the first new Futurama episode at Animation SuperCon:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/sfl-ent-to-do-futurama-100109,0,5255697.story
Freako

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« Reply #496 on: 10-03-2009 05:45 »

Yes, yes, we knew that already.
CookiesOnTheFloor
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« Reply #497 on: 10-03-2009 05:52 »

Yes, yes, we knew that already.

Sorry. So, is anybody going?
Go-a-Green-a

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« Reply #498 on: 10-03-2009 08:00 »

Yes, yes, we knew that already.

Sorry. So, is anybody going?

My friend is. I told him to youtube it, like I mentioned that in annother thread.
willsterdude3000

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« Reply #499 on: 10-03-2009 08:54 »
« Last Edit on: 10-03-2009 11:05 »

He'd better Youtube it. I'm not going to that event (which is a shame)

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Freako

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« Reply #500 on: 10-03-2009 10:39 »

Or a huge relief for everyone involved.

*swish*
soylentOrange

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« Reply #501 on: 10-04-2009 01:56 »

I just found some information on slurmed.com that was revealed at today's animation supercon.  Big spoilers!


let the bitching begin!
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« Reply #502 on: 10-04-2009 02:16 »
« Last Edit on: 10-04-2009 02:17 »

I know the thread title says "spoilers ahoy" but since SO put his info in a spoiler button thingy i didnt want to risk the wrath of angry Peelers by refering to it outside spoilers

homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #503 on: 10-04-2009 02:25 »

Nixons Head

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« Reply #504 on: 10-04-2009 02:27 »

Hmmm that doesnt sound too far from the truth.
CookiesOnTheFloor
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« Reply #505 on: 10-04-2009 03:18 »
« Last Edit on: 10-04-2009 03:26 »

I read some of slurmed's comments on Twitter. Here's the part that interests me most:


I'm fine with the former. As for the latter:

Smarty

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« Reply #506 on: 10-04-2009 03:35 »



I'm fine with the former. As for the latter:


CookiesOnTheFloor
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« Reply #507 on: 10-04-2009 03:51 »



I'm fine with the former. As for the latter:



Freako

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« Reply #508 on: 10-04-2009 04:09 »



I'm fine with the former. As for the latter:



She said it before they even saw the wormhole.
lilkitten29

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« Reply #509 on: 10-04-2009 04:51 »

Freako

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« Reply #510 on: 10-04-2009 04:52 »
« Last Edit on: 10-04-2009 04:54 by Futurama_Freak1 »

If so, Nibbler did it, I've been speculating that ever since I saw the shadow.

And can we stop talking in spoiler tags? Screw the knowledge blocking pansies.
soylentOrange

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« Reply #511 on: 10-04-2009 05:02 »

Freako

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« Reply #512 on: 10-04-2009 05:03 »

Thus why nibbler's shadow was on the ship.
km73

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« Reply #513 on: 10-04-2009 05:13 »



And I knew it about the "pushing the envelope"...
Freako

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« Reply #514 on: 10-04-2009 05:15 »



And I knew it about the "pushing the envelope"...

That was speculation.
Go-a-Green-a

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« Reply #515 on: 10-04-2009 06:41 »

It kind of sounds like these new episodes will just be one big reset after the other....
Freako

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« Reply #516 on: 10-04-2009 06:50 »

They pushed the button so hard it got stuck.
Boltzmann_Fan

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« Reply #517 on: 10-04-2009 06:51 »



And I knew it about the "pushing the envelope"...

Go-a-Green-a

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« Reply #518 on: 10-04-2009 07:04 »



And I knew it about the "pushing the envelope"...

Remember, cartoon characters don't age. (Not all the time, anyway)
coldangel

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« Reply #519 on: 10-04-2009 08:34 »

Remember, cartoon characters don't age. (Not all the time, anyway)

That's when the show is on a sliding timescale. Futurama isn't because the year in which it takes place is frequently listed and the number of years since the characters first met is referenced. It goes in realtime; unlike The Simpsons or Family Guy, which exist in some kind of timeless Universe.

Though there really was no point in having the gap between the series' end and the films being the same amount of time that Futurama was off the air here in the present. I suppose they just want to keep it exactly 1000 years from now.

No matter, I'd guess the future has some pretty good anti-aging cream.
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