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BrainSluggo

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« Reply #40 on: 04-08-2002 08:59 »

All the whole numbers have been retired.
Erdrik

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« Reply #41 on: 04-08-2002 09:54 »

All the whole numbers have been retired.
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bean counters
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« Reply #42 on: 04-08-2002 11:58 »
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Eh, I thought it was "okay". I didn't get the baseball related jokes (if there was any!) or who the worst ever player was.

I thought Bender was good as an agent, though, and the black boxes in the changing room was the funniest part!

I also thought the bit where Fry was afraid to pat Leela's bottom was good, if only for the reason that it mentioned Leela's bottom.    red face
Just Chris

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« Reply #43 on: 04-08-2002 12:48 »

Now we know that the black boxes are machine generated, not just a standard censor. This relates back to the pilot episode, where Fry walks out of the building he was frozen in, and we see a couple walking in the nude.

Hank Aaron the 24th said he also sucked at pro (American) football, which I think was a jab at Bo Jackson.
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« Reply #44 on: 04-08-2002 13:00 »

 
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Originally posted by Just Chris:
Now we know that the black boxes are machine generated, not just a standard censor. This relates back to the pilot episode, where Fry walks out of the building he was frozen in, and we see a couple walking in the nude.
...snip...

Actualy, to me, they looked like clear plastic cloths with the black strips painted on in the appropriate areas...  hmpf

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« Reply #45 on: 04-08-2002 15:17 »

And what did that guy mean when all the black boxes disappear and he said, "I win."? Did he... uh-oh, disturbing image.
Simm Nixxon

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« Reply #46 on: 04-08-2002 16:36 »

I liked this episode, it was pretty good. It becomes more apparent than ever- aliens are the eqivalents to ethnic minorities in the 31st century!

The ending was great, especially the part where Leela parodies that old Coca-Cola commercial.

Grade-B+
Chump

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« Reply #47 on: 04-08-2002 16:53 »

If Futurama ever got to the 13th season, they would have an easier time than the Simpsons. The simpsons have a confined space to work in, while Futurama can invent new things.
Eg. In the Aliens Attack one, the simple solution was to get a tape. It can;t be that easy, so they make up the Jesus thing.
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« Reply #48 on: 04-08-2002 17:34 »

I was looking forward to this episode, but it failed. I like baseball, it's one of the few sports I can stand so I was really looking forward to learning about blernsball, then they didn't tell us anything. It wasn't the funniest episode either. I laughed more while I was watching The X-Files with Burt Reynolds
BarneyBurnham

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« Reply #49 on: 04-08-2002 19:25 »

 
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I laughed more while I was watching The X-Files with Burt Reynolds

Was Burt Reynolds in The X-Files or are you a close friend of his and watched it with him?

Chump

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« Reply #50 on: 04-08-2002 19:33 »

He was on the show.
BumbleBeeTheta

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« Reply #51 on: 04-08-2002 19:51 »

I thought it was an okay episode.  Not great, not terrible.  I liked the opening scene with the binoculars.  They definitely could've made more jokes and kept Blernsball more crazy.  I loved the joke about Fry slapping Leela's butt.  Though it was kind of weird to be laughing at it, as I'm guilty of...erm, never mind.  big grin

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PainoMan

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« Reply #52 on: 04-08-2002 20:13 »
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You people are all on some sort of barbituates, aren't you?

Both the Futurama and The Simpsons episoded this weekend were hilariously funny.  My kids and I were all laughing out loud through the entire episodes.

The crows were great!  The aliens were great!  Groening rocks!
Just Chris

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« Reply #53 on: 04-08-2002 23:31 »

Yeah, but to iterate, the plot in the new Simpsons jumps a lot. So much it seems like a string of vignettes rather than a story.
BrainSluggo

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« Reply #54 on: 04-09-2002 07:54 »

In the DVD commentary, Groening and company actually mention that Futurama's writing is far more "linear" than that of The Simpsons, largely due to the show's science-fiction backdrop (with the "science" part thrown out the window); anything else might prove too confusing.

(There might be something to that; the author of Luck of the Fryish and Leela's Homeworld uses something I like to call "The Disembodied Flashback"--a "flashback" not related to any single present character--at the end of his episodes. If you understand what he's doing, it works beautifully. If you don't, you're left confused as to how character "a" knows what character "b" did so many years ago when "a" wasn't even there. It's original and effective, but dangerous in terms of storytelling.)

As the casts of both shows grow, there seems to be a need to pump more and more walk-ons and cameos into each episode, no matter how badly wedged into the script they may appear, or how much attention they rob from the story. Futurama is nowhere near as bad as recent Simpsons in this respect, but a few episodes of late have been pushing it.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #55 on: 04-09-2002 11:06 »

It's funny because before Futurama started airing, Groening and co. described it as being so wacky, like a "Treehouse of Horror" episode every week, and how they could never get away with this kind of stuff on The Simpsons.

Flash forward to a couple years later, and Futurama is doing emotional episodes about sibling rivalries and finding your parents, while The Simpsons has Homer being eaten by crows and Mr. Burns dying and then being propped up on stage as a marionette.
PainoMan

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« Reply #56 on: 04-09-2002 14:11 »

Excellent points Fishy!

Maybe it would be *good* if Futurama was picked up again with a new cast of writers.  Not that these guys are bad, but I think they might have just taken the wrong direction with the show.
The Baz

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« Reply #57 on: 04-09-2002 15:46 »

I really did enjoy the classic Futurama episodes of far-fetched hillarity, but FutureStock, Love and a Rocket, and this episode to an extent helped ease my fears that Futurama is completly headed to dramatic and message burdened stories only.  The old writers still had gold in their pens.
Venus

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« Reply #58 on: 04-09-2002 15:51 »

there is nothing wrong with dramatic and message inclined eps. I love them just as much and in some cases more than the strickly humorous ones.
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« Reply #59 on: 04-09-2002 15:54 »

I see nothing wrong with emotionally compelling episodes.
Kryten

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« Reply #60 on: 04-09-2002 16:45 »

I like a healthy balance between emotionally compelling episodes and full-bore comedy.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #61 on: 04-09-2002 16:46 »

PianoMan--sorry to ruin what you thought was a good point, but I'd like to make it clear that I was slamming The Simpsons for being too stupid, rather than Futurama for being too down-to-earth. I actually like the dramatic type moments.
Teral

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« Reply #62 on: 04-09-2002 17:02 »

Following my herd instinct, I agree that the emotional episodes and moments are one of Futurama's strenghts. I think it shows that the writers care about the characters and take  continuity and development into consideration, rather than just go for a generic far-out story every week. But at the same time they mix in hillarious episodes like "Amazon Women" and "Roswell". Just look at the great mix in season 3 and (so far) in season 4.

True, in season 1 and 2 the pure comedy episodes were in majority, but still it included episodes with nice, emotional moments like "Series has landed", "Flight To Remember", "Xmas Story"(still the most wellrounded episode of 'em all) etc.

Okay, I'll let you get back to rewieving "A Leela Of Her Own" (from the posts so far, I think I'm going to enjoy this episode).
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« Reply #63 on: 04-09-2002 17:50 »

Nah...

I tried to get into this, I really did. I have to say I thought it was pretty dismal. I've never said that about a Futurama episode before.

Slightly comforting that it's a season three castoff, and not a sign of things to come... Although quite what's to come is beyond me. But I shall save *that* particular rant for the appropriate thread...  smile

Danny
Erdrik

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« Reply #64 on: 04-09-2002 18:11 »
« Last Edit on: 04-09-2002 18:11 »

I thought it was a decent eps. And I Would like to say that the 'emotionally compelling episodes' are the best part of Futurama. Whats the point of cramming in jokes when the characters have no depth? If the characters were simply there for the punchline, then the show would quickly turn into:
Standard Character#2 makes standard wild crack#500 at Standard Alien Chick#4. All laugh in a humorous manner. Standard Character#4 slips on Standard Character#80's Standard BananaPeel#6. Fade out End Standard Comedy#650.

Blech what a load of donkey-crap! The fact that the characters are developed and given depth makes the jokes on them funnier and more meaningful, 'emotionally compelling episodes' are a requirment!

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Venus

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« Reply #65 on: 04-09-2002 18:17 »

amen to that erdrik
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« Reply #66 on: 04-10-2002 19:03 »

I like this episode. Leela was very lucky sharing the changing room with naked men with black boxes covering their crotch and having a sexy agent  love Bender  love

Venus

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« Reply #67 on: 04-10-2002 19:39 »

why the heck did she go down as 'worst player in history'? she should have been given 'most improved player in least amount of time' think about it, when she actually did go out of her way to improve her pitching skills she not only did it in one training session, but she managed to correct her pitch completely in 2 throws! That's gotta count for something.
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« Reply #68 on: 04-10-2002 19:46 »
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Nope.  The ends, not the means, counts in baseball blernsball.  A loss is a loss whether by 1 or 10.
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« Reply #69 on: 04-10-2002 21:10 »
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I didn't see how the hell she could be worse than Hank the 40th or whatever.  He got his tongue stuck to a blernsball bat, and tried to catch a ball with an oven mitt!!!  I mean, good gawd.
Torquemada

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« Reply #70 on: 04-10-2002 23:19 »

The episode was OK but it lacked the laugh a minute of many of the other episodes. There were some good jokes (too much eye liner) but overall it was one of the duller Futurama episodes.

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« Reply #71 on: 04-11-2002 16:23 »

One of the best episodes ever.
When leela started beaning those aliens was SUPERB.
Erdrik

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« Reply #72 on: 04-11-2002 22:49 »

 
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Originally posted by Torquemada:
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Pooie it didn't quote the PPG pic  hmpf

well regardless:
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And to stay OT:
I don't see how you can think it was dull... Sure it wasn't 'laugh a minute' but it was still fun and exciting. I liked the Bean Counters hee hee, and the coach was funny too  wink

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Teral

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« Reply #73 on: 04-12-2002 00:28 »

It's not just you, Erdrik. Leela did look incredible cute in that uniform.
<--- I mean, just look at her.  love

 
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Oh, yeah.. is it just me or is Leela hotter than hell in that BlernsBall uniform!   flirt    love 

More episode-related. After first viewing, this was pretty darn funny. Several LOL moments, and usuallu always a giggle lingering at the tip of the tongue. Something more substantila after a few more viewings (and 8 ours of work).

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« Reply #74 on: 04-12-2002 04:24 »

Another disappointing episode. To be honest, I've not *really* enjoyed an episode of Futurama since Leela's Homeworld.


Erdrik

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« Reply #75 on: 04-12-2002 08:57 »

Well its kinda hard to top 'Leela's HomeWorld'.
 big grin  big grin
Venus

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« Reply #76 on: 04-12-2002 16:00 »

what i found intertaining is that they established leela's tendency to mangle people with sporting equipment very early on, remember in 'when aliens attack' where leela beans the professer in the face with a volleyball?
Teral

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« Reply #77 on: 04-12-2002 16:49 »
« Last Edit on: 04-12-2002 16:49 »

Okay, time to post something a little more meaningfull.

I still think this is a great episode (but then again I do have a tendency to rate Leela-heavy episodes higher than the average PEEL'er   wink), seen it a few times, and it niether improves nor drops in quality on rewatching.

Some have complained that Blernsball isn't as wacky as it used to be, but I think that's because we don't see much of the actual game. When Leela isn't playing we only see a few moments out of context, and when Leela does play, she's just beaning down batters. In the end the wackiness does return, if a bit forced. The clown bit was funny.

Easily the best parts of this episode was Leela's story. I just couldn't stop laughing every time she beaned down a batter. You could see it coming, yet it just looked so bloody hillarious, particularly when she mowed down those 4 Signoids. "Please lady, I wanna live. Can I use bat to protect head?" [smack] "Apparently not."   laff

The Signoids was funny at first, but the pizza thing was a bit overdone. But seeing FishyJoe again made up for it. Nice little moment at the Blernsball stadium.

The URFL guy/NNY Mets owner was also a nice return, sleazy as always. The NNY Mets coach was decent.

Some short comments:

I like Farnsworths oneliners. Particularly his line at the park, about showing them how they suck at a game they'd never played before.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again, watching Leela beaning down all those batters was funny as h***.

I like that they followed up on Leela's interest for Blernsball from "Fear Of A Bot-Planet", that's continuity for yer.

Bender has some good moments, as do Fry. I particularly like when Bender throws the fans out after Jackie's vicious, totally uncalled-for attack on Leela and the butt-patting scene, quite funny (or maybe it's just because it's about Leela's butt).

Didn't Leela just look cute as hell in that Blernsball uniform?   love

Wasn't that Dwight on the PE blernsball team? When is this guy gonna be introduced? The next-to-last episode? Come on FOX, quit screwing the order of the episodes!

Couldn't they at least have tried to make Jackie Anderson likeable? She's supposed to be a "nice guy", but in the immortal words of Leo Wong:  "I have instant dislike of her." Nice moment when Leela beaned her down with the towel.

Needs more Zoidy. And Hermes.

I really like the scene when the NNY Mets owner tried to contract Leela. The music really playes well here, to show two different kinds of perceptions of the scene.

When Leela made the spanish comercial was that a word for word translation, or just spanish gibberish? (The only spanish I know is "cerveza" )

Edit: Forgot to give my rating. I gave it 4 on the vote thingy, but on my personal scale it's 8/10 (maybe 8.5, I don't know).
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« Reply #78 on: 04-12-2002 19:56 »

I said it before and I'll say it again...Here's to another lousy millenium.
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« Reply #79 on: 04-12-2002 21:50 »

the translation is: "I am very bad at pitching, but I am very good at eating beans.  Eat bean-bay beans, the beans of criminals."

(note: I am not sure about the last word, I believe it is criminals, I think she says "Reas", which means criminals, but I could be mistaken).
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