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« on: 07-01-2010 16:04 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 05:57 »

The next new Futurama episode will be shown on Comedy Central at 10pm/9c tonight. Use this thread for reviews of "Futurama: Attack of the Killer App". General discussion of the episode is also welcome.

Beware, SPOILERs!



Don't forget to leave a short review on CGEF.
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #1 on: 07-02-2010 04:34 »

First, I'm amazed in the first user to post anything about this. Hooray my nerddom!


Initial gut reaction:

This episode was far funnier than the last. Although I'm sure some of the references won't weather as well years down the road, it's funny how the episode was written and produced a year ago and still remains fresh.

The first act was fantastic, really funny. Second and third weren't as great, but Craig Ferguson in a non-spotlight role that wasn't himself helped a lot. I didn't like that the reference was so overt, but he was great nevertheless.

Gut reaction tells me to give it a 8/10, but I'll wait a day and see if I still like it.
Zilex

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« Reply #2 on: 07-02-2010 04:36 »

I thought it was a fantastic episode. Things are looking very good after what i saw tonight.
koldstare64
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« Reply #3 on: 07-02-2010 04:41 »

I loved that episode! Much better than In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela. I can't really put my finger on why I liked it so much... I can say that there were definitely some good jokes, better pacing, and an interesting ending. My eyebrows definitely raised at Susan the boil and the puke-me-poop-you; I'm not saying they were bad, just odd.
HannibalBarca
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« Reply #4 on: 07-02-2010 04:42 »

Pretty bad. Not as bad as the last two, but still pretty bad. I don't think that Fry's central action in the episode was in character, as I feel that he's more devoted to Leela than his actions showed. Furthermore, both of the driving points of the plot, the eyephones and technology in general, and Leela's singing butt boil/boyle, struck me as painfully contrived, as did the reference to Jared from Subway.

Just my two cents, anyway. 4/10, I'd still rather watch this than Rebirth or the Garden of Eden episode.
speedracer
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« Reply #5 on: 07-02-2010 04:43 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 04:48 »

Eh, my sense of time must be different from everyone else's, because the social commentary felt stale to me.  Plus, Wayne Rooney absolutely kills anyone else's Susan Boyle impression.
Boltzmann_Fan

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« Reply #6 on: 07-02-2010 04:45 »

Thought this was a pretty strong episode, had me in stitches throughout.  My only minor complaints were that the talking boil seemed a little Family Guy-ish (anyone remember Chris's talking pimple?), and that the Susan Boyle reference was waaayyy old.  But pretty much everything else was great, what with the strong jokes, and even a sweet/disgusting moment at the end.

leelaholic

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« Reply #7 on: 07-02-2010 04:47 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 04:49 »

I really could have done without the boil being a parody of Susan Boyle. It just seemed... I don't know, a little out of character for the series. Kinda lame. Felt like something Family Guy would do.

Other than that, a very amusing half-hour! Loved seeing Mom and her sons back to their old tricks, and the writing felt a lot sharper than last week. Laughed my ass off. I can't say enough how happy I am to have Futurama back!

4/5

EDIT: Should have posted faster. Boltzmann_Fan totally beat me to the Family Guy comparison. But I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking that.
Gorky

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« Reply #8 on: 07-02-2010 04:49 »

I liked it. It was funny, and though I thought "Twitcher" was kind an uninspired name, Mom referring to Larry's video message as a twit made me giggle--and a take-off of Twitter in the first place really hit home. My friends and I are kind of obsessed with Twitter--yes, I'm one of those self-indulgent American youths--and I thought the obsession with followers, in the form of a contest between Fry and Bender, was great. The goat thing kind of repulsed me (and seemed like a bit much after a certain point), but I loved that Fry took a video of himself diving into the pool of vomit and shit and dead goat to make things up to Leela. It was a nice resolution to that conflict.

That said: the Fry/Leela stuff was sweet but felt a bit forced (and it was somewhat confounding, because I still don't know what we're to make of their relationship). The butt boil was, well, what it was (I did laugh at the Susan Boyle thing, even though I felt a bit ashamed afterwards); Craig Ferguson made me giggle, but then I expected him to. I loved the montage, with Leela's perpetual walk of shame (the Marilyn Monroe thing was brilliant). And that ending was sweet (but, I don't know...stilted? I keep having these moments, watching the new episodes, where certain lines seem very un-Futurama-like to me. They're funny, and I like them, but they seem almost Simpson-y. Example: Leela's "It looked like you were just sitting here, but whatever." Funny, but maybe not Futurama funny. I don't know what I'm getting at here--I don't even know if it's a complaint--but it's something I noticed in "Rebirth", and again in this episode).

Um, let's see, anything else? Oh, I loved the return of Flexo, and that Japanese toilet; the whole first act was hilarious. And, actually, the transition from jokey observational stuff about technology to quasi-emotional Fry/Leela story halfway through act two wasn't bad. It was actually seamless. The Mom thing, with the zombies, is actually what struck me as the most tacked-on--but watching somewhere between one and two million followers stalking over to the EyePhone store at the end of the episode, interrupting Fry and Leela's moment, was funny.

It sounds like I want to dislike this episode more than I did. Actually, I think I'm gonna go with i_c and give it this ever-so-respectable grade: 8/10. Excellent job, writers; this season is shaping up to be awesome.
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #9 on: 07-02-2010 04:51 »

That just sucked. Plain sucked. 3/10
speedracer
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« Reply #10 on: 07-02-2010 05:00 »

Random note: I'm really disappointed that the residents of Antares 3 don't speak in Autotune.
PatchChord_Adams

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« Reply #11 on: 07-02-2010 05:03 »

My favorite part was Fry doing karate

8/10
koldstare64
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« Reply #12 on: 07-02-2010 05:06 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 05:10 »

At the end of the episode, all the people become mindless zombies headed to buy the eyePhone 2.0 when Mom infects them with the virus. Well, in the beginning of the episode, while standing in line for his eyePhone, Fry says "Man, I feel like a mindless zombie." Hmmm...

Edit: Also, is it me, or does Fry scream a lot more now?
trickster381

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« Reply #13 on: 07-02-2010 05:09 »

In my opinion, this week's episode was a big improvement over the two last week. I'm not quite sure how I like it compared to earlier seasons. I could obviously tell that it wasn't like the original episodes, however, I enjoyed it just as much as some of the better episodes that I love from the first run of the series on FOX. I found the main plot very funny and the jokes actually made me laugh. The episode didn't seem to drag on, nor did I feel that the pace was to quick. It seemed to flow perfectly throughout the 30 minutes. There were some drawbacks to the episode that many have mentioned, such as the boil. I too agree that it didn't seem to fit into the Futurama universe, and fit more into Family Guy or The Simpsoms, but it wasn't that big of a deal since the show didn't really focus on it, it was just there. So I give this episode an 8/10
GersonK

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« Reply #14 on: 07-02-2010 05:10 »

Between the Susan Boyle bit and the pointing and laughing at twitter, this ep arleady feels more dated than most everything in the original run. Definitely some funny business within the ep, but the most promising threads (Antares 3 & the zombie app) were the least explored.
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #15 on: 07-02-2010 05:24 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 05:28 »

How is Twitter out of date already? It actually feels more in style and the norm now than it did last year.


Also, any summary of the episode should not read "Fry posts an embarrassing video of Leela". That's not the focus of the episode at all. The focus is "Fry and Bender race to get more followers".

Although I'm kind of saddened that Mom didn't have interaction with the main cast and there wasn't a grand plot to stop her, I'm happy at her scenes in this episode. Her eyePhone self slapping her eyePhone sons was hilarious.
Brock Baker
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« Reply #16 on: 07-02-2010 05:51 »

I thought it was pretty good. More laugh out loud moments than the previous 2 episodes. The boil and goat gags didn't seem very Futurama to me, pretty lame actually. The positives weighed out the negatives. I give it an 8/10.

Loved all the iPhone jokes.

speedracer
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« Reply #17 on: 07-02-2010 06:18 »

Facebook launched in 2004, YouTube in 2005, Twitter in 2006.  It's easy for the humor to feel stale if you've been around since the beginning.
Sooper Scoot
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« Reply #18 on: 07-02-2010 06:27 »

I enjoyed the episode up until the butt/boil. It didn't seem like futurama humor. More like Family Guy or South Park. It really took me out of the episode. At least it was better than In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela.
CookiesOnTheFloor
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« Reply #19 on: 07-02-2010 06:41 »

Huh. Well, it wasn't too bad. The Eyephone jokes were okay. I mean, I don't see how  they could be called "dated", since every time someone puts out a new phone, sheep -   I mean customers - flock to buy it. wink

But I really didn't care for the Susan Boil (heheh, yeah) joke. At all. Lame. I hope Leela has her surgically removed. BUT - it did set up the main storyline nicely.

Okay, as for the Fry/Leela stuff...I think Fry succumbed to temptation; he couldn't help himself. He's not the strongest person. At first it did make me a little mad..but he felt so badly afterward, and sacrificed himself to try to make it better, that it was easy to forgive him. Actually, I like him even better now. I do kinda wish Leela had popped him one though, just for the principle of the thing. (In fact, while watching her humiliation, I keep chanting "Kill him, Leela" under my breath. )

I really want somebody to take Mom down. I despise her. She's not a villain you love to hate, she's a villain you just HATE. Die, bitch, die!

All in all I like this ep. 7/10.
captjim

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« Reply #20 on: 07-02-2010 06:52 »

episode was okay. hope the boil doesn't appear in any other episodes unless it's getting removed. talking like rorschach for some reason.
flesheatingbull

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« Reply #21 on: 07-02-2010 07:08 »

it's now the simpsons in space. not interested.
Zoidberg

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« Reply #22 on: 07-02-2010 07:13 »

Doing my quadannual post now, I thought this was a great episode with the exception of the Susan Boyle thing. A talking boil? I mean, c'mon writers! Lots of laughs in this one. 9/10

PS. So happy Futurama is back!
FishyJoe

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« Reply #23 on: 07-02-2010 07:26 »

Talking boil was embarrassing. frown 

Aside from that, I liked it. It had kind of a "classic" feel to it, with the PE crew making a delivery to a weird planet and 30th century parodies of 20th century technology. It was fun to watch...but I feel like there are too many jokes/story elements that are misfiring here. My advice to the writers would be, "If you don't have anything funny to say, don't say anything at all." Seriously--I'd rather take a couple of minutes of boring story development than a string of bad/forced jokes. Bad jokes completely take me out of the episode.

On a positive note, I happened to catch a rerun of Rebirth and thought it was way more awesome on second viewing. Right up there with any of the classic episodes.
The headless body of Agnew

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« Reply #24 on: 07-02-2010 07:43 »

I thought it was decent, better than IAGDL not one of the best episodes but I'd say a little above average. I really enjoyed Flexo's cameo. They iPhone jokes where pretty funny especially considering the iPhone 4 was released just a week ago and the Apple hysteria is still fresh in my mind. I found it funny how quickly everyone forgot about Leela and how true it is to the internet. I thought it was much better than South Park's Facebook episode
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #25 on: 07-02-2010 07:45 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 07:49 »

Flexo's cameo was so random that it was fantastic. You see him and you expect him to be part of the main plot just because he's him, but Bender literally shuts the door on him. I loved that.


it's now the simpsons in space. not interested.
Explain forthwith!


By the way, I believe Patric Verrone wrote this one but I didn't catch the director. Anybody else have that information?
soylentOrange

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« Reply #26 on: 07-02-2010 07:55 »

I thought it was great, and I really wish people would stop with the zomg its terning into fAmilY guy!!!1! nonsense.   Family Guy doesn't hold the patent on silly, crude humor, and there's no reason why Futurama can't delve into that from time to time.  Its an animated sitcom; that's what they do.

the humor didn't seem outdated to me.  I dont use facebook or twitter, and I don't have a fancy iphone gadget, and I still thought the jokes were great, especially Mom's evil plan and the fact that everyone had to twit messages to each other while they were eating, rather than just talking to each other.  The one thing I will say that bugged me was the holographic screens that were constantly in front of the characters' faces.  That got distracting.

I'd rate it an A.  It wasn't as good as, say, Roswell That Ends Well, but it was definitely the best Futurama I've seen produced since it was originally cancelled by Fox.

also, I cant help but notice that Leela has managed to crash a spaceship three episodes in a row.  
NutritionFAQs

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« Reply #27 on: 07-02-2010 08:11 »

Pretty good episode but the whole boil thing was so stupid and not futurama humor at all.. It makes me feel concerned for the series, hopefully with time it can become more like the original run. This episode was definitely an improvement over the last though. I hope the futurama staff read through these forums or something so they can take in our input.
The headless body of Agnew

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« Reply #28 on: 07-02-2010 08:11 »

Something I noticed was that Flexo was talking about how bender units were dangerous and why he was being thrown away. I immediately thought of the future episode Lethal Inspection and was wondering if it was a reference. I think it is because it's to much of a coincidence in my opinion to just be a throw away joke  
vertigo5
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« Reply #29 on: 07-02-2010 08:11 »

Better episode. I think the new writers are starting to understand the major theme of Futurama is that the idea that the future is pretty much the same as the present. However, the comedy comes from when Fry notices these similarities, but due to his inability to properly articulate this fact causes everyone to dismiss him. The idea that everyone else feels superior because they live in the futuristic world, when in fact they are just mirroring Fry's (and our) time is what gave this series its charm.

Now when you have other people like the construction workers citing Jared from Subway and Zapp citing CSI Miami, the jokes feel contrived and forced.
ensignfry74

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« Reply #30 on: 07-02-2010 08:16 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 08:25 »

I have to say that I enjoyed this episode a good bit. I agree with everyone that says that people need to stop saying that it is turning into family guy.  

I didn't like the whole butt boil thing, but it was a good bulid up for the rest of the plot.

That being said i'm going to wait until i see it again to rate it

Does anyone know what the ratings were for this episode
The headless body of Agnew

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« Reply #31 on: 07-02-2010 08:23 »

Also I noticed that both of the last two episodes have not had a cartoon in the screen when The Planet Express crew flys into it.  However Rebirth did have one. I found this kind of odd and was curious to why thy didn't do it and if it would become a regular thing
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #32 on: 07-02-2010 08:25 »

Agnew: Probably time constraints. The episodes are a minute shorter and they have to cut the opening to get more action in.


After reading the CGEF reviews and this thread, I want to address something that's getting some shippers' panties in bunches: Fry/Leela.

#1: They were never established as a couple.
#2: They were never established as a couple.
#3: Fry was acting just like Fry does in this episode.
#4: Fry felt bad for doing what he did, apologized for it, and made up for it in hilarious fashion.
#5: You do realize that this is now back to episodic form and not the serialized movies, right? The events of the directly previous episode don't have as much of an effect on the one directly following. This is TNG, not DS9.
wowbagger

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« Reply #33 on: 07-02-2010 08:35 »

This episode was brilliant. Absolutely hilarious!

Yes, the boil thing was a little disgusting, but Leela is a mutant and we have seen mutants in the past with faces sticking through their skin. I agree with soylentOrange's comments regarding Family Guy, those who argue it was "too family guy or southpark" don't realise that every tv show ever made is similar to one another. If you got the Susan Boyle joke, then drop the 'Clueless' attitude with: "like, that was SO last year!".

On the topic of it being outdated or not timeless, please, this is a weekly sitcom, not a renaissance masterpiece - how long do you expect it to last? The jokes were hilarious and both iPhone and Twitter are contemporary subjects which are perfect parody material for a SciFi show aimed at geeks.

Anyway, maybe I was over generous with my 10/10 rating, but I can't remember laughing that hard at a TV show... I'm just so glad to see Futurama back on top of its game!
gypsyblue

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« Reply #34 on: 07-02-2010 08:55 »

I thought the episode was an improvement over the last episode (In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela... what a mouthful). Like others have mentioned, the jokes seemed a little bit dated, but I still enjoyed it.

I think the writers should have chosen some other embarrassing moment of Leela's for Fry to videotape rather than the whole Susan Boyle schtick, which was very unfunny. She's a mutant and can be a bit socially awkward sometimes... there were way more creative ways to go about it. Really, how hard would it be to come up with something else?

EDIT: I gave it an 8/10, but in retrospect I think it's more of a 7.
Dorsal Axe

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« Reply #35 on: 07-02-2010 09:02 »

I didn't like the Susan Boyle thing, but the rest of it was actually good. The Mom Store scene (which I liked very much) may get dated quickly, but most of the episode went off to make a broader point than "lol Apple". And I loved the ending.
A Leela of Her Own

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« Reply #36 on: 07-02-2010 09:15 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 09:17 »

I didn't think that this episode was as great as Rebirth, but it was much better than In-A-Gadda.

I didn't really enjoy the Susan "boil" thing, as I like Susan Boyle...and it really didn't make sense.

I did feel sad when I found the goat was dead; he just was doing what he loved: pooping and vomiting...but, whatever...laff
JoshTheater

Space Pope
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« Reply #37 on: 07-02-2010 11:03 »

I don't get it. Were we always this way? Criticizing and analyzing episodes until our anuses bleed? IS THIS WHO WE ARE?! What happened to the old days, when we'd just sit down and watch and enjoy an episode, without getting our panties in a knot on some message board afterwards?

Where did we go wrong, people? WHERE DID WE GO WRONG?

Also I thought the episode sucked ass and I hope the writers burn in a flaming pile of poo.
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #38 on: 07-02-2010 11:10 »

You want Writers Guild President Patric Verrone and Awesomemen Eric Kaplan, Ken Keeler, and DXC to burn in a flaming pile of poo?

For those who didn't know, the writer was Patric M. Verrone and director was Stephen Sandoval, who's been doing storyboard art since the 90s and did those duties for BWBB and BG.
JoshTheater

Space Pope
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« Reply #39 on: 07-02-2010 11:13 »

I was actually kidding, I thought the episode was okay, I actually quite enjoyed it. It wasn't hilarious but it wasn't horrible.

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