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Svip

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« Reply #40 on: 07-23-2010 06:10 »
« Last Edit on: 07-23-2010 06:12 »

Wow, guess I'm in the minority here. Wasn't impressed with this one at all. Not that it's bad, it was just...meh.

So...robots are like, little babies when they're manufactured and then they grow up? Oh, right, their programs are downloaded into more mature models...I guess...but...why? What's the point of that?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RidiculouslyHumanRobots

Learn Futurama, ffs.  I actually find your post kind of offensive, since you haven't understood one of the principle jokes of Futurama.

Leela acted like Fry in this episode. Weird.

Wouldn't be the first time.

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« Reply #41 on: 07-23-2010 06:12 »

We'd seen bender's baby form before, in the fountain of youth episode, Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles. So quit acting indignant.

Stop acting like that explains everything. Bender became a baby in that ep because of the mud.

I just don't dig Futurama Babies. Whatever.
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« Reply #42 on: 07-23-2010 06:13 »

awesome. i second viewing i noticed hermes shirt matching the color of the wall. the show is back to awesome episodes!
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« Reply #43 on: 07-23-2010 06:14 »

As for Leela, it's a little hard to believe she'd panic and hide the stuff she couldn't file in potted plants etc. That seems more Fry's speed.

She also once abandoned a shipment of popcorn worth many times her annual salary so that she could meet some random guy she met on the Internet, even after Fry (Fry!) reminded her that they were on duty.

Every single Planet Express employee has been depicted as negligent numerous times over the course of the series.
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« Reply #44 on: 07-23-2010 06:15 »

btw, has anyone deciphered the alien language letter yet?
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« Reply #45 on: 07-23-2010 06:16 »

There were plenty of geek and background gags in this episode. The Hermes blending in to the wallboards gag was one of the best.


btw, has anyone deciphered the alien language letter yet?
Look to the last page and thou shalt receive!
Here's the AL1 translation of the letter Leela throws in the trash...

Need extra cash?  Melt down your old, unwanted humans.  We pay top dollar.

Btw, I'm new, so if you've already figured it out, don't make fun of me.
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« Reply #46 on: 07-23-2010 06:17 »

btw, has anyone deciphered the alien language letter yet?

Yes.  Twice.  In this thread.

It bears repeating:

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« Reply #47 on: 07-23-2010 06:18 »

 
As for Leela, it's a little hard to believe she'd panic and hide the stuff she couldn't file in potted plants etc. That seems more Fry's speed.

She also once abandoned a shipment of popcorn worth many times her annual salary so that she could meet some random guy she met on the Internet, even after Fry (Fry!) reminded her that they were on duty.

Every single Planet Express employee has been depicted as negligent numerous times over the course of the series.

She also dumped all the candy hearts they were supposed to deliver into a quasar just so she wouldn't have to clean them up.

Fry: "Well, I guess we'd better clean up these millions of hearts."

Leela: "Nah, I've got a lazier idea."
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« Reply #48 on: 07-23-2010 06:19 »
« Last Edit on: 07-23-2010 06:23 »

Wow, guess I'm in the minority here. Wasn't impressed with this one at all. Not that it's bad, it was just...meh.

So...robots are like, little babies when they're manufactured and then they grow up? Oh, right, their programs are downloaded into more mature models...I guess...but...why? What's the point of that?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RidiculouslyHumanRobots

Learn Futurama, ffs.  I actually find your post kind of offensive, since you haven't understood one of the principle jokes of Futurama.

Leela acted like Fry in this episode. Weird.

Wouldn't be the first time.

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I bow to all of your superior knowledge of Futurama. I now see that I have no business disliking this episode. It's  clear that if I dare to dislike an episode, there are people here who will feel threatened and go on the attack. I'm a little disappointed, frankly, but whatever. It's just a cartoon. Bye.
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« Reply #49 on: 07-23-2010 06:19 »

As for Leela, it's a little hard to believe she'd panic and hide the stuff she couldn't file in potted plants etc. That seems more Fry's speed.

She also once abandoned a shipment of popcorn worth many times her annual salary so that she could meet some random guy she met on the Internet, even after Fry (Fry!) reminded her that they were on duty.

Every single Planet Express employee has been depicted as negligent numerous times over the course of the series.

She also dumped all the candy hearts they were supposed to deliver into a quasar just so she wouldn't have to clean them up.

Which, according to Dr Zoidberg, destroyed many many planets.
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« Reply #50 on: 07-23-2010 06:19 »

A solid 8/10, nice to see a Bendercentric episode not suck, and nice to get some development/backstory for Hermes. Loved the ending montage, especially the burro on the conveyer belt.

The killbots were brilliant too.
I liked it a lot. It was nice to have some development between Bender and Hermes because Hermes can feel like a stale character at times, although he's really come around with the movies and this season.

I was really afraid they were going to bump into Morgan Proctor and I'm very glad they didn't.

A one-line or background reference to her would have been nice. The massive beholder-type eye monster in the hallway was a good touch as well.
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« Reply #51 on: 07-23-2010 06:22 »

I also saw what looked like Bureaucrat Number 1.0 on a hover scooter.
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« Reply #52 on: 07-23-2010 06:24 »

That you did. The dungeon monster was in the hallway too.
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« Reply #53 on: 07-23-2010 06:26 »

yeah, my bad. btw, i'm almost done watching a second time and i got say that this episode was awesome. it had so many background jokes.

bravo futurama!
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« Reply #54 on: 07-23-2010 06:28 »

Awesome episode. A 10/10.

I haven't felt this emotional over Futurama since Jurassic Bark. Loved every part of it. Especially the ending.

The Kill bots are also hilarious.

"Did someone say Howitzer?"

They may be great at killing but aren't to smart.
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« Reply #55 on: 07-23-2010 06:29 »

"ive smoked a lot of paperwork in my day."

"lets get brick faced!"
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« Reply #56 on: 07-23-2010 06:31 »

"The have phone booths now?"
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« Reply #57 on: 07-23-2010 06:32 »

Thank god! Now I don't have to lug this cell phone around!


All the Killbot miscommunication jokes were fantastic. "Oh man, we're going to get fired..." "Did somebody say fire?!?!"
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« Reply #58 on: 07-23-2010 06:34 »

Did they have those hard-of-hearing Killbots in the original series, or was Bender's Game their  first appearance?  I can't remember.
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« Reply #59 on: 07-23-2010 06:36 »

Bender's Game.
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« Reply #60 on: 07-23-2010 06:36 »

Did they have those hard-of-hearing Killbots in the original series, or was Bender's Game their  first appearance?  I can't remember.

Bender's Game.  Where they were equally hard of hearing.  Luckily, they are from the decent part of Bender's Game.
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« Reply #61 on: 07-23-2010 07:22 »

i liked the adobe photo shop, which was an adobe building, and Tijuana's wal-mart. really loved this episode, had so many laugh out load moments, and plenty of background gags for repeat viewings.

i'll give it a 9/10.
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« Reply #62 on: 07-23-2010 07:26 »

Guess im in the minority as well, I thought this was the worst of the season so far. Bust it was still pretty good with a good story and nice ending, I just felt all the jokes where.....lame. Not really futurama good anyways. Still 6/10 from me. Also I want a baby bender
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« Reply #63 on: 07-23-2010 07:35 »

Awww!! It was a good classic Futurama episode!

Love all the Star Wars references, being the huge Star Wars nerd I am.
Also, I knew it was Hermes the whole time. But I'm pretty sure everyone did.
And I cried at the end...
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« Reply #64 on: 07-23-2010 07:35 »

I liked this episode.  Bender episodes tend to by really funny.  It's a nice change that instead of Fry, Leela and Bender just having an adventure, it's just Hermes and Bender for most of the episode.  The song choice at the end to explain who #5 was is out of the tradition of episodes like Leela's Homeworld and The Luck of the Fry-ish. 

Leela's moments are hilarious.  It seems this week has been about Leela in charge.  First in charge of MomCorp in issue 50, and now in charge of PE.  The war scene was a decent set up, but that's what it is a set up for the main plot ie Bender mocking how everyone gets hurt and he being a robot is immortal, before learning he isn't. 
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« Reply #65 on: 07-23-2010 07:40 »

Wow, guess I'm in the minority here. Wasn't impressed with this one at all. Not that it's bad, it was just...meh.

So...robots are like, little babies when they're manufactured and then they grow up? Oh, right, their programs are downloaded into more mature models...I guess...but...why? What's the point of that?

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RidiculouslyHumanRobots

Learn Futurama, ffs.  I actually find your post kind of offensive, since you haven't understood one of the principle jokes of Futurama.

Leela acted like Fry in this episode. Weird.

Wouldn't be the first time.

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Leela: Me? Award? Him? Me? Good?

Judge #1: That's just the kind of eloquence you'd expect from the owner of Dumbest Pet in Show.

I bow to all of your superior knowledge of Futurama. I now see that I have no business disliking this episode. It's  clear that if I dare to dislike an episode, there are people here who will feel threatened and go on the attack. I'm a little disappointed, frankly, but whatever. It's just a cartoon. Bye.

Aw, don't be that way.  Us Futurama nerds have to prove our Futurama knowledge by pointing out things from previous eps.

You didn't like it.  that's good enough for me.  The anti-shippers hate shippy eps.  I hated the DVD's.  I liked AOTKA.

Different strokes, Cookies.  Everything is all in good fun.
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« Reply #66 on: 07-23-2010 07:43 »

What a great episode this was!  I wasn't sure whether this one was going to be any good, but I think it's my favorite of the season so far.  The war re-enactment wa a bit lame, but everything after that was solid.  It was good to get a Hermes-centered episode again, and the twist at the end really adds alot to the depth of his character.

The killbots were hilarious, as was Bender's call to 'tech support'.  Oh, and "it's a calculator.  I ate it to gain its powers."  That had me in stitches.
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« Reply #67 on: 07-23-2010 07:45 »

I liked the episode, the Iguana was funnier to me then it should have been.
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« Reply #68 on: 07-23-2010 08:20 »

I personally wasn't a big fan of this episode.  It didn't have many jokes that stuck ("What the Hoth?" seemed particularly lame for example), and the final plot twist seems too forced (and coincidental).  I feel like more realistically Hermes would have addressed Bender's situation more directly, and also the scene where he resigned seemed to imply some some sort of anger or self-righteousness.  I will admit that there were some great jokes (the death certificate, background gags, tech support), but overall, I wasn't feeling it.
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« Reply #69 on: 07-23-2010 09:01 »

Ha!  Brick-faced... I  just got that.  By the way, in case anyone didn't notice, the bottle he holds up is labeled Jose Servo Tequila.

Not really a complaint, but the one thing I think would have been funnier is if Zoidberg ran off screen after spraying ink without saying "goodbye friends".
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« Reply #70 on: 07-23-2010 09:01 »
« Last Edit on: 07-23-2010 09:06 »

Liked this episode, quite fond of the last song too - anyone know the name of it?

9/10 because I really like Hermes.  And to quote one of my favourite like from him "We're jerked!!"

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« Reply #71 on: 07-23-2010 09:20 »

Neat episode, not much more I can say. Pretty much a textbook example of Futurama that can make you laugh but make you think at the same time.

9/10
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« Reply #72 on: 07-23-2010 09:33 »
« Last Edit on: 07-23-2010 09:34 »


As for Leela, it's a little hard to believe she'd panic and hide the stuff she couldn't file in potted plants etc. That seems more Fry's speed.

Everybody thinks somebody else's job is easy until they do it.  Leela arrogantly shoved Hermes out of his office, convinced that she was more than capable of doing his job.  She had to eat some crow when Hermes returned and the PE building was a shambles due to her inefffective "Bureaucratting".

If it were Fry or Farnsworth, it would be expected and not funny because the viewers are hit over the head constantly that Fry's stupid and the Professor is demented.  It being Leela made it funny because she usually is competent at anything she does.
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« Reply #73 on: 07-23-2010 09:34 »

Awww... Baby Bender looks so cute! love

I really enjoyed this episode. So much better than last week's in my opinion.
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« Reply #74 on: 07-23-2010 09:47 »

    This season just keeps getting better and better. The best Bender story in years. Loved all the background gags, caught a bunch of them during the second viewing. I especially enjoyed how Mexico hasn't advanced much 1,000 from now. "Ay! Cantina Turner". Nothing negative really to say about this episode other than the Sith-il War opening. Really looking forward to next week's episode, supposedly it's "the Emmy shot".

Season 6 standards: 5/5
Series standards: 4/5
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« Reply #75 on: 07-23-2010 10:24 »

LOVED this episode!  I think the writers are getting back in the groove; it felt closer to a classic futurama ep.
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« Reply #76 on: 07-23-2010 11:18 »
« Last Edit on: 07-23-2010 11:44 »

I hated the Sithal War bit at the start. It wasn't even remotely funny and I hated every one of the 'darph' characters.
Unfortunately, the entire episode was pretty weak on laughs. It had its moments, but most were bizarre little pieces of surrealism that made me smile like the two tumbleweeds bouncing into eachother and going away again.

However, I loved the plot. The ending montage MADE the episode as far as I'm concerned. I never thought they'd get such an emotional response from me out of Hermes. I was genuinely touched and I didn't see it coming because I learned a long time ago that I enjoy things much more if their twists catch me off guard so I don't try to figure out what's happening as I watch.

I wasn't keen on the whole Bender as a baby thing for continuity's sake but I guess with this and Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles, Bendless Love is just being retconned. Maybe Bender remembered his birth incorrectly I suppose.

The direction in this episode was also fantastic. Futurama is normally directed well, but this was a cut above average. The scene in Mexico where Bender started punching the wall out of frustration was directed incredibly and that may well be my favourite moment of subtle, characterising animation in Futurama's history. I was worried that it was just going to be a plot set-up (something hidden in the wall) but it wasn't! A beautiful touch.

I can't say it felt like 'classic' Futurama for me, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It almost felt like some sort of Futurama redux thing. New and streamlined. Maybe that's just me.

Overall, I loved it. Still not quite as much as Rebirth, but at the rate of improvement being shown with each episode, The Late Philip J. Fry will be (as I originally expected) my favourite episode of the new season yet when it airs. I can't wait. Also, this is an episode that might shoot up in my rankings with repeat viewings as even though there were few big laughs, there were lots of small jokes I might enjoy more if they have time to grow on me. At any rate, it's my favourite Hermes episode.
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« Reply #77 on: 07-23-2010 11:33 »

I thought there weren't many jokes, but the jokes that were there were absolutely rofltastic. Especially, the whole kill-bots theme where they shot at themselves when 'instructed.' I thought the plot revolved too much around Bender and Hermes.
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« Reply #78 on: 07-23-2010 11:43 »

The scene where Mexico started punching the wall out of frustration was directed incredibly.

Now THAT'S a funny mental picture.
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« Reply #79 on: 07-23-2010 11:43 »
« Last Edit on: 07-23-2010 11:45 »

Meh, I would've liked the Killbots jokes if the exact same jokes weren't done (and done better) in Bender's Game. I mean, Bender's Game didn't have the wordplay element that they chucked into this one, but still.

The scene where Mexico started punching the wall out of frustration was directed incredibly.

Now THAT'S a funny mental picture.

Oops, that's what staying up all night to watch new Futurama from a different timezone will do to you.
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