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PEE Poll: Rating
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Total Voters: 135

speedracer
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« Reply #160 on: 08-08-2010 14:42 »

Of course she'll stay, because Status Quo is God. (And don't be surprised if her degree is never mentioned again.)

http://theinfosphere.org/The_Mutants_Are_Revolting

'nuff said.

Not that I think Amy is going anywhere, but the script page referenced in the Infosphere article on "The Mutants Are Revolting" is clearly an early draft of the final scene from "That Darn Katz".
Svip

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« Reply #161 on: 08-08-2010 14:53 »

Of course she'll stay, because Status Quo is God. (And don't be surprised if her degree is never mentioned again.)

http://theinfosphere.org/The_Mutants_Are_Revolting

'nuff said.

Not that I think Amy is going anywhere, but the script page referenced in the Infosphere article on "The Mutants Are Revolting" is clearly an early draft of the final scene from "That Darn Katz".

The script looks rather like that scene, I agree.  But that picture was released the same day as the picture of the cover of "The Mutants Are Revolting", which seems very strange to release two so distant pictures on the same day.  Table reads usually only include a single episode.

Though, looking at the image:



It does seems like it says 6ACV08 at the top.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #162 on: 08-08-2010 15:03 »

Meh, average Episode. Not too Funny, not too Awful. Lolcat and Britain References were Cool too.  big grin 7/10
speedracer
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« Reply #163 on: 08-08-2010 15:31 »
« Last Edit on: 08-08-2010 15:35 »

OT: So, will Amy continue to stay at PE now that her original reason to be there is over, or will she have to get a real job?

If Prof. Fisher Price's assessment of the academic job market is accurate, then there's no reason Amy can't be Farnsworth's research fellow indefinitely.

The pat of the Comic-Con sizzle reel where Amy and Farnsworth switch minds suggests that Amy's more of a research collaborator than a junior intern, in fact.  "We're just the people this mind switcher was made for by us!"
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #164 on: 08-09-2010 04:36 »

The script looks rather like that scene, I agree.  But that picture was released the same day as the picture of the cover of "The Mutants Are Revolting", which seems very strange to release two so distant pictures on the same day.  Table reads usually only include a single episode.

Though, looking at the image:

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It does seems like it says 6ACV08 at the top.
It definitely is from Katz, although it's an early version of the script. The top line is from Professor Fisher Price [see: (pulls string) the something says ... RUFF], and Nibbler's line clearly says, "Congratulations, Dr. Wong," an event which happened in that episode. Why would he congratulate Amy four episodes later? It's obviously a early draft because that ending never happened.
futurefreak

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« Reply #165 on: 08-09-2010 21:53 »

I really liked the episode because I love kitties,so it was a 9 from me (i couldn't put it in ranks of Roswell That Ends Well or The Late Philip J. Fry, which is why it was a 9 instead of a 10). I predicted this one would not get many high rankings like the other episodes in the season, because I can see how fans not particularly moved by the antics of cats wouldn't find this utterly amusing. My favorite part was the tie-back to Egypt and the cat figures lol =D
ShepherdofShark

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« Reply #166 on: 08-10-2010 00:17 »

I have decided to up my vote from 8 to 9 purely on the strength of Cash Bone. Also the line "do you know Obliteron?" etc.
totalnerduk

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« Reply #167 on: 08-10-2010 03:23 »

Cash Bone reminded me a little of the Arachno Spores "ad".
Nibblonian Leader

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« Reply #168 on: 08-10-2010 03:27 »

Cash Bone was one of the funniest promotions to hit Futurama. Although my favorite is Molton Boron. Science...
winna

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« Reply #169 on: 08-10-2010 09:46 »

At least it had ummm... Cats?
Aki

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« Reply #170 on: 08-10-2010 11:46 »

Cash Bone definitely rocked. I was just a tad shocked first time... repeated it twice before going on to the opening. :P
Erdrik

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« Reply #171 on: 08-10-2010 12:20 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2010 21:55 »

been such a long time since I saw one of those that I didn't realize what it was till half way through the ad. lol laff
lilkitten29

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« Reply #172 on: 08-10-2010 21:18 »

I didn't get to see this episode until today because I was away on vacation.
Anyways....I liked this episode. It wasn't bad, nor was it amazing. It was just average. This episode definitely had the Futurama feel to it. There were funny parts and not one part in this episode was cringe worthy to me. Good episode overall. I give it an 8/10.
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #173 on: 08-11-2010 05:40 »

New character I like:  Dr fischerpricespeakandspell.
David A

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« Reply #174 on: 08-11-2010 08:58 »

So the Egyptians learned pyramid building from the Thubanians, then the Osirisians visited and the Egyptians told them? big grin

The Osirians learned many things from the Egyptians: pyramid building, space travel, and how to prepare our dead to frighten Abbot and Costello.  Also wolfman.

So the Egyptians learned space travel from the cats, visited Osiris 4, then lost the technology. Meanwhile, Abbot and Costello were time travellers.

Makes a fair amount of sense, I suppose. tongue

That's certainly one possibility.  Remember however, that when the Osirians told Fry that they had visited Egypt centuries ago, they were telling him this in the 31st Century.  "Centuries ago" may have meant in ancient times, but it could just as easily have meant sometime after Fry was frozen.  Either way, Abbot and Costello need not have been time travellers; the Osirians could have learned of them later.  Perhaps they watch television from Earth like the Omicronians do.
Aki

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« Reply #175 on: 08-11-2010 12:48 »

Or for some strange coincidence, there actually were Western people visiting Egypt back in the day called Abbot and Costello!

DUH-DUH-DUUUUUUUH! </Twilight Zone>
Jezzem

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« Reply #176 on: 08-11-2010 13:03 »

Or maybe it was just a throwaway reference to Abbot and Costello.
Aki

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« Reply #177 on: 08-11-2010 13:04 »

That sounds a little far-fetched.
Jezzem

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« Reply #178 on: 08-11-2010 14:32 »

It seemed to make sense at the time, but now, looking back on it, I don't know what I was thinking.
SorynArkayn

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« Reply #179 on: 08-12-2010 08:40 »

I have mixed feelings about this episode, and they balanced out as a slightly above average episode, which is why I rated it a 6/10.

Basically everything that didn't involve the cats was good in this episode. I like that this episode finally addressed that Amy was a grad student (although she started off as only an intern -- and backup blood supply for the Professor) and was long overdue to present her thesis. It was amazing how much the episode made me believe that Amy was actually quite brilliant, after years of portraying her as a ditzy, spoiled, clumsy, loose, party girl -- although we still say that side of her in this episode.

I was also great that the show acknowledged that Leela and everyone knew that Nibbler was intelligent and could communicate -- but apparently they prefer to act like he's a dumb, cute pet. Although it didn't sit right that apparently dark matter isn't inert after Bender's Game, and has returned to being spaceship fuel after the brief substitution of "Whale Oil in Into the Wild Green Yonder". It's strange they chose to abide by continuity for Nibbler but ignore it for dark matter. But that's a small gripe. Nibbler's part of the story was good, even though he wasn't as funny as most of the other side characters when they're given an episode. I loved how Nibbler still hides his Nibblonian spaceship in a utility shed in an alley in a bad part of the city; and he has to wheel it out by hand like a lawnmower.

As I mentioned before, the cats screwed up this episode for me -- specifically the idea that they can enthrall people with their cuteness. I'm not a cat person, so I didn't appreciate the cutesy humour at all. The parts of the story about the cats being from another planet and stealing Amy's idea to make their planet rotate again were fine. But all the stuff about the crew being mind controlled by the cats were just stupid and unfunny.
I'll bet that some hardcore Futurama fans will hate the ending, especially if the Earth doesn't continue to rotate in reverse from now on -- without any kind of an explanation for how it was corrected. I recall a month or two ago when I got into a huge argument with someone who hated "The Cyronic Woman" because they felt that there wasn't a neat and tidy resolution at the end -- that blatantly showed Fry getting re-hired by the Professor and somehow surviving being ejected from the PE Ship. I understand that those types of endings (like when Bender supposedly blew up at the end of "War is the H-Word") are just for laughs. I also understand that the show is a comedy cartoon, and any huge changes to the characters or the world will be reset to normal by the next episode. So I don't have any problem with the ending. It was vintage Futurama ridiculousness.
Jezzem

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« Reply #180 on: 08-12-2010 09:04 »

Although it didn't sit right that apparently dark matter isn't inert after Bender's Game, and has returned to being spaceship fuel after the brief substitution of "Whale Oil in Into the Wild Green Yonder". It's strange they chose to abide by continuity for Nibbler but ignore it for dark matter.

When did they show dark matter as being spaceship fuel again? Are you talking about when Leela called it "volatile" or did I miss something?
Fnord
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« Reply #181 on: 08-12-2010 09:28 »

Or maybe it was just a throwaway reference to Abbot and Costello.

Or maybe it's a reference to the movie "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy"?
Jezzem

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« Reply #182 on: 08-12-2010 09:30 »

Now you're just splitting hairs.
LobsterMooch
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« Reply #183 on: 08-12-2010 12:49 »
« Last Edit on: 12-01-2011 18:41 »

 cry
hobbitboy

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« Reply #184 on: 08-12-2010 14:02 »

This episode reminds me of an episode of The PowerPuff Girls. You know, the one with the cat.

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #185 on: 08-12-2010 16:09 »

It's strange they chose to abide by continuity for Nibbler but ignore it for dark matter. But that's a small gripe.

Surely the fact that Leela disposed of the dark matter in that lava rather than saving it for fuel for the ship suggests that it isn't their fuel anymore?
Aki

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« Reply #186 on: 08-12-2010 18:24 »

I still don't get how people get "it's highly volatile dark matter" into "it's not useless".
Svip

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« Reply #187 on: 08-12-2010 18:35 »

Because they don't understand what 'volatile' means?
Gopher

Fallback Guy
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« Reply #188 on: 08-12-2010 19:10 »

No, because in bender's game the said it became inert. Inert is the opposite of volatile.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #189 on: 08-12-2010 19:27 »

We saw nothing to suggest is was actually highly volatile though. I'd have though it would have at least caused some sort of bubble in the lava if it was actually highly volatile. So I choose to believe that Leela was wrong.

Either way, it's clearly not being used as fuel any more.
PumaGirl

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« Reply #190 on: 08-14-2010 06:26 »

My least favourite episode of the season so far. I don't like cats is guess...
SweetZombieJesus

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« Reply #191 on: 08-14-2010 14:39 »

Great episode. I surprisingly liked the pairing of Amy and Nibbler in this episode. I enjoyed all the jokes, the fact that once again Nibbler is back talking, and so much more. (I guess it also helps that I am a big cat person!)
Taco Wiz

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« Reply #192 on: 08-15-2010 15:02 »

Fun episode. However, it still carried what is, in my opinion, the only real flaw in Futurama: the stakes were ridiculously high. For an episode about cute kitty cats that hypnotize people, there was an odd amount of world saving.
Fnord
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« Reply #193 on: 08-16-2010 09:37 »

"Didn't we used to be a delivery company?"
Aki

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« Reply #194 on: 08-16-2010 09:39 »

"Didn't we used to be a delivery company?"
I think you mix the episodes up.
Chives

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« Reply #195 on: 08-16-2010 16:53 »

"Didn't we used to be a delivery company?"
I think you mix the episodes up.

It's not that he mixed them up, Aki, it's that he is getting annoyed with the lack of delivery based episodes and is using a quote to show that.

Or he got mixed up and I'm giving him too much credit. Who knows?
Jezzem

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« Reply #196 on: 08-16-2010 19:39 »

I find it kinda funny and a little annoying that people keep bringing up the lack of deliveries thing even though it's been noted like three times that it's nothing new.
Taco Wiz

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« Reply #197 on: 08-16-2010 19:44 »

People have a habit to remember the olden days of a franchise as the work of God while looking for flaws in any of the newer media, regardless of whether or not anything has changed.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #198 on: 08-17-2010 01:29 »

I find it kinda funny and a little annoying that people keep bringing up the lack of deliveries thing even though it's been noted like three times that it's nothing new.

I just find it furiously annoying because every time I point out that they only made about 4 deliveries per season in the shows original run (so roughly 16 deliveries in 72 episodes), I never get any response. All that happesn is that things go quiet and a few days later someone else complains about there being no deliveries.
Aki

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« Reply #199 on: 08-17-2010 18:11 »

"Didn't we used to be a delivery company?"
I think you mix the episodes up.

It's not that he mixed them up, Aki, it's that he is getting annoyed with the lack of delivery based episodes and is using a quote to show that.

Or he got mixed up and I'm giving him too much credit. Who knows?

Ah, I think you're right. I cry pardon.

About deliviries, as has previously been noted, it is nothing new. It's an overall recurring joke that the work really is an excuse to have them all together and go on zany adventures. Take Hermes "didn't we use to be a delivery company" or Bender's "I'm just kidding, I know... what are we, like a bus?". One newer quote, one older.
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