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PEE Poll: Rating
1/10 (poor)   -2 (1.5%)
2/10   -1 (0.7%)
3/10   -1 (0.7%)
4/10   -1 (0.7%)
5/10   -6 (4.4%)
6/10   -20 (14.7%)
7/10   -44 (32.4%)
8/10   -37 (27.2%)
9/10   -17 (12.5%)
10/10 (great)   -7 (5.1%)
Total Voters: 135

Ratraccoon

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« Reply #200 on: 08-20-2010 21:25 »

Getting back on topic; I know I should have said this earlier when the episode first aired but I think the plot might be based off of National Geographic's stupid "documentary" When the Earth Stops Turning. Which really should have just been made into a scifi movie. At least Futurama had a more reasonable explanation for it. Satire or not it made the episode funnier if you've seen the damn thing.

By the way I love the "enjoy the dead bird in you're slipper." line because one of my neighbors' cat is a mouser who likes to leave his little trophies lying around. The last trophy he left me was a dead baby possum in the rosebushes. The weird thing is I heard 2 possums calling to one another the night before and then one of them went silent at 5:00 AM. What is this cat doing out so early in the morning? wtf? Is he also plotting an evil scheme?  evil laugh I really need to find out who his owner is!
KwanzaaBot

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« Reply #201 on: 08-21-2010 01:15 »

I'm a cat person I guess because I thought this episode was "LMAO" worthy.  A true silly-classic.  I also love how the writers were able to make sense of the "Nibbler" issue.  It is hard to have a character that at one moment is dumb cutesy rat to supreme being space savior.  It was really smart having Nibbler keep his classy attitude while also wanting to indulge in the cutesy.

I also loved the Amy-Nibbler connection.  Really just a fantastic episode.  Even the singing cats. smile
Kobe24Life

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« Reply #202 on: 08-22-2010 21:25 »

Meh, could of been a lot better.
Bigboysdontcry

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« Reply #203 on: 09-21-2010 00:28 »

This episode is not a favorite of the new season. It was ok. I mean seeing Nibler in a sailors uniform dancing around was pretty damn cute.
LobsterMooch
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« Reply #204 on: 01-20-2011 11:45 »
« Last Edit on: 12-01-2011 18:10 »

 cry
winna

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« Reply #205 on: 01-20-2011 16:08 »

You should've gotten the air if time going backwards did.... roll eyes

Nice job though!
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« Reply #206 on: 08-21-2011 14:14 »

Sorry if this has already been mentioned but I feel like I imagined it! In this episode, that aired in the UK on Sky One on a Friday night, when the cat head shaped spacecraft landed it made a meow meow meow meow noise (like Homer Simpson thinks when he is on jury duty when Bart witnessess the alledged attack at the Quimby mansion).

On the subsequent repeated episode it didn't make that noise, it kind of purred when landing. I'm 100% sure I'm right about this, can anyone confirm it or am I just losing my marbles???

Sorry if my description is poor, but it's a bit difficult to explain!
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #207 on: 08-22-2011 00:08 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2011 00:25 »

One of my favorites.  I think the cat humor worked: people who love cats like me enjoyed seeing a cat episode, and people who hate cats can symphise with Amy and have their fear and hatred of them justified.  

I also thought the unlikely pairing worked.  I think it's great they finally did an episode about Amy that didn't revolve around her romantic life.  Amy is not the character you think of straight away when it comes to humor, but it shows that she's a solid dynamic character who can easily carry an episode on her shoulders.   She's a genius whose theory doomed the world, but she's enough of a plucky girl to use the same theory to save it.  Some pretty good jokes too.  i liked:
"Amy and Nibbler are a tewwible thweat.  They must be spayed and neutered wespectively."
I gave it 9 out of 10.  

I have to admit, I don't really like Nibbler having his secret idenity known.  They really should have kept his idenity a secret (was it BG where he revealed it?)  The episode would have worked fine with Nibbler blanking Amy's brain afterwards.  Something like: "What was I doing?  Spleesh Nibbler, get off my couch!  You're gonna get entrails on the cushions again!

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Quote from: hobbitboy on 08-07-2010 14:28
First Leela's parents didn't come to her funeral, now Amy's parents didn't come to her graduation/presentation. What gives?

1 - Leela's parents may have not known? What with living in the sewer and all
2 - Maybe Amy's parents just don't care, I wouldn't be surprised lol
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I wouldn't be surprised if they just didn't care.  Judging from what I've seen of their parenting skills, I'm guessing Amy didnt have the happiest of childhoods.  After all, we've found out Amy is quite brilliant (we've had flashes of it before, but its quite subtle), yet her parents are under the impression that they need to pay the Dean to get her into Mars U (even though it's pretty obvious she could have got in under her own brain power.  Her parents probably have no faith in her abilities whatsoever, we've seen how dismissive Leo is of her golfing talent.)
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« Reply #208 on: 08-22-2011 00:53 »

Technically, it was Bender's Big Score that he revealed it in, but he forgot to blank their memories. Bender's Game was the one where they revealed that people were just living their lives as usual, letting Nibbler behave as he does due to being cute.

I also prefer Nibbler's true nature being kept secret, but I think that That Darn Katz! did an excellent job of taking how everybody had learnt of Nibbler's true nature and working it into the storyline. I also understand that it'd get old and annoying to see Nibbler explain that he can talk / wipe everybody's memories every time he actually speaks.
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #209 on: 08-22-2011 00:57 »

Technically, it was Bender's Big Score that he revealed it in, but he forgot to blank their memories. Bender's Game was the one where they revealed that people were just living their lives as usual, letting Nibbler behave as he does due to being cute.

I also prefer Nibbler's true nature being kept secret, but I think that That Darn Katz! did an excellent job of taking how everybody had learnt of Nibbler's true nature and working it into the storyline. I also understand that it'd get old and annoying to see Nibbler explain that he can talk / wipe everybody's memories every time he actually speaks.

That's true, but Fry and Leela accepted Nibbler talking so quickly, and Nibbler only really needs to speak when the world is in danger.  Still it was cute to see Amy being the third passenger in his adorable little spaceship. 
futurefreak

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« Reply #210 on: 08-22-2011 06:16 »

Yeah, dang, that spaceship has had more hits than Zapp Brannigan's homepage!
Fnord
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« Reply #211 on: 08-22-2011 09:18 »

Sorry if this has already been mentioned but I feel like I imagined it! In this episode, that aired in the UK on Sky One on a Friday night, when the cat head shaped spacecraft landed it made a meow meow meow meow noise (like Homer Simpson thinks when he is on jury duty when Bart witnessess the alledged attack at the Quimby mansion).

On the subsequent repeated episode it didn't make that noise, it kind of purred when landing. I'm 100% sure I'm right about this, can anyone confirm it or am I just losing my marbles???

Sorry if my description is poor, but it's a bit difficult to explain!

Well, you might be too young to remember it, but ... It's based on the UFO communicating with the humans in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and a 1970s commercial for Meow Mix (cat food), where the cats go "Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow", the tagline being: "Cats ask for it by name."
LobsterMooch
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« Reply #212 on: 09-09-2011 17:30 »
« Last Edit on: 11-09-2011 15:43 »

 tongue
DannyJC13

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« Reply #213 on: 09-09-2011 17:43 »

But that episode of Family Guy was created before this episode of Futurama...
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #214 on: 09-09-2011 19:31 »

1. That episode is called "Road to the Multiverse".

2. The scene with the cat is from a different episode: "And Then There Were Fewer"

3. The episode came out a month or so after "That Darn Katz!", but that means they were made at roughly the same time. They weren't intended to reference eachother, it's just coincidence.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #215 on: 09-09-2011 20:57 »

Reminds me of the time someone thought a random dog that looked kind-of (but barely) like Seymour on American Dad! and they thought it was a reference... laff
Fnord
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« Reply #216 on: 09-10-2011 08:31 »

it's just coincidence.

No, it's wonderfully ironic.
Svip

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« Reply #217 on: 09-10-2011 12:28 »

Look up the definition of 'irony'.
spira

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« Reply #218 on: 09-11-2011 04:25 »

[bender] That's not ironic, that's just sort of interesting. [/bender]
DannyJC13

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« Reply #219 on: 09-11-2011 12:23 »

[bender] "The use of words expressing something other than their literal intention", now that is "irony"! [/bender]
 
DannyJC13

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« Reply #220 on: 12-30-2011 18:13 »

*bump*

Listening to the commentary right now, Claudia Katz mentions she went on a forum and someone posted that they hadn't seen the episode yet yet they still disliked it and they were suspicious about it... I've looked on the first 3 or 4 pages of this thread, can't see anything.

She said that the poster had only seen the trailer or something, and someone replied like "How can you judge it off of the trailer?" and then they posted again later on after seeing it going "10/10! 10/10!"

Those probably aren't the exact words and everything, but I can't see anything following the same thing...

Also, I like at the very beginning of the episode the Slurm truck skids along and loses control for a second when Nibbler poops out some Dark Matter... laff
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #221 on: 12-30-2011 18:15 »

Solid episode, 8/10. I enjoyed to see Nibbler in his "Defender of The Universe" mode again. big grin
Tedward

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« Reply #222 on: 12-30-2011 18:29 »

She said that the poster had only seen the trailer or something, and someone replied like "How can you judge it off of the trailer?" and then they posted again later on after seeing it going "10/10! 10/10!"

No, that was Billy West making fun of forum users and their reviews in general (not just for this episode) and claiming that it's as if everyone is trying to be as obnoxious as possible.
spira

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« Reply #223 on: 12-30-2011 18:47 »

I find it amusing how frequently they mention the fanbase, first only in tweets and now in commentary too.
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #224 on: 12-30-2011 18:51 »

Well, they know that us fans are very loyal.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #225 on: 12-30-2011 19:16 »

Eric Rogers doesn't really like PEEL and thinks most of us on here are "brutal"... no no

(The no no isn't for Eric, it's for the guys that caused that...)
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« Reply #226 on: 12-30-2011 19:51 »

Peeler's can be brutal, but only because they love the show and really care about the quality. If something sucks, there will be Peeler's who point it out, and rightly so. Sure it can get a bit harsh at times, but there is also more love for Futurama here than anywhere else that I know...
DannyJC13

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« Reply #227 on: 12-30-2011 20:03 »
« Last Edit on: 12-30-2011 20:05 »

Pft. Yeah right. I've seen most people on here completely bash Season 6. Yeah, sure, they say "Overall it has some good bits..."

Is that it? Some good bits...? The overall quality of the show to half the users on here is just terrible to them now. no no

Sorry, but I still like Futurama. I agree, it doesn't have the same feeling as the older episodes and the humour as changed, but that isn't a bad thing...

Futurama is Futurama. It's still the same show, just that it's been tweaked to suit a better/new form, and to fit in with the times.

(Some of the pop culture references are awful, but then I look back at the ones in the Original Run and think "God that must of been cringe-worthy at the time...")
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #228 on: 12-30-2011 20:09 »

You're right. Things change as the progress, and the show is still at it's peak. It has an excellent cast and writers. And the humor has been very good. There's just more trolls now-a-days.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #229 on: 12-30-2011 20:12 »
« Last Edit on: 12-30-2011 20:15 »

Not trolls, haters. And stuff.

Another thing about people on PEEL, they seem to like to pick out all the negatives and ignore the positives.

Yeah okay, not every episode is perfect, I agree. But you don't have to go on and on about all the bad things about it. Looks at the good stuff for once. (Even Yo Leela Leela, and it hurts ME to say that...)
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #230 on: 12-30-2011 20:13 »

Yah, I just try to block them out, they insult me. Your a good guy Danny. I respect you a lot. wink
DannyJC13

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« Reply #231 on: 12-30-2011 20:14 »

Thank you. big grin
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« Reply #232 on: 12-30-2011 20:15 »

I think you might be over exaggerating a bit. Often in life it's the negative things which unfortunately stay with people. For example, you might be having a great day, but then one thing really annoys you which equates to roughly 5% of the day, but that's what you remember from it...

In terms of Season 6, it's been a very mixed season and has understandably received very mixed views. The episode polls speak for themselves in most cases. TLPJF has fantastic scores for example, along with many other eps. There are other eps which have been shunned for the abortions that they are...

I'm pretty sure some people have left Peel as they don't like the new eps, but not that many I hope. Plenty new ones have joined, and overall the new eps have been embraced or torn apart depending on what they've brought to the table...

Some of the new eps sit comfortably alongside the original run, in fact even in the top 10 eps ever, while others will likely remain in peoples bottom 10's forever unless something worse gets made...
DannyJC13

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« Reply #233 on: 12-30-2011 20:19 »

I'm not saying "shut up about all the negatives altogether", I'm jusy saying can't it be toned down a little?
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #234 on: 12-30-2011 20:20 »

I think you might be over exaggerating a bit. Often in life it's the negative things which unfortunately stay with people. For example, you might be having a great day, but then one thing really annoys you which equates to roughly 5% of the day, but that's what you remember from it...

In terms of Season 6, it's been a very mixed season and has understandably received very mixed views. The episode polls speak for themselves in most cases. TLPJF has fantastic scores for example, along with many other eps. There are other eps which have been shunned for the abortions that they are...

I'm pretty sure some people have left Peel as they don't like the new eps, but not that many I hope. Plenty new ones have joined, and overall the new eps have been embraced or torn apart depending on what they've brought to the table...

Some of the new eps sit comfortably alongside the original run, in fact even in the top 10 eps ever, while others will likely remain in peoples bottom 10's forever unless something worse gets made...


"If you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all."
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #235 on: 12-30-2011 20:31 »

I'm not saying "shut up about all the negatives altogether", I'm jusy saying can't it be toned down a little?

A lot of us are old and cynical here. When we're not telling kids to get off our lawns or trying to use coupons from the newspaper to buy our cod liver oil tablets, we like to moan on Peel...
DannyJC13

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« Reply #236 on: 12-30-2011 20:48 »

There's a thread for that... no no
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #237 on: 12-30-2011 20:57 »
« Last Edit on: 12-30-2011 20:58 »

I like to think that I lead a balanced lifestyle (50% on the computer, 40% sleeping, 2% exercise for my hands on the keyboard typing, and 8% misc activities), and I hope that philosophy extends to my Peel reviews. One thing you can be sure of is I will always give my honest opinions on things, at least with regards to how I felt at the time...

I have been very positive about certain episodes of Season 6 too, you can't deny that. In the case of That Darn Katz I wasn't overly critical, I gave it a respectable score. It wasn't perfect by any means and the dancing singing cats scene was a horrible, horrible moment, but this episode had its charms too. Who knew Nibbler and Amy would work so well together?...
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #238 on: 12-30-2011 21:34 »

Yah, I didn't like the  dancing cat scene either, but it only lasted a few seconds, the pros outweighed the little cons.
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« Reply #239 on: 12-30-2011 22:37 »

There's a thread for that... no no
Danny do you really think we'll go off moaning about an episode in the rant thread?
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