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Nixorbo

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« Reply #40 on: 04-25-2004 23:09 »

I'll stand by my earlier assessment:

 
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Underrated episodes:

A Big Piece of Garbage (82%) - It doesn't deserve to be listed lower than those below.  With gusto.
A Head in the Polls (80%) - The best political satire since Sideshow Bob Roberts.  NIXON'S BACK!!!
How Hermes Recquisitioned His Groove Back (82%) - Do a flip!
Birdbot of Ice-catraz (83%) - Doesn't deserve to be listed lower than those listed below.
I Dated a Robot (65%) - There's a wave of destruction that's easy on the eyes!  Pick me up, before you go go!
The Route of All Evil (78%) - Deserves better.  It's a cheekseeker!

All lower than:
A Taste of Freedom (85%) - I didn't realize anti-american feelings were this strong.
Mother's Day (83%) - Good, but not better than those listed above.
A Bicyclops Built for Two (87%) - Al Bundy is not that funny
A Fishful of Dollars (88%) - Good, but not this good.


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« Reply #41 on: 04-25-2004 23:25 »
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Apparently I didn't bump it. Nix beat me to it.

A Head In The Polls was a fantastic episode. I didn't even know it was overlooked. As I've said before, I'm also a fan of I Second That Emotion, a constantly unnoticed episode. Also, Where The Buggalo Roam was alright by me.
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« Reply #42 on: 04-26-2004 01:02 »

I really liked Where The Buggalo Roam, despite a few lame moments. Zapp was hilarious in it.
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« Reply #43 on: 04-26-2004 08:30 »

I'm rather fond of Less Than Hero, which isn't universally loathed, but has many quite vocal detractors.
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« Reply #44 on: 04-26-2004 08:36 »

I like the Windows-joke Bender made in WTBR, this episode wasn't so bad in my opinion.
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« Reply #45 on: 04-26-2004 22:58 »

I like "The cryonic woman". Everybody hates that one except me. I thought it was hilarious.
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« Reply #46 on: 04-26-2004 23:57 »

I don't hate the Cryonic Woman. In fact, I was just watching it until I turned it off halfway because I got distracted and then decided to come here.
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« Reply #47 on: 04-27-2004 00:15 »
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I really like both "Bender Should Not Be Allowed On TV" and "A Pharaoh To Remember". BSNBAOTV actually makes my top 20, and APTR is incredibly under rated. I mean come on, look at just some of the classic lines!

Scruffy: I've never seen him so down,... or ever before.

Bender (sarcasticly): Thanks alot guys! You've convinced me that life is worth living, by showing me how bad my funeral will suck! 

Fry: You know the bad thing about being a slave? They make you work all day, but they don't pay you or let you go.
Leela: That's the only thing about being a slave!

Bender: If I thought I had to go through a whole 'nother life, after this one, I'd kill myself right now!
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« Reply #48 on: 04-27-2004 00:19 »

Yep I agree totally with newhook - Bender should not be allowedd on TV and A Pharoh to Remember are two of my all time favourite episodes.

The again I find episodes such as the Sting and Luck of the Fryish somewhat OVERATED.....yes I know, i've just guaranteed a death sentence.
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« Reply #49 on: 04-27-2004 00:23 »

 
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The again I find episodes such as the Sting and Luck of the Fryish somewhat OVERATED.....yes I know, i've just guaranteed a death sentence.

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« Reply #50 on: 04-27-2004 10:45 »
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Why does everyone hate 'The Cryonic Woman' it made me laugh a lot of times. Not many of Michelle's lines made me laugh apart from:
Butch: I've took your hole and there is nothing you can do about it.
Michelle: Ok.

But seriously i think it is a good episode and everyone should stop badmouthing it.

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« Reply #51 on: 04-27-2004 11:33 »

i dont understand why anyone hates any episodes. i thought "That's Lobstertainment!" was good, not great, but good, and all those others that people seem to hate, "Spanish Fry," "The Cryonic Woman," "A Leela of Her Own," i wouldn't say they're really good episodes,but they weren't bad. i dont know of any episode that was "bad." there are episodes that i didn't like a lot, that i dont watch very often, but they're still funny if you haven't seen them in  a while.
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« Reply #52 on: 04-27-2004 22:37 »

I like The Cryonic Woman. There. I said it. Which makes S2 THE most consistantly good showing. Besides S1, of course.
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« Reply #53 on: 04-27-2004 22:38 »

it may be the best episodes consistantly, but Seasons 3 and 4 have the best episodes in the series.
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« Reply #54 on: 06-18-2005 10:34 »

I was gonna make this thread, but didn't realize this old one existed. So I'll resurrect it, and maybe it can be enjoyed by a new generation of PEELers.

Anyway, the two Aaron Ehaz (I'm not spelling that right) episodes are quite underrated, I find. Neither Futurestock nor Crimes of the Hot would make my top 20, but they're both clever and funny. One of my all time favorites, A Flight to Remember, doesn't seem to have taken its rightful (IMO) place among other shippy classics like The Sting and Time Keeps on Slippin'. And although The Cryonic Woman, although in the lower echelon of Futurama episodes, still offers a lot more than its detractors say.
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« Reply #55 on: 06-18-2005 14:35 »
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I love "Bender Gets Made," partially because it shows that Bender really does care about Fry and Leela a great deal, despite the front he puts up (I also like "The Honking" for that reason).

Paradoxically, I also like "Pharaoh" a lot - I thought they took great advantage of the Egyptian theme - even though Bender seems his most callous about Fry and Leela here.  But really he has no problem putting the people he loves through hard labor or humilation.  My only regret is that Leela seems too passive.  At some point there should have been a moment where Leela "had enough," turned and grabbed the whip from a slave driver and prepared to kick ass, only to be surrounded by the dog-headed guards in numbers large enough to make it clear she wasn't going to win.  I console myself by imagining this happened off camera.

I like "Cryogenic Woman" a lot, too, as I've said in other threads.  Michelle is a great character, thoroughly unlikeable in a realistic (albeit exaggerated) way.  And the moment when they wake up in "the year 4000" scores high points in the "omigod" competition.  The first time I saw it I was honestly horrified, and wondered how in the universe the writers were going to get Fry out of THIS one without cheating.  But they pulled it off splendidly.

I join the larger opinion on "A Leela of Her Own," though.  I like some things about it - like the pizza subplot, and the pitching animation (the commentary is right, it does look spectacular) - but it just seems too humiliating to Leela to be very funny to me.  Weirdly enough, I also feel very sorry for Hank Aaron the whatever-teenth at the end!  I guess the writers did too, they threw in that "you're still the worst football player of all time" sop to him at the end.  I just really wish Leela had succeeded in becoming the second-worst blernsball player of all time.  It would have made the rest of the episode just a little less painful.

"Lobstertainment" I also don't like much, but it has some good moments.  Losing Fry and Leela in the third act is a big part of the problem, IMHO.  If the writer had instead found a way to work them into the Oscars scam plan it would have been better (and funnier, I think).

Like Tweek so long ago, I also had no idea that Beck was a real person when I first saw "Bendin in the Wind."  As a result I think it's kind of hilarious, and I just love Fry, Leela, Amy and Zoidberg turning into broke and smelly hippies in the van.  I adore all the slams at folksingers (I share Bender's ambition) and really appreciate that Beck wanted to make fun of himself even more than the script had.  It makes me want to go out and find his music.  (Sadly, I recently read that the Scientologists got him - booo hiss!)

I also really like "I Dated a Robot."  Thought it was great fun, and honestly sad at the end.  Those who think it was anti-Napster may be right - it was written by people who have a stake in being paid for their creative property, after all - but the ending, in which Fry gives up his Liubot for the real Lucy Liu only to get shafted and dismissed, kind of cleverly undercuts this "message." It reminded me of Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo.

"Leela's Homeworld" is a classic.  How can anyone NOT like it?!  I love Fry getting tough with Vogel and the Prof.

"A Taste of Freedom" I don't like.  For once, the "message" was clumsy and heavy-handed, quite unlike Futurama's usual spritely take on things.


All in all, though, I have to say that even the most uneven Futurama episodes have some great moments.  Which only goes to prove how good a series it is.   love
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« Reply #56 on: 06-18-2005 15:38 »

 
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Meh, it was ok.  Nothing spectacular, nothing horrible.

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« Reply #57 on: 06-18-2005 16:04 »

How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back (89% on CGEF), My Three Suns (79%) and Futurestock (83%) are rarely high up on peoples' favourites lists which is a shame. HHRHGB is one of the few episodes that is based around a secondary character (granted, most of the episode was taken up with Fry/Morgan but as they'd paid for Nora Dunn's voice thye had to get as much use out of it as they could) that is any good. In MTS, everyone has something to do and Futurestock ... well ... it just works!
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« Reply #58 on: 06-18-2005 16:17 »

Where is "What's your favourite episode thread"?
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« Reply #59 on: 06-18-2005 16:41 »

Call me crazy, but "Mars University".  This used to be near the bottom of my list too (though I've always still enjoyed it), but I've started to appreciate it more over time, and it really has a lot of hilarious stuff in it.  Gunter isn't the greatest character granted, but it's still a really funny episode, and better then some well-regarded season one episodes (like "Fishful of Dollars" and "I, Roommate" ).

"Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV" for sure.  This is top 20 I'd say, but when it aired a lot of people really blasted it.  I thought it was excellent.

And definitely "Cryonic Women" as well.  It wastes some plot potential I suppose (which is sort of typical anyway, especcially pre-season three), but it's really funny overall.  I don't really see what there is to specificaly hate about it.

That said, almost any episode that gets regularly lambasted I tend to see as being a little underrated, with the exception of a few like "Pharaoh to Remember" and "Three Hundred Big Boys".
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« Reply #60 on: 06-19-2005 08:17 »

Pretty much agree with every episode DtB mentioned, and "That's Lobstertainment" is a tad underrated, it's not great but it's not the worst.
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« Reply #61 on: 06-19-2005 08:46 »

Bender is the best character ever in any cartoon series, and there have been some great characters in cartoons such as simpsons, family guy,south park and especially futurama! The whole robot characters in futurama is brilliant! calculon, the mafia, santa, the devil, roberto, the preacher the list is endless! Bender is the best, especially his double act with fry! this robot don't stand for nothing and is more of a b*$#*#d than any character!
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« Reply #62 on: 06-19-2005 08:47 »

i agree Lobstertainment is no way 71 out of 72!
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« Reply #63 on: 06-19-2005 12:25 »

I absolutely adore "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back."  Partially because I'm a clerical/accounting wage slave and I find its upbeat musical climax highly inspiring when performing tasks that have little of inspiration to them.  I love Hermes, he's such a sh*t sometimes, but he nearly always makes me laugh.  I also really dug the Fry & Morgan plot and that even Hermes was willing to go to great lengths to get Bender back.  But I have to be careful about when I watch it, because that song gets stuck in my head and won't go away....

I love Futurestock for some of the same reasons, all the PE crew in it together, with a fast-moving plot that whizzes along like a frictionless hovercar on the Autobahn.

I always liked 3 Suns as well, for the shippiness and for the classic Fryisms.  And I had no problem with Mars U, either.  I like Guenther a lot, he's a funnier "snotty boy genius" than Cubert, I think.
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« Reply #64 on: 06-19-2005 13:40 »

I think the most underrated episodes were

My Three Sons
Bender Gets Made (great episode, BTW)
Bendin' in the Wind (Love this one!)
Kiff Gets Knocked Up a Notch
Taste of Freedom
Lesser of Two Evils (That one with Cubert and Dwight trying to take over Planet Express)
300 Big Boys

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« Reply #65 on: 08-05-2005 15:10 »

I really liked Fry's Grasshopper story in My Three Suns, and by the Way the Cubert and Dwight episode is The Route of all Evil, I liked 300 big boys, except for the Kif and Amy side story
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« Reply #66 on: 08-05-2005 15:25 »

I think the number one most underrated episode is Bending in the Wind. Great episode, good story, and good jokes, but I'm not too sure on why people dislike it.
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« Reply #67 on: 08-05-2005 15:27 »

^I agree all the way. I love that episode, but so many people don't. Why?
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« Reply #68 on: 08-12-2005 00:39 »

the reason i didn't really like it is because it wasn't very futuristic. However i did like how all the states were renamed......human farm...lol
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« Reply #69 on: 08-12-2005 01:12 »

"Godfellas" doesn't seem to get much respect nowadays, in spite of the gotfuturama review praise.  I love the direction in it, so cinematic.  Bender just not giving a damn anymore at one point makes me crack up, since it just needs the visuals to be conveyed.
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« Reply #70 on: 08-12-2005 01:14 »

Godfellas was nominated for an Emmy...I think it got a lot of respect and still does for that fact.
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« Reply #71 on: 08-12-2005 11:49 »

I totally forgot it was nominated for an Emmy.  It certainly deserved the nod. 
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« Reply #72 on: 09-10-2010 03:12 »

I find myself enjoying How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back and 30% Iron Chef than most.  I also love The Deep South because it has Donovan in it, and he's awesome.
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