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« Reply #360 on: 08-13-2011 19:29 »

Pendulum, the whole cartoon-y feel to me has been established in "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?", when Fry's arm is cut off.  The reason why this clip doesn't bother me is partly because there was no tension anyway.  The places where 'we can do anything to our characters and get away with it' bothers me is when there is supposed to be some sort of tension.  Tension in Zoidberg's office?  Hardly.  Not even plot ruining or anything, it's just there to establish that Zoidberg is a terrible doctor.
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« Reply #361 on: 08-13-2011 19:33 »
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Well it has been established that mortality is a very... fluid subject in the Futurama verse, starting with the heads in the jars.   And Matt Groenig pretty much said being dead isn't always permanent, when the Rebirth episode was revealed, and Scruffy seems life and death as a seamless continuim.

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3 or 4 coworkers?  Don't they just have Amy and the Professor?   But then again it could be just a Zoidberg is stupid joke (like confusing a robot with an organic lifeform).
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« Reply #362 on: 08-13-2011 19:54 »

3 or 4 co-workers: Bender, Amy, Farnsworth and Scruffy could qualify for the "or 4"
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« Reply #363 on: 08-13-2011 20:33 »

Hmmm, I'm not sure how to feel about that clip. I agree that it's a bit too wacky (I know that it's only a logical progression from Hermes' head in Bender's Big Score, but I wasn't happy when that happened either -I told myself that perhaps the characters had some sort of implant at birth that kept their heads alive for a short while giving them a chance to be put in a jar, but... bleh. Heads in jars themselves don't irk me at all because, you know, it's a futuristic form of life-support. I also didn't like Zapp's "Over my dead body" line in 'Rebirth' but somewhat forgave it because of the rule of funny).
I also found Fry's illnesses to be a bit too far. The first one was fine, but then they got more and more specific...

On the other hand, I found the clip to be pretty funny. The Simpsons illness and Fry's "It's not easy being gangrenous" line were great.
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« Reply #364 on: 08-13-2011 20:39 »

Arguing over this yet you believe a heart attack can be cured with a Pez dispenser. no no
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« Reply #365 on: 08-13-2011 21:52 »

Arguing over this yet you believe a heart attack can be cured with a Pez dispenser. no no

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But we have a cure for it now!
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« Reply #366 on: 08-13-2011 21:54 »

It's not PEZ, it clearly said KOOP. So maybe heart attack pills come in what we know as PEZ dispensers?
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« Reply #367 on: 08-13-2011 21:59 »

Well it was a blatant parody of a Pez dispenser... God, overanalyzers or what. no no
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« Reply #368 on: 08-13-2011 22:02 »

Of course it was. But it could also clearly be that heart attacks are so common in the future, that the cure for it is handed out like PEZ.
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« Reply #369 on: 08-13-2011 22:04 »

Yes I realise that, but it may be possible that the things that happened in the preview clip could happen in the future too.

So you can believe that heart attacks can be cured, and heads can stay alive in jars, but a spine can't be showing inbetween the torso and the waist just a little. Hm.
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« Reply #370 on: 08-13-2011 22:27 »

I never said it couldn't, did I?
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« Reply #371 on: 08-13-2011 22:29 »

I'm talking to everyone who was arguing in general.
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« Reply #372 on: 08-14-2011 00:51 »

I'm with Otis and Gorks about what Zoidberg did to the crew. Funny, but getting a little too wacky for the flavour of the show.

And they're all supposed to know how incompetent he is when it comes to medicine. I wouldn't trust him to cut up a sandwich without botching it.

But we all know the 'rule of funny' (or in this case, moderately amusing) trumps all.
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« Reply #373 on: 08-14-2011 02:01 »

The Pez-like thing Fry took was essentially just a pill. Is it really a stretch to think that we might have pills that can cure heart-attacks in the future?

Obviously, it's extremely unlikely they'll ever take such a light-hearted and flippant form, but hey, the show's a comedy.
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« Reply #374 on: 08-14-2011 02:04 »

Or suppositories that let you breathe, speak and not be crushed by high pressure when you're at the bottom of the ocean. 

But Leela being being sliced in half and being fine was just stupid, and like I said, if she was hooked up to a machine it would have been fine, or at least something I'd be willing to accept (hey, future.  Fry was saved by having his head sewn on Amy's shoulder.) 

Also I found this episode to be pretty high on the gross out.  I cringed when Fry had his hand smashed (I am really funny about finger and hand injuries on tv), and Leela's spine snapping made me feel pretty ill.
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« Reply #375 on: 08-14-2011 03:11 »

Dr. Z must have some futuristic Saran Wrap type stuff since none of Leela's parts fell out while she was hopping around with just her torso. That or she's really, really toned.
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« Reply #376 on: 08-14-2011 03:17 »

I thought the clip was hilarious, even with the slicing in half. When it comes to cartoonish violence and such, It's easy for me to suspend my disbelief.
But, the part with Zoidberg and Farnsworth on the bench together feeding owls was my favorite.
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« Reply #377 on: 08-14-2011 03:24 »

As someone who loves owls, I highly enjoyed this (owls are probably my favorite animals.)
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« Reply #378 on: 08-14-2011 03:26 »

Goldy, I like you. And owls.
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« Reply #379 on: 08-14-2011 03:29 »

I just watched the clip again and it bugged me that Zoidberg was willingly handing over mice to owls when he could have been eating them himself.

But I also just noticed the "M"D joke which is brilliant.


Overall, I really like the clip even if it is a bit too wacktacular for me.
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« Reply #380 on: 08-14-2011 03:34 »

That's a good point. It probably should have been "one for you, one for me". If that.
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« Reply #381 on: 08-14-2011 03:42 »

Goldy, I like you. And owls.

Hoot.  I love you more then my collection of owl tea towels, but not as much as my collection of owl toothbrush holders.  Don't take it personally though, I love those thigns more then I love my own mother.
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« Reply #382 on: 08-14-2011 03:58 »
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This may sound a bit crazy, but when I feel it gets too cartoony (like Leela been cut in half or the Plan Ex Crew being able to live on most planets) I like to think that all of them some time in their lives have been on The Probulator and had been given some kind of immunity to Amputation and other things. I dunno, I like to think that.
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« Reply #383 on: 08-14-2011 05:56 »

Emergency medical nanites. They don't cure you, but stop you from dying horribly. Only $1.99 for ten billion at your local 7^11.
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« Reply #384 on: 08-14-2011 13:51 »

Perhaps it's a thinly veiled promotion for a new Leela bobble-body collectable.
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« Reply #385 on: 08-14-2011 15:33 »

I'm assuming nanomachines and what no
Emergency medical nanites. They don't cure you, but stop you from dying horribly. Only $1.99 for ten billion at your local 7^11.

I wouldn't be surprised if they were put straight into the drinking water, or injected into the bloodstream instead of vaccinations.  But you're always free to pick some extra ones at the grocery store, along with your ciggies and your Slurm.
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« Reply #386 on: 08-14-2011 21:54 »

Ugh, Fry is so badly drawn here:

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« Reply #387 on: 08-14-2011 22:02 »

This is what I mean about the animation in Season 6, on average, being worse than the original run...
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« Reply #388 on: 08-14-2011 22:08 »

Overall it's alright, but there are little moments like that. hmpf
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« Reply #389 on: 08-14-2011 22:21 »
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I don't think that the animation is worse overall, but there's definitely a noticeable variation in quality (specifically character design; there's a lot of off-model craziness going on) this season that I didn't notice as much in the original run. The animation is more inconsistent on an episode-by-episode basis (you go from a visually stunning, perfect episode like TLPJF to something that's markedly less accomplished, like "The Mutants Are Revolting"). I guess you could chalk it up to a mix at Rough Draft of people who have been with the show from the start and those who were just brought on for the movies and/or season six...but still. It can be a wee bit irritating at times.
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« Reply #390 on: 08-15-2011 03:12 »

LOL at all the people complaining about this show being TOO wacky now, when we had old episodes where Fry and Amy were sewn together...or Hermes head in a jar episode.  tongue
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« Reply #391 on: 08-15-2011 12:25 »

The difference is that Amy and Fry being sent together ran on science fiction rather than cartoon logic.

I've already said that I didn't like when Hermes' head got cut off in Bender's Big Score for the same reason as this.
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« Reply #392 on: 08-15-2011 14:13 »

I've already said that I didn't like when Hermes' head got cut off in Bender's Big Score for the same reason as this.

But you don't mind the heads of President's who have been dead for well over 1000 years being alive in a jar... Yeah... hmpf
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« Reply #393 on: 08-15-2011 18:11 »

Given that they're established as existing in a time bubble generated by that opal substance and prior to that revelation, I just assumed they were clones, no.

Again, it runs of science fiction rather than cartoon logic.
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« Reply #394 on: 08-15-2011 19:35 »

So on the Infopshere it says:

Also, in the Imaginationland specials, Bender, Fry, and Leela make cameo appearances on the good side of Imaginationland, where many good characters from shows, movies, and video games appear. Mom and the Robot Devil make similar appearances on the evil side of Imaginationland.

(It's talking about a trilogy of South Park eps)

I did not see a single one of those characters in any ep of the tilogy. no no
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« Reply #395 on: 08-15-2011 20:31 »

Yeah, I don't think that's correct. I've watched them a lot of times and one time, I was specifically watching for background characters -pausing to look at them, etc.
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« Reply #396 on: 08-16-2011 00:04 »

Man, I was cracking up at Fry's diseases! "I hate Mondays!"

It was....extreme, but fine. I'm sort of with Svip, that excessive cartooniness like that doesn't really bother me as long as there isn't supposed to be any dramatic tension in the scene. We already know the characters will be fine the next scene anyway, so it's no big deal.

I was initially bothered a little by decapitated Hermes (pre-jar) still talking in Bender's Big Score, but eh...I got over it.
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« Reply #397 on: 08-16-2011 00:20 »

Given that they're established as existing in a time bubble generated by that opal substance and prior to that revelation, I just assumed they were clones, no.

Again, it runs of science fiction rather than cartoon logic.

Agreed, i thought some were clones (such as the ones from the older era, or reconstructed from their remains), whilst the ones from the modern era were the originals, albeit reverse-aged to the age to when they are the most recognizable.   I did wonder how they managed to get the heads of people like Cleopatra (unless Nappster were completely lying when they said they had her.  Cleopatra seems to be the only "ancient" head they have mentioned.  They dont seem to go past the eighteenth century, since we haven't seen anyone like Anne Boelyn or Gallileo yet, have we?)
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« Reply #398 on: 08-16-2011 07:09 »

Of course it was. But it could also clearly be that heart attacks are so common in the future, that the cure for it is handed out like PEZ.
that's what i got out of it too.
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« Reply #399 on: 08-16-2011 14:52 »

I agree with Booze and flesheatingbull, but just to play devil's advocate: If heart attacks are so easily cured, why is Fry sent away in "Ghost in the Machines" after having a heart attack and being told that any more big surprises could be deadly? I thought the PEZ joke in Egg Man was funny, but I'm just sayin'; treating certain things cavalierly in some scenes and dramatically in others makes it hard to figure out how sad or scared I should be during the latter moments, considering the same condition was shrugged off in the former moments.
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