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PEE Poll: Which episode do you think is the most emotionally impacting?
Parasites Lost   -0 (0%)
The Luck of the Fryish   -13 (34.2%)
Leela's Homeworld   -3 (7.9%)
Jurassic Bark   -14 (36.8%)
The Sting   -4 (10.5%)
The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings   -1 (2.6%)
Other   -3 (7.9%)
Total Voters: 38

UnrealLegend

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« on: 07-25-2011 13:16 »


I had a quick search and couldn't see a topic like this, but forgive me if I missed one.
So anyway, which episode do you think is the most emotionally impacting? (I don't mean which is your favourite).
Mine would be Jurassic Bark. I've seen it many times, and it's still sad!  frown (I know, it's such a predictable opinion).
So anyway, post away (And sorry again if there's already a thread on this).
DannyJC13

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« Reply #1 on: 07-25-2011 13:18 »
« Last Edit on: 07-25-2011 13:19 »

Jurassic Bark by far... Although I do enjoy The Luck of the Fryrish too... frown

Maybe you could've added 'Lethal Inspection' to the list, a few people found that kind of sad.
Benderloveer
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« Reply #2 on: 07-25-2011 13:21 »

Jurassic Bark!
I cry all the time when Bender risked his life to save Seymour...
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #3 on: 07-25-2011 13:22 »

Jurassic Bark by far... Although I do enjoy The Luck of the Fryrish too... frown

Maybe you could've added 'Lethal Inspection' to the list, a few people found that kind of sad.
I was thinking about that, but I didn't bother since I didn't think anyone would mention it :P
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« Reply #4 on: 07-25-2011 13:22 »

Jurassic Bark!
I cry all the time when Bender risked his life to save Seymour...

*biggestfacepalmever* I don't think anyone else has ever cried at that part of the episode... no no
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #5 on: 07-25-2011 13:24 »

Jurassic Bark!
I cry all the time when Bender risked his life to save Seymour...

*biggestfacepalmever* I don't think anyone else has ever cried at that part of the episode... no no
I cried at the part where it shows Fry dancing, and then cuts to him dancing in the rain. It was so emotional! He must've been dancing for hours! frown
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« Reply #6 on: 07-25-2011 13:25 »

I cried at the part where it shows Fry dancing, and then cuts to him dancing in the rain. It was so emotional! He must've been dancing for hours! frown

Oh lawdy. That part was hilarious, not sad. laff Okay, you could say it was dark humour.
Benderloveer
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« Reply #7 on: 07-25-2011 13:25 »

I find it sad, because at the end, Fry decided to keep his fossilized dog. So Bender went in the lava for nothing.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #8 on: 07-25-2011 13:26 »

I find it sad, because at the end, Fry decided to keep his fossilized dog. So Bender went in the lava for nothing.

But Bender can survive almost anything, he might of been a little pissed at first, but he would've easily got over it.
Benderloveer
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« Reply #9 on: 07-25-2011 13:29 »

In that episode, Bender could be killed, it was before Rebirth.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #10 on: 07-25-2011 13:35 »

In that episode, Bender could be killed, it was before Rebirth.

The ability to be killed or not has nothing to do with being Reborn...
Benderloveer
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« Reply #11 on: 07-25-2011 13:39 »

I mean, since Rebirth, all characters can be rebirthed every time we want.
That episode is really bad because now if Fry or Leela died, the professor can use his birth machine.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #12 on: 07-25-2011 13:41 »

I mean, since Rebirth, all characters can be rebirthed every time we want.
That episode is really bad because now if Fry or Leela died, the professor can use his birth machine.

They should of used the Reanimator from the game, so much quicker and easier...

Yeah it wasn't canon, shut up!
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #13 on: 07-25-2011 13:41 »

We don't know how his machine works, so that might not be true...
DannyJC13

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« Reply #14 on: 07-25-2011 13:42 »

We don't know how his machine works, so that might not be true...

Actually, fair point, he seemed to go to a lot of trouble to get it working (making potions, pulling switches, harvesting stem cells...)....
Benderloveer
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« Reply #15 on: 07-25-2011 13:43 »

It would have been easier for the professor to hire a new crew, as implied by his comments in season one.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #16 on: 07-25-2011 13:44 »

We don't know how his machine works, so that might not be true...

Actually, fair point, he seemed to go to a lot of trouble to get it working (making potions, pulling switches, harvesting stem cells...)....
Not to mention adding the bodies of live insects!

But anyway, this thread ain't about Rebirth.
Benderloveer
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« Reply #17 on: 07-25-2011 13:55 »

What I find sad in Jurassic Bark is that the whole episode was about "I want my dog" and at the end, Fry decided he didn't want it. It was a total waste of time because of Fry's stupidity.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #18 on: 07-25-2011 14:01 »

What I find sad in Jurassic Bark is that the whole episode was about "I want my dog" and at the end, Fry decided he didn't want it. It was a total waste of time because of Fry's stupidity.
I disagree. There was certainly some development in Fry and bender's relationship.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #19 on: 07-25-2011 14:31 »

What I find sad in Jurassic Bark is that the whole episode was about "I want my dog" and at the end, Fry decided he didn't want it. It was a total waste of time because of Fry's stupidity.

No. He did it for a good reason. Do you even listen to the plot when you watch the show?
jeepdavetj

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« Reply #20 on: 07-25-2011 14:58 »

I went with the sting to be different.
Benderloveer
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« Reply #21 on: 07-25-2011 15:00 »

What I find sad in Jurassic Bark is that the whole episode was about "I want my dog" and at the end, Fry decided he didn't want it. It was a total waste of time because of Fry's stupidity.

No. He did it for a good reason. Do you even listen to the plot when you watch the show?

I don't think "My dog is old" to be a good reason. if Fry was clever, he should have known that the fossilized dog was fund near the pizzeria, meaning he never left.
Gorky

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« Reply #22 on: 07-25-2011 15:02 »

"Jurassic Bark" and "The Luck of the Fryrish" are the only episodes that have ever made me cry, so in that respect they have made me the most emotional. But I went with "other" for the poll, and choose to substitute that for "The Late Philip J. Fry." Not only is the entire episode imbued with a sense of melancholy (particularly the beginning of the third act, but a sense of loss and sadness is there throughout), but, like Matt Groening says in the commentary, there is a message here about how to live your life, about not letting anger get the best of you, about how easy it is to let one little mistake haunt you for the rest of your life and ruin any joy you might have had. If that's not dark--and if it doesn't make you think--than I don't know what does. So TLPJF has had the greatest impact on me in terms of how persistently sad and contemplative it's made me--whereas the endings of JB and Fryrish, though they did make me weepy, were easy enough for me to shake off once they ended.
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« Reply #23 on: 07-25-2011 15:03 »

I don't think "My dog is old" to be a good reason. if Fry was clever, he should have known that the fossilized dog was fund near the pizzeria, meaning he never left.

But he didn't know that Seymour waited for him, he thought he lived a long happy life and didn't want to bring him back. That's not stupidity, he thought he was doing the right thing. Seymour lived at Panucci's, so it makes sense.
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« Reply #24 on: 07-25-2011 15:14 »

I voted for other, as in Bender's Big Score. It's the only film to ever elicit a tear from me and that's because the emotion came from a real place.

I love Jurassic Bark, but the ending is pure emotional manipulation. I feel that Bender's Big Score earns it more.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #25 on: 07-25-2011 15:16 »

I voted for other, as in Bender's Big Score. It's the only film to ever elicit a tear from me and that's because the emotion came from a real place.

I love Jurassic Bark, but the ending is pure emotional manipulation. I feel that Bender's Big Score earns it more.

I didn't know we could count the movies! frown BBS is touching for me too...
SpaceMaN

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« Reply #26 on: 07-25-2011 17:21 »

Stop quoting posts right above yours!  We don't need to read it twice!
SonicPanther

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« Reply #27 on: 07-25-2011 17:39 »

I love all of these episodes, but Luck of the Fryrish is what always brings me to manly tears.
winna

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« Reply #28 on: 07-25-2011 17:46 »

I just voted for Fryish as well.  It has the Breakfast Club soundtrack.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #29 on: 07-25-2011 18:10 »

Stop quoting posts right above yours!  We don't need to read it twice!

People complained when I didn't do that, not they're complaining that I do?! Make your bloody minds up!
winna

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« Reply #30 on: 07-25-2011 18:19 »

I don't care too much one way or the other... but generally speaking, I think it's semi-poor form to quote a post that is directly above your own, because I would assume that posts are either a response to the post directly above it, or a response in general if they have no quotations or are directed at someone/something specific.  Thus, adding a quote to make that distinction when it can already be presumed that way is superfluous information.

I do sometimes run into the problem of directing my post at the last one in the thread and then others responding in between.... sometimes I edit it (the correct thing to do to give the post clear direction), and then sometimes I don't.

Also... I ran into the problem earlier today, I think, where someone disrupted the context of my post by moving other posts into the thread that moved between mine and the one I was responding to.  I don't think I'm going to edit it though (although I would consider this poor form), but I don't care too much to be honest.
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« Reply #31 on: 07-25-2011 18:34 »

I love Jurassic Bark, but the ending is pure emotional manipulation.

Oh thank Yivo, I thought I was the only one who felt manipulated.

For the record, Luck of the Fryrish is the only correct answer.
lilkitten29

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« Reply #32 on: 07-25-2011 19:19 »
« Last Edit on: 07-25-2011 19:21 »

Leela's Homeworld-At the end when Leela says something like,"This is the happiest moment of my life." and then the whole montage thing is shown while playing "Baby Love Child"...I just have the urge to shed a tear every time. Also, Leela is my favorite character, so ya.
And Luck of the Fryrish-The ending, 'nuff said.
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« Reply #33 on: 07-25-2011 19:24 »

Stop quoting posts right above yours!  We don't need to read it twice!

I like you SpaceMaN, but you don't have to criticize people for wanting to save time by hitting the "quote" button in order to address who they're speaking to. : ) : )

Also, I chose Luck of the Fryish. I'm surprised to see all these Jurassic Bark votes; I wish the episode was more emotionally impacting on me. As for Fryish, Fry realized how much his brother really loved and respected him, so much so that Fry's dreams and lasting memory were embodied in his nephew (who he never met, but was now staring at in a whole new light).

+ great ending song, courtesy of The Breakfast Club.
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« Reply #34 on: 07-25-2011 20:31 »

For me, Luck of the Fryrish is the most emotional, closely followed by Late Philip J Fry.

Jurassic Bark was too obviously emotionally manipulative to count.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #35 on: 07-25-2011 20:34 »

I went with The Luck Of The Fryrish because it was the only ep to make me cry a little, on more than one occasion too. Itís not just sad, itís touching and thatís ultimately what got me...

I think second for me would be The Late Philip J Fry because there was something so poignant about watching the end of the universe. Obviously Leela waiting for Fry and leaving that message for him was very touching, but it was watching the end of the universe, knowing that one day that will happen in real life too, and then just imagining being witness to it all, that was really quite a weird emotion and struck a deep chord...

I did find the ending to Jurassic Bark quite sad as well, but it tried too hard for me, and well the ep wasnít a favourite of mine anyway...

I don't care too much one way or the other... but generally speaking, I think it's semi-poor form to quote a post that is directly above your own, because I would assume that posts are either a response to the post directly above it, or a response in general if they have no quotations or are directed at someone/something specific.  Thus, adding a quote to make that distinction when it can already be presumed that way is superfluous information.

I do sometimes run into the problem of directing my post at the last one in the thread and then others responding in between.... sometimes I edit it (the correct thing to do to give the post clear direction), and then sometimes I don't.

Also... I ran into the problem earlier today, I think, where someone disrupted the context of my post by moving other posts into the thread that moved between mine and the one I was responding to.  I don't think I'm going to edit it though (although I would consider this poor form), but I don't care too much to be honest.

Also another reason to quote someone above you is so that their post is archived from edits, as not all members can be trusted shifty...

SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #36 on: 07-26-2011 00:46 »

For me, I found the ending of I dated a Robot to be one of the most emotionally impacting.   Seeing Fry blank out Liubot just felt so sad...  I have to admit I sometimes get a bit teary eyed watching that episode. 
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #37 on: 07-26-2011 03:21 »

I think "Leela's Homeworld" deserves a special mention. It was obvious the entire way through the episode that the "strange hooded mutants" were Leela's parents, but Katy Segal's last few lines were so well delivered that it still made the scene rather emotional. Easily the best example of fantastic voice acting in the show!
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« Reply #38 on: 07-26-2011 04:02 »

I love Jurassic Bark, but the ending is pure emotional manipulation.

Oh thank Yivo, I thought I was the only one who felt manipulated.

For the record, Luck of the Fryrish is the only correct answer.

This. I get the sense of loss that Gorky's talking about with TLPJF, but it's resolved at the end. Not so much an emotional impact as a potential emotional outburst avoided, in that sense. I mean, if Fry and Leela had somehow lost each other forever, and that had been carried forwards... I don't know if the show would've been able to work so well anymore. They've got each other again by the end of the episode, so the emotional impact of that sense of loss and lonliness is greatly lessened for me.

JB was fantastic, but is pure and obvious manipulation (which doesn't mean that I didn't fall for it).

TLOTF was just... the reveal at the end, and the brilliantly chosen song from the Breakfast Club... it was just straight out of nowhere, and a real hammer-blow. It was touching, it was beautiful, and it was very, very well done. It's a piece of pure genius, and it never fails to get to me a little, even after dozens of rewatchings.
Gorky

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« Reply #39 on: 07-26-2011 04:28 »

I get the sense of loss that Gorky's talking about with TLPJF, but it's resolved at the end. Not so much an emotional impact as a potential emotional outburst avoided, in that sense. I mean, if Fry and Leela had somehow lost each other forever, and that had been carried forwards... I don't know if the show would've been able to work so well anymore. They've got each other again by the end of the episode, so the emotional impact of that sense of loss and lonliness is greatly lessened for me.

I think knowing that, at least in one universe (and possibly two), Leela spends the majority of her life holding this grudge against her presumably dead boyfriend, dating a man who reminds her of Fry but falls painfully short of what Leela needs and wants, and acquiring financial success and security that is ultimately hollow because she can't share it with the one person she wants to share it with--is so goddamn brutal. That, to me, is what's both upsetting and thought-provoking. I agree that the ending of the episode is still mostly upbeat, and among my favorite in all of Futurama.

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TLOTF was just... the reveal at the end, and the brilliantly chosen song from the Breakfast Club... it was just straight out of nowhere, and a real hammer-blow. It was touching, it was beautiful, and it was very, very well done. It's a piece of pure genius, and it never fails to get to me a little, even after dozens of rewatchings.

Agreed. I always get a tingly, heart-droppy feeling at the end of the episode, where it's revealed that Yancy names his son for Fry, and has that spaceship drawing hanging on the wall of the nursery, and the way he says "In honor of my little brother, who I miss everyday"--god, it's good. It's the most poignant statement the series has ever made about the tragedy of Fry's being frozen, at least for the people who loved him in the twentieth century. A few other episodes explore Fry's ambivalence about being in the future, about his conflict between missing his life in the twentieth century and finding so much worth living for in the year 3000, but no other episode really deals with how it all affects his family. It's remarkably touching, like you say, and yet another brilliant ending.
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