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« on: 07-26-2011 17:05 »

I don't know if we have a thread for this, but cursory searches show nothing. What am I, a mod?

Anyway, this thread is for those of us who, back when we first saw the show, didn't quite pick up on everything, either because we started off in the wrong order, or because we missed a pivotal moment or two.

For example, the first episode I ever saw was Hell is Other Robots. On a teensy-tiny portable black and white television screen. What did I not find out until watching numerous more episodes?

  • That Leela had one eye. I thought she just had really large ones, or wore enormous glasses. It wasn't until this came up explicitly in the dialogue nearly a season later that I realized it wasn't just a quirk of animation.
  • How Fry came to the future. I knew right away that Fry was from the past, but I didn't know that how he got to the future was actually explained. Two series later, I got it.
  • Why Zapp was always chasing after Leela. They hadn't even met each other before, how could...?

Thank you, Bender, that was most elucidating.

So what did you not know in your early days that you do know know? What did you not know in your early days, but suddenly figured out all by yourself while the credits were rolling?

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« Reply #1 on: 07-26-2011 17:08 »

When I was first getting into the show, most of the episodes I saw had no deliveries, and made no real reference to Planet Express ("Where the Buggalo Roam" and "A Leela of Her Own," specifically), so it wasn't until I bought the season one DVD (a few months after I saw Devil's Hands--which, again, makes no real reference to what the characters do for a living) that I found out that Fry, Leela, and Bender worked for an intergalactic delivery company. Cleared a lot of things up for me, I must say.
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« Reply #2 on: 07-26-2011 17:14 »
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The first ep I saw was (the last ten minutes of) A Pharaoh to Remember.  I somehow took away from it that Bender was the captain of the ship, and that Fry and Leela were crew.  I also thought that they must have been lost in space and searching for Earth because of Bender's line "Helmsman, set course for Earth!"  and Leela replying, "That's not Earth."

It was all so bizarre that I didn't watch it again until I went to college that Fall and suddenly needed more ways to procrastinate.

  
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« Reply #3 on: 07-26-2011 19:14 »

In Law and Oracle most recently was it? When Fry had to make the delivery for defrosted wang, a callback to I.C. Weiner. Now, I knew I.C. Weiner stood for either icy weiner or i see weiner (like I.P. Freely in Simpsons). Only just then though, when I saw that episode, did the lightbulb go on that the reason it stood for Icy Weiner was because it was a Cryogenics lab. 10 years. In the dark. I win the epic fail of the decade award for sure on that one!
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« Reply #4 on: 07-26-2011 20:52 »

I remember wondering if Leela had one or two eyes, lol....it was way before I started watching the show..I remember Futurama was advertised on the front cover of the TV Guide and I remember closely examining Leela and was like, "Does she have one or two eyes??" lol
Also, I never knew Fry was frozen and was brought to the future....once I found out that that was like the main synopsis of the series I found Futurama to be even more interesting and awesome.
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« Reply #5 on: 07-26-2011 21:09 »

I find it ironic that hardly anyone knew how Fry came to the future and the thread title has 'Fridge' in it.

Also, Randi, really?! laff but also no no
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« Reply #6 on: 07-26-2011 21:44 »

I know, I think I hold the record for the longest someone overlooked a kinda major but minor plot joke in the series. I'm both ashamed and amused laff

Any Star Trek references on the show that I saw the first time I got after I got into TOS. Ohmygosh, Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love laff
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« Reply #7 on: 07-27-2011 11:46 »

That always makes me think of Paul Anka.

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« Reply #8 on: 08-01-2011 13:07 »

I was just watching "Amazon Woman In the Mood" And I noticed two subtle jokes:

-During the Titanic flashback, Bender can be seen tossing the bracelet given to him by the countess in the trash. laff  Such a hilarious yet subtle touch.

-Also, when Bender explains how he isn't a man and bangs on his crotch, he effortlessly takes him arm out the shackle (don't know if that's the right word or not tongue), and then puts it back in. I couldn't stop laughing! Also, I don't even know if it was intentional!  laff
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« Reply #9 on: 08-02-2011 12:48 »

Eddie: You mean you could've taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?
Roger: No, not at any time, only when it was funny.

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« Reply #10 on: 08-02-2011 17:29 »

I didn't get that Bottomless Boy was a parody of those fast food and junk food cartoons that try and get kids early.  I thought it was meant to be a nod to Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
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« Reply #11 on: 08-02-2011 18:36 »
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I didn't even know that the show was set in the future and I thought Zoidberg was a crab  hmpf
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« Reply #12 on: 08-02-2011 18:40 »

I didn't even know that the show was set in the future and I thought Zoidberg was a crab  hmpf

I don't know what is worse, this comment, or the amount of Futurama merchandise you own. no no
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« Reply #13 on: 08-02-2011 20:32 »
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I didn't even know that the show was set in the future and I thought Zoidberg was a crab  hmpf

I don't know what is worse, this comment, or the amount of Futurama merchandise you own. no no
Lolz I know I realy need more stuff. I'm trying to get season 1-4 because I threw away the box for season 1 and 2 frown (I was about  6 when I did that)
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« Reply #14 on: 08-02-2011 20:34 »

Now we're getting somewhere! big grin
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« Reply #15 on: 08-02-2011 20:49 »

Is it worth spending more money on "The Complete Collection" or buying them sepret
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« Reply #16 on: 08-02-2011 20:50 »

I got them seperate.
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« Reply #17 on: 08-02-2011 22:03 »

Take it to the Stockroom you two mad

I didn't realize that Clobberella was a parody of Barbarella until I read about it in one of these forums (HR maybe). I also never heard of Barbarella anyway, though.
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« Reply #18 on: 08-03-2011 00:44 »

Take it to the Stockroom you two mad

I didn't realize that Clobberella was a parody of Barbarella until I read about it in one of these forums (HR maybe). I also never heard of Barbarella anyway, though.

If I'm honest, I had no idea either.  I just thought it was just a name, like Super King or Clobber Girl.
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« Reply #19 on: 08-03-2011 14:34 »

I knew that Philo Farnsworth was a real person, but I had no idea that both the eye-colour test Farnsworth and David Farnsworth were also real people. I'm especially impressed that David Farnsworth was real as who he was played into the plot largely -although I imagine the writers pointed out that this man was called Farnsworth and how great would it be if he was related to the Professor, etc, etc and built the plot up that way.

Still, it's cool.
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« Reply #20 on: 08-03-2011 14:41 »

Dean Farnsworth is the one with the eye test. Which is funnily named "Farnsworth Lantern Test". Fits with the stealing of the lantern later on in the episode, eh? wink

And yes, David Farnsworth was a real Colonial Era counterfeiter.


Wonder if we'll ever get other Farnsworths in the show:
Charles S. Farnsworth - General in WW1
John Semer Farnsworth - Japanese Spy
Bill and Viv Farnsworth - Australian rugby players.
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« Reply #21 on: 08-04-2011 11:30 »

By the way, this is one thing I think has gone over everyone's heads (I don't see any references to it on the Infosphere or Tvtropes)

But is the sky of Trisol meant to be a reference to The Dark Crystal?  Not only are there three suns, but they have similar colors to the same ones in the movie (a very large one, a small red one one, and a small yellow one, corresponding almost perfectly to the Great Sun, the Rose Sun and the Dying Sun, except there's a small yellow sun instead of a tiny purple one), but the skyline of Trisol looks very similar to Thra's.

It could be a coincidence I guess, but ever since I watched it, I always wondered if the three suns were a reference to Dark Crystal.  Futurama's Shout Outs are sometimes subtle enough to count as Whisper Outs, after all.  
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« Reply #22 on: 08-04-2011 17:17 »

I must've watched "Jurassic Bark" a hundred times, and only a year or two ago I realized that Fry's picket sign says "Give me back my pet rock!". So worth it.

And yeah, that's the only one I can think of.
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« Reply #23 on: 08-07-2011 23:31 »

Also... when Amy's outfit gets shredded by the trilobots in Clockwork Origin, and the promotional artwork of female Scruffy, the infosphere says its a reference to Fantastic Voyage...

BUt I'm pretty sure both are meant to resemble Rauqel Welch's famous fur bikini from One Million Years BC right?  I mean Scruffy's pose in the artwork is the exact same shot asWelch's iconic pose.  Or is it a reference to both, since both movies had the same actress?  (I haven't seen Fantastic Voyage for years, because its pretty squicky for me .)
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« Reply #24 on: 08-09-2011 13:43 »


Agreed.  I've never watched One Million Years BC but his outfit and pose look a lot like the DVD cover of the film.

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« Reply #25 on: 08-10-2011 00:32 »

Its a pretty famous image, even to people who have never seen the film.  (I haven't or if I have, I can't remember it.  I can't remember if I saw it or Clan of the Cave Bear)
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« Reply #26 on: 08-10-2011 21:47 »

Take it to the Stockroom you two mad

I didn't realize that Clobberella was a parody of Barbarella until I read about it in one of these forums (HR maybe). I also never heard of Barbarella anyway, though.

If I'm honest, I had no idea either.  I just thought it was just a name, like Super King or Clobber Girl.
Also in that episode, when Leela is standing on top of Planet Express as Clobberella, I didn't know until I listened to the commentary that she was subtlely referencing Dark Angel.
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« Reply #27 on: 09-01-2011 06:46 »

Just watched Hell is Other Robots and the first time Leela sees the Devil she calls him a Build-a-bot...for a split second I thought how the hell did they know they were going to make a Toynami line 10 years later....d'oh.
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« Reply #28 on: 09-01-2011 06:51 »

Just watched Hell is Other Robots and the first time Leela sees the Devil she calls him a Build-a-bot...for a split second I thought how the hell did they know they were going to make a Toynami line 10 years later....d'oh.

She calls him Beelzebot. It's a play on Beelzebub, one of the many names for the Judeo-Christian devil.
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« Reply #29 on: 09-01-2011 06:55 »

Man I swear I heard otherwise...but you are most likely right....I am going to have to watch it again though!
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« Reply #30 on: 12-09-2011 05:13 »

Alright... I feel really stupid right now.

I just discovered that I've been misspelling "The Luck Of The Fryrish" ever since... forever.
I always thought it was "Fryish", not "Fryrish", and now I feel like a moron.
So that's what I didn't notice the first time!
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« Reply #31 on: 12-09-2011 18:49 »

I used to do that too, Legend. tongue
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« Reply #32 on: 12-09-2011 20:59 »

The episode title is a pun: a play on "the luck of the Irish", meaning somebody has exceptionally good luck.

It comes from the time when people thought that the Irish were luckier than regular people, due to their close association with fairies and the gaelic pagan tradition.
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« Reply #33 on: 12-09-2011 23:11 »

And leprechauns. Don't forget leprechauns!
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« Reply #34 on: 02-22-2012 09:06 »
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I somehow did not notice for a couple years that the Professor always says "Good news, everyone!" I have no clue how I missed that, as it seems painfully obvious whenever I see it now. They even started making fun of how often it is said in My Three Suns, which is only the seventh episodes of the series.
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« Reply #35 on: 02-22-2012 09:51 »

They started making fun of it, yet it was the very first time it was used!
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« Reply #36 on: 02-22-2012 09:55 »

Interesting stuff!

I just remember them talking about it in the commentary. Obviously, they don't write things in the same order that we see things (referring to the general writing process).
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« Reply #37 on: 02-25-2012 01:05 »

Went back and watched some of the first episodes the other day. Realised the only times the professor said 'but I'm already in my pyjamas' was in the first and second episodes. Srsly, why stop?
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« Reply #38 on: 02-25-2012 02:15 »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhu3NTOHz-M
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« Reply #39 on: 03-13-2012 17:48 »

The joke of a bottle cap being hidden in a can of Slurm.  no no
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