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Boxy Robot

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« on: 08-26-2011 12:20 »

What episode do you feel people often don't talk about (For different reasons)

I feel as though "Bendless Love" is hardly ever mentioned on any fan forums or, well anywhere, and it's a pretty good episode...
DannyJC13

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« Reply #1 on: 08-26-2011 12:20 »
« Last Edit on: 08-26-2011 12:21 »

Damn, there was an ep I mentioned a while ago that not many people talk about, give me a minute to remember. frown

Can't remember, but here are some examples:

Spanish Fry
Love and Rocket
The 30% Iron Chef
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« Reply #2 on: 08-26-2011 12:22 »

Until yesterday I'd say Love & Rocket, but that got brought up yesterday. Great ep, possibly one of the best, but rarely rated alongside the all-time greats...

I also think that Fry & The Slurm Factory is underrated. It's not that it gets criticised much, but to me it's one of the very best eps ever, but not many seem to share that view and look at it more as kinda average I guess hmpf...

Boxy Robot

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« Reply #3 on: 08-26-2011 12:23 »
« Last Edit on: 08-26-2011 12:26 »

I agree that Spanish is really underrated and so is Rocket

30% Iron isn't great but hardly any people remember it (That's probably why it's not so great, as it's unforgettable)
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« Reply #4 on: 08-26-2011 12:24 »

For me, that's the often mentioned as worst Episode "A Leela of her own".

I like that Episode for it is basically a typical Simpsons Episode (another one of Homer's many careers;) ). It's unfuturama-like, but transfering a typical Simpson plot to the Futurama universe is imhO a joke worth one episode in over 100 wink
DannyJC13

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« Reply #5 on: 08-26-2011 12:24 »

Randi made a sly reference to 'T30%IC' in a PM to me when I started to become a regular poster here, I think that's the only time I've heard it mentioned really...

Oh, 'That's Lobstertainment!'... I like the mini Fry/Leela side plot. big grin
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« Reply #6 on: 08-26-2011 12:25 »

30% Iron Chef is kinda average to me. It's not bad by any means, the wormhole joke is classic, but I dunno, meh...
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #7 on: 08-26-2011 12:26 »

Another I'd like to mention for the underrated category is "Bender Gets Made": One of, if not, the best Bender episode but doesn't get much praise or acknowledgement
DannyJC13

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« Reply #8 on: 08-26-2011 12:27 »

Another I'd like to mention for the underrated category is "Bender Gets Made": One of, if not, the best Bender episode but doesn't get much praise or acknowledgement

I watched that ep 2 days ago, it's awesome. big grin
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #9 on: 08-26-2011 12:27 »

I watched it 2 days ago as well  wtf?
DannyJC13

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« Reply #10 on: 08-26-2011 12:28 »

wtf? Freaky....
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #11 on: 08-26-2011 12:29 »

In fact, Most episodes on Season 2 Disc 3 are underrated...
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« Reply #12 on: 08-26-2011 12:31 »

Bender Gets Made is a great ep, in fact for a Bender-centric ep it gets everything pretty much right without overstepping that thin line of him becoming a total unlikable ass *cough* A Pharaoh to Remember *cough*. The Robot Mafia are also great, as is the Elzar scene at the beginning. Still, even though it's solid, it's not one of the all time greats to me, but I will admit perhaps it's somewhat underrated...
DannyJC13

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« Reply #13 on: 08-26-2011 12:32 »

I enjoy the funeral scene in APTR. tongue
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« Reply #14 on: 08-26-2011 12:33 »

The funeral scene is one of the highlights to me in some respects, but on the downside Bender is obnoxious to the point of overload. He goes just a little too far...
DannyJC13

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« Reply #15 on: 08-26-2011 12:35 »

LOUDER AND SADDER.
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #16 on: 08-26-2011 12:36 »

I really liked the Egyptian characters and everyone else was pretty funny, I understand how Bender felt but,...It just didn't feel right how he was portrayed
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« Reply #17 on: 08-26-2011 12:38 »

Bender Gets Made gets it right, as does Godfellas, but A Pharaoh to Remember is rated low for a reason...
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #18 on: 08-26-2011 12:42 »

The Cyber House Rules is another underrated great episode, with a sweet Leela plot and a funny Bender plot (That work well together)
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« Reply #19 on: 08-26-2011 12:43 »

Good ep, perhaps I'm a little guilty of underrating The Cyber House Rules myself, but when ordering eps something has to go near the bottom hmpf...
DannyJC13

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« Reply #20 on: 08-26-2011 12:45 »

In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela. It's not a great ep, but it's certaintly not a bad one. Never understood all the hate. hmpf
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #21 on: 08-26-2011 12:47 »
« Last Edit on: 08-26-2011 12:50 »

^I agree

I also forgot about "Proposition Infinity" It may not have the most original plot, but it's really funny (On first viewing, I hated it, but it's grown on me)
DannyJC13

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« Reply #22 on: 08-26-2011 12:48 »

Many have gone against that ep cause it turned out to be pointless when 'Ghost in the Machines' aired.
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« Reply #23 on: 08-26-2011 12:48 »

In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela. It's not a great ep, but it's certaintly not a bad one. Never understood all the hate. hmpf

Because In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela is a train wreck one they get to the "Eden like planet" that isn't. The ending with Zapp and Leela having sex as well, the way it was handled, not good. One of the worst eps in my opinion, I don't think it's underrated myself...
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #24 on: 08-26-2011 12:50 »

Oh jeez, I didn't mean Lethal Inspection, I meant Proposition Infinity (I always get those two confused for some reason)
DannyJC13

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« Reply #25 on: 08-26-2011 12:51 »

Oh jeez, I didn't mean Lethal Inspection, I meant Proposition Infinity (I always get those two confused for some reason)

I did once... wtf? Freaky again...
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #26 on: 08-26-2011 12:53 »

One could say it's a freaky Friday
DannyJC13

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« Reply #27 on: 08-26-2011 12:53 »

One could say it's a freaky Friday

More like freaky Fryday... tongue
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #28 on: 08-26-2011 12:56 »

One could say it's a freaky Friday

More like freaky Fryday... tongue

 laff
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« Reply #29 on: 08-26-2011 13:05 »

The Deep South is a bit underrated to me. Sure it takes a slight turn for the worst midway, but it's far from a disaster. The first half is absolute Futurama gold and it's still very good the whole way through. I do love Bender's cigar underwater jokes, the ocean rudeness joke, Dr Zoidberg's house, Amy's sunburn, the boots that Leela keeps catching while fishing, and the manwich which has become an ongoing joke...

So much more stuff as well, it's just brilliant. The amount of jokes packed into this ep is unbelievable and for that reason alone it should be rated higher. Let's also not forget Umbriel too, and the ending tops it off perfectly...
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« Reply #30 on: 08-26-2011 13:28 »
« Last Edit on: 08-26-2011 13:36 »

Love and Rocket has already been mentioned, but I would also like to mention Bend Her.  I thought it had some spectacularly funny lines, and I really enjoyed Coilette's character, thinking she made fun of stereotypes about women, as well as the people who make or perpetuate those stereotypes.  "Oh please, you've never gone on a date just because you were hungry?"  Some people accuse it of being crass, but I would say it's just Bender being crass and vulgar... like he always is.   A great episode that is either ignored or bashed on here.

Deep South deserves more attention.  I'll agree.    I think a lot of these episodes are solid, and a solid episode of Futurama is as good as the best episodes of most other television shows. The bar for quality is raised much harder then Futurama, so they REALLY have to pull out all the stops to make a "best episode" like in TLPJF.  

I also really enjoyed Proposition Infinity.  At first I wasn't sure I liked the idea (Family Guy's "gay" episodes are always pretty unfunny, hypocritical and anvilicious, there's a reason why liberals hate them as much as the conservatives do, similar to Bruno.   I mean seriously, acting like a sexually depraved stereotype but ten times worse in front of homophobic rednecks is going to challenge their view on gay people... how?).  But for the most part it was handled rather nicely.   So I was pleasantly surprised.   But what really made me like the episode was the quality of the writing and the jokes.  Rebirth had left me underwhelmed, and the less said about the next two episodes, the better...
But PI gave me back my faith in the series.   It had so many great lines and Futurama wackiness, and while it was topical, it did give it much more of a futuristic twist, so it didn't feel too unFuturamy.    My favorite line is: "I love Amy.  I've finally found someone I want to spend the rest of her life with!"

Underrated episode with some great jokes, but gets bashed to much because of its topical nature.  Plus I have seen some people who purely dislike it because of homophobic reasons (not on this board of course, but on a few others.)  I roll my eyes whenever I see someone ranting about "the gay agenda" and whatnot.   
Gorky

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« Reply #31 on: 08-26-2011 14:16 »

I agree that "The Cyber House Rules" doesn't get mentioned a lot; it's one of my favorite episodes. As is "Bend Her"--which, at the very least, is rarely mentioned in a positive way. And I don't hear "Obsoletely Fabulous" mentioned a lot, but it is also a really great Bender episode.

I do think there are a lot of filler-ish episodes in seasons two and three that we don't mention much. In addition to the ones already listed by others, I'd say "Mother's Day" and "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz" are underrated. They're both really solid, funny episodes with some hilarious character interactions.

Also: I kind of hate "Bender Gets Made" and "A Pharaoh to Remember." "The 30% Iron Chef" is pretty funny, though.
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« Reply #32 on: 08-26-2011 14:17 »

"Fear of a Bot Planet". One of my favorite episodes, and I rarely hear any mention of it. I think it's gold all the way through.

"Deep South" is also excellent all the way through.
Boxy Robot

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« Reply #33 on: 08-26-2011 14:19 »

I'd say "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz" is underrated.

I agree, it's a fantastic episode (#4 on my top 10 list in fact)
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« Reply #34 on: 08-26-2011 14:38 »
« Last Edit on: 08-26-2011 14:40 »

Future Stock.

It's usually considered a good episode, but it's literally one of my all time favourites. In fact, probably my second favourite, under "The Why of Fry."

It has so many great lines; and Steve Castle is just Awesome. Awesome to the max.

Another is "The Honking." It seems to get a fair bit of crap, but I like its ridiculousness.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #35 on: 08-26-2011 14:39 »

DUN DUN DUNTA DUN DUN DA DUNTA.

He is an epic character. big grin
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« Reply #36 on: 08-26-2011 14:40 »

I think Mother's Day is an awesome episode, and now that you mention it, I'm surprised it doesn't get mentioned much.  It's easily the best episode with Mom in it (and considering shes the primary antagonist of the show, or at least the person that comes closest, that's saying a lot)
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« Reply #37 on: 08-26-2011 14:41 »

DUN DUN DUNTA DUN DUN DA DUNTA.

He is an epic character. big grin
Oh yes. Without a doubt the best one-time character ever conceived.

I am proud to be the Shepard of this herd of sharks.
Gorky

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« Reply #38 on: 08-26-2011 14:44 »

I agree, it's a fantastic episode (#4 on my top 10 list in fact)

Sweet. I'm glad I'm not the only one who rates that episode so highly (it's in top 20 territory for me). It's one of the funniest Leela episodes ever, and I love the Fry/Bender conflict, and Free Waterfall Sr. is probably the funniest member of that ill-fated family (with the possible exception of Hutch). And I love when the show tackles an environmental issue with cheeky ambivalence.

Oh, and speaking of tackling political issues: I guess we don't really discuss "A Head in the Polls" all that much, despite the fact that it establishes Nixon as a recurring character (and Earthican president), which is a pretty big deal. It's not a favorite of mine, but it's certainly one of the better episodes from season two. I remember that when TBS used to air the show on weekday afternoons, one of their promos had a clip of Bender saying "Bodies are for hookers and fat people"--and that line alone is among my favorites of the series.

Also:

Future Stock.

Easily one of the most hilarious episodes of the series. I have to rewind the argument between Farnsworth and Hattie ("I move that your cat stinks, and is ugly!") several times every time I watch it.

And I like "The Honking," too. I don't understand why people rag on it so much. It's a little wacky, sure, but I love seeing the trio embarking on zany transcontinental hijinks! It also showcases the dynamic between the Fry, Leela, and Bender in a nice way, and is one of the better episodes to deal with the jealousy inherent in Fry and Bender's friendship.
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« Reply #39 on: 08-26-2011 14:48 »

Oh for me Frida is my favorite Waterfall member.  Gorky you are just a victim of the patriarchal manocracy.
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