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DannyJC13

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« Reply #400 on: 12-30-2011 21:47 »

3) they fly through a rift in the space/time continuum  (caused byan explosyion caused by fry's mistake) that sends them hurdling through time...  and then they get to earth it's a different year and they have to get back by finding the same rift they came through

I think that's called "Roswell That Ends Well"... roll eyes
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« Reply #401 on: 12-30-2011 21:49 »

Number 4 is similar to the ATPH time-tavel. I liked number 2 the most.
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« Reply #402 on: 12-30-2011 22:10 »

Also sounds like they're running out of episode titles.

Seriously? When we've had things like "Mars University", "Fry and the Slurm Factory", "The Lesser of Two Evils", "The Route of All Evil", "The Sting", etc...
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« Reply #403 on: 12-30-2011 22:12 »

that was metal in a microwave...  hmpf    i imagine he has a job of blowing up some dangerous package that the professor needs destroyed...  uses too much explosives stupidly...  the box says just use an ounce and he uses the whole box...  causing a massive explosion...  sort of like tng final episode...  maybe they can do all the trek time travel methods...  like the whizzing around the sun 
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« Reply #404 on: 12-30-2011 22:14 »

But it's still the exact same formula... You've just changed metal in a microwave to an explosion...
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« Reply #405 on: 12-30-2011 23:36 »

So the energy from the microwave accident was apparently an opposite charge as the supernova power which ripped open time and space? I've always been confused with this one.
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« Reply #406 on: 12-31-2011 02:54 »

Also sounds like they're running out of episode titles.

Seriously? When we've had things like "Mars University", "Fry and the Slurm Factory", "The Lesser of Two Evils", "The Route of All Evil", "The Sting", etc...
I'm not sure what you're getting at, but I enjoyed those titles. When two episodes end with "rama" in the span of 26 episodes (going off the TV show title), that tells me it's bad news, regardless if one is technically a season later.
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« Reply #407 on: 12-31-2011 02:57 »

I only remember Benderama, was there another one?
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« Reply #408 on: 12-31-2011 03:20 »

I don't think so, I can only remember Futurama
I only remember Benderama, was there another one?
I only remember Benderama, was there another one?
What is Naturama exactly anyway Danny?
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« Reply #409 on: 12-31-2011 04:19 »

Fat old naked people on a beach somewhere in the south of England.  
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« Reply #410 on: 12-31-2011 06:07 »
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Also sounds like they're running out of episode titles.

Seriously? When we've had things like "Mars University", "Fry and the Slurm Factory", "The Lesser of Two Evils", "The Route of All Evil", "The Sting", etc...
I'm not sure what you're getting at, but I enjoyed those titles. When two episodes end with "rama" in the span of 26 episodes (going off the TV show title), that tells me it's bad news, regardless if one is technically a season later.

I think what he’s getting at is that the original series has had somewhat “lazy” or “simple” titles too, and I’d agree with him on some of the ones he listed (at least “Mars University” anyway; “The Route of All Evil” is a decent pun actually, and “The Lesser of Two Evils” is an amusing way to describe Fry’s situation of dealing with two robots, one of whom he doesn’t like but the other of whom actually does worse things), but I’d also agree with you about disappointment at another –rama title.

Gorky and I were actually discussing this not too long ago, and we both agree that certain titles are more Futurama-y than others. Some shows don’t have any theme in their titles and that’s fine, but it’s cool when shows do have a title style. For example, the US Office usually had either just a plain noun/noun string to serve as the title, or else titles of the form “The [thing]” (thus I found it much more jarring when suddenly an episode was called “Did I Stutter?”, since it wasn’t of that form). Futurama has not been quite so strict, but we’ve come to expect a certain cleverness of wordplay in the titles. Most of them take an existing term or phrase or title of something else and either interpret it in a clever new way (like “The Deep South”), or replace a word or two with a similar-sounding new one which then provides the link to what the episode entails (like “Roswell That Ends Well”). I think that the absolute pinnacle of this is the title “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings,” which manages to combine both of these things by not replacing but swapping words in an existing expression and having the result perfectly describe what the episode is about. Brilliant!

Some new episodes’ titles have been rather lame, though, like “Proposition Infinity” and “Neutopia” (there’s no fun in those; that those things are said within the episodes makes it worse, I think), and then there are titles like “The Duh-Vinci Code” and “That Darn Katz!” which are a bit closer to the form but still don’t feel right to me by the typical standard of Futurama titles.
 
However, I wouldn’t say that they’re out of ideas, as some new episodes have actually had excellent Futurama-quality titles (such as “A Clockwork Origin,” “Mobius Dick,” “Fry Am the Eggman,” etc.), and I’d give “Rebirth” and “Reincarnation” passes for their simpler titles because they bookend Season 6 and in their content are both special enough to warrant such different-seeming titles (plus "Rebirth" has its meta-pun going for it at least). I’d also give “The Sting” a pass since it’s an episode that’s good enough to deserve it (and when I think about it, it actually is of the first Futurama title form I mentioned), but hey, I don’t want to start mixing opinions of the episodes with opinions of the titles.
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« Reply #411 on: 12-31-2011 07:09 »

Fun fact: Farnsworth's girlfriend from "Three Hundred Big Boys" is named "April".
It was mentioned in the commentary for Neutopia.
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« Reply #412 on: 12-31-2011 08:34 »

That's weird, such a pretty name for a gothic girl. laff
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« Reply #413 on: 12-31-2011 13:28 »

I actually know a fairly gothic girl called April.
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« Reply #414 on: 12-31-2011 13:32 »

I don't really know any goth girls. I feel this is an area in my life which I'm sadly missing frown...
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« Reply #415 on: 12-31-2011 14:12 »
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What is Naturama exactly anyway Danny?

I know as much as everyone else... laff

I think what he’s getting at is that the original series has had somewhat “lazy” or “simple” titles too, and I’d agree with him on some of the ones he listed

Correct.

I like these "Something-rama" titles, it would be cool to see one or two every season, as long as they keep them creative.
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« Reply #416 on: 12-31-2011 15:31 »

Just had a look at the old copyright catalogue there's NATURAMA, FREE WILL and FUN ON A BUN. I don't remember seeing these anywhere before. "Free Will" is probably the same episode as "Freewill Hunting" though.

As for the -rama similarity; are we forgetting "A Flight to Remember"/"A Pharaoh to Remember" and "A Clone of My Own"/"A Leela of Her Own"? I prefer -rama reuse. It's just the name of the show, the others are unfortunate coincidences.
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« Reply #417 on: 12-31-2011 15:55 »

The rama re-using is ok, but not something I want them to keep doing. It's like using variations of Doh in Simpsons titles, it's just getting desperate now...
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« Reply #418 on: 12-31-2011 15:56 »

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I don't remember seeing these anywhere before.
Really? smile
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« Reply #419 on: 12-31-2011 17:06 »

About how often before new episodes are announced on the copyright catalog?
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« Reply #420 on: 12-31-2011 17:28 »

The rama re-using is ok, but not something I want them to keep doing. It's like using variations of Doh in Simpsons titles, it's just getting desperate now...

As long as the Futurama episodes don't get as stupid as the most recent season of Simpsons titles...

"Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts"
"Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson"
"The D'oh-cial Network"
"How I Wet Your Mother"
"The Spy Who Learned Me"


And possibly the worst title of ANYTHING EVER

"A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again"
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« Reply #421 on: 12-31-2011 17:38 »

Another terrible title was "Homer and Lisa Exchange Crosswords", but at least it didn't contain Doh in it...

Also, The Simpsons has an ep called "Future-Drama" before Futurama used the rama theme for titles...
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« Reply #422 on: 12-31-2011 17:46 »

Another terrible title was "Homer and Lisa Exchange Crosswords", but at least it didn't contain Doh in it...

That title is actually pretty clever...

*Lisa becomes addicted to crosswords

*Homer and Lisa fall out when he bets money on her winning essentially exchanging cross (angry) words to each other

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« Reply #423 on: 12-31-2011 18:25 »
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Weird, the Bots and the Bees is the name of an episode of Malcom in the Middle.

"How I wet your Mother"

Seriously?  I don't want an episode about Marge's female ejaculation or her fetish for golden showers thankyou.  We have Freako for artwork of that.

I thought "Farewell to Arms" was a great title, but "Million Dollar Mon" just feels so stupid like the kind of thing a 19 year old fratboy would come up with. 
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« Reply #424 on: 12-31-2011 20:32 »

There's no point to The Simpsons sex scenes, when there's nothing funny about it at all. frown
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« Reply #425 on: 12-31-2011 20:48 »

"How I wet your Mother"

Seriously?  I don't want an episode about Marge's female ejaculation or her fetish for golden showers thank you.  We have Freako for artwork of that. . 

He doesn't do Simpsons. He's more of a Leela/Zoidberg person.
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« Reply #426 on: 12-31-2011 22:05 »

Weird, the Bots and the Bees is the name of an episode of Malcom in the Middle.

Of course! There was an episode where they entered 'Robot Wars' and Hal designed a secret weapon for his robot that shot a swarm of bees at whomever was controlling the opponent robot. Quite an odd coincidence but stranger things have happened.

And I liked the "D'oh" titles of Simpsons episodes back when the episodes used "Annoyed Grunt" in place of "D'oh" in the titles because that amused me for some reason.
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« Reply #427 on: 12-31-2011 22:06 »

agreed..  crosswords was a great title with two meanings and fantastic episode
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« Reply #428 on: 12-31-2011 23:45 »

And I liked the "D'oh" titles of Simpsons episodes back when the episodes used "Annoyed Grunt" in place of "D'oh" in the titles because that amused me for some reason.

Agreed. I think "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" has to be one of the best episode titles ever.

And I agree with Tedward's explanation of what constitutes a truly Futurama-ish title. I think the only title of the new run that really impresses me the same way a lot of the old titles did is "The Late Philip J. Fry"--it works on two levels, and both those levels are relevant to the goings-on in the episode (Fry is late for dates, and by episode's end he's died at least once). "The Mutants Are Revolting" gets an honorable mention, I suppose, since it also works on multiple levels; also, "The Tip of the Zoidberg" at least has some clever wordplay.

In the end, I guess it doesn't matter if episodes are lazily- or lamely-titled. I do think it's somewhat unfortunate that a few of the episodes with less-than-awesome titles--"Proposition Infinity" comes to mind--also happen to be less-than-awesome in terms of content. I don't think the two problems are related, necessarily, but both of them bum me out a bit.
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« Reply #429 on: 01-01-2012 03:04 »
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Also sounds like they're running out of episode titles.

Seriously? When we've had things like "Mars University", "Fry and the Slurm Factory", "The Lesser of Two Evils", "The Route of All Evil", "The Sting", etc...

I'm getting the sense you may have missed them, but "Fry and the Slurm Factory" and "The Sting" are take-offs of actual movie titles.

That said, the whole run of the show has certainly had some really simple titles, like "Leela's Homeworld." It doesn't really bother me. Sometimes a very simple, reductive title is sort of intriguing, especially when it still sounds unique in and of itself ("Proposition Infinity," "Neutopia," "Mars University") compared to titles that other, non-sci-fi-cartoon shows would have for their titles.


I think the only title of the new run that really impresses me the same way a lot of the old titles did is "The Late Philip J. Fry"--it works on two levels, and both those levels are relevant to the goings-on in the episode (Fry is late for dates, and by episode's end he's died at least once).

I always assumed this was because he was presumed dead in the original timeline, not because of the dead Fry clone(?) at the end of the episode.
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« Reply #430 on: 01-01-2012 03:18 »

Aha--it works on three levels!
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« Reply #431 on: 01-01-2012 03:35 »

Weird, the Bots and the Bees is the name of an episode of Malcom in the Middle.

Of course! There was an episode where they entered 'Robot Wars' and Hal designed a secret weapon for his robot that shot a swarm of bees at whomever was controlling the opponent robot. Quite an odd coincidence but stranger things have happened.

And I liked the "D'oh" titles of Simpsons episodes back when the episodes used "Annoyed Grunt" in place of "D'oh" in the titles because that amused me for some reason.

I've seen a few episodes of "Malcom in The Middle", and I was pleased. A good 90's sitcom from the few episodes I saw. I always like the guy who plays Malcom, he was in Big Fat Liar, one of my favorite childhood movies. big grin
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« Reply #432 on: 01-01-2012 04:58 »

A good 90s sitcom that debuted in 2000.

But yes, it was an excellent, excellent show. Eric Kaplan actually wrote a handful of episodes for it, too.

And as for episode titles from the new run, I love "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela", "The Duh-Vinci Code", "A Clockwork Origin", "Möbius Dick" but I'd probably agree that "The Late Philip J. Fry" is the only exceptional title of the new episodes... although I suppose "Fry Am the Egg Man" comes close.
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« Reply #433 on: 01-01-2012 14:39 »

I'm getting the sense you may have missed them, but "Fry and the Slurm Factory" and "The Sting" are take-offs of actual movie titles.

Fry and the Slurm Factory is the most obvious one ever.

But The Sting? Is it meant to be The Ring?
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« Reply #434 on: 01-01-2012 14:42 »

I'm getting the sense you may have missed them, but "Fry and the Slurm Factory" and "The Sting" are take-offs of actual movie titles.

Fry and the Slurm Factory is the most obvious one ever.

But The Sting? Is it meant to be The Ring?

Guess again.
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« Reply #435 on: 01-01-2012 14:48 »

Aren't half the episode titles taken from movies anyway?
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« Reply #436 on: 01-01-2012 16:44 »

I'm getting the sense you may have missed them, but "Fry and the Slurm Factory" and "The Sting" are take-offs of actual movie titles.

Fry and the Slurm Factory is the most obvious one ever.

But The Sting? Is it meant to be The Ring?

Guess again.

Wow you learn something dumb everyday. But I don't see how they're related in plot.
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« Reply #437 on: 01-01-2012 16:50 »

They don't have to be related in plot.

Godfellas has nothing to do with Goodfellas.
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« Reply #438 on: 01-01-2012 20:32 »

It's nice when they do, though. Like, Parasites Lost kinda does have much to do with Paradise Lost. That's not a movie though.

I don't place that much value on episode titles. Casual viewers probably don't even know what the titles are. And I don't think they've shown a marked decrease in quality from "the olden days"... it's not like all the titles in the original run were brilliant. I really liked the title "Fry am the Egg Man".
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« Reply #439 on: 01-01-2012 22:52 »

I think it's fine that there are mundane titles, since it means that the actual script is the priority and the title is secondary. To me, it seems that The Simpsons ended up doing it the other way around in the later seasons, with snappy/punny titles for strange episodes that seemed to me as if they were conceived entirely around those titles (The Italian Bob springs to mind). I'd hate to see Futurama decend into that. But that's just my opinion.

If there is good title to be had, it will come naturally, otherwise it's better to name it something simple and effective and move on, really.
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