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PEE Poll: Which season has the best first episode?
Season 1 (Space Pilot 3000)   -10 (27.8%)
Season 2 (I Second That Emotion)   -3 (8.3%)
Season 3 (Amazon Woman In The Mood)   -10 (27.8%)
Season 4 (Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch)   -1 (2.8%)
Season "5" (Bender's Big Score)   -5 (13.9%)
Season 6 (Rebirth)   -6 (16.7%)
Season 7 (The Bots and the Bees)   -1 (2.8%)
Total Voters: 36

Beamer

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« Reply #40 on: 09-30-2013 20:40 »

Anyway, my favorite first episode is a toss up between "Space Pilot 3000" and "I Second That Emotion."
I love SP3K because it sets up the series wonderfully and managed to make me feel sympathy for and like the characters almost immediately, which is quite rare for me. "I Second That Emotion" is one of the funniest episodes in my opinion. For me, it's one of those "classic" episodes that can always cheer me up and make me laugh, even after seeing it may times.

Strange, I've never really seen anyone single out I Second That Emotion as one of the series' best. Don't get me wrong, it's far from being remotely bad, it's just always kind of blended in amongst the other average/not-particularly-noteworthy episodes for me. I often just kind of forget it exists.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #41 on: 09-30-2013 23:37 »

I think "I Second That Emotion" is a really under-rated episode. It's hilarious and it's the episode responsible for the whole sewer mutant thing, which is a really interesting part of the Futurama universe.

I wouldn't say it's even remotely close to being one of the show's all-time best, but I'd say it sits along side other episodes that get muddled in with the average ones, but I feel are actually, very much above-average, like "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz".
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #42 on: 10-01-2013 01:42 »

For me, it's one of those "classic" episodes that can always cheer me up and make me laugh, even after seeing it may times.

...But how can you be sure those are your emotions!?  eek
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« Reply #43 on: 10-01-2013 19:37 »

I dunno, the sewer episodes always have a few too many - well, sewer jokes - for my liking. Leela's Homeworld is probably my favourite out of them, for obvious reasons. I'd probably rank I Second That Emotion as the weakest episode on this list.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #44 on: 10-02-2013 00:11 »

Comedy-wise, I don't think 'I Second that Emotion' is very strong. Story-wise, however, it's pretty strong, as it introduces us to the Mutants while still having a flowing story.
SolidSnake

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« Reply #45 on: 10-05-2013 00:58 »

Space Pilot 3000

No Questions Asked. The rest are good, but don't beat SP3000 for me.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #46 on: 10-05-2013 06:00 »

SP3K is one of the best episodes of the entire series, no doubt the best season opener. It was a great way to introduce us to all of the characters in a non-rushed manner.
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« Reply #47 on: 10-05-2013 08:08 »

It was a great way to introduce us to all of the characters in a non-rushed manner.

I agree SP3K was fantastic, but it didn't exactly introduce us to all of the characters. tongue
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #48 on: 10-05-2013 08:11 »

I meant it introduced us to both the most important characters, such as Fry, Leela, and Bender, as well as introduced us to common side characters like URL, Smitty and Nixon.
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« Reply #49 on: 10-05-2013 08:14 »

I think we'd all consider Zoidberg, Hermes and Amy to be main characters, though. Or, at the very least, certainly more important than URL, Smitty and Nixon.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #50 on: 10-05-2013 11:36 »

What, URL isn't important anymore?  frown

* UrL cries.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #51 on: 10-05-2013 17:00 »

I think we'd all consider Zoidberg, Hermes and Amy to be main characters, though. Or, at the very least, certainly more important than URL, Smitty and Nixon.
True. If there's one fault with SP3K, it's that it doesn't introduce us to every member of the Planet Express crew. If they could've somehow nudged them into the story, it would've made the episode an even better Pilot.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #52 on: 10-05-2013 17:33 »
« Last Edit on: 10-05-2013 17:35 »

Nope, I think that's a pile of baloney.

It introduced the four main characters whom the vast majority of episodes were based around, and it did it at the perfect pace. Each one had plenty of time to demonstrate their role on the show, and there simply wouldn't have been time to do the others justice. Leaving Amy, Hermes and Zoidberg until episode 2 was possibly the smartest thing they did.
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« Reply #53 on: 10-05-2013 17:38 »

Oh, I agree completely that it was the smart thing to do, and I think Space Pilot 3000 is a perfect first episode. I'm just saying, you can't make the argument that it introduces us to ALL the major players.

The first season as a whole is essentially an extended introduction to the world of the show. smile
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #54 on: 10-05-2013 17:58 »

The first season as a whole is essentially an extended introduction to the world of the show. smile
Exactly.
I was just saying if they somehow figured out a way to introduce us to each PE member successfully within the running time, it could've made it an even better Pilot. The way they ended up doing it,though, with introducing the minor members of PE in the second episode,was perfect, as it had just enough time in it to show us every employee without wasting time.
SP3K did exactly what it was meant to do otherwise;  it introduced us to the key main characters, along with a few recurring side characters, had a great plot, and did it all in 22 minutes. smile
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« Reply #55 on: 10-05-2013 18:09 »

I don't know; I like that the show took the first few episodes to establish things. It gave more of a sense of world-building.

"Space Pilot 3000" - Fry comes to the future, we meet him, Bender, Leela and the Professor
"The Series Has Landed" - We meet the rest of the Planet Express crew, the nature of the business and Fry's new job is explained
"I, Roommate" - Fry's new living situation is established
"Love's Labours Lost in Space" - Zapp, Kif and Nibbler are established and the show is ready to go!
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« Reply #56 on: 10-05-2013 18:28 »

I would extend it to A Fishful of Dollars for the introduction of Mom and her sons, who were also conceived well before the show's inception.
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« Reply #57 on: 10-05-2013 18:32 »

It's hard to say, they all have good plots, but different parts of the episodes have better momenets than the others.
cartoonlover27

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« Reply #58 on: 10-08-2013 00:10 »

It's hard to say, they all have good plots, but different parts of the episodes have better momenets than the others.

Shiny I love you, but have you even seen the first episode of each of the seven seasons? No offense, it's just that your kind of new to the show and it's episodes.
stum

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« Reply #59 on: 10-08-2013 00:12 »

Why do you need to say "no offence"? It's pretty clear he's not going to be offended by it...
cartoonlover27

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« Reply #60 on: 10-08-2013 01:11 »
« Last Edit on: 10-08-2013 01:13 »

Why do you need to say "no offence"? It's pretty clear he's not going to be offended by it...

You don't understand our relationship, bro. That's how we are because we both get offended easily.
ShinyMetal***

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« Reply #61 on: 10-08-2013 21:30 »

Why do you need to say "no offence"? It's pretty clear she's not going to be offended by it...
ShinyMetal***

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« Reply #62 on: 10-08-2013 21:30 »

Why do you need to say "no offence"? It's pretty clear he's not going to be offended by it...

You don't understand our relationship, bro. That's how we are because we both get offended easily.
I DO NOT!!!  tongue

whoops, forgot I just posted, D'HO
Lost My Phone

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« Reply #63 on: 10-08-2013 21:51 »

I don't want to be a dick, but...it's D'OH.

Sorry for being a dick. frown
ShinyMetal***

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« Reply #64 on: 10-08-2013 22:32 »

It's all good.

It was my fault anyway, D'OH
Beamer

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« Reply #65 on: 10-09-2013 03:39 »

... So.

Which season has the worst last episode?
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #66 on: 10-09-2013 03:42 »

Season 6A, with the terrible "Holiday Spectacular", followed closely by 7A, with the dreadful "Naturama".
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #67 on: 10-09-2013 13:29 »
« Last Edit on: 10-09-2013 17:53 »

The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings > Meanwhile > Reincarnation > Fry and the Slurm Factory > The 30% Iron Chef > Into the Wild Green Yonder: Part 4 > The Cryonic Woman
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #68 on: 10-09-2013 14:30 »

Season 2 is the only season that ends on a sour note (production season-wise, that is.)
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« Reply #69 on: 10-09-2013 17:18 »

The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings > Meanwhile > Fry and the Slurm Factory > The 30% Iron Chef > Into the Wild Green Yonder: Part 4 > The Cryonic Woman > The Futurama Holiday Spectacular

Shouldn't Overclockwise be on there in place of the Holiday Spectacular?
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #70 on: 10-09-2013 17:53 »

I cocked that one up.

But, it should be "Reincarnation", not "Overclockwise".
cartoonlover27

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« Reply #71 on: 10-09-2013 20:58 »

I'd say 30% because all the rest are some of my favorites, like FATSF, Meanwhile, and TDHAIP.
Beamer

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« Reply #72 on: 10-10-2013 02:00 »

But, it should be "Reincarnation", not "Overclockwise".

Ahh, true. I always forget that Overclockwise wasn't technically the season finale... Reincarnation is the far superior episode of the two, anyway. smile
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