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Lifterbot3000
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« Reply #360 on: 09-24-2014 19:09 »

My favorites are:

The Sting
War is the H-Word
Where No Fan Has Gone Before
The Late Philip J. Fry
The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
The Luck of the Fryrish
Insane in the Mainframe
Roswell that Ends Well
2-D Blacktop
Benderama
DannyJC13

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« Reply #361 on: 09-24-2014 19:31 »

2-D Blacktop

I enjoy this episode, but most people around here don't like it. Mainly because of the "unspoken verbal abuse" gag, I think?
Scrappylive

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« Reply #362 on: 09-24-2014 20:13 »

Yeah, that has to be the biggest complaint around here. I like the episode and I agree that the non-verbal verbal abuse gag was overdone and inserted it places where it didn't need to be, but I could also never understand the logic behind a single joke or moment (like the ending of an episode) "ruining" the whole episode. That's another type of complaint I've seen a lot on this forum.

The other common complaint about this episode I wholeheartedly agree with. 2-D Blacktop bears two strong thematic stories, street racing and entering the 2D universe. They focused more on the more common and predictable theme (street racing) and left very little time for the more obscure and interesting theme (the 2nd dimension), when really both themes are unique enough to merit being the A-story in their own separate episodes.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #363 on: 09-24-2014 20:18 »
« Last Edit on: 09-24-2014 20:20 »

They focused more on the more common and predictable theme (street racing) and left very little time for the more obscure and interesting theme (the 2nd dimension), when really both themes are unique enough to merit being the A-story in their own separate episodes.

I don't think a straight-up street racing episode would have been the best, I can't imagine it receiving a lot of positive reception. The dimensional drift stuff added a nice twist to the street racing aspect in 2-D Blacktop, but like you said, it's a shame they didn't focus more on the 2D universe.

I suppose the fact that they race ships/hovercars is fairly interesting, and they could add more futuristic twists such as the Möbius dragstrip, but I don't see what else they could have done to write enough material for an entire episode just about the racing.
Scrappylive

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« Reply #364 on: 09-24-2014 20:36 »
« Last Edit on: 09-24-2014 20:38 »

2-D Blacktop is already two-thirds street racing. I would surmise that they would only need to come up with a good B-plot or another twist in place of the dimensional shift. I concede that a Futurama episode solely about racing probably wouldn't be the best. (As a comparison, The Butterjunk Effect bears strange subject matter for the show and is bad.) Maybe it would have been better to make street racing the B-Story in a separate episode.

I disagree, however, that they could not have written up other plot points to fill out a racing-based episode. Fatal injuries, wormholes, teleportation, a mole on/from the rival street crew, a sentient ship/hovercar... The list goes on. This is a science fiction animated series, after all. smile

As it is, I think the street racing and dimensional shift interconnected and worked well together, I just wish we could have gotten an episode that focused primarily on entering the second dimension. I can see that as having a lot of potential to be a really great episode.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #365 on: 09-24-2014 20:40 »

Maybe it would have been better to make street racing the B-Story in a separate episode.

That would have been good, I bet they could have found a way to tie it into the A-plot near the end, too.
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« Reply #366 on: 09-25-2014 02:59 »

I'd have preferred the 2D universe segment have been the main focus of one episode, and the "Professor takes up street racing" plot to be a background runner in a totally different episode.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #367 on: 09-25-2014 22:36 »

The racing story would've been fine if it were used as a first act opener, which quickly led to the 2D world.

I think Blacktop had too many blatant missed opportunities; Dimensional Drift was a fun idea, as was the 2D world, but both weren't used to their true full potential. At least the visuals and jokes (except that one facepalm) were pretty good, though.
zlawke

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« Reply #368 on: 11-16-2014 00:08 »

Time Keeps on Slippin', Space Pilot 3000, The Mutants Are Revolting, Möbius Dick, A Pharaoh to Remember, Obsoletely Fabulous, I,Roommate, The Series has Landed, My Three Suns, ...Crustacean in Love, Roswell that Ends Well.

Pretty much everything from the first run (except 'A Taste of Freedom' smile ).
bender bending rodregez
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« Reply #369 on: 02-14-2015 19:53 »

I love future stock and attack of the killer app because they just make pop culture and the "wolves" on wall street look sooooooooooo dumb smile smile smile
bender bending rodregez
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« Reply #370 on: 02-14-2015 19:54 »

I love future stock and attack of the killer app because they just make pop culture and the "wolves" on wall street look sooooooooooo dumb smile smile smile
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« Reply #371 on: 02-15-2015 00:10 »

future stock

Excellent choice. One of my favourites as well.

attack of the killer app

That's a... controversial one. A lot of people dislike it for the really outdated pop-culture references and humour that doesn't line of with Futurama's usual style. But hey, if you enjoyed it, then all the more power to you.
winna

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« Reply #372 on: 04-09-2015 04:02 »

Off the top of my head Birdbot of Icecatraz. Late Phillip J Fry pops up too. I haven't watched Futurama in a long time. That's probably good. I can watch it with somebody special and enjoy it again. smile
Scrappylive

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« Reply #373 on: 04-10-2015 00:51 »

Without putting too much thought into it...

Season 1: I, Roommate
Season 2: The Honking
Season 3: Roswell that Ends Well
Season 4: The Sting
Season 5: Bender's Game
Season 6A: The Late Philip J. Fry
Season 6B: Ghost in the Machines
Season 7A: 31st Century Fox
Season 7B: Murder on the Planet Express
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #374 on: 04-13-2015 15:27 »

Glad to see I wasn't the only one who particularly liked Ghost in the Machines from 6B. The ending was a bit rushed, but the rest was good enough to save it.
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« Reply #375 on: 04-14-2015 03:57 »

I thought the whole "robot ghost" thing was pretty dumb, though I enjoyed how they worked it into the show's mythology later with Calculon 2.0.
winna

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« Reply #376 on: 04-14-2015 05:03 »

I am afeared of ghost machines.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #377 on: 04-14-2015 05:16 »

I thought the whole "robot ghost" thing was pretty dumb, though I enjoyed how they worked it into the show's mythology later with Calculon 2.0.

Eh... I still think the whole thing ended up being pretty sloppy. I know robot ghosts appeared as early as "The Honking" but the entire concept seems like a contradiction of the "robots are immortal with their backups" theme. Maybe it might be easier to just peg "Lethal Inspection" for that problem.
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« Reply #378 on: 04-14-2015 05:24 »

Lethal Inspection is a much better episode than Ghost in the Machines or The Honking, though.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #379 on: 04-14-2015 07:07 »

You won't hear me arguing with that. Or see, rather. We don't "talk" on forums.
Beamer

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« Reply #380 on: 04-14-2015 07:43 »

Sorry? You'll have to speak up, I'm not wearing my glasses right now.
Scrappylive

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« Reply #381 on: 04-14-2015 20:53 »

Lethal Inspection is a much better episode than Ghost in the Machines or The Honking, though.

Reverse that and we've got an agreement!
Tachyon

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« Reply #382 on: 10-12-2016 22:05 »


Just watched Lethal Inspection and The Late Philip J Fry last night.  They still work smile

winna

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« Reply #383 on: 10-16-2016 04:58 »

The Honking is a great episode.
Tedward

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« Reply #384 on: 10-18-2016 04:58 »

Indeed it is, winna.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #385 on: 10-18-2016 20:42 »
« Last Edit on: 10-18-2016 20:49 »

For general opinions on the best episodes, this thread may be of interest.

And to answer your question, my top 10 are:

10) The Prisoner of Benda
9) The Farnsworth Parabox
8) Love and Rocket
7) Insane in the Mainframe
6) The Luck of the Fryrish
5) The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings
4) Roswell That Ends Well
3) The Late Philip J. Fry
2) Future Stock
1) The Why of Fry

For the record, any episode mentioned that isn't Luck of the Fryrish is wrong.

I think UrL has a decent enough list.

Personally, I would have trouble choosing between my top twenty, let alone choosing a favourite. Althought if I had to, I would be picking between TLPJF, RTEW, MTS, and TLoTF by the end. No. I can't boil it down any further than those four.

Alright, maybe MTS is number four. Maybe. Perhaps TLPJF is three, TLoTF and RTEW are tied for first. But you put me on the spot there, and I reserve the right to change my opinion at a moment's notice and without telling you. It's hard!

I stand by myself from four years ago. I'm also not in tremendous disagreement with the aggregated list of best to worst episodes.

You forgot That's Lobstertainment!

Upon multiple rewatches of this ep, I've come to the conclusion that it isn't that bad.

So you're telling us it's... ...lobstertaining?

I can't believe that nobody made that joke in ten pages.
Farnsworth38

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« Reply #386 on: 10-18-2016 23:26 »

I would have to go with The Late Philip J. Fry. In addition to being simply great, it pulls together numerous aspects/themes that run through Futurama: you could almost call it the perfect summary episode.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #387 on: 10-19-2016 09:00 »

I'm not a dog person by any means

Hahahaha. What an idiot.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #388 on: 10-19-2016 18:38 »

I can't believe that nobody made that joke in ten pages.

More shockingly, nobody made it in over 4 years.
Chris9000

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« Reply #389 on: 11-09-2016 09:47 »

Oh boy here comes a generic list. Not in any particular order, just some episodes I adore. But I actually don't have straight up favorites within any show, since each episode is it's unique thing. There are just some I find better, but I'd rather watch 10 alright episodes than 1 AMAZING. Either way:

Roswell That Ends Well. It's just neat and interesting.

A Taste Of Freedom. Yeah I like it. Usually tend to not be able to describe what I like about episodes, I just enjoy iy.

Insane In The Mainframe. Roberto is hilarious, though I do think the first part of Fry in the insane asylum is more interesting than him thinking he's a robot.

Murder On Planet Express. It's gud.

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