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PEE Poll: Rate:
1/10 - Horrible!   -2 (2.8%)
2/10 - Hate it!   -1 (1.4%)
3/10 - Really bad!   -1 (1.4%)
4/10 - Just Bad. Nothing Special   -1 (1.4%)
5/10 - I don't know   -6 (8.3%)
6/10 - Not Bad   -2 (2.8%)
7/10 - It's okay   -7 (9.7%)
8/10 - Pretty good   -15 (20.8%)
9/10 - Great!   -17 (23.6%)
10/10 - Excellent!   -20 (27.8%)
Total Voters: 72

SolidSnake

Professor
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« on: 08-16-2012 04:07 »
« Last Edit on: 09-08-2013 18:50 »

What do you think of this episode?

What I thought: I liked it. Everything seemed well-paced on this episode. The jokes and gags were also very well placed, and pretty funny! The first act with and the grandparents getting introduced was good! The Matrix talk was kind of annoying. I liked the retirement simulation though, it was a nice introduction to it. The second act was pretty alright too. Farnsworth acted pretty out-of-character. Third act was pretty good. The ending was good. Although the brother-complication felt really stupid to me. But it does make me wonder when we're going to hear about Farnsworth's younger brother "Floyd". The episode was also very weird, to say the least. It felt really out-of-place for an episode of Futurama.

I'm going to rate this a 7/10.
i_c_weiner

DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #1 on: 08-16-2012 04:11 »

Could you please change the poll's options to numbers?
SolidSnake

Professor
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« Reply #2 on: 08-16-2012 04:20 »

Is it good now?
Professor Zoidy

Urban Legend
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« Reply #3 on: 08-16-2012 04:32 »

Who voted that this was horrible? It was good! I know it might seem a tad "out there" in terms of continuity and stupid jokes but... did the voter not even watch the entire thing or is it a troll? Anyways, sweet episode. Good to revisit Near Death Star. Nice to learn a bit more about the Farnsworth family. I'm really getting tired of Bender's 40% jokes, and Leela's sexual advances are borderlining overuse but it doesn't bother me too terribly much.
i_c_weiner

DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #4 on: 08-16-2012 04:33 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 04:36 »

Wow, this episode was horrible. The premise wasn't too bad, but they just retreaded over A Clone of My Own and used the same exact jokes from that episode. And that half of a minute wasted on referencing The Matrix. "It's like in The Matrix." "The Matrix?" "The Matrix!" "Thank god for The Matrix!"

The Professor is really creepy in this episode. He's doing everything he usually does, but knowing that there's somebody older than him makes everything just feel... weird. Like all of the nakedness? Just doesn't sit well for some reason...

Fry's line of, "Of course I'm mad, that's been established," was one of the worst lines that I've ever heard. And "100 miles from the nearest microscope"? Um, a farm in Queens would be like 2 miles from one. C'mon. And that was probably the worst usage of "40%" ever.

That entire speech by the Professor's parents about his older brother that turned out to be him was so horrible. The twist was done in the speech. Good job establishing the story... I mean, it set up a nice joke for Bender, but come on, that was just idiotic! They retconned what the Professor said just in the middle of the same episode! And horribly retconned it to boot. Him running away from home was such a better story than him APPARENTLY FORGETTING EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN HIS CHILDHOOD.

There were some good background gags in the Professor's bed room, like the poster for Element 117 - Fa - Farnsium and the Braino poster. But, really, that episode was just horrible. Like I said, the premise had some promise, and I didn't mind his parents at all, but the story was told in probably the worst way in any episode ever. And the majority of the jokes fell flat and hard, if they weren't already just recycled from A Clone of My Own.
GabeNewell

Crustacean
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« Reply #5 on: 08-16-2012 04:42 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 05:58 »

4/10 this episode blew chunks, I'll review it later.

EDIT: Yeah, it was just a run of the mill post cancellation episode with a not so rare "sad" ending. I enjoyed the very beginning, and the twist. Did they really need such a long Matrix joke?
SolidSnake

Professor
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« Reply #6 on: 08-16-2012 04:51 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 05:00 »

I'm surprised of you guys! I mean, the misunderstanding of the brother-junk and the wasted referencing of The Matrix was stupid, but other than that you should have enjoyed it! Farnsworth probably doesn't remember because he is 18 decades old! He's got other things to be worrying about, and his childhood was such a long, long time ago! I was also able to understand why the professor is acting more out of character than usual. He's afraid of his parents never doing anything with him! He acts out because he wants attention, and he loves them! The way he acts so ridiculous like that kind of shows it. If you just ignore those two facts, and also the 40% joke usage, you can enjoy this episode!

I'm going to shut up now  smile
WAVer

Bending Unit
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« Reply #7 on: 08-16-2012 04:52 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 04:57 »

I enjoyed this episode. Definitely an interesting take into the Professor's past. I couldn't help but wonder, when his parents were brought back from virtual retirement, Where the hell was Cubert?! I would of bet money that he would of been in this episode!  wtf? I thought it was funny how Leela was hitting on Fry and Fry was the serious one for once saying 'Not Now!'.  laff Also, Fry is playing his Holophoner again! WooT!! big grin big grin I'll add additional thoughts to this later, but I give the episode 8/10
Gorky

Space Pope
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« Reply #8 on: 08-16-2012 04:55 »

I thought this was a really nice episode, overall. It lost me in a few places--the Matrix reference was clumsy, Amy and Leela's disgust at Farnsworth's nudity was overdone, and certain elements of the flashbacks to Farnsworth's youth for some reason reminded me of an episode of The Simpsons ("Grandpa Vs. Sexual Inadequacy"; it's a good'n)--but the ending totally won me back. I made an audible "awww" sound when the scene flashed to Farnsworth's virtual rendering of the farm. Not since "Mother's Day," I don't think, have I seen such a heartstring-tugging Farnsworth-related episode ending.

Like weiner says, there are certain elements of the Farnsworth family back story that are a little hard to swallow. I'm not sure I buy that Gram-Gram and Shabadoo (my, did that tickle me) confused Hubert for Floyd (whoever that is), and I guess we're supposed to hand-wave the inconsistencies between the Professor's recollections of his childhood and his parents' on account of his insanity. So that's a little lame. I did like how the flashbacks seemed so real, though; watching the Professor's parents try to soothe him by reciting the periodic table was strangely touching. I suppose what I'm saying is the I can forgive the seeming logical inconsistencies with the flashbacks, because they managed to be emotionally resonant.

So, yeah, this episode worked for me dramatically. In terms of comedy, it didn't disappoint, either. Farnsworth's parents were hilarious (I loved the line about not cooking much since they moved out of reality), and I really enjoyed watching them interact with Fry. The delivery boy awards at the beginning of the episode went on a bit too long--like, I think the episode was actually pretty well-paced, but I didn't need a two- or three-minute scene to establish that Fry feels abandoned by his only living relative--but they served as a nice set-piece; I particularly liked the montage of deceased delivery boys, and Fry crumbling up and tossing his tissue, which then wafted slowly to the ground.

All in all, this episode worked for me. I'd say it's an 8/10--that is, slightly above average. Emotionally, it hit all the right marks; comedically, it hit more often than it missed; and in terms of storytelling and continuity, I had very few complaints--and what complaints I did have were mostly mitigated by the episode's many good points.
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #9 on: 08-16-2012 05:15 »

I thought this one was pretty good.

The one one thing I didn't particularly like was how they explicitly said it was like the Matrix. Just saying they generated electricity would have been enough of a reference.

But yeah, there were some nice character interactions and the story was pretty good.

I think my favourite part was Zoidberg's "I'm really important" line. Also, it gains points for not being rushed.

First impression is an 8/10.

Oh and yeah, I loved Professor's frog-mouse.
SolidSnake

Professor
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« Reply #10 on: 08-16-2012 05:22 »

Oh, I forgot about that scene! Thanks for reminding Unreallegend! It was hilarious!
MYK

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #11 on: 08-16-2012 05:28 »

Upon first viewing, this was considerably above average episode. I’d give it an 8.5 out of 10. Not quite on the level of "Fun on a Bun", but I very much enjoyed it. It was consistently funny, the visual gags and subtleties were there ("There's no Bismuth like Show Bismuth!"). The ending was surprisingly touching, I hadn't expected that Prof. Farnsworth would show such a soft, altruistic side. The writing overall flowed very well, I was a bit nervous about the third act but it ended just as well as the beginning and middle.



I wasn’t a HUGE fan of the beginning with the Delivery Boy Awards. It wasn’t terrible, but it started the episode a bit shakily. Still, Fry’s mild celebrity status was pretty funny. 


The plot twist at the end with Farnsworth's younger brother "Floyd" was a little strange. It came across as creative and interesting when I saw it, I'm going to have to watch it again.

Ah yes, the brilliant Philip J. Fry strikes again. Madly in love with a very attractive woman, and yet he can't be bothered when she returns his attraction. It’s amazing he didn’t brush off whatever opportunity Leela gave him last episode. 



As much as I was amused by that I am a tiny bit worried they'll go too far with that running joke. Then again, Futurama is by no means an unbearably repetitive show in terms of running jokes, so maybe I shouldn't be.

Now I'll be honest, I haven't seen nearly as much of the Matrix movies as I want to. I’ve only seen a tiny bit of The Matrix, parts of The Matrix Reloaded, and all of The Matrix Revolutions, which is usually described as the worst of the three. So for my part I enjoyed the Matrix references, especially when Leela stuffed Farnsworth’s parents into the battery slots (I also enjoyed the fact that the hovercraft’s power supply looked suspiciously like a couple of enormous Double-As.) A little clumsy, yes, but still pretty funny.

I was a bit surprised at the way they wrote it, this episode felt much more like a Fry-centered episode than a Farnsworth-centered episode like I had expected. This isn't a complaint, it's just different than I had expected. I have to say that those scenes where Fry is having fun with the Professor’s parents were corny. Not painfully so, but corny nonetheless.



So all in all a very enjoyable episode. And “Viva Mars Vegas”, rather than “31st Century Fox” is next week.
AlexH

Crustacean
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« Reply #12 on: 08-16-2012 05:31 »

2001 Space Odyssey doorbell... 
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #13 on: 08-16-2012 05:33 »

I must say, I thought the batteries thing was a clever excuse to bring Ned and Velma along.

I also enjoyed the callback to "A Clone of My Own" where the robot had his entire head ripped off this time.

I was surprised at Amy and Leela being uncomfortable with the Professor's nudity. He's always naked and nobody seems to care.
i_c_weiner

DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #14 on: 08-16-2012 05:48 »

I must say, I thought the batteries thing was a clever excuse to bring Ned and Velma along.
I wouldn't have called it clever at all. They roundabout talked about it for a few lines before actually doing it and stretched out the joke for too long for it to have been funny anymore.

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I also enjoyed the callback to "A Clone of My Own" where the robot had his entire head ripped off this time.
Once again, I wouldn't have called it a "callback" as much as "using the same joke again". The entire scene at the Near Death Star was just using the same exact jokes from before.

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I was surprised at Amy and Leela being uncomfortable with the Professor's nudity. He's always naked and nobody seems to care.
Agreed. This might've started why I felt odd about his nudity throughout...
sparkybarky

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #15 on: 08-16-2012 05:52 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 05:54 »

Well...I gave it a 10/10. I am a cornball, a lover of cheese. The ending, with "Hubie" frolicking with his young (youth-icized?) parents just sent me over the moon. I will definitely categorize this as one of the tearjerkers with a lot of pathos.

But wait, there's more! It's not just the ending, but the use of Fry in the story, how he was the link between the Professor and his long-lost parents. The primary story was about Hubert's estrangement and then reunion with his parents, but also woven into that was the related theme of Fry's longing for family as well. I thought the A and B plots were great complements to each other, brilliantly intertwined.

And I loved so many of the gags: "Bender, why do you always have to be the center of attention?"; the Professor spying on Fry and his parents, and then finally slinking off into the theater shadows like the Phantom of the Opera (I guess that set up the whole crazy-ass nutjob angle?); Leela and Bender snoozing on the sofa as Fry gabs away with the "grandparents," and then Leela waking up for a moment and saying "Oh Lord." I loved that we got a view from her perspective as she said that.

Oh, and I'm going to beat SpaceGoldfish to it: Fry keeps slapping Leela's lady boner down. Was that the right wording, SpaceGoldfish? smile

Yeah, the references to the Matrix wasn't all that funny, but I just loved the callback to the Near Death Star--the animation was superb. And the robot getting not only his arm taken off again, but also his head as well, was quite hilarious.

Anyway, I'm sure there's more I'm missing, but I can barely see the characters as I type them. So sleepy!

Edit: And yeah, a lot of the implications of that twist just makes it not believable, but I guess I'm too exhausted to care (and I'm also leaving for Maui tomorrow so maybe anything I watch right now is awesome).
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #16 on: 08-16-2012 05:58 »

I wouldn't have called it clever at all. They roundabout talked about it for a few lines before actually doing it and stretched out the joke for too long for it to have been funny anymore.

Joke? The part I'm talking about wasn't a joke. And if it is, I must have missed it completely.

I'm talking about how they used them as batteries to get out. Regardless of whether they talked about it earlier or not, I thought it was a pretty neat idea.

Once again, I wouldn't have called it a "callback" as much as "using the same joke again". The entire scene at the Near Death Star was just using the same exact jokes from before.

The reason I enjoyed it is because I was expecting it to be the exact same gag from ACOMO with his arm being torn off. Instead, it was his head. It's something that's amusing to anyone who hasn't seen ACOMO, and an amusing reference to those who have.
DotheBartman

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #17 on: 08-16-2012 06:15 »

This episode was genius. One of the best since the show's revival.
soylentOrange

Urban Legend
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« Reply #18 on: 08-16-2012 06:19 »

that was the strangest episode of Futurama I've ever seen.  I don't even know what to make of it.  
Wilyfish

Crustacean
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« Reply #19 on: 08-16-2012 06:25 »

I really enjoyed this. Maybe I was in a good mood before watching, but I really enjoyed pretty much everything about this episode. Space Odyssey Dingdong really had me laugh and I liked the concept of an awards ceremony for delivery boys. Was the Matrix joke a lot of setup for a little bit of payoff? Maybe a little, but the visual gag of stuff the parents into the battery case was still funny.

I liked Fry just being able to have fun with a family that accepts him. Though I think it was a lost opportunity for Fry not to try and show the grandparents (well okay, distant descendents but bear with me) his mutant girlfriend.

I think there were a few holes in the whole "parents now accept Farnsworth as their son" thing but I'm in a generous mood.
DotheBartman

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #20 on: 08-16-2012 06:47 »

I wonder if people got what the Matrix joke was going for? The movie itself is a pretty trite thing to reference (as well as an awful movie...sorry....), and the episode gets around that by making the triteness and obviousness itself the joke. Hilariously meta. And it allows one of the writers to basically rant about how bad the movie is through intentionally over-the-top dialogue.

I loved that bit and was laughing aloud at it.
Imy

Bending Unit
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« Reply #21 on: 08-16-2012 07:01 »

While it was an 'out-there' episode as some of you put it, I found myself squealing with laughter more so than any other episode this season. The episode was heavy on great visual gags, as well as that Matrix rant (which I'm still enjoying).

Ah... then we come to the actual story. I don't know how to feel about it. The callbacks to eps from the original run have been great and well placed, and this instance is no exception. But the Professor's entire "my parents don't love me and I hate them but as it turns out they did care about me so I'm fine now" was pretty... not good. Fry's interactions with his 'grandparents' were much better than that of Farnsworths'.

God, I don't know if I can even score this one... but if I did, it'd be somewhere above 5/10
Louiswuenator

Starship Captain
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« Reply #22 on: 08-16-2012 07:43 »

that was the strangest episode of Futurama I've ever seen.  I don't even know what to make of it. 
This was my reaction.  I have to admit to scratching my head more than laughing at this one, and there were quite a few funny parts.
jtleyko
Near Death Star Inhabitant
Crustacean
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« Reply #23 on: 08-16-2012 08:03 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 08:11 »

I don't know about everyone else but I liked this episode a lot. (8/10)  Certainly better than last week.  Contrary to what everyone else has been saying I enjoyed the matrix talk, but whatever.  Also maybe its just me but is fry getting less stupid, perhaps even making solid points and observations? First post!!!!!
DannyJC13

Space Pope
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« Reply #24 on: 08-16-2012 09:25 »

Very good! Not as good as I was expecting, but still very good.

And I agree, WTF, no Cubert? And still no Nibbler either. I'm beginning to think Nibbler's recruited Cubert for his mission...

The animation was superb, and the Matrix references were fine IMO. Fry was awesome as usual, and Bender made a 40% gag but not about his composition! big grin

9/10
hobbitboy

Sir Rank-a-Lot
Urban Legend
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« Reply #25 on: 08-16-2012 09:52 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 09:54 »

I thought it was a bit odd that throughout the episode the Professor's first name wasn't being mentioned in the presence of his parents.

Also, does this mean that everyone's recent ancestors are alive and well somewhere in the near-death star?

Still, I enjoyed this one well enough. 8/10



   Also maybe its just me but is fry getting less stupid, perhaps even making solid points and observations?


Well, if the hyperchicken can do it why not Fry?

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
Spacedal11

Space Pope
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« Reply #26 on: 08-16-2012 10:13 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 10:21 »

I'm really quite baffled by this one. I did think it was funny, Fry's nickname for Ned and Velma made me laugh every time. But here are the questions/thoughts I have:

1. Why are neither Leela or Bender at the Clippies?
2. I thought people who went to the Near Death Star eventually died.
3. That being said I'm having a hard time believing Farnsworth's parents are still alive.
   3.a. I'm even more surprised that they look younger than their son.
4. How is it that the plot between Fry and Farnsworth didn't get resolved?
5. I don't understand how Farnsworth didn't know he had a brother.
6. Speaking of which, are we going to meet this character? It seemed like there was a point in bringing him up but the episode just forgot about it and opted for a sweet ending.
   6.a. I forgot about Bender's story. Although I'm not gonna lie I was wondering if he was just making it up or not.
7. Why was the professor crazy? He just was? And the issue doesn't resolve itself. I've come to accept that Farnsworth is crazy because he is really freaking old, not that he was always that way. I like to think that when he was younger he was a brilliant person but old age just got to him.
8. I don't feel like that cutesy ending was deserved. If anything it should have involved Fry and the Professor reconciling. I was too thrown off by everything else that the ending didn't work for me. It was sweet but it can't replace the weirdness of the episode.

I am quite confused. I'll be honest I liked the set-up to this episode but the execution is all over the place. I think in all honest I'm gonna have to rank this one kind of low. I might change it. I'm gonna read the comments and wait to see what other people thought.

6/10 -for now.
Fnord
Starship Captain
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« Reply #27 on: 08-16-2012 10:19 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 10:24 »

I thought this was a really nice episode, overall. It lost me in a few places--the Matrix reference was clumsy, Amy and Leela's disgust at Farnsworth's nudity was overdone,

Comedy Central pixellated Farnsworth's butt crack during the promo, but didn't for the actual episode (!).

I think there were a few holes in the whole "parents now accept Farnsworth as their son" thing but I'm in a generous mood.

There's a MAJOR plot hole. In "Space Pilot 3000", Leela says:

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Your DNA test shows one living relative.

Okay, maybe Farnsworth's parents weren't "really" living, but what about Floyd? Was he in a cryogenic tube or something? (Of course, Cubert hadn't been born/created yet.)

Now, Fry has at least five living relatives.

I'm really quite baffled by this one. I did think it was funny, Fry's nickname for Ned and Velma made me laugh every time. But here are the questions/thoughts I have:

1. Why are neither Leela or Bender at the Clippies?

Clippies are for delivery boys. Leela is a pilot. Bender is --- I'm not sure what his job description is, but he's not a delivery boy.

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2. I thought people who went to the Near Death Star eventually died.

So Ned and Velma and haven't died yet. What's yer problem?

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3. That being said I'm having a hard time believing Farnsworth's parents are still alive.

Future technology!

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3.a. I'm even more surprised that they look younger than their son.

Future technology!

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5. I don't understand how Farnsworth didn't know he had a brother.

Hey, he forgot that Bender was working for him in "Brannigan, Begin Again". The Professor can forget anything.

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7. Why was the professor crazy? He just was? And the issue doesn't resolve itself. I've come to accept that Farnsworth is crazy because he is really freaking old, not that he was always that way. I like to think that when he was younger he was a brilliant person but old age just got to him.

Well, you just learned more about his character then, didn't you?
Imy

Bending Unit
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« Reply #28 on: 08-16-2012 10:54 »

I've decided upon a score! 5/10

It's so obvious now, it sums up my "not sure if above or below average" feeling.
Spacedal11

Space Pope
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« Reply #29 on: 08-16-2012 10:59 »

So Fry isn't allowed to have people come support him at the awards? It would make more sense for Fry's friends to be there to support him but not his one family member. But no one else is there so why should Fry just be mad at the Professor? His girlfriend can't come support him?
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #30 on: 08-16-2012 11:10 »

Another awkward thing about the Matrix references is the it was Leela talking to Fry about it. Shouldn't it be the other way around? I find it hard to believe that she knows more about a 1999 movie than Fry does.
Svip

Space Pope
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« Reply #31 on: 08-16-2012 11:28 »

I don't know.  This felt like an empty episode.  Like it had a façade with animations, voice acting and a plot, but it did not try to tell me anything.  Even those terrible episodes like The Holiday Spectacular had points.  Or at least there were evidence of points.

I don't know what this episode wanted to show me.  It's not that I did not laugh, but it all felt hollow.  And particularly the attempts at breaking the fourth wall without doing so (The Matrix-references and "Of course I'm mad, that's been established") gave the episode more of a hollow feel.  That if you actually broke that wall, there was nothing there.

And the ending.  It just felt cheap, like trying to give the episode a heart where there was none.  It was like the cheapest trick in the book.

I don't think it was horrible, I just think it was a bland episode.  An episode I cannot feel.  I am perfectly indifferent.
DannyJC13

Space Pope
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« Reply #32 on: 08-16-2012 13:59 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 14:02 »

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3.a. I'm even more surprised that they look younger than their son.

Future technology!

This. The battery thingies probably keep their bodies preserved.

I think there were a few holes in the whole "parents now accept Farnsworth as their son" thing but I'm in a generous mood.

There's a MAJOR plot hole. In "Space Pilot 3000", Leela says:

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Your DNA test shows one living relative.

Okay, maybe Farnsworth's parents weren't "really" living, but what about Floyd? Was he in a cryogenic tube or something? (Of course, Cubert hadn't been born/created yet.)

Now, Fry has at least five living relatives.

The machine used to find Fry's relative seems to be a database, it's obvious that Ned and Velma weren't registered in it due to them being in virtual retirement.

3.a. I'm even more surprised that they look younger than their son.

As I said above, their bodies were preserved whilst the Professor carried on aging normally.

Another awkward thing about the Matrix references is the it was Leela talking to Fry about it. Shouldn't it be the other way around? I find it hard to believe that she knows more about a 1999 movie than Fry does.

Many explanations: Fry skipped the move/didn't have much interest in it, he didn't get it, forgot about it, fell asleep whilst watching it, etc.
sparkybarky

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #33 on: 08-16-2012 14:19 »

Well, Leela being a native of the future, she has more perspective on 20th century things, and how they have held up to the advances of the present time. Plus, Fry seems to always be in that position of, "I am a newcomer here, explain to me why this is so." like he is a stand-in for the audience.
Nibblonian Leader

Urban Legend
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« Reply #34 on: 08-16-2012 14:34 »

Okay, that may have been the most heartwarming episode I've seen, but there's some things I don't understand:

1)Nobody (besides Hermes, but that was for his son) showed up. Not even Leela. Shouldn't Fry be mad at them as well?

2)The Space Pilot Contradiction: But that's been retconned a dozen times, so whatever.

3)Floyd: What happened to him? It's implied Bender either killed him or sent him away, at least.
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #35 on: 08-16-2012 14:35 »

Many explanations: Fry skipped the move/didn't have much interest in it, he didn't get it, forgot about it, fell asleep whilst watching it, etc.

I'm not saying it's impossible, it's just odd. Modern humans seem to be oblivious to 20th century culture.

Though it doesn't strike me as the kind of movie Fry would enjoy anyway.
Tastes Like Fry

Urban Legend
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« Reply #36 on: 08-16-2012 14:38 »

So despite attempts to reload, the internet is only allowing me to view the first several minutes, and it is thus bedtime now so tomorrow I shall bring you a full review.

In the meantime, have a lol:


<insert line about a delivery boys "package">
Inquisitor Hein
Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #37 on: 08-16-2012 14:51 »

I'm pretty sure that cap will make it to the captionbox contest very soon wink
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

Urban Legend
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« Reply #38 on: 08-16-2012 15:18 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2012 15:20 »

Out of all the plotlines revealed for this season, this was the one I was looking forward to the most.  So I was disappointed the most by it.  It had a great idea in there, but it felt like a first draft.  So many klunky jokes, wasted moments, terrible pacing and reset button slamming.   Plus it was another episode that took a classic idea from the original run and screwed about with it.  It's like painting a cowboy hat on every angel in the sistine chapel.  Or giving the Venus Di Milo oversized frankfurters for arms.  Yes I'm grossly exaggerating because fuck you, that's why.

I would love it if they brought out old ideas and expanded on them, but here they actually putz about with canon or just bring them out for one big Futurama inside joke that stops being 'hey, look it's Angelyne in the jury!" and more "jesus christ, can you just leave Chapek 9 alone?"

The only things I liked about this episode were the genuinely sweet moments between Fry and the Professor's parents.  But an episode that goes back to the Near Death Star and reveals the existince of the PROFESSOR'S FREAKING PARENTS shouldn't be so... forgettable.  It's not a bad episode, it just took a genuinely exciting idea and made it pretty bland.

If I rewatch the last two seasons again, I'm going to start a Leela Gets her Lady Boner Slapped Down counter (LLBSD).  I like this running gag.
Jarvio

Bending Unit
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« Reply #39 on: 08-16-2012 15:34 »

In all honesty, I thought this was the best of 7A so far.
Funny, intriguing, touching, and plenty of the professor. That does it for me.

The only gripe is that Fry and Farnsworth's conflict was never resolved.

But other than this, 10/10 for me.
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