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Box Incorporated

Bending Unit
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« on: 06-27-2013 04:24 »

Original Airdate: June 26, 2013. After being marooned on an distant planet, Fry is befriended by a young monster. Rate and Review.
Professor Zoidy

Urban Legend
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« Reply #1 on: 06-27-2013 04:31 »

Thought it was cute and I chuckled a few times. It's keeping with the good this season thus far. Nothing was so horrible I cringed.
Kornography

Bending Unit
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« Reply #2 on: 06-27-2013 04:32 »

The first act was pretty weak, but it got better in the 2nd and 3rd. The answering machine stuff was great.

8/10
MuchAdo

Professor
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« Reply #3 on: 06-27-2013 04:34 »
« Last Edit on: 06-28-2013 02:58 »

Like "Law and Oracle" this one shouldn't have worked, but it did, albeit sans a clever ending.
That's our Josh W. for you (writer of this sode)!
I really liked the first 2 acts, as I thought they were very funny.
All the tons of weed jokes and ET jokes really played well for me.
The 3rd act was a little weak though.
Bender getting kissed by a stoned Prof. was so funny and awesome!
I also really enjoyed the idea of Bender ditching Fry on Omicron Persei 8 and pretending he was still around via an old answering machine message, used in tons of different ways.

I'd say it's an 8.8/10.

And a 9 for the polls!
Solid Gold Bender

Urban Legend
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« Reply #4 on: 06-27-2013 04:35 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 04:37 »

Awesome episode. I am a big fan of Josh Weinstein's work, and I wasn't surprised when I found this episode by witty, humorous, and original. All the weed jokes were great, and as an enthusiast of the herb itself I found myself smiling. I also loved all the Bender scenes. The answering machine idea was brilliant, and the way everyone thought he was doing a great job that week was a fun laugh.

The Final Verdict: 9/10

Jrr was an original character, and I actually found him to be very likable. A little more than just the kid who doesn't want to end up like his dad. Also, the Jeffersons Memorial had me on the floor.
SolidSnake

Professor
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« Reply #5 on: 06-27-2013 04:36 »
« Last Edit on: 09-08-2013 18:19 »

Ummm, the episode was pretty bad. I wasn't a fan of the Fry stuck on Planet parts. It was full of ET references, and annoyed the living craps out of me. Benders quote "What the hell has been going on around here!?" pretty much summed it up for me. But it wasn't that extremely awful bad, either. The other side plot, with Bender covering up for Fry was classic. Really enjoyed that. Ending with Leela kissing Fry was pretty stupid.

I think for now, I'll give it a 6/10. Definitely needed improvement.
Quantum Neutrino Field

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #6 on: 06-27-2013 04:38 »

Some funny jokes about missing Fry, but plot seemed a bit stupid. Need to rewatch...
CitizenSnips

Bending Unit
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« Reply #7 on: 06-27-2013 04:55 »

I liked it. Best of the season so far I think. Third movie spoof premise in a row though. I hope they aren't completely out of original ideas...
Fnord
Starship Captain
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« Reply #8 on: 06-27-2013 06:47 »

For those of you who don't get the joke in the Poll, after the movie ET, Atari came out with a game based on the movie for the Atari 2600. (It was the Xbox of its time.) It was notoriously difficult to play and didn't sell. Atari supposedly took a few million game cartridges to a New Mexico landfill and poured concrete over them.

http://www.snopes.com/business/market/atari.asp
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #9 on: 06-27-2013 06:52 »

Well, I enjoyed it for the most part. Most of the jokes delivered and the pacing was acceptable.

Other thoughts:

-The answering machine stuff was absolutely brilliant, as was the way the crew kept on falling for it.

-"We now go live to the White House lawn, where ships usually land."

-The opening cop show was amusing, yet slightly stupid.

-I found the Professor's arthritis to be pretty dumb. Not quite "verbal abuse gag" dumb, mind you.

-More consistency with the Fry/Leela ship is welcome. Speaking of which, it's good to have a Fry-focused plot for a change.

-Jrrr "invading" Earth was really silly, in a good way.

-"He's riding a bicycle powered by love! ...Which is normal on this planet!"

-The perspective of Bender's "cigar jerk" magazine amused me endlessly.

First impression says 7.5/10. It could've been funnier, but this was still a fine episode.
Scrappylive

Starship Captain
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« Reply #10 on: 06-27-2013 08:03 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 08:04 »

It's been said a few times already, but I don't think it can be said enough: the answering machine bit was brilliant! It worked for the plot, it was funny, it was fluid and logical, and I can't fathom how much work they had to put in just to make an original message that would suit all of the later situations well. Bravo.

The E.T. references and the turd jokes were a bit many. And it seemed silly that Fry would be so hopeless while stuck on Omicron Persei 8. Sure, there was the embargo, but it just seemed a bit silly. On the other hand, the plot with Bender covering for Fry's absence seemed very classic sitcom-y... in a great way.

This was a really good episode. It would be a great episode if there were more jokes that made me laugh out loud. The first act seemed to be especially deficient in this area. Still, I enjoyed it plenty. 8/10


The elves are back.
Jezzem

Urban Legend
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« Reply #11 on: 06-27-2013 09:03 »

I thought this episode had a nice "classic Futurama" feel to it which is not to say I thought it was perfect, but the plot and a lot of the jokes felt like they could have come from the original run. I liked that there was some Fry and Leela stuff in the episode that didn't distract from the plot or feel like it was thrown in for no reason.

Oh, I loved Bender's "What the hell has been going on around here?!"

I'll give this one an 8/10, I think.
Eternium

Professor
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« Reply #12 on: 06-27-2013 09:51 »

I especially loved the second part, the whole episode was really great! big grin

9/10 Just perfect
Imy

Bending Unit
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« Reply #13 on: 06-27-2013 10:41 »

I didn't enjoy the skittle turd jokes, which were plentiful. The plot was so-so, it seemed to go by very fast. Also, does Leela's interaction with Fry at the end insinuate Bender took advantage of the situation and made out with her? Because WHAOO!

6/10
Just Fan
Starship Captain
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« Reply #14 on: 06-27-2013 10:50 »

Also, does Leela's interaction with Fry at the end insinuate Bender took advantage of the situation and made out with her?
Yes, it does frown.
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #15 on: 06-27-2013 10:55 »

That hardly constitutes a " frown ". I was thinking a " flirt " would be more appropriate.

wink
Imy

Bending Unit
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« Reply #16 on: 06-27-2013 11:03 »

I personally find the thought delightfully cheeky. I'm all for "Fry&Leela5eva", but you can hardly blame Bender for seizing the opportunity wink
Fanarama

Crustacean
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« Reply #17 on: 06-27-2013 11:06 »

I enjoyed it. The answering machine bits were funny.
DannyJC13

Space Pope
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« Reply #18 on: 06-27-2013 11:46 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 11:57 »

Not a bad episode, the answering machine stuff and Bender's attempt to take-off in the ship properly were brilliant, and I enjoyed most of the scenes on Omicron Persei 8. Jrrr was a likable character, and I loved his attempt to invade Earth. Wasn't so sure if the bicycles-powered-by-love were stupid or not, but then at the end you realise the Omicronians think a lot of things are powered by love (Fry's glowing ass), so the bikes were probably just made with hover/floating technology.

7/10

*edit*

Anyone else notice that the opening was even shorter than usual? We did get to see a cartoon on the big monitor for once, though. big grin
CommanderZapp

Starship Captain
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« Reply #19 on: 06-27-2013 13:11 »

I thought it was a pretty damn good episode, best one of the three broadcast so far. 9/10.
CoiletteUSA

Crustacean
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« Reply #20 on: 06-27-2013 13:27 »

I didn't think the turd jokes were necessary, but otherwise I liked this episode. 8/10
Dorsal Axe

Bending Unit
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« Reply #21 on: 06-27-2013 15:05 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 15:11 »

Anyone else notice that the opening was even shorter than usual? We did get to see a cartoon on the big monitor for once, though. big grin
Yeah, I picked up on that. You could hear the police hovercar's siren too. Hopefully they'll be using this abridged version of the intro going forward, so we can still have the classic cartoon. tongue

I really enjoyed this episode. A little more focused on plot than funny, but it worked, and worked well. Not much I can say that hasn't been said, although I was amused how Planet Express was still damaged in the shot of it late into the episode. Lots of nice visual comedy too.

Also, R.I.P. Agnew. Again.
cyber_turnip

Urban Legend
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« Reply #22 on: 06-27-2013 15:40 »

Huge improvement over last weeks' double offering, but still a pretty limp episode.

Some of the jokes were pretty good, though, even if they were sprinkled very sparsely, throughout.
Sof

Bending Unit
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« Reply #23 on: 06-27-2013 15:43 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 15:45 »

I really need watch this episode again,but at the moment I can say I'm really pleased,especially because:

  • It's a simple plot but good,sometimes,simplier is better. Also if you think about it,was like a reverse "Godfellas",except for the philosophical part.
  • Zapp appeared,even if were some minutes,I liked it.
  • It's a Fry's episode! I missed to see these,also what a cute pet  wink (except for the turd part,but that didn't annoy me at all).
  • I personally enjoy Bender more in minor roles,the thing with the machine was really funny also "S and O, these are the only letters that Fry knows!.", that made me laugh hard big grin (that or I have an awful ear).
  • I liked the Bender/Leela interaction (yeah I'm one of these fans  roll eyes...).
  • I'm not very into Freela,but I think ,it's ok here,especially when Leela searches Fry and tells him "I love you" and he wasn't even there for listen it. laff
  • And finally, this episode reminded me to first or second season,so I think is a really good thing.

I'm giving it a 9/10,again I need to re-watch it.
Solid Gold Bender

Urban Legend
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« Reply #24 on: 06-27-2013 16:03 »

Olive you.
sparkybarky

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #25 on: 06-27-2013 16:07 »

I'm always overly generous in my first impression of a new episode, so I watched it a second time today. I think the heavy reliance on deriving things from E.T. and most especially the lame glowing butt jokes at the end dragged down the quality of this episode. However, I was quite entertained.

As others have said, I liked the answering machine running gag, and there were lots of other great jokes:

- Barfing "foose"ball table
- Various Hermes/marijuana jokes--dime bags, 5.0! 5.0!
- Not being able to continue on the bikes powered by love because "we men have been hurt too much"
- Nixon and Agnew
- The Jeffersions memorial!
- Drrrrrr! The Dr. of Omicron Persei 8! And his arm being so casually shot off

I was very apprehensive of Lrrr and Ndnd being on this episode, since I really find the jokes about their marriage tiresome, so I'm happy that she made only one appearance. And I found Jrrr to be very likeable--that was a major plus of this episode. Adolescent characters on the show are generally not the strongest, most sympathetic ones (excluding the teenaged crew from TMLH).

It was certainly not the best one of this season for me, but I think it's a solid and funny episode, so I'm happy.
AllEggsIn1Basket

Professor
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« Reply #26 on: 06-27-2013 16:55 »

This episode was pretty simple storytelling since both the Earth & Omicron Persei 8 plots dealt strictly with Fry (or the lack thereof), which is a nice change from multiple plot-lines being tied up in a "reveal" at the end. The "Finder Outer" beginning was a good commentary on how so many of the crime shows (in America at least) have people with special powers to aid in the investigations. Throughout the episode, I found it funny that Bender put in more effort trying to make Fry appear productive and romantic than he generally puts into anything other than robbery.

When the scene cuts from Lrrr talking to Jrrr about invading Earth to Morbo giving breaking news (that turned on the TV set- heh heh) I laughed about it cutting from one Maurice LaMarche character to another very similarly voiced character. I was glad Linda made an appearance since we don't often get to see her. Was the last time in "Clockwork Origin" when the hardened alcoholics joke panned to her? Jrrr drinking Fry's blood at night and only feeding him "something I made" was a good explanation for Fry's sudden illness.

My favorite of the jokes was about the cape "It's not lame, it's lame'" (I'm not sure how to do an accent). It reminded me of a Venture Bros. joke about a miscommunication about hot oil/hot voile. It wasn't a laugh-packed episode because the beginning dragged a little, but I found the episode satisfying nonetheless.
MYK

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #27 on: 06-27-2013 17:22 »

The jokes were either very good (Nixon and Agnew, the answering machine, Scruffy and the elves, most of the dope jokes, the crime dramas) or very flat (Fry's glowing butt, bicycles powered by love, the turd jokes got tiring after a while). Luckily, most of them were of the first group.

The plot was solid, simple, and it worked. Bender's role was great.

Not quite as good as the first two but still worthy of an 8/10.
futz
Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #28 on: 06-27-2013 17:34 »

I thought Fry saying it was one of the best times of his life was really strange. Like the writer had no knowledge of Fry's life so far and I didn't see anything in the episode that would make me think it would have been a great time.
DannyJC13

Space Pope
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« Reply #29 on: 06-27-2013 17:58 »

According to the opening caption there are 823543 wonders of the future world. laff
Quantum Neutrino Field

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #30 on: 06-27-2013 18:06 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 18:08 »

"I'll just have to... find out!"
Apparently Omicronians have now better television technic to be able to watch current programmes from Earth.

Some drawbacks: too much/too obvious E.T. -references and theme of child becoming a man and earning father's respect is too used (or something).

"Home, eh. That's where I live."
"Update Facebook-status home?"
 laff Fry's logic to eat random things.

Plot was straigthforward, but I didn't like at all how things were resolved. Easy solutions like Benders 1 000 000 x zoom and bioluminescence/love -> coming back to live.
Fry's absence -plot was great though.

Hmm, my opinions are divided, but I don't think this was as good as the first two. Worse than average: 4/10.


According to the opening caption there are 823543 wonders of the future world. laff
77: that was great. Also; "Rational Archieves - 22/7: Fool's Pi"
totalnerduk

DOOP Ubersecretary
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« Reply #31 on: 06-27-2013 18:41 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 18:46 »

I have three words to describe this episode:

Incredibly fucking dumb.

I agree with QNF on every point except finding a reference to Facebook funny. So I guess I can agree with the 4/10 that he gave it.

The elves are back.

I liked that. In fact, I liked a lot of the animation and a lot of the stuff that Bender got up to. I mainly didn't care for the last five minutes, which fits a familiar pattern - an enjoyable episode overall, but ruined by the stupid ending.
Inquisitor Hein
Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #32 on: 06-27-2013 20:51 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 21:55 »

Not sure what to think of it right yet, will have to watch it again.

- The general ET parody plot seemed all right.
- Bender's answering machine shenanigans were a great subplot.
- NDND was introduced as the occasional reminder that even an Alien monster like LRRR has all too human problems (in that case: The nagging wife). Yet, as comedy has seen it's fair share to the nagging wife type, I was rather glad she did not appear too much.
- JRRR standing up to his dad was a predictable, yet working solution. Bender saving Fry...hm...you can let it slide, I assume.
- Omicron Persei 8 was a bit of a letdown. Omicronians riding bikes and redneck trucks? Something more alien, please.

Right now, I am not quite certain wether that episode really got together. Will have to give it another chance.

I personally find the thought delightfully cheeky. I'm all for "Fry&Leela5eva", but you can hardly blame Bender for seizing the opportunity wink

I am not quite sure it was really Bender seizing the opportunity.
So far, season 7 showed Leela to be the one making sexual advances.
Leela might have asked hidden Fry so often for a make-out-session, that Bender realised she'd grow suspicious if she didn't get it.
Dorsal Axe

Bending Unit
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« Reply #33 on: 06-27-2013 22:09 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 22:11 »

I thought Fry saying it was one of the best times of his life was really strange. Like the writer had no knowledge of Fry's life so far and I didn't see anything in the episode that would make me think it would have been a great time.
Given that he was on the brink of death, and missing copious amounts of blood, I think it's safe to say that he was delirious and caught up in the moment or something.

"I'll just have to... find out!"
Apparently Omicronians have now better television technic to be able to watch current programmes from Earth.
I guess the 1000 year delay only applies to transmissions that occurred before the speed of light was increased.
Fnord
Starship Captain
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« Reply #34 on: 06-27-2013 22:34 »

Also, R.I.P. Agnew. Again.

You'll only be able to say R.I.P. Agnew once more.

  • I liked the Bender/Leela interaction (yeah I'm one of these fans  roll eyes...).

My God! You never took middle school hygiene. You never saw the propaganda film.

DON'T DATE ROBOTS!

I think the heavy reliance on deriving things from E.T. and most especially the lame glowing butt jokes at the end dragged down the quality of this episode.

Some drawbacks: too much/too obvious E.T. -references

Seriously though, did you NOT expect any E.T. jokes in this episode, based on the title? Really?

Plot was straigthforward, but I didn't like at all how things were resolved.

It's the secret of all TV shows: At the end of the episode, everything's always right back to normal.

My favorite of the jokes was about the cape "It's not lame, it's lamé'" (I'm not sure how to do an accent).

If you have Windows, look for a program called "Character Map", at \WINDOWS\system32\charmap.exe on your hard drive. Other OS's have something similar.

Quantum Neutrino Field

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #35 on: 06-27-2013 22:44 »

I will specify, what I meant:

Some drawbacks: too much/too obvious E.T. -references

Seriously though, did you NOT expect any E.T. jokes in this episode, based on the title? Really?

Plot was straigthforward, but I didn't like at all how things were resolved.

It's the secret of all TV shows: At the end of the episode, everything's always right back to normal.

I mean, "resolving" could have been more believable.
The Sophisticated Shut In

Bending Unit
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« Reply #36 on: 06-27-2013 23:04 »

Overall I really enjoyed this episode. The various relationships between characters were well-handled (Leela's casual "I love you", Bender smothering Fry's empty bed, etc) and most of the jokes (the answering machine in particular) worked very well.

The Good :

- The running gag with the answering machine message was perfect, both for the way the crew bought into it ("Mice . . . mice . . . elves" / "The elves are back") and for Bender's increasing emotional reliance on it as a substitute for Fry. ("You're my hero" / "Shut up Fry, I know it"  laff )

- The Planet Express ship's sole stealth ability is a paint can. And because it's Zapp Brannigan on blockade duty, this works.

- The foozeball table with the real little aliens tied to it, and the fleem. Omicronian childhood is brutal.

- Bender is still just as bad at flying the ship as he was that time he and Fry took it for a joyride. (The Cryonic Woman, I think that episode was.) Which explains why he dragged Fry along on his mammoth hunt in FoaB, and is a neat bit of continuity.

- Cigar Jerk magazine. That whole scene was funny actually.

- Hermes realizing he's buddied himself up with Zoidberg.

- "We must've just missed them. The ground is still warm!"

- I just love the way Jrr says "He's a terrible father." That's Lauren Tom, right? The voice-acting on that was really good. As was Jrr's voice becoming more "manly" during his final showdown with Lrr. Kudos.

- Bender went to hilariously extreme lengths to cover up Fry's absence. (That must have been one bizarre make-out session with Leela. )

- All the moons on Omicron Persei 8 made me laugh. "This planet has a moon problem."

- Jrr drinking Fry's blood.  laff

- The little details in the final scene were great too - Fry hopping around in agony after Bender stepped on his foot, and Leela's momentarily confused expression when Bender played back the "Olive you" message again.  big grin
 
The Not So Great :

- The turd jokes were kind of overused. Or rather, there were two similar jokes going on at the same time, which made it feel like overkill. I feel like we should have had either the glowing ass weed OR the skittles-turds, but not both.

- The bicycles powered by love were funny, but out of place for the setting. Omicronian society doesn't value love, so that didn't really fit.

- Although I thought the candy turds were overused, I did like the continuity with Popplers in earlier seasons. Omicronian secretions have been shown to be addictively appealing to humans, so it made sense that Fry would continue to eat the "Feces Pieces" even after finding out what they were. And insist they weren't making him sick, even when they obviously were.

- Most of the Fry and Jrr stuff was cute, but some of it dumbed down Fry too much for me. (Like the dog panting.  hmpf )

- The glowing asses just didn't work for me. Don't know why. I just thought they were awkward. As gags go it was kind of lazy, and a little too similar to Fry glowing in The Bots and the Bees.



DannyJC13

Space Pope
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« Reply #37 on: 06-27-2013 23:27 »

- The bicycles powered by love were funny, but out of place for the setting. Omicronian society doesn't value love, so that didn't really fit.

Maybe they were trying to make it ironic.
The Sophisticated Shut In

Bending Unit
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« Reply #38 on: 06-27-2013 23:35 »

No, I think it was just a riff on the famous ET imagery.

If it was irony then it came off pretty clumsily. The Omnicronian men not being able to operate the bicycles worked, but the existence of the bikes themselves didn't.
DannyJC13

Space Pope
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« Reply #39 on: 06-27-2013 23:46 »

Yeah the bikes themselves weren't ironic, but the fact that they're (possibly) powered by love seems ironic because the Omicronians are evil, brutal aliens.
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