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PEE Poll: What did you think?
1/10 I'd rather stare at Beans   -3 (4.1%)
2/10 Booring!   -0 (0%)
3/10 Sucks for Futurama   -2 (2.7%)
4/10 Bad!   -3 (4.1%)
5/10 What was this?   -2 (2.7%)
6/10 Pretty Decent   -6 (8.2%)
7/10 Actually Okay!   -8 (11%)
8/10 Pretty Good!   -24 (32.9%)
9/10 Awesome!   -14 (19.2%)
10/10 Amazing!   -11 (15.1%)
Total Voters: 73

Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #120 on: 08-16-2013 06:36 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2013 06:47 »

I think the best 'the' episode is The Farnsworth Parabox.

!!!!TOTPD!!!!

UnrealLegend

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« Reply #121 on: 08-16-2013 06:41 »

Maybe we should take this somewhere else; we're getting a bit off-track here.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #122 on: 08-16-2013 06:43 »
« Last Edit on: 08-16-2013 09:05 »

I think so too.
-EDIT- I made one, so I guess we'll take the conversation there.
-EDIT ONCE MORE- Well, that thread didn't work well   roll eyes
Fnord
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« Reply #123 on: 08-16-2013 06:57 »


I'm not sure, but did Mom call Leela "Lena" at one point?
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #124 on: 08-16-2013 08:53 »

Maybe It was a joke about how Mom barely knows Leela? I feel like I heard that too, but I'll have to rewatch it and check.
RS 2thou

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« Reply #125 on: 08-22-2013 16:34 »

Well, this is the first and only episode that I didn't even bother to finish, I just skipped to ep23 and deleted this crap from my HDD.
SolidSnake

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« Reply #126 on: 08-22-2013 17:31 »

You thought it was that bad?  hmpf wow.

The first act didn't fully keep me interested. The next 2 did though.

And hey, we'd love you to share your opinions on ep. 23 and 24!  smile
Javier Lopez

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« Reply #127 on: 08-26-2013 03:43 »
« Last Edit on: 08-26-2013 03:46 »

I give this 7/10

I liked the overall plot (returning to futuramish stuff) and "shiping" was actually well balanced (i was afraid of finding a too-shiping episode) ..tought the negatives are the too intrusive "fairy-tail" stuff (like the random "oh i found Mom'sn secret cloud base while climbing this giant bean plant... ) . even tought it should be expected from this show..

Mom's 3 sons however are quite miss-used here... even less than usuall (and even with less slaps)

Also on a side note .. while im sure its totally unrealted to what the writers had in mind i couldnt help renember that Leela originally was suposed to be basically a big eyeball head alien ... pretty much much more a monster than what she ended being
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #128 on: 09-04-2013 19:20 »

This episode should've been like this:

http://futurama-madhouse.com/fanfic/tsands_-_dead_noise.shtml

DannyJC13

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« Reply #129 on: 09-04-2013 19:23 »

Fan-ficiton doesn't really reach the standards of canon-episode quality.
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« Reply #130 on: 09-04-2013 22:38 »


In general, true.  However, I can think of current and past eps where even average fan fiction would have been far preferable.

Genestalk was a decent ep.  6/10 by Futufama standards and 8/10 by overall TV standards.

SolidSnake

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« Reply #131 on: 09-04-2013 22:41 »

I really don't like this episode much anymore. It has some fun gags/background gags, but the whole thing feels kind of dull. The only thing that saved the episode from being bad was the Fry-Leela shippiness. Which I don't normally like. But it was the first time in a while that it was that good. I'd have to agree with a 6/10 rating for this ep. It's just bleh. It had some good moments. But was extremely forgettable overall.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #132 on: 09-05-2013 02:06 »

I think my opinion has dripped a little bit as well. I'll have to watch it again, but 9/10 is a bit too high.

Good thing I haven't voted on the poll yet.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #133 on: 11-17-2013 05:31 »

Am I the only one who didn't like the Finn & Jake cameo in this one? To me it seemed very unnecessary, and definitely like some sort of sell-out. Had their appearance made a little more sense, I'd have liked it more, but for me, it felt like they were just thrown into the episode because John does both of the voices, and Bender meeting Jake would be 'Funny'. I guess it might've been for ten-year-olds, who find that sort of thing very humorous, but seeing as this is an adult-level TV show, I'd expect a little more from them. I wasn't a fan of their cameo, shortly.

I can't believe I gave this a 9/10 back then. I think it's 7/10 material, if not a little less.
Quantum Neutrino Field

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« Reply #134 on: 11-17-2013 13:32 »

It was unnecessary and I would have preferred without it, but at least it wasn't any longer. The joke itself didn't work without knowing the reference.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #135 on: 11-17-2013 22:56 »

I haven't seen this episode since it aired, but I can't really come up with much I disliked about it, other than perhaps the slightly rushed ending.
Jezzem

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« Reply #136 on: 11-18-2013 07:12 »

I don't really see the problem with the Adventure Time thing. The fact that it was just a quick throwaway gag was what made it not feel like a sell out (and of course the joke itself doesn't work without knowing the reference; Futurama is full of those jokes).
Beamer

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« Reply #137 on: 11-18-2013 07:43 »

Am I the only one who didn't like the Finn & Jake cameo in this one? To me it seemed very unnecessary, and definitely like some sort of sell-out. Had their appearance made a little more sense, I'd have liked it more...

Adventure Time is set in the future and all the characters are genetically mutated. What exactly didn't make sense about it? Also, how is a throwaway gag that lasts a total of about 2 seconds "selling out?" It was a nod to the fact that DiMaggio does both voices, sure - and the shows share a portion of their respective audiences - but it takes up so little time! As far as Futurama's reference gags go, this is one of the least alienating they've ever done.
imdcathsmeow

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« Reply #138 on: 12-02-2013 03:51 »

Fry and Leela's conversation was really sweet and well-written especially when Fry vows to stay by Leela's side no matter how grotesque she got.  love
Fry-Azel

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« Reply #139 on: 12-07-2013 23:39 »

i liked the ep.
i gave it a 7/10
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #140 on: 12-07-2013 23:54 »

* Inquisitor Hein cannot resist to spoil the mood a bit

Fry and Leela's conversation was really sweet and well-written especially when Fry vows to stay by Leela's side no matter how grotesque she got.  love

It appears a little less sweet when taking into consideration that Leela even refused to make physical contact with the mutated Fry in "The mutants are revolting"....tongue
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #141 on: 12-08-2013 00:38 »

* Inquisitor Hein cannot resist to spoil the mood a bit

Fry and Leela's conversation was really sweet and well-written especially when Fry vows to stay by Leela's side no matter how grotesque she got.  love

It appears a little less sweet when taking into consideration that Leela even refused to make physical contact with the mutated Fry in "The mutants are revolting"....tongue

Fry was much more disgusting there than Leela was here, though. And since it's only a cartoon, we may have missed fine details such as puss oozing from the pores of his skin.
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« Reply #142 on: 04-27-2014 07:31 »

Not bad, not bad at all. Every season they seem to do at least one politically charged episode (Crimes of the Hot, The Problem with Popplers, A Big Piece of Garbage +) and this one was all about the GE. That aside, I enjoyed their employment of the fairy tales and how they played into the storyline. It was much more amusing to watch than the one right before it, Assie Come Home. The colors were done well, the detail to jokes great. I absolutely love that they finally used those tube transporters as first seen in the Pilot!! And Fry and his little hypnotoad lunchbox. Hehehe and the adventure time thing. The unicorn made me think back to when I would watch The Last Unicorn on VHS...but anyhow, I thought the plot flowed smoothly, it was entertaining enough to watch, kind of sad Walt didn't speak...I give this episode a solid 8/10. Nicely done.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #143 on: 04-27-2014 09:03 »

kind of sad Walt didn't speak...

Didn't he? I swear I heard him say something. What about when Leela was smacking everyone around?
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« Reply #144 on: 04-28-2014 08:57 »
« Last Edit on: 04-28-2014 09:00 »

I shall re-watch!

* Ten minutes later...

Oh, dang, he said the first line of the three: Your intruder, Mother...I must have been distracted during that part. But he does tend to fall back and remain silent/out of frame the rest of the scene...maybe that's why I thought that.

UnrealLegend

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« Reply #145 on: 04-28-2014 15:25 »

Ha! You were wrong! What kind of futurefreak are you?! tongue
Mr Snrub

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« Reply #146 on: 04-28-2014 23:58 »

The question is not how a futurefreak is, but how a futurefreak WILL be.
Motor Oil

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« Reply #147 on: 04-29-2014 00:07 »

Or how a futurefreak used to b--oh wait, that's time travel.
Scrappylive

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« Reply #148 on: 08-06-2014 08:18 »
« Last Edit on: 08-06-2014 09:06 »

This episode seems to be somewhat divisive, but for me, 7B keeps on delivering the good stuff.


Story
The Futurama writers really seem to be finding their groove with stories that are interesting but not overly-ambitious for a 21-minute episode. They are also writing episodes with consistently good pacing. The problem that plagued the stories for much of Seasons 6A, 6B, and 7A is finally being rectified -- just in time for the show to not exist anymore! hmpf At least they are setting themselves up to finish on a high note. smile

I found this episode to explore a novel idea: I would have never thought to write an episode about Leela mutating, especially since the sewer swamp only mutates non-mutants. As such, I did not see any details of this episode coming.

I always enjoy episodes that take us to exciting new places and introduce us to interesting new characters. This episode gave us both but the gifts didn't stop there. I'm not sure the last time we saw a fantasy/fairy tale setting. Anthology of Interest II? Plus, we even got a couple of fun cameos/crossovers/references.


Plot
In Leela and the Genestalk, we start off with a flimsy pre-text to go to the "redneck bar." Within a couple minutes, the direction of the episode had changed completely. It reminded me of all those old (and maybe new too? I wouldn't know) Simpsons episodes where the first two minutes of the show had nothing to do with the rest of the episode.

Some plot issues, such as Munda's tentacles and Mom's motives, have been discussed thoroughly in this thread and I do not have any issue with the logic behind these instances. What does confuse me, however, is Stan the Giant. Did his gigantism make him angry? He was obviously irate and violent when we first saw him, but in the end of the episode he seemed to be a very chill person after his cure.

The only problem for the plot of this episode was that there was not enough time to fully explore every aspect. This lead to us jumping directly to specific plot points, with little-to-no build-up to them. Explanations of circumstances were often very implicit, leaving a lot to be desired. In a more perfect world, we might have seen this plot as a movie (and not one of those four related episodes movies, but a more traditional movie). Still, I think the writers made this episode about as good as it could be under the circumstances.


Funny
All in all, I'd say this was a consistently humorous episode. There were plenty of great one-liners from a variety of characters. There were a few apparent jokes that didn't elicit any laughter from me ("Still, someone should eat the hat."; "Fry, you big dummy?"), but that's not to say that I disliked these lines. Regardless of these few lines, my hilarity unit was most certainly activated during this episode.

I enjoyed both sets of cameos were got in this episode. The Adam West and Burt Ward cameo seemed a little pointless to me at first, though that's only because I'm not awesome enough to have fully understood the gag reference. Still, I thought it was nice to finally see Adam West make his way to the year three thousand (thirteen). I really loved the Adventure Time cameo, though. I found it especially funny since John DiMaggio was telling John DiMaggio to shut up. laff Personally, I love the cartoon crossovers that have been happening lately.

My favorite line from this episode: "I keep telling you, we didn't grow up together!" So perfect in so many ways.


Characters
I actually enjoyed the shipping in this episode, and that is something that I almost never say. I usually find it contrived and unnecessary, but it was pretty touching to see Fry support Leela unconditionally. They also managed to incorporate some humor and visual prowess, a lá Fry kissing Leela's neck tentacle, the resulting popping sound, and Fry's reactionary facial expression, as well as Leela's tentacle swing.

All of the characters seemed in-character to me. I was a little thrown at first by Mom's willingness and desire to cure Leela, but she easily had personal motives here. Squid DNA, Quid Pro Quo, and more Quid in her bank.

I love Leela's not-so-above-it-afterall mentality at the end. Other than the obvious social commentary, I think it really fits Leela's character to take the high road until she see how it could affect her. She is very opinionated but still she doesn't want to suffer from squidification.


Classic
I think this episode was a good mix between "new" and "classic." New elements include the zany adventure, lack of strong science fiction elements (not saying this is good or bad, just more characteristic of the new run than the old), and really fun visuals. Classic elements include focus on the main trio, Zoidberg showing affection for the repulsive, intelligent dialogue (puns versus wordplay), and Fry's stoopidity.

That's why I called to ask you! / Well you didn't! is a classic dumb Fry line, a lá:

Don't listen to them, Leela. People said I was dumb, but I proved them! (The Day the Earth Stood Stupid)

And, Fry, you've got that brain thing! / I already did! (The Cyber House Rules)

I heard alcohol makes you stupid. / No, I'm... doesn't. (The Route of All Evil)


Visuals
As always, this episode was rife with visual treats. The Momsanto cloud complex was both beautiful and creative and there were many new crazy creatures at which to caw. We also got a fair amount of action in this episode. Fry and Bender's rocketboard ride was thrilling and the chase scene with the giant was genuinely fun to watch. My favorite visual gags were the Professor gliding down like a piece of paper after flying off of the mechanical buggalo and the digital zoom on Dr. Zoidberg's magnifying glass.


Gripes
 • I don't like how the Beanstalk (less traveled) and Fry and Bender's rocketboard ride both happen to lead straight to Mom's overgound lair. Too convenient.
 • I find it a little weird how Mom uses a castle in the sky for her experiments rather than going into space (MomCorp does have at least one major spaceship [Bender's Big Score, I think]) and that it somehow remains a secret when there are spaceships flying all over, but I'll forgive this lapse in logic because it allows us to explore this story and location as it is.
 • Is there a resolution for Bessie? Will we see her again? (Of course we will, but will there be an explanation for it?)


Highlights
 • It's fun because there's no touching and lots of rules.
 • Uuugghh! You sack of bags of buckets of idiots!
 • It's some kind of deluxe apartment in the sky!
 • I think it fell from the sky, but I'm not sure. *clunk* Now I'm sure.
 • (Robotically) Instead I went to bed because I'm tired now.
 • Well, look what the giant cat dragged in. Memo to self: breed giant cat -- to drag things in.
 • And remember: don't report them missing until after we max out their credit cards.
 • The redneck bar had good country music, not the insufferable twangy kind.
 • The Futurama crew is doing a great job including little hints of past episodes:
  - Calling the PE Ship Bessie. (2-D Blacktop)
  - Leela's blurnsball uniform and chicken hat in her locker. (A Leela of Her Own and Fun on a Bun, respectively)
  - Bender acknowledging that "[he] was there" during Fry's bathtime. (Calculon 2.0)
 • Leela stealing office supplies as she leaves. Heh heh heh...
 • Fry falling down the manhole into the sewers because Leela didn't bother covering it back up. I'm glad there are consequences for some character oversights in this cartoon.
 • The giant's giant room, complete with a giant can of Slurm.


Overall
Though a little pressed for time, this episode was very fun and adventurous and made me laugh quite a bit.
9/10

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Beamer

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« Reply #149 on: 08-06-2014 08:24 »

I'm not sure the last time we saw a fantasy/fairy tale setting. Anthology of Interest II?

Bender's Game? Unless you're doing what I'm doing and pretending it just doesn't exist.
Scrappylive

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« Reply #150 on: 08-06-2014 08:56 »

Haha, very good point. I suppose I was thinking more of a happy-fantasy vibe rather than a Dungeons & Dragons/Lord of the Rings vibe, but nonetheless, Number 1.0 would commend you for your particular type of correctness.
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