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« on: 02-12-2001 10:57 »

ok, anyone who hasnt seen the episode and doesnt want to be spoiled: GO AWAY!

I'm really not sure about this episode. We do get to know some of Benders background info -- thats good. Overall too much Bender though for me.
We do get to see Don Bot and Clamps again (loved them), but their part of the story will probably be a mystery for me. They didnt really do anything important (besides teh "maybe we shouldnt relay on an accident to happen but kill him ourself" joke  smile.
Zoidberg only has a tiny role, but in my opinion the funniest scene with "yay little friend, good as new -- AAAAAAA!"
and ... i dont want to see 3 romance episodes in a row, even if we are nearing valentines ...

so overall .. a B- for me. enjoyable, but way from the other two season episodes (parasite lost and amazon women).
 

ps: i liked the fembot better as seen behind the milk glass  wink


[This message has been edited by [-mArc-] (edited 06-09-2001).]
Dagda Zo1db3rg

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« Reply #1 on: 02-12-2001 18:54 »

yeah... "too much romance, not enough human killing"  wink      3 romance episodes in a row are REALLY enough...

i liked the bended farnsworth joke, but it got a little tiring at the end...
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« Reply #2 on: 02-12-2001 20:50 »

I give it a C+.  It had a nice beginning, but after that it dragged.  The bending jokes got old after the first few minutes.  Bender's all right, but episodes focused entirely on him tend to be kind of boring. 


I agree about the Robot Mafia, they didn't add anything to the episode.  I think we've had enough clamp jokes...

The best part was Zoidberg's slinky   smile
Kryten

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« Reply #3 on: 02-13-2001 02:26 »

Yep, we can add Zoidberg's slinky to the endless list of inappropriate objects that catch fire or explode in Groening cartoons...

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« Reply #4 on: 02-13-2001 12:12 »

As far as I'm concerned, this was a hot candidate for the worst episode crown.
I really hot that they don't substitue comedy by romance.
More jokes please - and of course: more Zapp Branigan!

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« Reply #5 on: 02-13-2001 17:22 »

I think the episode was, eh, C+ or B-, definitely the least entertaining, loved the slinky, but I think the portion with Bender and Angeline (sp?) on the date was a bit too long. A better bit would have been a more intense dance, (dance ze robot!) with Bender and Angeline and some nice cgi.  MAtrix style dance steps. Those could have improved the dance club sequence.
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« Reply #6 on: 02-14-2001 03:50 »

Well, the episode wasn't really good, IMO. Episodes that tend to focus on Bender don't go down too well for me, finding them predictable, etc. I thought that the Farnsworth stuff was good and the slinky scene with Zoidberg was hilarious. The gangsters didn't really add anything, either. This ep will probably be liked by the Bender-lovers out there, but seeing that I'm not one of them, it won't be on my top episodes list. C- from me, I'm afraid.

One other thing, can't people stop bleating about too much romance on Futurama... sorry, but I don't see why romance and comedy should be seperated by some Chinese wall, they can easily be blended together. I will admit that three in a row is going a bit far, but I would still like some romance and emotion in future episodes. Now, I'm off to find the tissues and cry... boo hoo!

[This message has been edited by Gort (edited February 14, 2001).]
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« Reply #7 on: 02-14-2001 07:49 »

I thought it was hillarious, but I might be biased...

The funniest part was when the cut to the cave with Kif and he's crawling along the ceiling, lmao.

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« Reply #8 on: 02-14-2001 08:26 »

eeerhhhh
wwrrrrrong episode, man
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« Reply #9 on: 02-14-2001 09:14 »

jupp, but ok.
i think i will open a new thread like "Thoughts on [3acv07] The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" whenever a new episode aired (or is going to air). i know that cgef has a review system and now the comments on the news, but some dont seem to like to use the review thingy. maybe jason will include some of the thoughts on the eposides at the review thing, maybe not. i will probably not be the first to comment the show, as i normally have to wait till monday midday to see it, so feel free to have a race about who is first   wink
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« Reply #10 on: 02-14-2001 17:28 »

They tried to do a parody on a movie Dont remember wich one though. I guess you`d have to see the movie to get most of the jokes.

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« Reply #11 on: 02-21-2001 22:06 »

Why did they skip 3 episodes just to show yet another romance.
Why can't they just show the episodes in order of their production code number?
Fox can count can't they?

Anyway did anyone thing that Fry riding Farnsworth was just a tad bit gay?
Kryten

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« Reply #12 on: 02-22-2001 01:39 »

I don't know, maybe because it was the week of Valentine's Day? I can almost guarantee that they'll show "Luck of the Fryrish" the week of St. Patrick's Day.

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« Reply #13 on: 02-22-2001 21:31 »

 
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Originally posted by iliketowankalot:
Why did they skip 3 episodes just to show yet another romance.
Why can't they just show the episodes in order of their production code number?
Fox can count can't they?

Anyway did anyone thing that Fry riding Farnsworth was just a tad bit gay?

Because it was Valentines Day ~week~, and I guess FOX thought it should bombard its week of programing with Hearts... but I did get a bit romanced out from 3 in a row too.


[This message has been edited by The Baz (edited February 22, 2001).]
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« Reply #14 on: 02-23-2001 01:50 »

 
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Originally posted by The Baz:
  Because it was Valentines Day ~week~, and I guess FOX thought it should bombard its week of programing with Hearts... but I did get a bit romanced out from 3 in a row too.


[This message has been edited by The Baz (edited February 22, 2001).]

aw even FOX worships my bday...haha  tongue

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« Reply #15 on: 02-23-2001 07:29 »

 
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Originally posted by futurefreak:
aw even FOX worships my bday...haha   tongue

Hey Valentines Day is my birthday, I was there before you =;-))))

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« Reply #16 on: 02-24-2001 00:48 »

 
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Hey Valentines Day is my birthday, I was there before you =;-))))
Ainoth

you mean that you're older than me, right?  tongue

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« Reply #17 on: 02-24-2001 06:30 »

 
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you mean that you're older than me, right?   tongue

No that means I'm probably older than your dad  smile

Ainoth
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« Reply #18 on: 02-24-2001 14:53 »

I agree. Too much Bender (even though he's one of the best characters) and not enough Zoidberg or drama.

If I Ruled The World..... (Insert daydream here)
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« Reply #19 on: 02-25-2001 03:01 »

It was one of the worst out of the whole bunch, but i have never seen an episode that didn't make me laugh out loud, or giggle with delight like a giddy little school girl.
seriously.
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« Reply #20 on: 02-28-2001 01:18 »

 
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Originally posted by Ainoth:
No that means I'm probably older than your dad   smile

Ainoth

uh.....?

and Bovinatron...you giddy liitle dickhole you...  tongue

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« Reply #21 on: 07-24-2001 15:48 »

Bump.
Anyone have any new insights on their second viewing?
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« Reply #22 on: 07-24-2001 19:42 »

 
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Originally posted by Kryten:
Bump.
Anyone have any new insights on their second viewing?

Not really--in fact I forgot to watch it last Sunday. But I never reviewed it the first time around, so here's a quick summary of my thoughts.

I liked it. It was the first episode I had seen since the season 2 finale...it renewed my interest in the show, so it has a special place in my heart. Also, it contains one of my favorite lines ever:

"Some people would say I'm robbing the cradle...but I say she's robbing the grave!"

So good. Lots of other great jokes too. However, the story is very boring and too robot-centric. The return of Flexo was unnecessary, as was the robot mafia. Coming off of Parasites Lost and Amazon Women, I can see why people wouldn't like this episode, but I thought it contained an adequate amount of laughs.

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« Reply #23 on: 07-24-2001 20:41 »

hmmm I thought I rrviewed this episode before, oh weel.

I like the episode. I like it when we see Flexo again but I wanted moer scenes from him. didn't like the crew parts I thought it was borring. And Bender and Angaline were both good.  love

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« Reply #24 on: 07-24-2001 21:40 »

That's odd... the crew parts were the only thing I liked. The robot crap got pretty boring....
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« Reply #25 on: 07-24-2001 22:56 »

 
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Originally posted by Kryten:
That's odd... the crew parts were the only thing I liked. The robot crap got pretty boring....

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« Reply #26 on: 10-17-2007 09:53 »

it sure looked like flexo enjoyed getting RAMMED by bender in the factory

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« Reply #27 on: 09-18-2011 21:09 »

I just rewatched this for the Random Order Test (aka SCRUFFY) and I liked it more than I remembered liking it. I am not usually a fan of Bender-centric episodes but this is a good one. The whole plot with Bender taking Angleyne out as Flexo and not understanding at all what is actually going on is hilarious.

My favorite part was when the crew is sitting in the table on the wall. I laughed when they all fell out onto the floor.

There is a montage in this one. It's pretty short and I thought it was funny, but I generally think the montages are funny.

I thought the pacing of this one was nice and the use of characters was good - a focus on Bender, with some great lines by Fry, Leela, and the Professor (the final scene, with Leela's "eh, it's fine"... oh my god, I should not find that funny but I did). Hermes was used well in the beginning with the surveillance cameras.

The Robot Mafia wasn't very good. I mean, they tied into the plot fine, but I was unamused. Not a big fan of them in general. There wasn't a whole lot though so it was okay.

At least an 8/10 for me.
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« Reply #28 on: 09-19-2011 13:14 »
« Last Edit on: 09-19-2011 13:16 »

This episode is one of the series' most underrated episodes in my opinion. A good episode, and we got some good gags from this. Zoidberg's slinky is a classic.

The main plot, I enjoyed, and I find Angelyne to be a great one-time character. Jan Hooks' voice acting suited her character well. I also liked seeing Flexo return and also the whole Bender-Angelyne-Flexo romance plot. The Robo-Mafia's part in the episode was okay, I guess, and I enjoyed some parts from them, though they could have been utilized better. Though I definitely prefer "Bendless Love" over another Mafia episode, "Bender Gets Made", which I never really enjoyed. Best line came in near the end:

Bender: (crying after Angelyne leaves him for Flexo) Me too, me too...jerk.

So overall...good pacing, I guess, and characters will utilized well, like Spira said.

8.5/10
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« Reply #29 on: 09-19-2011 15:40 »

I don't understand why this episode is ranked or rated low in PEEL. I have always found it to be hilarious and entertaining. You all who don't like it can go to hell. Nah, I'm just messing with ya, you're all right!

I am always a soft touch for Bender whenever he reveals his vulnerable and caring side, as he did at the end. I really didn't find it out of character at all. Or, rather, inconsistent with his behavior patterns over the life of the show. He's a scoundrel, a rat, selfish and immoral, then he realizes that he cares for so-and-so, and that often provides the denouement to the conflict.

And if robots can be sexy...well, he and Angelene had good chemistry together. smile I always loved how he says "Buuuuuttttt...?" when he's pressing her to express her reservations. John DiMaggio's voice acting is excellent here.

And I agree with spira, I've never been a big fan of the robot mafia. My husband loves Clamps, but he especially gets on my nerves. If maybe they had more humorous lines (like Fat Tony and his gang on, you know, that other show), I might like them even.

A solid episode for me: 7.5.

Gorky

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« Reply #30 on: 09-24-2011 17:17 »
« Last Edit on: 09-24-2011 17:18 »

This is actually a really solid episode for the first two acts; I like Bender attempting to satisfy his bend-lust, and the quasi-subplot with Farnsworth's new angle on life rendering him completely unbearable--and even, kind of, the love story. There are some great jokes (Fry having a nickel up his nose, "He's a menace to every straight person in the company," Zoidberg's slinky, the montage), but in general I'm opposed to those sitcom-y, let's-fall-in-love-in-two-minutes-and-then-expect-the-audience-to-have-any-kind-of-emotional-attachment-to-the-story-line episodes. I appreciate what they're trying to do with Bender's character, and he does come off as pretty sweet and caring by episode's end--but I just can't rouse myself to give a damn about Angleyne or Flexo or the love triangle that Bender concocts. The third act just doesn't work for me. (Though I do like the ending, how they cut from Bender saving Flexo to Leela's line about Flexo and Angleyne having sex right in front of him.)

Also, I kind of hate the Robot Mafia. Unpopular opinion there, I know, but there you have it. And I don't care much for Flexo, either. This episode just manages to combine several elements that I find boring or irksome, which brings its grade down to slightly below the average.

6/10 (Not a bad episode by any means, but certainly not the best the series has to offer.)
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« Reply #31 on: 09-25-2011 23:35 »

I'm opposed to those sitcom-y, let's-fall-in-love-in-two-minutes-and-then-expect-the-audience-to-have-any-kind-of-emotional-attachment-to-the-story-line episodes.

That's valid, although this ep did kind of succeed at making me feel bad for Bender, even though he was the one who was rather thick-headed during the entire dating scene. But there is something about the everything-has-to-end-up-okay nature of Futurama that makes plots like this a little cheap.
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« Reply #32 on: 09-26-2011 00:54 »
« Last Edit on: 09-26-2011 01:04 »

Watched this the other day, not a bad ep, just not the strongest. Nice seeing Flexo again, Angleyne was an alright character, and of course the Robot Mafia rocked! The best jokes involved the Professor being bent, in particular when the table was on the wall and everyone was still sat round it tied up. Having said that, nothing really spectacular in this ep, just run of the mill and a similar guys competing over female story, albeit this time robots over a fembot...

7/10
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« Reply #33 on: 09-26-2011 01:03 »
« Last Edit on: 09-26-2011 01:05 »

guys competing over finale story

Do you mean female?

Of course, I could imagine the writers as guys competing over the idea for the finale story... tongue
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« Reply #34 on: 09-26-2011 01:05 »

Yeah, that's what I meant. Strange typo there, thanx, I've fixed it now you pointed it out, oh well shifty...
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« Reply #35 on: 09-30-2011 00:34 »
« Last Edit on: 09-30-2011 00:36 »

I quite liked Angelyne.  It was quite funny that despite the scabbing and her very trashy appearance, she was actually quite a nice, wholesome gynoid.  Too bad Bender had to go all nutter butters and put her off him. :P

I quite liked seeing her in the Jury in Overclockwise.  I don't think she'll be a major character again, but its nice to see her in crowd scenes like we do with Glab and Fishy Joe.  
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« Reply #36 on: 09-30-2011 00:48 »

Yeah, agreed that she's good for cameos. I liked her character, too. I liked her voice, and she seemed really realistic considering everything Bender and Flexo put her through. She's a nice one-shot.
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« Reply #37 on: 09-30-2011 00:50 »

Yeah, agreed that she's good for cameos. I liked her character, too. I liked her voice, and she seemed really realistic considering everything Bender and Flexo put her through. She's a nice one-shot.

Yeah, she's actually pretty good girlfriend material.  (The fact that she's managed to stay on friendly terms with her ex husband shows that she's pretty solid, unlike a lot of people who just need to build a bridge and get over it tbh).  Things only started going pear shaped until Bender started messing with her head.

Still Bender's never going to settle down, but she's one of my favorite Bender love interests, after the Countess.
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« Reply #38 on: 10-01-2011 23:42 »

Poll added. Wow...those were some old posts of mine :0_o:
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« Reply #39 on: 10-02-2011 01:57 »

I know, futurefreak! You, tnuk, Otis, Gorky, Meister Poop, and several others...I salute you for your stick-to-it-iveness and longevity!
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