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LittleMiss

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« on: 03-18-2003 01:42 »

Okay, so it *really* irks me for some reason when ever Bender overuses the phrase "bite my shiny metal ass" or tweeks it a bit (such as "Bite my frozen, metal ass" or "Bite my colossal metal ass").  It also irritates me when they say that robots don't have emotions when Bender clearly does.  It's just a weird lil' pet peeve of mine about Futurama.  Other than that, I love this show! :]

+Note:  Pet Peeve =  a frequent subject of complaint / Something that bugs you.

So what are your Futurama Pet Peeves?
Kryten

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« Reply #1 on: 03-18-2003 02:21 »

Never getting to see it.  mad
Carbito

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« Reply #2 on: 03-18-2003 05:01 »

Like I said in a nother topic somewere Bender's "Bite my shiney metal ass" is a lot like Bart Simpsons "Ay-carumbs" except the Simpsons writers were smart enough to lose it before it got old...the Futurama writers don't seem to be that smart.
Grim

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« Reply #3 on: 03-18-2003 06:31 »

The fact that Australia is quite a way behind the US in tv airings!
...which meant I had to get internet with unlimited downloads...

@carb, he's a robot, he's programmed to use that phrase, stopping ripping on the poor mexican / microsoft programmer that programmed him  big grin
Carbito

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« Reply #4 on: 03-18-2003 06:44 »

Yeah well he should have...deleted that line or something. Lazy writers. I lhought only Benders humour was done my Microsoft Joke big grin
mads

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« Reply #5 on: 03-18-2003 10:26 »

Well, I love everything about this show.
[AdAM]

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« Reply #6 on: 03-18-2003 10:48 »

I don't think b.m.s.m.a is used to often...
but you know, just my opinion   smile
I can't remember things that bug me in futurama right now....perhaps later.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #7 on: 03-18-2003 11:13 »

Come on, the top ten list/BMSMA gag was great in War is the H-Word.
Action Jacktion

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« Reply #8 on: 03-18-2003 11:59 »

I've never liked the heads in jars.  It just seems to me like a transparent way of getting celebrities to play themselves in a setting that shouldn't have recognizable people, so they can continue the Simpsons tradition of having ordinary people meet an unbelievable number of celebrities.  It's supposed to be a joke, but after seeing it so much you have to wonder why the heads don't get new bodies (if you can bring a dead person back to life, why do only their head?), and someone else asked why the characters know so little about the past when all of these people from the past are still around.  Maybe it's a geeky quibble, but it still bugs me.  I think it would have worked as a one-time joke, and the situation in "I Dated a Robot" made sense, but otherwise I think it's silly and overdone.

Of course, as far back as The Flintstones, famous people have usually played themselves in cartoons because it can be hard to tell whose voice it is (it took me the longest time to realize that Jeff Goldblum played Troy McClure's agent MacArthur Parker).
aslate

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« Reply #9 on: 03-18-2003 12:08 »

 
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Originally posted by LittleMiss:
Okay, so it *really* irks me for some reason when ever Bender overuses the phrase "bite my shiny metal ass" or tweeks it a bit (such as "Bite my frozen, metal ass" or "Bite my colossal metal ass" ). 
I think it's been used enough, but not too much. He hasn't said it much recently either.

 
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It also irritates me when they say that robots don't have emotions when Bender clearly does.

That's the whole point of that gag!
Bender: 'Robots don't have emotions, and sometimes that makes me very sad'
Hillarious!

I'm not 100% sure about that quote

CyberKnight

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« Reply #10 on: 03-18-2003 12:08 »

Personally, I've always felt that the more low-key appearences (like Jeff Goldblum) always worked so much better on the Simpsons than the latter-day actual celebrity appearence (with the notable exception of Leonard Nimoy; and then only because he made so much fun of himself unabashedly). IMHO, the best celebrity appearence on The Simpsons was Dustin Hoffman (in "Lisa's Substitute).

Futurama peeves? How dare you state such a blasphemous thing!

Sorry, sorry. I've obviously been watching too much FOX News on Sky here - possibly the most entertaining and biased news channel in the history of creation.  wink.
bankrupt

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« Reply #11 on: 03-18-2003 12:49 »

I'll have to agree with you, CyberKnight.  I like it better when celebrities voice a character in the show like Troy McClure rather than playing themselves.  Futurama has done a pretty good job with the celebrities, writing them as an integral part of the story.  I'm glad in the time it had, Futurama didn't degenerate to the current Simpsons level of throwing celebrites in everywhere for little reason.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #12 on: 03-18-2003 13:56 »

But come on, with head in jars, we wouldn't have NIXON!!!
Teral

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« Reply #13 on: 03-18-2003 13:58 »
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About celebrities: they haven't really overdone this. I think the episodes where celebrities played a major role in the plot can be narrowed down to: "A Head In The Polls", "Bending In The Wind" and "Where No Fan has Gone Before", hardly what I would call alarming, and Nixon is a cool celebrity to have on the show. "Nixon's back!!!"

There have been numerous quick appearances, but nothing that can be considered out of place.

Now for my pet peeve: the fact that not a single member of the Turanga family can cry convincingly! It sounds forced and fake. I never thought I should say this, but there is a part of Leela I don't like, namely the fake crying. I know katey is capable of doing better.
Venus

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« Reply #14 on: 03-18-2003 16:17 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:

Now for my pet peeve: the fact that not a single member of the Turanga family can cry convincingly! It sounds forced and fake. I never thought I should say this, but there is a part of Leela I don't like, namely the fake crying. I know katey is capable of doing better.

i completely agree with that. it kind of kills the mood when the crying is bad, And i know Katey can do better, i've seen her do better. in Trail Of Tears she had me in tears
FrysGIRL

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« Reply #15 on: 03-18-2003 17:57 »

I HATE it when a character would say a line VERY unrealistically. Example:

Leela: You're just jealous.

Fry: No, I'm not!...oh, wait - yes, I am.

I mean, geez, make him stutter or something. That line was so forced. There are plenty more and you know what I'm talking about.
LittleMiss

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« Reply #16 on: 03-18-2003 19:01 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
Now for my pet peeve: the fact that not a single member of the Turanga family can cry convincingly! It sounds forced and fake. I never thought I should say this, but there is a part of Leela I don't like, namely the fake crying. I know katey is capable of doing better.

I totally agree, Teral.  LoL  Her cries are so fake... I don't think I've ever seen her cry good once, kinda like Britney Spears and her shitty performance in "Crossroads".  Leela is much better, though!  But LMAO, when Fry cries it's just so cute.  He sounds like a little boy or something.  :]

Another pet peeve of mine is when they make one of the characters say something stupid completely out of character.  Like Leela saying "We're boned".  WTF, that's Bender's line, bitch!   up yours  LoL, j/k.  I love Leela. <33 :]  That does kinda bug me, though, when the writers sometimes make the characters OUT of character.  So does Hermes... he's just... always there for no apparent reason.  O___o
Prowla RX7

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« Reply #17 on: 03-18-2003 19:57 »

FrysGirl... I say these kind of lines just like Fry does, unintentionally too.  Does that make me very unrealistic?

LittleMiss, there's nothing wrong with the Rastafarian accountant being on the show.

Fry: Hermes, who were you yelling at?
Hermes:  I was yelling at meself.  I asked meself for a Valentine's Day off, but I was in no mood for any of my shenanigans.

A show isn't a show if it only has 3 main characters.  The cast rounds it out pretty good, including Scruffy and his southern accent.
LittleMiss

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« Reply #18 on: 03-18-2003 20:52 »

I still 'dun like Hermes!  lol.  He just bugs me for some reason.  >__O  *twitch*

--Missy
Kryten

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« Reply #19 on: 03-18-2003 22:06 »

How could you hate a guy who files his own sweat?
Spice Weasel

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« Reply #20 on: 03-18-2003 22:35 »
« Last Edit on: 03-18-2003 22:35 »

My pet peeve is a very minor one.  Not enough PE deliveries.  Seems that they're hardly ever in the ship anymore.
Prowla RX7

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« Reply #21 on: 03-19-2003 00:39 »

My only pet peeve is any episodes with little to no hilarious one-liners by Zoidberg.  A Leela Her Own comes to mind.
Carbito

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« Reply #22 on: 03-19-2003 04:14 »

 
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Originally posted by Spice Weasel:
My pet peeve is a very minor one.  Not enough PE deliveries.  Seems that they're hardly ever in the ship anymore.

That a so true. I never rwally noticed that unlit you brought it up.

totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #23 on: 03-19-2003 04:51 »

 
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Originally posted by Kryten:
Never getting to see it.   mad

That, and the fact that at the end of "The Cryonic Woman" Fry falls out of a moving spaceship, jobless.

Next episode ("Amazon Women In The Mood" - opener for S3) he's unhurt, and a delivery boy with PX.

What the HELL happened between TCW and AWITM ?
DBCrader

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« Reply #24 on: 03-19-2003 08:18 »

 
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Originally posted by CyberKnight:

Sorry, sorry. I've obviously been watching too much FOX News on Sky here - possibly the most entertaining and biased news channel in the history of creation.   wink.

      Only seems that way because you're used to the overwhelming drone of the left-slanted network news shows... so, when one comes along with a right-slant, seems incredibly biased to you...  believe me... it isn't...  it's what we righties have been suffering thru for years with ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, etc....

LittleMiss

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« Reply #25 on: 03-19-2003 10:48 »

I completely agree, totalnerduk! 

And I hate it when they make Bender a complete asshole sometimes.  Like when he's *too* mean, ya know?

And I don't like Nibbler for some reason.  O___o  He just seems to have absolutely no point on the show what-so-ever except to fuel the ship... and be Leela's annoying, slobbery pet.

--Missy
bankrupt

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« Reply #26 on: 03-19-2003 13:15 »

 
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Originally posted by LittleMiss:

And I don't like Nibbler for some reason.  O___o  He just seems to have absolutely no point on the show what-so-ever except to fuel the ship... and be Leela's annoying, slobbery pet.

--Missy

Without Nibbler (or one of his kind, I can't remember if it was him or not)  Fry wouldn't have been frozen.  That makes him pretty important.

aslate

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« Reply #27 on: 03-19-2003 14:03 »

 
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Originally posted by LittleMiss:
I completely agree, totalnerduk! 

And I hate it when they make Bender a complete asshole sometimes.  Like when he's *too* mean, ya know?

And I don't like Nibbler for some reason.  O___o  He just seems to have absolutely no point on the show what-so-ever except to fuel the ship... and be Leela's annoying, slobbery pet.

--Missy

Nibbler:
Froze Fry (seems likely)
Race is one of the most powerful
Helped save earth from giant brains
Cute in a weird way
Often funny.

But where is he? He seems to be missing, he's not even in a 'dog' basket or wandering around the PE buildings.
sheep555

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« Reply #28 on: 03-19-2003 14:13 »

 
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Originally posted by aslate:
 Nibbler:
Froze Fry (seems likely)
Race is one of the most powerful
Helped save earth from giant brains
Cute in a weird way
Often funny.

Also has the coolest voice in the entire show...(in my opinion).
FrysGIRL

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« Reply #29 on: 03-19-2003 14:39 »

 
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Originally posted by Prowla RX7:
FrysGirl... I say these kind of lines just like Fry does, unintentionally too.  Does that make me very unrealistic?


No, it's the WAY he said it. A normal person wouldn't have said that line in the manner he did. It just SOUNDED forced.

Teral

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« Reply #30 on: 03-19-2003 15:55 »

 
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Originally posted by LittleMiss:
I completely agree, totalnerduk! 

And I hate it when they make Bender a complete asshole sometimes.  Like when he's *too* mean, ya know?

As in "A Pharaoh To Remember". Yeah, that was pretty bad. Not even Leela in that skimpy slave girl garb could save that episode, thanks to Bender's over-the-top cruelty.
BNLbum

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« Reply #31 on: 03-19-2003 20:34 »

 
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Originally posted by aslate:
Nibbler:

...

But where is he? He seems to be missing, he's not even in a 'dog' basket or wandering around the PE buildings.

Nibbler probably remains around as Fry's "bodyguard"... Let's face it, Fry's a clumsy idiot. Who knows how many time's Nibbler's saved his life? Nibbler stays around a takes care of Fry, so Fry can take care of everybody else when a problem with the Brain Spawn arrises, or something. As for he recent semi-absence (we've seen him in Crimes of the Hot, but no other episode, right?), maybe he's off on Nibblonian buisness. Or, much more likely, at good ole Apartment 1-I.

As for missions:
Crimes of the Hot: Deliver Giant Ice Cube
Route of All Evil: none
Jurassic Bark: none
Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch: Deliver headache medicine
Less Than Hero: none

So, two out of five... Maybe we'd get more missions if FOX aired the show more often.
Scythemantis

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« Reply #32 on: 03-19-2003 21:30 »

Some people will kill me for this, but I never thought amy had much of a purpose other than her relationship with kiff, which is one of the funnier reccuring storylines.  smile

The only thing I can think of that bothered me was that they gave a whole episode to Lucy Lu and treated her as some hugely famous celebrity when I had absolutely NO freaking clue who she was until long after the episode aired. I still only know because I've been told. I've never seen her in anything. Same with all my friends who saw the ep.
LittleMiss

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« Reply #33 on: 03-19-2003 21:40 »

How do you know that Nibbler was responsible for Fry being frozen?

--Missy
en0mis

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« Reply #34 on: 03-19-2003 23:50 »
« Last Edit on: 03-19-2003 23:50 »

They say that if you look at the beginning of the first episode closely, you see Nibbler's shadow after Fry's chair tips over into that time-freezing machine. Haven't seen it myself, so if my answer is wrong... s'loops. :x
FishyJoe

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« Reply #35 on: 03-20-2003 00:13 »

The Lucy Liu ass-kissing got a little out of hand, but the episode was funny enough to make me not worry about it too much.

The Beck episode is still the worst, in my book.
Damitol

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« Reply #36 on: 03-20-2003 10:20 »

 
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Originally posted by Scythemantis:
The only thing I can think of that bothered me was that they gave a whole episode to Lucy Lu and treated her as some hugely famous celebrity when I had absolutely NO freaking clue who she was until long after the episode aired. I still only know because I've been told. I've never seen her in anything. Same with all my friends who saw the ep.

That was on actually a big part of the joke.  Lucy Liu is not a huge star.  She is a celebrity very popular with fanboys - the kind who would download her looks to blank robot in order to make out (and more) -  who appriciate her physical attributes and couldn't care less about any acting accomplishments.

It's like when you see someone's web site name "hot women".  The average person would probably only recognize half of the names, with a Google search revealing the rest to be minor cookie cutter actresses and/or models.

The writers of Futurama are very smart and Lucy was a great choice for the role.  What impressed me (and gave me a new respect for Liu) is that she was obviously in on and supported the joke by making fun of her two best known accomplishments "Ally McBeal" and "Charlie's Angels".  Most other "fanboy faves" would never do that.  Would Britney Spears make a joke about her cheesy music or Crossroads?  Not in 1000 years.

S14 Nemesis

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« Reply #37 on: 03-23-2003 01:59 »

Okay, so it *really* irks me for some reason when ever Bender overuses the phrase "bite my shiny metal ass" or tweeks it a bit (such as "Bite my frozen, metal ass" or "Bite my colossal metal ass" ). It also irritates me when they say that robots don't have emotions when Bender clearly does. It's just a weird lil' pet peeve of mine about Futurama. Other than that, I love this show! :]

I know you Nerd.  You're annoying  smile.  Anyways youre suppose to be such a fan.  Quit hating.  Especially on Bender.  You talk a lot about him for such a "fan" yet you're getting pet peeves.  Anybody else that can make out my babbeling agree with me?  The show is great the way it is.  what they do in the show makes the show what it is.  Personally I wait everyday just to hear a crazy line from Bender.  Also the famous one line Zoiberg.  Blah thats just me.  Quit complaining Blonde Nerd  smile
ssj

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« Reply #38 on: 03-27-2003 23:52 »

 
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Originally posted by S14 Nemesis:
Okay, so it *really* irks me for some reason when ever Bender overuses the phrase "bite my shiny metal ass" or tweeks it a bit (such as "Bite my frozen, metal ass" or "Bite my colossal metal ass" ). It also irritates me when they say that robots don't have emotions when Bender clearly does. It's just a weird lil' pet peeve of mine about Futurama. Other than that, I love this show!

I gotta agree with you there.  I thought that Futurama wanted Bender to say that catch phrase is so they can sell Bender dolls that say that catch phrase. It got annoying after a while I gotta say. And how does a robot shed tears?! Wouldnt the tears be oil or something? Ah well I'm waisting my energy on this arent I. I like futurama dont get me wrong, its just the little mistakes they make
evan

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« Reply #39 on: 03-28-2003 14:00 »

 
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Originally posted by Spice Weasel:
My pet peeve is a very minor one.  Not enough PE deliveries.  Seems that they're hardly ever in the ship anymore.

My pet peeve is that the crew doesn't wear the cool delivery suits they wore in "Love and Rocket." But, then again, maybe they *do*, and Fox just hasn't shown us any post-"L&R" deliveries.
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