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« on: 08-09-2003 18:17 »

And a last time:

  • no posting before the episode started on the east coast
  • go away if you don't want to be spoiled
  • reviews/general discussion here, weird things etc in separate threads
  • no opening your own review thread to get around the closedness of this one. Be patient.
VelourFog

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« Reply #1 on: 08-10-2003 19:07 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2003 19:07 »

YAY!
The (non opera) singing made me uncomfortable in a "this is bad" kind of way. Maybe i'm just too macho to appreciate it. The first act was my favorite, but i thought it was a little too fast paced, which is understandable. Also, I found Katey Segal to be "off" in her voice work and that made me sad. I laughed a lot though. The 2nd act was not as good and the 3rd act was good except for the awkward singing parts. I love zoidy and zapp. I'm not a huge fan of the Robot Devil, as a character, but i guess he sorta had to be in the episode a lot, and he wasn't that annoying and had some funny bits.

I'll give it a B. the end was sad, but i don't know if i was mainly sad cause it's the last ep. ever. :sniff:
Grim

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« Reply #2 on: 08-10-2003 19:12 »

Pretty good from what I have seen, Robot devil is hilarious, and the plot twist with Leela having to marry the Devil was good.

Havent seen all of it yet but when I do I will post a better set of comments
Shadowstar

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #3 on: 08-10-2003 19:15 »

Weeee! I are watching it right now! Be back in a bit when it's over.
lfv
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« Reply #4 on: 08-10-2003 19:23 »

anyone notice Leela was able to hear Tinny Tim's "half over" line?
Juliet

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« Reply #5 on: 08-10-2003 19:24 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2003 19:24 »

This episode was excellent and it was really good to see the robot devil again. He was great and I just love his voice. Excellent opera number in the end. It's realty good and has a good story to it. My fave lime it "I not done vomiting" that eating bot was really funny. I also like it when the devil said "Come on Nixon" I LOL on that bit.

 
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Originally posted by lfv:
anyone notice Leela was able to hear Tinny Tim's "half over" line?

She read the print.

Shadowstar

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« Reply #6 on: 08-10-2003 19:27 »

She probably read the headline. Anyway, fantastic episode with a fantastic song and a fantastic ending. It was just... what's the word? ...fantastic!
Allen

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« Reply #7 on: 08-10-2003 19:27 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2003 19:27 »

This was a brilliant episode to end Futurama with. There werenít too many laughs, but that simply didnít matter. Great opening credit line and an awesome last line. It will truly be missed. I did feel that the actors made the holophoner scenes more unrealistic and felt that a silent picture like the one in Parasites Lost would have been better. That little nitpick aside, the singing done by the crew was fantastic and Fryís singing voice was amazing.

The first episode rocked and got an A from me. This last episode deserves an A as well.

*Holds up his glass* To Futurama! The series that gave its all. May it rest in peace.

Thank you and goodnight.
VGZed
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« Reply #8 on: 08-10-2003 19:29 »

So, that's it...

The last Futurama. It was an excellent episode, well done. The robot devil was nice to see again. I didn't see the first 10 minutes, but I'm sure to find someone with it taped soon enough.

The ending was good. It was shippy, but it was still real good. Kinda left it hanging, and I thought that was fine.

Still, its so sad to see it end...   cry
Margarita

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« Reply #9 on: 08-10-2003 19:30 »

great ep. one thing i didnt get - how Leela being deaf could talk with Robot Devil  confused

4/5
Teral

Helpy McHelphelp
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« Reply #10 on: 08-10-2003 19:31 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2003 19:31 »

Beelzebot used signs to point out what he said, and Leela deduced the rest.

 
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Originally posted by lfv:
anyone notice Leela was able to hear Tinny Tim's "half over" line?

I think she read it from the headline of the newspaper.

Anyway, I liked it.

Fry's helpless holophoner playing, Beelzebot, even the singing, particular Leela (Katey Sagal really do have a great voice, even Billy West did good).

Great opening caption, and the classic animation clip was replaced by the Futurama scene. Well, we all new it's already a classic.   wink

The whole Leela/Fry thing was resolved pretty neat, with the marrying-Beeśzebot, and finally just seeing Fry's idea about how the opera would end. Nice, and cute.

All in all, I'd say if this was the final episode this was a great way to end the show. Nice work, Mr Keeler.

Some lines that spring to mind:

"And by metaphoricly I mean get your coat"

"Then goodday, Madam! .. We hope to see you soon for tea" (with heavy upperclass British accent)

"We're did I go just now?"

"Give me back my hands, these things are always touching in places."
"Yeah, they get around."

"Can I have my hands back now?"
"NO!!"
"You're not nice!"

"The beauty was in your heart, not your hands. ... Your music is bad, and you should feel bad."

(Fry walks out of an deserted opera-room)
"Please don't stop playing Fry. I wanna hear how it ends."

Some good things: Bender acting as Fry's parent , the grumpy snail turning into a monster, Leela muttering about Sean, Beelzebot wanting his hands back, Leela eating buggalo like a slop, etc. It was all good.
HamNEggs116

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« Reply #11 on: 08-10-2003 19:31 »

brilliant! simply brilliant!
MrB

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« Reply #12 on: 08-10-2003 19:31 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2003 19:31 »

Couldn't have thought of a better episode to end the series with.  Brilliant. Purely brilliant.
Sarge

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« Reply #13 on: 08-10-2003 19:31 »

Ah, the Hedonismbot.
I did just a teeny bit in that ep for Wes Archer. (Or was it Bret Hollaand?) The scene where the Devilbot is yelling "Actors aren't supposed to be telling what they're going to do next!", or something like that, & the 4 flames rise from the stage. They cut out an Amy 'emotion Flash card' gag that I did, but they kept the 1st one in.
Aaron Haynes

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« Reply #14 on: 08-10-2003 19:33 »

 
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Originally posted by Margarita:
great ep. one thing i didnt get - how Leela being deaf could talk with Robot Devil   confused

Watch closely - he points to his ears when he explains the deal to her, and again to her hand when he explains what he wants in return.
Moron!

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #15 on: 08-10-2003 19:33 »

Great episode with a very sweet ending.  Loved the "See you on some other channel" tagline at the opening.

Shame on you, Fox, for treating such a great show so crappily. BANZAI is what you deserve.
ThreeDLou

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« Reply #16 on: 08-10-2003 19:33 »

Great episode!  Deals w/ the Devil, robot or otherwise, are always good stories.  Everyone got their lines, Leela eating the bug leg was ridiculous and great! 
Futurama started billions of light years beyond where it started.  It truly was the best TV series I have seen.  Thank you everyone who made our lives that much better!
El Zilcho

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« Reply #17 on: 08-10-2003 19:35 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2003 19:35 »

Man, talk about going out in style! The first act had the most actual jokes in it, but what the second and third lacked, they made up for in... well, everything else. I agree with Allen, a silent picture would have been better, but it was still an awesome (and I really mean "full of awe" ) episode.

Grade: a solid A
Jolly Mon

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« Reply #18 on: 08-10-2003 19:35 »

I think that episode was great.
the|navigator
Crustacean
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« Reply #19 on: 08-10-2003 19:35 »

Pretty good episode. It left us hanging alittle too much, though. I kind of think that 'The Why of Fry,' should of been the 2nd to last episode. Anyone agree.
DrThunder88

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« Reply #20 on: 08-10-2003 19:35 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2003 19:35 »

Good episode.  I love the Robot Devil, and his appearance in this episode was as hilarious and musically tormenting as in "Hell Is Other Robots".  It was great to hear both Fry and Leela singing together, it sounded like a lot of work went into not only the writing of the episode itself, but the music (lyrically and otherwise) was also outstanding.

Between the general feeling of the end of the episode and the sadness that the last episode brings, I'm a little emotionally caught-up right now, so I'm not going to go into the depth I might usually.  What I will say is, it's a shame Futurama is gone, but at least they left on a strong note.

P.S. I forsee at least two Emmys for this episode.
Slashco

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« Reply #21 on: 08-10-2003 19:35 »

I wasn't too impressed with the last few episodes, but I really liked this one. Solid humor, a good plotline that wasn't centered on Bender for once, great singing, just the right mix of comedy and romance. The ending felt a bit rushed, but a great end to a great series nonetheless.
Jesse X Barboza

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« Reply #22 on: 08-10-2003 19:38 »

Three words:

BEST

EPISODE

EVER.

A wonderful way to finish off the greatest animated show on television (though "The Simpsons" has presumably reclaimed the role now). A well-done plot with just the right balance of humor and emotion, with a great musical number to boot. And the ending was absoultely sensational. Long live "Futurama". 10/5.

(Wonder if Bender ever got his ass back? I imagine he could've pulled it out of the trash...)
LesserRaven

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« Reply #23 on: 08-10-2003 19:38 »

It was a very good episode. I was a little disappointed at first that it didn't have anything to do with Nibbler and stuff, but by the end, I had completely forgotten all about Nibbler.

Also, for about a week before the episode showed, I was thinking about how they would do the opening song. I was hoping they would show Futurama on the screen that the ship crashed into, and they did.
Wonderbee31

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« Reply #24 on: 08-10-2003 19:39 »

(Wipes a tear from eye.)

Well, it's over, except for the shouting, and I have to say, this was a grand episode to go out on.  Fry has finally declared his love for Leela in a way that he'd never done before, and it seems like Leela is finally willing to give him more than the time of day. 

This was a beautiful episode, and I'm sad that there aren't anymore, but, this was what a series like Futurama deserved to go out on.

*A toast* Futurama, the destination isn't so important as the journey, and what a wonderous journey it's been. Not goodbye, but, simply,
see you later.
TriforceBun

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« Reply #25 on: 08-10-2003 19:39 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2003 19:39 »

"I want to hear how it ends."

It's over, everyone.  So ends a brilliant show, and the finale was a great episode all-around. 

True, it didn't have a great number of laughs along the lines of "Roswell", but it was certainly funny and the plot/pacing was terrific.  Being a musician, I loved how this episode was devoted to the power of music.  And the music, by the way, was wonderful.

1st act: Loved the Donkey Kong joke (first and last episodes of Futurama have 'em now!), being a huge Nintendo fan.  And I thought the twist near the end of the act was great; I was sure (along with many others here) that Fry would end up getting Bender's hands...and he ends up getting the Robot Devil's.  Also fitting to have Dan Castellanata as the final guest voice.  D'oh!

2nd act: Wonderful music, and I loved Fry's usage of his new hands (juggling Bender)...it led to very entertaining scenes.  I would've liked to see more of the P.E. Crew, seeing as the episode had a heavy focus on Fry, Leela, Bender, and Beelzebot.  I liked the romantic music playing when Leela was eating something similar to a giant cockroach leg, and likewise enjoyed the music of Fry practicing.  Bender's "Bite my shiny metal--OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" was terrific!

Finale: Hahah, I've been waiting for a full-on Futurama musical!  Good music, good lines...GREAT resolution.  I'm glad it didn't end with Leela and Fry being in bed together or something, and finished with some serious CLASS.  The last line of the series (said by Leela) is more fitting than any I could've come up with.  Coupled with the image onscreen, it got me all choked up.

5/5!

Here's to a great episode, and a wonderful show!  We will always remember Futurama!
homerjaysimpson

Space Pope
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« Reply #26 on: 08-10-2003 19:39 »

I wasn't that happy with the ending,they could have done a lot better I think. I think at the time they made it, they didn't really know it was the last one. frown  C/C-

Not a big song fan there. frown
nasteve

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« Reply #27 on: 08-10-2003 19:39 »

OMG I loved this episode! The ending was so awesome! They ended it so nicely. With a comma rather than a full stop. I've already learned how to play the music at the end on my guitar. I'm gonna miss this show so much!!
Dr_Dave

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« Reply #28 on: 08-10-2003 19:39 »

"This is how the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper"

Truly a great ending for a great show.  The ending with Fry and Leela alone in the auditorium was a great way to close out the series. 

I wouldn't rate this episode among the best Futurama episodes, but it didn't miss by much.  Beelzebot was in great form.  Wonderful opera parody, but it won't make anyone forget Rossini anytime soon.
Atticus

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« Reply #29 on: 08-10-2003 19:39 »

BEST EPISODE EVER
I LOVED that episode.
I'm a sucker for orchestral and opera music, and that combined with Futurama was a beyond winning combination.
And with me being a shipper; the Fry/Leela moments, especially at the end, really added to the experience.
Absolutely fantastic episode.  I could go on much much more, but that would take too long.
Without a doubt, this is my favorite Futurama episode.  It was perfect!
VelourFog

Space Pope
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« Reply #30 on: 08-10-2003 19:40 »

oh. and FOX 5 down here didn't run any bumpers. I duno if this episode was slightly longer, or they are just bastards.

me to jeff: "They won't even promote the show right before it's going to air!"
fuzzy13

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« Reply #31 on: 08-10-2003 19:41 »

great ending episode. Had everything you would want. Zoidberg buying 8 of everything was really funny. So was the robot devil, and Fry finally winning leela's  love.
Rover

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« Reply #32 on: 08-10-2003 19:43 »

This episode was impressive. It was just so brilliant. I loved the way there was an opera mixed into it. It was so good, I can't even tell what my emotion is. Cheerfulness or sadness. Hmm... maybe Chadness. Yeah.
blahness

Bending Unit
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« Reply #33 on: 08-10-2003 19:44 »

a fitting ending to the series... i loved the whole orchestra bit as well as benders deal with the robot devil lol ill have to watch this one again def. when i get some more time 5/5
Matt Wilson

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« Reply #34 on: 08-10-2003 19:44 »

What's annoying is that FOX put a "BANZAI" bug on the second act. That's just a low blow, if you ask me.
ShadowFox

Crustacean
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« Reply #35 on: 08-10-2003 19:46 »

This was probably the best take I have ever seen on the "I gave my this to give you that, but you sold your that to give me this" story. The writers just continue to field such smart episodes, right to the end. Combined with all of the other events, and Dan as the Robot Devil makes this a classic. Good to see it end with a great episode, unlike what will probably happen to the Simpsons, if it ever ends.
Mango

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« Reply #36 on: 08-10-2003 19:51 »
« Last Edit on: 08-10-2003 19:51 »

I'm a little dumbfounded, I guess.   hmpf It wasn't until the end of this episode that I really, fully realized that this was it....the end.  No more.   frown  Then I started thinking about the fact that Doctor Zoidberg will never again click his claws at me and go "woobwoobwoob..." and I cried.  Ick, how totally pathetic is that?  no no

The episode itself was...wow.  I'm not good at describing stuff.  But just...wow.

Oh, I'm such a damn crybaby.  Someone comfort me.   cry
squishy_alien

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« Reply #37 on: 08-10-2003 19:51 »

I thought the episode was great all around.  I laughed a lot, I loved the cameos by all the characters (Zapp, Morbo, Calculon, Tinny Tim, etc.), and the ending was sooo sweet it actually made me cry.  The only other cartoon ending I've ever cried at was the Pinky and the Brain Christmas Special.  The tagline at the beginning was priceless.  I was wondering if they could pull off a perfect tagline, and they did.  Go them.  I really liked this Robot Devil appearance better than his first one.  He was a lot funnier than I thought he would be.  The singing at the end was amazing.  Overall, I'd rate this as one of the best episodes ever, probably the best one of the season (I've missed a few eps this season.)

I've got a question, though.  There was a female alien sitting next to Morbo at the opera house.  Has she ever appeared before?  She looked like she's his wife or girlfriend, and I never realized Morbo had one.
VelourFog

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« Reply #38 on: 08-10-2003 19:51 »

 
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Originally posted by ShadowFox:
This was probably the best take I have ever seen on the "I gave my this to give you that, but you sold your that to give me this" story.
are you tryin' to dis O Henry? cause if you are :shakes fist:

so everyone loved this episode? not hearing a lot of complaints.
MrB

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« Reply #39 on: 08-10-2003 19:52 »

Was it me or was Leela in her opera dress one of her hottest looks?   Seriously.  When she started singing...wow.
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