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Fing-longer

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« on: 08-18-2003 13:05 »

What episodes are so far out there that they feel like "Anthologies of Interest" and not like real episodes.

I was watching "300 Big Boys" last night and, though the "Fry Flash" ending is the best part of the episode, it also just doesn't seem to jive with the Futurama universe.

"Less Than Hero" doesn't seem right either.  Should have been a 10-minute AOI

And to be honest, while "Devil's hands" was great, the idea of Fry becoming famous and writing an opera bothered me a bit.

I can belive things like "Farnsworth Parabox" because they are explained in a wildly scientific fashion. But the above items didn't really offer explanation.

Anyone else have a believeability problem with an episode that makes it feel like AOI?
Cube_166

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« Reply #1 on: 08-18-2003 13:08 »

I agree with you only LTH, although I quite liked the ep and I wouldn't want it shortened... I don't really agree with 300 big boys or devils hands though.
newhook_1

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« Reply #2 on: 08-18-2003 13:15 »

well all the episodes could really be made into what if stories seeing as how the stories in futurama are pretty outlandish anyway, it's not the same as treehouse of horror compared to regular simpsons episodes.

"Bend-Her"- What if Bender got a sex change

"Bender Should Not Be Allowed On T.V."-What if Bender was a T.V. star

"Kiff Gets Knocked Up A Notch"-What if Kiff got pregnet

you see my point? The purpose of the What-If stories is to be able to throw contunity out the window which they do not do in "Less Than Hero". Look at the first AOI, Fry meets Bender for the first time and he is a giant, A bunch of people get killed by Leela.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #3 on: 08-18-2003 14:33 »

I agree about 'Less Than Hero', and it would have worked well as part of an 'AOI'. The ironic thing is that it seemd to end abruptly though, almost as if it needed even more time. Maybe that's because of the Leela's parents side story though  smile
Chump

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« Reply #4 on: 08-18-2003 14:37 »

I agree, the Bend-Her did seem like it would be more suited to the 10 minute quickie. BSNBAOT was appropriately long I thought. It has a message with it, and it delt with the minor characters enough that it needed the full 30.
ThreeDLou

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« Reply #5 on: 08-18-2003 16:47 »

you would think that there was a logical explanation for the "long versions".  Essentially, they were to be included in the realm of fact reagrding the Futurama Universe.  Heck, I think that Bender being human could've been a full ep in itself.  Although, with a different story. 
HamNEggs116

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« Reply #6 on: 08-18-2003 17:15 »

Thats the thing about Matt's cartoons though. At the end of every episode everything is back to normal. "War is the H Word" Bender blows up Earth... but next week, Earth was right back where we found it. There are many more examples of that as well. The "AOI" series was created to bring to life the ideas that were WAAAY too far out of this world. Just like "TOH" from The Simpsons, or even the "Viewer Mail" series from the Family Guy.
Margarita

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« Reply #7 on: 08-18-2003 18:24 »

"Bender Should Not Be Allowed On TV" is very weird episode.
Chump

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« Reply #8 on: 08-19-2003 00:02 »

Technically, the earth didn't blow up HNE, as you can hear Bender say: I'm ok! right after. Therefore the bomb must be a dud.
evan

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« Reply #9 on: 08-19-2003 01:11 »

I agree. LTH should have been part of AOI 3 instead of a full-length episode. I think most of its problems would have been solved by shortening it.
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« Reply #10 on: 08-19-2003 05:54 »

 
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Originally posted by Chump:
Technically, the earth didn't blow up HNE, as you can hear Bender say: I'm ok! right after. Therefore the bomb must be a dud.

It makes sense too, considering that Zapp Brannigan was the one who installed the bomb in the first place...

Hey, that's pretty funny when you think about it.   smile
Chump

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« Reply #11 on: 08-19-2003 13:46 »

Actually, Dr. Zoidberg installed it. Which makes more sense. He can't figure out a human, how could he understand a 'robut'?
Nixorbo

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« Reply #12 on: 08-19-2003 13:54 »

 
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Originally posted by Fing-longer:
"Less Than Hero" doesn't seem right either.  Should have been a 10-minute AOI

Or a Treehouse of Horror segment.  OH WAIT.

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Smitty

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« Reply #13 on: 08-19-2003 14:50 »

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:
 Or a Treehouse of Horror segment.  OH WAIT.


Isn't it funny how outdated that "opening credits" bit is even though the episode is only a couple of years old?

I don't really agree that Less Than Hero should have been an AOI segment but I do agree Bend Her outstayed its welcome after the first ten minutes. I'd also like to add Time Keeps On Slipping to the list with the question "What if a load of things that had been mentioned in previous episodes were squashed together into one episode for no real reason?"
evan

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« Reply #14 on: 08-19-2003 19:03 »

"Time Keeps On Slipping" had two stories to it. A) the time skips and B) Fry trying to impress Leela. Both of them are strong on their own and work well together. The problem with "Less Than Hero" is that the second story (Leela trying to meet her parents) just wasn't as interesting as it should be. Therefore, that stuff could be cut and the superhero part saved.

Oh, and I liked "Bend Her." People in drag = comedic gold.
HawkingHole4001

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« Reply #15 on: 08-20-2003 01:17 »

 
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Originally posted by HamNEggs116:"Viewer Mail" series from the Family Guy.
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I really think "When Aliens Attack" is one of those "Whaa?" episodes.
One week, NNYC is in ruins.
Next week, it is still a whole.
Cube_166

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« Reply #16 on: 08-20-2003 05:32 »

I believe that The Deep South should have been an anthology of interest episode (not that i didn't like the episode, it's just that it seemed to run a little long).
alexvilagosh

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« Reply #17 on: 08-20-2003 05:51 »

 
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