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PEE Poll: Weirdest Futurama Plot?
Fry & The Slurm Factory   -0 (0%)
The Deep South   -2 (5%)
The Honking   -5 (12.5%)
Parasites Lost   -2 (5%)
The Bird-bot of Ice-catraz   -5 (12.5%)
That's Lobstertainment!   -0 (0%)
Less Than Hero   -13 (32.5%)
Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles   -3 (7.5%)
Three Hundred Big Boys   -1 (2.5%)
Other   -9 (22.5%)
Total Voters: 40

boingo2000

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« on: 08-25-2003 11:25 »

Which episode did you think was pretty out there, even for a science fiction cartoon?  I've tried to include all the ones I could think of.  This has no reflection on how good or bad the episode was, just how odd the storyline was.  AOI eps don't count because they admit they're flights of fancy.

Epsidoe summaries (with spoilers in case you haven't seen a particular ep.)
Fry & The Slurn Factory:
The Deep South:
The Honking:
Parasites Lost:
The Bird-bot Of Ice-catraz:
That's Lobstertainment!:
Less Then Hero:
Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles:
Three Hundred Big Boys:

For me, it's definatly The Howling.
Bobby King

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #1 on: 08-25-2003 11:29 »

Less Than Hero
ThreeDLou

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #2 on: 08-25-2003 11:36 »

Bird-Bot left me scratching my head.  I know it was a commentary on environmentaly issues, but whoo! how the story got there.
Speli

Urban Legend
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« Reply #3 on: 08-25-2003 11:39 »

I think Roswell That Ends Well should be up there...
HawkingHole4001

Bending Unit
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« Reply #4 on: 08-25-2003 11:43 »

I voted for "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles".
It was pretty strange. All of the main characters are turned into kids and then instantly return to normal? Pretty strange stuff.
Jesse X Barboza

Bending Unit
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« Reply #5 on: 08-25-2003 11:44 »

I'm gonna say 4ACV04 "Less Than Hero". It just seemed the least like something "Futurama" would normally do.
boingo2000

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #6 on: 08-25-2003 11:48 »

 
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Originally posted by Speli:
I think Roswell That Ends Well should be up there...

I thought about including that, along with some others, but eventually decided that Time Travel, Alien Abduction/Mutilation (Spanish Fry) and others basically boiled down to standard sci-fi cliches we should have expeced them to riff on sooner or later.  Roswell is a weird episode, but the basic premise itself is somewhat standard for sci-fi.
foxyboxing

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #7 on: 08-25-2003 11:57 »

Definitely Bird-Bot.  Environmental diatribe aside, this plot to be unbelievably over the top (although I guess the one where Fry thinks he's a robot should be up there too...)
Gocad

Space Pope
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« Reply #8 on: 08-25-2003 12:14 »

Three Hundred Big Boys. It has a unique plot, and the end is just great...  smile

Futurama_Hil

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« Reply #9 on: 08-25-2003 13:36 »
« Last Edit on: 08-25-2003 13:36 »

Less Than Hero. It was a pretty okay ep, but it didn't seem in Futurama character. 

The Sting was intended to be crazy and t was in Futurama style. But Less Than Hero felt, I dunno, out of place.
Cube_166

Professor
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« Reply #10 on: 08-25-2003 13:46 »

Bird bot.
Leaderbean

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« Reply #11 on: 08-25-2003 13:53 »

Less than Hero, had some good laughes, but overall the story doesn't tie in as well as most others.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #12 on: 08-25-2003 13:59 »

I think 'Time Keeps on Slippin', 'Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles' and 'The Sting' are the most out there eps. I'd probabaly have to go with 'The Sting' because thoughout the whole ep you don't know where you are, and you don't know what's real and what isn't, it keeps you guessing. And nothings much weirder and out there than dreams, because anything goes  smile
Arkard

Bending Unit
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« Reply #13 on: 08-25-2003 14:05 »
« Last Edit on: 08-25-2003 14:05 »

All Futurama episodes are weird in some way, especially those featuring Dr.Zoidberg.
But 'The Sting' is totally outer space. In a very good way.

'Less Than Hero' and 'Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles' are also very weird but not in such a good way.
Nixorbo

UberMod
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« Reply #14 on: 08-25-2003 14:40 »

The Sting was the most tripped out and bizzarre 30 minutes of my life.
Zack Brannigan

Bending Unit
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« Reply #15 on: 08-25-2003 14:46 »

I voted "Less than Hero" because it doesn't feel like a regular Futurama episode . . . it's even more bizarre.  "The 30% Iron Chef" is pretty out there too.
boingo2000

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #16 on: 08-25-2003 14:48 »

RRRGGGHH!  I can't BELIEVE I forgot The Sting!
Vamsi

Bending Unit
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« Reply #17 on: 08-25-2003 15:20 »

I think 'The Sting' featured the most unconventional Futurama plot and was surprised to see it not an option. It may appear more familiar to someone well-read in science fiction. The plot is rather similar to Philip K. Dick's novel, Ubik.

A great read by the way, which I highly recommend!
Devilīs Hands

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #18 on: 08-25-2003 15:21 »
« Last Edit on: 08-25-2003 15:21 »

Less Than Hero for me. As stated much in this thread, it didn't feel like a proper Futurama episode. By the way, why do you think Parasites Lost is weird?
boingo2000

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #19 on: 08-25-2003 16:28 »

 
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Originally posted by Devil's Hands:
By the way, why do you think Parasites Lost is weird?

More or less becuase I forgot it was a referance to Fantastic Voyage.  If I could do it again, I'd replace it with The Sting.
Devilīs Hands

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #20 on: 08-25-2003 16:37 »

And what about The Bird-bot of Ice-catraz? That episode wasn't very weird in my opinion. It felt like a normal one to me.
boingo2000

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #21 on: 08-25-2003 16:46 »

Well, for that one, I racked my memory, but could think of another example in sci-fi of a robot thinking he's an artic bird, let alone a robot who thiks he's an artic bird and leads a violent revolt of said birds.
Jamesbondcja

Professor
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« Reply #22 on: 08-25-2003 17:06 »

I voted other meaning I wanted Spanish Fry to be up there!
Margarita

Space Pope
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« Reply #23 on: 08-25-2003 17:08 »

"Less than hero", of course.
Evil Fox Exec

Bending Unit
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« Reply #24 on: 08-25-2003 17:44 »

The Sting is a pretty weird episode, but definently in a good way (it's my favorite episode of all).  Of the choices given, I think that The Deep South is a pretty whacky episode, but again in a good way.  The fact that caffeine mutated people into mermaids was priceless  smile.
Unca Dave
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« Reply #25 on: 08-25-2003 17:56 »

Since Futurama itself is a parody of SciFi, I found the parody-in-a-parody of "Less than Hero" to be about the screwiest plot in the series.  That isn't saying I didn't enjoy it...just that it was pretty screwy.
Slashco

Bending Unit
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« Reply #26 on: 08-25-2003 19:41 »

I'd have to go with The Sting also. Great episode, but I admit that I didn't really know what was going on until the very end...
MrB

Bending Unit
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« Reply #27 on: 08-25-2003 19:50 »

I have to say "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" simply because they were all getting younger, but it didn't make sense.  Bender getting younger?  With braces?  Zoidberg transformations?  Yeah, it was screwy...
S0L1D

Crustacean
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« Reply #28 on: 08-25-2003 19:57 »

Well, sorry ppl, but I have to say "bend her" I mean, whats that all about?! It doesn't suit Bender, because he's like a totally male character.
Nefnar

Professor
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« Reply #29 on: 08-25-2003 19:59 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Speli:
I think Roswell That Ends Well should be up there...

I think the same
Shadowstar

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #30 on: 08-25-2003 20:04 »

How could you not list Spanish Fry? That was... unusual.
Idlesaint

Bending Unit
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« Reply #31 on: 08-25-2003 21:22 »

Less Than Hero
Lionel Hutz Esq

Bending Unit
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« Reply #32 on: 08-25-2003 21:32 »
« Last Edit on: 08-25-2003 21:32 »

Wouldn't it be easier to have a "Which episode of Futurama is the least weird?" question?  cool   And, how can you not have War is the H Word as a choice?  That just makes me testy.   
alexvilagosh

Goose Patrol
Space Pope
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« Reply #33 on: 08-26-2003 10:16 »

I'd say Less Than A Hero, it's just so not right. It makes no sense in the Futurama universe at all, really.
Kryten

Space Pope
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« Reply #34 on: 08-27-2003 01:11 »

Yes, ointment that gives super-powers has no place in a universe where caffiene creates mermaids, robotic Santas roam free, and giant chickens can pass the Bar Exam.  roll eyes
Beamer

DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #35 on: 08-27-2003 02:19 »

I don't think all these episodes are that weird - it's almost as if you picked them at random. I'm going to go with The Farnsworth Parabox here, the whoe ending (especially with them manage to trade boxes through the boxes somehow) just left me going "WHAT THE FUCK?!"
TSN-Bot
Bending Unit
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« Reply #36 on: 08-27-2003 07:22 »
« Last Edit on: 08-27-2003 07:22 »

heh, i felt the same way about that ending. the rest of that episode wasn't weird though, what science fiction show hasn't done a parralel universe episode?

the "human horn" aphrodisiac stuff in spanish fry was weird. and by weird, i mean really funny. but also weird.
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