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« on: 10-28-2003 03:13 »

Another round of classic reviews. I skipped Monday's episode in favour of this one as we already had PYHOMS reviewed multiple times and rated, too.

Watch the episode today and review.
Beamer

Space Pope
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« Reply #1 on: 10-28-2003 03:30 »

Meh, pretty average episode. Had a few funny moments - but not enough to hold the episode's weight in my opinion.
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Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #2 on: 10-28-2003 03:46 »

You are going to tell me that you watched it within 17 minutes after me posting this?  wink

Please watch the episode first. It's more fun for others to read if the review isn't done from memory.
Beamer

Space Pope
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« Reply #3 on: 10-28-2003 03:53 »
« Last Edit on: 10-28-2003 03:53 »

I saw it on Sunday night, but I'll do a more detailed review if I watch it again.
CyberKnight

Urban Legend
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« Reply #4 on: 10-28-2003 05:56 »

It's a good, solid episode. I prefer Act One to Acts Two and Three, mainly because of the movie segment.  wink

I'm not a huge fan of Bender episodes, because they generally follow patterns which (as payndz hinted at on ANSTATMAW) could very easily be transferred to "The Simpsons" (Raging Bender does share a slight similarity to "The Homer They Fall" ).

It's not an episode which is a defining moment in Futurama, like "Parasites Lost" or "The Day The Earth Stood Stupid", but it is a solid episode.

B

"Calculon! A fire has broken out at the special effects warehouse! Come quickly before a fiery explosion chases someone down a corridor!"  tongue

nichie

Crustacean
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« Reply #5 on: 10-28-2003 09:58 »
« Last Edit on: 10-28-2003 09:58 »

"Good news, everyone! I've taught the toaster to feel love!"

That's one of my favorite Professor quotes ever.  tongue

Overall, though, the episode is pretty average. Not bad, but not my favorite. I'd give it a B.
Sil

Professor
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« Reply #6 on: 10-28-2003 11:12 »

I like that episode.  I agree that it's not a shining star, but its still pretty good.

"Down in front!"
About a B+ methinks.
Shadowstar

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #7 on: 10-28-2003 12:28 »

Ah, another classic.
"They don't make movies like this anymore."
davierocks

Professor
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« Reply #8 on: 10-28-2003 12:46 »

It's a pretty good episode.  Gotta love Raging Benders "i'm a big toughy".  Perhaps I am a little more tired of this episode than others, because the Season Two boxed set was the first that I got, and have probably watched it too many times.  But trying to think about when I first watched it i'd give it a...B+.
Vamsi

Bending Unit
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« Reply #9 on: 10-28-2003 17:37 »

Judging from my avatar, you can tell I'm a big fan of this episode  smile This episode deserves mention just for Fnog's appearance. Also loved the brain slugs. Good stuff!

No girl has the will of the warrior. You have the will of a housewife or at best, a school mom.
Frymeister

Bending Unit
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« Reply #10 on: 10-28-2003 17:45 »
« Last Edit on: 10-28-2003 17:45 »

My two favorite quotes from that episode are:
Girl who acts like fighter training fighter who acts like girl.
and:
I have the will of the warrior, you have the will of a house wife.  Therefore, I win.  Rematch?  I win again.
Sorry if I got the quote wrong.
Mouse On Venus

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #11 on: 10-28-2003 17:57 »

It was a pretty entertaining episode this one, especially the cinema sequence, but did anyone else think that the concept of Ultimate Robot Fighting was somewhat weak? It was like an uncomfortable mixture of wrestling and boxing elements that was neither here nor there and whilst some of the pro-wrestling satire they did was spot-on (The Foreigner, Bender's sudden change in gimmick), other aspects like the other robot fighters and Adner Doubledeal had a comparatively tenuous link to the real-life sport.

 I'm probably over-analysing this, but I just felt this stopped the episode from being a classic and left it as being merely a funny episode here and there
Evil Fox Exec

Bending Unit
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« Reply #12 on: 10-28-2003 18:42 »
« Last Edit on: 10-28-2003 18:42 »

Definently a funny episode with tons of funny one-liners, but it wasn't as good as most 2acv episodes.  Still, it was good.  But it wasn't one of the best.

Edit:  I give it a B as well.
Futurama_Hil

Urban Legend
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« Reply #13 on: 10-28-2003 21:26 »

I watched it on DVDs just a minture ago.

Classic. Chockfulla laughs, one of the best Bender centered eps.  There were so many hialrious moments, and we get to learn a tiny bit about Leela's past and her martial arts story. 

Random quote: "Why Zoidberg, there's a wonderful picture of you in here. "  laff

Solid A
Juliet

DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #14 on: 10-29-2003 12:29 »
« Last Edit on: 10-29-2003 12:29 »

It was a pretty good episode. Bender has some good lines in the episode. He was really hot in that fur jacket, “You know I’m also an ultimate robot lover”  love  and I love it when he does that push ups.

Lt. Kroker

Bending Unit
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« Reply #15 on: 10-29-2003 12:54 »

Really hilarious one with loads of great jokes. Not the best, and the plot wasn't great, but I'd say it was one of the better Bender eps. The stuff with the movie was great, but it lost a little steam and got a bit dull during the bulk of Bender's wrestling plot. Great quotes:

"Two robots enter, one leaves. Then, later, the other robot leaves, having been declared the winner."
"That doesn't sound so bad."
"Did I mention the crippling agonizing pain? I'm pretty sure I did, oh, hmmm, yes, difinately."

"I WILL DESTROY YOU! ...And stop calling me."

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canned eggs

Space Pope
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« Reply #16 on: 10-29-2003 16:08 »

Who wrote this one? Horsted?  I watched it on CN last night.  I've always liked this one, I think this mid-season-2 is a great stretch of shows, and this one slots in well with the surrounding eps. 

I like the fact that it's both a Leela episode and a Bender episode, but still manages to keep its focus.  The jokes are consistently funny (except for the cringe-inducing line about Fry's brainslug starving to death), and Bender is spot-on-character.  Watching him show up in a white fur coat with two floozies and a ring on every finger is the highlight of my life.  And I like the resolution of the Fnag/Leela plotline, where Leela strikes home the ridiculousness as well as the satisfyingness of beating people up for revenge.  That hit close to home.
Mouse On Venus

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #17 on: 10-29-2003 16:28 »

Lew Morton was the writer.
mjsmith

Bending Unit
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« Reply #18 on: 10-30-2003 00:36 »

I like it for the Bender/Destructo battle, specially, the battle under the ring between Leela and Pnog. Enjoy the newsreel one, too.
Gleno

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #19 on: 10-30-2003 09:28 »

I love this ep, one of the better ones from S2....I saw it for the first time the same day I got the new wrestling game for my Playstation....so at the time it was quite cool heh-heh

Lots of funny stuff, Bender's little "Go Bender, Go Bender" makes me laugh every time....
The wrestling parody worked well....and seeing Leela's troubled childhood was cool....

I love Destructor, and the little twist at the end....but in subsequent eps he doesn't seem to be controlled by Fnog....??
The brain slug on Hermes for the whole ep, and the part with Fry was funny, why do you guys hate it....? Baaahhh.... tongue

Let me break....let me break you down....for your sake....I will break you down...."[/small]
CyberKnight

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« Reply #20 on: 10-30-2003 09:49 »

 
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Originally posted by Gleno:
but in subsequent eps he doesn't seem to be controlled by Fnog....??

He is a battle robot, you know. Maybe Fnog felt it was less effort to simply reprogram this unit to accept direct commands (no doubt the style of warfare employed by Destructor would be illegal in Ultimate Robot Fighting (I know, I know...no rules... tongue)).

SubPar_Penguin

Crustacean
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« Reply #21 on: 11-02-2003 15:10 »

the best part, i think, is where, just after bender's first fight, where you see hermes about to put a brain slug on the little boy's head. i just love that.
SumOfTwoCubes

Crustacean
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« Reply #22 on: 11-02-2003 18:14 »

Although not the funniest episode (but then again - what is?), "Raging Bender" comes in with some pretty good laughs, mostly thanks to Master Fnog. But also thanks to the many robots Bender "Fights", my favorite being The Foreigner.
"I'm not from here! I am my own customs! Look at my craaazy passport!"
This is a pretty solid episode, and one I never really tire of.
9/10
SweetShrimp

Crustacean
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« Reply #23 on: 11-02-2003 18:49 »

I thought it was a pretty decent ep.  I did like the wrestling parody, with the various gimicks and rivalries and all that (one of my best friends is a big wrestling fan, so I got a little introduction to that in real life).  I really liked the movie theatre scene, especially when the masked unit (is that his name?  I can't remember!) begins to show his true form.
Bender: "Ah, ha ha ha ha...oh, I'm boned."

I also like Leela's last line.

"The important thing is I got to beat up someone who hurt me in high school."

Now who hasn't felt like that before?

The line about Fry's brain slug gave me a little chuckle...wasn't a great line (a little too predictable...I mean, who didn't see that shot at Fry comming from, say, Omicron Persei 8), but it didn't exactly make me cringe or anything.

Anyways, decent episode.  Not one I watch on a daily basis or anything, but still good.  B+/A- range.
Asylum-Fry

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #24 on: 11-17-2003 01:37 »

Meh. There's something about the episode that just... made it a little bad. I don't know what it was, I think I'm just turned off by anything sports related because it bores me to death, even in Futurama.

Phnog was the only good thing that happened to the episode for me. His lines, and Bender's furry white coat with the $ on it were the best parts of the episode. The rest was, in my opinion, mediocre.

I'd give it a C, or at best, a C+
**Futuramagal**

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« Reply #25 on: 01-26-2004 15:00 »

Hi all im new
QueenOfRobonia

Bending Unit
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« Reply #26 on: 01-26-2004 15:03 »

Hi I'm new post... slightly annoying... welcome to PEEL anyway...
That episode was a tad boring i don't quite know why... Going with Asylum-Fry, I think Phnogg was the best part.
zapperdan

Bending Unit
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« Reply #27 on: 01-26-2004 16:26 »

floozies: "we love you bender".
bender(pimp stylee): "shut up baby, i know it".

best line ever!
Mouse On Venus

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #28 on: 01-26-2004 16:26 »

Best line ever - wrong episode!  tongue

zapperdan

Bending Unit
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« Reply #29 on: 01-26-2004 16:29 »

yes, i knew that........honest. i was just thinking of bender in his pimp fur coat and it made me remember.
Mouse On Venus

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #30 on: 01-26-2004 16:31 »

Well you make a good point actually: that's two episodes in a row that Bender acts like a pimp. Three if you count the obscene amount of jewellery he has in A Bicyclops Built For Two.  wink
Bushmeister

Professor
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« Reply #31 on: 01-26-2004 16:38 »
« Last Edit on: 01-26-2004 16:38 »

Yep, that line (very funny it was too) was featured in "Put Your Head on My Shoulders" I think.

Although if the male Bender had worn the cowboy-hat ensemble that Coilette was wearing at one point in "Bend Her" he would look decidely pimp-ish as well.
Dr. Morberg

Professor
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« Reply #32 on: 01-26-2004 17:39 »

I like "George Foreman" in this episode:
"This could be the most one-sided fight since Ali fought a 10,000 foot robot. My memory's not what it used to be, but I think the universe was destroyed."
"Interesting if true."

overall it was a good episode, some very funny lines, a good storyline, I give it an A-
Mouse On Venus

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #33 on: 01-26-2004 18:55 »

 
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Originally posted by Bushmeister:
Although if the male Bender had worn the cowboy-hat ensemble that Coilette was wearing at one point in "Bend Her" he would look decidely pimp-ish as well.

 Well, that's actually shows just how much range Bender has: he's been a pimp and a ho. He's done it all, y'know?  cool
The Swede

Crustacean
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« Reply #34 on: 01-27-2004 15:30 »

hehe... great ep. it's hilarious when the aliens from planet MG-13 aren't suited to watch the film. And Fnogs "I'll be in boy-hell. Much nicer!"
Mouse On Venus

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #35 on: 01-27-2004 15:35 »
« Last Edit on: 01-27-2004 15:35 »

Yeah, I just realised that's one of two Lew Morton episodes with a plot involving sexism (the other, of course, being AWITM). His eps always seem to have some sort of social commentary as a theme.
VoVat

Bending Unit
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« Reply #36 on: 01-27-2004 16:18 »

Okay, I've seen the name of Leela's old kung-fu instructor spelled several different ways.  Does anyone know the official spelling?
Gambit

Bending Unit
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« Reply #37 on: 01-27-2004 17:13 »

i like bender's random opponents, the foreigner- 'im not from here, i have my own customs- look at my CRAZY passport'

You read it, you cant unread it!
woopsie daisy!

Bending Unit
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« Reply #38 on: 01-29-2004 06:51 »

hehe, a real classic, it was the second episode i saw actually... [bold]A[bold/]
bender+fry

Professor
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« Reply #39 on: 02-08-2004 19:34 »

it was okay, not great, not bad. I loved the movie part and the commentary and the deleted scenes from it, but it was nothing special. I dont use the second disc of the second season that much because besides a clone of my own, it was a pretty mediocre one.
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