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El Scorcho

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« Reply #80 on: 02-24-2004 15:28 »

Its gotta be when they dress up that monkey, "I'd recognise that pose anywhere", or sumthing like that.
bish

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« Reply #81 on: 02-24-2004 16:15 »
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I LIKED THE WHOLE SHOW

espiacially the bit with lrrr at the end


DotheBartman

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« Reply #82 on: 02-24-2004 16:33 »

Still not quite one of my top 20 favorites, but very good.  One of the better 2ACV episodes definetely.

It has an interesting satirical take on the issue of eating animals, and is also consistantly hilarious with a creative story. The omicronians shine in particular, especcially the ending.  Also, the gag with Zap's etch a sketch "schedule" is one of my favorite Futurama gags.
Cloud 9

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« Reply #83 on: 02-24-2004 20:59 »

Heheh...I think that this episode is one of the best representatives of Futurama in season 2. It's the one I show to people to attempt to get them hooked. It's not the funniest ever, but it's one of the more well-rounded episodes in season 2.   big grin

Those who choose to alter fate will do so at their own misery.
Digital Dragon

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« Reply #84 on: 02-24-2004 21:02 »

One of my favourite parts of that episode has to be when Leela refers to Fry and Bender as wingus and dingus and Brannigan, apparently having forgot their names says really earnestly something along the lines of "Wingus, Dingus, I need your help."
Cloud 9

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« Reply #85 on: 02-24-2004 21:10 »
« Last Edit on: 02-24-2004 21:10 »

I loved that, too. (Also the afore-mentioned Etch-a-Sketch)   big grin Welcome, DD! Are you new? Think so... (*sniff* No one ever welcomed me...) I don''t care! *skips off into pole* I also liked Kif's line when doing the monkey's hair. "Quiet, I'm creating!" But, maybe that's just cause I wuv my Kifee!    love

Those who choose to alter fate will do so at their own misery.
Gorky

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« Reply #86 on: 02-24-2004 21:14 »

Welcome to PEEL, Digital Dragon!
Digital Dragon

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« Reply #87 on: 02-24-2004 21:16 »

Everyone loves Kif, I'm pretty sure it's down to some sort of pheromone...
Digital Dragon

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« Reply #88 on: 02-24-2004 21:18 »

Thanks Gorky.
Cloud 9

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« Reply #89 on: 02-24-2004 21:22 »

(Personally, I think it's the camoflage reflex...)  big grin I forgot to mention that the hippie jokes were great, too. I loved the "You must've smoked some bad granola" line.  laff

Those who choose to alter fate will do so at their own misery.
Gorky

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« Reply #90 on: 02-24-2004 21:45 »

You're welcome, DD.
A bit of advice, though. Double-posting counts as spam, so use the "edit" button next time.
Digital Dragon

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« Reply #91 on: 02-24-2004 21:46 »

Ah, thanks for the heads up.
Gorky

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« Reply #92 on: 02-25-2004 17:50 »

We got into a big tangent about the commentaries last time, so let's do it again. What did you guys think about the commentary for "The Problem With Popplers"?
I thought it was a better one, especially because Chris Tyng is on it.
Cloud 9

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« Reply #93 on: 02-25-2004 20:22 »

Yeah, he told about a certain kind of drum, or something...I thought the chimes were genious, so he can't go down in my opinion!  big grin *has no idea what she just said* Anyway...um, what did they say in the commentary? *can't remember* I keep thinking of WAA, instead of the Poppler ep.  confused

Those who choose to alter fate will do so at their own misery.
Gorky

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« Reply #94 on: 02-26-2004 16:34 »
« Last Edit on: 02-26-2004 16:34 »

The boobams.
Oh, and do you mean the "Molten Boron" story or the one about the synthesizer?
Coilette

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« Reply #95 on: 02-26-2004 17:44 »

'This is both uncomfortable and humiliating, now if they put it in the form of a Suppository'

Great Zoidberg jokes too, especially the burned house bit.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #96 on: 02-26-2004 17:53 »

Thanks for that Coilette but we've moved on now. If you check the last page, you'll see we're now talking about "The Problem With Popplers". Welcome to PEEL btw.  smile

 And I will agree with DoTheBartman about the Etch-a-sketch gag too. That was plain awesome. Loved the Popplers song, too.
Gorky

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« Reply #97 on: 02-26-2004 18:18 »

Welcome to PEEL, Coilette!
Oh, and:

Pop a poppler in your mouth,
When you come to Fishy Joe's!
What they're made of is a mystery,
Where they come from, no one knows.
You can lick 'em,
You can pick 'em,
You can chew 'em
You can stick 'em,
And if you promise not to sue us,
You can shove one up your nose!

Hilarious!
Gorky

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« Reply #98 on: 02-29-2004 14:14 »

Forgive the double-post, but this is entirely unrelated.
Not much response to this one. Well, let's see what you say to:

This Week: "Amazon Women in the Mood"
spacepilot3000

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« Reply #99 on: 02-29-2004 18:05 »

What made it great is that the dirty jokes were actually funny and not contrived and forced.

Fry: What did the other men die of?

Amazonian: Crushed pelivises.

(camers turns to see skeletons of men with crushed pelvises)

Fry, Zapp: Yeah! All right!

It's also just a laugh a 10 second episode.
evan

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« Reply #100 on: 02-29-2004 19:17 »

As spacepilot said, it was dirty and sexxy, but it didn't seem contrived.  So much sex humor just falls flat on its face, or seems just throw in for a cheap laugh.

But, for me at least, I really think the characterization in AWitM is the best of the season. Kif was properly pitiful and sympathetic, Amy wasn't so stereotypically dumb, and we see Fry is completely submissive to Leela's will.
Teral

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« Reply #101 on: 02-29-2004 19:47 »

I pretty much agree with evan. The sex jokes very consistanly funny and didn't feel forced. The Zoidberg b-story was equally entertaining and funny. In fact I fail to find one scene or dialogue that I didn't like.

But most of all I like how the characters was portrayed (evan already mentioned this), none of them was over-the-top or twisted images of their originals. Kif was shy, sympathetic and ptiful, not the pathetic lapdog we saw in "300 Big Boys". Zapp was rude, incompetent and pompous. Bender was selfish, without being cruel. They all acted within the characterization laid out in the previous episodes, particular the Kif-Zapp interaction was stellar and spot on.

The fact that pretty much all of the core cast (the PE crew + Kif and Zapp) had at least a significant part to play (with the possible exception of Farnsworth) is another plus. I personally like these group-shows where as many core characters as possible have an equal part ot play. Not that single-episodes can't be good, but these group-episodes are among the best the show have to offer. Another good example of this is "Xmas Story".
Spineless

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« Reply #102 on: 02-29-2004 19:55 »

All the jokes about Zoidberg being poor, "Ow! My small intestine!", SeaNN, the magician, "Did it just get warmer?", "Did it just get colder?", etc. etc. etc.  My favorite all time episode.  But I haven't seen a lot of Season 4 (or 5).  So that may change.  But there's just so much quotable in that episode, as well as far too many humorous gags to count.
Gorky

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« Reply #103 on: 02-29-2004 20:31 »

I agree with the fact that the crew was careful in making sure that the episode was kept within the boundaries of good taste, unlike some other episodes.
I love Kif's sigh after hearing about the sentence of "death by snoo-snoo" (which is hilarious within itself), immediately followed by Zapp's "What are you, gay?!". Also, Bea Arthur was perfect as the femputer.
Oh, and, Spineless, I liked "The Deep South", but now we're on "Amazon Women in the Mood".
Dr. Morberg

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« Reply #104 on: 02-29-2004 21:25 »

I thought that this one was hilarious. It had great sex jokes, and they served a purpose, to show how the women felt unappreciated. I loved Zoidberg's story, too. I like how they used the entire crew, and they all had funny things to say. This is one of the reasons why season three is my favorite.
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #105 on: 03-01-2004 00:47 »

So many reasons... this is indeed one of the funniest episodes of the entire series. The half-date sequence is one of my favourites, and, of course, Zapps book of pick up lines... heh.
Filled with sexist jokes, but they're pretty evenly dished out between genders, so everyones happy (or angry). Several scenes end with someone getting hurt, deservidly! Bender saves everyone (unwillingly, naturally). But it must be pointed out that this is Zapp/Kiff interaction at it's best (despite the noticble lack of world-weary sighing). It's just a fantastic episode!


LEEEEEEEEELAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
boingo2000

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« Reply #106 on: 03-01-2004 13:29 »

What made this one great?

- Sexist joke after sexist joke after sexist joke
- Zapp butchers the Kinks
- Half-date
- Kif becomes a fully fleshed-out character instead of a long-suffering sidekick
- Bea Arthur
Gorky

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« Reply #107 on: 03-02-2004 16:44 »

 
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Originally posted by boingo2000:
What made this one great?
- Kif becomes a fully fleshed-out character instead of a long-suffering sidekick

That's a big one. I for one thought that Kif was never taken into consideration as an important secondary character until this episode.
Also, this episode actually showed a bit of a problem with Amy and Kif's relationship (or what would, by the end of this episode, become a relationship). It always seemed like there were never any problems in their relationship, it just came quite easily. I'm sure that that annoyed many Fry/Leela fans.

Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #108 on: 03-02-2004 18:26 »
« Last Edit on: 03-02-2004 18:26 »

I think everyone else has summed up the content of this episode sufficiently enough but I'd like to say the animation on this episode was also spectacular and one of the reasons I voted for Brian Sheesley as best director in the other thread. For proof, check out Palm D'Orbit, the Amazonian landscapes and the Femputer. All fantastic and creative visuals. Loved the giant Tab can as well.   big grin
Gorky

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« Reply #109 on: 03-02-2004 21:40 »

I agree that the direction was terrific, but I think that Futurama as a series is always beautifully animated, not just this episode.
feralHuman

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« Reply #110 on: 03-03-2004 09:41 »

definitely one of the funniest eps in the entire series. leela/zapp date haggle, Zoiberg's shell, gender jokes and of course snu-snu ...

fry(sniggerring): pfft!a female leader?!
leela: fry, shutup!
fry(saluting): yes, captain.

possibly the best bender rebuff:
"maybe you can interface with my ass...by biting it!"
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #111 on: 03-03-2004 16:43 »

 
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Originally posted by Gorky:
I agree that the direction was terrific, but I think that Futurama as a series is always beautifully animated, not just this episode.

True, but some are better than others.
Gorky

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« Reply #112 on: 03-03-2004 17:31 »

That's for sure. Some season 1 episodes ("My Three Suns" sticks out in my memory most vividly), but that is understandable, seeing as how the directors and animators were just starting up. It seemed that by the middle of season 2, all of the episodes seemed to be of great quality. I'm not sure if "better" is the best word, only because each episode calls for something different, and that could affect how we see the episode (as "good" or "bad" ).
Gorky

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« Reply #113 on: 03-07-2004 18:18 »

Again, forgive the double-post.

This Week: "Parasites Lost"

This has to be one of my favorite episodes, at least of season three. In my opinion, this is the first time that the writers took the time to really develop the characters. As you may or may not have noticed, the crew had hinted at a possible Fry/Leela relationship from the pilot (the Old New York scene) to this episode. The two or three episodes in between were "Episode Two: The Series Has Landed", "A Flight to Remember", and "X-Mas Story" that focused on Fry and Leela as characters.
"Episode Two: The Series has Landed" probably contains the most character development than the rest of the first two years. I'm particularly referring to the scene in the lunar lander where Fry tells Leela about his dream to one day become an astronaut. You can tell that Fry realizes that he lost so many oppertunities because he was frozen (this is also evident in the Old New York scene in "Space Pilot 3000" ). The shot at Earth from the moon is also one of the best shots in the history of the series, in my opinion.
In "A Flight to Remember" it seemed as if the producers were trying to develop Fry and Leela's characters, but they ditched the idea mid-way.
"X-Mas Story" is also, in a way, like AFTR, but the characters of Fry and Leela were developed a bit. It is evident in the line "Well, you're lonely and I'm lonely, but together, we're lonely together."
Anyway, "Parasites Lost" took that step. It was one of the first plots that was really character-driven. It shows that Fry loves Leela and would even risk his life for her. I have to admit, Leela wasn't as fully developed as Fry in this episode (or at least by the episode "The Luck of the Fryrish" later in the season) but you can still see that her character changed a bit.
Apart from the character-driven plot, this episode was funny. I love Leela's line "Let's go try to blend in with that crowd of pimps". Billy West did a great job acting in the bedroom scene after Fry gets rid of the parasites ("Did you see that vase? It was all like KKKKRRRAAASHHH!" ) So, all in all a highlight of season three and the series as a whole, an A+ episode.
Gambit

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« Reply #114 on: 03-07-2004 18:27 »

i love this episode- i realised the other day that my favourites are when fry is smart - one way or the other- like in this one, or in the one with the brains, i forget the title of that one, but he is smart compared to everyone else. My favourite bit in this one is when fry is in his own brain destroying things
Gorky

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« Reply #115 on: 03-07-2004 18:37 »

The episode you are referring to is "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", another great season three episode.
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #116 on: 03-07-2004 21:12 »

Hooray! A sword duel! Plenty of good stuff in this episode.
Contains my favourite Sal line :
"I'm gonna puts my moves on her. Wooooooooooooooahs."
Also, Benders constant desire to abandon ship, the return of axe-murdering Leela (kinda), Zoidy's medical incompetance, a couple of jokes that stretch the boundries of good taste ("You'll never guess where I've been!" ), the last time Amy bags Leela before "Devil's Hands (I think), and a nice little ending. This episode probably has the best balance of shippiness and humour.

Oh, yes, and the Holophoner sequence is a very nice little bit. Love the imagery and the music.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #117 on: 03-07-2004 21:16 »

From this episode, I just love the fight in Fry's brain. That overrides the rest of the episode for me as "hilarious", pushing the rest of it back to "great".
CoG888

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« Reply #118 on: 03-07-2004 21:21 »

I agree with gambit, Fry hacking away at his own brain cells, thats a great scene.

I think my favorite part is when Zoidberg comes in riding the sperm... "You'll never guess where I've been!"...  Thats gotta be one of the funniest Zoidberg gags in the series!
zoidbergrocks

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« Reply #119 on: 03-07-2004 21:32 »

i love parasites lost
ZOIDBERG: im going to have to take a look at your insides
FRY: ahhhhhhhhh
ZOIDBERG: Guess again
that was a great line, also this one
fry walks in with lead pipe threw stumach
ZOIDBERG: Ohhh, so the hypochondiriac is back
FRY: my lead pipe hurts
ZOIDBERG: thats normal, goodbye
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