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PEE Poll: Which Sci-Fi References do you see more in Futurama?
Logan's Run   -0 (0%)
Star Wars   -7 (13.2%)
Star Trek   -33 (62.3%)
Planet of the Apes   -0 (0%)
Alien/Aliens   -1 (1.9%)
Red Dwarf   -1 (1.9%)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,   -2 (3.8%)
Battlestar Galactica   -0 (0%)
2001: A Space Odyssey   -9 (17%)
other   -0 (0%)
Total Voters: 53

fryfanSpyOrama

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« on: 03-04-2004 16:01 »

Futurama parodies many sci-fi classics, but which do you see more and which ones do you like.
Woodbot 2.0

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« Reply #1 on: 03-04-2004 16:17 »

2 words:
Star Trek
davierocks

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« Reply #2 on: 03-04-2004 16:19 »
« Last Edit on: 03-04-2004 16:19 »

2001: A Space Odyssey. in Love and Rocket.
And the police force have those crappy lightsabre baton things.
Hedonism Bot

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« Reply #3 on: 03-04-2004 16:55 »

Unfortunately for me, I have only seen a few of the sci-fi programmes that Futurama parodies. This doesn't diminish my enjoyment of the jokes, as I have enough basic knowledge of Star Trek and 2001 to get by; it also means that whenever I do see a spoofed episode of Star Trek or whatever, I suddenly have a moment of enlightenment, which is always good for the spirit  smile

I must have seen or read a dozen references to 2001, and I still haven't seen the movie or read the book. I should really get my act together  hmpf

Oh sure, blame the wizards...
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #4 on: 03-04-2004 17:02 »

The Logan's Run reference dates back to SP3K.  The career chip in the hands is based from Logan's Run for those who didn't know.
victor2000
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« Reply #5 on: 03-04-2004 17:27 »
« Last Edit on: 03-04-2004 17:27 »

I chose Star Trek.
Y_L_B

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« Reply #6 on: 03-04-2004 18:19 »

The distant journey to the Star...

Star Trek!
Ranadok

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« Reply #7 on: 03-04-2004 19:09 »

I think I notice the 2001 references the most, as they are usually a bit of a departure from the style of the show and are of specific, well-known scenes. I prefer the Star Trek references. Wait... does Zap/doop count as a Star Trek reference... if so, that is by far the most. Hmmm. 
Digital Dragon

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« Reply #8 on: 03-04-2004 19:17 »

Anyone who enjoys Futurama should see Red Dwarf.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #9 on: 03-04-2004 23:19 »

Star Trek is certainly what's parodied the most, although I've never seen more then one episode of Star Trek (one of the spinoffs, don't know/remember which one).  So I probably recognize the Star Wars parodies more, I can catch those pretty easily.  And of course the 2001 parodies are usually pretty obvious, especcially when they use the signature music.

There's a couple references to the second Planet of the Apes movie that I can think of, but they're actually pretty subtle and I don't think anyone who hadn't seen the movies would get them. One of the few sci-fi references I can feel somewhat proud about catching. "Planet of the Clams" is pretty obvious though, of course.
Venus

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« Reply #10 on: 03-04-2004 23:22 »

i havn't seen most of those movies or shows so when they show up in futurama i just assume it was original.
Zeep

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« Reply #11 on: 03-05-2004 00:32 »

after watching Love & Rocket last night, I'd have to say 2001.
"I'm afraid I can't do that, Leela."
that just sounded so great coming from the PE ship.
Coilette

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« Reply #12 on: 03-05-2004 05:08 »
« Last Edit on: 03-05-2004 05:08 »

Star Trek seems to be the most popular one, and 2001.
   
El Scorcho

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« Reply #13 on: 03-05-2004 15:59 »

They've got a few of references to 2001, like for instance when Leela opens Frys coffin in The Sting, so id say that it parodies 2001 quite alot
Gambit

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« Reply #14 on: 03-05-2004 18:26 »

yeah, obviously star trek most, but the starship troopers bit stood out for me as well
Gorky

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« Reply #15 on: 03-05-2004 18:30 »

Star Trek, of course. And if you want proof, look at the episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before". It may not be a direct parody of anything from the show itself, but the staff of Futurama managed to have a practical Star Trek reunion.
Teral

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« Reply #16 on: 03-05-2004 18:50 »

Try reading through the capsule for WNFHGB on CGEF and you'll notice a buttload of Star Trek references to specific episodes both TOS and TNG. I'll say Star Trek is the most referenced show (even without WNFHGB), Star Wars and 2001 seems to share second place.

Of those I usually like the 2001 references the most, such an awesome book and the movie is quite spectacular too. Read it, see it and then read 2010 too. But for the love of God, stay as far away from 2010 the movie as you can.
Gorky

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« Reply #17 on: 03-05-2004 19:43 »

Yeah, like I said Star Trek, but more or less alot of the references aren't flat-out references. Many are subtley hidden within the context of an episode. You really have to be a fan of Star Trek to get them.
But, if you see a reference to another sci-fi movie or TV show (and also Star Trek), it is normally right out there in the show's text. Those are sometimes homages (French for "rip-offs" ) of music from a particular show, the one I can remember most is the music in "Why Must I Be A Crustacean in Love?".
evan

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« Reply #18 on: 03-05-2004 20:53 »

I think that 2001 references stand out a lot more than Star Trek references. Sure, there are a lot of minor jabs at ST, but the references to 2001 are really obvious and really apparent.
feralHuman

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« Reply #19 on: 03-05-2004 21:13 »

I'm surprised the Brits here never mentioned Space:1999.

The only reference it seems is ,ironically, in WNFHGB, an 'Eagle' firing the last Star Trek tapes into deep space.
marla_singer

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« Reply #20 on: 03-05-2004 21:25 »

love & rocket
insane in the mainframe
2001
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #21 on: 03-06-2004 21:54 »

I'm surprised that Star Wars has only two votes thus far.  I think Futurama had it share of Star Wars references.
switch

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« Reply #22 on: 03-06-2004 22:41 »

Star trek but it has some starship troopers in it aswell.plus some starwars. it's pretty much a mix of all types
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #23 on: 03-11-2004 03:28 »

I forgot to mention that Futurama uses many references to the Jetsons.  FOX wanted a show like the Jetsons, but Matt said the Jetsons were boring and thus is the result of Futurama.
nerdlingus

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« Reply #24 on: 03-11-2004 03:44 »

Startrek what with all the bridge sounds they nicked and sampled.
ActionLaPointe

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« Reply #25 on: 03-11-2004 21:04 »

star trek i would vote for...it just makes sence.
billabong021

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« Reply #26 on: 03-12-2004 11:13 »

yeah we'v seen loads of startrek references in the episodes
Teral

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« Reply #27 on: 03-12-2004 14:26 »

A wonderment: which episodes have references to "Logan's Run"? Bear in mind the only thing I know about "Logan's Run" is the title.
David A

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« Reply #28 on: 03-12-2004 14:46 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
A wonderment: which episodes have references to "Logan's Run"? Bear in mind the only thing I know about "Logan's Run" is the title.

Uh, "Space Pilot 3000" and, I guess, "Cryonic Woman", when they mention the career chips again.

Oh, and the whole plot of "A Clone of My Own" is sort of a Logan's Run parody.
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #29 on: 03-12-2004 17:32 »

A clone of my own also had a little mixture of Red Dwarf and Matrix as well.
tom123

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« Reply #30 on: 03-13-2004 10:25 »

Definately Star Trek. They even had an episode on it. P.S. If some1 else already said this sorry
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #31 on: 07-14-2004 02:46 »
« Last Edit on: 09-26-2004 00:00 »

I would also say The Jetsons has a huge reference in the show basically because this was Matt's Jetsons, just like how the Simpsons are Matt's Flintstones.  The tube Fry rides in SP3K is a reference to Jetsons.

Fry is basically George Jetson, getting in trouble with the Suicide Booth.  He's thinking, "Bender, stop this crazy thing."

Leela is Jane

Professor is Elroy with the crazy invents.

Mom is Mr. Spacely  (Note Matt had thought of Mom being owner of Planet Express.)

Astro is Zoidberg who talks funny.  While Bender can be Astro since he's Fry's friend.

Nibbler takes after that furry little gremlin named Orbity, that white little creature with the springy legs. (Orbity was also played by Frank Welker.)

Scruffy is that janitor guy Henry Orbit who lived below the Jetson's house.

Amy is Judy

Hermes has the same colored clothes as Cogswell and both have glasses and have similar personalities.  Cogswell seems to only care about Spockets and insulting Spacely, while Hermes seems to care a whole lot about stuff being jerked and other things and insult Zoidberg.

Matt just merely took the Jetsons and made it better.  I remember him saying he wanted a sci-fi show like the Jetson, only not as boring.  The Jetsons are The Bradys, all cookie cutter and annoying after a while, while Futurama are the Bundys, more harder and extreme.


DrJohnZ

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« Reply #32 on: 07-14-2004 02:47 »

Well, Star Trek had its own eppisode.
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #33 on: 07-14-2004 02:52 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2004 00:00 »

Also, Jetsons only lasted for one season and was cancelled in the 1960's, but was revived for the 1980's, due to the popularity of the reruns, comic books, games and toys.

That means Futurama has a chance since, it is way better as a show.

I hope what I'm saying doesn't make people think I'm a big fan of the Jetsons, I'm not.  It was an alright show, but I thought it was a rip-off of the Flintstones.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #34 on: 07-14-2004 14:48 »

I don't watch Star Trek, so I don't notice much in that region apart from the obvious. I'll pick "Alein/Aleins", such as when Leela didn't mutate and that thing who used to be called "Virginia" is on her face, like a face hugger...
athena1999

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« Reply #35 on: 07-14-2004 15:04 »

Star Trek, g'uh!  Besides having WNFHGB, it's got the Zapper, who was basically created to poke fun at Kirk.  There are a bunch of Star Trek references (the stun/kill thing on the toilet, Leonard Nimoy's head in SP3K, and Commander Riker's Island (was he a Star Trek character???))  I don't know that much about Star Trek myself, but since my dad's somewhat of a Trekkie, I've picked up some stuff from the series.
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #36 on: 07-14-2004 15:44 »
« Last Edit on: 07-14-2004 15:44 »

More Jetsons references.  George Jetson red hair, Fry red hair.  Coincidence?  Also, Zoidberg reminds a bit of Rosie, she was just there to keep the Jetsons company.  Only difference is that she was a maid and good at what she did.  But I like Zoidberg more.

Also, I think I remember Phil Hartman voicing characters on the 1980's verison of the show and didn't he voice a character much like Zapp, who had a thing for Jane or was it Judy?  I'm not positive, but that character was interested in either female Jetson, much like how Zapp is interested in Leela, only it was PG rated type love.  If anybody can confirm if this really was a Jetson episode, I'd be most happy.  My memory isn't too good, since I haven't seen the show in years.  Though, I'm like everybody else when we say that Zapp is a parody of Shatner and Kirk combined, by Hartman would've done his voice, like he voiced characters on the Jetsons.

I also remember an episode where they went to some cowboy world and George tries to prove how manly he is by dressing up as a cowboy, much like how Kif tries to prove his manliness in WTBR.
Scifly

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« Reply #37 on: 07-14-2004 18:16 »
« Last Edit on: 07-14-2004 18:16 »

1 part Star Trek
1 part Jetsons
1 part every other type of sci fi
Add a dash of confidence from your crystal vile

Mix it together.  Bake it. Then spell check it, and then what you'll have is Futurama
David A

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« Reply #38 on: 07-14-2004 18:22 »

 
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Originally posted by Bumpy:
Also, I think I remember Phil Hartman voicing characters on the 1980's verison of the show and didn't he voice a character much like Zapp, who had a thing for Jane or was it Judy?  I'm not positive, but that character was interested in either female Jetson, much like how Zapp is interested in Leela, only it was PG rated type love.  If anybody can confirm if this really was a Jetson episode, I'd be most happy.  My memory isn't too good, since I haven't seen the show in years.

According to IMDb, Mr. Hartman was never on The Jetsons.  I can't say that I remember the episode that you're talking about, though.  I never really watched much of the new Jetsons episodes in the 80s.
DDie

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« Reply #39 on: 07-14-2004 18:28 »

Firstly Star Trek, cause of Zapp Brannigan and his hilarious parody of captain Kirk. And for the parallels between DOOP and the Federation.

Secondly 2001, because it's quoted often: Bender flying through space, the weird colours appearing in the professor's glasses and others I don't remember now.
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