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willsterdude3000

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« Reply #280 on: 04-15-2011 22:20 »

Yeah, that's a good episode. I like the part where Bender and Roberto get into a plane, and fly all the way around and crash in the barn.
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« Reply #281 on: 04-22-2011 06:22 »

My favourite is definitely Godfellas.

Great stuff with Bender and his people. Several awesomely random Fry lines. And, the conversation between Bender and God is easily one of the highlights of the series.

"He always wanted to drift forever... but, through the American South West."
roonstable

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« Reply #282 on: 04-26-2011 01:24 »

Godfellas, insane in the mainframe, three hundred big boys and the honking, amazing!!!  big grin
Stone

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« Reply #283 on: 04-28-2011 16:47 »
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holy crap. i love how i can watch futurama a 1000 times and still discover new things in the old episodes. just watching hell is other robots and when fry and leela entered the inferno ride, i noticd a tiny heart in the background with H. S. + M. B. written on it, lol.
lemily33

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« Reply #284 on: 04-29-2011 07:08 »

H.S. + M.B.?
DannyJC13

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« Reply #285 on: 04-29-2011 10:31 »

Homer Simpson and Marge Bouvier?

Just a guess.
lemily33

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« Reply #286 on: 04-30-2011 07:29 »

That's it. smile
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« Reply #287 on: 05-05-2011 06:33 »

Watching "That's Lobstertainment."

I know it's bashed as one of the/if not the worst episodes, but I really like this episode.  It's not top 5 material, no, but I'd put it top 20.  It's Calculon heavy, which is a plus in my book, and Bender is great.  There are a lot of good one-liners too.
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« Reply #288 on: 05-05-2011 17:25 »

Watching "That's Lobstertainment."

I know it's bashed as one of the/if not the worst episodes, but I really like this episode.  It's not top 5 material, no, but I'd put it top 20.  It's Calculon heavy, which is a plus in my book, and Bender is great.  There are a lot of good one-liners too.

When I watched it again recently I thought 'Why do people hate this ep?'. It's not the best, but it's not bad. =L
Hoff

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« Reply #289 on: 05-13-2011 08:36 »

No love for The Birdbot of Ice-catraz?

I've always considered it a favorite.
futuramafanboy

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« Reply #290 on: 05-16-2011 01:42 »

off topic havent you noticed that frys middel name is j so is proferser farnsworth and homer and bart frome the simpsons
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« Reply #291 on: 05-16-2011 02:35 »

It's true of countless cartoon characters. Supposedly Matt Groening does it in homage to Bullwinkle J. Moose.
Gorky

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« Reply #292 on: 05-20-2011 01:48 »

No love for The Birdbot of Ice-catraz?

I've always considered it a favorite.

That's one of the season three episode that, to me, is always neglected because it is surrounded by the unabashed brilliance of "Amazon Women in the Mood," "Parasites Lost," and "The Luck of the Fryrish." But it's hilarious in its own right. It's a top-25 episode for me, and one of the very best Leela-centric episodes of the series.
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« Reply #293 on: 05-20-2011 02:16 »

Gorky's right in that other episodes within Season 3 tend to overshadow Birdbot... it's a good solid Futurama episode that brings the funny, and also gives us a look at characters outside of their usual roles within the series.

But I don't know about top-25. Closer to top-40 for me, personally. Then again, that's due to the sheer volume of episodes which are not just good but awesome, like TLPJF, RTEW, The Sting, Parasites, TLotF... the list goes on and on and on and on and on and on...
Gorky

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« Reply #294 on: 05-20-2011 02:28 »

I may rank Birdbot so highly just because it took me a while to really appreciate its greatness. I mean, I can watch--and have watched--an episode like "The Sting" on a near-daily basis. And, though I am always in awe of its seemingly effortless brilliance, after seeing it at least twenty or thirty times, it loses its novelty. I've only seen Birdbot maybe five or six times, which means that I can still appreciate its hilarity on a different, more novel level.

If that makes any sense. I think what I'm saying is that I was initially unimpressed by Birdbot, so I neglected it for a long time--instead opting to watch episodes I knew I loved, like "The Sting." So now, in rewatches, Birdbot is still able to surprise me--and I love that. It's like this formerly undiscovered gem, so perhaps that's why I consider it a top-25 episode.
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« Reply #295 on: 05-20-2011 02:36 »

I mean, I can watch--and have watched--an episode like "The Sting" on a near-daily basis. And, though I am always in awe of its seemingly effortless brilliance, after seeing it at least twenty or thirty times, it loses its novelty.

That's exactly the reason that I intentionally avoid watching "Devil's Hands" (except on the occasional commentary run) in any casual kind of way; it will never have quite the same effect as the first time I saw it (especially since it truly was the end then) but I don't want to lessen its ability to move me if I can help it.

"The Sting," though, is just too cool to avoid.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #296 on: 05-20-2011 17:40 »

Avoiding eps? Isn't that defying the purpose of TV? And Futurama? _
Tedward

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« Reply #297 on: 05-20-2011 17:54 »

Shows are meant to be watched, yes, and it's always cool to find things that you can watch over and over but that remain fantastic nevertheless, but trying to preserve the goodness of an episode by limiting your exposure to it can have its benefits. You'll probably still remember the story, but you might be surprised by little things you'd forgotten.
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« Reply #298 on: 05-20-2011 18:40 »

In the words of SpaceMaN, that's stupid! You're stupid!
Tedward

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« Reply #299 on: 05-20-2011 22:56 »

He may have said them, but I wouldn't simply call them his words.
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« Reply #300 on: 05-22-2011 00:43 »

my favourite would be the late philip j fry the romance between leela and fry is really something special how even ten million years cant keep them apart let alone that first thousand and the friend zone lol
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« Reply #301 on: 05-22-2011 02:49 »

BALLS THOROUGHLY LICKED!
SpaceMaN

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« Reply #302 on: 05-22-2011 04:13 »

The licker, or the lickee?

Either way, I'm not sure I'd have shared that information.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #303 on: 05-22-2011 04:18 »

BALLS THOROUGHLY LICKED!
The licker, or the lickee?

Could be both, if he's doublejointed.
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« Reply #304 on: 06-05-2011 05:06 »

I would probably say, "Godfellas." I just love that quote, "If you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all." It has a sort of humorous brilliance to it.

But, there will always be a special place in my heart for "Luck of the Fryish."
Gorky

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« Reply #305 on: 06-12-2011 19:16 »

In "best underrated episodes" news, I just watched "I Second That Emotion" today, and it's a really funny episode. The plot itself isn't oh-so fantastic or science-fictiony or whatever--but it's consistently entertaining. You kind of just get to watch the characters bounce off each other, which can be fun.
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« Reply #306 on: 06-13-2011 04:00 »

I think the plot is quite science-fictiony. Remember that it introduced the mutants. That's quite a huge concept that adds a layer to the show's world. It's easy to forget how much of an impact it had on the show given that the mutants appear all the time afterwards.
flesheatingbull

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« Reply #307 on: 06-13-2011 06:34 »

I think the plot is quite science-fictiony. Remember that it introduced the mutants. That's quite a huge concept that adds a layer to the show's world. It's easy to forget how much of an impact it had on the show given that the mutants appear all the time afterwards.

wisdom right here.
Gorky

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« Reply #308 on: 06-13-2011 14:28 »

Fair enough, cyber_turnip. I guess I meant that there's no fancy-pants traveling to other planets, or big explosions, or hilarious capers in outer space. Although the introduction of the mutants is plenty sci-fi, I suppose, the episode itself is grounded in the characters and what they feel and how they feel it (in addition to being really quite hilarious).
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« Reply #309 on: 06-16-2011 20:29 »

The Late Phillip J Fry,
300 Big Boys
aaaaannndd
Bender's Game
MovieMurderer

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« Reply #310 on: 06-24-2011 19:39 »
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Season 1 Favorite: I, Roommate
Season 2 Favorite: Brannigan, Begin Again
Season 3 Favorite: Time Keeps On Slippin'
Season 4 Favorite: The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings
Movie: Bender's Game
Season 6 Favorite: Lethal Inspection

Favorite Overall: Time Keeps On Slippin'
Futurama Llama

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« Reply #311 on: 06-28-2011 01:56 »

Jurassic Bark.

Rarely does an episode of an animated show pull you through that many emotions, and from that standpoint alone, it earns my vote.
Jims

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« Reply #312 on: 06-29-2011 05:11 »

New to this forum, but I may as well start with the definitive question, right? wink

My favorite episode is Luck of the Fryrish.  Probably not the most original pick, but it's always been my favorite.  I feel like the episode has the strongest emotional core of the Futurama episodes and grabbed my attention more than some of the other "emotional episodes" (like Leela's Homeworld or Jurassic Bark).  What makes this episode especially effective is that it's so related to the core concept of the show (Fry's time-travel) and presents a surprisingly complex relationship between Fry and his brother.

It also has an ending that genuinely surprised me at the time, as the episode spent a lot of time underlining how much of a copycat Yancey was.  The episode kinda leads you down the garden path and then pulls the rug out from under you.

I also really love The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings and The Farnsworth Parabox.  The Devil's Hands episode is one of those episodes that seems to get better and better on every re-watch, and the Parabox episode is just hilarious.
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« Reply #313 on: 06-29-2011 05:33 »

New to this forum, but I may as well start with the definitive question, right? wink

Absolutely. Great first post, btw. Welcome to the board.

Fryrish is definitely one of the all-time greats. Not only from the perspective of the show's establishment of the universe it operates in and the timeline of that universe, but it's also very, very funny.

Fryrish and Jurassic Bark are the two episodes that traditionally bring people close to tears with the endings, so it's not surprising that it's a favourite for a lot of people.
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« Reply #314 on: 06-29-2011 07:23 »

Agreed, great first post, Jims. Good quality there. Welcome to PEEL. Snoop around the board a little, get yourself acquainted, and enjoy your stay. Here's a link to some FAQs hosted on our Wiki - WikiPEELia - which I think might help you in being assimilated learning your way around here. I highly suggest reading the first one.

I like your picks for favorite episodes. I rather the heart to Jurassic Bark due to the final plot twist, but I think the twist of Fryish is better and came out of nowhere. And of the Season 4 episodes you mentioned, I definitely love both (my first avatar was the Robot Devil with Fry's hands), but love Parabox so much more. I'm a sucker for episodes structured like that, which is probably why The Prisoner of Benda's become my all-time favorite.
Jims

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« Reply #315 on: 06-30-2011 00:33 »

Thanks for your warm welcomes.  I like the style and atmosphere of this place. big grin

Jurassic Bark has always been Top-10ish for me but it hasn't stood up as well for me on repeat viewings.  The episode feels a little one-trick-pony'ish to me in that the big ending reveal dominates the episode.  Strip that away, and it's not much more memorable than your typical Season 4 episode with a typical Bender/Fry jealousy story going on.  Now granted, it's pretty unfair to say, "Remove the best part and the episode's not as good" but it illustrates why I think it can be a bit of a one-trick pony.  The tragic ending kinda overshadows everything else.

I should probably stop there or this post will feel like a Jurassic Bark hate post.  Which it shouldn't be, since Jurassic Bark really is an amazing episode for the series.  Ironically, it's not an episode I really enjoy putting in the DVD player just because I know it'll depress the hell out of me.
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« Reply #316 on: 06-30-2011 00:40 »

It wasn't until I joined PEEL that I realized people actually thought Seymour died at the end of Jurassic Bark. Since his fossil was standing up, I had initially assumed that he'd just gone to sleep at the end. I thought maybe the writers were going to continue his story in a later episode.

I didn't cry like most people and spambots did. But that doesn't mean I'm a monster! cry
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #317 on: 06-30-2011 01:10 »

Thanks for your warm welcomes.  I like the style and atmosphere of this place. big grin

Jurassic Bark has always been Top-10ish for me but it hasn't stood up as well for me on repeat viewings.  The episode feels ... a bit of a one-trick pony. 

Agreed. It's a one-trick pony. But, it's a pony with a bloody brilliant trick. I'd be happy to see more one-trick episodes with a trick that good, personally. When Futurama decides to do an episode that only hits you on one level, they make sure that it hits you hard on that level.

It wasn't until I joined PEEL that I realized people actually thought Seymour died at the end of Jurassic Bark. Since his fossil was standing up, I had initially assumed that he'd just gone to sleep at the end.

Whilst I totally agree that the fossil shows Seymour died at a point following the episode's conclusion, the montage and that damn song go a long way to helping people forget logic and reason, and just tear-ing up. It's pretty damn emotional for a simple cartoon.

Jims

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« Reply #318 on: 06-30-2011 04:16 »

Yeah, I'd like to see a trick that good again too.  I feel like the writers are trying to keep doing this sort of thing (the "Lethal Inspection" ending comes to mind) but it's hard to beat the pathos of a stray dog waiting for his master for 12 years.  They should probably just throw the Sympathy Card away and find a new one in the deck... Cuz they're not gonna beat that one.

It wasn't until I joined PEEL that I realized people actually thought Seymour died at the end of Jurassic Bark. Since his fossil was standing up, I had initially assumed that he'd just gone to sleep at the end. I thought maybe the writers were going to continue his story in a later episode.

To be fair, the point of the ending was to imply that Seymour died alone waiting for Fry so it's not that crazy of a stretch to assume he died shortly afterwards (despite the standing up or whatever).  And when I say "to be fair", I mean, "I totally thought that at the time."
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« Reply #319 on: 06-30-2011 04:42 »

What kills me about "Jurassic Bark" is that damn song they use at the end, which is just so heartbreaking in concert with the montage of Seymour waiting; however, I think "The Luck of the Fryrish" (to which JB is most readily compared) is an all-around better episode. And that, I swear, doesn't make me anti-dog and pro-man. I hate them both equally.

Honestly, though, I've never really thought of JB and Fryrish as top ten episodes. "Time Keeps on Slipping," "Leela's Homeworld," and "Lethal Inspection"--all of which are in a similar, tear-jerking vein--work much better for me.  
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