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Gorky

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« Reply #480 on: 09-06-2011 23:50 »

I think the mutant revolt could have gotten more story time, and the Land Titanic was too much of a rehash of "A Flight to Remember"--but yeah, overall, it was a solid episode. Definitely one of the better season six offerings, and I really do love anything involving Leela's backstory and her parents and such.

Oh, and I still have to decide where "Cold Warriors" and "Overclockwise" fit into my top 25. Ah, well, that's a task for another day, I suppose.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #481 on: 09-07-2011 17:58 »

Now someone around here said it 'wasn't 100th episode quality material' or something like that... hmpf
Gorky

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« Reply #482 on: 09-07-2011 19:25 »

I think, if you're going to make a big deal about your hundredth episode in the first place, its storyline may as well incorporate a long-running arc. The mutants, Leela being one of them, and the discrimination against them are all elements that had been slowly developed as the series progressed--and they all culminated in "The Mutants Are Revolting." I liked it plenty, but I thought it suffered from some shoddy writing in spots (and oy with the Fry/Leela melodrama).

So it did everything a hundredth episode should theoretically do--it just could have maybe done those things a bit more gracefully.
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #483 on: 09-07-2011 19:45 »
« Last Edit on: 09-07-2011 19:47 »

I think the mutant revolt could have gotten more story time, and the Land Titanic was too much of a rehash of "A Flight to Remember"--

At first, I thought the same regarding the Land Titanic. But looking back, I think it was the best way to refer to the "Rosa Parks incident". (Just that this time, it was a member of the privileged class voluntarily giving up his seat for a "second class citizen").
I liked that combined with the relative ease they could start a revolution /agressive confrontation, but in the end,it was a relatively small human deed that was the turning point...
spira

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« Reply #484 on: 09-08-2011 01:36 »

I really like Mutants are Revolting too. I think everyone is wonderfully in-character and the episode fits in so nicely with the original run. The return to a Titanic theme is a bit odd after AFtR but I don't mind that very much.

I don't know that "100th episode quality" is really a standard benchmark. It's a great episode, it has a good bit of that self-referential humor Futurama is so good at ("that's almost ten per year!"), it has really nice Fry/Leela moments, it uses the whole crew well and gives everyone a role - that last one is probably my favorite thing about the ep. For once I didn't mind everyone being there. It made sense, and everybody had at least one line that only they could have said.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #485 on: 09-08-2011 02:06 »

For my money, The Mutants are Revolting is the funniest episode of 6A (not the best, but the funniest). I enjoyed the plot and all the meta-humour. It's one of my favourite episodes, but far from being THE favourite.
spira

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« Reply #486 on: 09-08-2011 05:21 »

I think I have to give the label "funniest of 6A" to Prisoner of Benda, just because the whole situation is completely hilarious, but Mutants are Revolting comes close for sure.
meisterPOOP

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« Reply #487 on: 09-08-2011 05:50 »
« Last Edit on: 09-08-2011 05:51 »

You Know...I REALLY have a problem with Leela Captoning a Earth-Moving Ship as she did in 'Yo-Yo Leela'
sparkybarky

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« Reply #488 on: 09-08-2011 06:11 »

Weren't y'all talking about FatSF a little bit ago? I just re-watched it. It has some great moments but the one and only reason for me to watch is Hermaphrobot.

snaps fingers

She...er, I mean he (I guess?) is so sassy.

More hermaphrobot, please.
Gorky

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« Reply #489 on: 09-08-2011 11:35 »

For my money, The Mutants are Revolting is the funniest episode of 6A (not the best, but the funniest).

It's definitely one of the most consistently jokey episodes of 6A, which is occasionally lacking in laugh-per-minute goodness similar to what was done in the original run. But I'd nominate "The Prisoner of Benda" and (the much-derided) "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" for funniest episode, or at least the ones from which I got the most classic-y vibe.

And I do enjoy the episode (it's a solid 8/10). I think I just went into it with really high expectations (which is always a mistake, and rarely does it work out for me (though it does occasionally, as was the case with TLPJF and "Overclockwise")), and the episode failed to meet them. That's more my issue than it is the episode's, though.
sparkybarky

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« Reply #490 on: 09-08-2011 15:38 »

Honestly, it seems like a lot of the episodes that many PEELers hate or are contemptuous of are the ones I enjoy a lot.  I found nothing wrong with IAGDL. While it didn't make the most impression on me, it still entertained and amused me more than any other TV show could. The same with "Yo Leela Leela." I really can't understand why some (many?) here hate it so much. I loved Katie Sagal's voice acting in it. I loved the one creature who "could finally afford speech therapy" and his cute, garbled voice. I didn't voice that opinion in the thread on it, probably because I didn't want to be shouted down.

Conversely, I dislike or just am indifferent to the eps that seem to get a lot of praise: I really didn''t enjoy "Fry Am the Egg Man" or "A Clockwork Orange." "Brannigan Begin Again" seems to be on a lot of people's top ten lists--I loved the Urban Cowboy parody, but that was about it.

"Mutants" is great. The jokes involving the mutants were hilarious (I especially loved the one where Fry says something about not having to worry about clumps falling on top of them, and then a mutant off-camera pipes up, "We can do that here too--<strangled cry>!"

I think my favorite part about "Mutants" is the Professor slapping Fry with the skeleton hand, after he whines, "Do you guys know I have a crush on Leela?"
Gorky

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« Reply #491 on: 09-08-2011 17:26 »

I like "Yo Leela Leela."

Anyway, I don't know that "Brannigan Begin Again" is universally-loved 'round these parts; I've always thought of it as a pretty average episode, and there have been much better Zapp- and Kif-centric episodes. The other episodes you say you're pretty meh on, I think are great (though I think "A Clockwork Origin" is a bit overrated).

But yeah, you're always going to have disagreement about which episodes rock and which ones don't. With a few loved-by-all exceptions ("The Luck of the Fryrish," "Roswell That Ends Well" and "The Sting," for example), there are no definitive best and worst episodes ever. Hell, I love "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz"--it's a top-25 episode for me--but I don't see many others sharing my opinion. Such is life. wink
sparkybarky

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« Reply #492 on: 09-08-2011 19:04 »

Quote from: sparkybarky
"A Clockwork Orange."

Gorky graciously corrected me in a very subtle way. smile Er, yes, "Origin" not "Orange!" Am I getting confused by soylent orange??? Or is my anti-senility truss not holding up? I think it's the latter.

Thanks, Gorky. I like when PEELers agree to disagree. Sometimes I get stressed just from reading the arguments in some parts of the message board.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #493 on: 09-08-2011 19:05 »

Gorky graciously corrected me in a very subtle way. smile Er, yes, "Origin" not "Orange!" Am I getting confused by soylent orange??? Or is my anti-senility truss not holding up? I think it's the latter.

Or maybe it's because the title of the episode is a parody of the film 'A Clockwork Orange'... roll eyes
sparkybarky

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« Reply #494 on: 09-08-2011 19:08 »

Gorky graciously corrected me in a very subtle way. smile Er, yes, "Origin" not "Orange!" Am I getting confused by soylent orange??? Or is my anti-senility truss not holding up? I think it's the latter.

Or maybe it's because the title of the episode is a parody of the film 'A Clockwork Orange'... roll eyes

Quiet, you! big grin
Louiswuenator

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« Reply #495 on: 09-08-2011 19:20 »

I like "Yo Leela Leela."
As do I.  I really don't understand all of the hate that episode gets.  It pointed out some interesting issues like the ridiculousness of modern children's programming ("Popular Slut Club" had me rolling and "Now let's do the same thing we just did two more times!") and also the dichotomy between Bender and Leela on creativity - Bender:  "Stealing is a form of creativity!"  Leela:  "No it isn't."

Also, I thought the Humplings were awesome.  I loved when Feffernuse was all like "I gotta be big and strong to fight off the monsters."  <gets scared and spews carrot juice all over his friend>  "Did somebody say monsters?"   laff  That was probably just a throwaway line but it got me thinking what if there really were horrible monsters on Rumbledy-Hump that come out at night or something and only Feffernuse can defend them?
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #496 on: 09-09-2011 15:43 »

I like "Yo Leela Leela."
As do I.  I really don't understand all of the hate that episode gets.  It pointed out some interesting issues like the ridiculousness of modern children's programming ("Popular Slut Club" had me rolling and "Now let's do the same thing we just did two more times!") and also the dichotomy between Bender and Leela on creativity - Bender:  "Stealing is a form of creativity!"  Leela:  "No it isn't."

Also, I thought the Humplings were awesome.  I loved when Feffernuse was all like "I gotta be big and strong to fight off the monsters."  <gets scared and spews carrot juice all over his friend>  "Did somebody say monsters?"   laff  That was probably just a throwaway line but it got me thinking what if there really were horrible monsters on Rumbledy-Hump that come out at night or something and only Feffernuse can defend them?

I actually want a Princess Num Num plush.  Good thing I can buy similar things on Kidrobot. : )
Spacedal11

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« Reply #497 on: 09-21-2011 07:41 »

Hell I would say Law and Oracle just for the line "I'm PMSing like a lumberjack".
Beanoz4

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« Reply #498 on: 09-21-2011 08:56 »

Mine is "The Sting"
A: It's such a good episode
and B: It's one of my earliest memory of Futurama smile
zlawke

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« Reply #499 on: 09-21-2011 10:17 »

I loved when Feffernuse was all like "I gotta be big and strong to fight off the monsters."  <gets scared and spews carrot juice all over his friend>  "Did somebody say monsters?"   laff  That was probably just a throwaway line but it got me thinking what if there really were horrible monsters on Rumbledy-Hump that come out at night or something and only Feffernuse can defend them?
Is that Shaggy's catchphrase? I thought it was another Scooby-Doo reference but whatever. I rewatched YLL yesterday (t'was third viewing) and I must say that now I understand why it's so hated. Third act is a total mess, Leela is acting like Marge Simpsons and those Humplings are really awful. That was a terrible idea to make an episode. The funniest line was Leela's "That would make a great episode". Yeah  roll eyes

I would like to add a favourite movie to my list. I think Bender's Game is the greatest, it's full of clever jokes, it's moving and there's not much of toilet humor (in previous movies there were plenty of them, especially BBS  puke). ITWGY is close second.
Ambitious misunderstood

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« Reply #500 on: 09-21-2011 12:33 »

Hell, I love "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz"--it's a top-25 episode for me--but I don't see many others sharing my opinion. Such is life. wink
I liked that episode, too. Not top10 or anything, but definitely above average.

Concerning my favourite episode I honestly have to say: I have no idea. I could probably name my top ten episodes, but there isn't one among them that is obviously better than the others.
spira

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« Reply #501 on: 09-22-2011 03:02 »

I think Bender's Game is the greatest, it's full of clever jokes, it's moving and there's not much of toilet humor (in previous movies there were plenty of them, especially BBS  puke). ITWGY is close second.

I haven't watched BBS in some time, but really? I don't remember that. I thought BBS was brilliant. Bender's Game is pretty clever though, have to admit.

I don't think Birdbot is terribly high on my list, but it is a good episode and I love all of the various relationships between the main characters that are developed there.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #502 on: 09-22-2011 03:17 »

I'd say 'Bender's Game' has more toilet humour what with all the Wipe Castle stuff.
Gorky

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« Reply #503 on: 09-22-2011 14:40 »

Well, there is a lot of bare-ass action in "Bender's Big Score," what with the tattoo ("It's like looking in a smelly mirror") and its ultimate removal ("I saved the space-time continuum and forty percent of your rectum")--but the only kind of gross joke that I can think of involves the Scammers combing Fry's body for the tattoo and only coming up with a hair that looks like the number six. Ugh.

At any rate, I think "Bender's Game" is easily the worst of the four movies, but to each his own. The only movie that could potentially breach my top-episodes list is "Into the Wild Green Yonder," which I think is pretty great and easily the one from which I get the most of a classic vibe.
spira

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« Reply #504 on: 09-22-2011 17:40 »

Also there was the Professor's collection of hair-blood-stool samples. Which I thought was pretty funny.

Fry's ass is pretty hot so it's okay.

I did quite like all four of the movies. I think they all have their relative strengths. BBS gives me a lot of classic vibe, as does ITWGY. The Robot League from BwaBB is hilarious and the characters there are nicely developed. BG is a crazy wild romp and it's possibly the most fun to watch.
Christopher

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« Reply #505 on: 09-22-2011 17:56 »

Mine is. 'the second episode'
AdrenalinDragon

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« Reply #506 on: 09-26-2011 22:52 »

I've got to admit that Leela's Homeworld has grown on me over the years. At first I didn't really think much of it back when I saw it when it aired, but as I grew older I appriciated it more and although it's not really a funny episode, it's more touching than I remembered.
Tachyon

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« Reply #507 on: 09-27-2011 06:25 »

For those who can directly relate to Leela's experience, it is extremely moving.

No, I can only relate ~80%

Gorky

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« Reply #508 on: 09-27-2011 13:15 »

You mean you're a one-eyed, purple-haired mutant? wink

And I love "Leela's Homeworld"; it's among my favorites. I agree that it's not the funniest episode, but the ending alone elevates it to a certain level of greatness and heartwarming-ness that the show has only achieved with a handful of other episodes.
Emeri

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« Reply #509 on: 09-30-2011 02:38 »
« Last Edit on: 10-03-2011 01:19 »

Okay, I finally sorted out my top 10.  smile

1.The Late Philip J. Fry - Why number 1? It pretty much sums up why I love Futurama. It's hilarious, emotional and thought-provoking at the same time. There aren't as many laughs, I'm aware, but every joke is spot-on; and it makes up for those extra jokes with plenty of heart.

2. The Prisoner of Benda - Really, this ties with TLPJF for 1st; it's hard to compare the two because this one is much more silly/comedy oriented. Every time I watch this, I never fail to burst out laughing at least once. Leela and Fry as the Prof. and Zoidberg was brilliantly hilarious. Just about every line is funny. Some favorites off the top of my head are:
    -"I'm afraid we'll have to use.... MATH."
    -"Switch bodies? I don't see why not? ...I also don't see why."
    -"A floor? We live like kings!"
    -"...The long search is over."

3. The Mutants Are Revolting - From my earlier post...
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I haven't posted my top 10 yet, but I know I'll definitely include The Mutants are Revolting. I don't know why people don't give it as much credit. I'm not gonna go into super-detail right now, but I thought the plot flowed really well, and it had tons of hilarious moments, plus some good Fry/Leela. Overall, just a very quality episode. The ending always has me smiling.
...And the Zoidberg line, "3 dollars at the drug store" never fails to make me laugh!

4. Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love? - Tons of classic Zoidberg moments. And I love, "YOU BASTARD, I'LL KILL YOU."

5. The Why of Fry - "And we'll form a tightly knit clique that you won't be part of!"

6. Amazon Women in the Mood - "She's built like a Steak house, but she handles like a bistro!"

7. Jurassic Bark - In addition to the famously sob-worthy ending, the Bender-Fry friendship stuff always warms my heart.

8. The Luck of the Fryrish

9. War is the H-word

10. Rebirth - I know, I know, I'm gonna get a lot of crap for this one. To try and sum it up, I'll just say I that I thoroughly enjoy Rebirth. On my initial viewing, I didn't think too much of it. But the second time around, I realized it had a lot of awesome moments in it (I can go into detail on that if you'd like). I know, the overall feel of the episode is a bit too Fry/Leela heavy, and doesn't have the usual Futurama feel, but regardless, I'm placing in my top ten because simply one of my favorites.

~~~~~~~~
...Reflecting on my picks, it seems I have a lot more S6 in my top 10 then most people do. I'd guess it's cause I started watching Futurama in June 2010, a week or so after Rebirth. Honestly, I kind of like the new episodes more than the original ones- and I don't think badly of the original eps, I just love the new even more than I love the old. Maybe it's cause I didn't watch the show back then. Although S6 had a lot of bad episodes, when it had good episodes, they were REALLY good, IMO. Also, I enjoy the higher quality of animation, it's so much cleaner and appealing to the eye.

Anyways, whoa, that was a heck of post. I'm too lazy to think of a proper, witty conclusion right now.
spira

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« Reply #510 on: 09-30-2011 02:55 »

I also really like Rebirth. Most people seem to think it's just mediocre, but it is definitely in the top ten Season 6 episodes (though it didn't reach my top six, which says great things about the quality of Season 6 that there were at least six episodes that beat Rebirth). Maybe it's cos I'm a rabid shipper, but I feel like there weren't a lot of episodes in Season 6 that focused on Fry/Leela (really just Rebirth and Overclockwise, and you could make a case for TLPJF but there is so much more there) so it wasn't excessive or anything. They needed to open the season with something about them.

No, Crustacean in Love is the weird one on your list. Don't think I've ever seen that on a top ten list before. Personally I don't really like Zoidberg episodes, but this one was okay. Not great though, in my opinion.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #511 on: 09-30-2011 18:45 »

and I don't think badly of the original eps, I just love the new even more than I love the old.

Same here, I started watching in late 2008, and that was before "Into the Wild Green Yonder"!

I dunno, I agree with others that the pop culture references and the show "forgetting" that it's set in the future is a bad thing, but I've enjoyed like 89% of Season 6's episodes. Not to say I don't like the movies (epic) and the OR (classic Futurama, 99% of the eps make me LOL).
zlawke

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« Reply #512 on: 10-01-2011 19:37 »

Crustacean is the best Zoidberg-heavy episode, maybe cause he was supported by Fry. The Tip is close second. It's hard to admit, but I really like That's Lobstertainment, it's very good and enjoyable. The only scene that sucks in this episode is making of The Magnificient Three (what a bordom). I freakin love all episodes of original run, even A Leela Of Her Own and I Dated A Robot despite being mediocore.
Tachyon

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« Reply #513 on: 10-01-2011 20:33 »


Agree that Crustacean is good because of the Fry/Zoidy interaction. Overall I think that the best Zoidberg-heavy ep is A Taste of Freedom, because of the theme.

DannyJC13

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« Reply #514 on: 10-01-2011 20:58 »

I always thought "I Dated A Robot" was a well-recieved episode... hmpf
spira

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« Reply #515 on: 10-01-2011 21:30 »

I think the only episode that I can firmly say I don't like is Neutopia, and even that one has the PlanAm scene which I thought was really funny.

Crustacean has an interesting story and is probably the best Zoidberg episode, though the Freedom Day one isn't bad. I like A Leela of Her Own - not top ten or even top fifty material, of course, but it's solid. I don't know what the general opinion of I Dated a Robot is, but I liked that one too. It had a good premise and some laugh-out-loud moments with the PSAs and such.
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #516 on: 10-01-2011 22:23 »

I think 'The Tip of the Zoidberg' is easily the best Zoidberg episode, it's not even a tough call for me.
zlawke

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« Reply #517 on: 10-01-2011 22:57 »

I always thought "I Dated A Robot" was a well-recieved episode... hmpf
Nope. It was considered the worst of TOS on PEEL. On CGEF it's rated 68% and it's pretty low.
Overall I think that the best Zoidberg-heavy ep is A Taste of Freedom, because of the theme.
After second viewing it made less impression on me. I gave it 7/10, it was OK, Zapp was funny as always and I liked Decapodian's weapons xD
Emeri

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« Reply #518 on: 10-03-2011 01:16 »
« Last Edit on: 10-03-2011 01:19 »

I also really like Rebirth. Most people seem to think it's just mediocre, but it is definitely in the top ten Season 6 episodes (though it didn't reach my top six, which says great things about the quality of Season 6 that there were at least six episodes that beat Rebirth). Maybe it's cos I'm a rabid shipper, but I feel like there weren't a lot of episodes in Season 6 that focused on Fry/Leela (really just Rebirth and Overclockwise, and you could make a case for TLPJF but there is so much more there) so it wasn't excessive or anything. They needed to open the season with something about them.

No, Crustacean in Love is the weird one on your list. Don't think I've ever seen that on a top ten list before. Personally I don't really like Zoidberg episodes, but this one was okay. Not great though, in my opinion.

Glad you agree with me about Rebirth!  smile As for there not being enough Fry/Leela, I'd say 6A had plenty of it, but 6B definitely was lacking in that department. It was weird that their relationship just faded away during those episodes, even if they were "on-again-off-again." They didn't even really interact much, (I'm not talking about Overclockwise of course) other than Fry Am the Egg Man, and I think they felt a little off during that ep anyways.

As for Crustacean in Love, Zoidberg's my favorite, and I simply consider it to be the best of the Zoidberg episodes. Great plot, great pacing, and absolutely hilarious.

and I don't think badly of the original eps, I just love the new even more than I love the old.

Same here, I started watching in late 2008, and that was before "Into the Wild Green Yonder"!

I dunno, I agree with others that the pop culture references and the show "forgetting" that it's set in the future is a bad thing, but I've enjoyed like 89% of Season 6's episodes. Not to say I don't like the movies (epic) and the OR (classic Futurama, 99% of the eps make me LOL).

Good to know somebody else feels that way! Yeah, I don't really like to divide the episodes up by run, I love them all. I think it's mainly- although I don't much like the pop-culture references- the fact that I've watched them as they've aired, so I get more of the references, and the newer animation; it feels so fresh and makes all the characters look better.
spira

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« Reply #519 on: 10-03-2011 04:39 »

"Fresh" is a good word to describe Season 6 episodes, as opposed to "extremely worn and well-loved" for the original run. Both have their merits and their flaws. They balance nicely.
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