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Smurfbabe

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« on: 08-03-2004 10:52 »

Just wondering if any of you feel there's any episodes that seem really removed or out of place from the rest of the series?  This doesn't have to mean they are bad, they just appear less futurama-ish or less connected then others.

I have a few i feel this way about.
A Bicyclops Built for Two
The Bird-bot of Ice-catraz
A Pharaoh To Remember
Obsoletely Fabulous

tell me ur thoughts!
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #1 on: 08-03-2004 13:28 »
« Last Edit on: 08-03-2004 13:28 »

'Bendin' in the Wind' definitely. It felt really different, and didn't require the futuristic setting like most eps...
Dr. Morberg

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« Reply #2 on: 08-03-2004 13:50 »

"I Dated a Robot" feels out of place. Also, as much as I like the episode "Futurestock", it doesn't feel like an episode of Futurama.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #3 on: 08-03-2004 13:54 »
« Last Edit on: 08-03-2004 13:54 »

Smurfbabe, could you elaborate upon your choices? I personally can't see what's so out of place about your first two selections at least.

As for me, That's Lobstertainment, A Leela Of Her Own, Bendin' In The Wind, Bend Her and 300 Big Boys (amongst a few others) felt out of place for much the same reason as Otis suggested: too Presentorama and not Futurama enough.
brae
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« Reply #4 on: 08-03-2004 14:10 »

Hmm... I think I'd probably have to go with Bendless Love.  Don't get me wrong, still funny, still laughed, etc., however I felt reintroducing Flexo and the love interest for Bender and stuff... eh.

But I always get a kick out of the Don Bot.
paranoir87

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« Reply #5 on: 08-03-2004 14:47 »

The Sting. Futurama reached unreachable levels of surreal. Don't get me wrong, I like it but it was odd to have such a long dream sequence in an episode.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #6 on: 08-03-2004 15:15 »

 
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Originally posted by Dr. Morberg:
The episode "Futurestock", it doesn't feel like an episode of Futurama.

Second. I think that episode is boring and has too much stock business in it for Futurama. Plus I don't like that episode that much anyway.


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Y_L_B

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« Reply #7 on: 08-03-2004 16:26 »
« Last Edit on: 08-04-2004 00:00 »

Bendin' in the Wind felt really out of place to me. I don't know why. Maybe because I don't think the 1970's would still have a following after over 1000 years...

EDIT: Put = Out?
OldeFortran

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« Reply #8 on: 08-03-2004 17:00 »
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I must be the only person who really, really hated 'The Devils Hands Are Idle Playthings', it just seemed a bit rushed towards the end, nice songs though.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #9 on: 08-03-2004 18:17 »

I would like to say though that one of the things that makes Futurama such a great show in my view is its diversity from ep to ep, that you get different styles of stories and one person's turd can be another person's treasure (or whatever the saying is).

 I say this because I personally enjoyed Futurestock although I can see why some might think it's out of place. But to me, that episode futurised the aspect of the stock market enough for me, whereas Lobstertainment and ALOHO didn't futurise Hollywood and baseball enough and felt like they should be in 20th/21st century sitcoms.
David A

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« Reply #10 on: 08-03-2004 18:29 »

"Spanish Fry".
DDie

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« Reply #11 on: 08-03-2004 18:54 »

'Bicyclops built for two'
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #12 on: 08-03-2004 19:10 »

Why?
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #13 on: 08-03-2004 19:16 »

I would have to say "A Leela of Her Own".  That episode is on my top five worst episodes, anyway.  I mean, is EBAY going to still be around in the year 3000?

I think the episode would've been better if Leela hadn't been made into a buffoon.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #14 on: 08-03-2004 19:26 »

 
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Originally posted by KurtPikachu2001:
I mean, is EBAY going to still be around in the year 3000?

 I don't hear you complaining about "I Dated A Robot".
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #15 on: 08-03-2004 19:34 »

 
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Originally posted by OldeFortran:
I must be the only person who really, really hated 'The Devils Hands Are Idle Playthings', it just seemed a bit rushed towards the end, nice songs though.

I hated it. However, I hated the songs too.

I think there are a few episodes that don't seem like they were in the future, particularly in the third season. Episodes like Bendin In The Wind, I Dated A Robot...I'm starting to wonder if the show would be better off without heads in jars. Not that they're necessarily bad episodes, but they don't feel right. But you can't get much more of a futuristic feel than the first season, wow was that a blast.

leelaholic

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« Reply #16 on: 08-03-2004 23:36 »
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Originally posted by OldeFortran:
I must be the only person who really, really hated 'The Devils Hands Are Idle Playthings', it just seemed a bit rushed towards the end, nice songs though.
I didn't really like it too much when I first saw it, but after a recent viewing, I've changed my opinion. I guess it's just something you have to see more than once to fully appreciate.

Anyway, the most out of place episode is "Spanish Fry". Too weird.
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #17 on: 08-04-2004 00:10 »

 
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Originally posted by leelaholic:
   
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Originally posted by OldeFortran:
I must be the only person who really, really hated 'The Devils Hands Are Idle Playthings', it just seemed a bit rushed towards the end, nice songs though.
I didn't really like it too much when I first saw it, but after a recent viewing, I've changed my opinion. I guess it's just something you have to see more than once to fully appreciate.

Not true. I've seen it more than once and I hated it more each time.

You know what? That is the most out of place episode. All the characters acted stupid. Bender acted like he had a heart, Fry was more pathetic than ever, and Leela was more thick headed than ever. It wasn't just an opera at the end, the whole episode was a cheesy soap opera.
Powarun

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« Reply #18 on: 08-04-2004 01:19 »

Mainly Futurstock, because it wasn't much on Futurama but more on the stock market, which is confusing and people don't want to feel dumb.  Also it is kind of hard to imagine, what some places int eh future would look like.
evan

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« Reply #19 on: 08-04-2004 01:28 »

"Devil's Hands..." and "Futurestock" own all of you.  Admit it.

The one episode that really sticks out in my mind as being "weird" is "A Leela of Her Own,"  mentioned for reasons that have already been stated.  IMO, blernsball just didn't seem to live up to the hype that it was introduced to.  Plus, Leela seemed incredibly foolish and out of character.
Melllvar

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« Reply #20 on: 08-04-2004 02:45 »
« Last Edit on: 08-04-2004 02:45 »

I'd agree with that, the fact that Leela sucked at Blernsball was kinda annoying, I wanted her to get better at it.

I, Roommate
Not really a futuristic/space-y episode, but good nonetheless.
Beamer

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« Reply #21 on: 08-04-2004 02:48 »
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Do we mean "out of place" as in out of place from the episode's it's put aound, or out of place from the show's general style itself?

If it's the first one, I'd say Obsoletely Fabulous. I mean, it's a Bender-centric episode, that was made right after ANOTHER Bender episode... also, it had the "dream sequence" twist at the end, just 2 episodes after The Sting, too!

However, if we're talking about episodes that are out of place from the series, I'd say Devil's Hands. It actually seemed kinda Disney-ish to me, in the sense that it had a huge song, had no coarse language and virtually no innapropriate material, and the fact that people's hands could just suddenly be switched like that without any violence just seemed completely ridiculous to me... although having said that, I still think it's a good episode. It just didn't follow the typical Futurama style, in my opinion.

Bendin' In The Wind also seemed somewhat out of place for its whole 60's theme, although they made up for that by having LOTS of Robot jokes.
Beamer

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« Reply #22 on: 08-04-2004 02:51 »
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Whoops, sorry - ignore this double-post. I accidentally clicked Quote instead of Edit...   red face
brae
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« Reply #23 on: 08-04-2004 12:28 »
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Originally posted by Beamer:
and the fact that people's hands could just suddenly be switched like that without any violence just seemed completely ridiculous to me...


Ya, but that kind of fantastical stuff happens all the time.  People are loosing limbs left and right with no ill effects and essentially no violence.  I mean, if you're going to pick on that you're going to have to really pick on a bunch of other things in different shows as well.

I'd like to think that my head could be attached to another body while my body is fixed to have to placed back on no problem, but I don't think it's going to happen  wink.

A lot of stuff is ridiculous and out of the realm of possibility, that's why it's so damned funny a lot of the time.
ghoulishmoose

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« Reply #24 on: 08-04-2004 16:39 »

Mother's Day and I Dated a Robot. Don't know why really.
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #25 on: 08-04-2004 17:37 »

Bendin in the wind.

Any episode with Beck is gonna be out of place.
Philp_J_Fry

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« Reply #26 on: 08-04-2004 17:41 »

I dated a robot and Bendin in the wind i  like that episode though
Jicannon

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« Reply #27 on: 08-04-2004 19:07 »

The Honking.  Just kind of.....odd....
Coop

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« Reply #28 on: 08-04-2004 23:44 »

Bendin' in the Wind, I didn't like it. Because the entire episode is built around Beck's appearence.

And unlike Simpsons, I didn't want Futurama to be driven by rediculous cameos.
IOfTheMourning

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« Reply #29 on: 08-05-2004 00:26 »

The Route of all Evil always seemed weird to me. Cubert and Dwight get to star in their own episode. Dwights first apperance too. and then most of the rest of the episode was all professor and hermes orinented. just seemd weird
paranoir87

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« Reply #30 on: 08-05-2004 06:14 »

 
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The Honking.  Just kind of.....odd....

Yeah, I'll agree with that.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #31 on: 08-05-2004 08:09 »

 
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Originally posted by Jicannon:
The Honking.  Just kind of.....odd....

So what, every other episode was stark raving normal then was it?
Gleno

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« Reply #32 on: 08-05-2004 09:50 »

Pharoah To Remember, and I've said this to myself many times....near the end when they are putting Bender's head onto his statue and they fly out into space, I have almost forgotten at that point that they are in the future and this sorta shocks me back into it....if you will....

Great ep though I love it....

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

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« Reply #33 on: 08-05-2004 10:19 »

I really dont think that "A Pharoah to remember" is out of place. At that point of the show I was really happy that they finally returned to the "The crew needs to bring a package -> the delivery goes wrong" formula that worked so well in the first seasons. By then it seemed that they barely do any work at all.
I also don't think that Futurestock was off since this is a comedy series about the Future, but also about a workplace. The episode was revolving around about the buisness aspect of the workplace, which was understandable.

The episode I think was really off was "Bendin' in the wind". If I wanted to see an episode about the 70s, I'd watch "That 70s show".
paranoir87

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« Reply #34 on: 08-05-2004 10:23 »

 
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Originally posted by Mouse On Venus:
 So what, every other episode was stark raving normal then was it?

Er... no.

I just think they must have been running a little low on ideas.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #35 on: 08-05-2004 10:36 »

I disagree, I thought it was one of the more inventive plots in the series, giving those classic kind of supernatural clichés 'logical' futuristic explanations. Although to be fair it was a bit short on good gags compared to most Season 2 episodes.
Jicannon

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« Reply #36 on: 08-05-2004 10:50 »
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Originally posted by Mouse On Venus:
 So what, every other episode was stark raving normal then was it?
Yes, exactly. That's exactly what I had in mind.

I never said you had to agree with me Mouse    hmpf
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #37 on: 08-05-2004 11:00 »
« Last Edit on: 08-05-2004 11:00 »

No, you didn't. In fact, you didn't actually say much at all, really.   roll eyes
paranoir87

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« Reply #38 on: 08-05-2004 11:31 »
« Last Edit on: 08-05-2004 11:31 »

 hmpf
Jicannon

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« Reply #39 on: 08-05-2004 13:13 »

eh... I voiced my opinion on which episode I felt was out of place. All you're doing is questioning everyone else.

 
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Why?
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Originally posted by Mouse On Venus:
I don't hear you complaining about "I Dated A Robot"
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Originally posted by Mouse On Venus:
So what, every other episode was stark raving normal then was it?
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