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SolidSnake

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« on: 07-05-2012 05:39 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 05:05 »

There was this WEIRD moment from "Thief of Baghead", where Bender and Leela were holding hands during calculon's act. I find it very shocking/interesting, because this might mean something for later episodes!  eek Or it could simply just be a joke for entertainment.



What do you think?
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #1 on: 07-05-2012 06:01 »

It's certainly just a joke. But I really liked it. smile

I love seeing Leela and Bender interact. It's a dynamic that hardly gets any attention, and when it does, it leads to some great jokes ("So... you're a robot?").
Louiswuenator

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« Reply #2 on: 07-05-2012 07:41 »

Well, there was that little bit last episode where Leela grabbed his 'antenna' while smashing him into the wall.  Perhaps there's more going on here than just comedy...
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #3 on: 07-05-2012 11:05 »

Well. as this season seems to use only Leela and Bender as main characters, that image yet bears a certain symbolism.
Gorky

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« Reply #4 on: 07-05-2012 13:51 »

It's certainly just a joke. But I really liked it. smile

I love seeing Leela and Bender interact. It's a dynamic that hardly gets any attention, and when it does, it leads to some great jokes ("So... you're a robot?").

Exactly. That was my favorite part of last night's episode, precisely because those two characters don't get enough one-on-one moments. Their friendship is based on this strange mix of mutual annoyance and disgust with one another, genuine affinity, and shared passions (they both like getting drunk, after all, and they can be much less sentimental about things than Fry. Speaking of which, they also both share a passion for Fry...albeit, to different degrees), and I think it's neat when the writers explore it somewhat.
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #5 on: 07-05-2012 14:14 »
« Last Edit on: 07-05-2012 14:34 »

Personally, I do hope that was the last of Bender/Leela we have ever seen...
Bender is an over the top-character, and often works on a "nothing can go wrong" basis in a supporting role. He can be used to add the exact amount of whackyness to a plot carrier.

Yet, Bender's shenanigans can quickly become too much, so another character to tune him down is often needed/helpful. I would of course not appreciate that character to be Leela (as I already stated: There are reasons BECAUSE of which I do watch Futurama, but Leela is too often the main reason DESPITE of which I do watch the show wink )

Gorky

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« Reply #6 on: 07-05-2012 14:31 »

That's fair enough, Hein, but I don't think any character but Leela would be able to adequately counteract Bender's zaniness. Fry just feeds into it; Zoidberg is too pathetic and passive; Farnsworth is kind of crazy himself. Hermes and Amy have been paired up with Bender in the past to decent results--in "Lethal Inspection" and "Proposition Infinity," respectively (though, actually, I think I prefer the Amy/Bender dynamic in "The Series Has Landed" to anything that's been done with those two characters together since)--I guess, but episodes like that are rare. I find Bender at his most entertaining (and least reprehensible or grating) when he's paired up with both Fry and Leela (the relationship between the trio being one of the main draws of the show for me), or with Leela alone.

That's not to say that I don't like Bender/Fry stories--although Bender and Fry's bromance, as it was portrayed in the latter half of season six, actually made me hate both characters a little. I love that Fry is the one human Bender would never kill (except for in "Ghost in the Machines"...which I hate), and his affinity for the guy has led to some touching moments ("Jurassic Bark" comes to mind); I get that those two are best friends and roommates and heterosexual life partners and whatever else. However, I find Bender and Leela's friendship more interesting, probably because that whole man-and-woman-banter-well-but-don't-want-to-bang-one-another is less expected and overplayed territory for a TV show. And, I don't know, I think it's an area worth exploring every once in a while, even if it's not terribly overt or the driving force of the episode or anything--which is exactly what was done in "The Thief of Baghead," to good results.
pumpkinpie

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« Reply #7 on: 07-05-2012 18:15 »

Oh HEEEELLL NO. This is not happening. I'm an avid shipper and just the thought of this makes me sick.

That being said; I do like that they're interacting more, just definitely NOT in that way laff
Louiswuenator

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« Reply #8 on: 07-05-2012 18:32 »

She always did like Bender's 'in your face interface'.
Just Fan
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« Reply #9 on: 07-05-2012 18:38 »

I remember DXC saying about potential L/B "thing": "Ah, the last unused combination...". Probably joke, right big grin?
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #10 on: 07-05-2012 18:44 »

I remember DXC saying about potential L/B "thing": "Ah, the last unused combination...". Probably joke, right big grin?


Hm...why not? Some folks would probably say "Okay...these two REALLY deserve each other" big grin big grin
pumpkinpie

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« Reply #11 on: 07-05-2012 18:52 »

Ugh, please no. The only person I can think of who would be happy about a Bender/Leela relationship is Unmentionable, because Fry would be available to date.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #12 on: 07-05-2012 21:20 »

The only person I can think of who would be happy about a Bender/Leela relationship is Unmentionable, because Fry would be available to date.

Don't mention that douche!
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #13 on: 07-05-2012 21:26 »
« Last Edit on: 07-05-2012 21:43 »

Ugh, please no. The only person I can think of who would be happy about a Bender/Leela relationship is Unmentionable, because Fry would be available to date.

TNUK once mentioned -regarding wanted future developments- Fry maturing and finding someone who appreciates him more than Leela smile
El-Man

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« Reply #14 on: 07-06-2012 03:36 »

I agree, it was a one-time joke, a reaction to

Don't mention that douche!

Live and let live, Danny.
SuperiorKnowledge

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« Reply #15 on: 07-06-2012 06:33 »

I've been a shipper of this pairing for a long time and this moment was my favorite part of episode. Along with this pairing I'm a Fry and Leela shipper so it's kind of contradictory. However when it comes to this pairing I like small moments like this and hope there are more eventually.
Mr Snrub

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« Reply #16 on: 07-07-2012 02:30 »

I've always thought of the Bender/Leela relationship quite brother and sister-y, as in, at each other's throats most of the time, but can work together really well and have the occasional tender moment, so this worked for me.
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« Reply #17 on: 07-07-2012 20:40 »

Oh holy space pope, now we have a Bender and Leela shipper... laff

When I saw it I just saw it as what it was - a joke as they cut between scenes. I really didn't look that much further into it. Although Leela does like Bender's "in your face" attitude laff
TheMadCapper

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« Reply #18 on: 07-07-2012 21:18 »

If the authors wanted to ship those two, I'd laugh. They deserve each other. There would be a lot of conflict, to put it simply.
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« Reply #19 on: 07-08-2012 04:18 »

I dunno. I think those two would have a wilder sex life than Bender and Amy, for Leela being...as repressed as she is laff
Just Fan
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« Reply #20 on: 07-08-2012 06:02 »

We were promised a large Fry/Leela story arc. So I don't think that we'll see some Leela/Bender "stuff" this season. And I personally don't want to see such a "combination" at all. smile
Xanfor

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« Reply #21 on: 07-08-2012 08:46 »

Oh holy space pope, now we have a Bender and Leela shipper... laff

Don't laugh -- after I dropped the Fry/Leela 'ship after BBS, the dynamic between the robot and the cyclops fell under quite a bit of careful scrutiny by me. My conclusion?

It could happen. It could happen indeed....
winna

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« Reply #22 on: 07-08-2012 23:43 »

Why not?  Bender's already fucked half the crew at this point anyways!
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #23 on: 07-09-2012 00:20 »

Why not?  Bender's already fucked half the crew at this point anyways!

Including the ship big grin
Louiswuenator

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« Reply #24 on: 07-09-2012 03:26 »

I always associate Leela with the ship too, both being cyclops and all.  I wouldn't mind Leela and Bender having a fling, because I think there is some UST going on there.  I don't think they are even close to relationship material, so it wouldn't last long anyhow.  I don't even think it would throw a monkey wrench in to their triangle because all of them seem to not mind polyamorism too much in the future (with exceptions, naturally).
SolidSnake

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« Reply #25 on: 07-09-2012 18:59 »
« Last Edit on: 07-09-2012 19:05 »

She always did like Bender's 'in your face interface'.
That's true! I kind of think that we should expect more of this! Something MAY happen!
Just Fan
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« Reply #26 on: 07-09-2012 19:30 »

She always did like Bender's 'in your face interface'.
That's true! I kind of think that we should expect more of this! Something MAY happen!
Another banal robosexual act? Boring... smile
Spacedal11

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« Reply #27 on: 07-09-2012 20:30 »

Even if something did happen between Bender and Leela, it would be Proposition Infinity all over again. They'd do it and then at the end of the episode they would go back to not really liking each other. Besides at this point it's kind of obvious that Leela and Fry are together.

Also...sometimes I visual gag is just a visual gag. I like Bender and Leela's relationship as it is. Call me romo-phobe but putting those two together would piss me off.
Tastes Like Fry

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« Reply #28 on: 07-10-2012 02:07 »

Why not?  Bender's already fucked half the crew at this point anyways!

Including the ship big grin
And the machines around the PE building.

It's not like they haven't toyed with Leela/Bender idea before but only as gags

I doubt anything serious would happen beyond throwing it in as a joke - honestly I think Bender and Leela put up(/friends?) with each other just because of Fry.
Mr Snrub

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« Reply #29 on: 07-10-2012 02:27 »

That brings up a good point; does Bender consider Fry a nerd? Not a big deal, just wondering, because if not, this 4th wall breaking wasn't even attempting to stay in canon.
Tastes Like Fry

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« Reply #30 on: 07-11-2012 05:26 »

Probably not. This was a blantant shout-out to fans. Cause, obviously nerds like fruit boobs, duh.
However if Fry was in this scene and said something along the lines of 'Now I like this for some reason.' ...
pumpkinpie

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« Reply #31 on: 07-11-2012 17:54 »

Oh...and sometimes for some reason it seems like Bender is sexually attracted to her.....but then again, he is one devious bastard....just the thrill of sinning by having robosexual thoughts might be enough to increase his criminal ego.

Mr Snrub

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« Reply #32 on: 07-11-2012 20:24 »

I believe they're called "froobs" here in the uk. Although that might also be a yoghurt brand.
SolidSnake

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« Reply #33 on: 07-12-2012 01:07 »
« Last Edit on: 07-12-2012 01:13 »

Oh...and sometimes for some reason it seems like Bender is sexually attracted to her.....but then again, he is one devious bastard....just the thrill of sinning by having robosexual thoughts might be enough to increase his criminal ego.


Look back at all of Bender's other girls. He broke up with them quick. So for him to have a little something for Leela, is pretty unlikely. Also, think about how he hates humans, how he thinks many things humans do are "sick". It simply wouldn't work out. Although Leelas temper and Bender's attitude are both a little similar........

But go back to PI, Bender kind of hinted the whole him attracted to amy thing. Later on they just broke up, cause Bender can sometimes get sick of 1 girl. Buut, we don't know anything yet. These just might be jokes. I'm going to see if I can be able to confirm this on Futurama Live tonight.
Benderino

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« Reply #34 on: 07-23-2012 18:41 »

 froobs IS a yogurt brand. and they are made of fruit boobs. big grin
DannyJC13

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« Reply #35 on: 07-23-2012 20:09 »

froobs IS a yogurt brand. and they are made of fruit boobs. big grin

MuchAdo

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« Reply #36 on: 07-24-2012 09:18 »
« Last Edit on: 07-24-2012 09:19 »

Well. as this season seems to use only Leela and Bender as main characters, that image yet bears a certain symbolism.

Deep.

The twist ending to the entire series will be... Bender and Leela end up together.

LOL!
Tastes Like Fry

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« Reply #37 on: 07-29-2012 14:36 »

The twist ending to the entire series will be... Bender and Leela end up together.
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #38 on: 07-29-2012 20:35 »

The twist ending to the entire series will be... Bender and Leela end up together.


Well...some "having deserved each other" aspect does certainly apply big grin tongue
SolidSnake

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« Reply #39 on: 06-27-2013 05:01 »
« Last Edit on: 06-27-2013 05:08 »



Eh Um.....More of the Leela-Bender interaction.......Coincidence?

I think so.

Also, I see more of that Cigar Jerk magazine.
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