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chay´s head

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« on: 02-14-2004 20:30 »

 
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Bender in Where no fan has gone before
another Classic Science fiction show Cancelled before its time

did they know this early they were gone or was this just a coincedental pun at star-trek

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« Reply #1 on: 02-14-2004 20:41 »

WNFHGB aired 3 months after the hiatus notice. It's quite possible they added in the line to make a zing at FOX. Then again they probably saw the writing on the wall and knew Futurama wouldn't live long and prosper, and so added the line in the script.
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« Reply #2 on: 02-14-2004 20:43 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
WNFHGB aired 3 months after the hiatus notice. It's quite possible they added in the line to make a zing at FOX.

One problem with that theory - who would've animated Bender saying the line?
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« Reply #3 on: 02-14-2004 21:02 »

That would go with his second theory then....  They foresaw what was happening, and I can totally believe that with the crap Futurama was already getting...
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« Reply #4 on: 02-14-2004 21:03 »
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They probably used another shot of Bender (either from a deleted scene or from another episode) and edited the mouth movements to fit the line. David mentioned it on one of the commentaries how easy it was to do this, thanks to Futurama's digital component.

Now, you're probably wondering who did the editing. Why, Rough Draft ofcourse, more exact Paul Calder or Danik Thomas. The animation studio didn't suddenly cease to exist just because Futurama was put on hiatus.
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« Reply #5 on: 02-14-2004 21:05 »

There was a short news item about WNFHGB in the UK Star Trek Magazine sometime near the end of 2001, and I seem to remember that line being quoted by the magazine.
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« Reply #6 on: 02-14-2004 21:12 »

That would support the second theory. They both good choices. Ofcourse one is the truth and the other isn't, but who care about such minutia.
PCC Fred

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« Reply #7 on: 02-14-2004 21:19 »

...and naturally, when I looked through the old issues just now I couldn't find the article.  Maybe I saw it on Teletext instead.  But it was definitely before the show was put on hiatus, and I'm almost certain that line was included in the article.
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« Reply #8 on: 02-15-2004 03:32 »

hmm that does make me wonder about it. good thought chay
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« Reply #9 on: 02-15-2004 05:19 »

in the futurama comic #2 there's an interview with david x cohen who says that the editor of futurama is always changing characters mouths up untill 30 mins before air. so it sounds like it wouldn't have been too much trouble.
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« Reply #10 on: 04-13-2004 20:31 »

I'm sure it wouldn't take to long to do something like that, so it seems possible that after they got the message they could have added it in.
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« Reply #11 on: 04-26-2004 10:19 »

 
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Originally posted by PCC Fred:
There was a short news item about WNFHGB in the UK Star Trek Magazine sometime near the end of 2001, and I seem to remember that line being quoted by the magazine.

NERD-ALERT!!!
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« Reply #12 on: 04-26-2004 10:31 »

 
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Originally posted by futuramamama:
 NERD-ALERT!!!
*looks around, then in 12 other directions* Your point being?
PCC Fred

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« Reply #13 on: 04-26-2004 10:37 »

...he bumps a thread that'd only had one post in two months in order to call me a nerd.  Can anyone else see the irony?
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« Reply #14 on: 04-26-2004 14:36 »

 
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Originally posted by PCC Fred:
...he bumps a thread that'd only had one post in two months in order to call me a nerd.  Can anyone else see the irony?

The use of words expressing something other than their literal intention,
Now that is..."irony!"

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« Reply #15 on: 04-26-2004 14:56 »

 
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Originally posted by PCC Fred:
...he bumps a thread that'd only had one post in two months in order to call me a nerd.  Can anyone else see the irony?

Nah, bumping the thead just to call you a nerd doesn't make him a nerd.  It makes him an idiot.
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« Reply #16 on: 04-26-2004 15:01 »

 
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Originally posted by David A:
 Nah, bumping the thead just to call you a nerd doesn't make him a nerd.  It makes him an idiot.

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PCC Fred

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« Reply #17 on: 04-26-2004 18:18 »

 
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Originally posted by David A:
 Nah, bumping the thead just to call you a nerd doesn't make him a nerd.  It makes him an idiot.

As usual, Mr A is correct.
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« Reply #18 on: 04-27-2004 00:41 »

Congrats Mr. Idiot.

Hahaha! Just kidding!  laff

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chay´s head

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« Reply #19 on: 04-27-2004 05:15 »

bout to say WAIT I MADE A THREAD ABOUT THIS, then i relised i did, and this is it!!!
and also holy shit Starship captain in about a months!!! nice work Spacedal11
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« Reply #20 on: 04-27-2004 15:50 »

I suppose another possible explanation is that the line was written as a reference to Star Trek's own premature cancellation and it's just a coincidence that when the show aired it took on the double meaning of refering to Futurama itself. Having said that, the producers would have been likely to learn, or at least get a hint of something like the "hiatus" before an official announcement was made so I'm still going with Teral's second theory.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #21 on: 04-27-2004 17:41 »

 
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Originally posted by chay's head:
bout to say WAIT I MADE A THREAD ABOUT THIS, then i relised i did, and this is it!!!
and also holy shit Starship captain in about a months!!! nice work Spacedal11


Thank you! I'd say thank you in a forigen language but I don't know how. time flies by when ur on this website everyday.
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« Reply #22 on: 04-27-2004 17:59 »

 
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Originally posted by Prof. Wernstrum:
I suppose another possible explanation is that the line was written as a reference to Star Trek's own premature cancellation and it's just a coincidence that when the show aired it took on the double meaning of refering to Futurama itself. Having said that, the producers would have been likely to learn, or at least get a hint of something like the "hiatus" before an official announcement was made so I'm still going with Teral's second theory.

Especially when you take into account the huge fanbase Star Trek has today, maybe someday Futurama will reach that kind of fandom? Looking at this message board, I say it's not too farfetched. But what other sci-fi shows were cancelled early? It could be referencing one of them. I'm not in the know.

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« Reply #23 on: 04-27-2004 19:16 »

Sci-fi shows have a tendency to be cancelled very early.  Just off the top of my head...Firefly, Strange Realm, Space:Above and Beyond, The Lone Gunmen, Farscape, etc have all met early fates but had strong fanbases.
PCC Fred

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« Reply #24 on: 04-27-2004 19:19 »

Just for the sake of asking, how many seasons does a sci-fi have to go on for for it to have a "decent run"?  Farscape and Futurama both lasted four seasons, putting them just one season behind Quantum Leap and Babylon 5.
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« Reply #25 on: 04-27-2004 19:22 »

7 seasons with a total of 176 episodes.

Hey, if it's good enough for DS9...
PCC Fred

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« Reply #26 on: 04-27-2004 19:25 »

Speaking of long runs, the rumour is that Stargate SG1 will go on for a NINTH season!  If that happens it'll become the third longest running sci-fi ever, behind Dr. Who and the X_Files.

To answer my own question, I think 5 seasons or more is a good enough run.  Usually it guarantees that there's at least 100 episodes of the show in question (although in Futurama's case a sixth would be required), and in some cases shows that go on beyond five years start to lose the plot.
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« Reply #27 on: 04-27-2004 21:22 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
7 seasons with a total of 176 episodes.

Hey, if it's good enough for DS9...

and Voyager and TNG...   big grin

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