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ShortRoundMcfly

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« on: 08-13-2004 21:29 »

Which characters do you think could have had more lines, more episodes devoted to them and more over all screentime?

I think Hermes is among them. He is normally just there to say something witty once and a while and then disapears the whole episode. He did get one episode, but I don't think that he was used to the fullest. He had the capacity to become much more.

I also think this would encompass nibbler. Nibbler is very important plot-wise, but other then the first episode he was in, "I second that emotion", and "The day the earth stood stupid", he didn't really do much of anything except act really stupid. The Nibbloidian sub-plot could have been explored some what.

Zoidberg could be in this catogeory. An episode he has to himself could be described as a "Why Must I Be A Crustacean in Love?-tacular" or a steaming pile of "that's lobstertainment". If used correctly, he can be good, but if your over-exposed he could lose some of his character's "charm".

I guess this might be apply to Amy to some degree. An interesting back story, and defintatley had the capacity for being a main character maybe even be amongst the "big three" to make them the big four.

Kif's screentime in Futurama is criminal. He's more like a recurring extra. Hardly any backstory, and his role seems rather limited.

If only futurama could have had a course approaching that of "The simpsons". That's probably why the simpsons could support such a wide range of characters. 84 episodes seems like far to few to get to know them. Unless we get it from a new medium, such as a movie, we just have to live with their current state of devolpment.

Discuss.
germanfryfan

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« Reply #1 on: 08-13-2004 21:42 »

A poll turned out that Peelers wanted more of Amy (Though it only got two pages far)

Chump tried nearly the same thread, though it only got 13 posts and forgotten 3 years ago.

I think there should have been more episodes involving the battle against Mom (or her love to the professor)
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #2 on: 08-13-2004 22:01 »

Anyone besides me think at times Bender was being cramed down our throats? Don't get me wrong, he is very funny, and important I guess, but his small emotional range makes him a  bit repetitive. Except it seemed like after "GodFellas" and higher, bender devoloped a conscience. I also think that it could be a continuity error since he's not supposed to have emotions. But then again, meeting god could do the trick.
hobojobo

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« Reply #3 on: 08-13-2004 22:45 »

I think it's mainly a joke that Bender doesn't have emotions. His eybrows move, and if he didn't have emotion, just about every bender-centric episode would be pointless.
John Pannozzi

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« Reply #4 on: 08-14-2004 10:58 »

Amy should have gotten more screentime.
Jicannon

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« Reply #5 on: 08-14-2004 19:25 »

I never felt like Bender was being crammed down my throat...

Although I like Amy, I don't think she should have gotten more screentime. I never found her that funny, but just an extra character to help add diversity to the PE crew.
FinFangFoom

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« Reply #6 on: 08-20-2004 16:54 »

I personally think that Hermes should have gotten more screen time, and possibly a little bit more of the mutants, personally i like the mutants they hve so much more to offer than the regular humans
evan

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« Reply #7 on: 08-20-2004 16:58 »

I agree that Bender was almost crammed down our throats, especially in season 4.  Ironically, FOX made a good move in airing "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV" late in McSeason 5, because I felt there was a lot of anti-Bender sentiment among the die-hards.

But for characters that had too little screentime...hmmm...I have to go with my favorite Zapp, although he did seem almost overused in early episodes.  It wouldn't have been that hard to include Amy in more deliveries, because she was pretty funny in her role in "The Series Has Landed."  Just to give her more one-liners or screentime, etc.  But, in canon, I'm surprised that Mom didn't get more face time.  After all, she is the tyranical industrial overlord of Earth.  She should be involved in a bit more something.
spacemonkey

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« Reply #8 on: 08-24-2004 11:32 »

I think Nibbler should get a little more screen time! H egoes with Leela to work and he is the one that pushed Fry into the Freezer!
Cyberman

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« Reply #9 on: 08-24-2004 21:39 »

Scruffy should have gotten more screentime.
newhook_1

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« Reply #10 on: 08-24-2004 22:43 »
« Last Edit on: 08-24-2004 22:43 »

Zapp all the way. I'd rather see him be in a bunch of episodes like in season 2 rather than in 2 or 3 episodes like in seasons 3 and 4. Hermes could have used some more air time too.

I bet some were expecting me to say Roberto, but no, he was well used, he shouldn't be a regular character because he's so 1-d. He's uber awesome and all but I think he'd wear out his welcome if he appeared frequently.
Guineapig Trick

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« Reply #11 on: 08-24-2004 23:10 »

I'd say the two Z's Zapp and Zoidy, Zoidberg was used well in the episodes he was in but he could have been a delivery person, he has a good childish feel to him.

@Cyberman: If Scruffy got more airtime, he would have been less funny, his funniness is the fact that he never shows emotion when he's seen.
LabarbaraC91

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« Reply #12 on: 02-23-2005 21:25 »
« Last Edit on: 03-06-2005 00:00 »

Labarbara should have gotten more screen time.She was only in 10 episodes.6 with speaking parts.4 without speaking parts.She deserved more screen time!!
Philp_J_Fry

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« Reply #13 on: 02-23-2005 21:31 »

that doesn't make sense how could she be in six without speaking parts and four without speaking parts?That means she never spoke!

Does not compute!!! *explodes*
LabarbaraC91

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« Reply #14 on: 02-23-2005 21:38 »

I meant she has six with speaking parts and 4 without speaking parts.SORRY
mint

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« Reply #15 on: 02-24-2005 17:11 »

I will have to go with Amy and Kiff...I like the human ET (little green man) romance thing...)  big grin
Charles RB

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« Reply #16 on: 02-24-2005 18:36 »

* Amy & Kif. Everyone loves Kif, everyone loves Amy, they're cute together- win/win!

* Hermes. He hardly got to do anything!

* Zoidberg. Poverty-striken, friend-seeking, world's worst doctor, hideous sea monster- what part of that doesn't work for comedy?

* Robot Santa. Bwa ha ha.
Eyedol7513

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« Reply #17 on: 02-25-2005 00:49 »

Definately Mom. Also, Zapp and Kif.

There were 72 episodes ShortRoundMcfly, not 84. (Although I wish there was.)
eviljester

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« Reply #18 on: 02-26-2005 10:47 »

Yes more of Mom! Also the Robot Devil and Santa!
morbo_it

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« Reply #19 on: 02-26-2005 14:47 »

more morbo, lrrr, robot santa. and maybe wernstrom too
killbot4000

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« Reply #20 on: 02-26-2005 23:45 »

zapp,hermes son i forget what his name is,hermes,and mom should be more in eps
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #21 on: 03-06-2005 16:57 »

You mean Dwight? He mustn't have much screentime indeed, you couldn't remember his name.
jan_18_1981

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« Reply #22 on: 03-10-2005 17:24 »
« Last Edit on: 03-12-2005 00:00 »

I think I should of gotten more airtime...me....Zoidberg....t he worlds sexiest and most popular crustation......Horray!!!! Horray for Zoidberg...Im finally usefulll!!!! Not!!!  smile
jan_18_1981

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« Reply #23 on: 03-10-2005 17:25 »

Im full of Jelly.......errrrr.....I just inked myself.
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #24 on: 03-10-2005 18:54 »

@1981- Use the Edit button rather than double posting.
Old Skool Prop

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« Reply #25 on: 03-11-2005 02:28 »

I more episodes for Zoidy! I love WMIBACIN! FAV EPISODE!
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #26 on: 03-12-2005 15:11 »

 
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Originally posted by Old Skool Prop:
I more episodes for Zoidy! I love WMIBACIN! FAV EPISODE!

If log ins didn't work the way they did, I would think both you were the same user spamming my thread.

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jan_18_1981

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« Reply #27 on: 03-12-2005 15:48 »

I thought Mom could of used more time on the airwaves.....Zoidberg too...just look at my picture...Im enraged!!!lol
jan_18_1981

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« Reply #28 on: 03-12-2005 15:53 »

 
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Originally posted by i_c_weiner:
@1981- Use the Edit button rather than double posting.

Thanks for the advice...its rather useful...I just love being the new one....I feel like an idiot....like fry,lol.
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #29 on: 03-12-2005 16:52 »

Where's Nix with the banhammer when you need him?
EileenK98

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« Reply #30 on: 03-12-2005 21:15 »

Zoidberg! Just look at my avatar!
I also would have liked to see more Kif, with or without "the jackass".  smile
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #31 on: 03-12-2005 21:30 »
« Last Edit on: 03-12-2005 21:30 »

So many Zoidberg avatars. I usually remember people from avatar, and it's getting kinda confusing, eh? No offense and sorry to get off topic a bit. And more Kif without Zapp would be good, or maybe Zapp being in at the end being like "Come on Kif, come back to Zapp," like Kif were a little dog.
ShortRoundMcfly

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« Reply #32 on: 03-12-2005 21:59 »

Kif can really only show some emotional range when he's not just Zapp's second banana, but then he isn't as funny.
Old Skool Prop

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« Reply #33 on: 03-14-2005 12:53 »

 
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Originally posted by ShortRoundMcfly:
 If log ins didn't work the way they did, I would think both you were the same user spamming my thread.


WTF? I was making a comment! In a forum! Your allowed to do that!
smision

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« Reply #34 on: 03-15-2005 08:41 »

I think they all should have gotten less screen time!  Every last one of them... and add more screen time for cool sci fi gadgets and cool space scenery...
Heh, I just felt like saying that. I wasn't trying to make a point or anything, since that would require thinking and stuff.
killbot4000

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« Reply #35 on: 03-16-2005 16:48 »

mom's,sons should of got more.
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #36 on: 03-16-2005 21:46 »

 
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Originally posted by killbot4000:
mom's,sons should of got more.

Maybe a backround story of who is Mom's Sons' father(s).

country_comfort

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« Reply #37 on: 03-21-2005 07:47 »

i reckon morbo and roberto should of got more appearences on the show
Smurfbabe

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« Reply #38 on: 03-21-2005 10:32 »

I would have loved a few more Zapp-heavy episodes....I just think everything that he says is classic and hillarious.
More anthology of interest epidoes using stories on Hermes, Amy, Kif or Scruffy or something would have been awesome instead of having whole episodes devoted to them.
And more episodes with funny professor and zoidberg lines can only be a wonderful thing!!!
ElecFrankfurter

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« Reply #39 on: 03-21-2005 14:06 »

Though I like Zoidberg, I don't think he should have gotten more screentime. He's often funnier when he has a small role than when he has a large role.

there should be more episodes with the Zapper, Kif, Hermes and Santa.
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