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Tastes Like Fry

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« Reply #600 on: 04-23-2013 08:58 »
« Last Edit on: 04-23-2013 09:08 »

It'll be interesting to see how the season ends considering it's going to plunge us into another hiatus (hopefully not forever!) It sort of confirms for me that it's something huge, something more than TDHAIP ever did. I hope it plays out well.

TOTP


That moment when on google and you stumble across Freako's art >< Also my own... also a random pony. How do you even get that when you type "Fry Leela gif"? I don't even ><
pumpkinpie

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« Reply #601 on: 06-07-2013 02:28 »

Oh man.....so much is happening, I'm conflicted. Fry and Leela, but the show is being cancelled...
HIGHasFRY

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« Reply #602 on: 06-15-2013 04:24 »

They are apparently looking for somebody to take the show elsewhere, perhaps on netflix since they revived arrested development.  Prospects look grim however and the producers are really just looking at fan reaction right now.  Maybe I'm a pessimist but I think the show is done. frown
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« Reply #603 on: 06-16-2013 00:27 »

Billy West said that they've been pitching the show to online networks and the outlook is pretty good. big grin
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« Reply #604 on: 06-16-2013 14:54 »

Oh really? That sounds good smile Perhaps this isn't the end. I would like to see more Futurama, I just wouldn't like to see it take a downturn.
pumpkinpie

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« Reply #605 on: 06-18-2013 03:22 »

Y'know, it's had a good run. Fry and Leela are getting married, so.....maybe they should just let it die peacefully, with a good ending.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #606 on: 06-18-2013 04:05 »

Do we know if they'll actually stay married?

They could pull a "Parasites Lost" ending on us.
pumpkinpie

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« Reply #607 on: 06-18-2013 04:07 »

No. Blasphemy.
Anna3000

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« Reply #608 on: 06-18-2013 05:31 »

I really hope they don't pull something like that; I'd find that too depressing.
MYK

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« Reply #609 on: 06-18-2013 06:20 »

This last season is the kicker, but I have full faith that the writers will be able to tie up the ballad of Fry and Leela well. (Anyone want to rewrite that Beatles tune for the show?)

I doubt they'll end it on a sad note. Yes, Futurama has some great sad episodes, but the overall mood of the show is happy and lighthearted, so a sad ending would feel out of place.
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« Reply #610 on: 06-19-2013 05:23 »

No... bittersweet is more Futurama finally style.  TDHAIPT was sad but sweet and so was "Over-clockwise".  And both were pertaining to Fry and Leelas relationship.

My thoughts on this matter, and the final episode is that the same formula is going to be followed.  "Fry and Leelas big fling" is going to be a romance episode, but not the marriage.  Then the finally "meanwhile" is going to have fry and Leela get married, or at least try to get married.  Both dying multiple times in different, and increasingly more horrific ways. Each time reversing time ten seconds to avoid the calamity using the professors invention.  In the end they will give up or realize that they cannot get hitched for some reason.

Vuala! square one, and the end of the series.  no no
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #611 on: 06-20-2013 21:18 »

Do we know if they'll actually stay married?

They could pull a "Parasites Lost" ending on us.

Having seen F&LBF, I think I like this idea. Well, I'd prefer more of a TKOS ending, but it's essentially the same, no? Since it's the end of a show characterised by cruelty and teasing the viewer, I think it would be appropriate. A bittersweet ending with a hint of hope and a taste of defeat-for-the-present.

Then again, there's not much shipper in me. I'm certain that the shippers of the board will crucify me if I end up predicting anything like this, and it turns out to be true (or even plausible) So I'm going to leave it there, and not elaborate.

But I still think that the ending I wrote for Futurama would be a pretty good way for the show to take its final bow.
The Sophisticated Shut In

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« Reply #612 on: 06-20-2013 21:30 »

I don't know. I don't think Fry and Leela's wedding is going to go according to plan, anyway. Fry seems set to die for sure, and while I'm sure some kind of timey-wimey solution will bring him back again, it'll probably ruin the big day he and Leela had planned. That said, I could see them deciding to just go ahead and get married anyway. The captain of a ship can marry someone on board - as referenced in Mobius Dick and Zapp Dingbat - so an impromptu ceremony might work.

I'm not a fan of any ending which kills the entire cast. It's an idea that can work in fanfiction, but is at odds with the tone of the show itself. I just don't think they'd bow out on such a downer.
pumpkinpie

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« Reply #613 on: 06-21-2013 02:17 »

*ahem* So, are we not going to discuss last night's shipping-filled episode?
Just Fan
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« Reply #614 on: 06-21-2013 02:36 »

Well, on the shipping front, everything is pretty obvious in 7ACV17. At least for me smile.
pumpkinpie

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« Reply #615 on: 06-21-2013 02:40 »
« Last Edit on: 06-22-2013 07:43 by futurefreak »

I just feel we should all take a moment and ramble on about how adorable they are. Also, this link.

Note Leela's "I love you" at the end.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #616 on: 06-21-2013 03:35 »

Wait.






































There's an adult pancake house?

Or did I hear adult themed pancake house?

Either way I want that.
Eternium

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« Reply #617 on: 06-21-2013 08:20 »

Murder youd friends bed with a pillow when you miss them... yeah sure laff
pumpkinpie

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« Reply #618 on: 06-21-2013 12:49 »

I just realized something. My mom just left for work and I said "I love you" like I always do. I thought about it for a second and realized that was exactly how Leela had said it. Something to do with Futurama realism? Maybe. Great voice acting? Could be. I just thought it was interesting.
Gorky

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« Reply #619 on: 06-21-2013 19:31 »

I just feel we should all take a moment and ramble on about how adorable they are.

Well, if you insist...

Things I Dug About "Fry and Leela's Big Fling"

  • That little music cue when Fry is leading Leela to their romantic dinner at Planet Express; it's just neat-sounding
  • The reappearance of the oh-so-romantic bridge from "The Late Philip J. Fry"
  • Leela and Fry turning Bender's mugging back on him: not only did it remind me of their mugging in "Less Than Hero" (ahhh, how I love that episode), but it was also strangely adorable to see them so gleefully employing teamwork to screw over their dear friend
  • This is not a strictly shippy thing, but the "Just the Two of Us" joke--it tickled me more than probably it should have
  • The whole scene in Leela's apartment: as sparkybarky mentioned in the episode review thread, it has a very nice, down-to-earth quality about it--almost live-action-y, but in a good way--and shows a level of comfort and easy intimacy between Fry and Leela that's really neat to see
  • The brief image of Fry and Leela being all cute-'n'-cuddly on the beach chair, looking up at the stars
  • Fry suggesting they play Marco Polo...and Leela so enthusiastically agreeing: not only is it hilarious, but it shows how, I don't know, silly and simpatico they are
  • The peanut butter exchange: For some reason, Leela irritatedly agreeing to watch Fry drunkenly gum a knife slathered in a high-protein sandwich fixin' is both really funny and really cute; there's an old-married-couple quality to their low-stakes bickering that I find endearing
  • "I've always wanted to make love by bug light"

And that's about it. This episode reminded me quite a bit of "A Farewell to Arms"--partly because of its placement as the second part of a two-part season premiere, but also in terms of its approach to Fry and Leela's relationship. It spent a lot of time showing us aspects of their romance that have heretofore gone mostly unseen--and it was pretty cool to see how cute and committed they are.
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« Reply #620 on: 06-22-2013 11:44 »
« Last Edit on: 06-22-2013 11:47 »

I wonder wether the staring monkey hordes were a deliberate comparison to the fans wishing to see Fry and Leela get freaky big grin tongue

On a more serious note:
The Fry/Leela plot had a certain "reference guide" quality to it )which I do not mean in a negative way): It seemed a bit as if the characters were crammed into as many possible couple scenes as possible, as if the writers wanted to come back later to those scene for reference.

Also, they were shown as dedicated couple for the first time, and that relationsship being a necessary plot driving force. (E.g. the "Farwell to Arms" episode could still have worked with Fry chasing after Leela just seeing him as a good platonic friend).

When thinking of it, I liked the plots simplicity:
- Everyone getting on a couple's nerves until they finally turn unto each other. Established and quite realistic theme.
- Sci Fi Twist with the Alien Zoo.
- Ironic Twist of them being the most happy when having de facto the last privacy (without realising it).
One IRL motive, one Sci Fi motive, one ironic twist. Just the minimum amount needed, leading to a rather straight spot-on plot.
Fry also worked well in his "common guy's viewpoint" role, who rather observes, but does not act too much. With Leela copying that role, adding the motive: "You sooner or later copy some of your partner's behaviour".
Gorky

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« Reply #621 on: 06-22-2013 18:18 »

Also, they were shown as dedicated couple for the first time, and that relationsship being a necessary plot driving force. (E.g. the "Farwell to Arms" episode could still have worked with Fry chasing after Leela just seeing him as a good platonic friend).

I don't know how true that is, really. A couple of episodes in 6A--"The Late Philip J. Fry" and "The Prisoner of Benda"--require you to accept that Fry and Leela are no longer just friends. In TPoB, you have to at least believe that Fry and Leela are in a friends-with-benefits and/or non-exclusive relationship: otherwise, why would Leela care so much about Fry's physical attraction to her? This is something she never seemed to care about in the "just friends" episodes of the original run; for example, in "The Cyber House Rules," when Fry tells Leela that she looks great the way she is and that he likes her better as a cyclops, she does not put any stock in his opinion of her beauty.

As for TLPJF: While it is not necessary for Fry and Leela to be dating for the episode to work, I think this is the first episode of the new run where reading the two characters as being in a romantic relationship enhances the story, making it more bittersweet and poignant and resonant. While a story about Fry being separated from Leela would have worked just fine in the original run, their longing for each other would have been one-sided. (I mean, I guess "The Sting" sort of fits that description, and in that case the longing is actually more two-sided--but that is an exception, and probably the only episode of the original run where we get to see the ship from Leela's point of view. And in that case, a lot of the emotional punch comes from the fact that Leela's feelings for Fry were unresolved before his death, thus augmenting her guilt and making her progressively crazier.)

My point is that TLPJF works much better in the new run than it ever would have in the old run because the audience now has the understanding that not only does Fry love Leela, but Leela loves Fry. Their separation is all the more emotionally wrenching for the fact that they are both bummed out about it. This differs somewhat from the emotional wallop that is "The Sting," because Leela's sense of betrayal by Fry for ditching her in favor of Hedonism Bot's bachelor party has a distinct jealous-girlfriend flavor to it; moreover, for all the grief Leela felt in "The Sting," I don't think she would ever have married Cubert to get over her pain. That "The Late Philip J. Fry" shows us such a scenario indicates that, a this point in the series--unlike in season four--Leela recognizes that Fry, or someone who may as well be Fry, is the only person she wants to be with. And that, to me, indicates that the characters' relationship has changed drastically from the original run, and that they are now definitely more than just friends.

While I agree that "Fry and Leela's Big Fling" is perhaps the first episode where we see Fry and Leela doing characteristically couple-y things (or at least so many of them in rapid succession), I would argue that there have been a handful of other episodes (besides the two I just mentioned) from the new run where their mutual attraction--if not their canonized relationship--has been a necessary part of the plot. In these cases, you can't just think of the two characters as being platonic friends. Off the top of my head, these episodes include include "Rebirth," "The Mutants Are Revolting," "Overclockwise," "Reincarnation" (the first segment), "A Farewell to Arms," "Zapp Dingbat," "The Butterjunk Effect," and "Fun on a Bun."

Oh, and there's also that bedroom scene in "Free Will Hunting," but I don't know how necessary that is to the plot. tongue
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« Reply #622 on: 06-22-2013 20:22 »


That's a great analysis, and it rings very true.

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« Reply #623 on: 06-25-2013 02:55 »

Ok,my first post here (and maybe last one) and well,I agree about the bittersweet ending,fits more with the series if you ask me.Personally a "happy ever after" end would affect not only in the story and characters personalities also in the fact that would mean that Futurama ended forever,so...a no renewal or something similar.

Also,unlike the most of the people here,I don't ship freela,I used to years ago when everything was on the mind of the viewer (for example in season 1,they have cute moments and then someone or something kill it),even in the movies was very well written until the last one (That kiss was cute) but after season 6,I don't know,being a recurrent topic Futurama got more serious that in moments reminds me in a soap opera (that is my biggest complain with FLBF) until where I remember Futurama is a fun show.

That is ok if they end together,anyways Fry and Leela showing their love all the time can be very distracting and repetitive,in fact I'm tired about Fry crying and doing everything for Leela,and she being mean with without reason (like in Overclockwise),so personally I prefer them as friends ,they help each other and they are happy! Is just my opinion.

And,before to get eaten by furious shippers, I'll leave this song,since we're talking about bittersweet stuff,this song reminds me to them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oGZCKw_cFM

Also,I'm amazed that nobody have spoken about this...

And now I'll hide under a rock!
Just Fan
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« Reply #624 on: 06-25-2013 04:49 »

And now I'll hide under a rock!
I'll lift every stone 'til I find thee, salamander! laff
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« Reply #625 on: 07-04-2013 15:39 »

Hey everyone! It's been awhile sice I've posted! Anyways what's up with this thread??? No shippers? There's so much Fry and Leela moments to talk about from these new episodes! Come one people lets start talking like we used to!
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« Reply #626 on: 07-09-2013 01:24 »

This gif is pretty funky out of context...

HIGHasFRY

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« Reply #627 on: 07-09-2013 02:01 »

Leela's like flirt, and Fry is like flirt, and I'm like wtf?, but then I revert to a state of cool.
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« Reply #628 on: 07-09-2013 02:08 »

* QNF leans towards the screen to study that fascinating series of pictures.

Water movement isn't very smooth, but it goes along them.
totalnerd undercanada

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« Reply #629 on: 07-09-2013 02:25 »

She's not exactly reaching very far. Either she's playing with her own penis, or Fry is extremely well-endowed.
HIGHasFRY

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« Reply #630 on: 07-09-2013 02:29 »

I think that Amy, and Leela commented on his insufficiency before, so Leela must be going to town by herself.  laff
Eternium

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« Reply #631 on: 07-09-2013 11:10 »

Okay, let's never let Danny make a gif again O_o
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« Reply #632 on: 07-09-2013 12:56 »

I didn't even make that gif haha.

Either she's playing with her own penis,

In was thinking of what she would normally have. flirt
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #633 on: 07-09-2013 13:29 »

I think that Amy, and Leela commented on his insufficiency before, so Leela must be going to town by herself.  laff

Well..they said "Life before genetic engineering" and "Those poor 20th century women". Which theoretically could have meant "...they had to deal with such a huge John-Thomas*".
It's quite probable that the writers did NOT aim for such an interpretation.
Yet, they could wiggle themselves out with that one.

*When mentioning that term, the most famous Python song should be linked for reasons of fairness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9PiqCeLEmM
AllEggsIn1Basket

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« Reply #634 on: 07-09-2013 22:39 »

Maybe he went back to that organ dealer and decided to pick something more worthwhile than gills.
HIGHasFRY

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« Reply #635 on: 07-10-2013 00:06 »

I just noticed this on another viewing of "Fry and Leelas big Fling"

I know that there is an actual Turangalila symphony, and the spelling for this one is as such, but I like to think its Fry's symphony that she kept.

Also after listening to it I realize the piece gets pretty Sci-Fi toward the end.
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« Reply #636 on: 07-10-2013 00:23 »

Maybe he went back to that organ dealer and decided to pick prick something more worthwhile than gills.
* Inquisitor Hein is in the mood for REALLY bad puns right now...wink
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« Reply #637 on: 07-10-2013 01:30 »


<pssssst>  Wanna' buy some human horn?  Guaranteed top quality lower horn.  You can't get this just anywhere.

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« Reply #638 on: 07-10-2013 05:23 »

I didn't even make that gif haha.

Either she's playing with her own penis,

In was thinking of what she would normally have. flirt

With that arm motion?  wtf? You're making me question what counts as "normal" in your neck of the woods.
Inquisitor Hein
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« Reply #639 on: 07-10-2013 09:44 »

I didn't even make that gif haha.

Either she's playing with her own penis,

In was thinking of what she would normally have. flirt

With that arm motion?  wtf? You're making me question what counts as "normal" in your neck of the woods.

She could be using "helpful toys" big grin
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