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CitizenSnips

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« #160 : 03-28-2019 15:50 »

Amazing. Happy Anniversary!
DannyJC13

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« #161 : 03-28-2019 20:42 »

Happy 20th to the greatest show of the past, present & future!

You can't prove it won't happen. ;)
homerjaysimpson

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« #162 : 03-28-2019 20:49 »

There having a marathon on the Syfy channel, if anyone still has cable anymore.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« #163 : 03-28-2019 23:27 »

I can't believe it's been 20 years! Happy anniversary Futurama!
BountyHunter

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« #164 : 10-31-2019 20:15 »

So quick question. Season 5 is basically the four movies chopped up into 22 minute episodes, correct? I have the complete series box set. I don't need to buy the individual movie discs now?
Tachyon

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« #165 : 10-31-2019 23:27 »

That's my recollection, but I don't have my discs handy.

* * Tachy looks online* *

Yep: The Infosphere - Season 5

BountyHunter

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« #166 : 11-01-2019 06:32 »

K cool. Thanks.
UnrealLegend

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« #167 : 11-01-2019 13:05 »

I believe it is actually 16 episodes since each one was split into 4 parts.
miguel811
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« #168 : 05-10-2020 03:56 »
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i love futurame is the best
winna

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« #169 : 05-10-2020 07:14 »

Finally.

I didn't really think someone quite like you would arrive to embrace and reveal the true contents of my secret heart in such an honest and succinct, ...poetic? :confused: 😕 face. Dare I?

I've waited.  Years.  I waited for years....and here you are. Yeeeeeaaaaarrsssrs.
Gorky

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« #170 : 09-15-2020 23:25 »

So I've been watching reruns on SyFy the past few nights--they conveniently air at around the time I'm settling in for bed and just want something mindless and comforting to fall asleep to. Last night I caught "Crimes of the Hot" and was reminded of why I love season four so much and consider it, truly, the best the series has to offer.

In short: this is the season that made me care about Bender. He's always been my least favorite (though, oddly, most quotable and most avatar-able) member of the core trio, just because he's so excessively misanthropic and amoral--but he's also such a cute li'l guy. If "Godfellas" establishes that Bender has a soul, the episodes of season four build on that premise with gusto.

"Crimes of the Hot," "Bend Her," and "Obsoletely Fabulous" all call on Bender to demonstrate some degree of conscience and self-sacrifice, or at least require him to grow in some demonstrable way. Most of the Bender-centric episodes of seasons past (excepting "Godfellas") are focused on Bender following a whim (becoming a wrestler, a mob enforcer, a folk singer, a chef) and having zany adventure as a result--he's basically the Homer Simpson of the show, always on the lookout for a new scheme.

But the aforementioned Bender episodes in season four are focused on Bender building genuine relationships with other living things (be it a lovable turtle, a robot with unholy acting talent, or a ragtag team of outdated robots) and embarking on a compelling course of action as a result. The previous love-interest-of-the-week episodes--"A Flight to Remember," "Bendless Love," "Love and Rocket"--have shades of this, but they're all of a type; "Crimes of the Hot," "Bend Her," and "Obsoletely Fabulous" give Bender a chance to shine in unique situations (a global crisis, a public romantic entanglement, an isolated island), and each time he responds in an interesting, dare I say human way.

I'm probably overstating my point here, but no matter: season four is awesome, Bender is great, and that's that.
David A

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« #171 : 09-16-2020 20:00 »

Well, I think that season four was the weakest of the four seasons, and Bender has always been my favorite character, so I guess we disagree.
Gorky

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« #172 : 09-18-2020 19:00 »

So it appears! I'm curious to know what your favorite season is, and what particularly about season four just doesn't do it for you (less in the spirt of healthy debate, more out of nosiness). I do think that seasons one and two have a different vibe than seasons three and four--which I've generally attributed to the greater emphasis on the Fry/Leela ship in the back half of the original run, but that's just a hunch--so I'm wondering if that's part of what's at play in our differing opinions.
David A

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« #173 : 09-18-2020 19:26 »

Looking at the episode list, I'd definitely have to say that the show peaked in the third season.

I don't think that there are any bad episodes in season four.  I don't think that there are any bad episodes in the original run at all, although there are episodes that are better than others.  However, it does seem to me that the writers were starting to run out of ideas by the fourth season.
totalnerd undercanada

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« #174 : 09-19-2020 04:55 »

I don't think that there are any bad episodes in the original run at all,

The Cryonic Woman is a bad episode.
David A

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« #175 : 09-19-2020 06:24 »

Yeah?  Well, you know, that's just like uh, your opinion, man.
winna

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« #176 : 09-19-2020 12:09 »

It may be a bad episode, but it did grow on me a bit and I can still enjoy it <plays episode in head at that moment> yeah that episode is alright.  I think the rule with American sitcoms is that 3 seasons is typically the high point for congruent strong writing across the season.  I can't say for sure when the show jumped the shark though, maybe with super king.
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« #177 : 10-30-2020 01:56 »

The Cryonic Woman could have been better. Michelle is a horrible character who was written to be hated.  But she's not really a funny character and that makes her scenes rather grating.

I would compare her to Bev who is another unpleasent character but isn't funny enough to be enjoyable.  Wanda Sykes tries to make her dialogue funny but they should have just let her ad lib because Bev isn't as sassy as the writers seem to think she is.  I love Wanda Sykes but I remember being disappointed by the character.

Like seriously Bev just insults everyone around her except Fry.  She is rude to Bender straight off the bat, and then calls Ruth and Esther trashy sluts when neither of them had said a word to her, Esther stands up for herself and her friend with a clapback that is much wittier then anything Bev says in the episode, which results in both her and Ruth (who never says a word to Bev) beyond sprayed with slurm.  Then Bev gets knocked up again by the policeman looking for her son... And she thinks she can call Ruth and Esther trashy?  Such jealous.

I think the problem with both Bev and Michelle is that they are just too awful people but they are not funny enough to be enjoyable characters.  Michelle's joke is that she is a horrible girlfriend who emotionally abuses Fry, cheats on him and dumps him the second she gets bored or finds someone else.  I suppose Michelle is much more grating because she focuses the entire extent of her shitty personality on the sweetest boy in the universe, while Bev at least spreads her inherent crumminess on everyone who is unfortunate to run into her, whether it's an alcoholic badboy, his yiddish fembot floozies or her own children.  And oddly enough Bev seems like she might have a softer side for all her whoring and child abusing, and it is notable that a lot of her nastier behaviour is often a result of Bender pissing her off, justifiably or not.

I also wonder if there is a nicer side to Bev that we do not see since she and Bender are at each others well... Whatever robotos have instead of throats.   It's not hard to imagine that she genuinely enjoys Fry's company and its also not hard to imagine that during his slurm addiction episode that he took the time to talk to her and listen to her problems and interests.  Fry is that Guy and he has the most empathy of anyone in the show, so I don't find it difficult that even a nasty old drinks dispensing shrew like Bev could eventually become genuinely fond of him.

Also I wonder if Ruth and Esther bumped into him en route to a blintz.  I'm sure Fry would have been very happy to lick slurm off some big ol' robo tiddies.
SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« #178 : 10-30-2020 02:11 »

I think another reason why a lot of people dislike that episode is because it probably hits too close to home for a lot of people.  Either you have dated someone like Michelle or someone you really care about has and Michelle's dialogue makes her a dead ringer for that horrible girl your best friend/brother/any guy you really care about has dated and proceeded to mess him and his life up over a long period of time.

My former best friend dated a girl with bpd b(though she seemed like she had NPD wimhich is much nastier) and she pretty much ruined our friendship forever because she didn't like how physically affectionate we were and since he was bisexual, for all her yack yacking about teh soshul jurstice she was convinced he would cheat on her with most about any man who blinked at her.  She also liked turning up to her job in miniskirts that barely covered her stomach (I saw her camel toe at least once) and then crying when she was asked to wear something more appropriate to her job.

Of course it wasn't all her fault but she was a huge factor in me losing my best friend forever and I will always hate her for that. .
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