RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 135,857
Posts: 5,221,344
Members: 24,232
Currently online: 529
Newest member: glasssplashback

TrekToday headlines

Takei To Receive Award
By: T'Bonz on Apr 23

Yelchin In New Comedy
By: T'Bonz on Apr 23

U.S. Rights For Pegg Comedy Secured
By: T'Bonz on Apr 23

Shatner: Aging and Work
By: T'Bonz on Apr 23

Kurtzman And Orci Go Solo
By: T'Bonz on Apr 22

Star Trek #32 Preview
By: T'Bonz on Apr 22

Voyager Bridge Via The Oculus Rift
By: T'Bonz on Apr 21

Miles Away Glyph Award Nominations
By: T'Bonz on Apr 21

Q Meets NuTrek Crew
By: T'Bonz on Apr 18

Pine In Talks For Drama
By: T'Bonz on Apr 18


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Entertainment & Interests > Science Fiction & Fantasy

Science Fiction & Fantasy Farscape, Babylon 5, Star Wars, Firefly, vampires, genre books and film.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 22 2013, 02:48 AM   #1
1001001
Putting the F-U Back in FUN!
 
1001001's Avatar
 
Location: People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
Futurama: An Appreciation

As we wind down to the series finale, I thought it appropriate to take a moment to reflect on what I consider the best animated show of all time.

Futurama was wonderfully animated, rich and thick like a great chocolate shake.

The top tier characters were just about perfect. Not only that, the second tier (Amy, Zoidberg, Hermes) were excellent, as were even the third tier characters (Mom, Zap Brannigan, Kif, Calculon of course) and hell the fourth tier (Robot Devil, Scruffy, Nibbler) too.

Futurama could move you. It had heart and soul. Think The Luck of the Fryish, Jurassic Bark, Game of Tones. When was the last time The Simpsons moved you? 10-15 years ago? Has Family Guy ever done it?

The romance between Fry and Leela (they'd better not screw this up!!!!) is epic. So hopeful. A mutant and a reject from the past, finding love in the 3000's! Brilliant! Think Fry's Holophoner episode, or the worms in Fry's sandwich. Or Leela being stung by the space bees. If you aren't rooting for these two, you're dead inside!

And how about the vision? Far from the ideal Star Trek future, this is a realistic vision, where we have a bunch of new stuff, but we're still lazy morons with a bloated bureaucracy and political corruption ("NIXON'S BACK!!!!"). We have more toys, but really haven't learned anything. "Society is never gonna make any progress until we all learn to pretend to like each other."

Bender...sure some will argue he's nothing more than a robot version of Homer Simpson, but that sells him short. An absolute breakout character. He's an awful, anti-social creature ("And on more than one ocassion, he stole my blood!"). But we still love him. What great depth and characterization is that?

I know there's already a thread for the final season, but let's take this thread to remember all the Greatness that is Futurama. Let us share our memories, favorite episodes, and favorite quotes one last time, in honor of the (almost) late, great, Futurama.

And if you don't like that, well: "JAM A BASTARD IN IT, YOU CRAP!!"

__________________
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States...The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'.” - Isaac Asimov
1001001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 22 2013, 03:39 AM   #2
Ar-Pharazon
Rear Admiral
 
Ar-Pharazon's Avatar
 
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

I absolutely agree with you on all counts. I don't hate a single episode, but certainly like some more than others.

I'm hoping for some movies, ala "season 5" in the future.

Bender made the series for me, but the entire cavalcade of characters has always been great too.

"Are you tryin' ta steal from the Donbot?"
"I'm tryin', but he ain't makin' it easy!"
__________________
Rimmer, on what period of history to live in-
“Well, It’d be the 19th century for me, one of Napoleon’s marshals.
The chance to march across Europe with the greatest general of all time and kill Belgians” - (White Hole).
Ar-Pharazon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 22 2013, 04:17 AM   #3
1001001
Putting the F-U Back in FUN!
 
1001001's Avatar
 
Location: People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

Mom: By "Monkey cake" I meant "Your Ass!!"
(Triple slap)

Mom: "Now I'm off to some charity BS for knocked-up teenage sluts."

Mom is one of my favorites.

__________________
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States...The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'.” - Isaac Asimov
1001001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 22 2013, 04:17 PM   #4
ManOnTheWave
Rear Admiral
 
ManOnTheWave's Avatar
 
Location: ManOnTheWave
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

1001001 wrote: View Post
Let us share our memories, favorite episodes, and favorite quotes one last time, in honor of the (almost) late, great, Futurama.
Three Hundred Big Boys. It's my favorite Futurama episode, featuring just about every character, touching on all of their ongoing themes, and using them all to great effect, and even adds in new or throw away characters (Whale biologist!). There are more emotional or significant episodes, but every disjointed character moment is funny and leads beautifully to Fry's revelatory coffee high. It's the single episode I have to drag out and watch on DVD every so often.
__________________
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
ManOnTheWave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 22 2013, 05:53 PM   #5
Mistral
Vice Admiral
 
Mistral's Avatar
 
Location: Between the candle and the flame
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

I'm going with an acknowledged classic. To me it is everything that made Futurama stand out from any other animated series. Jurassic Bark. I was lucky enough to see this for the first time via dvd. No commercial breaks. I mean, how many other cartoons could make you cry? I sat in the dark when the episode ended, tears running down my face. That, to me, is a sign of animated greatness.
__________________
...sf fandom is only a personality disorder if you do it right.-Klaus
http://www.adastrafanfic.com - archive stories! www.4rumboys.com for honest gaming

Mistral is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 22 2013, 06:05 PM   #6
BillJ
Admiral
 
Location: In the 23rd Century...
View BillJ's Twitter Profile
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

"That's not an astronaut, it's a TV comedian! And he was just using space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife."

The first run on Fox was really incredible, but I'm not as warm and fuzzy about the Comedy Central episodes (though they have hit a few out of the park). To this day, my wife and son refuse to re-watch Jurassic Bark.
__________________
I'm not popular enough to be different! - Homer Simpson
BillJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 22 2013, 08:19 PM   #7
dansigal
Lieutenant Commander
 
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

My favorite scene/quote may still be the very first one:

"Space. It seems to go on and on forever and then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
dansigal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 22 2013, 08:20 PM   #8
Asbo Zaprudder
Rear Admiral
 
Asbo Zaprudder's Avatar
 
Location: Magic realism
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

Oh no! I should be able to think of something appreciative to write...but I am already in my pajamas.
__________________
"Sans le canard de Vaucanson vous n'auriez rien qui fit ressouvenir de la gloire de la France." -- Voltaire -- Flip flap!
Asbo Zaprudder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 23 2013, 12:28 AM   #9
1001001
Putting the F-U Back in FUN!
 
1001001's Avatar
 
Location: People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

"If anyone needs me, I'll be in the Angry Dome!"

I love that line. I really want to add an Angry Dome to my house.

One of my favorite episodes is Obsoletely Fabulous.

"We'll soon stage an attack on technology worthy of being chronicled in an anthem by Rush!"

__________________
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States...The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'.” - Isaac Asimov
1001001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 23 2013, 02:25 AM   #10
JD
Admiral
 
JD's Avatar
 
Location: Arizona, USA
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

I think Futurama has one of my favorite casts of any animated series. I was trying to list my favorite characters and I realized I was listing pretty much every character who has appeared in more than a couple episode.
I've had a life long love of animation and Futurama is one of my absolute favorites. I don't think any piece of animated entertainment has ever gotten to me the way the end of Jurrasic Bark did. My family has pretty much always had dogs, so I think that hit me especially hard.
__________________
Over the course of many encounters and many years, I have successfully developed a standard operating procedure for dealing with big, nasty monsters. Run away. Me and Monty Python.
Harry Dresden - Blood Rites (The Dresden Files #6)
JD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 24 2013, 03:41 AM   #11
1001001
Putting the F-U Back in FUN!
 
1001001's Avatar
 
Location: People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

BillJ wrote: View Post
To this day, my wife and son refuse to re-watch Jurassic Bark.
My son refuses to re-watch that episode too.

His favorite is the Werecar episode for some reason. I don't know why...



A few more episodes came to mind today. I love Santa episodes, especially the first one. I love Kif Gets Knocked up a Notch, War is the H Word (pretty much anything with Zap and Kif).

"Kif, I have made it with a woman. Inform the men!"
__________________
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States...The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'.” - Isaac Asimov
1001001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 24 2013, 05:01 AM   #12
bigdaddy
Vice Admiral
 
Location: Space Massachusetts
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

I refuse to watch most of the movies.

The show has commentary for every episode, that's amazing to me, some are better than the episodes, aka the movies.

I haven't seen this season, but I know what happens in the series finale 3.0 and it sounds so fun! Like they knew this was coming.
__________________
The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
bigdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 24 2013, 02:25 PM   #13
1001001
Putting the F-U Back in FUN!
 
1001001's Avatar
 
Location: People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

bigdaddy wrote: View Post
I refuse to watch most of the movies.

Bender's Game is the only one I've re-watched. I enjoy that one, even if the LOTR satire wasn't exactly timely.



I really disliked The Beast with a Billion Backs, and I can usually find something to enjoy in every episode. That one I never revisit.

Quote for the day: "You'd sacrifice this beautiful woman for a moderately attractive ape? You've been smoking some bad granola."

__________________
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States...The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'.” - Isaac Asimov
1001001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 25 2013, 10:06 AM   #14
RJDiogenes
Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion
 
RJDiogenes's Avatar
 
Location: RJDiogenes of Boston
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

Good thread, everyone.

I completely agree with everything you posted, digits (except that I like the better future of Star Trek ). Futurama is not only the best animated series ever, but one of the best series ever, period. The sheer amount of storytelling, characterization, themes, deeper meanings and the superhuman level of background detail is mind boggling. Oh, and it had comedy, too-- intelligent, lowbrow, pop cultural, historical, political, self-referential, character-based, slapstick-- they missed nothing. I don't have the encyclopedic knowledge that some of you have, but my favorite episode was the flashback to Fry's brother-- was that "Luck of the Fryish?" And, of course, "Jurassic Bark."
__________________
Please stop by my Gallery and YouTube Page for a visit. And read Trunkards!
RJDiogenes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 25 2013, 02:44 PM   #15
1001001
Putting the F-U Back in FUN!
 
1001001's Avatar
 
Location: People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
Re: Futurama: An Appreciation

RJDiogenes wrote: View Post
Good thread, everyone.

I completely agree with everything you posted, digits (except that I like the better future of Star Trek ).
Oh, I like the future in Star Trek better, I just think the future in Futurama is far more likely.




Futurama is not only the best animated series ever, but one of the best series ever, period. The sheer amount of storytelling, characterization, themes, deeper meanings and the superhuman level of background detail is mind boggling. Oh, and it had comedy, too-- intelligent, lowbrow, pop cultural, historical, political, self-referential, character-based, slapstick-- they missed nothing.
Well said.

My TiVo is picking up several episodes today labeled "Fanarama". Does anyone know what this is? A fan chosen marathon of best episodes, perhaps? It doesn't give any description.
__________________
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States...The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'.” - Isaac Asimov
1001001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:07 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.