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Old June 20 2013, 05:17 PM   #151
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I'm happy they managed to work Scruffy into both episodes!
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Old June 20 2013, 07:49 PM   #152
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He is the most important character.
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Old June 20 2013, 10:00 PM   #153
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Old June 20 2013, 10:45 PM   #154
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It's too bad the 2D world didn't reference Flatland. One of the things I like about Futurama is the literacy, and scientific literacy, of the humor. But they didn't really spend much time there anyway. It was a mild episode, but not bad, with a lot of good gags, from the tesseract in the engine to "Nobody calls me professor!"

I do agree, though, that the second episode was funnier, if only for the ending-- they arrive to save Fry and Leela just in time for them to leave anyway. The zoo plot was a nice call out to Twilight Zone. And I noticed that Leela was wearing those same "hooter hammocks" in the old picture with Sean.
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Old June 20 2013, 10:52 PM   #155
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It's too bad the 2D world didn't reference Flatland.
But it did. There was the "Bonneville Salt Flatlands" near the end -- a reference to both Flatland and the Bonneville Salt Flats, a popular location for testing super-fast vehicles and breaking land speed records. And really, the whole "Flatbush" portion of the story implicitly owed a lot to Edwin Abbott.
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Old June 21 2013, 09:16 AM   #156
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Yeah, but it was completely unlike Flatland-- I was expecting shapes.
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Old June 22 2013, 06:48 AM   #157
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I though 2-D Blacktop was ok. But I did enjoy Fry and Leela's Big Fling a lot more. We got some pretty good gags, especially on the Primate Planet. I especially got a kick out of seeing Gunter again, I've always enjoyed his original episode. I also really liked getting an episode that dealt so much with the Fry/Leela relationship. I've felt for a while now that was practically being ignore, so it was nice to see an episode that had a whole plot line focused solely on their relationship.
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Old June 22 2013, 03:05 PM   #158
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I'm happy they managed to work Scruffy into both episodes!
Scruffy is awesome.



The flat episode was okay. I really liked the zoo one. Lots of familiar faces there (Gunter!!).

I like the Fry and Leela relationship. I hope they don't botch it up on the way to the end of the series.
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Old June 22 2013, 04:07 PM   #159
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I also really liked getting an episode that dealt so much with the Fry/Leela relationship. I've felt for a while now that was practically being ignore, so it was nice to see an episode that had a whole plot line focused solely on their relationship.
The writers admittedly ignore it all the time because they don't want their relationship to tie down the stories they could tell. But they had a feeling this would be the very end and started writing more about their relationship.
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Old July 4 2013, 05:23 PM   #160
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Nobody seems to have commented on the E.T. parody episode. I didn't much care for it -- too much a parody of a single movie, and it's a movie that I hated. There were some good laughs early on, though. And the conceit that everyone is more impressed with Fry's performance when he isn't actualy there was funny.

I really enjoyed last night's folk-singer episode, though. Lots of funny lines and gags, and it's a genuine science fiction story, a tale where the crisis arises from a future technology and its ramifications. Though it did a nice job setting up the mystery, so it was a while before we realized that. I also like the continuity bit that they're still using the new Planet Express uniforms introduced in an earlier episode.

The one off note is that scripter Ken Keeler chose to use his cartoon counterpart Ben Beeler as the inventor du jour. It would've felt more natural for Professor Farnsworth to be the one giving the sciencey exposition, and being responsible for creating a machine that unleashes terrible havoc. Besides, Beeler was a paleontologist in "Jurassic Bark."
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Old July 4 2013, 06:00 PM   #161
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I agree "T: The Terrestrial" was rather weak. I didn't really have anything to say about it last week so I forgot to post in my own thread.

This week's episode was a bit better, but not quite a standout. The first half and the final quarter were pretty strong with lots of gags, but for a short stretch in the middle, the episode felt like it was meandering in the world of predictability. I did enjoy the revelation that everything that Bender sang about came true and I especially liked the fatal flow of Bender's duplicate, i.e. having artistic integrity, which was something I noticed right away as being off.

I also agree that the Professor should have been the inventor of the "Make-o-Matic," but I forgive that because of all of the other callbacks such as Bender's previous adventure as a folk singer and his personality screw up as penguin as well as the mourners at his funeral that included some penguins, Lucy Liu, Abner Doubledeal, Bubblegum, the Destructor, among others, although I don't think I noticed Flexo (I guess he actually destroyed himself).

Lastly, I loved this line: “Nowadays, we can take a unique and beautiful object, and easily reduce it to a formula for mass production. I call the process ‘Science!’”
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Old July 5 2013, 12:22 AM   #162
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I thought T: The Terrestrial was OK. I love ET, but I think when it comes to episodes doing a take on it, I definitely prefer I, E.T. from Farscape. As for last night's I thought it was pretty fun. I liked the callback to Bender's dream of being a folksinger, and the stuff with his connection the 3-D printer was fun. I honestly didn't expect that when they started to realize something weird was going on.
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Old July 5 2013, 09:32 AM   #163
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Yeah, The E.T. parody was too specific (and of a 32-year-old movie), while the folk song episode was better because it was more general, and tackled several topics. It also made the point that you can't create art without the experience to back it up.
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Old July 5 2013, 11:17 PM   #164
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The E.T. episode was a bad parody. I did like the folk singer episode but I was mad we didn't see more of the evil super villain! He looked so creepy!
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Old July 11 2013, 08:07 PM   #165
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"The Inhuman Torch" is easily the best episode of this broadcast season and possibly the best episode of the production season. I really enjoyed watching the Planet Express crew become a firefighting team, an idea that might sound hokey on paper but for whatever reason worked out really well in execution, from the red-painted Planet Express ship (which looked rather well) to Nibbler being painted to look like a dalmatian.

However, the heart of the episode was the Bender/Fry friendship as seen from Bender's perspective. I loved how everyone (including the viewer) is so easily convinced that Bender was responsible for all of the sudden fires because, guess what, it makes sense. It's exactly the kind of thing Bender would do for all of the reasons stated. And, of course, Fry is the one exception, until he sees the evidence that he's actually right, naturally.

Lots of great jokes and felt like a one of the early season episodes, although I couldn't help but I wish Amy, Zoidberg and Hermes had more to do.
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