The crew discovers a Martian calendar predicting that the world is going to end in 3012.
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The crew discovers a Martian calendar predicting that the world is going to end in 3012.
First Spongebob a decade ago, then Simpsons a couple months ago, now Futurama. What is this sudden(not in Spongebob's case) obsession with the World's Smallest Violin?
Anywho I thought the first act was really boring but the episode thankfully picked up from there. I appreciated the callbacks to act 1 like Fry only being accepted because of his pants and the whole arm thing. Speaking of which I kept wondering what the title of the episode had to do with anything until that last minute reveal. Best line was either Zoidberg's waiting 5 hours for Amy to finish that sentence or Fry's little comment about being alive in Leela but really being dead which really felt like a Homer line to me. 3.5/5 rounded up to a 4. IMO the weaker of the two episodes.
EDIT: Why did that machine that picked who went even work though? I didn't notice a windup crank or anything like with Bender.
This was really great. Despite what seemed to be kind of a shlocky premise with the whole 2012 thing, it turned out to be both epic and well constructed. I think what's most impressive is the way it managed to fit all of the themes into one cohesive whole, calling back some of the early stuff to the opportune time. After the ticket mix-up, they had Leela pretty much spell it out for the audience, but it was still a cool, "Oh, yeah, this was established in Act 1" moment. They even managed to work in some old Futurama continuity, with the whole ancient Martians thing.
Just loved the giant scale of the whole thing. Futurama does these epic stories really well. That giant pyramid ship taking off was a sight to behold.
I was kinda cringing at how cliched the whole "grab my hand" setup was becoming, but honestly, that final resolution is one of the biggest laughs I've had at Futurama in awhile. And it sets up a very sweet (in a macabre way) ending moment.
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Yeah, I asked that question about the violin as well.
An 4.5/5 Overall.
I was quite hapy with the insanity of this one, and the story it offered up.
Last edited by The Angry Animated Comedy Nerd; 06-20-2012 at 07:57 PM.
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This was the better episode of the two IMO. I wasn't keen on the whole arm removal thing, and the use of the rebirth machine producing tiny arms reminded me of the American Dad episode "You Debt your life" when Roger uses a cream to regrow Stan's legs. Aside from that, no real complaints.
So....what did I like?
Bender rolling the calendar through the street
Return of Agnew
Scruffy getting more lines
Leela's "Balcony club" offer (Though on that note I've never been to keen on the Zoidberg masturbation jokes)
The sorting machine
"I wish I could remember stuff with my boobs"
Zoidberg comforting Leela with the fact that the Earth was still there
Bender's eyes bugging out at Mars approaching.
You know what? 5/5
Just be thankful
Oh, that was a masturbation joke? I thought Zoidberg simply felt like he was in the little club by being present on the same balcony when Leela was talking about it. Eeesh.
This one I think I would need to revisit. Mars literally rolling into Earth and Fry and Leela losing their arms (I knew it was going to be literal when I heard the title) got a little goofy, but Futurama has way more right than The Simpsons to do stuff like this, so I shouldn't care too much. I would say 3/5, but I'm not going to cast the vote because maybe it would go up on a second viewing.
"There's a couple of things they don't teach you in Harvard Business School. One is how to cope with defeat; the other is how to handle a shotgun. I'm going to do both right now."
Barely any laughs, but a cool plot-line. Though I'm kinda getting tired of all this Fry/Leela stuff. How many times does Fry have to prove to Leela he's the only one who cares about her? I appreciate they tried to add some depth to a rather epic and big plot, but it felt kinda tired. As for the arm thing, I think it felt better in context. When it initially happened I thought it was a bit cringe-worthy, but it kinda worked overall.
All in all it was a fun watch and kept my attention, unlike the worst Futurama episodes, but it didn't do anything new or interesting that I would be intrigued to return to. 3/5
I'm with Clone-A-Saurus: I don't particulary care for the Leela/Fry pairing/hint of romance (besides, we already have the dumb guy with tolerant gal couple with Homer and Marge!).
Am I crazy? I thought it was great.
Yeah, it did have some flaws like things happening way too fast, the whole thing with Mars being destroyed being a little wacky or the gruesome ending, but I ended up liking this last one, mainly because it was used as a balance for the romantic part and it kind of pay off for the whole 'hold my arm' rutine.
Not funny? I thought it was FULL with lots of good jokes, like The Great Revealo, Bender staying cause there's going to be mayhem, the machine that gave stupid explanations for selecting people, "It was worth it to wait five hours for you to end that sentence" (very clever joke), "martian is a difficult language", Bender stealing his own things, "Cushiony", Nixon saying that there is no room for more people when Fry is in shot, a guy passing a bottle from one planet to another, "Coward man away", "I was crazy before it was fashion", the professor's embalming or Fry's picture replaced by Leela's picture being both an emotional moment and kind of a funny twist because of the sillyness and simplicity of the picture just being replaced with glue as a plan to make Leela's admission valid.
The animation and atmosphere were also pretty well done.
Only flaws were maybe being too ambitious to the point it almost look like one of the movies condensed into one episode and perhaps the fact that most of the situations were kinda explored before, but it was the best episode of this premiere IMO and probably deserves an A-.
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So, I finally got to watch this one and I liked it. Actually, I watched this the night of the premiere. I didn't review it then because I fell asleep and woke up near the end. But I finally got to watch it online.
I gotta say that I'm in the minority with this one. I thought this felt more at home, mostly because of its rapid fire jokes. I do thing TBATB handled sentimentality better, but I thought the far better jokes made up for it. Futurama is a comedy, after all. Speaking of jokes, I thought The Great Reveal-O was the best joke of the CC Futurama, though it kinda got ruined when they actually showed him.
My only complaint was the lack of an actual set-up and the arms being ripped off. That was just gross.
Overall - 4/5 (B+)
My Simpsons Season Rankings:
6 > 8 > 7 > 5 > 3 > 2 > 4 > 1 > 9 > 15 > 13 > 14 > 10 > 16 > 12 > 11 > 22 > 21 > 17 > 24 > 19 > 20 > 23 > 18
My Simpsons Season 24 Ratings:
Moonshine River - B- Treehouse of Horror XXIII - C Adventures in Baby-Getting - B Gone Abie Gone - C+ Penny Wiseguys - D- A Tree Grows in Springfield - D+ The Day the Earth Stood Cool - B To Cur, with Love - B Homer Goes to Prep School - F A Test Before Trying - C+ Changing of the Guardian - B- Love is a Many-Splintered Thing - F Hardly Kirk-ing - C+ Gorgeous Grampa - D Black Eyed, Please - A- Dark Night Court - D What Animated Women Want - C Pulpit Friction - C- Whiskey Business - B- The Fabulous Faker Boy - C The Saga of Carl Carlson - C- Dangers on a Train - D-
Are you my father? He did the exact same thing.
I love the over-the-top wacky sci fi adventure episodes, but I think they need to ease off a bit. The scale of these has been too huge, each more suitable for a movie length or at least an hour long episode. And they all involve Earth or the entire world being in peril. That and Fry proving himself to Leela are getting old. The arm ending was weird. What happened to Mars?
man that arm thing at the end hurt. well this was it was sort of enjoyable, kept me entertained, but i mean they were pretty much no laughs for me. i give it a 2/5.
Last edited by zach; 06-24-2012 at 04:23 PM.
Another very good one. The end is weird but I like it and I give a 4/5 to this episode.
My Simpsons Season 24 Ratings/Reviews:
Moonshine River (2,25/5) / Treehouse Of Horror XXIII (3,5/5) / Adventures in Baby-Getting (3,25/5) / Gone Abie Gone (3,5/5) / Penny Wise-Guys (3/5) / A Tree Grows in Springfield (1,75/5) / The Day The Earth Stood Cool (3,75/5) / To Cur with Love (4/5) / Homer Goes to Prep School (3/5) / A Test Before Trying (3,5/5) / The Changing of the Guardian (1,25/5) / Love is a Many-Splintered Thing (2,75/5) / Hardly Kirk-ing (3,25/5) / Gorgeous Grampa (2,25/5) / Black-Eyed, Please (3,75/5) / Dark Knight Court (3/5) / Pulpit Friction (3,25/5)
Futurama - Season 7 :
The Bots and the Bees : 3,75/5 / A Farewell to Arms : 4/5 / Decision 3012 : 3,5/5 / The Thief of Baghead : 3,25/5 / Zapp Dingbat : 2/5 / The Butterjunk Effect : 2,5/5 / The Six Million Dollar Mon : 4/5 / Fun On A Bun : 3,75/5 / Free Will Hunting : 2,25/5 / Near-Death Wish : 3,75/5 / 31st Century Fox : 3,5/5 / Viva Mars Vegas : 4/5 / Naturama : 2,5/5
I just watched this episode, the end was hilarious. Futurama is finally good again, 5/5!
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