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FUTURAMA 8/03/'03: "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television"


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#1 of 14 Rex Bachmann

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Posted August 03 2003 - 05:45 AM

"Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television" (episode #71)

Hooray! Sounds like a really funny one tonight. The soap-opera scenes in "Bend Her" were a gas.

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When a young star of the hit robot soap opera "All My Circuits" literally falls to pieces, Bender seizes his chance for stardom. Along with Fry and Leela, Bender sabotages the auditions and secures a spot on the show. As a result of Bender's misbehavior, the Nielsen numbers rise, making Bender a star. When a new group, Fathers Against Rude Television (or F.A.R.T.) plans a Million Dad March to protest his character, Bender realizes his affect on kids.

This and (tentatively scheduled) next week's (specially made) finale episode, like last week's "Obsoletely Fabulous", are heavy on the Bender.

"Delenda est . . . . "

 


#2 of 14 JustinCleveland

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Posted August 03 2003 - 08:52 AM

Sounds fun... I can't wait. Shame this show had to end, I enjoyed it.

#3 of 14 JayV

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Posted August 03 2003 - 02:38 PM

Good news, everyone! The episode kicked butt. And Hypnotoad made an appearance.

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Posted August 03 2003 - 09:27 PM

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And Hypnotoad made an appearance.


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#5 of 14 CharlesD

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Posted August 04 2003 - 01:27 AM

ALL HAIL THE HYPNOTOAD

#6 of 14 MarkHastings

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Posted August 04 2003 - 03:28 AM

I don't remember watching this episode because I have Amnesia (cue the dramatic music) Posted Image

#7 of 14 Brent Hutto

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Posted August 04 2003 - 05:32 AM

No joke, at lunch today I was commenting on being almost out of Futurama episodes and I said "Too bad we don't have at least a couple more episodes about...what's the name of that guy that isn't Bender, and that other character that isn't Bender...oh never mind. I just love that Bender!".

I also love the Hypnotoad sound.

#8 of 14 JustinCleveland

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Posted August 04 2003 - 05:51 AM

The Hypnotoad... best reason to watch the show in DPL II with the sub turned WAY up. Posted Image

#9 of 14 Adam Lenhardt

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Posted August 04 2003 - 01:02 PM

I didn't find it all that funny. The satire was spot on and much more cutting than anything from the Simpsons in recent years. But while it was intellectually satistfying, I dunno, Bender works best in small doses. Now Fry being stupid I can take a whole episode of.

Not a bad episode by any means, just not the best.

#10 of 14 Craig S

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Posted August 04 2003 - 03:07 PM

Everybody Loves Hypnotoad!

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* It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.

* No good movie is too long, and no bad movie is short enough.

* No good movie is depressing, all bad movies are depressing.


#11 of 14 BrianW

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Posted August 05 2003 - 05:50 AM

Favorite line:
"THAT'S the WORST coma acting I've EVER SEEN!!!"

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#12 of 14 Jeff*S*C*

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Posted August 05 2003 - 07:19 AM

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#13 of 14 Dan Rudolph

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Posted August 05 2003 - 06:04 PM

I loved it. Of course I love Bender.

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#14 of 14 Rex Bachmann

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Posted August 10 2003 - 07:50 AM

Adam Lenhardt wrote (post #9):

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I didn't find it all that funny. The satire was spot on and much more cutting than anything from the Simpsons in recent years. . . . it was intellectually satistfying, . . . .

Not a bad episode by any means, just not the best.

I agree completely. A disappointment for me particularly because of the promising episode summary. The producers of the series never seem to run out of wit and inventiveness. (Note the irony of the episode title being a slogan invented by Bender himself.) The humor of late, however, has been lacking in hilarity (cf. "Obsoletely Fabulous"). Maybe by this time they all knew the clock was running down on the series in the corporate front offices. Who knows?

Bear in mind, Fox was saving this to be the final episode of the series, until Matt Groening and company decided to make a special finale episode ("The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings"). I think that when Bender looks into the tv camera and talks to parents about what their kids watch on tv, he's talking not to the audience of his whacked-out 31st-century irreality tv show, but to US, the Futurama audience (and perhaps to Fox viewers in general).

"Delenda est . . . . "

 






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