Futurama


#261

I still tear up every time at the end of Jurassic Bark.


#262

Yeah. I was actually kinda annoyed they brought him back in the movies because it felt like pandering, and for me it completely undermined the emotional weight of Jurassic Bark.


#263

Yeah. I try to pretend like that movie never happened.


#264

This week... cats take over Planet Express. Because they're cute.

Sigh.


#265

To be fair, the cat Bender had was ADORABLE.


#266

He's one of those dog-operated puppets that's been designed for use by a cat!


#267

I laughed at the tootsie roll line. A pretty middling episode made worse by coming right after such a great one.


#268

I dunno man, I liked this one. It was a good, rapid-fire joke episode. The exposition about the cat planet was pretty awesome.


#269

Oh c'mon - it had Dr. Fisher Price Seeandsay!

"Nay"
"Nay"
"Nay"
"The horse says, 'Doctorate Denied'"


#270

That one got me to laugh out loud.


#271

It may be that I am weak to cat-related humor (and very likely space cats) but I thought this week's episode was hilarious. I loved that farnsworth's cat was all screwed up in the exact right way.


#272

I thought this episode was awful.

It was Family Guy-esque. Not that Family Guy is awful... just that the ADHD nature of Family Guy didn't suit Futurama.


#273

I don't think it was the subject matter. There was just something off about the timing in a lot of the jokes, and the rest were reaching too far.


#274

I can see that. The closest I can think of is 300 Big Boys, which while I think is a great episode, has a very different pacing than most eps. (Big Boys also hews very closely to the classic A story-B story structure, which Futurama rarely uses.)

I don't see the Family Guy comparison at all though. Family Guy's humor, to me, is about a few core tenets, including random flashback / asides and beating jokes into the ground. This had none of that. The entire episode followed Amy and Nibbler, the only cutaway was a single contextualised flashback. The only thing that made me think of Family Guy was the cat's voice, which, combined with his cute/evil personality was very reminiscent of Stewie.

Also, I'll admit, I liked the LOLcat poster.

"MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW"


#275

I thought the problem with this episode was that it barely had any jokes. It certainly felt that way.

Plus... Amy Wong with a PhD?!?!?


#276

Well she has been his doctoral student from the beginning. And she's never been portrayed as dumb before. A vaguely slutty twenty-something, sure. But not really stupid.


#277

Amy's claim to shame is being a klutz.

Where Fry is almost super humanly stupid, Amy is super humanly klutzy. She did slip on a miniature banana once (the room mate episode) and fell slipping on some slime in Fry and the Slurm factory.

There have call backs to her klutzyness in a few episodes.

Also, the dancing cats make me laugh.


#278

Nibbler's naval uniform made it all worth it.


#279

Hey, his best friend died in that uniform. Show some respect.


#280

Hooray paleoarchaeology!