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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 04:15 PM        Futurama Returns!
It is official!

"Comedy Central has made it official, announcing they have picked up the series for an impressive 26 new episodes"

Says 20th Century Fox TV Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden, "When we brought back Family Guy several years ago, everyone said that it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing - that canceled series stay canceled and cannot be revived. But Futurama was another series that fans simply demanded we bring back, and we couldn't have been happier when Matt and David agreed that there were many more stories yet to tell."

I wonder if Fox executives realize how horribly they manage shows. Well hopfully the new episodes of futurama don't turn out to be shit like the new episodes of family guy but then again I shouldn't even compare the creative forces of the two shows.
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 04:20 PM       
I wonder if the episodes will actually be funny
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 05:01 PM       
From what I hear, its all original writers and actors. Should be good.
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 05:03 PM       
Hate to be the bearer of bad news but the new episodes are just the movies being chopped up into episodes with some minor added content.

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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 05:23 PM       
Good news everyone!

I don't care what's in 'em, I'm just glad they'll be back! I freaking love that series!
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 05:56 PM       
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Hate to be the bearer of bad news but the new episodes are just the movies being chopped up into episodes with some minor added content.

But they have already played the movies in episode format while they are claiming these to be "new".
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Hate to be the bearer of bad news but the new episodes are just the movies being chopped up into episodes with some minor added content.

No, these are new episodes. Comedy Central was using the movies that were chopped up into episode format as basically a test of futurama profitability. Because they received favorable ratings we now get real brand new episodes

http://tv.ign.com/articles/993/993144p1.html
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 06:51 PM       
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 07:24 PM       
Was that what that weird-ass episode was about, with the executive powder? I thought that was an old episode.
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Old Jun 10th, 2009, 09:36 PM       
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Old Jun 11th, 2009, 03:55 AM       
Hell to the Yeah! Futurama is by far my favorite T.V. series. I'm glad to know that my purchase of the DVD movies was not in vain.

That is harsh but it's true. Aside from ITWGY the movies had problems.

BBS is pretty good but it doesn't take the chance to follow-up on the series finale (F/L reset to zero, again.), the Paradox-Correcting Time Code is lazy (Something doesn't make sense by even Time Travel standards? Whoosh, Paradox Correcting), and the changes to continuity are not appreciated (I think it'd be difficult to find a Futurama Fan who likes the changes done to Fry's Past).

BWABB is strange. It has very little middle ground in terms of the Fandom's opinion on it. For most it's either freaking hilarious or it's an Out-Of-Character mess that trades away witty writing and years or character development for shock/juvenile sex humor (me).

Bender's Game is also strange. Seemingly the entire Fandom feels Meh about it. Mostly because of how disappointing the Fantasy bit (second half) of the movie is. Instead of being the promised skewering of Fantasy it ends up being a surpsingly boring send-off of LOTR. I have no idea why the writers decided to focus on that series since the last movie was realeased in 2003 so any jokes about it would be considered dated (which they were).

On the other hand I'd like to protect the film by stating that it isn't an OOC mess like BWABB is (aside from an extreme exxageration of Leela's anger) and that the first half is pretty good and would have worked as two twenty-minute episodes (which they kind of already work as).

Nothing truly needs to be said about ITWGY. Everybody loves this movie (including I-Mockery's own Dr. Boogie: http://www.i-mockery.com/weeklies/we...e=movies&id=81) and for good reason. It's intelligent, it doesn't bog itself down with "fan-service" moments, it's the most complete, it's funnier than the others, the characters are finally back to a level of development they had in the series (BBS came close), and F/L's relationship is handled a manner more mature than any series episode before it (closest to ITWGY is 412: The Sting). This one is an absolute A+.

Still, I'm glad to have the series back in production. I hope that the writers won't reset the ending of ITWGY. F/L have been linked together for years and after the ending there is no denying that they are finally together. To reset that would show an incredible disrespect for fans and a lack of confidence in the writers.

I also would like a 1 or 2-part episode that explains how the crew got back to Earth after they went through the wormhole. While they could explain it in the first few minutes it would feel like a cop-out and the wormhole has too much potential not to use.

Other than that, closer continuity, F/L's relationship touched upon, and some multi-part episodes would be appreciated.

So, on a final note: YEEEEESSSSSS!!!
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No, these are new episodes. Comedy Central was using the movies that were chopped up into episode format as basically a test of futurama profitability. Because they received favorable ratings we now get real brand new episodes

http://tv.ign.com/articles/993/993144p1.html
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Old Jun 11th, 2009, 11:31 AM       
I'm happy to hear it. Now if only King of the Hill can be brought back in the same way...
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I still love king of the Hill.
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Old Jun 11th, 2009, 12:16 PM       
How did Fry's past change in the first dvd movie?
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Ant10708: Originally Fry completely disappeared after his freezing on the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000. However, thanks to the time-code a version of his spent 12 years in the past (the one who ended up becoming Lars). He reconnected with his family and his dog (Seymore).

As a fan I don't appreciate this change, especially in an episode that few would consider better than series classics The Luck of the Fryrish and Jurassic Bark. I know that it seems like I'm saying it was better when Fry's family was in pain over the loss of him (they never found out what happened to him), but to a fan it was.

Those two episodes were brilliantly written and allowed us to see that Fry had a life in the past, and not necesarilly a bad one. It also did a pretty good job of showing how people (and a dog) deal with the disappearance of a loved one. To say that it all now didn't happen and give us the "happy" ending that the writers so ballsingly skirted in the original episodes is a strange choice to say the least. It doesn't offer the growth his family originally experienced. Sure, Yancy still loves his brother (even in the separate timeline he names his son Philip (though I don't know why) and Seymore is still fiercely loyal but now those characters didn't have to have those traits tested in the canon.

The worst part is that the change might have been okay had they focused a little bit more on Fry's reconnection with his family. Instead we get a glossed over montage. Worst yet, Seymore is left alone, again, when Fry goes on his crazy search for Leelu (admitingly I like that story). Worse than that (I lied), when Fry finds out he's Lars he runs off to freeze himself without any thought towards Seymore (who he would have known would be at the front) or how his family would cope with the "death" of their son (even more surprising to them would be that a body was never discovered).

I do realize that BBS didn't make it so I can't watch those episodes again but it does lessen their impact (if you accept it into canon). How sad can you be for Seymore if his entire storyline is now non-canon? How sad can you be for Yancy when he now had a chance to reconnect with Fry?

It's like how before BBS, The Devils Hands Are Idol Playthings was the series finale. Fans assumed for many years that Fry and Leela got together after the Opera. Once BBS happened and didn't reference at all it became simply another F/L episode, subject to the mighty power of the reset button so should the writers command. It's still a good episode but it doesn't carry the same emotional impact it did before. I feel the same way about the two mentioned series episodes after BBS (or at least I would if I didn't consider anything relating to Fry's family in that episode non-canon).

So, yeah. I don't appreciate those changes. I will say that if the writers manage to do something brilliant with the changed timeline that wouldn't have been possible in the original timeline I will eat my words. Until then...
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Didn't Lars die at the end anyway making your point null and void?
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