Futurama Season 6 (2010)

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Futurama Season 6 Review

The sixth season of Futurama is by far the best of the entire shot thanks to the largest amount of terrific and some even inspired episodes.

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I guess it’s time to indulge in some end-of-the-earth debauchery.

Who’s up for an orgy?

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It has twenty six episodes in it which is the highest amount so far, but let’s dig in. I found Rebirth to be a solid introductory episode to the newest season that many doubted would even arrive and it has some very interesting plot points in it, but it was crammed with too many things and characters in it and was definitely overstuffed. In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela was superb. There wasn’t nearly enough of Zapp in this season as I wished for, but here he stole the show with his elaborate schemes to have sex with Leela, the most elaborate one yet. This episode serves as the culmination of sorts of all of their sex-episodes.

Attack of the Killer App is very good. It finds a very good use of Mom and it features a terrific scenario with a couple of excellent humorous scenes in it. Fry is the highlight here. Proposition Infinity is excellent. Yes, Amy and Bender’s sexual relationship definitely felt abrupt, but it was great for featuring such a hilarious and applicable robosexuality storyline and it was great to finally see Kif question his relationship with Amy as it was definitely realistic and needed to happen even sooner.

The Duh-Vinci Code is absolutely fantastic. It is one of the most imaginative and actually quite innovative episodes in the show’s run featuring a great use of Leonardo and a storyline for the ages. It has humor, history and science all meshed so stupendously well into a fun whole. Lethal Inspection is so weak and not my cup of tea which was obvious as soon as I saw Hermes. He has a large role here and pairing him up with Bender was also not a wise idea.

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The Late Philip J. Fry is just mesmerizing to behold! Featuring probably the best animation the show ever did and the most imaginative and meticulous story ever (not to mention epic and ambitious), it was a true wonder to behold and such a perfect futuristic history lesson while also being a good vehicle for Fry and Leela’s relationship. That Darn Katz! is a simple episode but with a high-concept, funny idea – cats are actually smart aliens. That was hilarious and so fitting and the use of cat humor was great here.

A Clockwork Origin is another absolutely amazing scientific episode in which we follow evolution in a quicker manner. It is such an original, very well animated and smart episode and I wish that the previous seasons featured more of these high-concept scientific episodes such as this one because Futurama absolutely thrives in such scenarios. The Prisoner of Benda is such a hilarious episode with a fun concept this time around – switching bodies. The highlight of course was seeing Zoidberg and the Professor in bed together.

Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences features Lrrr and Ndnd and whenever an episode focuses on these two, I am bound to have a good time which I did. I love these two and this time the nagging subplot was perfect for the duo and it saw a great use of Leela. The Mutants Are Revolting isn’t the greatest episode as we’ve seen these types of political correctness episodes before and done much better.

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The Futurama Holiday Spectacular is by far the worst episode of the season which was otherwise stellar. Futurama and Christmas do not go hand in hand and this episode is a proof of that. It was boring and forgettable. The Silence of the Clamps is another weak episodes because having Bender and mafia together was not a great mix and I dislike gangster plots.

Mobius Dick features an interesting usage of the titular novel, but the execution isn’t the greatest and it focused too much on Leela who was tedious here. Law and Oracle is a solid episode which isn’t particularly original or funny, but it has its moments and Fry is the highlight.

Benderama threw in an overly cruel fate for that poor giant, but other than that, it was a good use of Bender and actually he got probably the best role of the season in this episode and was quite funny. The Tip of the Zoidberg somehow felt odd, yet mostly very satisfying as it was emotionally rewarding seeing the roots of Zoidberg’s and Farnsworth’s relationship.

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Ghost in the Machines features a very good use of Robot Devil whom I usually dislike plus it has some of that classic Bender/Fry dynamic which yielded very solid results this time around. Neutopia sees the two sexes switch and watching the men become women in particular was absolutely hilarious with Scruffy being the standout here in my opinion. Such a funny episode.

Yo Leela Leela has another winning high-concept idea and a rather solid use of Leela. I loved the plot here and it was very well thought out. It wasn’t particularly funny, but it was imaginative and really well written. Fry Am the Egg Man is a heartwarming creature episode with a killer Harry Potter reference in the form of a yell which I just loved.

All the President’s Heads is a time travel story where the crew goes back in time (specifically to 1775) to thwart the Professor’s cousin. I just loved this historical episode and it features probably the best joke of the season in that moment when we realize how small New York was back in that time period. Cold Warriors is another overly sentimental Fry piece, but done mostly well and with a solid plot to it.

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Overclockwise is too Bender-centric and it has a thorough lack of focus. A weaker episode for sure. But Reincarnation is one of the series’ best and most highly authentic. It features three segments, all done in a retro animated style which I just adored. Surely the third 80s anime was overly aggressive and not as great as the previous two, but the 1930s Colorama part was just wonderful and so charming. The highlight is the 1980s video game style segment which features a terrific plot as well. Not only are there three segments stupendously well animated and original, but they are also well plotted which is another giant plus.

This season is not as uneven as the previous ones. Yes, some episodes were quite weak and it had too much Bender in it and not enough of the supporting characters, but most of the episodes were genuine classics and it is the season that finally made use of its science fiction genre properly featuring an abundance of highly imaginative and pleasantly scientific, clever storylines. But it also has quite a lot episodes that were just meant to be funny and most were hilarious. For all of those reasons, it is without any doubt the best season that Futurama has ever produced.

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Worst Episodes: Rebirth, Lethal Inspection, The Futurama Holiday Spectacular, The Silence of the Clamps, Mobius Dick and Overclockwise.

Best Episodes: In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela, Proposition Infinity, The Duh-Vinci-Code, The Late Philip J. Fry, That Darn Katz!, A Clockwork Origin, Neutopia, All the President’s Heads and Reincarnation.

My Rating – 4.3

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The Rose of Versailles (1979)

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The Rose of Versailles Review

The Rose of Versailles is a 1979 historical shōjo anime directed by Tadao Nagahama and Osamu Dezaki. It is such a fantastic, beautiful show that I just loved.

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For twenty years you were the only one that I saw and thought about.

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The Rose of Versailles focuses on Oscar, a girl raised as a man to become her father’s successor as leader of the Palace Guards. Oscar is proud of the life she leads, but becomes torn between class loyalty and her desire to help the impoverished as revolution brews among the oppressed lower class. We also follow her conflicting desires to live life as both a militant and a regular woman as well as her relationships with Marie Antoinette as well as her best friend and future lover Andre.

In terms of storytelling, the series is phenomenal, so well written with such a stellar and sophisticated script. In terms of the themes, it isn’t as rich, but it deals with an interesting subject matter and a variety of interesting storylines and tones. Firstly, it is a historical show that examines France before the Revolution and it ends with it in its final couple of episodes. The only problem I’ve had here is that the series in my opinion didn’t focus as much as it should have focused on the poor and the ordinary people and sometimes it seemed to justify Marie’s actions a bit too much, but other than that, it succeeds thoroughly as a compelling historical drama that perfectly made me acquainted with this period and battles. The action was great and I really liked the conflicts, the battles and especially the politics in it, so well done.

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But The Rose of Versailles succeeds as a tragedy and a romance just as much. It is so purely romantic at times that it was just beautiful to witness. I loved how it explored what it means to be a woman and the conflicts that arose with Oscar and her entire story was just magnificent to behold. The series is so brutal, so heartbreaking and just striking more frequently than it is just dramatic that is should be classified as a tragedy more than anything else. The final two episodes are probably my favorites. A lot was crammed in there, but watching Andre’s death followed by Oscar’s was just heartbreaking and it almost made me cry. But the conclusion to the story with the deaths of all the nobles felt was so powerful to watch and stupendously well executed. The finale itself felt elevated because of its emotion and a sense of closure. Rarely does a show manage to do the finale well and this one does it just right and then so.

Now let’s talk about the characters. The character development is absolutely amazing in this anime. There is literally not a single character here that was underdeveloped or annoying. Everybody serves its purpose and all of them are mostly either perfectly sinister or very likable. Oscar Francois de Jarjayes is just splendid. She is a rare protagonist that steals the show as I usually do not like main characters as much as I like the supporting ones. But Oscar is a one of a kind personality. She wants to be a soldier and she is one meaning that her character is probably the first tough and feminist character in anime as she dates back to the seventies, but she is also surprisingly well developed and real. Watching her conflicting nature was emotionally rewarding and dramatic. And the couple of womanly displays that we got to see from her felt all the more rewarding. Interestingly androgynous, yet beautiful, noble, powerful and yet flawed and caring, she is a perfect example of how to do badass female characters right.

Andre is almost as good. It was a great twist to see that he had been seeing Oscar as a woman the whole time and whether as friends or as lovers, their relationship was truly something special. His blindness was very well handled and his eventual death was just as heartbreaking as her death was. The two are such a fantastic, wonderful couple and I just adored them.

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Fersen was quite solid and I liked his role and of course Rosalie is terrific and her story was epic, moving and you just root for her the whole time. I cared for her a lot and her relationship with Oscar is another strong one. Truly all of Oscar’s interactions were great. Marie Antoinette is a memorable person. I admired that they stayed true to the historical figure, but I also liked that they humanized her as that made her brutal end tragic, yet justifiable. I would have liked to have seen more from Louis XVI as he was ridiculously underutilized, but Madame du Barry was such a strong presence during the first half of the series. A terrific, memorable villain who got her powerful and quite emotional conclusion as well. I loved their ability to make the most of even the most despicable people and that they made you care for them and either pity or feel sorry for their terrible faiths. Duchess of Polignac is another terrific villain and her daughter Charlotte’s story was beyond tragic and it left me heartbroken. And of course Alain is such a sweet soul and a great, important character from the second half of the anime.

The Rose of Versailles is amazing in its technical aspects as well, it truly is a great show and one of the best anime series I’ve seen so far! The animation is splendid to behold. The character designs were realistic and admirable for it, but the imagery is memorable and sometimes even powerful. But where it succeeds the most is in its freeze frames. Whenever the action froze in the most important sequences, we got truly accomplished images that were just beautiful and even artistic in style. It is groundbreaking looking for its time and so polished, yet almost poetic in nature at times and with greatly choreographed movements and action as well.

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The score is just as great! I love the opening theme which is catchy and with great lyrics, but it also has excellent sound effects and some truly wonderful and fittingly moving themes and pieces of music accompanying the more important parts of the episodes and story. I found the editing to be mostly great as well as the direction and voice acting. Truly an accomplished series. The only flaw is that sometimes the more political episodes weren’t as strong and some episodes are weaker than others leading to an uneven in terms of investment show, but both in terms of the technicalities and in terms of emotion and plot, it succeeds in spades. It will probably remain one of my favorite anime shows long after this time.

The Rose of Versailles is such a great anime. It is uneven at times, but it is accomplished in score, gorgeous and even artistic animation and excellent direction, scenery and editing. It succeeds both as a historical drama as well as a tragedy and romance with such raw and heartbreaking emotion, many truly powerful scenes, a great and investing story and terrific characters with Oscar being one of the best protagonists of all time.

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Worst Episodes: Fly! An Austrian Butterfly!, Fersen Departs for the Northland, Suddenly, Like Icarus, The Necklace Shines Ominously and The Watchword is “Au Revoir”.

Best Episodes: Oscar, the Destiny of a Rose, Sun Sets, Sun Rises, The Secret of the Angel, Now the Time of Encounter, Farewell, My Sister!, A Minuet of Unrequited Love, On the Night of Passionate Vows, His Smile is Forever Gone! and Adieu, My Beloved Oscar.

My Rating – 4.6

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Futurama Season 5 (2008)

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Futurama Season 5 Review

The fifth season of Futurama is the worst. It is solid, but I expect so much more than solid from this series which is why it was so disappointing.

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Oh, I never knew how much I’d miss him until he was gone!

Not that much, as it turns out.

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This is the only season that basically consists of four DVD movies split into four parts and thus it consists of sixteen episodes as a whole. Some movies are pretty good, but others not so much. The quality is actually pretty stupendous when it comes to the format, but when it comes to Futurama, it is inferior to all of the previous seasons.

Bender’s Big Score is the quintessential example of everything that is wrong with the four movies. It starts off strong and both Part 1 and Part 2 are actually very good, but Part 4 and especially Part 3 are quite mediocre. I liked Bender in this installment as one of his ass lines made me laugh a lot. That was one of the most hilarious moments so far. The nudist aliens are also pretty memorable as villains and I really liked the twist with Fry, but overall it was a disappointing story that started off wonderfully and yet ended on a pretty disappointing note.

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The Beast with a Billion Backs is easily the finest of the four movies. Let’s state the highlights. Fry dating a woman who enjoys being in a relationship with many men simultaneously was of course very entertaining to watch. I didn’t like Bender’s role here as it felt rehashed and somewhat unimaginative, but Leela is pretty heroic in this story and of course Fry is pretty good as well. But the highlights are those tentacled monsters and the overall storyline that felt pretty well developed and with high stakes.

Bender’s Game is the worst after Bender’s Big Score. Leela with her anger is actually pretty funny in these four episodes which was refreshing to witness. Bender having a conflict about not showing any imagination was in-character and quite well explored, but the kids are expectedly dull and overused. I really disliked the episode which was a Lord of the Rings parody not only because I strongly dislike said property, but also because they really didn’t do anything truly funny with it. So again you have two pretty good episodes, but the last two are very weak thus really affecting the movie as a whole.

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Into the Wild Green Yonder is the second best of the four movies. Once again Leela is pretty funny as the scene with her killing the leech was one of the most hysterical sequences in the history of the show. The whole ecological and feminist aspect to it was overplayed, but mostly well done. And of course the ending is memorable for being a possible finale for the series and was thus epic and really interesting. But Into the wild Green Yonder still disappointed me as it again started off strongly, but ended up being disappointing, but this time around mostly in its middle parts and not the ending which was actually very strong. It was crowded with too many characters and plot points with no focus whatsoever.

In the end, this fifth season is solid and it was actually very strong in terms of storytelling plus showcasing Leela at her funniest, but because the movies were mostly half-baked and half-great with the other half being weak and even mediocre in some instances, it was disappointing and ended up being the worst season of the show.

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Worst Episodes: Bender’s Big Score Part 3, Bender’s Game Part 2 and Bender’s Game Part 4.

Best Episodes: The Beast with a Billion Backs Part 1, The Beast with a Billion Backs Part 3, Bender’s Game Part 1 and Into the Wild Green Yonder Part 1.

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My Rating – 3.6

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Futurama Season 4 (2002)

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Futurama Season 4 Review

The Fourth season of Futurama is still very uneven, but probably my favorite nonetheless owing to many classic, truly fantastic episodes in it.

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This human’s lower horn is one of God’s creatures,

a living thing, and all living things, large and small.

In this case – small! Wooooo!

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Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch is probably the wildest and most imaginative episode here and such a perfect opener for the season. I loved the emphasis on Kif and his biological characteristics and the scenes at his native planet were fun and intriguing. The humor is great here, but it is the twist in the usual behavior of the two sexes that makes it unique.

A lot has been answered during this season and in Leela’s Homeworld we finally learn her true origins in the sewer and we finally meet her mutant parents. This episode is expectedly emotional, but also very well crafted in terms of storytelling and an important episode through and through.

Love and Rocket finds Bender falling in love with the female computer and whereas the first episode was different in its portrayal of the sexes, this one is archaic and usual with the computer being a female stereotype. However, that wasn’t a flaw here as the jokes surrounding that issue were fun and some lines made me laugh. Bender is great here.

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Less Than Hero is just so bad and it is one of the worst Futurama episodes so far, it is that bad! You’d think giving powers to Bender, Leela and Fry would make this episode an exciting parody of superhero films, but because it was filmed a decade or so ago, it felt dated plus the humor and the plot were very mediocre here.

A Taste of Freedom I also strongly disliked as it finds Zoidberg as his dullest and it is a typically boring, lifeless political episode. Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV is obviously an improvement upon the previous two episodes, but even though it has a great message and is overall fine, it is never as great as it should have been given its interesting premise.

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Jurassic Bark is amazing. Yes, this is how you should do emotion, Futurama, with elegance and subtlety instead of being forced. And truly watching Fry’s relationship with his dog unfold was breathtaking with a heartbreaking ending that was moving and beautifully made and animated. Crimes of the Hot is an immensely forgettable and weak Bender episode.

Teenage Mutant Leela’s Hurdles finds Leela being boring and although her drama is poignant, it was still excessive. But watching the crew de-age was of course done with a couple of hilarious gags and the animation and designs here are amusing and terrific. The Why of Fry is another episode where we finally learn a major thing that has been hinted before, this time it is Fry’s purpose in the future. I loved the use of Nibbler who was again cute and funny, but this time travel episode was also quite well crafted, entertaining and with an important, really well thought out plot and conclusion.

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Where No Fan Has Gone Before is, I guess, a perfect episode for Star Trek fans, but they alienated non-fans like me by giving us an episode that focused heavily on that show and thus I did not get its characters and jokes and it doesn’t work as an ordinary Futurama episode for everyone at all. The Sting is absolutely fantastic! Not only is it the most fascinating and constantly exciting episode with a lot of twists in it, but it is also the most inventive episode of the series so far probably and it is incredibly romantic and moving as well.

Bend Her is absolutely fantastic and this was the period where most of the episodes were just great. This one finds Bender having a sex change in order to pass as a woman and win a trophy in the Fembot’s division of the Olympics. Of course with this killer premise, you can’t go wrong and the episode is a hilarious Bender part with a great use of Calculon and telenovela parody as well.

Obsolutely Faboleus doesn’t always work, but it was amusing watching Bender, a robot himself, rebel against technology and some of the scenes on the island were quite inventive in their humor. The Farnsworth Parabox is too fast paced, but with such a great premise and many fun action sequences and entertaining scenarios.

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Three Hundred Big Boys is a truly uneventful and forgettable episode that bored me a lot. Spanish Fry is excellent as it finds probably the best use of Lrrr so far as he and his wife were so funny and the sexual humor here was hilarious. The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings was supposed to be the last Futurama episode and it shows as it is overly dramatic and emotional, but still with a solid romance in it and some excellent scenes.

In the end, this fourth season is my favorite so far just because it has way too many truly fantastic, classic episodes that I just loved. It was very uneven and some episodes were quite bad or mediocre, but most were terrific and I loved how we got some burning questions aabout the characters’ origins and purpose finally answered.

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Worst Episodes: Less Than Hero, A Taste of Freedom, Where No Fan Has Gone Before and Three Hundred Big Boys.

Best Episodes: Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch, Jurassic Bark, The Sting, Bend Her and Spanish Fry.

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Futurama Season 3 (2001)

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Futurama Season 3 Review

The third season of Futurama is another uneven season with many episodes being the most disappointing or the most impressive of the series so far.

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As a robot, I can’t feel human emotions,

and sometimes that makes me sad.

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Amazon Women in the Mood is so incredibly entertaining. Not only does it have an expectedly terrific use of Zapp, but Kif himself is also memorable and the story where the men are taken hostage by the women in an all-female planet was executed as well as it could have been executed with many hilarious moments. Parasites Lost is an interesting episode that finds Fry beginning a relationship with Leela while the rest of the crew goes into his body to fight the parasites that are living there. The episode is both emotional and imaginative.

A Tale of Two Santas is a solid, if uneven episode that isn’t particularly funny but finds a good use of Bender who is quite memorable here and the setting is fun as well. The Luck of the Fryrish is about Fry realizing how much his brother truly loved him. I have conflicting thoughts about this episode. On the one hand, it is so competently made and very dramatic and sometimes quite inspired with a great use of flashbacks. But on the other hand, its ending was overly sentimental and the sometimes present overabundance of emotion is one of Futurama’s weaknesses as comedies to me are supposed to be more lighthearted and less serious.

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The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz should have been much better and funnier, but I liked Bender a lot here as his involvement with the penguins produced a couple of amusing scenes. Bendless Love isn’t really memorable or funny, but has some fun moments and a good use of both Flexo and Bender.

The Day the Earth Stood Stupid features such a fantastic, unexpected and fun twist regarding Nibbler’s origin, but it also features Fry saving the day with his stupidity and that was bound to be entertaining and it is. That’s Lobstertainment! is regarded as one of the worst episodes of the show ever and I do not get that. Yes, its first half is dull, but the second one is so amusing as watching the Academy Awards in the future was such a tremendously riotous experience for a movie buff like me.

Leela gets two eyes in The Cyber House Rules only to realize that she was special all along with just one eye in an episode that is well meaning and a great character arc for Leela. When the Buggalo Roam was too much of a western for my taste, but Amy’s parents are very funny here and Kif is really good himself.

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Insane in the Mainframe is a parody of a movie that I strongly dislike which is why this episode was uninvolving and not for me. The Route of All Evil follows Cubert and Hermes among others which is why the episode is so weak and incredibly boring as I do not like those two at all.

Bendin’ in the Wind is another one of those episodes where Bender gets a new obsession, but it is better than most due to a mostly well crafted story. But it isn’t particularly memorable. Time Keeps On Slippin’ is another solid Fry/Leela romantic episode, but with an unfortunate sporting angle to it.

I Dated a Robot finds Fry doing just what the title suggests and of course it is an episode that is both clever and funny. The third act was a bit too action-oriented in my opinion, but the rest of the episode is stellar stuff. A Leela of Her Own is one of the weakest Leela parts with a couple of fine moments, but with an overemphasis on dull sports and repetitive storytelling.

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Here we get to the greats. A Pharaoh to Remember is such a wonderfully adventurous Ancient Egypt story filled with excellent animation, a really cool humor as some lines made me laugh quite a bit and such emotional and relatable Bender. Anthology of Interest II is miles better than its predecessor with all three of its segments being absolutely fantastic. I, Meatbag finds Bender becoming a human in a physically humorous segment; Raiders of the Lost Arcade is one of the Futurama stories that contain the most references and watching all those video game characters was immensely satisfying; Wizzin’ is the best of the bunch as it is such a hilarious parody of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with a couple of absolutely hysterical lines and a fitting roles for all of the characters.

Roswell That Ends Well is probably my favorite season three episode owing to its very entertaining and yet very well crafted time travel storyline and a couple of very funny moments. Fry’s grandfather is very memorable and this is a great parody of ‘Back to the Future’ for sure. Godfellas is too serious and less funny, but still such an intriguing, even fascinating take on spirituality, religion and most importantly God through once again excellent use of the robot.

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Future Stock has its moments and Fry is memorable here, but it is overall not the most inspired episode. The 30% Iron Chef starts off in such a hilarious fashion, but it worsens with each of the next scenes being more and more disappointing.

Overall, this season is incredibly uneven which is again unfortunate. Some episodes are very weak and just dull, but some are instant classics. It features excellent Fry, Zoidberg and especially Bender among others and whenever it strived for science fiction and comedy as it was supposed to do, it was great plus some of the parodies were so satisfying.

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Worst Episodes: Insane in the Mainframe, The Route of All Evil, Time Keeps On Slippin’ and A Leela of Her Own.

Best Episodes: Amazon Women in the Mood, The Cyber House Rules, A Pharaoh to Remember, Anthology of Interest II and Roswell That Ends Well.

My Rating – 4.1

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Futurama Season 2 (1999)

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Futurama Season 2 Movie Review

The second season of Futurama is a very uneven one thanks to its fair share of clunkers, but it has even more classic, simply terrific episodes.

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Valentine’s Days coming?

Oh, crap.

I forgot to get a girlfriend again.

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I Second That Emotion is such a weak, passable episode that features solid Bender and a good use of Nibbler, but the sewer setting is dull and the execution is fairly disappointing. Every episode concerning Zapp is bound to be great and sure enough Brannigan, Begin Again is an excellent part and different than usual as we watch him lose his position and at his lowest in the series so far.

A Head in the Polls is without a doubt one of the second season’s weakest episodes as I never found this subplot with heads of 20th century famous people all that interesting in the first place and Nixon is here very dull and annoying. Xmas Story has its annoying parts, but it is mostly a great exploration of Fry and Leela’s loneliness and the two share a couple of heartwarming moments together.

Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love? is the season’s first true classic and one of the finest Futurama episodes so far. Not only is this episode hilarious and delightfully weird, but it also finally gives us a great role for Dr. Zoidberg and he finally came to his own during this season. The Lesser of Two Evils has a predictable twist in it, but the overall plot is very good and I liked Flexo’s character quite a bit and it was interesting having another robot on the team.

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Put Your Head on My Shoulders is another great Fry/Leela episode that also features a solidly developed Fry/Amy romantic relationship plus that restaurant scene is so funny and well executed. Raging Bender is the weakest episode of the season owing to its very boring boxing plot. I have never liked this sport and I do not like it in Futurama either.

A Bicyclops Built for Two is without any doubt the very best Leela episode thus far. It finally makes use of her origin really well, the twist is obvious, but still very well done and the episode is not only emotional, but also extremely funny with Alcazar being such a hilarious sexist character. A Clone of My Own features not that memorable character in Cubert Farnsworth plus those action sequences weren’t particularly exciting, but the professor is excellent and relatable here and the series’ take on elderly care is very amusing.

How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back features a hilarious affair with Fry and a woman who is a neat freak attracted to filthy people, but the other half concerns Hermes and he is as boring as ever and I just don’t like him at all. The Deep South isn’t the most original Futurama episode, but it’s more than satisfying with a well crafted storyline and another excellent role for Fry.

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Bender Gets Made is so mediocre. As was the case with Raging Bender, I just dislike this subject matter immensely (this time gangsters) and thus the entire episode was so tedious to me. Mother’s Day finally features a good use of Mom and she is quite funny and memorable here. I loved that Professor Farnsworth was her old flame and their erotic scene was so funny. The highlights are her “sons” who are just hilarious when reacting to their Mom having just had sex.

The Problem with Popplers is certainly one of the season’s finest parts thanks in large to a great presence of the funny alien species and an environmentalist plot that is more entertaining than preachy. It is the season’s best made and fun episode. Anthology of Interest I is weak. it is okay if you like this kind of alternate realities and stuff, but I do not find that interesting so the episode was merely a filler to me.

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War Is the H-Word is just so entertaining with an again superb use of Zapp. Bender is quite funny here to, but it is Zapp and Leela who shine in a very amusing situation after situation and many hilarious sexual moments. The Honking features a great feud between Bender and Fry, but is otherwise not fitting in plot and tone to the overall show. The Cryonic Woman is a very good finale for this season with again excellent Fry who has a fling with his former girlfriend this time around plus the attack on L. A. at the end was just hilarious.

In the end, Futurama Season 2 is a very uneven show which has a couple of truly mediocre episodes, but it also has a lot of excellent episodes, more actually than the first season had, with this time around Zoidberg, Fry and Leela being the highlights. The characters and the story continues to expand and the season reached greatness frequently which is why I’ve had a great time watching it and I am looking forward to the third season and hoping it will be even better.

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Worst Episodes: A Head in the Polls, Raging Bender and Bender Gets Made.

Best Episodes: Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?, Put Your Head on My Shoulders, A Bicyclops Built for Two, The Problem with Popplers  and War Is the H-Word.

My Rating – 4

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The Flintstones Season 6 (1965)

The Flintstones Season 6 Review………………………………………………………

The Flintstones Season 6 Review

The sixth season of The Flintstones is uneven as usual, but still such a major improvement over the previous season that I was pleasantly surprised.

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So you learned your lesson, didn’t you, Dumb-Dumb?

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No Biz Like Show Biz finds Fred wanting to cash in on Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles’ singing talents and this is the first time that we get to know that the two can actually sing really well. The song itself is quite solid, but the overall plot felt too silly and a typical baby episode. The House That Fred Built is to me one of the classics! It is an amazing episode where Fred builds a house for Wilma’s mother so that she won’t stay with them. An excellent premise so perfectly realized with a great comedic ending. It is consistently entertaining and funny.

The Return of Stony Curtis is one of the few celebrity/Hollywood episodes that are actually really good. Tony Curtis himself lent the voice which was great and authentic, but him becoming Fred’s slave did prove to be a winning premise for a fun episode. Disorder in the Court is another quite good episode which perfectly makes use of Fred’s paranoia with amusing results.

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Circus Business is such a forgettable episode that I do not even remember it particularly well. Samantha is such a great episode which surprised me as it has magic in it which was weird for The Flintstones to have. However, they used it so well here in an episode that is fun and funny from start to finish and it is one of the most impressive girl power episodes in this show.

The Great Gazoo is such a great introduction to the titular character whom I really like. He really brought a fresh change in pace for the season and helped it a lot. This episode was a typical hijinks episode, but done really well. Rip Van Flintstone is a rehashed episode as we’ve seen Fred dream up a future before. Very lazy.

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The Gravelberry Pie King has a winning premise, but the execution is quite weak leading to a disappointing episode. The Stonefinger Caper is another one of those boring, rehashed gangster plots that just do not work.

The Masquerade Party is a typical part where Fred and Barney get into tough situations for misunderstanding. Forgettable and uninspired. Shinrock A Go-Go is another one of those musical episodes, but is better than most thanks to such a memorable role from Fred.

Royal Rubble is somewhat racist, but watching it in the context of its time period, it is an excellent episode that focused heavily on a new setting producing some wonderful results. It is one of the most memorable parts for Barney. Seeing Doubles is such a traditional Flintstones story with an excellent use of Gazoo and fantastic Fred and Barney. Very entertaining.

How to Pick a Fight with Your Wife Without Really Trying is one of the episodes that solidified how strong Fred’s love for Wilma is and how strong their marriage is as a whole. Such a beautifully romantic and yet also funny episode. Fred Goes Ape was a bit too silly and fantastical to me with its titular premise and although definitely fun at times, it was a bit too excessive in those elements.

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The Long, Long, Long Weekend is of course one of the best episodes of the season and one of the most purely enjoyable and original Flintstones stories ever. Fred and the gang go to the 21st century and watching them in the future done Jetsons style was such a wonderful experience, very well done with a great attention to detail and excellent animation. Two Men on a Dinosaur is good as a life lesson for the boys, but overall not the greatest owing to once again those boring gangster elements.

In The Treasure of Sierra Madrock we see one of the best ever roles for Wilma and Betty as surely the girls were the absolute heroes here. And watching Fred and Barney get tricked into thinking the rocks are treasure was definitely funny. Curtain Call at Bedrock is such a good theatre episode where Fred, in a great role, secretly wants to play the part of Romeo. The humor with Barney in drag near the end was great as well.

Boss for a Day is such a classic. I loved the message of this story. Fred learns thanks to The Great Gazoo that even his boss has a boss and that everyone has someone who orders them around and that his position is actually better than that of his boss’s in a way. A very well told and meaningful story. Fred’s Island is quite the opposite – a very weak use of Mr. Slate this time around and a plot that is more racist and odd than enjoyable.

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Jealousy is absolutely terrific. When you have Wilma’s friend/ex come to town to make Fred jealous, you are bound to get a great and funny Flintstones experience and that is exactly what happened here. And on the opposite side of the spectrum, Dripper is one of the most forgettable episodes of this season.

My Fair Freddy has its moments, but is overall too rehashed and repetitive. As for The Story of Rocky’s Raiders, let’s just say that it is a very mediocre history storyline and such an odd and disappointing way to end the season.

But overall, this season is such an improvement over its predecessor. It does have its very mediocre parts, but it has more than enough amazing and even classic episodes and it is the season that was refreshing as The Great Gazoo really brought a lot of exciting opportunities and the creators managed to make use of them wonderfully. The use of fantasy and science fiction elements was somewhat not fitting, but they mostly used them so well that they actually helped the season a lot. Such a good last season and I am so sad that I’ve finished watching the entire series now, but at least it ended on such a high note.

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Worst Episodes: Circus Business, The Stonefinger Caper, Fred’s Island, Dripper and The Story of Rocky’s Raiders.

Best Episodes: The House That Fred Built, Samantha, Royal Rubble, Seeing Doubles, The Long, Long, Long Weekend, The Treasure of Sierra Madrock, Boss for a Day and Jealousy.

My Rating – 4.1

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The Flintstones Season 5 (1964)

The Flintstones Season 5 Review………………………………………………………….

The Flintstones Season 5 Review

The fifth season of The Flintstones is solid, but is such a major let down after its four stellar previous seasons.

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And take a look at those teeth?

What about them? No cavities.

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Hop Happy is a solid introduction to Hoppy, new pet of the Rubble family, but he isn’t Dino as he is inferior to him in every regard and this episode, although it has its moments, isn’t memorable or funny. Monster Fred has a ridiculous premise and the execution isn’t better either leading to the first mediocrity for the series.

Itty Bitty Fred is once again silly (that is the defining trait of this entire season), but it is still a solid episode that is amusing and has its memorable moments. Pebbles’ Birthday Party is such a typical, really forgettable episode that never differentiates itself from the others of similar type.

Bedrock Rodeo Round-Up is not only the first very good episode of the season, but is actually a great episode in its own right. Watching Fred trying to impress his child and have bitter reactions at his rival was very entertaining and it is one of the funniest episodes here. Cinderellastone again has a premise borrowed from a famous story, but it is admittedly very well done, stupendously so and every episode where Fred is dissatisfied with work is usually great.

A Haunted House is Not a Home is such an entertaining story where Fred is ordered to stay in a haunted house if he wants to inherit the fortune and of course it all turns out to be a prank. I liked this episode mostly because of very fun horror sequences and a very strong premise well used. Whereas this episode succeeded, Dr. Sinister failed in every regard as it is more ridiculous than interesting and both the story and the characters are annoying.

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The Gruesomes is the same case with again silly characters and an odd storyline not meant for this show. The Most Beautiful Baby in Bedrock gets the most out of a premise that concerns those dull kids with a solid confrontation between Fred and Barney.

Dino and Juliet is a very good episode that benefits from an excellent feud between Fred and his neighbor, but it is disappointing that Dino’s subplot with his partner and new babies didn’t get anywhere in the long run. King for a Night is too convoluted and familiar in its plot, but I still liked it as it was quite fun and Fred is the true standout here.

Indianrockolis 500 is such a forgettable episode that I don’t even remember it particularly well whereas Adobe Dick is truly one of the standouts of the season with such a wonderful, wonderfully amusing story and setting and even many really funny moments.

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Christmas Flintstone sees Fred becoming a Santa in a typically overly saccharine adventure and Fred’s Flying Lesson had a really good premise and should have provided us great jealousy from Wilma, but the end result is nowhere near as good as the premise demanded it.

Fred’s Second Car is another dull and annoying gangster episode that really bored me to death, but The Time Machine is naturally one of the best episodes of the fifth season thanks to an authentic and one of a kind storyline where the crew travels forwards in time and watching them in various time periods that are familiar to us, but alien to them provided a winning situation after situation.

The Hatrocks and the Gruesomes has a very fun setup, but the execution is very weak. Moonlight and Maintenance is basically the same as the previous episode – good premise, but very poor execution and both are unfortunate in that.

Sheriff for a Day finds Fred becoming a sheriff for one day and although not bad, the episode isn’t good either and I just could never understand why the west exists in this universe. That is lazy storytelling right there. Deep in the Heart of Texarock is similar, but even weaker this time around.

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The Rolls Rock Caper again features typical situations and typical gangster routines, but the episode benefits from an awesome twist near the end which is why it is one of the better ones of its type. Superstone has not so great conclusion which is the opposite from the previous adventure, but it has such a great first half and Fred is so fantastic here.

Fred Meets Hercurock is another rehashed episode where he becomes a movie star for some time, very stupid that they repeated this so many times. Surfin’ Fred has a solid setting, but the plot is beyond forgettable and quite uninspired.

So in the end, the fifth season of The Flintstones has its fantastic episodes, solid humor and Fred is terrific as usual, but the others take a backseat this time around which is unfortunate and too many episodes here are either passable or even mediocre leading to such an inferior season to the previous four. A major disappointment and the defining turning point to the worse for the show.

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Worst Episodes: Monster Fred, Dr. Sinister, Fred’s Second Car, The Hatrocks and the Gruesomes and Moonlight and Maintenance.

Best Episodes: Bedrock Rodeo Round-Up, Cinderellastone, A Haunted House is Not a Home, Adobe Dick, The Time Machine and Superstone.

My Rating – 3.5

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Heidi, Girl of the Alps (1974)

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Heidi, Girl of the Alps Review

Heidi, Girl of the Alps is a 1974 anime series directed by legendary Isao Takahata. It is a very good, wonderful adaptation of the classic book.

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“Is it all right with you that you’ll never be able to walk?!”

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Because I loved the book, I naturally enjoyed this show a lot. It has its differences, but most of the book was faithfully adapted which I immensely appreciated. To me the anime is so good that it is almost of the same quality of its literary predecessor which just goes to show how great a director Isao Takahata is and certainly one of my favorites when it comes to anime.

I will now talk about each and every character in-depth and thus I will also comment on the storyline as a whole through those characters. Heidi is as great as she was in the book. Her look got me some time to get used to, but I liked her personality and I admired that she was more flawed than she was in the novel. Clara is also very good and the relationship between the two is expectedly touching and wonderful to witness.

As for Peter, I was so disappointed that they excluded his terrible treatment of Clara and how he threw her wheelchair. That was one of the highlights of the novel as it made him more human and relatable. But even though they got rid of that point, he is still pretty good and memorable here and I loved his interactions with the two girls.

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The grandfather is also very good and faithfully imagined, but I wished to have seen more of his spiritual rediscovery as seen in the original. Miss Rottenmeier is excellent and one of the rare characters that is actually improved here as she is less theatrical and more realistic and I loved that. The voice acting is pretty good and mostly very professional.

The animation is excellent for its time period. I loved its pleasing colors and I especially adored some of its imagery. It wonderfully recreated the mountain scenery as the Alps are wonderful here. And I liked the use of the animals too. Frankfurt was also very well depicted.

The soundtrack is one of the show’s greatest accomplishments. The sound effects and the score are great, but the closing theme is pretty good and of course the opening theme is just amazing. It is so immensely catchy, perfectly fitting in tone to its country origin and filled with wonderful imagery. That whole opening was one of the standouts of the anime.

Heidi, Girl of the Alps has a pretty solid structure in that most of the episodes work as standalone stories, but they still are coherent and lead to an overall firm storyline. I liked that and even though that meant that some episodes were less interesting than the others, that was expected for a series with the high amount of 52 episodes. But they covered most of the storylines and subplots of the book and I was eventually pleased by it. The anime is emotional, wonderfully childlike, always endearing and sometimes even pleasantly humorous.

In the end, Heidi, Girl of the Alps has its problems, but it is overall a stupendous anime series that is one of the best from the seventies without a doubt. It is also one of the best children’s anime with wonderful characters, a faithfully adapted plot, charming animation and such a good score with a catchy and fun opening theme.

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Worst Episodes: One More in the Family, I Want to Fly and Clara Walks.

Best Episodes: To the Mountain, A Visit to Grandmother’s House, Another Grandmother, In a New House, The Doctor’s Promise and Until We Meet Again.

My Rating – 4.5

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South Park Season 20

 South Park Season 20 Review……………………………………………………………

South Park Season 20 Review

The twentieth season of South Park aired in 2016 and it is another low for the series.

Yes, this season is even worse than its previous two seasons. It again has ten episodes, but this time around absolutely none of them got not only 5, but not even a 4 rating from me and that is really saying a lot about its quality. It is one of the most consistent of the recent seasons, but that is here not a good thing as all of the episodes are barely solid and never more than that. Plus you have the fact that this is the most connected season ever with the three subplots being repeated throughout, but not one of them got a proper conclusion and not one of them was particularly entertaining of funny.

Member Berries is a solid opening which is far from a great episode, but it does have a very good moment with the national anthem plus the conclusion in which the troll is revealed to be Gerald Broflovski is a well done twist ending.

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Member when there weren’t so many Mexicans?

Oooh, I member!

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Skank Hunt is a weaker episode from the previous one mainly because it is the start of downfall when it comes to Cartman and watching the boys destroy his stuff was absolutely heartbreaking to watch. Such a tragic character Cartman is and what the creators did to him.

The Damned is probably one of the best episodes of this season which again isn’t that great, but it features some of the funniest moments and watching everyone react to Heidi’s quitting of Twitter as if she had committed suicide was such a hilarious and truthful take on how important we perceive the internet and social media nowadays.

Wieners Out features a good exploration of how neglected the men might feel in this PC culture today and it is a solid introduction to Dildo Schwaggins. And of course the scene in which Sheila urinates on Gerald is the most memorable and traditional South Park crazy scene.

Douche and a Danish is a weak episode, but watching Garrison offend all those women is the standout moment for sure. Fort Collins isn’t that memorable, but it is a good progression of the Member Berries storyline that unfortunately would not conclude well, but more on that later.

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Oh, Jeez is the first truly mediocre episode here that is just bad. That is because the creators always intended for Trump to lose and when he actually won, it screwed up their entire storyline and the effect is evident – the episode feels disjointed and aimless.

Members Only makes fun of SpaceX quite amusingly and it was also fun watching Garrison as the newly appointed and totally clueless president. Not Funny is a mediocrity and Sheila was taken too far here. Yes, she was over-the-top in the movie too, but there it served the plot whereas here it just seems redundant and overly aggressive. And of course The End of Serialization as We Know It is just the worst with all of the three subplots poorly concluded with too much action and I just hope that the title of this episode proves true for later seasons.

As for the subplots, I really disliked the one with Cartman and Heidi. Yes, their ridiculously pathetic outburst were funny at times, but the jokes here were too repetitive and, as I said already for many times, Cartman is absolutely ruined and now there is no hope for him to come back as a great character he once was.

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The subplot with Gerald has its moments and the troll jokes were solid, but the entire Danish involvement felt far too arbitrary and the villain was just too cartoony. And the part with the boys and girls as well as Randy is probably the best of the bunch and Butters is solidly utilized, but what they did with Member Berries is just so frustrating. They were the absolute shining force of the season as these incredibly funny and likable characters that were a perfect and wonderfully cartoony attack on stupid nostalgia, but they simply forgot about them and did not conclude their story.

In the end, this twentieth season is the weakest ever season of South Park which has its funny moments, is as smart as usual and Member Berries are simply unforgettable, but it is never as connected or as concluded as it needed to be and none of the episodes are particularly good leading to a new low for once great show.

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Worst Episodes: Not Funny and The End of Serialization as We Know It.

Best Episodes: Member Berries and the Damned.

My Rating – 3.1

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