Ep.20: Put Your Head on My Shoulders (Notes)

  • Geroge Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s heads have been reduced to selling cars, a hyped up version of today’s historical appropriation.
  • While going to Jupiter, the black Obelisk from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey can be seen. There is an “out of order” sign which implies the technology of the future is far advanced than whatever the obelisk encompassed. This means that the universe is shared: is this connected to Valentine’s day special in season four? Is HAL somehow a base for the A.I of the future? Is there a direct connection to the obelisk?
  • Fry is heavily concerned with people questioning his sexual orientation; he still refuses or cannot afford to buy the car which will supposedly make them stop questioning, however. Interestingly enough, though, Fry still is able to get a date despite being a second fiddle on Amy’s body; this suggests that, at least among humans, sexuality and gender performativity in the year 3000 is not something noticed or given much attention.
  • Victor, the car salesman, slyly muses to himself that there will be “no dog food” for him to eat tonight due to his sale. Unless this is slang, such a phrase implies that Victor is extremely poor.
  • Amy is so rich that she thinks every purchase is an auction. Additionally, she dresses casually in sweatpants as a statement against “being ladylike”, especially when her parents become involved. A surprisingly bland contemporary issue grafted on to the future.
  • Fry spends several hours selecting candy from the machine. This implies that he is a deeper thinking than let on by the show in that he philosophizes and considers many aspects to what most people would consider mundane situations. He is very analytic.
  • Zoidberg’s saving of Fry’s body indicates that even though his medical talents are limited when it comes to humans, he is still able to perform some emergency procedures meaning that his training remains practical despite learning human biological through secondhand sources (it is repeatedly referenced that Zoidberg does not have an actual medical degree).
  • Al Gore is on the $500 bill. More liberal worship from the writers.
  • Zapp is seen with a crossdresser but believes them to be a female; implies that for all his warmongering and presumed conservative attitudes, Zapp does not care about gender performativity.
  • Gary, Amy’s date, is a “Banking Industry Regulator”. Aside from the fact that regulating the banking industry is a position and thus implies that part of the economic crisis which affected this world at some point in time required regulation in order for capitalism to recover, Gary is a history nerd; not only does he say that banking regulation “is a product of five different regulatory traditions” but he goes into the very earliest history of banking regulation starting with the High Middle-Ages; this suggests that in terms of historical memory, certain aspects of even the far past are still remembered: this is technology related and so implies that medieval history is better accurately remembered in part due to more of it being recorded on mediums other than videos.
  • End of the episode implies that Valentine’s Day is about commoditization at romantic inclination’s expense, that love is a construct to serve capitalism. This is interesting since usually the holiday which serve’s capitalism is Xmas, but here it is shifted to Valentine’s Day due to the Santa fiasco.

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