Ep.32: The Cryonic Woman (Notes)

  • Fry doesn’t mind Mondays. A small detail which says he doesn’t mind work so much as he minds his lack of an impact as a menial worker.
  • When at the cryogenic lab, Leela and Bender’s interaction with career chips suggests a cavalier attitude involving them, like the idea of one’s career is not wholly limiting so as long as you have the proper chips (while those chips themselves appear to be fairly innocuous). This actually raises some questions: cryogenic workers are allowed to assign careers but since obviously, this is a small position in the grand scheme of things, labor assignments here must be the labor equivalent of a mall cop: so, how is labor handled normally in the future? Are teenagers given careers at a certain age? Or are they allowed to do whatever jobs they want until a certain age? Can somebody have additional jobs on top of their assigned job so as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the assigned job?
  • Bender’s career chip is from a human and reads “Prime Minister of Norway”. This simple interaction reveals that leaders of individual countries within earth lack elections and instead have leadership positions regulated to career chips. But, we do see the mayor or New New York run elections, so democracy in the future is an odd beast.
  • Is there any philosophical significance to Bender and Fry scaring recently awakened humans?
  • Fry says that his parents kept him out of school since they felt it was a waste of tax-payer money but in later episodes, we clearly see a young Fry in school. It seems plausible that this would be a private school if we wanted to keep the canon non-conflicting.
  • Art: famous paintings are tattooed on the bellies of overweight men. I feel there is something to be said about the fusion of artistic pursuit and bodily ontology, but stretching my mind to make sense of this absurdity is painful.
  • Fantasy Planet: everyone’s fantasies come to life. How?
  • Before being frozen with Michelle, Fry’s “relentless logic” is mocked since it prevents Michelle from having her way; this is more evidence that Fry is actually a fairly profound thinker.
  • The future Los Angeles is a ruined landscape where gangs of kids build mock tribes in the wastelands and fight each other (“Death Rolling”) when not attending Hebrew school. During the death rolling activity, armored vehicles are seen blasting at each other which suggests that future LA is a conflict zone of some kind.
  • Fry’s personal philosophy is very pragmatic. He is hesitant to challenge Butch because of “ulcers” (re: stress) and he says to Michelle, “But in the year 3000, I had it all: several friends, a low-paying job, a bed in a robot’s closet– I envied no man!”
  • How did Fry get his job back? At the end of the episode, he is ejected from the ship.

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