The Materialist Philosophers (A Review)

Terry Eagleton is best known as a literary and cultural critic; his sharp pen and sharper wit combined with his erudite Marxist theory to take the Anglo-British academic world by storm. With dozens of books under his belt, employment at a prestigious university, and decades’ worth of intellectual engagement, Eagleton has, in recent years, expanded…

The Futurama Holiday Spectactular (Notes)

A special parodying the holiday specials of yesteryear, this episode consists of three separate short stories. The tales themselves are well-done and amusing but there is not a whole lot to comment on. Because each story is non-canon– because the crew tends to die hideously in each one– I have treated each episode here in…

The Mutants are Revolting

An episode dense with material, the labor themes and ideological commentary mark this episode as the most “revolutionary” since the Mother’s Day episode during the original run. Unfortunately, like that episode, this episode to ends with a reformist, slightly patronizing edge. What could have been a long-running theme of national liberation is instead turned to a…

Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences (Notes)

Lrrr continues to love Earth culture as seen through his enjoyment of The Scary Door. I think that the only reason he has not yet subjugated Earth for realz is because he knows cultural exports will stop. The costume in the costume contest is oddly self-referential– Bender dressing up as Leela, others dressing up as the…

The Prisoner of Benda

Honestly, I never liked mind-switching narratives. They never seemed to really go anywhere and always as far as I was concerned just acted as an excuse for hijinks. More or less, that is what happens in this episode. Bender switches minds with a variety of people to try and steal a precious crown from a…

Television Commercial for Communism?

I hate commercials. They are annoying, pointless and often made by overworked corporate ass-kissers who peddle the most meaningless crap imaginable. So when I heard of a commercial for communism, made by some Apple associate Vietnam based tech-heads, I just had to see it. The conclusion, you ask is it fun to watch yet awful….

A Clockwork Origin

Though the name takes inspiration from the famous book and film A Clockwork Orange, the episode doesn’t display anything like a satire or parody of the film, instead choosing linguistic semantics over substance. This is fine. The actual content is on evolution and the professor attempting to disprove creationism. The end of the episode settles…

That Darn Katz!

The first episode of the series that really feels like it is its own product, one that is no longer concerned with acquainting new fans or settling old scores from the films or feels like a leftover from a film, That Darn Katz is like an original episode from the first round of Futurama. Although…

The Big Bhang by Travis Hill (Review)

Stoners, potheads, weed enthusiasts… whatever you want to call them, the point is clear: there is a branch of the society which enjoys cannabis. Indeed, they enjoy it so much that it becomes part of their identity. Enter, the Bob Marley super-fans, the Cheech and Chong groupies, and slightly spaced out college children who seem…

Abstract-2: Rent Collection Courtyard

China, in 1968, proletarian artists created a collection of clay statues. These sculptors depicted the violent exploitation faced by the peasants. Titled Rent Collection Courtyard, each sculptor revealed a bit of the existential and physical horror endured by farmers under the heel of the dreaded landlord Liu wen-tsai of Tayi County, Szechuan Province. The goal of…

The Late Philip J. Fry

Hedonism bot marries a house; slippery slope. A real slippery slope, my friends. The professor invents a forward time-machine; sometimes the professor says that time-travel is impossible, which is, quite frankly, an absurd position since he has had his hands in more time-related machinery than any person who has ever lived (The Roswell that Ends Well,…

Facebook and the Destruction of Free Association (Hot Take)

Like many people, today I woke up to Facebook fucking around with what didn’t need to be fixed; today, they instituted their new policy designed to re-orient the site back to peer-to-peer visibility. This means that instead of pages, you will, by default, see more from the friends you follow than the actual pages you…