Naturama (Notes)

TV of the Future: Mutual of Omicron’s Wild Universe. (It’s a nature show funded by the Omicronians; Earth is described as a “primitive backwater.” This perhaps accounts for why it is so easy to invade and take over and why Earth has such a massive defense budget and invades other planets– it’s a dick measuring…

Viva Mars Vegas (Notes)

Binks Armored Security: yet another instance proving the Futurama and Star Wars universes are one in the same. I guess the technology of the future enabled that “galaxy far far away” to become accessible. (Fun Fact: I prefer the prequel films over the original trilogy. Yes, I am a heretic.) I want to say that…

31st-Century Fox (Notes)

Fun Scene: early in the episode when they are trying on uniforms, Fry is wearing a Star Trek uniform. We know from previous episodes that Star Trek is merely a property but Star Wars appears to be legitimately set in the same universe (numerous examples, such as the professor saying “Ow– the Jedis are going…

Near-Death Wish (Notes)

The Clippie Awards: rewarding the “most promising delivery boys.” Obviously a local ceremony, one has to wonder what organization does this since it involves both children and adults. Yet, the ceremony has an intergalactic impact since the robot on the Near-Death star knew who Fry was when he presented his award. Labor unions of the future are…

Gaming While Trans: Identity and Videogames (Counter-Coup!)

(Hey! Sorry everyone for taking so long in getting this episode of Counter-Coup! up; I was busy with school and even though I actually had it completed last summer (!), I kept on deluding myself that I would add audio. Yeah, unfortunately, I don’t have the time or patience right now to add audio but…

Free Will Hunting (Notes)

The crux of this episode revolves around Bender and whether or not he has free will. Though the episode does involve existentialism to the degree that Bender can not– technically– find meaning in a meaningless world (so he cannot live in existential Despair or Dread), the episode’s deeper function should actually be on (universal) rights (as…

Fun on a Bun (Notes)

The professor appears to be in one of his odd moods at the start of the episode. He thinks that the crew is working too hard, despite just sitting around eating nachos while Bender colors (?), and decides to take everyone to Oktoberfest (when it transpires). It is a weird start. In the years between…

iBoy (Review)

Yeah, it’s bad. The movie, that is: a stinker for Netflix. But, you knew that already, didn’t you? What gave it away? For me, it was the fact that it had the moniker of a popular technology brand (“i”) in its title. That’s never a good sign. So, the gist of the film is like…

Austerity Apparatus (J. Moufawad-Paul)

In the political sphere, we are used to Left-wing literature. The controversies of such surround us whenever we hear of a protest against a book launch or death threats against an indigenous author critiquing settler-capitalism. But, in a field dominated by such thinkers as David Harvey and Alain Badiou we often miss texts by lesser-known intellectuals….

The End of the F***ing World (Review)

Let’s get this out of the way– there are many great aspects to End of the F***ing World: great acting, a stellar soundtrack, and a premise you don’t see very often, like a teenage wannabe killer trying his hand at murder. It’s all very quaint; like walking into your living room and finding your dog humping…

The Six Million Dollar Mon (Notes)

Hermes is one dedicated pencil pusher– he goes into a job expecting to fire a hated co-worker and ends up firing himself out of sheer disdain for his lack of productivity and drain on resources. Astounding. A rare instance of the system eating itself. Hermes performance reviews are one of the main drains on profit…

The Butterjunk Effect (Notes)

Elzar sells tap water as bottled water. The monster! Moon neo-confederates– continuing on the thread from the second episode— campaigned that moonrocks on Earth had been part of their cultural heritage. Of course, we soon learn that such sentiment was merely part of a scam so the inhabitants can build a herding fence. All the…