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…

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 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,…

Lethal Inspection

Sith-il War: ignoring the fact that, evidently, Cyclons exist and had a war with humanity that claimed untold lives in mere hours (98 million, to be exact), why are they wearing American Civil War uniforms? I can only guess that at some point in the future, things from pop culture came alive somehow, through human…

The Duh-Vinci Code

The first episode of the series return that feels like an old Futurama episode, The Duh-Vinci Code captures a lot of the old magic; no longer focusing on getting the show back on its track, the text can simply speak of its self without needing to get new viewers up to speed. Moreover, this episode…

Proposition Infinity

Narratively, Proposition Infinity takes on the form of a gay marriage parody.  Although it is a couple years too late to make much of a dent culturally in the pro-con debate, it remains another artifact in the progressive milieu, something, arguably, more needed now than before, if we consider the “freedom to discriminate” laws being…

Attack of the Killer App

Commentary: Though overall a decent episode, the emphasis on Boyle’s pop culture fame in the form of Leela’s singing butt boyle is simply too ‘on the nose’ for me and represents, I feel, a running theme of the later episodes, and even films; even though the earlier episodes of Futurama did also have a tendency…

In a Gadda da Leela (Notes)

Zapp dreams of a black and white show of yesteryear about rescuing damsels in distress from racist stereotypes. This is actually consistent with his character as in other episodes we have seen him watch old animated cartoons. Furthermore, since this happens throughout the episode, this sort of fantasy routinely plays within his head. Zapp’s glove…