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…

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…

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…

Zapp Dingbat (Notes)

So… this episode takes place in 3012 and we learn from Leela’s opening that mutants weren’t allowed to leave the sewer until last year, in 3011. This is continuation– the direction action revolution of The Mutants are Revolting worked and completely destroyed the legal framework for apartheid. Yay! Exolinguistics is what Leela’s mother studied while…

The Thief of Baghead (Notes)

The studio demands that Calculon spends time with his TV family as though they were his real family. If we want to get all Baudrillardian up in here then this is one hell of a moment where the hyperreality overcomes reality and demolishes the sign-system as it is usually represented. Bender has a third leg….

Decision 3012 (Notes)

There is a lot of fun political satire in this episode. I really enjoy Nixon giving people free beer as part of his campaign. It says a lot about society in the year 3000. But it says more about the brazenness of Nixon’s campaign if we consider the legacy of alcohol in the political spectrum…

A Farewell to Arms (Notes)

Fry only owns one pair of pants, so I think Bender’s joke about a 1000-year-old pair of pants making a run for it is apt. Bender is rude since he doesn’t put on a new roll of toilet paper when he finishes a roll. But, that raises a question– what is he using the toilet paper for?…