“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”
“The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.”
— Karl Marx —
Both of these quotes define what Futurama, to me, means.
The universe of Futurama finds itself within a post-fascist conjecture, a world where nothing is taken seriously despite the horrors which permeate everyday life. It is a world where giant slugs produce soda and the Second Coming of Jesus is a thing which happened and was forgotten about; it is, in other words, a place where petty tyrants from history– Nixon– may once again reign supreme with the same weapons they used during their first tragic rule– war. But, it is also a place where a pizza delivery boy can be his own father– Freud be damned!
Statements like the above will be just a taste of the project I wish to explore. So, that being said, welcome, to Futurama 5000! [Working title]
I’ve been a Futurama fan since adolescence. It was the show which captured my imagination and astounded me with its weird, macabre, yet funny asides; it was a smart humor which did not rely on abstract silliness (Family Guy) or over-the-top crudeness (South Park). It was oddly relatable yet always far away, if only just.
This distance yet closeness followed me into adulthood. Now, as an Undergraduate nearly done with his degree and looking for a fun side-project while laboring in the final stretches before grad school, I have decided to take the plunge and do what I always wanted to do– write a book on one of my favorite animated shows from the past.
This project’s completion will be piecemeal. I estimate that it will take around a couple of years to get a rough draft produced. Rough draft of what? Good question– a book!
Futurama 5000 is a radical materialist deconstruction of the Futurama franchise.
Utilizing the theories of revolutionary thinkers, I aim to write a book which will interrogate, lay bare, and otherwise deconstruct this fantastical world of the future. Though not a deeply philosophical work, this will be a long-lasting project and something which I will be putting a lot of heart into; so, join me on this journey, subscribe, and let’s see what we can find probing the depths of Fry’s new home.
‘Good News!’ (Content)
(So far, there is not much here, but give it time, and soon, there will be plenty!)
(101) Ep.1: Space Pilot 3000
(103) Ep.3: I, Roommate
(107) Ep. 7: My Three Suns
(111) Ep.11: Mars University
(204) Ep.17: Xmas Story
(208) Ep.21: Raging Bender
(210) Ep.23: A Clone of My Own
(212) Ep.25: The Deep South
(213) Ep.26: Bender Gets Made
(214) Ep.27: Mother’s Day
(217) Ep.30: War is the H-Word
(218) Ep.31: The Honking
(219) Ep.32: The Cryonic Woman
Extrapolations: Musings, Thoughts, Half-baked Ideas
Dialogues with Fellow Fans
Reviewing the Futurama Culture Industry