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?…

The Bots and the Bees (Notes)

Elsewhere in my notes to this show, I have already talked extensively about what purpose self-reproducing robots could have to the future. During those previous examinations, I mused many things from working-class substitution to cannibalization re:soylent green. As such, I won’t go in-depth here. The professor has a giant projector that flashes the PE icon…

Reincarnation (Notes)

(As with the Anthology of Interest episodes, this episode I will be notating according to what is possible in the fiction of the universe instead of what actually happens, per se.) Dimondium comes from a comet. Good to know. This is the same material from The Beast with a Billion Backs. In the Futurama universe,…

Overclockwise (Notes)

The X-Cube is the video game console of the future. Judging from both its name and the graphics, home consoles must have gone the “retro” route to remain relevant. I guess fully immersive virtual reality, as seen in an earlier season when Leela met Al, is where it is at. Bender’s circuitry is 12-years out of…

Cold Warriors (Notes)

Fry’s father has this habit of telling stories about how he survived off various people– early hominids and Vietnamese. Considering he is a Right-Wing “Prepper,” I shouldn’t be surprised and yet, I am. Bender acts surprised when Fry remarks that he was frozen for a thousand years. Did he forget or does he care so…

The Dangerous Book for Boys

Let me get right into the heart of the matter– The Dangerous Book for Boys attempts to ape Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and fails. Roughly. Much like its much more positively received counter-part, Byran Cranston’s project fills each episode with a moral lesson for its young audience. Unlike that much more positively received show,…

“Morning Star” by Pierce Brown (Review)

It is the last star to fade before the morning comes—this is how Morning Star defines its namesake. It is meant to signify the solitary nature of a leader and their lonely road. Just the same, it could also signify the final installment of a beloved trilogy before the inevitable ruin of ‘the end’ pours across the…

All the Presidents’ Heads (Notes)

Philo Farnsworth: inventor of television and childhood obesity. Dean Farnsworth is the inventor of the “Farnsworth Test for Colorblindness.” Not the way I remember history but whatever. It turns out that Fry is very far removed from The Professor as far as blood goes. He isn’t even a “true” Farnsworth. Fry displays his own intelligence…

Fry am the Egg Man (Notes)

It looks like was making a delivery to a robot-only planet– what were they delivering this time? Another peace offering? Or was this a different planet? On the highway sign, there is an option for “magic.” Like, is this actual magic or slight-of-hand magic? And why is it so important in the future that there…