Good news: Creator Matt Groening (“The Simpsons”) and David X. Cohen have brought “Futurama” back to the masses, and the cartoon comedy returns right where it left off — a thousand years in the future with the Hypnotoad, Earth President Nixon, and the deft yet accident-prone Planet Express Delivery crew.
Good news, everyone! Creator Matt Groening (“The Simpsons”) and David X. Cohen have brought “Futurama” back to the masses, and the cartoon comedy returns right where it left off — a thousand years in the future with the Hypnotoad, Earth President Nixon and the deft yet accident-prone Planet Express Delivery crew. Filled with plenty of sex, alcohol and sensational futuristic gadgets, “Futurama” still comes across as the same profane comedy with both subtle and biting humor.
Twentieth Century Fox Television again underestimated a genius cartoon comedy gem that will fall in with the ranks of “Family Guy” as a fan-driven comeback story. The show follows the adventures of a Philip J. Fry, an ambitious-less 20-something who was accidentally frozen and woke up in the year 3000, and his coworkers at a space age delivery company run by the senile and eccentric scientist, Professor Hubert Farnsworth. Their delivery work continually sends the crew through all edges of space and time, answering most major questions about the universe in a hysterical fashion.
The show comes back with the same energy for the keystone elements that created such a devoted fan base in the first place: Fry, being the same stupid and awkwardly-funny individual but also representing the average neurotic human being; the professor, whose constant contradicting orders keep the delivery crew on their toes; and the same energy for the future – with devices like the rebirthing tub, a swirling soup of placenta and stem cells.
The two-episode premiere, which aired June 24 on Comedy Central, comes in the wake of four seasons (1999 to 2003) and then four straight-to-DVD feature length movies.
The first episode picks up right where the last movie ends, as the Planet Express ship is zooming straight into a vicious wormhole. Throughout the episode, the Professor haphazardly recounts the unnecessary deaths of the entire crew following a safe passage through the wormhole and the method in which he rebirths them.
In the second episode the worldly but helpless war general Zapp Brannigan continues his pathetic love lust for the one-eyed Planet Express captain, Turanga Leela, and his hilarious megalomania is brought to another level when he stages Leela and himself in a Adam and Eve scenario — see Brannigan’s “less Sodom and more Gomorrah.”
The third episode of blasts off rapid fire comedic ringers while taking a shot at society’s sick addiction to 24/7 mobile communication and media (Fry: “Time to tweet my hourly Twupdate”), despite the time wasted on Leela’s annoying, show tune-singing boil. A main antagonist in the series, “Mom,” exploits the constant influx of personal and marketable information and draws her regular allusions to big business.
Whether a bargaining ploy or sheer delusion on the part of the powers-that-be, fans were briefly startled by the announced replacement of the actors behind the cult show’s main characters, including Fry, Leela, and the alcoholic and kleptomaniac robot, Bender. However, Twentieth Century Fox Network soon after announced the return of the original voice-acting cast (via Toronto Star).
While this fan is hoping for a minimum two-dozen more hysterical episodes (first announced in early 2009), the first ones lead you to expect nothing less. “Futurama” is back, baby!
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