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The Transcredible Exploits of Futurama!

Futurama_characters_small Finally. After years of waitin' and hopin', Futurama returns to the TV-O-Matic on Comedy Central tonight. But will the series be able to keep up the funny? A spoiler-free review of the first two episodes after the jump!

I'll get the suspenseful part out of the way first. After four 'feature length' specials that had their moments but rarely hit the Futurama sweet spot of insane sci-fi spoof storylines framing fast and funny dialogue, the new season is a return to form. Although I did enjoy "The Beast With a Billion Backs". Just so we're clear.

Episode 1, "Rebirth," picks up where "Into The Wild Green Yonder" left off, with Leela and Fry finally getting together as Zapp Brannigan is chasing the crew into an approaching wormhole. Here's a slightly spoilery and completely disgusting image of the result of that chase.

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But don't worry, it's not as bad as it looks. The episode plays out like a pilot for a sitcom by Philip K. Dick, if such a thing ever existed, which sadly it does not.

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If "Rebirth" is a spoof on Dick (hee-hee), then "In-a-Gadda-da-Leela" is extracted from only the juiciest of Roddenberries. This Brannigan-heavy episode ("I wax my rocket every day!") finds Leela and Zapp stranded in an Edenic paradise and faced with basic questions, such as "do we repopulate humanity?" and "Why is this trail mix so salty?". Chris Elliott guest stars as a puritanical satellite.

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It's clear that Futurama works best when the pacing is tight and and the jokes are piled almost (but not quite) too closely together, partly concealing the emotional infrastructure that binds the characters together and propels the larger arcs. But it's a pretty flimsy infrastructure. When the jokes are too sparse or not particularly funny, Futurama founders. Does anyone feel for the marital troubles of Hermes Conrad, for example? Or Fry's yearning for Leela?

Showrunner David X. Cohen cleary understands Futurama's strengths and weaknesses, and it's excellent to see two solid episodes that play to the show's strengths. Cohen's willingness to go for the joke is satisfying, but it does provide a moment at the end of "In-a-Gadda-da-Leela" that feels a bit false. But it's funny enough that you probably won't care.

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Comments

Sarah

So excited for my favorite show to come back on! Glad to hear it returns to old form with the new episodes. The movies were a disapointment.

I can't believe you said you liked a Beast with a Billion Backs...by far my least favorite of the movies. I guess I liked Bender's Big Score best, but maybe that's just because I liked seeing he gang all back together.




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