Futurama quality resurges
Final episodes bring series back on top
Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013 22:08
Now this is refreshing.
For years, “Futurama” has been one of the most consistently, Grade A funny shows on television. While even the greatest television shows have their weak episodes (“Breaking Bad” excluded of course), it seems that this “final” season of “Futurama” has been unflatteringly underwhelming, especially when compared to the show’s previous efforts. Despite a truly disappointing and lackluster season thus far, “Murder on the Planet Express” is the first glimpse of greatness seen from the program all year.
The episode was a flat out parody of Sci-Fi horror films, chiefly “Alien”, and loaded with great pop culture references, it delivered some top-notch laughs.
Following a series of whodunit events, Hermes’ manwich was stolen, Fry lost a kidney, Amy’s golf club was dented and as usual, the Planet Express crew were all on edge with each other.
En route to its destination, the crew is stranded as the ship loses power and life support cuts off. The already agitated crew is forced to team up to save their lives. The only problem is that while completing their tasks, a viscous alien monster lurks through the shift, picking them off one by one by shape shifting and taking the place of various crew members. The action climaxes when Fry and Bender reveal that the entire event was a team building exercise.
Humorous highlights included Bender’s response to Fry’s discovery that it was Bender who had stolen his kidney, “Hey don’t change the subject”, Amy and Leela beating up what they believed to be the alien intruder (while in actuality they were wailing on Hermes’ dangling legs), the dark revelation that Leela accidentally ate Fry’s kidney, and Scruffy’s only line, “The name of the game is Candyland”.
This episode of “Futurama” was great, filled with pop culture references and the type of surreal ridiculous humor we’ve come to expect from the series. The show was a great success, even if some of the jokes may have fallen a bit flat. While “Murder on the Orient Express” doesn’t reach nirvana like some of the best episodes of the series have, it is undoubtedly the best episode so far this year. It’s a bittersweet moment with only two episodes left until the end of the show’s final season. However, take that with a grain of salt: “Futurama” has already had three episodes distinctly intended as series finales and each time the show has been subsequently revived, it’s only a matter of time before the series makes a fourth resurrection.