Futurama From the Beginning, You Meatbags

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  1. Tuckerfan

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    I figured that I'd start giving the series a rewatch, since I haven't watched many of the episodes in ages. IIRC, the first episode I saw was the second one, and that on a TV where I was having to carefully manipulate rabbit ears to be able to get a signal that wasn't incredibly fuzzy.

    Two minutes into the first episode I noticed something that I don't think they ever referenced again in the series. When Fry's frozen, we see an alien spaceship vaporize NYC. Later on in the series, we find out that it was Bender flying that ship. Not long after that, we see NYC rebuilt as a medieval-style city, which promptly gets vaporized by alien spacecraft again. I don't think that they ever made reference to that part in later episodes. Also, nothing about his dog.

    Oooh, holographic displays over a keyboard that looks like a Commodore Vic 20! The automatic doors don't seem to understand that there's a person in the way of them closing. It's at this point I need to point out my dad was an automatic door salesman and that doors had such technology back in the mid-80s.

    Reference to Blinky from the Simpsons.

    There's some kind of crappy SF novel written in the 80s by an author with a Russian name that had a blurb by Douglas Adams which featured suicide booths. I bought it because Adams praised it, and found the book to be terrible. Don't know if this is where they got the idea, but I always think of it when I see this scene.

    Oh, so Leela's boss is Indian. Yeah, that probably wouldn't work today. What with him being voice by Billy West.

    Bender's bothered by the idea that the girders he was bending were for suicide booths. Doesn't fit with what we know about him later on.

    Into the head museum. Some police brutality and Bender saying that he's limited by his programming.

    And they head into the sewers! Wait, no, it's old NYC. And we have a bonding moment between Leela and Fry. Bender drops a hint as to his selfish nature we'll see in later episodes when he says that Fry has no friends. Now Leela pulls out her chip. And Bender steals her ring.

    Now we get Dick Clark's head. Pre-stroke, I might add. Now the place is surrounded by the police. The Robot cop says, "If they try to take off, give them an ass full of laser." Leela blasts the ship off just as there's a whole bunch of fireworks. The Professor offers them jobs and dumps out the career chips from the previous crew from an envelope marked "Space Wasp's Stomach." Fry's excited to find out that he's a delivery boy.
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  2. Tuckerfan

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    So, now on to episode two.

    Interesting that the Professor loads what looks like a DAT into the computer to play Planet Express' commercial. Oh, it's the horrible gelatinous blob! And we find out that the Professor was lying about giant birds.

    Now we know we're in the future because Captain Crunch has been promoted to Admiral. Here's Hermes.

    Okay, so we're about to meet Zoidberg. And he's a total incompetent. Honestly, I think his character might have had the least development over the entire series.

    Fry passes his physical and we meet Amy Wong. Bender promptly empties her wallet.

    I definitely remember watching this episode when it first aired as they're going to the Moon.

    Fry asks for cuts in line when they get to the Moon, and the guy who tells him no is, I think, the only other person we see in the entire series with a wrist LoJacker Thingamagig like Leela wears.

    Generic wiseguy on the Moon accepts the crate that Amy and Fry deliver. What are Leela and Bender up to? And when our heroes enter Luna Park, it's pretty clear that they're riffing off of the Itchy & Scratchy Land Simpsons episode.

    So, this is where we first get the idea that Bender wants to be a folk singer. I thought that was something they just pulled out of their asses later on. I'd forgotten about this part.

    Whalers on the Moon! "You're the kind of guy who goes to Jerusalem and doesn't want to visit the Sexateria!"

    Nice reference to the classic science fiction movie "Destination Moon" by having that be the name of the ride Fry and Leela go on.

    Amy discovers that the keys to the ship have fallen into the claw machine and even though she's panicked, she doesn't speak Mandarin as she would in later episodes. Interestingly enough, in the background, we can see video games labeled "Gender Neutral Pac-Person" and "Mortal Kooperation."

    Oh, once she drops the keys, Amy speaks what sounds like a potential dialect of Chinese.

    Now Fry and Leela are riding around on the Moon. Anybody else catch the references to the movie Brazil with having the landscape being billboards, or just me?

    Fry wants to look for the original Moon landing site, Leela says it has been lost for centuries. HTF is that possible?

    Ooooh, they fall down a cliff and get stuck in some quicksand like stuff. This seems like a reference to some of Robert A. Heinlein's early writings where he had Boy Scouts walking around on the Moon.

    Of course, Heinlein never thought of escaping a "sunflower" (which is what he called lunar quicksand traps) by using one's oxygen tank as an escape rocket.

    Bender tries to get the keys out of the claw machine and we see Binky the rabbit from Groening's Life in Hell cartoon as a stuffed animal in the machine. The cops show up and toss Bender out where he gives us the classic line of, "I'm going to build my own theme park with blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget the park!"

    Now, Fry and Leela are wandering around the Moon, on the verge of running out of air. They find a farm and there's shades of Heinlein's TANSTAAFL ideology. Also we meet bugaloos for the first time.

    The farmer's rover has a Confederate flag on the front of it. Hillybilly chase music as the farmer riding in the Crushinator chases after Fry & co. Gators wearing space helmets. Don't really get it.

    And they find the Moon landing site. Which is wrong because the top of the lander is still there. Also, there's no way that the ascent stage could protect them from the cold lunar night that's coming.

    Leela should change her name to Captain Buzzkill. Okay, so Fry gives a kinda good speech about the Moon. Amy scoops up Bender with the magnet and he starts singing folk songs. God, this shouldn't be a thing. Then she scoops up the ascent stage with the magnet. That also shouldn't be a thing, not only because the ascent stage should be gone (shaddap about the plaque), but also because ascent stage probably had very low magnetic characteristics as it would most likely have been made of non-ferrous materials as they're lighter than ferrous materials.

    And that's a wrap for that episode. Which I can remember thinking was kind of cool at the time, at least in the sense that I thought the series had potential. My then-girlfriend didn't really seem to think so, and 16 years later, she'd go on to drunkenly slam the van she was driving into a pole at 8 AM. While she was driving her kids to daycare. Yeah, she's got issues. And I haven't spoken to her in about 10 years.
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    Wow. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. So many shows had rocky starts, and Futurama is no exception.

    Every now and then I run across the odd early episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy. They're horrific. Not only is the animation crude, but most of the jokes fall completely flat. Hard to believe they would one day become pop culture juggernauts.
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    Futurama starts off a little slow and un-chemistry-y compared to what it would later become, but it still has more jokes than parts of the Comedy Central run

    He was near perfection from the get-go

    I don't remotely buy it from a practical standpoint, but it ties in with 31st century ignorance/apathy for the past (and often for what's going on around them)
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    IIRC there's a Kurt Vonnegut story from the 1960s featuring suicide booths.
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  6. Tuckerfan

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    Yeah, I tried looking for the book I was thinking of last night by searching for "novels with suicide booths" and the Vonnegut story and few others came up, but not the novel.
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    I suppose they could just as easily have gotten the "suicide booth" from Star Trek "A Taste of Armageddon".
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    Hmmm... interesting....

    https://theinfosphere.org/Space_Pilot_3000#Allusions
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    One thing that I need to point out is that all the episodes so far are in 4:3. I know that they were doing HD quality at this point, but they were keeping the aspect ratio at 4:3 because I guess they felt that the penetration of HDTVs at this point wasn't high enough. I wonder if there will ever come a day when they feel they need to put them in a widescreen definition (by adding stuff, not the butchering that Fox did with the early episodes of The Simpsons to make them widescreen).

    We find that Fry is sleeping on the conference table at the Planet Express office when this episode opens. Bender bends Fry's alarm clock into a shape that is clearly a nod to Dali's The Persistence of Memory painting. Of course, we're barely into the 21st Century, and alarm clocks are basically no longer a thing.

    Fry goes off to get eat some Bachelor Chow, and Hermes starts the meeting complaining about owls (which are Fry's fault). Then Fry takes a shower while Hermes complains about how much water they're now using. Fry tries to dry himself off using the engines of the Planet Express ship but Leela hits the external e-stop to shut them down. That doesn't seem like a smart design to me. Everyone's upset with Fry living there, except for the Professor. At least, until he realizes that Fry has eaten the alien mummy AKA jerky that the Professor wanted to eat. Fun fact: Certain forms of mummification are identical to the process used to make jerky, so this isn't so batshit as one might think.

    We cut to Fry watching a cross between monster trucks and WWE. That doesn't seem right. I can't imagine that monster trucks would still be a thing in a world that has flying cars. And now Fry discovers one of the running gags for the series: All My Circuits. Uh, oh! Don't tell Dayton, but Calculon is willing to convert to metric to be with the robot of his dreams. Bender is a fan and joins Fry, while Leela tries to explain to Fry that he's a giant douche and needs to get his own place.

    Now, everybody shoves Bender and Fry out of the office. Bender offers to let Fry move in with him. Bender's apartment is a closet. Since we know that the actual apartment is what Bender considers to be the closet, I'm looking for indications that there's a door to it, and I'm not seeing one. Fry asks about a bathroom, and Bender has no idea of what he means, so Fry sleeps on the floor.

    A week goes by and Leela tells Fry that living with Bender is bad for him. Fry thinks he's got a chance with Leela, but she shoots him down pretty quickly. Leela offers to find Fry and Bender a new place to live. The underwater apartment won't work because of octopus attacks (not sure why that'd be a problem). MC Escher apartment is no good. Next, it's a nice apartment, but since it's in NJ, it's no good. Then the Professor says that his partner Mbutu, who lived in a rent-controlled apartment was ripped to shreds. Obviously, this is where Fry and Bender are going to end up.

    We hear the theme to The Odd Couple as Fry and Bender begin to settle in (does anyone under the age of 40 even get that reference?). Nice BASIC programing joke as Fry goes to answer the door. A cross-stitch on the wall that says "10 Home 20 Sweet 30 Go to 10." Fry turns on the TV, it's all staticy and fails to notice that it clears up when Bender goes out for more beer. (WTF? Broadcast TV is still a thing in the 31st Century?)

    Hermes gags on whatever it is that Zoidberg made. Just as Calculon is about to reveal his terrible secret, Bender comes in and the TV signal goes to shit. He leaves, it comes back, he returns, it goes to shit. Hmm. Anyone think that there's a pattern here? Wonder what the FCC would say about it? Then a cranky lady comes in and says that everyone on the floor is having trouble with their TV reception. Is Bender going into each of their apartments? Because it's pretty clear that if he's outside the apartment and the door is closed, there's no problem. Cranky lady figures out that it's Bender's antenna.

    The mob says that Bender's got to go. Bender says, "Okay, come on, Fry!" and Fry's like, "Nah." Then, as Leela's leaving, she lays on the guilt trip to Fry about why he should figure out a way to live with Bender. Leela really has Bender figured out at this point, even though some of the things that she's saying won't become clear to us later on. I mean, how are we to know that Bender likes nothing better than leading a mob at this point?

    Bender's pretty clearly heartbroken about having to go back to his old place without Fry. Still no indication of where the "closet" door is.

    Bender staggers into work, clearly after not having had any alcohol to drink. This shocks Leela who is welding something on the side of the ship. Leela begs him to have some malt liquor. Bender gets the idea that Leela wants him to cut off his antenna, and we're basically doing a lot of castration jokes. Bender leaves, and wanders the city in a montage where he's going to places that don't serve alcohol. He wakes up in a puddle of his own oil in an alley.

    Leela shows up at Fry's place and tells him that he and Bender have got to get back together. Bender staggers in to give Fry a piece of his mind. Bender pulls out some bolt cutters and cuts off his antenna. Fry has second thoughts, they call the police who find Bender's antenna (while making a dick joke) and cut to Robot Arms Apartments.

    Fry, Bender, and the fruit tree that Leela gave him all squeeze into the cramped quarters. Fry asks if there's enough light for the tree, Bender says that "There's a window in the closet." opens a door we've never seen before, and ta-da! It's a normal (if unfurnished) looking apartment. Roll credits.
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  10. Forbin

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    Point of order: Hermes is Jamaican, not Indian.
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    And he's not who I was talking about. Leela's boss at the cryogenics place was Indian. Hermes also isn't voiced by Billy West, but Phil LaMarr.
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    We still have rodeos :shrug:

    I've been trying to remember which episode this comes from.

    Under 40, I'd have known the premise, but not recognized the theme the first time I saw this. But I might have guessed from context, I don't remember.
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    Whoops, okay, I'd forgotten him.
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    A continuing trope in the series was "things we know today warped into a futuristic gag," like the monster truck/robots and intelligent computers that have Mac interfaces and such. It's silly fun.
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    Probably not much longer though. Already circuses with animal acts are becoming a thing of the past.

    Yeah, I know, and it was a neat gag, but it's sort of like us having a TV show featuring cavemen and ninjas fighting. If we're going to mix things that couldn't happen from different eras, we'd probably do it a bit differently.
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    Presumably Bender's personality changed drastically halfway through the pilot once he was electrocuted, which also allowed him to exceed his original programming.

    The space wasp thing is a continuity error, since later it turns out the two previous crews were actually killed by space bees. :async:
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    Zoidberg went from a regular doctor that knew nothing about human anatomy to a homeless dirt poor loser. He did get to make out with Emelia Clarke, though. :wub:


    Zoidberg/Hermes had a futuristic Neelix/Tuvok dynamic.
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    Episode 4.

    Leela's on a date with some guy named Doug. He has a lizard tongue, and this grosses Leela out. Clearly, this episode was written by a dude (and yeah, I just checked, and it was written by a dude).

    Zoidberg reveals once again that he doesn't understand human anatomy. Amy and Fry are both giving Leela dating advice. None of it is any good.

    Amy and the gang take Leela to a club that's clearly a nod to the Jetsons. Bender has gaydar. Fry's trying desperately to hook up with a chick from the 21st Century. Amy introduces Leela to a racer that Bender thinks is gay. Zoidberg falls in love with a lobster. Leela rejects an energy being. Amy goes home with the energy being and Zoidberg goes home with the lobster. Which raises the question: Did Zoidberg fuck it or eat it (or both)? Because, remember, in a later episode we find out that Zoidberg's species dies after mating. (Which raises some questions about a number of things we see in the series, but I'll get to them as they arise.) Fry bribes Bender to go see a saucy puppet show so he can bang the chick from the 21st Century.

    Leela is left alone in the club as folks are cleaning up. The elderly janitor is freaked the fuck out because Leela only has the one eye and we cut to the next morning at the office where Bender's trying to figure out if Leela scored or not. The Professor comes in to tell them about Vergon 6. I know that sometimes they'll use actual star names in the series, so I decided to look up Vergon and see if it was an actual star. Nope.
    So, let's just see how that plays out, shall we? They're going to the planet to rescue animals from it before the place collapses due to the fact that the dark matter that made up the interior of the planet has been completely mined. I know in one of the more recent Superman films the planet Krypton was doomed because of it being mined out. I don't know if that was always the case for the Supes origin story or not. Nice little nod to the original Star Wars with the graphics about Vergon 6 and it's dark matter center. IIRC, this is where they find Nibbler, who poops dark matter. So, I'm not sure how the planet lost its core. Of course, the idea of a planet with a dark matter core is a bit absurd to being with, but that's another thing.

    Leela has to explain to Bender why they need to bring back two of each kind of animals from the planet. Given Bender's reference to hookers in the second episode, I'm kind of surprised that he needs this explained to him. And we're introduced to Zapp Brannigan. Originally, Phil Hartman was going to do the voice for Zapp, but Andy Dick fucked that all up. I hope Lovitz never has to buy a drink in a bar again after beating up Andy in that bar some years back.

    While I can understand why Kif might want to chew on Amy, I'll never get why Amy wanted to chew on Kiff. Some comedy where they're clearly establishing that Zapp's a spoof of Kirk. Leela is smitten by Zapp as they stare at his ship from the Planet Express ship. They dock and board the Nimbus. Zapp reveals himself to be a coward almost instantly.

    Zapp starts putting the moves on Leela, who is falling for them. Now we get references to The Cage TOS episode and Leela is clearly over Zapp. And we find out that Zapp doesn't wear anything under his skant. Already, I'm wondering why Kiff hasn't killed himself by now.

    Kif takes Leela to see Zapp and lets everyone know that he's not a fan of Zapp's. (Could be the racial slur has something to do with it, or just the general stupidity.) Wow, Zapp is a low-rent extra rapey version of Quagmire in this bit.

    Cut to Fry convincing Bender to ripping (or as he says "bending") the hatch off of a steam pipe. Not sure why a ship in the 30th Century would have steam pipes on it. Will point out that there's an Isaac Asimov story from the 1950s that involves folks escaping on a starship via a steam pipe. No clue if the writer was thinking of this or not when he wroth the episode.

    Aw shit, I forgot how much of an incel Zapp was. Okay, so this was uproariously funny when it first aired but now? Yeah, you're wondering when Zapp's going to grab a laser rifle and start shooting up a school or something. Not the writer's fault that this hasn't aged well, it's just a sign of how fucked up our society has revealed itself to be in the years since.

    Cut to Bender and Fry enjoying their sauna, then cut back to Leela waking up after having had sex with Zapp and realizing that she's made a horrible mistake. We do get one of the best lines of the series though, "I have mated with a woman. Inform the men."

    I gotta point out that the fact that Leela let Zapp put his penis in her makes her several orders of magnitude less sexy. The trees on the planet look like something out of a Dr. Suess book. There's some gag animal names that are pretty funny and a one-eyed horse that looks like Leela. And Nibbler! Who is promptly stuffed into the hold with all the other animals. None of which are caged. I have a feeling that they hadn't figured out Nibbler was a super-intelligent being at this point. I mean, why would such a creature cause the extinction of so many other animals if it were so smart?

    Now Zapp is explaining to Kif that it's "hoes before bros" so when Leela gets back, Zapp's not going to be around a lot.

    Now Leela & Co. discover that Nibbler's been eating all the other animals. And the awkward moment when Bender and Fry realize that Leela slept with Zapp. Leela calls Zapp on a corded phone. Wow, does that seem dated some 21 years later. Yeah, this episode has not aged well. Little too close to real in a post-Weinstein world.

    Hooray! They're saved thanks to Nibbler's stinky poo! I don't think I'll be watching this one again.
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    31st century beauty standards. Kif was also the favourite choice of the Amazonians. :async:
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    Is this going to be a play-by-play of each episode?
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    Maybe.
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    This one opens with Fry and Leela watching a small planet splatter across the windshield and the text "Featuring Gratuitous Alien Nudity." There won't be, of course. Which is a shame. In the original Battlestar Galactica, there was a scene in the pilot episode that featured a topless woman with three boobs.

    Ah, it's blernsball! Nice Glorx 3:16 sign. Bender makes popcorn and puts "butter" on it. Brief moment when it looks like the Professor might die, but no, it's just his pager. Okay, so it's futuristic in that it emits holograms, but seems kind of tame in comparison to smartphones today.

    [​IMG]

    This is the episode where Bender complains about robots being oppressed and then he, Leela, and Fry, all get sent to deliver a package to a planet of killbots. Wonder how well it'll play now?

    Oh, this feels like it was written by a woke white guy trying to be "edgy" and failing miserably.

    Bender gets found out for working with humans and sends a call for help, so Fry and Leela dress up like robots and head on down to the planet to save him. Why did the robots pick a planet that was habitable by humans to settle on if they hate humans so much? Wouldn't it have been easier for them to settle on some airless planet?

    After making it past the guardians, Fry and Leela get knocked akimbo by robots at shift-change. Tetris gag. Not sure why Fry and Leela are asking random robots if they've seen Bender since they know that he was arrested by the authorities. Fry has to pee and a robot thinks it's a coolant leak and offers to patch him up. Leela sneezes and we get a reference to Donald Sutherland's character at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Nice Robotron 2080 reference when it's discovered that Fry and Leela are humans.

    Fry and Leela duck into a movie theater that's showing the robot version of a bad 50s horror movie (in 3D). Five o'clock human hunt! Woohoo! Aww, Bender's in charge of the whole thing. Bender pimp's his spoken word album and his talking action figure. Curious, I googled to see if you could buy one. Turns out, you can. But for that kind of money, I could build one of these:
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    The human hunt is started by a robot blowing on a horn that produces the Apple Mac startup chime. Wonder if that wasn't a dig at Apple. Bender gets excited by the idea of robot porn. Turns out, circuit diagrams are what gets Bender hot. Bender doesn't want to be rescued and Fry and Leela are bothered by this. Then they're captured by the robots. *cue dramatic music and commercial break*

    The judge is a riff off of an original Mac. And in a show of just how far we've come in computer technology, the judge crashes early in the process. Everybody takes this as a matter of course and offers suggestions on how to fix him. The PC I'm typing this on is 6 years old and has given me exactly 1 BSoD in the entire time I've owned it. Waaaay back in '00, when this would have probably originally aired, it would have been an almost daily occurrence.

    Bender feels guilty now that his friends are going to be sentenced to a shitty existence. They're dumped down a hole and found by the Robot Elders, who remind me of the death cult in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The Elders order Bender to kill Fry and Leela. He refuses and tells the Elders that humans are no threat to them. The Elders agree and admit that humans are scapegoats to cover for the fact that the Elders are incompetent. Fry manages to distract the Elders so he and the others are able to escape. As the gang hoists themselves back to the ship, the robots stack themselves in an effort to reach them. At which point, Bender remembers that he forgot to deliver the package, he throws it at the stack, knocking it down. The package breaks open and rains down lugnuts on the robots who begin praising the humans.

    We end with the crew celebrating Bender's bullshit Robunicuh holiday. Not a horrifically bad episode, but definitely not a strong one.
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    SILENCE!!

    But yeah, overall there's a lot of cringy "Bender acts like a poorly written black guy stereotype" stuff in the early seasons especially. "You've got metal fever, boy!" and whatnot.
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    Yup. Part of the reason why the episodes to this point work is because I can remember that there was nothing like Futurama on TV at the time. I'm sure that if they were launching the series today, they'd do certain things differently, simply because they have to compete against so many things that have happened in the years since.
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    Sweet lion of Zion!
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    A Fishful of Dollars

    We open with Fry unable to sleep because Bender's bed is rhythmically squeaking. Nope, it turns out two robots with spring bodies in the next apartment are bobbling along as they play poker. Fry's having a nightmare about being naked in Ancient Egyptian Algebra class. And now his dream has turned into an ad about underwear with tailfins. Fry is appalled to learn that in the 30th Century they can beam ads directly into your dreams with gamma radiation. (Actually, microwave radiation would work, from what I understand.) Now the gang all runs out to go buy stuff.

    Fry tries to buy some underwear but doesn't have enough money. Everyone stops to watch the ad for Mom's Robot Oil. Fender gets busted for shoplifting and the sign outside the NNYPD building says, "Ask about our generous brutality settlements." They go to Fry's old bank to get the money to bail Bender out. Fry discovers that he has $4.3 billion. He's going to blow it on anchovies. They have a party to celebrate. This appears to be the first appearance of Scruffy, running an angle grinder over Bender's back at a spa. Now they go to a pizza place and Fry discovers that anchovies are extinct. Zoidberg denies that his people had anything to do with anchovies going extinct. Fry begins to wax rhapsodic about anchovies. All I can think about is the time a roommate of mine bought a tin of them because she'd never had them before and wanted to see what they were like. She got upset when I told her before she opened the tin that she wouldn't like them. Watching her puke them off the deck was totally worth the stink-eye I got from her when I said I knew she wouldn't like them. :D

    Zoidberg confesses that his people ate all the anchovies. There's the implication that Zoidberg's actually had them, but they've been extinct for 800 years, so that doesn't seem possible. I also want to point out that given how much Fry loves anchovies, you'd think that when they found themselves back in 1947 he'd have bought a bunch and forced the Professor to clone them or something so that the oceans would be filled with them again. There's a rabbit hole about ecological niches and woolly mammoths/mastodons that I'm tempted to go down, but I'm going to avoid that.

    For some reason, Fry decides to buy some old apartment building (which should really be underground based on what we've seen in previous episodes). Then he buys a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em game that terrifies Bender when a robot's head gets knocked off and Ted Danson's skeleton. Oh, there's a tin of anchovies for sale, so Fry's going to bid on it. Then for reasons not clear until later in the episode, Mom will try to outbid him. I'm really remembering this episode now. Wasn't terribly fond of it when I originally saw it because I don't like anchovies, and it's not wearing any better so far. We're nearly at the halfway point for the episode, I might add.

    So, they paid for the rights to use the "Sanford and Son" theme, but not for a clip of Redd Foxx saying, "Esther, you ugly!" :corn:

    The idiot sons are trying to extract Fry's PIN number (fuck you, that's how they said it in the show, don't @me with your "Department of Redundancy Department" shit). Pamela Anderson is a guest in this episode. I liked her better before she had her lips blown up and let Tommy Lee put his penis in her.

    They get the money and dump Fry on the street. Fry hallucinates about Bender and Leela. And the idiot sons didn't steal the tin of anchovies. Which makes no fucking sense. You'd think that they'd want that, not Fry's money. Of course, the reason they want the money is so that they can do a "reset to zero" after this episode and not have to worry about continuity. I'm just going to say that this is another episode I'm not going to be rewatching. Should have watched the pilot for Salvage 1 instead of this crap.
  27. 14thDoctor

    14thDoctor Listen here, Jack

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    Fry works best when he's excited about living in the future, not when he's suddenly missing the past because the plot demands it.
    Well...

    Stealing the anchovies would be theft, which would allow Fry to go to the authorities and try to get them back. But if you willingly give someone your PIN and they make a withdrawal from your account, you usually don't have any recourse since you've knowingly violated the terms and conditions of your debit card agreement. :async:
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    Yeah, but mom's a zillionaire, and even back in '00 we all knew that they owned the cops.
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    My Three Suns

    Bender goes through the bot wash. Then tunes into Cooking with Elzar. They're cooking a Neptunian slug. Not sure how that's possible, but whatevs. Elzar gets eaten by the slug. So, how does he show up in future episodes? Wait, is this the episode where Bender becomes a chef and does the Iron Chef challenge with Elzar? I thought that was in a later season. Ooh! A crack vending machine in Little Neptune. While Bender and Leela shop for ingredients, Fry tries to swap his lungs for gills.

    Then we're off to the galaxy of terror. Bender's making dinner. Nice Twilight Zone reference on his apron "To Serve Man." He's making Neptunian slug, adds salt to it, and of course, it dissolves. The crew, minus Zoidberg, has terrible reactions to all the salt that they've been subjected to and Bender doesn't understand the problem.

    Oooh, this is the episode where Fry drinks the emperor. Does anyone under 40 get the Palmolive joke? Do they even still make Palmolive? I thought everybody had switched to Dawn by now. So Fry cries the emperor out after getting the shit kicked out of him by the rest of the crew. Him being pissed out would have been a lot funnier.

    Not a terrible episode, but honestly, the only thing this one had going for it was Amy in the skimpy dress.
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    A Big Piece of Garbage

    The Professor has invented a Death Clock (this was cribbed, I think, from an Isaac Asimov short story). Fry, apparently, doesn't have long to live. Oooh! It's Wormstrom at the symposium! Huh, Ron Popeil was the guest on this episode. And this is when they invent the Smell-O-Scope. The Professor says his name is 149 in this episode, which is a lie, but I'm not sure what the critical number actually is.

    Ah, yes, the great garbage crisis of 2000. So now they do a riff on the Ghostbusters talking to the mayor. Wormstrom is the mayor's science advisor. Now a spoof of Armageddon and this episode is incredibly dated. How many people under the age of 30 know what AOL or floppy discs are? They manage to defeat the great ball of garbage heading towards NNYC with another giant ball of garbage. This is the first episode that really felt solidly like a Futurama episode. The character dynamics were all correct and the gags worked out well.