Is It Worth Watching: Futurama

I just started binge watching a load of shows all at once, so why not make some use out of all my watching of three seasons a day and make a blog post about it. I’ve got a load of TV Shows and movies to watch through, so why not. We’ll kick things off with Futurama. Now I must admit, I’m a lot better at game reviews than I am with TV show and movie reviews, however as time goes on it’ll get better and we’ll enjoy it all the more. This is a TV show with 7 seasons, so instead of analysing the show as a whole, I thought I’d analyse each season individually.

Season 1 – 13 Episodes

Season 1 gave us such classic episodes such as I, Roomate, Space Pilot 3000 and My Three Suns. This season does a great job of introducing us to our main characters which consists of Phillip J. Fry, Turanga Leela, Bender, Professor Farnsworth, Amy Wong, Hermes Conrad and everyone’s favourite Dr. Zoidberg. The first season definitely has a strong lineup of episodes with no horrendously awful episodes to be seen.

Best Episode: Fry and the Slurm Factory

Basically mocking “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” this episode is full of laughs, music and introduced the fan favourite “Slurms McKenzie”.

Worst Episode: A Fishful of Dollars

The whole episode consists of Fry looking for Anchovies, then sticking them on a pizza because anchovies died out, definitely not the strongest episode in the series, but still has it’s fair few laughs even if the plot is a little fishy.

Season 2 – 19 Episodes

Season 2 was 6 episodes longer than the first season, which is always nice. The more Futurama the better, this season did a fantastic job of making us love our main characters even more than we already did. It even introduced some new, recurring characters that have been our favourites ever since, most notably President Nixon and Robot Santa.

Best Episode: How Herme’s Requisitioned his Groove Back/The Cryonic Woman

I didn’t honestly know which episode to pick for this one, I like “How Herme’s Requisitioned his Groove Back” because it showed us some depth to one of the other Planet Express members, who at this point hadn’t had a large story arch like this one. I also picked “The Cryonic Woman” because it show’s what happens when Fry’s ex-girlfriend comes to the future and how their relationship has an affect on the rest of the Planet Express crew.

Worst Episode: The Honking

Honestly, the reason for me not liking this episode is because it’s that overdone. We’ve seen the original piece of work being Werewolf transformations and car related shenanigans in all manner of shows, movies, books and such. Futurama really didn’t hit the nail on the head with this one either, which is a shame because it could’ve been done fairly well.

Season 3 – 21 Episodes

Season 3, it made us laugh, cry and get emotionally attached to a plant that Fry was trying to find. It gave us a lot more information about Fry’s past, Bender gets a boost in plot points and it also gave us plot points to revolve around Farnsworth’s and Herme’s kids…

Best Episode: Roswell That Ends Well

This episode was great because it was one of the episodes to show how the Planet Express crew have had accidental impacts on history, being sent back to Roswell, Zoidberg is captured and is deemed an alien while everyone else has to fix the ship, also some very interesting things happen to Fry…

Worst Episode: Amazon Women in the Mood

Bleh, this episode is strange. In it, Zapp, Kiff, Amy and Leela all end up on some island where there are women who only want “snu-snu”, Bender and Fry are there, then there’s a giant computer? I don’t know, this episode was really messy in turn.

Season 4 – 18 Episodes

The one with the dead dog. This series is probably the most critically acclaimed amongst fans and for good reason, a plethora of good episodes to choose from. The characters are given some great backstory’s and episodes as well which is always good.

Best Episode: Jurassic Bark/Three Hundred Big Boys

Well, that was expected really wasn’t it? Seymour and all that, it made me cry and was certainly one of the best episodes just for the ending scene alone. Three Hundred Big Boys is an interesting one, everyone get’s $300. Fry buys 100 coffee’s, it is amazingly funny seeing how Fry slowly turns into a maniacal freak solely devoted to coffee.

Worst Episode: Bend Her

Bender becomes a woman. I, I don’t think I need to say anything else.

This is the first time the show got cancelled, but don’t worry, we still have 3 more seasons to go through.

Season 5 – 4 Movies

When Futurama was initially cancelled, Cartoon Network bought the rights to it and put the episodes on their Adult Swim channel, which boosted sails by, a lot. When the contract ran out, FOX bought back Futurama and they started to make new episodes of the show, to boot up the series again, they made 4 movies, split into 4 episodes each time. I watched all four of these in a day. So, unlike the previous four, I don’t want to spilt these into Best Episode/Worst Episode, or even best movie for that matter.

Why? Because they were all equally as boring, I’m not saying they were bad, but I think this is when I realised that Futurama was not gonna be the same as the previous four seasons. Don’t get me wrong, the movies were funny, but they just weren’t as good as what had previously been delivered. I think the one I liked the most was Bender’s Big Score, it was funny, made the whole storyline confusingly awkward, yet believable.

The worst one, Into The Wild Green Yonder was just boring. That’s really all I have to say on the matter, it was boring. However if you like cool music, then watch Bender’s Game, the credit sequence has some great music. That leaves the other one, the Beast with a Billion Backs, that was OK, I’ve seen it before quite a lot so it was boring to watch it again, however funny it was.

Season 6 – 26 Episodes

So this is the series reboot after the four movies, that’s all I’ve really got to say about that. This series is OK, not the best start up to the reboot of a show that got cancelled but it’ll do.

Best Episode: Attack of the Killer App

I’m not sure why I liked this episode so much, maybe it’s because of the mad craze that we call Twitter, this episode took the mick and turned everyone into mindless zombies that bought new phones, just like Apple have done. It also features the infamous “Shut up and take my money” gif.

Worst Episode: The Duh-Vinci Code

So Leonardo da Vinci’s secret invention was found in his old beard. We’re off to a great start aren’t we? Then all of Leonardo’s inventions fit together to make a spaceship and they fly off to his home planet…I’m pretty sure somebody got fired over this episode, I’m hoping so…

Season 7 – 26 Episodes

The last season of Futurama was extremely disappointing, there was a plethora of poor quality episodes that just had a stupid idea to revolve around or they just weren’t funny.

Best Episode: Murder on the Planet Express/Stench and Stenchibility/Meanwhile

Murder on the Planet Express was actually really cool, left Bender and Fry cold blooded killers when an evil space alien that can shapeshift comes aboard the ship and starts eating everyone when they’re on a team building exercise. I definitely enjoyed Stench and Stenchibility as well, it gave Zoidberg a nice plot point that, actually was pretty well delivered. Meanwhile was the final episode in the series, so it had to be good, which it was, so I’m not going to even thing about spoiling that one.

Worst Episode: The Rest of Season 7

Yeah, I didn’t have any strong feelings for the rest of the episodes, they’re not worth talking about to be honest, the Zoidberg eating money at the casino episode was pretty good but other than that, nothing worth it.

But it all comes down to one question doesn’t it?

Is it worth watching?

Yep.

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