Sure, we had to wait four years after Futurama was cancelled to get Bender’s Big Score, but somehow the fourteen months since Wild Green Yonder seemed unbearable. Heck, it’s been a year since we were officially informed there would be a season six! Just when it seemed that we couldn’t wait any longer… The wait is finally over! The first two episodes of season six, Rebirth and In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela aired on June 24, 2010 on Comedy Central. Was it worth the wait? The answer is “yes”, but there’s a “but…” attached to that answer.
Wild Green Yonder ended in such a way that even if the show was never picked up – which remember, it hadn’t been until two months after the movie was released – that fans could still have a satisfactory ending, something they were gypped of when the show was cancelled in 2003. However, they didn’t exactly make it the easiest thing in the world to get out of, either. What resulted was a confusing and messed up ride which I can’t even summarize without spoiling anything. I can tell you that while I wouldn’t rate this episode in my top 20 anytime soon, it was in true Futurama form and it was great to see that the show was back.
Knowing the situation that Rebirth was in, having to fix an almost definitive ending, you would think there would be a strong second episode to follow it up. However, I think that writing four movies has gotten the crew behind Futurama stuck in an odd format. The events of In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela seemed like they were for a fifth movie that got condensced into twenty-two minutes.
In this episode, a Death Sphere was headed towards Earth to destroy it. Zapp and Leela were sent to destroy the Death Sphere, and through a series of events, end up in their own Garden of Eden. This episode wasn’t horrible; there are others I dislike more. However, it wasn’t a very strong episode to follow Rebirth. I appreciated the many references to Star Wars and Star Trek, but a CSI: Miami reference left me scratching my head. While the reference was funny, I need it explained to me before I can decide if it makes sense. Again, this episode is not one of my favorites, but it definitely still had the Futurama flavor that the audience has come to love over the past decade.
Season Six So Far
While I feel that season six could have started a little stronger, I was not at all disappointed in the show’s return. The characters were themselves and it was almost possible to forget that the show was ever cancelled. I happen to be a fan of Fry and Leela – Freela, as I like to call them – and the Freela moments in both episodes were satisfying without being over the top. The series has landed, again, and I expect to see great things as the season continues.