“Futurama”, like an undead ghoul, an alien pod person, or Mr. Spock, has arisen from the dead once again. Canceled once, then revived as a series of made-for-DVD movies, “Futurama” has come back to life with all-new episodes on Comedy Central.
Some spoilers may follow.
Two new episodes aired Thursday night, the first of which involved the bringing back to life of the intrepid heroes of Planet Express by another mad scheme by the decrepit yet clever Professor Farnsworth.
The episode involved stem cells, no longer controversial even when taken from a freshly killed human adult; mistaken identities; robot twins; and Fry’s about-to-be-requited love for Leela, the kick boxing, tough-as-nails but vulnerable-as-all-hell, one eyed bombshell. Eventually, humans and robots get sorted out, and everyone is paired up with the proper being.
And, are robots are allowed to marry in the 31st Century? Is marriage not just reserved for one biological being with another? Perhaps the subject of another episode.
The second episode involved the impending doom of the Earth which leads, logically, to Captain Zapp Brannigan and Leela being shipwrecked on an Illylic planet, apparently, and the Earth destroyed, apparently.
What follows is something that was covered by a Poul Anderson story and a million fantasies of sc-ifi fan geek boys. Zapp Brannigan, whose bad fashion sense is matched only by his horrible social skills and his even worse command style, has been hot for the one-eyed hottie since “Futurama” began. Now, he surmises, is his chance.
As the last two surviving Earth humans, it is the duty of Captain Brannigan and Leela to start procreating the human race. The matter has logic, and is buttressed by Brannigan’s uncharacteristic consideration for Leela’s welfare.
But, of course, it is all a scam. The Earth is not destroyed. In fact, Brannigan and Leela are on Earth. Leela is put out, a not uncommon feeling when Zapp Brannigan is concerned.
But, before the yelling can begin, the alien probe that has threatened to destroy the Earth arrives and pronounces itself moved not to destroy the Earth by the sight of Leela and Brannigan gamboling in the woods. To seal the deal, Leela and Brannigan must now have sex.
Brannigan, who has had so many luckless encounters with aliens and such, has at last found that his luck has turned. So, fortunately off-camera, he scores and helps to save the Earth, a lover and a hero all at once.
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