TV Review: Futurama is back! A Spoilerific review of the first two episodes

The first episode, called "Rebirth," picks up right after the last straight-to-DVD movie ended, with our crew popping out of a wormhole to deliver our first joke about Comedy Central. Everything seems fine until we realize that everything isn’t what it seems, and Fry and his great-great-great-great-great-nephew Professor Farnsworth are the only ones OK.

After a startling scene with the Planet Express crew hanging on a clothesline (dig them bones), Farnsworth makes the show's first political joke, regarding how he’s using stem-cells. While most-everyone comes out of the goo perfectly healthy, Lela stays in a coma and it's said that she would never awaken again. In response to this news, Fry goes out and gets a robot, fixes it up and implants the personality and looks of Lela into the machine. I figured that would be how Lela remains in the show, since there is no difference between the real and the robot. I was wrong. After a bizarre scene in which the real Lela is awoken, the whole episode spins out of control — with it becoming apparent that Fry is a robot, too. Then Fry also comes popping out of the goo, and robot-Lela and robot-Fry pull off their own skin, start talking like Arnold Schwarzenegger and depart, leaving everything back to normal I guess. Confused? Yeah, me too.

[image-1]The second episode is about a death star destroying planets and Zapp Brannigan (my favorite character) is the only one who can stop it — well, Zapp and the Planet Express Crew. After Farnsworth is baffled by the origins of the death star, he sends Lela and Zapp on a hilarious stealth ship (the ship is the only thing that is stealth, leaving the passengers very much visible). Once the plan goes south, Lela and Zapp are trapped on what they think is a deserted planet with no hope of escape. When the truth comes out about this mysterious planet (hint, you're sitting on it now), well, obviously, Lela is not too happy that Zapp lied to her to get into her pants. The origins of the death star are hilarious (an FCC satellite merged with an old military satellite), and the episode ends with the death star forcing Zapp to have sex with Lela, before the satellite leaves.

So, overall, not a bad way to start off. The characters don’t seem to have changed much, which is good. The political references are obviously still there, and the silliness has been cranked up a bit (I assume to compete with Family Guy).

It’s good to have Futurama back!

Futurama is back and I couldn’t be happier. For you fans out there, it's been a long road, with promises and hopes of a new season being teased for nearly three years now. At long last, Comedy Central has pulled the series out of development hell and launched it back onto the airwaves. The first two episode of the new season premiere tomorrow, Thurs., June 24 at 10 p.m. Will Futurama be able to suck us back in despite the long vacation? Keep reading (and beware, many SPOLIERS ahead!) …

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