Posted by: ckckred | June 21, 2012

Futurama’s back with a Baby Robot and the Apocalypse

Matt Groening’s show returns with two new episodes, including one about the end of the world

I’ve never quite been a big Futurama fan before.  It’s a funny and underrated show, but never was in the same field as animated shows like The SimpsonsSouth Park, and Beavis and Butt-Head.  However, I ussually enjoy it and since there’s not much playing on television until next week (The Newsroom debuts Sunday and Louie comes next Thursday), I decided to watch Futurama last night.

The two episodes that came out last night, “The Bots and the Bees” and “A Farewell to Arms,” were pretty funny episodes that might have convinced me to start regularly watching Futurama.

The first episode, “The Bots and the Bees,” revolved around Bender having his first son named Ben (don’t ask me how that happened, I don’t want to explain).  As it turns out, Bender is a great father as he and his son do all the same things (steal, drink alcohol, etc.).

Then, Ben’s mother, a talking soda machine voiced by Wanda Sykes who abandoned him, come to take Ben back from Bender, leaving Bender sad.  He then runs off to take back his son.

The episode sort of reminds me of “Jurassic Bark,” where Fry finds out he can clone his old dog he had back in 1999.  But it wasn’t quite as emotional though, and more tried to get laughs.  “The Bots and the Bees” did succeed in that, though, so I will give it credit.

I liked the second episode, “A Farewell to Arms,” better because I thought it connected with the characters better.  It revolved around a Martian scripture foretelling the end of Earth in the year 3012, a reference to the Mayan prediction that the world will end in 2012 (a little appropriate because according to the Mayan’s, we only have six more months until the apocalypse comes).  Meanwhile, Fry tries to prove to Leela that he’s a good boyfriend by doing, well, very Fry-ish things, like putting his pants over a puddle for Leela to walk over (though it doesn’t turn out very pretty).

“A Farewell to Arms” wasn’t funnier than “The Bots and the Bees,” but was more satisfying.  Plus, we got to see Nixon’s head, which almost always makes me laugh.

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