So after many years of waiting and hoping Futurama is at long last returning to finish its sixth season (really this should be season 7 but it seems it takes two years to air a season a Comedy Central). I’m not going to explain why this is an achievement but this show has at least nine lives.So I’m going to make some short comments about the two episodes that Comedy Central premiered last night. Sadly, neither had the anime parody announced but there will be a full season (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-06-23/new-futurama-episode-with-anime-inspired-sequence-previewed). I will warn you now there are some spoilers but nothing to egregious. This is a comedy so telling the basic story is there but not ruining any of the jokes. I might say a sight gag but its a sight gag so go and see it. This is your last warning for this article.
This wasn’t the greatest episode but it did have a very classic Star Trek feel to it for the second act. This comes as no surprise that Futurama would parody Trek. It was a fun episode but the big gag was having a collection of characters (all the main cast, a few regular support characters, Labarbara and Scruffy most notably, and some featured extras) have their genders removed and then later switched. There were some minor hijinks here with this and the now classic terrify nudity that comes to live on Futurama but really the whole point was the make character designs that fit the characters if they were of opposite genders.
Okay, I’ll admit it now I’m a bit of a science Apocalypse nerd. This one was based on the grey goo theory of mankind’s demise. The basic premise was that Bender gained the ability to create two smaller versions of himself that also had that same power. The result of this is a quintillion small Benders are created. Yet again this episode features equation jokes (not as good as last year’s but still, the show is for nerds) which seemed accurate at quick glance. This episode is not touching but very good. I worried at one point that Futurama would have a quality decline but I have yet to see it, the only thing that happens is that the writers have to get back into shape but that never takes long.
Well there you have it. Futurama got a second batch of episodes on Comedy Central and hopefully a good run that ends on the terms of the production staff.