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'Futurama' Season Finale Recap (VIDEO)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 3rd 2010 9:31AM
Futurama's 100th episode['Futurama' - 'The Mutants Are Revolting']

"Fry, this is the stupidest, sweetest thing you've ever done." - Leela

The season finale snuck up on me. It wasn't until a couple of days ago when I pitched a feature idea to the editors at TV Squad HQ about how this season was shaping up to be one of if not the best of the entire series run.

Then it dawned on me, this IS the last show of the season. Not only that but it's the 100th episode of the entire series. This thing that has been on the air just by the sheer force of the will of the fans who helped breath life into it and then brought it back to life, has reached one of the holiest milestones of television.

How does a show about the insignificance that time imposes on man make me feel so alive?

Maybe it's because the comedy is just as fresh and original as the day it first took to the airwaves, minus the first couple of episodes to work the kinks out this season. Maybe it's because it's got heart and sentiment without trying to smack you in the face with a Valentine's Day card. Maybe it's a combination of the two mixed with its own unique sense of adventure as a vehicle for gripping satire.

Both facets had a nice balance with last night's season finale in which Leela leads a mutant revolution against the surface-dwellers after Fry accidentally reveals that she's one of them. It's an interesting way to test the relationship that finally blossomed at the end of the last DVD movie, but never seemed to be fully addressed in the season except for the first episode and a brief sexual encounter as the inhabitants of Fry and Dr. Zoidberg, an image that still won't go away no matter how much Lava I try to use on my brain.

The comedy was spot on as usual from the tiny jokes that fluttered in and out of the dialogue to the bigger payoffs. Some of it didn't work as well as the others, like Hermes' insistence on not being ignored in his conversation with Fry shortly after he outs her mutant status that ends up landing them all in the sewers, but the episode has a whole still got lots of big laughs out of me.

It also gets a lot of mileage being a cartoon and seems to take an almost child-like glee in cartoon humor, something that in my opinion never stops being funny no matter how old you get. The souffle delivery in the episode's set-up scenes had a nice mixture of science and screwball humor as Bender "gyroscopically" delivers the explosive treat and then runs halfway around a planet and back again just to jump over a rickety bridge on the final leg of the journey. Physical comedy wasn't dead. It was just resting.

Even with its animated (oh the things I do with words) mindset, it still manages to get just as many miles out of being heartfelt and sentimental as it does as a satirical comedy. Fry's mighty sacrifice to Leela by jumping in the radioactive lake and becomes a giant tentacle flesh blob is perhaps one of television's most genuine and genuinely disgusting moments since Dennis Franz's forgot to bring pants to the set of 'NYPD Blue.'

And just when you think you've got the episode figured out with the subplot of Mrs. Astor's long lost husband who died in the tragic "Land Titanic" accident (another hilarious device for a show about the future), it punches you in the gut with perhaps one of the noblest acts of compassion and sacrifice that any human being can do.

In my mind, that's really what some of the better episodes of 'Futurama' are all about, that every person is really the same whether they have one heart or 14 of them and one is growing out of their forehead.

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Jason Surber

This was a momentous episode. For a show that was canceled years ago to come back and with such ratings. Season 7 should be great as well, and hopefully we will get a few more seasons after that at the least. Well I can hope anyway. I think I have most every episode saved on my DVR anyway lol. Working at DISh network at night I tend not to be home to watch, but my 922 has a 1TB hard drive, and a sling adapter built in, so I can watch any futurama I want wherever I am, either from the DVR, or from my live TV feed.

March 03 2011 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arclight

Wow!

No mention of the DEVO cameo!

Really?

September 04 2010 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
adriangl90

Lovely review. I liked this Futurama episode a lot more than last week's one. The best thing about this new season is how it's shaping up to be the Futurama we all loved. IMO, it's not one of the best, as you said, but there's definitively potential. Kudos to the writers and the fans who have brought back one of the most amazing shows ever.

September 03 2010 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Danny Gallagher

Thanks for the kind review of my review, heh.

September 03 2010 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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