Season Two guest stars include Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek’s Lieutenant Uhura), Vice President Al Gore, Stephen Hawking, Pamela Anderson, Claudia Schiffer, Parker Posey, Sarah Silverman, and Conan O’Brien. Join in the fun as the Planet Express crew discovers the lost, mythical city of Atlanta; Bender joins the robot Mafia; Leela faces off with her misogynist childhood martial arts instructor; Mom uses Earth’s robots to take over the planet; the crew unwittingly imports as fast-food, the young of a warmongering alien race; and Nixon re-takes the White House. Fully loaded with trademark political and social commentary.
GirlsNite Review by Jennifer Brooks
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m a Futurama geek. Dream job: Futurama writer. I love Futurama. Consider yourself warned.
Matt Groening is famous for The Simpsons TV series and Life In Hell comic strip. He should be even better known for Futurama, the brilliant animated TV series he developed with David X. Cohen. That Futurama didn’t outpace its Springfield counterpart is sad, and speaks to the dumbing-down of America and the resulting fear of intelligent productions that dooms even animated comedies. (To be clear, I’m not putting down The Simpsons, just pointing out that these shows were made for different audiences. D’oh!)
Futurama is a great vehicle for contemporary critique in the guise of futuristic satire. Life, love, society, language, religion and politics are all fair game … [READ FULL REVIEW]
|Futurama, Vol. 2|
Matt Groening's second season of the 31st century sci-fi sitcom Futurama maintained the high scripting standards of the first and also well brought improved digital animation. Couch potato Fry now seems thoroughly reconciled to his new existence, transported 10 centuries hence to "New New York" and working for Professor Farmsworth's delivery service. He's surrounded by a cast of freaks, including the bitchily cute Amy (with whom he has a romantic brush) and Hermes, the West Indian bureaucrat. Most sympathetic is the one-eyed Leela (voiced by Katey Segal). Like Lisa Simpson, she is brilliant but unappreciated; she finds solace in her pet Nibbler, a tiny creature with a voracious, carnivorous appetite. By contrast, Bender, the robot, is programmed with every human vice, a sort of metal Homer Simpson with a malevolent streak.
In one of the best episodes, Bender is given a "feelings" chip in order to empathize with Leela after he flushes Nibbler down the toilet. Elsewhere, Fry falls in love with a mermaid when the team discover the lost city of Atlanta, Fry and Bender end up going to war after they join the army to get a discount on gum, and John Goodman guest stars as Santa Claus, an eight-foot gun-toting robot. Brimful with blink-and-you'll-miss-them hip jokes (such as the sign for the Taco Bellevue hospital) and political and pop satire, Futurama isn't a stern warning of things to come but rather, as the makers put it, "a brilliant, hilarious reflection of our own materially (ridiculously) overdeveloped but morally underdeveloped society." --David Stubbs
Season Two Episode Guide
Episode 1: I Second That Emotion
Episode 2: Brannigan, Begin Again
Episode 3: A Head in the Polls
Episode 4: Xmas Story
Episode 5: Why Must I be a Crustacean in Love?
Episode 6: The Lesser of Two Evils
Episode 7: Put Your Head on My Shoulder
Episode 8: Raging Bender
Episode 9: A Bicyclops Built for Two
Episode 10: A Clone of My Own
Episode 11: How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back
Episode 12: The Deep South
Episode 13: Bender Gets Made
Episode 14: Mother's Day
Episode 15: The Problem with Popplers
Episode 16: Anthology of Interest I
Episode 17: War is the H-Word
Episode 18: The Honking
Episode 19: The Cryonic Woman
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