Friday, June 25, 2010

Reruns of "Futurama" still hold up

No matter how many times I've seen the episode it always makes me laugh.

Futurama is back after a seven-year hiatus with new episodes on Comedy Central. The new episodes, produced by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, and Ken Keeler, pick up right where the show left off.

The series originally ran on Fox from 1999 to 2003. For a few months, the show was a part of the Sunday animation block on the channel. And now, just like Family Guy, which was also revived after a long hiatus, Futurama is back, thanks to loyal fans and fantastic DVD sales.

“In a sense, the show was like one of its main characters, Fry (Billy West), the pizza-delivery guy who was inadvertently frozen during a delivery to a cryogenics lab. Futurama’ never really died.” The show, after being dropped from the Fox network, ran reruns on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Between 2007 and 2010, the show released four direct-to-DVD movies. Even in 2006, Comedy Central began to plan the revival of the series and began showing reruns in 2008.

The premier of the newest episode of Futurama tries to make up for lost time. Before the show began, the screen showed a frog with trippy looking eyes as Bender’s voice spoke. “On the count of three, you will awaken feeling refreshed, as if Futurama had never been cancelled by idiots, and then brought back by even bigger idiots. One... Two... Three.” In the episode, appropriately named “Rebirth,” Professor Hubert Farnsworth explains how the entire crew of the Planet Express was nearly destroyed in a battle. However, the professor was able to revive the crew by dunking their preserved heads and skeletons into a giant vat of stem cells. Each character comes out of the tub one at a time. All except Leela, “whose recovery becomes a tale of robotics and romance, very much in keeping with the tone of earlier episodes.”

Futurama is back and ready for a 12-episode season full of guests like Chris Elliot, Craig Ferguson, George Takei, Katee Sackhoff, and the executive producers, Groening and Cohen. GET PUMPED PEOPLE!

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