Last night we managed to squeeze a couple of Futurama episodes in from the new season – and they were actually pretty good. When they first brought it back, we watched the first two episodes and it was like when they bring back some cult-classic show after a hiatus, and it’s just not the same… there’s that sinking feeling of “oh man, this was a mistake… better I remembered it like it was than this”.
As you get further into the season, the forced-jokes and lines that my friend describes as “feeling like they were written by some basement-dweller fan and shoved forcibly into the show” start to get fewer and farther between. The “proposition infinity” episode was filled with brilliant social commentary – I especially enjoyed the protest part, with the robots and men in women’s dresses and gay couples all accepted eerily mirroring the associated stigma surrounding gay couples today, when just a hundred years ago an interracial marriage was completely unfathomable.
The “eyePhone” episode was cleverly done as well, and a few moments in that episode had me in stitches as well. If they could just polish up Bender’s lines a little better (I feel like I don’t laugh at him as much as I should be), it’d be safe to say the series is back in full-swing – it’d be great if Comedy Central would pick up a season 7!