Saturday, April 5, 2008
Remember Futurama? The sci-fi cartoon featuring a 20th century delivery boy, a wise cracking robot plus a female alien set in the year 3000?
I remembered watching it religiously back in secondary school on TV3, but to my utter dismay, it was discontinued after a few seasons. Luckily for me, I managed to obtained all 5 seasons of it from my roomie recently & had been watching it all over again, missing classes & neglecting homework in the process *evil laugh*
Since it was created by the erm, creators of The Simpsons, the show is filled with references to pop culture, parodies & spoofs that will make you laugh your pants off.
The series begins when a pizza delivery boy, Fry was accidentally frozen & transported 1000 years into the future. There, he met Bender, a foul-mouthed, pessimistic, beer drinking robot & Leela, a one-eyed female alien. The three were later hired by Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company & hilarity ensues as we followed their (mis)adventures.
In the year 3000 depicted in the show, humans coexist with robots and aliens from planets with funny names such as Amphibios 9, My Three Suns, Virgon 6 etc. There has been a huge advancement in technology & robots can be found doing all sorts of jobs (Bender was originally built to bend girders) Just like humans, you have male & female robots, even transsexuals!!
The characters live in New New York city, a city build over the ruins of Old New York city. Only two languages were left in the universe, English & Alien (French were long dead). People traveled using transportation tubes. And more amusingly, they have something called suicide booths, a place where you can end your life for just 25 cents (Hmm....whatever happen to good old wrist cutting?)
Yet, something never changes, the main source of entertainment is still television. The most popular star being the robot actor, Calculon. Internet still exists but it is very slow & largely made up of porn, pop-up adds & filthy chat rooms (not a far departure from its present state huh?)
The most funniest part of the show has to be the dialogs. The show is filled with witty one liners & clever quotes that comes in handy when you want to insult your friends.
Here are some of the classics :
'Bite my shiny metal ass'
'Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder'
'Would you kindly shut your noise-hole'
'People say I am dumb, but I proved them'
'Hey, let's go car shopping! My parents said that if I got all B's they'd buy me a bar. And I got all C's!'
'But existing is basically what I do'
'I hate the people that love me and they hate me'
Now, excuse me while I go & finish the remainder of the series : )