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In one of the best episodes, Bender is given a "feelings" chip in order to empathise 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 programme-makers put it, "a brilliant, hilarious reflection of our own materially (ridiculously) over-developed but morally under-developed society."
On the DVD: Futurama's four-disc package presents the show in 4:3 with a Dolby Digital soundtrack. Among the many extras here are audio commentaries, storyboards, trailers, mock ads for "Soylent Chow" and "Human Rinds" and deleted scenes, including one from "Bender Gets Made" in which he seeks to evade the Robot Mafia by changing his identity. --David Stubbs
Following the adventures of Philip Fry, an idiot who got cryogenically frozen by accident and defrosted in the year 3000, Futurama brings together a group of freaks and oddballs and lets the chips fall. You can forget the science-fiction aspect of it because there isn’t really one – this comedy is all about human interaction and family values.
This exquisitely designed boxset contains the entire second production season (which translates to half of the second and third broadcast seasons). That’s nineteen episodes, spread across four discs. Those who lament Region 2’s inferiority might like to bear in mind that there’s still no release date for either this or the first season boxset in the US.
The episodes are universally great, not a single duff gag to be found. If you’re a fan of the series these are worth having just for all the rude jokes that get cut for TV. And if that wasn’t enough, every single episode has a full-length commentary with Matt Groening, David X Cohen (Exec Producer) and a host of others (including voice talent) which rarely fail to be entertaining, even if you do occasionally notice the strain of filling 437 minutes.
More gems can be found in the extras menus; deleted scenes, animatics, character profiles and Easter eggs abound.
It’s to be expected that the picture is in TV format with mere stereo sound and this is not in any way a detraction from the value of the set. Quality-wise, both are immaculate. Rarely has a disc been so deserving of your money.
1. I second that emotion
2. Brannigan begin again
3. A head in the polls
4. Xmas story
5. Why must I be a crustacean in love?
6. Put your head on my shoulder
7. Lesser of two evils
8. Raging bender
9. A bicyclops built for two
10.How Hermes requisitioned his groove back
11.A clone of my own
12.The deep south
13.Bender gets made (AKA Bendfellas)
14.The problem with popplers
16.Anthology of interest I
17.War is the h-word
19.The cryonic woman
Futurama Season 2 once again follows the adventures of Bender, Lela, Fry, Zoidberg and the rest of the crew on another fun filled season, Delivering goods to planets beteen earth and the edges of the known universe... Well, that's what they are SUPPOSED TO DO. The truth is that they only actually deliver 4 or 5 things in all 19 episodes... the rest of the time is one long run of goofing off, and trying to avoid work, only as 31st century folks can!
Follow our gang into the sewers of NNYC, to the depths of the lost city of Atlanta, or to Lela's home planet. Or, you can follow Zap Brannigan's one-man-crusade against the Neutral Planet in "Brannigan Begin Again".
No matter where our heroes go, you can always be assured of a good laugh, so buy this DVD, and keep yourself warm this winter!
Also, the Commentry isn't half bad, either, with each episode containing at least 5 members of the creative team, and atleast 2 of them worked on the simpsons, as well. And you get all the jokes from behind the scenes of the show!
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