Recurring minor characters (Elzar the chef, the robot mafia, the mutants in the sewers) pop up unexpectedly throughout, providing another wink to dedicated fans; like Red Dwarf, this is a show that loves the genre it sets out to spoof. Shame, then, that the show has had a troubled broadcast history and never quite found the mainstream appeal of its stablemate The Simpsons.
This year, Fry and the Planet Express team find themselves stranded on a planet of unfeasibly large women ("Amazon Women in the Mood"), standing in for psychotic Robo-Santa ("A Tale of Two Santas", with John Goodman reprising his evil robot) and variously falling in love with each other and sundry other humans, aliens, man-bots, fem-bots, virtual reality constructs and even the Planet Express ship itself.
On the DVD: Futurama, Series 3 comprises 22 episodes on four discs (see below for complete episode list). As with previous series DVDs the animated menus are a treat and there's a selection of bonus features including deleted scenes, storyboards, selected episode commentaries, animatics, "How to draw" tips and more. Best of all, though, each disc now has a "Play All" facility for the first time. Sheer heaven. --Mark Walker
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Disc Three Episodes:
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Quality of the episodes is a bit mixed. You get "stinkers" (by Futurama standards - still being great entertainment) like "That's Lobstertainment!", "A Leela of Her Own" and "A Pharaoh To Remember" but you also get a great share of real gems: The Emmy nominated "Amazon Women In The Mood", "Parasites Lost", "The Luck of the Fryrish", Emmy winner and Annie directing winner "Roswell that Ends Well" and WGA winner "Godfellas" to name a few.
As for the extras: Full length commentaries for the episodes (an extra one for "Roswell"), an Animatic of "Anthology of Interest 2" (early animated drawing version), more than 15 minutes of deleted scenes and then some. I've interviewed WGA winner Ken Keeler ("Godfellas") before and it was fun to get to know some of the backgrounds. The commentaries are a great surrogate to get that yourself.
Full episode list:
* Amazon Women in the Mood
* Parasites Lost
* A Tale of Two Santas
* The Luck of the Fryrish
* The Bird-bot of Ice-catraz
* Bendless Love
* The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
* That's Lobstertainment!
* The Cyber House Rules
* Where the Buggalo Roam
* Insane in the Mainframe
* The Route Of All Evil
* Bendin' In The Wind
* Time keeps on slippin'
* I Dated A Robot
* A Leela of Her Own
* A Pharaoh To Remember
* Anthology of Interest II
* Roswell that Ends Well
* 30 % Iron Chef
Futurama fans will have to buy it anyway, but I also suggest others to have a look at it. The show might be cancelled, but the quality of entertainment it induces is still great.
This is my overall fave season, The box set comprises of 4 DVD's filled with a total of 22 episodes
(the biggest boxset Futurama will see!)
DVD 1:Amazon Women in the Mood, Parasites Lost, A Tale of 2 Santas, Luck of the Fryish, The Bird-bot of Ice-catraz & Bendless Love.
DVD 2:The Day the Earth Stood Stupid, That's Lobstertainment, The Cyber House Rules, Where the Buggalo Roam & Insane in the Mainframe.
DVD 3:The Route of All Evil, Bendin' in the Wind, Time Keeps on Slippin', I Dated a Robot, A Leela of her own & A Pharaoh to Remember.
DVD 4:Anthology of Interest 2, Roswell that Ends Well, Godfellas, Futurestock, 30% Iron Chef.
Special Features of course include a commentary on every single episode by Matt Groening, David X Cohen and character voices that rarely fails to entertain.
Over 15 minutes of deleted scenes and stills gallery as with the Season 1 & 2 Boxsets.
The Picture and Sound Quality are Flawless and although this season does contain some poorer episodes, it is also home to some all time greats such as "Amazon Women in the Mood," "Parasites Lost," "Time Keeps on Slippin" and the Emmy-winner (and my personal faveourite episode) "Roswell that Ends Well"
If you're a fan of the series then this boxset is a must have, from Leelas second Eye and Professor Farnsworths mutant basketballers, to Frys Past-Nastyness with his Grandmother :-) AND all of the 'naughty' jokes that are cut from TV.
This Season will have you in stitches, and the entertaining commentaries just add to the re-watchability of these DVD's
For a meagre 30-40quid This Boxset will crown your DVD collection for years to come.
If I could give it 6/5 I would!!!
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