on 4 January 2006
I think it was a crime against television that FUTURAMA (1999-2003), Matt Groening's wonderful and funny follow-up to THE SIMPSONS (1989-????), got axed by Twentieth Century Fox. The show had gotten better and better when Fox WRONGFULLY cancelled it. FUTURAMA should receive the same regoncition that THE SIMPSONS has recieved.
My favourite episodes of Season Three are:
"Parasites Lost" - The first and, thankfully, not the last episode where Fry tries to win the heart of Leela. The scenes with the two in together are very touching and sweet.
"Amazon Women In The Mood" - our heroes get trapped on a planet of giant, Amazonian women, which is ruled by a man-hating, female computer. What surprised me in that episode was that the relationship between Amy and Kif (Zapp Brannigan's long-suffering alien companion) was beginning to develop.
"The Day The Earth Stood Stupid" - Evil alien brains conquer Earth and only Fry can stop them! The other thing that surprised me in this Season was that Nibbler, Leela's cute pet alien, is a member of a powerful and intelligent race!
"Luck Of The Fryish" - A very moving episode where Fry travels into the remains of Old New York to get this lucky, leaf clover back. The ending is so emotional.
"The Cyber House Rules" - Leela decides to get an eye operation while Bender adopts 12 orphans.
"Rosewell That Ends Well" - the crew accidentally gets sent back through time and ends up in Rosewell, 1947 in this Emmy award-winning episode!
There are many great episodes of Season Three. It's just a shame that FUTURAMA got axed when the show was developing. However, in recent months, there have been rumours that Fox will bring the show back because it has done so well on DVD and TV repeats. I really DO hope it will happen! FUTURAMA, like THE SIMPSONS, will live forever.
on 25 April 2003
Out of the 4 production runs Futurama had (stretched to 5+ seasons on TV), Season 3 is the only one with a complete set of 22 episodes.
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.
on 8 July 2003
Futurama launched with season one, got off to a quick pace with season two and with season three breaks off into an intergaltic speed!
Season three is by far the most stuuning,wittiest,bizarre and laugh your pants off season of Futurama to be realeased on DVD yet! Like its bigger brother The Simpsons, Futurama awards the eagle eyed viewer with hillarious jokes that only the quick will spot. The Factorthat makes Futurama as funny as The Simpsons an at times even funnier (can i say that?) is the that since Futurama is set in the future the makers of the show can get away with alot more far fetched ideas. For instance: In the episode "Thats Lobstertainment!" you will find the DNA of Jack Nicholson reconstituted with the body of a gorilla! I laughed for hours! The show is a Science Fiction fans dream with many of the shows jokes having a dig at SCI-FI movies and shows.
Major episode highlights of this boxset are:
"The Luck Of The Fryish": Who said animation couldnt be upsetting? This episode is so moving! Look out for Noticeably F.A.T (an excellent character!).
"Time Keeps on Slipping": The Globetrotters challenge Earth to a Basketball game with nothing but shame at stake! Cue atomic super babies, uncontrollable time jumps, More bad luck for Fry and Sweet Clyde!
"Roswell That Ends Well": The Planet Express Crew travel back in time to Roswell! Zoidberg is probed!, The Professor wears the swankiest outfit known to man! and Fry becomes his own.........watch it and see!
"Godfellas": A very philisophical episode. Who'd have thought it!
"Amazon Women in The Mood": Zapp Brannigan and Kiff on a planet full of women! Worth the price just to see the scene where Zapp is doing kareoke!
I say these are the highlights but these are just my personal favourites. Every episode is of a high quality that you come to expect from Matt Groening.
Okay.........Extras! Pretty cool. Every episode has audio commentary from the cast and crew which is quite amusing itself as they talk you through how they make the episodes. Also on each disc are deleted scenes which never made the final cut. You can only see them here! Also the menus are nicely animated and always a pleasure to watch.
Overall this is an outstanding collection that i would recommend to anyone. Especially fans of The Simpsons and Science Fiction. Buy this DVD now Futurama will go down in History as the most underated cult classic of all time! Crack open a Slurm and enjoy!
on 29 April 2003
Following the mis-adventures of everyones favourite Delivery boy and his group of oddball friends (Zoidberg Rocks!!)
Season 3 continues Matt Groenings hilarous animated comedy from season 2 into some of its finest moments.
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!!!
This is the only season of Futurama I hadn't seen all of before getting the DVDs but thankfully it does live up to its predecessors. All the characters continue to develop, including some of the recurring characters such as Lieutenant Kif, Zapp Brannigan's second in command and Nibbler, Leela's three-eyed pet. Highlights of this season for me include `Parasites Lost', `The Luck of the Fryrish' and `Time Keeps on Slipping'. The only real low point of the series is the episode `That's Lobstertainment' but the rest of the episodes more than make up for this one. Futurama is sometimes touching always funny and generally a great series, far better than the Simpsons.
on 8 June 2004
This is possibly Futurama at its peak and is often better than The Simpsons (thats how good it is). Bender, Dr Zoidberg and Fry are hilarious especially in the episodes "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" and "That's Lobstertainment" (both on Disc 2).
Futurama often doesn't get the credit it deserves and if anyone wants proof of its quality should watch any of these episodes. "The Luck of the Fryish" (disc 1) is possibly the best ever Futurama episode in which Fry learns out about his past.
The extras are good as well including commentaries for every episode and a lot of deleted scenes. The international clips are excellent as well.
on 1 February 2005
This is the best season of the best tv show ever. Therefore, it's the best dvd ever and is definately worth your money. This gives you such brilliant episodes as
The Luck of the Fryrish (where Fry goes in search of his long lost seven-leaf clover)
The Day the Earth Stood Stupid (where Earth is invaded by floating brains that make everyone stupid)
Insane in the Mainframe (where Fry and Bender are committed to the robot insane asylem)
Time Keeps on Slipping (where as the name suggests, time keeps on skipping)
I Dated a Robot (where Fry starts dating a robotic version of Lucty Lui)
Anthology of Interest Part II (Futurama's answer to The Simpsons' Halloween Specials)
Roswell that Ends Well (an Emmy winning episode where the planet express crew travel back in time to discover they were the aliens that crashed in the Roswell incident)
and many more.
This DVD also features loads of great special features including geniunly funny commentaries on each episode and the hilarious Christmas Message from David X. Cohen easter egg.
Buy it! I dare you!
on 20 June 2004
Don't want to go into too much detail about specific episodes but if you are a fan of the other series then you won't be disapointed. Futurama has by far caught up with the Simpsons and is great in its own right, this series continues the laughter of the first two series and is probably even better. I am a massive Simpsons fan and Futurama in my opinion is just as good sometimes better so I highly recommend this 3rd season, enjoy!
on 21 July 2003
The series just seems to get better. When I first watched Futurama I have to say I was a little disappointed, the pilot I thought wasn't as good as the Simpsons. With time and the more I watched the series grew on me and now i'm a avid fan, got loads of Futurama merchandise my fave being the metal lunch box. Season 3 has one of my fave episodes, the luck of the fryish. This epsiode in paticular made me realise how great Futurama is. You'll laugh and cry, this episode bought a tear to my eye. I would have paid the full price of the box set just for this episode alone. All the other episode are fantastic too. I really hope they bring all the other seasons out on DVD soon, I want to complete the collection. Do your self a favour and just buy this and the others even if you're just a passive viewer, you will regret it if you miss out on this classic series.
on 23 July 2003
Whilst it may not be the most consistent of production seasons, it is the biggest, and certainly a cut above any other cartoon series on the planet.
The presentation of the DVD set is top notch. The outer shell case is a bit flimsy, but you get 4 DVDs in sturdy DVD casing, beautifully decorated. The menus are clear, and there is the additional option of playing all the episodes on the DVD that was missing on previous seasons. Like previously seasons it is filled with the familiar extras, including deleted scenes, and the excellent audio commentary. It is well worth watching each episode for a second time to hear the commentary sound track - insightful and funny.
As for the episodes, it is a mixed bag. However, each episode is well worth watching, and most are deserved classics. The thing that strikes you with Futurama, compared to series, is the attention to detail. Whether it be signs in the background, or the nature of physics, the writers know their stuff, and there's plenty of enjoyment to be had.