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Futurama: Volume Three
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Good news, everyone, the third DVD volume of Futurama is just as funny as ever--irreverent, boundlessly inventive, warmhearted, and chock-full of in-jokes, sight gags, and fleeting references to all manner of pop-culture icons and obscure genre cla
Good news, everyone, the third DVD volume of Futurama is just as funny as ever--irreverent, boundlessly inventive, warmhearted, and chock-full of in-jokes, sight gags, and fleeting references to all manner of pop-culture icons and obscure genre classics. In fact, if the show has a problem, it's that it's all so lovingly crafted that scarcely a frame goes by without something both funny and clever going on: when a horse wins a race by a quantum fraction, Prof. Farnsworth fulminates, "You changed the result by observing it!" 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.
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.
Futurama, Vol. 3 comprises 22 episodes on four discs. As with previous DVD sets, the animated menus are a treat, and there's a selection of bonus features including deleted scenes, storyboards, commentaries on every episode, animatics, "How to draw" tips, and more. Sheer heaven. --Mark Walker
- 22 episodes on four discs
- Commentary by Matt Groening on every episode
- Deleted scenes from 17 episodes
- Storyboards, character art, and "how to draw" galleries
- Animatic, 3-D models, and more
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There is not a single sub-par episode in the third season. The main characters were becoming deeper and more defined, as character development remained one of the writing team's most important strategies. (This has always been true for the Simpsons as well, except for the past few seasons.) The character with the most growth this season is Fry, as can be seen in surprisingly emotional episodes like "Parasites Lost," "The Luck of the Fryrish," and the ending scene of the otherwise uproarious "Time Keeps on Slipping." Meanwhile, this season gives us more on Leela's mysterious background, and Bender just gets more and more hysterical with each episode. We also learn that he's really a Mexican by the name of Bender B. Rodriguez.
Futurama continues to present, by far, modern TV's best use of the standard fiction method of lampooning real-life issues through an imaginative society. And the writing continues to be flawless, with complex and detailed hilarity throughout all the episodes, especially all-time winners like "Amazon Women in the Mood," "Insane in the Mainframe," and the aforementioned "Time Keeps on Slipping" (in which Bubblegum Tate of the Globetrotters delivers the most hysterical one-liner in all of human history: "that sucker's shakin' around like some fine imported booty!"). And don't miss the deservedly Emmy-winning masterpiece "Roswell That Ends Well," an absolutely brilliant example of complex comedy craftsmanship. Futurama is a show that is eye-catching and thought-provoking enough to truly make DVD's a beautiful technology. [~doomsdayer520~]
As for the show itself, if you're familiar with the series you can't really go wrong here. It's been a blast seeing all these episodes again, and I highly recommend it for fans. Check out volume 1-4 (they're complete seasons and some of the most classic moments from the series)
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