Review: Brand Spanking New Futurama!

So Futurama is back now on Comedy Central with 26 new half hour episodes on the way the first two air tonight which are titled “Rebirth” and “In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela”. Now i don’t have cable but i do have the internet and thanks to the latter i have already seen both of the episodes. Let me start off by saying how much i love Futurama and how bummed i was when it was canceled, it was one of those shows that just stuck with you and now the better part of a decade, four direct to dvd movies and tons of merchandise later one of my favorite shows of all  time is resurrected to unleash ham flavored gum and slurm goodness upon our asses.

Let’s get to it “Rebirth” takes off directly where “Into the Wild Green Yonder” left off our heroes hurtling through a wormhole which ends up dropping them off right in front of earth, one stupid comedy central related wormhole joke later we begin the actual story. This episode has some pretty good laughs but most of it is as is the case with many episodes focusing on the relationship between Fry and Leela. Overall the episode was enjoyable but i have the feeling that there maybe a bit of time before the show hits its stride, again the show has been off the air for 8 years and there are going to be some episodes that aren’t great i have made peace with that. This one was ok not great but insanely better than not having new Futurama at all.

The next episode “In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela” is not as funny as the first it has issues with pace, story and overall lame jokes. There is some funny parody of Star Trek the motion picture in it(That’s Star Trek :TMP not the reboot) but aside from that the beginning and ending frames are pretty much the funniest parts of the episode once you see them you will understand what i mean.

As far as a score i feel my overwhelming love of all things Futurama related leaves me a bit biased, after all i own the complete series on dvd in a Bender Head box(available on amazon for those interested). I give “Rebirth” a solid 4 out of 5 while “In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela” gets a 3 and that’s being generous. Anyway I’m certain there are new and exciting comedic adventures on the way for the brave crew of  planet express and i will be watching you can bet your shiny metal ass on it!

So for now everyone take it sleazy, this weeks comic reviews should be up soon.

peace out

Chris

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