After a failed attempt to conquer earth, Ndnd throws Lrrr out of Omicron Persei 8. So Lrrr begins his mid-life crisis on earth in the company of Bender. But things don’t go as planned when earth is actually “conquered” by Lrrr and now Ndnd wants him back. Now he must choose between the friends that actually care for him, or the one he loves dearly. While at the same time Fry tries to get his amateur comic book off the ground and into the hands of millions at Comic Con.

What worked: This episode was a nerd’s wet dream. It was meta, it was topical, it was historical, it was just flat out funny.

Beginning with the stuff at Comic-Con, I was blown away when I saw Matt Groening and Co. in glass jars making cancellation jokes. And the second Bender made The Simpsons Movie 2 joke, I nearly pissed myself, I’m a huge fan of meta, and this episode of Futurama was all over it.

Then there’s the second act involving Orson Wells. Honestly, Wells is probably the last person I would’ve ever expected to see depicted in the series. I would be less shocked to see a portrayal of Glen Beck, to be honest. This where I was confirmed that this episode is for the hardcore nerds out there, as most of the average viewership probably has no clue who Orson Wells is. Please note I said “average viewership,” so anyone who provides a hateful comment to this should know, they are most likely not in that group.

As for the actual story line involving Lrrr’s midlife crisis, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I have never been a huge fan of his character, and the same goes for Ndnd. But in this episode, I felt like there was some real character development going on, and I loved every second on if.

I was also really digging the side gag with Fry’s comic book. And the joke hit a huge high for me early in the episode when he is showing it off a Comic-Con in the ultra tiny “Actual Comic Books” booth. Like I said, everything in this episode hit, and hit hard.

What didn’t: Like some other episodes this season, everything worked. There wasn’t a single joke that fell flat, and I’m glad to see Futurama running at 100% capacity.

Final thoughts: Once again, classic Futurama has shown.

Episode: “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences” (Season 6, Episode 11)

Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm

What’s next: In the season finale, and 100th episode, The Planet Express crew are hired for their 100th delivery. To celebrate, Bender organizes the biggest party of the millennium.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

image: Futurama TM and © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


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