Review: Futurama – That Darn Katz!

Nibbler is getting sick and tired of being treated like a inferior pet. Upon ordering Leela and the rest of the team to treat him like an equal, Leela and Co. find a new pet. An adorable kitty that Amy is allergic to. But things are not as they appear. As the cats have hypnotized the everyone of the crew, except for Amy and Nibbler. Now it’s up to them to stop the cute kitties’ diabolical plan before earth is destroyed.

Major developments: The Planet Express ship is green.

What worked: First and foremost, I am always a fan of talking Nibbler episodes. It also makes the joke funnier that the crew is fully aware Nibbler is an intelligent being that is just super cute. I like watching Nibbler finally get fed up with the cutesy act, then realizing he can’t live with out it.

Check after the jump to see more of Merrill’s thoughts including what didn’t work this episode. Or alternately, the thoughts most likely to infuriate Futurama apologist Matt Welch…

I also dug the cat planet. I have a feeling this episode is a nod to the audience of the show. Most of the audience is a geek audience that for what ever reason, is a majority cat people (I’m a dog person myself). So basically, if you love cats you’ll love this episode. And for the record, the animators really know how to make some adorable kitties.

What didn’t: While the story of this episode was really well put together, I don’t know if I would call it funny. It was well written and well voiced, but it wasn’t the laugh out loud riot that lase two weeks of been. That isn’t to say that that’s a bad thing though. This episode is certainly better than the first five episodes of the season, but it isn’t one of the funnier ones. I think that has more to do with my love for dogs and semi-hatred of cats then it does the episode. I have a feeling cat lovers are going to get a kick out of it.

The only other gripe was Amy’s story line. While on paper it’s a good idea to show that she is actually a very intelligent person, in execution it falls a part. And since she’ll be the ditzy girl she’s always been in the future, it makes this episode’s story line about her, nothing more than one of convenience to get to the energy device that sucks power from earth’s rotation.

Final thoughts: A very well structured episode of Futurama despite it not being that funny.

Episode: “’That Darn Katz!” (Season 6, Episode 8)

Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm

What’s next: The theory of evolution is put to the test on a planet inhabited by robots.

To read more of Merrill’s television reviews and to listen to his Idiot Boxers podcast with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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