It’s the crews 100th delivery! They’re sent to a rich lady with an explosive souffle provided by Elzar. But while attending a richy rich dinner party, Leela is once again discovered to be a mutant and sentenced to life in the sewers. The rest of the crew gets two weeks for harboring a fugitive mutant. But that only lasts for so long once Leela decides to fight for mutant equal rights.
But with the humans away, Bender will play. For he decides to throw the ultimate 100th delivery bash at the Planet Express HQ. But things don’t go as planned when he begins to really miss all his friends.
What worked: While this wasn’t the best episode of the season, it was beautiful. Just a lot of subtle jokes and zero forced topicalness. Exactly what Futurama should be. It was everything one could hope for from a Futurama 100th episode celebration.
I really liked the return of the mutant community of New New York. I’m always a fan of those episodes, and I also liked how the episode played on the fact that this is like the sixth time Leela has been discovered to actually be a mutant. And Fry’s non-mutant form was rather hysterical. Not so much because it was actually funny, but rather because of how absurd it was.
Bender’s ultimate 100th celebration party was just adorable. Not in that cute Baby Bender way, but it was just a nice, soothing reminder of why we all love Futurama so, so much. Seeing Bender just dance around shaking his groove thang put a smile across my face from ear to ear, and I wouldn’t have taken it any other way.
Also, before I forget the opening of this episode was really funny. The “gyroscopicaly stable” Bender cracked me up so much. Again, it was all about subtle humor in this episode, and I couldn’t get enough of it.
What didn’t: Here’s the thing, this episode while not the gut-buster that some others have been this season, was perfect in its own way. It was straight forward and never missed a beat. So no, there is nothing that didn’t work.
Final thoughts: A perfect 100th episode of Futurama.
Episode: “The Mutants Are Revolting” (Season 6, Episode 13)
Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm
What’s next: This is it ’til a holiday special in November. Then the show will receive an early run in 2011.
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