Futurama

Episode: “’Attack of the Killer App’” (Season 6, Episode 3)

Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm

Episode synopsis: Mom unveils a new device and everybody wants a piece of it. But there is much more to Mom’s new toy than meets the eyePhone.

Major developments: It’s Futurama, there are never any “Major Developments.”

What worked: First and foremost, this episode saw the return of the classic catchphrase “bite my shiny metal ass.” Might not mean much, but it’s refreshing to hear. I also quite enjoyed Futurama‘s take on the iHards. Some beautiful commentary, and relevant (which is few and far between for animated programs that don’t star foul mouthed nine year-olds). We also saw the return of beloved Futurama villain Mom, and all her crazy antics. Just another familiar face that is always nice to see.

What didn’t: As I said above, the fact that the show was able to be so relevant was very cool, which is why I got really annoyed with the Susan Boyle gag. It’s really out of left field and unnecessary. You might as well do a Leno-Conan joke at that point. A mis-step by the writers for sure.

Final thoughts: Ugly singer jokes aside, the episode is funny most of where it needs to be.

What’s next: Futurama takes a shot at the very pressing issue of robosexual marriage.

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


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