After getting the first question wrong on a game show, Fry comes to the conclusion that that everyone else already figured out, he is a giant dope. So while the professor is trying to cheer him up by showing his collection of vintage Leonardo da Vinci memorabilia, Fry accidentally destroys Leonardo’s beard. But by doing so he accidentally reveals Da Vinci’s greatest secret. This, combined with clues that are revealed to be within The Last Supper, will take the team down the rabbit hole of Leonardo da Vinci’s mind to discover his ultimate secret.
And so begins another week on Futurama…
Major developments: I’ll say this for the rest of the shows run… It’s Futurama.
What worked: This is one of those unique episodes. The ones that aren’t trying to make a statement (like last week), but rather trying to just have a good time. The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, they all do episodes like this from time to time. While I was annoyed at first with the whole “The Da Vinci Code” thing, mostly because it has been done to death in other shows, it really turned into something quite funny. It always fun to watch Futurama re-write history to its liking. Turning Da Vinci into an alien who is the dumbest person on his planet, that is something only Futurama could get away with, and it totally works.
What didn’t: As I said last week, the topics Futurama is covering right now are dated. They are trying to make up for lost time by covering things they couldn’t while they were off the air. While I would of been fine seeing a Da Vinci Code reference in 2006, seeing it in 2010 is just dumb. There are plenty of pop culture reference the show could be making that are relevant. How about a Lady-Ga-Ga joke, or maybe a Justin Bieber gag, all I am saying is that there are better jokes to be made, and the writers aren’t making them.
Final thoughts: I appreciate that Futurama is trying, and while the gag works on some level, it is still dated and that is a problem that the writers need to start fixing.
Episode: “’The Duh-Vinci Code’” (Season 6, Episode 5)
Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm
What’s next: Bender learns that he suffers from a mortal manufacturing defect.
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