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Futurama

  • 2013
  • Season 9
  • 13 episodes
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Summary

Prepare to be transported to the year 3000 for the return of Fry, Bender, Leela and the usual cast of twelve-dimensional space monsters. Back by popular demand, Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's brilliantly subversive animated sci-fi comedy Futurama debuts its ninth season.

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Episode 3: Decision 3012

Summary

With the elections for world leader just around the corner, former president Richard Nixon announces his intention to run, the prospect of which leaves Leela in despair. Deciding to enter the political game herself, she finds a worthy candidate to support and runs his campaign - but when it proves a great success, Nixon enlists the mud-slinging services of Bender.

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Futurama might have been cancelled (again), but there are still plenty of episodes from the sci-fi cartoon’s last run left to enjoy. In this one, the Planet Express crew enter the murky world of politics as Leela attempts to get the saintly Senator Chris Travers to oust the current president – who happens to be Richard Nixon’s reanimated head in a jar.

The jokes are bang-on, ranging from the satirical (Travers’ main obstacle to success is his lack of birth certificate) to the frankly absurd (a 10-second silent sight gag involving an enterprising lion is a particular winner, along with a ponytail mishap).

An unexpected twist later on may not be to everyone’s tastes, however, and the episode’s vague social commentary sits uneasily. Still, it’s a valiant attempt, and a bittersweet reminder of the work that cancellation cut short. 

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Cast

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Philip J Fry/Prof Farnsworth/Dr ZoidbergBilly West
LeelaKatey Sagal
BenderJohn DiMaggio
VariousTress MacNeille
VariousMaurice LaMarche
Amy WongLauren Tom
Hermes ConradPhil LaMarr
ScruffyDavid Herman

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  • Episode 3

    Decision 3012

    Summary

    With the elections for world leader just around the corner, former president Richard Nixon announces his intention to run, the prospect of which leaves Leela in despair. Deciding to enter the political game herself, she finds a worthy candidate to support and runs his campaign - but when it proves a great success, Nixon enlists the mud-slinging services of Bender.

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    Futurama might have been cancelled (again), but there are still plenty of episodes from the sci-fi cartoon’s last run left to enjoy. In this one, the Planet Express crew enter the murky world of politics as Leela attempts to get the saintly Senator Chris Travers to oust the current president – who happens to be Richard Nixon’s reanimated head in a jar.

    The jokes are bang-on, ranging from the satirical (Travers’ main obstacle to success is his lack of birth certificate) to the frankly absurd (a 10-second silent sight gag involving an enterprising lion is a particular winner, along with a ponytail mishap).

    An unexpected twist later on may not be to everyone’s tastes, however, and the episode’s vague social commentary sits uneasily. Still, it’s a valiant attempt, and a bittersweet reminder of the work that cancellation cut short. 

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Philip J Fry/Prof Farnsworth/Dr ZoidbergBilly West
    LeelaKatey Sagal
    BenderJohn DiMaggio
    VariousTress MacNeille
    VariousMaurice LaMarche
    Amy WongLauren Tom
    Hermes ConradPhil LaMarr
    ScruffyDavid Herman

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