Monday, December 16, 2013

Day Three Hundred and Fifty - Futurama: Season 10, Episode 10, "One last flashback to the year 2000."

It's pretty much a given that at least once a season Futurama will pull at the heartstrings somehow. Whether it's with Seymour the Ever-Vigilant Mutt or the Five-leaf Clover, as bad as the show can get this late in its run, it still manages to hit you right in the feels.

There's a disaster in the making, a sonic spaceship is heading straight to earth and is destroying every piece of rock in its path and it's up to Fry to figure out what they want considering the fact that he's the only one who recognizes the tune it's belting out. In order to kickstart his memories, The Professor helps Fry dive into his dreamspace where he revisits all of his haunts that last day before he was frozen in our time.

While it's not as high a quality as Life of the Fryish or Jurassic Bark, Game of Tones is pretty darn cute and touches on probably one of the last untapped mines from that period of pre-Futurama wackiness, his sports-crazy mother (voiced by Tress MacNeille). While it's a bit of a stretch to think that Fry would risk the end of the world just to spend more dreamtime with his mother, when he can still have access to the memory world after he finds the tune, but it's good to see the old family again... even that cantankerous old hawk of a father of his.

There are a couple of gags that feel like the Futurama of old, not the Family Guy, break-the-fourth-wall and every other rule while they're at it style of jokes. I love the thought-spikes and the vibrating football game, Nixon and Agnew and the Close Encounters bits. It's not on par with the stuff of old, but still pretty darn decent.

It's kind of sad to think that there are just three short episodes left before the whole shebang is done... at least for now. Sure, there's always talk of finding home on another network (especially from the cast, when asked), but I get this sinking feeling that this is it. We'll have to just wait and see, I guess, and just savor the last few as they come.

Until tomorrow, Potatoes~

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