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The (10) Best Episodes of Futurama

2acv17 - War Is the H-Word 1024x768As the remaining 13 episodes of this stellar animation series debuts Wednesday at 10 pm on Comedy Central, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring back to your attention 2011’s phenomenal list of The 10 Best Futurama Episodes from one of my fave-rave sites, io9.

Below Alasdair Wilkins highlights my favorite episode War is the H-Word:

“There was no way I could put together a list of the ten best Futurama episodes without a Zapp Brannigan episode, and this might just represent the space captain described as “40% Kirk, 60% Shatner” at his psychotic best. Fry and Bender join the army to get a 5% discount on ham-flavored gum, which turns out to be a very bad move when Earth immediately declares war on Spheron I. Zapp proudly declares the planet is devoid of any natural resources or strategic value and that they know absolutely nothing about who they will be fighting, but the enemy did tell him that we look like dorks. While Fry struggles with his cowardice, Zapp is forced to confront his apparent attraction to macho new recruit Lee Lemon, who may or may not be a barely disguised Leela (of course it is). The episode also features tons of great riffs on the episode’s obvious inspiration Starship Troopers, a brilliantM*A*S*H parody complete with robotic Alan Alda, Fry being forced to serve as assistant to a surprisingly tyrannical Kif, the list of Bender’s ten favorite words, the world’s most epic collection of ball-related double entendres, and the one thing all the kids were clamoring for: a Henry Kissinger cameo.”

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In Memoriam: Futurama

Today the eulogy will be given by Brother Phil Plait, Astronomy and Lecture, creator of Bad Astronomy.

“There is a hypothesis—out of favor now, but it had its heyday—that the universe was cyclical. Big Bang, expansion, slowing, stopping, shrinking, Big Crunch … and then kaboom, another Big Bang, and here we go again. Art imitates life. The TV show Futurama exploded in to the geek community, rose in popularity, then was canceled. Then it was reborn, only to be canceled again. And then for a second time it was reborn from its ashes. But this cycle may be the last. Perhaps it’s entropy. Perhaps it’s a network executive who thinks Scruffy hits too close to home…”

For the rest of the sermon, and other lectures, attend Bad Astronomy at Slate.com.

Not. Again.

“The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.”
― Larry Niven, Ringworld

From Entertainment Weekly:

“The Planet Express ship will soon make its final delivery.

Comedy Central has decided not to renew Futurama, which means that the 31st-century-set animated comedy will end its 140-episode run on Sept. 4. The final 13 episodes, which represent the second half of season 7, begin airing on June 19 at 10 p.m.”

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