Animation fans have spent much of the summer buzzing about the upcoming Simpsons and Family Guy mash-up, but it turns out there’s actually another crossover between two beloved franchises brewing: The Simpsons and Futurama.
July 4th is a great time of year to celebrate the birth of our great nation, appreciate Independence, democracy and our troops whilst filling our stomachs with barbecued goodies and feasting our eyes on fireworks displays. Or we can stay inside and watch non-stop The Walking Dead episodes back to back to back!
Forget fictional anniversaries, Futurama turns fifteen today, so let’s all wish Matt Groening’s animated series a happy birthday! Well, as happy as an off-air birthday can be. But good news everybody, whether or not they find another network, the Planet Express crew will be back at least once more thanks to the cross-over with The Simpsons. And hey, at least it never overstayed its welcome.
Last night was (once again) the final episode of Matt Groening and David X Cohen's Futurama and it couldn't have gone out with a better installment than "Meanwhile." Well, except maybe "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings," the original finale when Fox dropped the multi-Emmy award winning animated series after four hilarious and impeccably crafted seasons. But this was pretty good too. And sad. No, that's not a tear.
First of all, the final few episodes of Futurama clearly aren't being broadcast in the production order since the title-card for "Stench and Stenchibility" was probably supposed to recall the installment that immediately preceded it not the one that aired two weeks ago. It also makes sense that the creatives would want it to follow "Game of Tones" since the latter's title is a play on last night's guest star Emilia Clarke's regular series. Game of Thrones. You might have heard of it.
Not to sound like a broken record, however, it's important to stress that there a very few new episodes of Futurama remaining. And that's not just this season, it's (maybe) forever. To be honest, Season 7B has been a bit of a struggle and even had dedicated fans questioning whether it was time for the Emmy winning animated series to stop but with it still delivering clever parodies like "Murder on the Planet Express," perhaps we questioned too soon? Not that it matters, Futurama's still doomed. Dooooomed!
Not counting next year's cross-over with The Simpsons, there are only three episodes of Futurama left after last night’s nostalgic ”Game of Tones.” And with the animated series coming to an end (again), it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the writers wanted to bring back Seymour, Fry’s too-loyal dog and one of the most memorable guest stars from one of the show's most celebrated installments.
It’s probably prudent to address the falsity floating around the internet about last night’s Futurama being a crossover episode with Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time. It’s not. Sorry. An image from ”Leela and the Genestalk” surfaced showing Bender stumble across Jake and Finn making everyone jump to the conclusion that the Emmy award winning series were coming together when it was really nothing more than a glorified cartoon cameo.
Last week’s "Calculon 2.0" was a welcome return to form for Futurama but it still doesn’t make up for just how spotty the second half of the seventh season has been so far. And now that “Assie Come Home" has aired, you can count the number of remaining episodes of the animated comedy on one hand. Because there’s five. Let’s hope they saved the five best for last.
Futurama made what could be its final trip to Comic-Con last week and, while that in itself made the panel a twice in a lifetime event, Matt Groening also announced that the Planet Express crew would be making a special delivery to Springfield. That’s right, a Futurama-The Simpsons crossover! And considering the quality of "Saturday Morning Fun Pit," the episode that aired during the event, it sadly might be the right time for the former to call it quits. Or did "Calculon 2.0" manage to reboot our faith in the show?
The Simpsons and Futurama have crossed over once before, but only in comic form. Now that Futurama is set to go off the air (again), the creator of both shows, Matt Groening, is finally willing to bring it to the big screen. During the Comic-Con panel for Futurama today Groening hinted at a Simpsons/Futurama crossover in an upcoming episode
Bad news everybody, Futurama is making what is probably its last appearance at Comic-Con with the seventh and final season of the animated comedy is coming to an end very soon. It's doooooomed! But before the show goes out in a blaze of glory, they also want to ensure an epic final panel. On the dais for the special occasion is most of Futurama's voice cast, including Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom.
There hasn’t been a truly excellent episode of Futurama during this half of the seventh season (so far) but the animated comedy is at least getting better every week. The recent improvement in enjoyability might have something to do with the series shifting the focus to everyone’s favorite robotic bad-boy for the second straight installment. And “The Inhuman Torch" even manages to make Bender a genuine, selfless hero. Who would have thought?
For some reason, once Futurama was resurrected by Comedy Central they started splitting the animated comedy into two-part seasons and, just before it returned to small-screens for the second half of the seventh, the network also revealed that this run would be the series’ final stretch. Meaning, after “Forty Percent Leadbelly," last night’s very promising turn, only a single-digit number of new Futuramas remain! Forever! Probably!
Futurama returned for the second half of the seventh season last week and, just like the premiere for the first, did so with a one hour special airing back-to-back episodes. Unfortunately, the two installments that kicked off Season 7B, weren’t nearly as funny or sweet as the pair that aired for 7A. By no means terrible, just not the quality fans have come to expect from Futurama, one of the 823543 wonders of the future world