ry’s sports-oriented mom and conspiracy-theorist dad are awaiting his arrival into the world in various states of lucidity. After the big moment, they introduce little Philip J Fry to his older brother, Yancy.
Holiday tidings from the crew of Planet Express! That is, as long as you’re not a seven-foot tall Santa robot with murder in your diodes.
There’s lots of nice animation sequences with plenty of sci-fi influences. Not a bad way to spend almost half an hour . . . But I still have questions.
There are some truly inspired animation moments in this episode. Fast-paced and action packed, much of the action is based on the Star Wars trilogy (4-6).
This episode has no shortage of inspired animation moments either. Perspective seems to be the animators’ speciality. It amazes me how much good animation I miss, simply because it’s so seamless and edited like a live-action show.
This here’s the story of the crew’s adventures in the mythical sunken city of Atlanta, yes, Atlanta. This great episode is full of rapid-fire one-liners and visual puns, way too many for me to describe.
I gotta tell ya, I loves me some Bender, but this episode leaves me unsatisfied. It has dead-on Godfather inferences and the story is well-told. I can’t shake the feeling, however, that there was too much story stuffed into too little time.
More Mom, Yay! She’s just an evil old bitch; I love her. Some steamy past romance comes to the forefront and we get to see a side of Bender never seen without mechanical coercement.
Not a bad episode in general. I enjoyed the brief visit from Lrrr and Ndnd, just because I love their names. I love the way Lrrr’s pupils change after he eats the hippie. A perfectly adequate middle of the road episode.
They don’t show up a lot in the series, but they play a pivotal role: Leela’s homeworld. That’s right, Leela is a mutant!
No great animation or spectacular storyline to hold your interest. Not that it’s a bad way to kill a half an hour. It’s still better than a half hour of most live action shows these days.
This episode rolls all of your favorite horror myths into one. Part Dracula, part Christine and part werewolf lore, this one explores robot afterlife, Bender’s family ties and manages not to suck too badly.
Another attempt to give us some insight into Fry’s past life falters at the gate. It takes us out of the “Fry attempts to woo Leela” storyline and generally breaks the rhythm of pretty decent season.
I guess they gave up on it in the second season once they figured out what they were in for. A robotic Santa gone awry is a very sci-fi touch. Classic. Not a bad Christmas episode as they go. There was only a little sappiness, nothing unbearable.
Another classic theme is explored in this episode: the evil twin. Very nice animation in a very sci-fi episode. The only complaint I have, aside from the usual nitpicking, is the ending. It’s like they didn’t have any more story and just tacked on Leela’s beauty pageant win.
This felt like another one of those filler episodes, just something seasonally appropriate for that time and slightly amusing. You could miss this episode and not miss a single plot point. (but don’t! 🙂 )
DOOP, or Democratic Order of Planets, is similar to the Federation from Star Trek. There’s also all of the alien life-forms on the space station, some familiar and some not. Of course, there is the entire space station itself and the scene when part of it breaks off into space.
The Omicronians, or at least two of them, visit Earth and interact with our main characters only a few times, but make a big impression nonetheless.
This episode marks the first appearance of Mom, a kick-ass character that recurs throughout the series. She tells it like it is, in some very colorful language. I can’t decide if I like her or Zap Brannigan more.
The fact that Bender wants to cook tickles me just a tad. Every other thing that humans do offends the hell out of him, I would think cooking and eating would be right up there. This episode sets the stage for a later episode in the series that deals with Bender’s cooking fetish in more depth.
It’s the professor’s turn to shine in this one. I know they need to give you some insight into the peripheral characters, but I like the ones later about Zoidberg and Hermes better.
Bender as a holy roller, will wonders never cease?! The Beastie Boys guest appearance was inspired; they were used well. There’s some enjoyable animation in the chase scene in robot hell as well.
Bender shows us he actually has a heart in that chest cavity as he falls in love, or maybe not. Watch and see. Leela and Fry begin their looong on and off flirtation with romance in this episode as well.
At least on the landscape! It makes a SadGeezer’s day to think TV addiction has a bright future*grin*.
Amy spends her most of her time getting involved in different adventures of the crew. She basically serves as some comic relief when Bender just won’t do. The rest of her time is spent bragging about her cuteness or slipping on something and hitting the floor.
Kif Kroker is the long-suffering first officer of the Nimbus and Amy Wong’s main man. He also happens to be a gangly green amphibian.
Personal information about Hermes may be few and far between, but we have
been let in on a few things in the course of the show. We know he’s a Jamaican former Olympic limbo contender, a born bureaucrat, husband to LaBarbara and father to Dwight.