December 8, 2007

The King Returns: A Review

No, not Lord of the Rings! I'm talking about Futurama! It's back and better than ever! Well, at least just as good as when it left...

Bender's Big Score: The Review

"Bender's Big Score" is the first of four direct-to-DVD Futurama movies. If it's any indication of things to come, then Futurama is still the king! The ever so confusing yet entertaining plot centers around three naked aliens who take control of earth through spam e-mails. Plus, Fry finds the binary code that makes time travel possible tattooed to his ass. Silly, yes, but effective. Using its Futurama-esque humor and excellent writing, "Bender's Big Score" is every bit as funny and cleaver as the original series. It is one of those movies dealing with time travel (which always manages to make plots beyond comprehension), but it surely is entertaining if you don't think to hard about it. But I warn you: it will make your brain hurt if you try to figure it out! So don't bother, just enjoy the ride.

What I love about Futurama, is that it manages to be both cleverly funny and serious at the same time. The plot is always outlandish, but also serious. It's evident in the relationship between Fry, Leela, and Lars while all the madness is going on in the background. If you're still not sure exactly what I mean, take the episode "The Luck of the Fryrish" as an example. It has a funny and ridiculous plot in which Fry tries to find his lucky clover, but it's also serious in the story of Fry and his brother. I also happen to think that is one of the best of the show's episodes. "Bender's Big Score" has a similar tone and that's what makes the show so great.

This movie is an entertaining ride with a lot of plot, a lot of humor, a lot of heart, and a cliffhanger ending. The ending though, is guaranteed to be resolved in the next movie "The Beast With a Billion Backs". It also guest stars Al Gore and explains what really happened during the 2000 election. Oh, and it's got an awesome remixed theme song!

All in all, I recommend this movie to fans and non-fans alike. Make sure you go out and pick up a copy to support the show!

And now, a special treat: a preview of "The Beast With a Billion Backs". Enjoy!

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