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Futurama - Volume 7

by Louise Adams
Tuesday Dec 11, 2012
Futurama - Volume 7

Futurama: Volume 7 is a geektastic, retro-futuristic collection of 13 episodes from the 2012 season, created by Matt "Simpsons" Groening, then canceled by Fox but gratefully resurrected on Comedy Central in 2010.

The almost six-hour, two-disc set is appropriately peppered with pop-culture references from Bruce Springsteen lyrics to potential Planet Express uniforms borrowed from "Barbarella," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and "Dune."

Wanda Sykes guest-voices the deadbeat momma Slurm machine in "The Bots and the Bees;" species subjugation is explored in "Fun on a Bun" (Neanderthals at Oktoberfest); "31st Century Fox" (a robo-fox hunt lead by Patrick Stewart), and Mutual of Omicron's "Naturama," where the gang of Fry, Leela, Hermes, Bender, the Professor, Mom, Zoidberg, Amy, Kif and Zapp morph into spawning salmon, Galapagos Island creatures, and elephant seals.

"A Farewell to Arms" references the Mayan (rather, Martian) Doomsday calendar, timely on the eve of the predicted end of our own world.

Additional segments include the politically topical "Decision 3012," "The Butterjunk Effect" of nutritional supplements, the return of the Professor's parents in "Near-Death Wish," a casino heist in "Viva Mars Vegas," and Bender's search for the meaning of life in "Free Will Hunting."

Each episode features full-length audio commentary, bonus commentary on "A Farewell to Arms," and an alternate ending for "Zapp Dingbat," where Leela's mom begins dating doofus Captain Brannigan.

Also offered is "Christopher Tyng's Big Score," featuring the series music composer; "Futurama Karaoke" to sing along with favorite characters; "Möbius Trip" screen loops; plus the accurately-named "Too Good for TV" deleted scenes.

"Futurama Volume 7"
DVD set

Louise Adams is a Chicago freelance writer at www.treefalls.com (and a nom de guerre).


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