So I've been trying to escape through Futurama. I'm still tense, but I'm trying. I'm really trying.
I'd forgotten how much I loved this show. It was so SMART.
I remember when I first watched it I wasn't very impressed. I was a junior in college when it premiered and one of my roommates and I decided to watch it. I was all about The Simpsons back then and my precious X-Files and I had no intention of watching something I thought would be stupid.
It didn't take long for me to start to really enjoy it, though. Needless to say, I really hated Fox for preempting it all the time and putting it on air at lousy times.
I don't know. It's just good. Great for scifi fans. I guess if you're not into scifi, most of it wouldn't make sense, but what I loved about the show is that it had this way of still staying culturally relevant to today while still taking place in the future. And it is really nothing but a satirical look at our society with pop culture thrown in to keep it funny. The dialogue and one liners were amazing. And while Fry isn't the brightest bulb, I think a lot of people can sympathize with him. He really represents the audience in the context of the show as he tries to fit into a futuristic world different than our own.
But what I think what I liked most about it was it also had the ability to be touching. The Simpsons also had this ability back in its first seasons, too. I could be laughing one minute and suddenly something poignant would happen to leave me stunned. I'm thinking of episodes like "The Luck of the Fryish" and "Jurassic Bark" to name a couple. I find that those moments came through the most when the story focused on Fry and the life he left behind as well as Fry and Leela struggling to be comfortable with each other. I know many people will just shrug it off as a cartoon, but I take cartoons just as seriously (or not) as everything else.
And seriously? It has some of the best 'ship on TV. And it's a cartoon. Crazy how the cartoon relationships seem more real than the ones I see on life action shows.
I really loved this show. It's been to smile again with it.