A four dimensional space mammal plagues intergalactic delivery's most calamity-prone crew.
What was it about?
On the anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of the very first Planet Express crew 50 years prior, the Professor sends Leela and company to retrieve a statue to commemorate the selfless sacrifice in the pursuit of timely delivery. On the return trip, they wander into the Bermuda Tetrahedron, where the ship is beset by a vicious space whale that snaps up the statue. Leela's single-minded pursuit of prompt delivery leads to an obsessive quest to kill the beast.
How was it?
After missing a couple of episodes thanks to being on the road (hey, no free VOD/streaming options for Futurama, Comedy Central? Really?), it was nice to come back to an episode of my favorite delivery-related sci-fi animated comedy that wasn't a Bender-focused episode. Seriously, for a minute there, it felt like this season was going to be very bending robot-heavy. And as I mentioned in the "Benderama" recap, a little bit of Bender goes a long way.
Gripes about Bender aside, this episode shines thanks to providing lots of little moments for the bulk of the crew as they wandered the vast spaceship graveyard of the Bermuda Tetrahedron. We got minor flashes back to when Zoidberg was young and cool, we learned that Amy is handy with a harpoon, and we got to see Leela at her most stubborn Leela-est, with the salvation of the crew coming thanks to Leela's obsessiveness and intractability.
The Bermuda Tetrahedron is one of those visually arresting setpieces that the Futurama animators conjure up every few episodes. While not as memorable as the light cycle chase from "Law and Oracle," there are enough clever visual tidbits and Easter Eggs strewn throughout to keep your eye poring over the backgrounds to see what kind of little details you might have missed.
- Leela's your/you're correction.
- Pompadoured Zoidberg, AKA "Johnny."
- Futurama goes 4D.
- Amy's giraffe safari flashback.
- That I currently have no way to catch the episodes I've missed in the last few weeks.
- Not nearly enough of crew 1.0 or suave Zoidberg.
- "St. Elmo's Fire."
Futurama airs on Comedy Central on Thursdays at 10 P.M. EST.