The Futurama DVD movies: Disappointing

I was a casual fan of Futurama when it was on the air but I completely fell in love with the show on DVD a few years ago. And I was quite excited when I heard that Futurama would return to production as a series of direct-to-DVD movies. I grabbed the first one, Bender's Big Score, as soon as it came out. It was OK. Not great. Not terrible. Just OK.

I made the decision at that point to not buy any more of the DVDs until I could find them in the bargain bin. As it turned out, they all ended up airing on TV. Good thing, too, because Futurama's big return peaked with the first DVD movie at merely "OK". After that, it was entirely downhill. I recall that I did not laugh once during The Beast With A Billion Backs, and that Bender's Big Game had just one funny scene in the entire show. Otherwise, completely forgettable and horribly disappointing.

The final of the four direct-to-DVD movies, Into the Wild Green Yonder, aired on Global TV this past Sunday. One word: Ick. The plot was aimless and meandering, with a Bender subplot that literally went nowhere (unless I fell asleep in the middle of the show, which I may have actually done, that's how uninterested I was in it). The characters were flat. The dialogue just wasn't funny.

In June, it was announced that Comedy Central in the US is picking up the show for 26 new half-hour episodes that will start airing next year. Hopefully, the return to its original sci-fi sitcom format bring back the laughs that were so lacking in the four movies.


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