Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Good Discs, Everyone!

Well, the plan that involved getting up off my lazy ass and doing something other than watching DVDs all day has pretty much fizzled out, I'm sad to say. Although that fact has at least had one benefit: I've now finished watching through all the Futurama Season One DVDs. Man, what a cool show that is: terrific animation, great jokes, great dialog...

Most pitifully appropriate quote:
Leela: "It's clever, it's unexpected."
Fry: "But that's not why people watch TV! Clever things make people feel stupid, and unexpected things make them feel scared."
Or such is the case with TV execs, anyway, which easily explains why Futurama got cancelled. Sigh. Ah, well, at least I have lots more discs to look forward to... Including, doubtless, a bunch of episodes I managed to miss due to Fox's bizarrely random and unpredictable choices about when to air the show.

Incidentally, the first season discs are well worth picking up. There's a commentary track on every episode, and they're almost as much fun as the episodes themselves. They also confirm something I had long suspected: that the people who work on Futurama have a much better understanding of actual science than, say, the writers of certain Star Trek spinoff shows I could name. Case in point: when they had an episode which featured aliens watching transmissions of a 1000-year-old Earth TV show, they picked a star for them which actually is about 1000 light-years away from Earth. Come on now, I cannot possibly be the only one who thinks that's really cool!

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