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Futurama: "The Sting"

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Unlike many series, Futurama gets better with time. I mean this in both senses of the word. The fifth (and currently final) season contained many of my favorite episodes, and a second viewing of these episodes brings out things that I didn't notice the first time.

Take the episode that was rerun today, "The Sting". This is the episode where a giant space-bee runs Fry through and injures Leela. If you've seen it, you can click below to view a spoilerish comment.

If you haven't seen the episode, and plan to, just go away. Come back when you've seen it. This is a spoiler that will change how you see the episode. This mean you, Chris.

(show) "The Sting" takes place from Leela's perspective. She's comatose from the Bee venom, while Fry is fine (apart from needing a spleen transplant).

Leela's coma dream is divided into two parts. When she's "awake" in her coma, she believes Fry's dead. They hold a funeral for Fry, with many major and minor cast members in attendance, including the radiator woman from the radiator planet. They then shoot Fry's body into space.

In Leela's coma-dream, Fry talks to her, telling her to wake up. The best part of this is that more than half the lines he says to her are the things he would actually say to her while outside her coma. This is especially true of things he says at the start and ends of conversations. "Hi Leela, I'm just gonna keep talking, even if you can't hear me. Blah, Blah, Blah.", is one line, alongside quite a bit of asking Leela to wake up.

The first time through the episode, the viewer isn't completely sure what's going on (apart from it being an overly strange episode), and is wondering how they'll bring Fry back. But on a second viewing, we know Leela is in a coma, and Fry's words take on a whole new meaning.

Futurama is a great show, probably the single best US-made animated show of modern times. It's a pity what Fox did to it. Thankfully, Cartoon Network has given it a reasonable time slot (11:30 pm, M-Th), and from what I understand it's doing well there.

- Tom | permalink | changelog | Last updated: 2003-09-01 02:22

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Posted on Monday, September 01, 2003 by Chris:

Yeah, yeah. I actually refrained from clicking on the spoiler link. :-) I'm not sure if I should be proud of me for not doing it, or proud of you for the technology. What the hell, I'm in a generous mood. I'm proud of both of us.


Posted on Saturday, February 14, 2004 by Thoror:

The best episode of Futurama that I have never seen. What else can be said?

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