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Story

Matt Groening's second season of the 31st century sci-fi sitcom Futurama maintained the high scripting standards of the first and also well brought improved digital animation. Couch potato Fry now seems thoroughly reconciled to his new existence, transported 10 centuries hence to "New New York" and working for Professor Farmsworth's delivery service. He's surrounded by a cast of freaks, including the bitchily cute Amy (with whom he has a romantic brush) and Hermes, the West Indian bureaucrat. Most sympathetic is the one-eyed Leela (voiced by Katey Segal). Like Lisa Simpson, she is brilliant but unappreciated; she finds solace in her pet Nibbler, a tiny creature with a voracious, carnivorous appetite. By contrast, Bender, the robot, is programmed with every human vice, a sort of metal Homer Simpson with a malevolent streak.

In one of the best episodes, Bender is given a "feelings" chip in order to empathize with Leela after he flushes Nibbler down the toilet. Elsewhere, Fry falls in love with a mermaid when the team discover the lost city of Atlanta, Fry and Bender end up going to war after they join the army to get a discount on gum, and John Goodman guest stars as Santa Claus, an eight-foot gun-toting robot. Brimful with blink-and-you'll-miss-them hip jokes (such as the sign for the Taco Bellevue hospital) and political and pop satire, Futurama isn't a stern warning of things to come but rather, as the makers put it, "a brilliant, hilarious reflection of our own materially (ridiculously) overdeveloped but morally underdeveloped society." --David Stubbs

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • All 19 episodes from the second production season: I Second that Emotion, Brannigan Begin Again, A Head in the Polls, Xmas Story, Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?, The Lesser of Two Evils, Put Your Head on My Shoulders, Raging Bender, A Bicyclops Built for Two, A Clone of My Own, How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back, The Deep South, Bender Gets Made, Mother's Day, The Problem with Popplers, Anthology of Interest, War Is the H-Word, The Honking, The Cryonic Woman
  • Commentary on all episodes
  • 15 deleted scenes
  • Animatics for episode #2ACV05, "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?"
  • Easter eggs
  • Futurama video game trailer
  • Still gallery/concept art
  • Number of discs: 4

Cast

Billy WestPhilip J. Fry/Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth/Dr. Zoidberg/Zapp Brannigan
Katey SagalTuranga Leela
John DiMaggioBender
Tress MacNeilleAdditional Voices
Maurice LaMarcheLt. Kif Kroker
Phil LaMarrHermes Conrad
Lauren TomAmy Wong
Dawnn LewisLaBarbara Conrad
David HermanAdditional Voices
Frank WelkerNibbler
Pamela AndersonDixie
Claudia SchifferHerself
John GoodmanRobot Santa Claus
Conan O'BrienConan O'Brien
Bob BarkerHimself
Tom KennyThe Masked Unit/Abner Doubledeal
Nora DunnMorgan Proctor
Kath SoucieCubert Farnsworth
DonovanHimself
Phil HendrieFree Waterfall Junior
Al GoreAl Gore
Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
E. Gary GygaxGary E. Gygax

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