Futurama

Season 1 Episode 2

Episode Two: The Series Has Landed

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 04, 1999 on Comedy Central
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Planet Express is in charge of delivering a package to an amusement park on the moon. Newly arrived Fry shows Leela how to appreciate the celestial body. Meanwhile Amy and Bender try to recover the keys to the spaceship.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • "That's not an astronaut, it's a tv comedian, and he just used space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife."

    9.0
    Originally this was meant to be a later episode of Futurama, but personally I'm glad they moved it to the second showing. For starters, they do a good job of introducing the final three main characters of the show in a matter of three minutes, no easy task.



    Amy Wong, clutzy, rich grad student.

    Hermes Conrad, the Jamaican beauracrat.

    And lastly, Zoidberg, the crew's eccentric doctor. He's a little strange though... He wears sandals.



    This episode has some great (including the crushinator and bender's tips on making love) as well as some sly science fiction references.



    My favorite thing about this episode though is the back and forth between Fry and Leela. It was interesting how Leela couldn't understand Fry's obsession with the moon and watching Fry's spirit break down until he agrees that it's just a big dull rock, until Leela comes around when she notices the earth rising over the horizon.



    My only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that the Professor is still a little flat when he appears in this episode as compared to later ones.



    Overall a great episode, my total grade's an A minusmoreless
  • Sailors on the moon

    8.5
    In this second episode, Farnsworth introduces Fry, Leela, and Bender to the rest of the staff, Hermes, Amy, and Zoidberg, who's a lobster like creature.



    Farnsworth sends Bender, Amy, Leela, and Fry to deliver a package. Fry is extremely excited to see the moon, imagining moon rocks and open space, but he is shocked to find out the moon has been turned into an amusment park.



    This was a great episode. I loved how all the other characters were introduced. I also loved the sailors on the moon ride scene, Bender and the farmers daughters(espicially The Crushinator 5000.)



    Overall Grade: 85%/B+



    Great eppiemoreless
  • episode two

    10
    in the second episode of futurama, we meet the rest of farnsworth's staff. fry, bender, amy and leela go to the moon, which is now an amusement park. but due to such things as amy losing the keys in a claw machine game, bender "a-touching" a farmers' robot daughters, and fry and leela being stuck while almost freezing to death on the moon, they all eventually go back home when amy gets the keys back.



    not as good as the pilot but still good, my overall grade for this episode would be an A or so. Good, a great offeringmoreless
  • Fry, Leela, and Bender go to the moon.

    9.0
    This was a great episode. It was only the 2nd episode, but it was a great start to a great series. The songs in the episode were memorable and funny. The entire episode was memorable and funny. It was funny when Bender stuck the beer bottle on Craterface. I loved the song when Fry and Leela take the Luna Rover Ride. "We're whalers on the moon, we carry a harpoon! For they ain't no whales so we tell tall tales and sing our whaling tune!" All in all, this is one of my favorite episodes of one of my favorite shows!moreless
  • Here's your package, Mr. Horrible Gelatinous Blob!

    9.0
    This episode is about the Planet Express crew when they embark upon their first mission... a delivery to the moon (which is the location of an amusement park, Luna Park), and they lose the keys to the ship in the crate. Meanwhile, Fry and Leela go on an adventure on a small moon buggy in order to find the original moon landing site. Bender gets kicked out of the park, "I'll make my own park, with blackjack, and hookers. In fact, forget the park!" - and Fry and Leela run out of oxygen. They find the original moon landing site and return home safely. A great follow-up to the pilot episode!moreless
Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry/Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth/Dr. Zoidberg/Moon Farmer/Commercial Announcer

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Craterface/Animatronic Gopher #1/Lulubelle 7/Daisy Mae 128K

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad/Animatronic Gopher #2

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Horrible Gelatinous Blob/Moon Rover Ride Narrator/Animatronic Ralph Kramden/The Crushinator/Buggalo

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (40)

    • When preparing to go to the moon, Fry asks if he can do the countdown, and Leila seems to barely know what he is talking about. However in the previous episode, while escaping from the police in the Professor's space ship, they do a traditional countdown from 10 (in synch with the upcoming new year).

    • The redneck farmer says that "oxygen doesn't grow on trees", but trees (and other green plants) absorb carbon dioxide and excrete oxygen, so in a sense oxygen does grow on trees.

      RESPONSE: That's the joke.

    • Dr. Zoidberg has teeth for the first few episodes starting with this one.

    • When Amy is using the claw machine to get the keys back, she moves the stick to her left but the claw moves to her right.

    • Zoidberg's name came from a game that David Cohen programmed named "Zoid". He sent it in to a company to see if he could sell the idea but, he was rejected.

    • In this episode as well as "The Lesser of Two Evils" it is shown that the people of the future have lost all touch with history, but in the rest of the series they show remarkable knowledge of history.

    • Assuming the Sea of Tranquility is quicksand, its pull should get stronger depending on the force that is exerted in the opposite direction. This means that Fry and Leela would go further in instead of getting out.

    • Opening theme promotion: IN HYPNO-VISION.
      Opening theme cartoon: Baby Bottleneck (1946) (Warner Bros.)

    • There is a sign that reads 'Orlon Candy' above a stand. Orlon is a synthetic fiber resembling cotton, thus cotton candy. And this is immediately followed by Fry remarking how artificial everthing is.

    • How come the heads in the museum couldn't tell the people how we first landed on the moon? With all the technology in the world, how could they not be able to find something as standout-ish as the moon landing site? It took Fry and Leela barely a day to find it, and they were travelling on foot.
      (Response: It wasnt the real moon landing site. Read the plaque behind Leela's head. And how are the heads supposed to know specifically where on the moon they landed?)

    • When Fry says "that's one small step for Fry", he puts one foot on the surface and keeps the other on the stairs. When the camera angle changes, Fry is standing about 20cm from the stairs.

    • The shadows on the ground should be much longer that close to the dark side of the moon.

    • Fry's oxygen tube disappears when Leela yells to him from inside the lunar lander.

    • Fry walks magically through his oxygen tube when he declares "It's every man for himself!" the second time.

    • Bender's head is unscrewed counter-clockwise. But later, seen in the background, when he is securing it to his torso, the movement is also counter-clockwise.

    • The Redneck Farmer suddenly has a space suit on whilst chasing Bender.

    • Leela pulls the 'Archduke Chocula' cereal box out of nowhere.

    • Bender's beer bottle disappears from the table whilst Fry is talking about his breakfast.

    • When Bender says "a little" to Amy, the space around his eyes isn't painted black.

    • While Prof. Farnsworth is trying to remove Bender's head, Leela's left boot is only a black silhouette.

    • After Zoidberg says "Excellent, excellent", he picks up something that looks like a little drill. He then asks Fry to open his mouth so he can look at his brain, and the drill disappears and does not appear in the rest of the scene.

    • When Fry and Prof. Farnsworth are outside Zoidberg's office, Fry appears way too tall.

    • The redneck farmer's hat reads 'The Moon Shall Rise Again.'

    • Merchandise available at Lunar Park includes a t-shirt that reads 'I'm With Stupid - On the Moon,' a bumper sticker that reads 'My Other Car is a Porche - On the Moon' and a refrigerator magnet that says 'What Part of MOON don't you understand?'

    • The sign that appears during the robot whalers ride reads 'Whalers of the Sea of Tranquility.'

    • When on the moon, there are bails of hay on the ceiling of the barn.

    • One of the Goophy Gophers appears to be missing an eye.

    • There is a man in the 'Lunar Park' admissions line with a t-shirt that reads 'MOON-U.' Meaning that there is a University on the Moon.

      Or that the man is wearing a t-shirt with a rude comment on it.

    • The faces on the dollar bills which Bender steals from Amy's wallet are not in the exact centre.

    • Bender stole Amy's money, but she still has some to play the claw game with. He possibly forgot to raid the change pocket.

    • While on the moon in the amusement park, a pink sign in Alien Code #1 appears behind Bender, reading 'TASTY HUMAN BURGERS.'

    • We learn that exposure to magnets messes up Bender's inhibition unit, causing him to sing folk songs.

    • Plaque inside the Lunar Lander reads 'Lander returned to this site by the Historical Sticklers Society.'

    • When Fry and Leela get to the moon landing site, Leela climbs in the moonlander hatch with the oxygen tank to which Fry's oxygen hose is connected. The hose is visible as it leads in to the hatch, but when Leela pops her head out the hatch, the hose is suddenly gone.

    • When Hermes is handing over the "Standard Legal Release" to Leela there is a red pen lying on the sheet. When it cuts the pen is brown and is lying beside the sheet.

    • The United States flag vanishes from the landing site when Amy rescues the gang.

    • When Hermes walks to work in the morning, he jumps instantly from across the street to outside the front door.

    • Sound can't travel through empty space, which it happens to do so numerous times throughout the episode.

    • When Fry and Leela were jumping across a "stream" of crocodiles, you can see that they have helmets on, but where do they get their air from?

    • Amy's pocket where the keys go magically appears, then disappears twice.

  • QUOTES (43)

    • Zoidberg: (to Fry) Now, open your mouth and go DOOODEDOODODOOOOO!
      Fry: Uhh... (imitating) DODEDOODOTDOOO!
      Zoidberg: WHAT?! My mother was a saint! Get out!

    • Leela: So, Fry. Was the moon everything you imagined it would be?
      Fry: Eh. Close enough.

    • Bender: (singing) Well, I'll shoot her with my ray gun when she comes,
      Yes, I'll shoot her with my ray gun when she comes,
      Yes, I'll shoot her with my ray gun,
      Oh, I'll shoot her with my ray gun,
      Yes, I'll shoot her with my ray gun when she comes,
      When she comes!

      I'll be blastin' all the humans in the world,
      I'll be blastin' all the humans in the world,
      I'll be blastin' all the humans,
      I'll be blastin' all the humans,
      I'll be blastin' all the humans in the world,
      In the world!

    • Fry: I never told anybody this, but a thousand years ago I used to look up at the moon and dream about being an astronaut. I just didn't have the grades, nor the physical endurance. Plus I threw up a lot and nobody liked spending a week with me.
      Leela: A week would be a little much.

    • Leela: Well if the oxygen holds out we might live long enough to starve to death.

    • Leela: Hurry, before we freeze.
      Bender: What do you mean "we", mammal?

    • Fry: Oh, Bender. You didn't touch the Crushinator, did you?
      Bender: Of course not. A lady that fine you gotta romance first.

    • Farmer: Drops down to -173.
      Fry: Fahrenheit or Celsius?
      Farmer: First one, then th' other. And them spacesuits ain't a-heated so you ain't goin' nowhere 'till sunrise. You can sleep in the barn. Just don't be a-touchin' my three beautiful robot daughters. Y'hear?
      Fry: Robot daughters?

    • Farmer: Trespassers, eh?
      Fry: No, sir. We're amusement park patrons.
      Farmer: Ooh, that's a wicked sinful place. Tilt-a-whirl's OK, but the rest is mighty wicked.
      Leela: Our car broke down and we're out of oxygen. Can we borrow some?
      Farmer: Huh, borry? Looky here, city girl, oxygen don't grow on trees.

    • Bender: Come on, it's just like making love. Y'know; left, down, rotate 62 degrees, engage rotor.
      Amy: I know how to make love!

    • Bender: Hey, look what I won from a tourist's pocket!

    • Fry: We're gonna die! It's every man for himself!
      (Fry jumps off the cart and starts to sink)
      Fry: Help me, Leela!

    • Leela: OK, you're on the surface. Now I'll give you 10 minutes. Then you'll get bored, turn around and apologise for being such a jerk. Agreed?
      Fry: Agreed.

    • Narrator: No one knows where, when or how Man first landed on the moon.
      Fry: I do.
      Narrator: But our fun-gineers think it might have happened something like this:
      Whalerbots: We're whalers on the moon
      Gophers: We carry a harpoon
      Whalerbots and Gophers: But there ain't no whales so we tell a tall tale...
      Leela: And sing a whaling tune. We're whalers on the moon-
      Fry: That's not how it happened.
      Leela: Oh, really? I don't see you with a fun-gineering degree!

    • Amy: Mister? Could you please get those keys out for me?
      Sal: What do I look like? A guy who's not lazy?

    • Bender: Look, it's that crate we were gonna throw in the sewer.
      Amy: The keys to the ship! They must have fallen into the crate! Leela's gonna kill me!
      Bender: Nah. She'll probably make me do it.

    • Leela: But the phoney stuff is what's fun. It's boring out there.
      Bender: Yeah! You're the kind of guy who visits Jerusalem and doesn't want to see the Sexeteria!

    • Whalerbot: Bender, hey, Bender! Over here!
      Bender: Oh, jeez! I went to high school with that guy!

    • Bender: Keep those things off of me! Magnets screw up my inhibition unit!
      Fry: So you flip out and start acting like some crazy folk singer?
      Bender: Yes. I guess a robot would have to be crazy to wanna be a folk singer...

    • Crater Face: Hi, I'm Crater Face! Welcome to Luna Park. I'll have to confiscate your alcohol, sir.
      Bender: Better mascots than you have tried.

    • Fry: Uh, greetings, Moon Man. We come in peace. I am Fry from the planet Earth.
      Sal: Wise guy, huh? If I wasn't so lazy I'd punch you in the stomach.
      Fry: But you are lazy, right?
      Sal: Oh, don't get me started.

    • Leela: We'll deliver that crate like professionals and then we'll go home.
      Fry: But I've never been to the moon before.
      Leela: Alright. We'll deliver that crate like professionals... and then we'll go ride the bumper cars.

    • Fry: You're not gonna believe this but they landed an amusement park on the Moon!
      Amy: Guh! It's the happiest place orbiting Earth.
      Fry: Let's go, already!
      Leela: Fry, we have a crate to deliver.
      Fry: Let's just dump it in the sewer and say we delivered it.
      Bender: Too much work. Let's burn it and say we dumped it in the sewer.

    • Fry: That's one small step for Fry-
      Man: And one giant line for admission!

    • Fry: Hurry up! I wanna see the Moon!
      Leela: Relax. It's open 'till 9.

    • Fry: Can I do the countdown?
      Leela: Huh? Oh, sure. Knock yourself out.
      Fry: Ten... nine -
      Leela: OK, we're here!
      Fry: Eightsevensixfivefourthreetwooneblastoff!

    • Fry: So where are we going anyway?
      Leela: Nowhere special. The moon.
      Fry: The Moon? The Moon, Moon? Wow! I'm gonna be a famous hero just like Neil Armstrong and those other brave guys no one ever heard of!

    • Farnsworth: Ah, to be young again. And also a robot.

    • Leela: Hang on. Amy Wong? Of the Mars Wongs?
      Amy: Look, we're not as rich as everybody says.
      Leela: Uh-huh! What sorority do you belong to?
      Amy: Kappa Kappa Wong.

    • Fry: Well, the doctor says I'm as healthy as a crab. Can I go into space now?
      Farnsworth: As soon as we finish cleaning Bender. Oh, and Fry, this is our intern, Amy Wong. She's an engineering student of mine. I like having her around because she's the same blood type as me.

    • Fry: Uh, is there a human doctor around?
      Zoidberg: Young lady, I'm an expert on humans.

    • Zoidberg: Now open your mouth and let's have a look at that brain. No, no, no, no, no, not that mouth!
      Fry: I only have one.
      Zoidberg: Really?

    • Farnsworth: Now, Fry, before you go into space you'll need to see our staff doctor. I should warn you though, he's a little... unusual... he wears sandals!

    • Hermes: OK, Captain, this is just a standard legal release protecting Planet Express from lawsuits in the event of the unforeseen.
      Leela (reading): Death by airlock failure.
      Hermes: Mm.
      Leela: Death by brain parasite.
      Hermes: Yeah.
      Leela: Death by sonic diarrhoea?
      Hermes: Oh, you don't want that!
      Leela: Look, I don't know about any of your previous captains but I intend to do as little dying as possible.
      Hermes: Sign the paper.

    • Farnsworth: Ah, Hermes! Crew, meet Hermes Conrad. He manages my delivery business, pays the bills, notifies next of kin, what have you.

    • Fry: I'm never going to get used to the 31st century. Caffinated bacon? Baconated grapefruit? Admiral Crunch?
      Leela: Well, if you don't like that, try some Archduke Chocula.

    • Announcer: Planet Express; Our crew is replaceable. Your package isn't.

    • Farnsworth: As new employees, I'd like your opinion on our commercial. I've paid to have it air during the Super Bowl.
      Everyone: Wow
      Farnsworth: Not on the same channel of course.

    • Leela: Alright, if everyone's stopped being stupid...
      Fry: I had more but go ahead.

    • Amy: Aye Aye Captain, I mean only one eye, I mean yes sir, ummm, ma'am.

    • Leela: Ugh, who buys this trash?
      Bender: Idiots who need gifts for other idiots.

    • Bender: Oh, no room for Bender, huh? Fine, I'll go build my own Lunar Lander! With blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget the Lunar Lander and the blackjack! Ah, screw the whole thing.

    • Fry: That's not an astronaut, that's a TV comedian. And he just used space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was nominated for a Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production.

    • According to the show's producers, and the Season 1 DVD, a scene in an early version of this episode had the Crushinator indicate to her father that she was pregnant with Bender's child.

    • According to rough sketches on Disc 3, Hermes' name was originally going to be 'Dexter.'

    • According to the DVD commentary, the Professor's line about the commercial being aired during the Super Bowl was written when they thought this episode would premiere right after the Super Bowl, but Family Guy took the time-slot instead.

    • According to the DVD commentary, Amy does, in fact, speak actual Chinese when she gets upset.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Amy Wong, Hermes Conrad, Dr. John Zoidberg, Sal, Mr. Horrible Gelatinous Blob and the Crushinator.

  • ALLUSIONS (28)

    • Luna Park
      Luna Park is the name of a real theme park in Australia

    • Luna Park
      Luna Park is also the name of a theater in Argentina.

    • LEGO
      The emblems on Fry and Leela's spacesuits are identical to the emblems on old LEGO astronaut figures. In recent years, they've been making more intricately decorated spaceman figures, but on the old figures, they all had the same gold planet and rocket orbit logo.

    • Apple Macintosh 128K
      Daisy May 128K is a possible reference to Apple's first Mac, the Macintosh 128K.

    • The Jetsons
      The Crushinator looks like one of the robot football players from the animated TV series The Jetsons.

    • The Delphi Bureau
      The scene in which the Moon hillbilly chased Bender in the harvester is a direct reference to the TV movie The Delphi Bureau.

    • Star Trek
      When we see the cereal 'Admiral Crunch,' being a parody of Captain Crunch, this is a subtle reference to Star Trek, most noticably The Next Generation. Whenever we take a look into the 'future,' the Captains are always Admirals.

    • Sleeper
      The scene of the dismembered robot heads is reminiscent of the Woody Allen movie Sleeper.

    • Nike
      The 'swoosh' Nike logo is able to be seen on the bottom of the boot of the Moon uniforms.

    • Little Hot Riding Hood
      Lulu Bell 7 looks like the "country" version of Little Red Riding Hood from Tex Avery's cartoon Little Hot Riding Hood.

    • Liberty Bell 7
      The robot daughter's name, Lulu Bell 7, is reminiscent of the Mercury capsule Liberty Bell 7 which V. Grissom used for the 2nd manned suborbital space flight.

    • Deliverance
      The scene with the hilbillies chasing everybody is a reference to the film Deliverance.

    • Cereals
      Cereals seen within the episode include 'Admiral Crunch' which is a parody of Captain Crunch and 'Archduke Chocula' which is a parody of Count Chocula.

    • Apollo 11
      When Apollo 11 first landed on the moon, the phrase "The eagle has landed" was used. The title of the episode, being 'Episode 2: The Series Has Landed,' is a play on that.

    • Kermit the Frog
      There is a stuffed Kermit toy in the Stuffed Toy Machine when Bender and Amy are trying to obtain the Planet Express ship keys.

    • Destination Moon
      The moon-buggy ride is called Destination Moon, a reference to the Robert Heinlein short story and the 1950 film of the same name.

    • MTV
      Fry refers to the moon flag planted by Neil Armstrong as the "flag from MTV." A promo using the Apollo 11 landing footage was the first thing shown when MTV was launched in 1981.

    • Disneyland
      Amy calls 'Luna Park', the "happiest place orbiting Earth." This is a take-off on Disneyland's tagline "The happiest place on Earth." Also, a door within the park with a 33 on it can be seen, this is a reference to Disneyland's Club 33, which is the only place within the park where alcohol is served. Also, the first ride the team go on is a take off of the Disneyland Anaheim ride Pirates of the Caribbean. Additionally, the "Goophy Gopher Revue" is presented by Monsanto, a corporation that also sponsored many Disneyland and Walt Disney World ride, specifically many of the Tomorrowland rides.

    • The Red-Neck Stereotype Farmer
      The farmer's hat which says "The Moon will rise again" is a parody on the red-neck farmer's saying "the South will rise again".

    • Life in Hell
      A rabbit that resembles Binky from Matt Groening's syndicated comic-strip Life in Hell can be seen in the vending machine.

    • The Farmer With Three Daughters
      Bender encounters a farmer on the Moon who has three robot daughters. This is a recurring theme found in jokes ranging from the dirty to the clean variety, but each of them has the same central plot of a young man meeting a farmer who has three available daughters that he is very protective of and never allows to date.

    • Moon Patrol
      The security service that throws Bender out of the park is called the Moon Patrol. This is a small homage to the 80's arcade game of the same name.

    • Inspector Gadget
      Bender's arm stretching out is a reference to the way Inspector Gadget's arms expanded and contracted. Also, the way Leela propelled Fry and herself out of the crater using the oxygen from their tank is very similar to how Brain pulled Gadget back to a space station while in space using the exact same method in the episode 'M.A.D. In The Moon.'

    • The Honeymooners
      Ralph and Alice from The Honeymooners television series are a part of the ride that shows how people came to the moon. The ride itself also depicts how people misunderstand history by taking Jackie Gleason's famous phrase out of context.

    • Alvin & the Chipmunks
      The gophers sing and talk a lot like the 1960's version of the Chimpunks, and one of the gophers has glasses like Simon.

    • Games at Lunar Park
      Arcade games seen within the Lunar Park complex include 'Gender-Neutral Pacperson' which is a parody of Pacman and Ms. Pacman. 'Dodecapede' which is a parody of Centipede and Millipede. And lastly, 'Mortal Kooperation' which is a reference to the Mortal Kombat series of games.

    • Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
      Fry: Hey, cool! Dark side of the moon!
      Just after Fry says this line you can hear in the background the opening chord to the song 'Breath' from the famous 1973 Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon.

    • Le Voyage Dans la Lune
      Bender poking the Craterface in the eye with a bottle refers to the film Le Voyage Dans la Lune (1902) in which a group of scientists travel to the Moon by way of a large, hollow bullet shot out of a cannon. The bullet flies through space and hits the moon (specifically, the 'Man in the Moon') in the eye. The film, directed by Georges Méliès and based upon Jules Verne's classic From the Earth to the Moon, is considered to be the first in the Sci-Fi genre.

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