Futurama

Season 7 Episode 1

Rebirth

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 24, 2010 on Comedy Central
7.8
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Following the events of "Into the Wild Green Yonder," the Planet Express ship and the Nimbus collide resulting in the deaths of everyone except Fry and the Professor. As a result, the Professor attempts to resuscitate the crew.

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  • Good episode

    8.5
    What I liked: Kif making the sigh yodel like Zapp was making, Bender singing "Do The Bender, Do The Bender", at parts Bender's partying was funny, Zapp being born in the end, Bender singing "coma coma coma comalion", Seeing Hermes take a shower in the camera and even more parts. This was a good episode, and a good way to bring back the series!
  • When the ship crashes, Prof. Farnsworth revives the crew with his "birth machine". It tries too hard, the forced crude humour doesn't work, but it's back!...

    7.5
    This review contains moderate spoilers.



    It's back, 'Futurama' is back!! Well actually, it's been "back" for a while now, but I'm in the U.K., don't have $ky (with it's traditional "proper telly" broadcaster, Channel 4, seeming to have no interest in this new series at present), so have had to wait for the official DVD before I can finally get my hands, err, eyes, whatever, on these new episodes.



    Cancelling 'Futurama' was one of the big TV crimes of the 2000s. I'm a huge fan of golden-age 'Simpsons', but even I'll admit that show has sadly seen better days, whereas 'Futurama' has so much more potential, and humour, left in it yet. There were the four DVD movies, re-edited into TV episodes, that were pretty good, but felt to have a lot riding on them and so maybe suffered from having too much crammed in to them, trying to do to many things, so not fully capturing the magic the original half-hour episodes. So here we are, the first proper-new-episode of 'Futurama' in seven years. How does this re-introduction story fare?



    Well, being a return of such a cult series, it had a lot to live up to. And, kinda like the aforementioned DVD movies, one thing that does strike me is that they tried to get it to do a lot of things, maybe too many; like they were trying too hard to score too many goals. Part of the joy of the original episodes was the complexity and unpredictability of the plots, but plots which, at the same time, were focused and structured. 'Rebirth' follows the DVD movies mould of maybe trying to be too many things at once.



    The other thing that sticks out to me, and many other fans have commented on this too, is the crude humour noticeably being notched up a gear or ten. Now I don't have a problem with this kind of humour as such, not if done well and used in the right place (heck, I still chuckle at 'Family Guy'), but with New-Futurama, it kinda felt too welded on and obvious, kinda like "hey, we're back. And now we're like 'Family Guy' too!!" If I want 'Family Guy', I'll go watch 'Family Guy', let 'Futurama' be what it always was. At time of writing, I haven't seen much into this new season, but I hope it's a trend that doesn't continue so blatantly, as I don't think it fits the show. For now, I'll put it down to the show finding it's footing again.



    The plot is fair, although, as mentioned above, suffers from having a little too much- thrown in and trying to be too clever- for it's own good. In many ways, the pay off "explanations" later in the episode reminded me of the fourth season episode 'The Sting' from the original run, with Leela believing Fry to be dead, only for it to turn out that well, go read up on that episode if you don't know already. But either way, this episode conjured up a lot of memories of that (better executed) story for me; I wonder if this was a deliberate move by the writers to try and recreate some of the appeal of that popular episode?



    The b-plot of Bender not being able to stop moving (due to the whatevermajig implanted in him by Professor Farnsworth) has some amusing moments (and hey, Bender is ALWAYS amusing as it is!), though again has echoes of "trying too hard to do too much", complete with rather convenient payoff with the Cyclops-eating monster that felt rather tacked-on in the first place, with the plot strand feeling it maybe should have been saved for another episode.



    So that forced crude humour and the trying-too-hard-to-be-too-many-things don't work for this episode, but as I say, this opening instalment had a LOT to live up to. The plus points: The original voice cast are all in place (for a while in pre-production, it was rumoured that not all, if any of the original cast would return, causing numerous petitions from fans thankfully, the full original cast are here) and are as on form with their characters as they ever were. For all my gripes about the unevenness and awkwardness of some of this episode's exception, for the most part the characters themselves come off well bearing in mind we're coming from a cancelled show, through a few DVD movies, and onto a new series produced by a different network, the transition is actually a lot smoother than might have been feared.



    So not one of my favourite 'Futurama' eps, and if nothing else, I really hope to see the unsubtle faux-'Family Guy' crude humour toned down very quickly, but at the end of the day, a welcome return to one of my favourite TV shows. It's not as high a score as some of the classic episodes, but I'll give 'Rebirth' a passable 7.5 out of 10.moreless
  • Futurama returns with it's great comeback episode!

    9.5
    I've been waiting 7 years for this, and THANK GOD, it delivered very well (for me anyway). I was surprised at how the chemistry between Fry and Leela worked so well, obviously the writers knew what they were doing when they wrote this, just as usual. A great story to kick off Futurama into its new season, it was a real Sci-Fi one, and the comedy was fresh and very funny, because it kept true to Futurama's language of comedy. Some people including me were slightly worried that Futurama would have lost its touch by now, but I think it's safe to say that it passed the test. Bender's side story was great, I didn't think that because of the main story being so epic, they'd be able to fit in a side story but wrong again, they succeeded in doing so. All characters were great to see again, and their voices were the same as when they left. I loved the plot twist near the end, however complicated it got. But the only thing in Futurama lately that's been worrying me is that the Sci-Fi element is beginning to sound like they're not making sense. Maybe it's just me but it has happened more than once, but that's the only minor issue I've got at the moment, the next episode was very funny as well, Futurama is truly back and biting Shiny Metal Ass!moreless
  • After escaping certain death at the end of "Into the wild green yonder" the Planet express crew (except the proffesser) all die horribly, and must be brought back to life by a whacky invention.moreless

    10
    This is an absolutely brilliant return for "Futurama." I've gotta say that I loved the first 2 movies but wasn't that keen on the second two. This though is a promising restart to the series!



    What I love about this is that there is never a dull moment. The storyline is crazy and out there but is ingenious, and there are plenty of gags too, which is what the show is really all about.



    This probably won't please everyone as I've already heard some people complaing that it was too complicated or whatever. But to me this is "Futurama" at its best. A Complicated, crazy, science-fiction plot crammed with funny moments too. More please!moreless
  • Rebirth: When the crew smash the ship into Planet Express the Professor makes a Rebirth machine but not everyone survives

    8.0
    Rebirth



    What a great return I really enjoyed it. The plot was very good and flowed very well the jokes were good and Bender was hilarious as per usual. The Cyclops island and the Cyclops itself were wonderfully animated and so was the whole show in fact. Though it was not up there with fantastic Futurama episodes (Parasites lost, War is the H-word, The Bird-bot of Ice-catraz) but it was still as funny and creative If the rest of the season turns out like this then Season 6 is going to be great Score: (A well deserving) B+, 4/5, 8/10, Excellentmoreless
Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry/Prof. Hubert Farnsworth/Dr. Zoidberg/Zapp Brannigan/Additional Voices

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio

Bender/Additional Voices

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Additional Voices

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Kif Kroker/Additional Voices

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad/Additional Voices

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the end, Robot Leela suddenly gets a wrist thingy, which disappears in the next shot. But as soon as she sheds her skin, the wrist thingy is on her skin.

    • Bender looses an eye and subsequently gets eaten by the Cyclops Eater, but in the shot where he emerges from the beasts mouth he has two eyes again. The next shot however he's back to having only one eye.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Fry: I need cheering up Bender. I don't know, you want to go out and party tonight?
      Bender: I hate partying. If only I didn't have so much crunk in my ba-dun-ka-dunk!

    • (The Professor is poking a comatose Leela with his poking stick)
      Fry: Poke harder damnit!
      Farnsworth: I'm poking as hard as I can!

    • (Bender dancing in Studio 1²2¹3³)
      Bender: Do the Bender! Do the Bender!
      Randy: No thank you!
      Bender: I SAID DO IT!

    • Leela: There's no room for two captains' butts in this chair!
      Robot Leela: There would be if you'd have taken a spin class instead of lounging around in a coma!

    • Farnsworth: Come on, stem cells, work your astounding scientific nonsense!
      Fry: Fetal stem cells? Aren't those controversial?
      Farnsworth: In your time, yes. But nowadays...shut up! Besides, these are adult stem cells, harvested from healthy adults that I killed for their stem cells.

    • (The Hypnotoad is shown on screen)
      Bender: On the count of three, you will awaken feeling refreshed, as if Futurama were never cancelled by idiots and then brought back by bigger idiots. One...two...(snaps fingers)

    • (first lines of the episode)
      Fry: (coming into the Professor's laboratory with his hair in an afro like in "Hell is Other Robots") Professor, my Fry-fro's all frizzy.
      Farnsworth: Okay?
      Fry: That's all. (slicks his hair back) Oh, also, I'm covered in severe burns.
      Farnsworth: So, what of it?
      Fry: Well...why is...those things?
      Farnsworth: You mean you don't remember?
      Fry: Nope, nothing. It's like when I passed out in college except nobody drew magic marker penises on my forehead.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:


      Czech Republic: February 10, 2011 on Prima COOL


      United Kingdom: July 22, 2011 on Sky1/Sky 1 HD

    • In the World Premiere of this episode, Bender's first line during the Hypnotoad scene at the beginning is: "On a count of three, you will awaken feeling refreshed, as if Futurama had never been canceled by idiots, then brought back by bigger idiots. One...Two..."*Finger snap*

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      In the rerun version of this episode, Bender's first line while the Hypnotoad is shown on screen is, "This has been a test of the Emergency Hypnotoad System. Had this been an actual hypnosis, you would go limp and watch whatever crap would come on next. Comin' up next: Futurama!"

    • With this episode, Futurama returns to the air after being cancelled by Fox in 2003.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Build-a-Bot Workshop

      The store Build-a-Bot Workshop is a 31st century parody of Build-a-Bear Workshop.

    • Bender's suit

      When Bender dances at Studio 1²2¹3³, he wears the same suit that John Travolta wore in Saturday Night Fever.

    • Studio 1²2¹3³

      The name of this club is a reference to former disco club Studio 54 in New York City. (1²=1, 2¹=2, 3³=27. 1*2*27=54)

    • Bender: Coma coma coma coma coma chameleon!

      Bender's reaction to Leela being in an irreversible coma is a play on the title of the 1983 Culture Club song, "Karma Chameleon".

    • Robot Fry: Hasta la vista, weiner!
      Robot Leela: We'll be back...for our stuff!

      When Robot Fry and Robot Leela shed their skins, they talk like Arnold Schwarzenegger from the Terminator movies.

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