Length: 48…ish minutes
With Disenchantment dropping its third season this week on Netflix, and with everybody secretly wishing they were actually watching Futurama instead, now is the perfect time to revisit a quirky anomaly in the classic show’s (debatable) canon.
As explained by Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick at the top of the episode, this thing came about in a fortuitous aligning of the stars (but mostly to promote the mobile app game Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow).
Speaking of stars, the original cast (minus Frank Welker), creator David X Cohen, and writers Ken Keeler and Patric M Verrone all return for this special event episode. Hardwick joins in too as a new character named Klaxxon.
The main story revolves around cancelled TV show within the show All My Circuits (from season four’s “Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television”) being revived as a podcast with the original cast reprising their roles.
Meanwhile, Fry’s attempts to impress Leela leads the Planet Express crew to a planet where Bender steals an object that later reveals itself to be the sentient entity called Klaxxon.
Upon learning Klaxxon’s true intentions, the crew must save the Earth from total destruction.
The best thing about this episode is hearing the original cast back together again. Billy, Katey, John, Maurice, Tress, Phil, Lauren and David are to voice actors what the Super Friends are to superheroes and together they can do no wrong. All the characters sound as fresh as ever and everyone, as always, sound like they are having a blast performing the script.
“I’ve got podcasts so tedious, they make embroidery look like Star Wars!” – Klaxxon, RADIORAMA!
The worst thing about the episode is that it quite obviously only exists to promote the app game. The near-hour of story is littered with in-universe ad breaks spruiking outlandish products similar to those featured in the TV show.
The ads work well and tie into the plot for a little extra punch, but alongside them are ads for the app game. It does not work for me, but it may not bother you.
As you can tell, the episode is super meta and breaks the fourth wall on occasion with a handful of sight(less) gags that rely on audio and acknowledge the format. These are a little hit and miss but go a small way to helping the listener feel that you are in on the joke.
If you can take this special for what it is, a not-so-serious reunion event made to promote a tie-in game, it is quite a lot of fun. The writing weaves the story, social commentary, and silliness to make it feel like a genuine Futurama episode. Much like “The Lost Adventure” from the PS2/XBox-era video game—it’s basically Slurm light.
If you’ve got an hour to kill, give it a go. At least it will help to pass the time until Disenchantment does a crossover episode.