Science Fiction’s Most Memorable Moments Of 2013 – Nick’s Picks

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

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In all of the years that Futurama has aired, from the Fox era to the DVD movies to its Comedy Central run, the strongest plot thread has been the “will they/wow, they are” relationship between Fry and Leela, which takes the top prize from “what will Zoidberg eat off of the floor this week?” It was somewhat surprising when the human/mutant pair actually got together in these last few seasons, and the show was all the better for it, mining jokes from Fry’s happiness rather than just eternally continuing his yearning. It all culminated into sweet, melancholy bliss during the series finale, “Meanwhile,” where Fry’s conviction finally asserts itself and he asks Leela to marry him.

Of course, their love isn’t an easy one, and the episode also incorporates the Professor’s “time button” that allows whoever presses it to go 10 seconds into the past, leading to an extended riff on Fry trying to stop his own suicide. But it’s once the device breaks and the world is completely frozen in time that “Meanwhile” uncaps the series’ emotional core, and viewers not only get to see these beloved characters marry each other (after painstakingly maneuvering all of their unmoving friends into position), but we watch them live the rest of their adult lives together in flashes of silliness and sadness. It doesn’t quite bodyslam the heartstrings like the Six Feet Under finale, but it’s one of the most touching endings to a comedy I’ve ever seen. It was good news, everyone, indeed.

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