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Handmade Futurama Opening Title Sequence

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Season seven of Matt Groening’s Futurama starts tonight with a two-episode, hour long premiere. Those episodes are “The Bots and the Bees” and “A Farewell to Arms.” It’s pretty amazing that Futurama is still going strong after its 2003 cancellation. The show managed a miraculous comeback, this time on Comedy Central instead of FOX, in 2008 after a five-year hiatus. In between that five year absence, FOX has released four straight-to-DVD Futurama movies, which felt like a “hidden” season of the series.

To promote the beginning of season seven of Futurama, Comedy Central put together a handmade version of the show’s iconic opening sequence. It’s full of sight gags like “made by hand (and tentacle)” opening bumper.

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Futurama Gives Bender A Baby This Week In Science Fiction

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Comedy Central, Wednesday 10/9c

Strap on your fing-longerers and set the TV to Comedy Central Wednesday night, everyone, because Futurama is returning with a double-dose of social commentary and occasional interstellar package delivery! Yes, the show that just wouldn’t die…no, that’s not right…the show that totally died but which is feeling much better now returns for another season with back-to-back episodes entitled “The Bots and the Bees” and “A Farewell to Arms.” The former finds Bender becoming a dad-bot after having a fling with the Planetary Express soda machine, while “Farewell” looks to take on the whole Mayan 2012 nonsense as the crew faces an ancient prophecy that predicts the world will end in 3012. (Well, if we’re all still here in 2013, I wouldn’t put it past the Mayan doomsday contingent to suggest they got the math wrong by 100 years…) Despite chugging into its seventh season, Futurama is still fresh, funny, and razor-sharp, and is definitely aging more gracefully than its other animated former Fox compatriots. Plus, it’s got celebrities’ heads in jars and it once made this joke. Here’s hoping Futurama is as long-lived as The Simpsons, but without the precipitous drop in quality. I’d hate to have to escort the show into the nearest Suicide Booth a few years down the line.

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Futurama Fans: Make Your Own Slurm

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Futurama had a pretty twisted relationship with food, from the alien larvae Popplers to the weird spice weasel. One of the animated sci-fi comedy’s catchiest gustatory creations was Slurm, the super caffeinated soda pop with the taglilne “It’s highly addictive!” The drink was marketed by the cool, babe magnet slug Slurms McKenzie, but was revealed to actually be the awful secretions from a queen slug’s hind end. There was also the ever-present Bachelor Chow, an all-purpose food that came in a pet food bag and foamed up when you added water.

Not the most appetizing vision of the future, but the YouTube series Feast of Fiction decided it was high time somebody made Slurm and Bachelor Chow realities. And don’t worry if you aren’t a whiz in the kitchen – both recipes are extremely simple.

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The 10 Best Sci-Fi Series Available On Netflix Instant, Watch Them Before The Company Collapses

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We’re living in a golden age of television viewing. Not because of what’s airing on network or cable television right now, most of that’s reality programming crap, but because of all the great, older content that’s available with the touch of a button thanks to the genius of Netflix Instant Watch.

Unfortunately, this golden age may be woefully short lived. Netflix is in trouble. Greedy content providers have seen dollar signs and in response all that on demand content currently available in one spot is on the verge of being pulled out of circulation to be scattered to the four winds of the internet, or in some cases buried in a deep vault somewhere hidden until the rights holder can squeeze a few more dollars out of some other content provider. Maybe Netflix could find a way to survive that, but other recent business decisions made by the company seem destined to doom them entirely (Qwikster? Seriously what are they thinking?).

Maybe they survive but just in case they don’t, now is the time to maximize your Netflix Instant Watch usage to catch up on great science fiction that, unless you were willing to pay top dollar for a box set on Amazon, there was just no convenient way to watch before. Because getting TV shows one DVD at a time in the mail just won’t do, these are the best science fiction series available on Instant Watch, right now.

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Futurama Premiere Watch: Rebirth and In-a-Gadda-Da-Leela

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Futurama returned to television tonight with its first new episode since being cancelled back in 2009. It’s not the only time they’ve been cancelled and it probably won’t be their last. You’d think they’d be used to it by now, but instead of ignoring their absence and simply carrying on, Futurama kicked off its new season with an episode titled “Rebirth” in which they over-reference the show’s departure from the airwaves and praised the folks at Comedy Central for bringing them back by calling them idiots. Not exactly biting commentary, and maybe after that intro you found yourself worried. I know I was.

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11 Sci-Fi Properties Which Need A Movie Right Now!

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Before Hollywood announces yet another reboot of some already beloved science fiction movie franchise, let’s give them a few better ideas. Since we’re talking about the entertainment industry, we can’t expect anything to original. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s a wealth of science fiction out there, just waiting for some movie studio to pick it up and do something with it. No more waiting. Drop that Back to the Future remake Hollywood and do something with these already brilliant sci-fi properties instead:

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It worked for The Simpsons and they ran out of jokes ten years ago. Futurama on the other hand, thanks to frequent network cancelling, is still young as when the world was new. Matt Groening’s other animated masterpiece has never gotten a fair shake, but with its spacey setting and tendency towards blaster fire, it’s far more suited to the big screen than Springfield’s favorite family. It’s animation, yes, but animation for adults. Feel free to take things up a notch for the theatrical version, hook Bender up with a three-nippled robot hooker, and slap it with an “R” rating. Or if you’re really feeling spendy, ditch the animation and give us a live action version.


The Pitch:
A pizza delivery boy is accidentally frozen for a thousand years, and wakes up in the future. There he finds employment at the interplanetary delivery company, Planet Express, and struggles to fit in with the company’s strange assortment of employees. His best friend is an alcoholic robot, he’s in love with a smoking hot kung-fu Cyclops who finds him repulsive, and he’s employed by a mad scientist with an increasingly bad case of dementia. Hilarity ensues. Think Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Encino Man.


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We’re running out of time on Quantum Leap. Scott Bakula isn’t getting any younger. In fact we’re probably out of time and if there’s any hope that the early 90s most brilliant sci-fi show will ever get its cinematic due, it’ll have to start all over with a new Sam Beckett. Much as I love Bakula, I can live with that. It’s Dean Stockwell Quantum Leap can’t live without. Stockwell’s stint in Battlestar proved he’s still spry enough to play the wise-cracking, cigar-smoking Al and Quantum Leap’s resonate style of character-driven storytelling is still as relevant as it ever was. Maybe even more so. Imagine Sam leaping into 9/11. Oh boy.


The Pitch:
A botched experiment sends Sam Becket leaping through time. But Sam can explain it better than I can. “It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went… “a little caca”. In the blink of a cosmic clock, I went from quantum physicist to Air Force test-pilot. Which could have been fun… if I knew how to fly. Fortunately, I had help – an observer from the project named Al. Unfortunately, Al’s a hologram, so all he can lend is moral support. Anyway, here I am, bouncing around in time, putting things right that once went wrong, a sort of time traveling Lone Ranger, with Al as my Tonto. And I don’t even need a mask… Oh Boy”