REVIEW - Futurama - S07E15 - Fry and Leela’s Big Fling

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After the somewhat disappointing ‘2-D Blacktop’, the second episode in the one-hour premiere of Futurama, ‘Fry and Leela’s Big Fling’, reminded me of the many reasons I love this show. The story, the characters, the witty-one liners, they’re all back and true to form!

Fry and Leela try to spend a romantic evening together, but are constantly interrupted by their co-workers. Due to “targeted advertising” they get the idea to go on a holiday to a deserted island so that they can finally be alone.

Since Fry and Leela have taken a week off work for their romantic getaway, Amy and Zoidberg are asked to fill in for them. They go with Bender to “Simian 7” ("The Planet of the Apes... and other monkeys") where they run into an old acquaintance, Guenter, the Professor’s genetically engineered monkey. Guenter volunteers to show them around his new home-planet. While at the zoo, he explains that their zoo’s differ from the ones on Earth since the animals do not know they are captives, they’re given the illusion they are roaming around free in the wild.

This is where this episode gets really interesting: the zoo on Simian 7 has a human exhibit, and Fry and Leela are the humans! Turns out that the ‘deserted island’ they signed up to go to is actually the human exhibit where hundreds of humans have holidayed together before, unaware that their exploits are being watched by the residents of Simian 7. Amy, Bender and Zoidberg decide they must get Fry and Leela out before they make fools of themselves... that is until Fry and Leela start talking about them behind their backs...

The storyline of this episode was great, and what’s more, the episode was sprinkled with the witty one-liners Futurama has become known for. This episode has me keen for more episodes, though this is somewhat tainted by the knowledge these could be the last ever episodes of the show. If that is to be the case, hopefully there will be more Fry and Leela heavy episodes before things end... or the show gets renewed (again)!

Review by Heather Bale.


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