4 years ago, the zany future of the 31st century looked bleak as Fox, after four seasons, unceremoniously canned Matt Groening’s genius sci-fi cartoon Futurama. Along with the network’s almost simultaneous cancellation of the fan-favorite space western Firefly, 2003 was the year when when sci-fi fans finally realized that Fox had it in for them.
Luckily, time has proven that Fox was wrong. Firefly’s DVD sales were so extraordinary that a feature film, Serenity, was quickly greenlit… and although that did poorly at the box office, the DVD sales have been so strong that there’s rumors of some direct-to-DVD sequels.
And now, two years later, Futurama is back with a series of four direct-to-dvd movies which will be split apart to form a fifth season in syndication. The first of these, Bender’s Big Score, will be released tomorrow officially, though word on the street is people have already been picking this up at their local retailer over the Black Friday weekend.
Look, I’ll be blunt: you’re dead to me if you don’t go out and buy this. While The Simpsons just trundles on, year after year, in a thorazine-shuffle of chronic unfunniness — the lobotomized zombie of a once funny show — Futurama, a far greater show by far, was canceled in its prime. The Hypnotoad commands you! Go out and buy it!
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