Futurama Season 6 Episode 11 – Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences

In the latest episode of Futurama, Fry writes his own comic book, immortalising himself as Delivery Boy Man and Lrrr – ruler of the planet Omicron Persei 8 – faces a midlife crisis after his latest invasion of earth is mistaken for an entry at the costume competition at Comic Con 3010.

This episode of Futurama is another fantastic one. Not only does the show make best use of smaller, but beloved characters in the show, but it also manages to successfully take the mick out of itself, Comic Con and strangely, JJ Abrams.

Lrrr is one of the most consistently brilliant characters in Futurama – he never manages to give a public speech properly, has difficulty with microphones and always has trouble with his wife, Ndnda. Lrrr is always having a crisis of some sort and seems to invade Earth simply because he has nothing better to do. The focus of the episode is Lrrr and his struggle with his wife and the direction his life is taking. Of course, things never being easy for him, Lrrr is helped through his crisis by Bender, has cosmetic surgery and manages to have an affair with an Omicronian impersonator.

There are plenty of pop culture references throughout the episode, including a star turn by Orson Welles and Matt Groening’s new show – Futurella – being cancelled before the pilot is even aired. Zapp Brannigan makes a welcome appearance, Nixon shows his true colours by surrendering to a fake invasion of Earth and Fry finally gets the ending to his comic book right.

Overall, the pace is good, the asides are funny and of course, Lrrr and Ndnda get back together. It wouldn’t be Futurama if they didn’t!

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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