Futurama Season 6 Episode 12 – The Mutants are Revolting

Just from the name of this episode, you know it’s going to be a good one. Not only will the mutants – and presumably Leela’s parents – be involved, but there will be some sort of revolution. Sounds like the makings of a good instalment of Futurama.

The episode starts off with the gang having to make their 100th delivery – to tie in with this being the 100th episode of Futurama. There is a very clever visual gag with reference to Bender’s gyroscopic stability and a soufflé that contains nitro glycerine. Of course, one thing leads to another – as all good episodes of Futurama do – and Fry ends up outing Leela as a mutant and the gang are all banished to the sewers for harbouring her. It’s only a matter of time before Leela – used to the freedom of the surface – starts a revolution to have the same freedoms granted to her family below ground.

There is a lot going for this episode of Futurama, not least new characters, Fry’s transformation into a mutant and the brilliant, if illogical Land Titanic. Bender throws a party to celebrate the 100th delivery but decides that he misses the rest of the team, and goes into the sewer to help with the revolution. Bender also has some great lines, such as “Where my humans at?” and “I said scram, grapey!”, the latter being directed at Hedonism Bot – obviously!

Each character has plenty to do within the episode – Amy fawns over jewellery, Leela finds out more about her family and Hermes corrects people, like the smug bureaucrat he is. The problem with the episode, if there is one, is the ongoing confusion about the nature of Fry and Leela’s relationship; sometimes they are together, sometimes they are not. In this episode, Fry makes the ‘startling’ revelation that he has a crush on Leela but in previous episodes they were dating properly. It is a little thing, but it beginning to grate and the writers need to figure out the nature of this relationship once and for all.

All in all, however, a very clever and funny episode of Futurama. Let’s hope that this keeps up through the rest of the season and the lagging episodes we have seen so far are a thing of the past.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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