Nothing is sacred to Matt Groening’s Futurama, so buckle your seatbelt and get ready to take off again with the crew of the Planet Express. Volume Two leaps directly into more sticky situations for Frye, Leela, Bender, Dr. Zoidberg, Amy, Hermes, and Professor Farnsworth. Back for more episodes are Zap Brannigan and Kiff, (Brannigan’s uniform is still waaaaaaay too short!) and more of Mom from Mom’s Robot Company.
The only problem with Volume Two is that, again, there is not ‘Play All’ option on the discs, which is really annoying. You have to start each episode separately and hit Play a second time. (This is fixed by Volume Three). There are more commentaries and deleted scenes though, available for each episode.
Here’s a rundown of the episodes:
Episode One-I Second That Emotion.
Nibbler chips a tooth biting Bender’s hinder. Everyone makes a fuss over Nibbler and Bender gets jealous. Bender flushes Nibbler down the toilet. Bender has to wear an emotion chip tuned to Leela’s frequency so he will feel her pain of loss. Everyone winds out down in the sewer looking for nibbler and finds the mutants colony.
Episode Two-Brannigan, Begin Again.
Zapp and Kiff are stripped of their titles for destroying the DOOP station. This episode spoofs Midnight Cowboy in a hilarious, side-clutching parody. Professor Farnsworth hires Zapp and Kiff. Zapp fools Bender and Frye into mutiny against Leela, but then they have to reinstate her so she can save the day.
Episode Three-A Head In The Polls.
It’s election day. Bender sells his body for cash, and Richard Nixon’s head buys it to run for presidency against clones John Jackson and Jack Johnson. Leela and Frye have to help Bender get his body back and get Nixon out of the presidential race.
Episode Four-Xmas Story.
Nothing says xmas like a roaring fire and a super-squirter full of cognac. The crew visits the Catskills on a ski trip. The skiing is sidesplitting, especially the professors and Zoidberg’s. In Xmas of the future, the robot Santa Clause’s standards are too high, so *everybody* is naughty. If you are caught out after dark, Santa will cut your head off. Not one for the kiddies. “I’m going to shove coal so far up your stocking you’ll be coughing out diamonds.”
Episode Five-Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love?
One of my favorites! Dr. Zoidberg becomes heavy with male jelly, and must visit his old scuttling grounds on his home planet for the mating frenzy. But Edna, the female of Zoidberg’s interest, becomes infatuated with Frye. Zoidberg challenges Frye to Claw-Plock, a fight to the death.
Episode Six-The Lesser Of Two Evils.
While driving an old fashioned automobile at the Past-O-Rama, fry hits another bending unit named Flexo. Bender and Flexo become friends. The professor takes everyone into his bed to show off the jumbonion atom they have to deliver to the Miss Parallel Universe Contest. The crew requests a more comfortable setting for the showing, so Farnsworth takes them to the bath. The atom is stolen on the trip to the Contest, and Flexo is suspected.
Episode Seven-Put Your Head On My Shoulder.
Amy buys a new car and takes Frye on a drive to Mercury, where they run out of gas. Amy and Frye become an item afterward. But when Frye tries to break up with Amy by taking Zoidberg with them on a trip to Europa, Zoidberg crashes the car and has to attach Frye’s head onto Amy’s body.
Episode Eight-Raging Bender.
Hermes comes back from vacation with a brain slug on his head. In an incident at an ‘All My Circuits’ movie, Bender accidentally takes down The Masked Unit and is recruited for Ultimate Robot Fighting as Bender The Offender. When he looses popularity, he has to wear a tutu and fight as The Gender Bender. But the fight is really between Leela and an old acquaintance that hurt her feelings a long time ago.
Episode Nine-A Bicyclops Built For Two.
Everyone enters the internet, and spends time in chat rooms. During a virtual reality game, Leela finds one of her own species but Frye destroys him. Now she has to find him in real life. When he contacts her, she abandons a delivery to visit him, but discovers he’s not what he says he is. This episode spoofs ‘Married With Children’.
Episode Ten-A Clone Of My Own.
It’s Professor Farnsworth’s 150th birthday. Faced with his own mortality, he presents a clone he created 12 years ago from one of the shapelier growths on his back. Hubert Farnsworth. Hubert is such a brat that the Professor calls the Sunset Robots to take him away. Now the crew must find him and bring him back.
Episode Eleven-How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back.
Hermes makes a mistake and is demoted by the Central Bureaucracy and forced onto paid…
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This dvd will have the production season 2, meaning that instead of 16 episodes it will have 19 with 3 that were aired in season 3. The episodes are all very good, having some of my favorites. The episodes and a brief description are as follows:I Second That Emotion: The professor installs an empathy chip in Bender when he flushes Nibbler down the toilet.Brannigan Begin Again: Zapp Brannigan gets a job at planet express.A Head in the Polls: Bender sells his body for profit and it goes to Richard Nixon who runs for president of earth.Xmas Story: In year 3000, Santa Claus is an Eight-Foot Robot that everyone fears.Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love: Zoidberg is back to his home planet for mating season.Put Your Head on My Shoulder: Fy and Amy start an office romance before Valentines day.Lesser of Two Evils: The professor hires Flexo a robot who looks exactly like Bender.Raging Bender: Bender becomes a superstar in the brutal Ultimate Robot Fighting League. A Bicyclops Built for Two: While online Leela meets the last remaining male cyclops.A Clone of My Own: Professor Farnsworth revives his clone and goes for retirement at the “near death star.”How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back: Hermes is sent on vacation and is replaced by Morgan Proctor, an attractive woman that has a crush on Fry. The Deep South: After their ship sinks on a fishing trip, the crew has to build a town under the sea and Fry finds love in a mermaid.Bender Gets Made: The secret robot mafia recruits Bender.My Problem With Popplers: The crew lands on an unknown planet and discover a rare and strangely addictive kind of life called popplers. Mother’s Day: Mom, founder of Mom’s Friendly Robot Company, enlists all robots in an attempt of world domination.Anthology of Interest I: Professor Farnsworth creates a “what if” machine. Bender wonders what if he’s 500 ft. tall, Leela is a little bit more impulsive, and what if Fry would have never been frozen 1000 years ago? War is the H-Word:Bender and Fry volunteer for military duty to enjoy the benefits of the soldiers’s discount only to have war break out later that day. The Honking:A curse turns Bender into a were-car and tries to run over Fry. The Cryonic Woman: Fry and Bender get everyone fired after joy-riding in the planet express ship.
The Pitts…. still on the airCedric the Entertainer…. still on the air30 Seconds to Fame…. still on the air
Futurama…. Cancellation Announced
You have got to be kidding me. Shows like Cedric, The Pitts, and 30 Seconds to fame…not to mention Married by America, Temptation Island 3, and Wanda at Large still get production dollars, but they are cutting Futurama, and they already cancelled the Family Guy? Jeez. There truly is no accounting for taste. Futurama really hits it’s stride in Season 2, but even Season 1 was sharp, and well written. Buy this DVD and you will be turned on to the best show you’ve never seen. Trust me and everyone else that write a review for this DVD set, you will be glad you bought it. And try out Season 1 and the Family Guy Seasons 1 and 2. Now that is MUST SEE TV.