Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder, Straight to DVD for a Reason

Futurama, you are dead to me.

I bought the new Futurama straight to DVD recently, it’s the last of Fox’s order for four feature length straight to DVD movies and please, for the love of the Space Pope let it be the last. These movies have  been on a slow downward spiral in terms of quality and this one is the worst of the bunch.

I didn’t finish the DVD, it wasn’t out of disgust, (although it is pretty bad) it was because I FELL ASLEEP. That’s right, I feel asleep during what might possibly be the last Futurama ever. I get enough sleep every night too so it can’t be that. I don’t want to watch the rest of it, I think I made it through the first hour before nodding off, and it’s still sitting inside of my DVD player along with the rest of its brethren inside that cozy 400 disc changer, but I don’t want to finish it, I will not finish it. It’s a terrible, half baked episode stretched out to feature length, and the worst part is that Ken Keeler wrote it.

For those who aren’t that much into Futurama, Ken Keeler wrote the best send off episode in the history of television, The Devil’s Hands are Idle Playthings, the last episode of Futurama, and I say this with absolutely no hyperbole. Into the Wild Green Yonder, his second send off for the series, on the other hand, is terrible, watching this was like an old friend coming out of a coma, only to see that the old friend slowly became less and less of what he once was until he eventually faded away. It’s the only way I can describe the quartet of Futurama features. I really wish that Groening and Co would have left well enough alone now.

To be totally honest, I didn’t even know this was out until early last week, so far reaching was the publicity campaign for it and I wished that I hadn’t known. Admittedly, I did get some chuckles out of it, about half may have been forced because I wanted to like it. The plot involves Amy Wong’s parents from making a golf course out of the Milky Way Galaxy and it putting all life in danger. Leela joins a poorly parodied feminist/hippie organization to stop it, and Fry is inducted by another group to stop it as well because of his missing Delta Brain Wave. Kiff is also back somehow, I remember him dying in one of these movies, and he may have been brought back, but these movies have been, for the most part, so forgettable that I’m not that motivated to go check.

I really don’t know what happened with these movies, Bender’s Big Score was great, it was funny and served to bring the series back, even explaining the missing time gap since cancellation in a really funny convoluted method that could only exist in sci-fi. The Beast with a Billion Backs was slightly above average, but just barely, and Bender’s Game was loaded with so many table top RPG references that it made itself to obscure. Into the Wild Green Yonder is the worst of the series and I can only say that if you have to see it, do it out of a morbid sense of curiosity.

I loved Futurama, I showed my support by purchasing the entire series on DVD, I have my favorite episodes. I bought the freaking console game TWICE. (my PS2 died so I got rid of it, and I got it again for Xbox) I don’t buy the comics though, but I did get the movies. What I’m going to do is pretend that nothing happened after the series ended; Bender’s Big Score was fun and everything after that was a slow, terrible slide downhill, but I’ll just pretend that the movies happened in an alternate universe, because it’s sci-fi, and that’s what we do.

Sadly I cannot recommend it to fans of the series or anyone for that matter. Keep your fond memories and don’t buy this.

[tags]Movies and TV, Video[/tags]

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