Where were you on March 28, 1999? I was in my apartment, eagerly awaiting and then watching the premiere episode of Futurama. I had a feeling I would like it… but I didn’t realize how much.
Ben and I have the whole series and the straight-to-DVD movies in an honored spot in our home video collection (filed under “F”) and, well, let’s just say that we would already need to buy new copies if they were VHS tapes instead of DVDs.
After Fox cancelled Futurama (mutter mutter Fox smells of elderberries), there was uproarious fan-demand for the show to be revived—especially after Family Guy came back. There was a hint that it was possible from David X. Cohen & Matt Groening at the Futurama panel I was fortunate enough to attend at Comic Con 2008, and then totally awesome news from last year’s Comic Con that it was coming back (SQUEE) and would be aired on Comedy Central.
Then there was a little hullabaloo about the original voice cast not returning, which of course would completely ruin the revival. Not to worry; the salary negotiations were resolved and the first new episode is airing in June 2010.
Which brings me to…
My Futurama To-Do List
- Dig out my 2003-ish era Moore Action Collectibles (still mint in box, of course) to display
- Re-watch all episodes with the alien language decoder in hand
- Create a companion guidebook that notes every single piece of alien text and its translation
- Attempt to publish that book and likely discover that 8 million other Futurama geeks already posted the same thing online
- Acquire a couple more of the Kidrobot mini figures (my aunt Jeanette gave me two blind boxes that ended up being Nibbler (yaaaay!) and Sal, the mystery chase figure. Well, she gave one to me and one to my sister, then my sister gave me her Nibbler because she saw the nerd-lusty pain in my eyes and she’s not really a Futurama fan, a fact which by the way makes me suspicious of our actual blood relation.)
- Make more money so that I can immediately spend it on the entire (and currently ongoing) Toynami action figures
- Be the first person to think of combing two of my favorite fictional worlds into Back to the Futurama (d’oh! This one’s not possible now)
- Cross-stitch, frame, and hang a “Home Sweet GOTO 10” in my house
- Acquire and frame a nice print of the Futurama poster (the image in this blog post) that parodies the 1927 German expressionist film, Metropolis
- Watch the June television rebirth of Futurama, an episode rumored to be named “Rebirth”
I think a few of those items (2, 8, 10) are more likely to happen than the others.