Thursday, September 18, 2008

Futurama: Beast with a Billion Backs Review

Futurama: Beast with a Billion Backs is the second of four post-series Futurama movies, following last year's Bender's Big Score. It tells, among others, the story of an alien monster that comes to Earth and tries to capture all of humanity in its euphoric grasp.

- Despite a number of relatively aimless subplots (like Bender's time in the League of Robots), this Futurama film tells a better cohesive story than the first.
- Small beloved characters get nice little roles, but the focus thankfully remains on the principle players.
- Put simply it's nice to have more Futurama, one of the wittiest shows of the last two decades.

- As the first film also suggested, Futurama is likely best suited in 22 minute blocks instead of the roughly four episodes smushed into a movie here.
- As already mentioned the story isn't exactly cohesive and satisfying (which is a function of the fact that the movie will eventually be split into episodes for rebroadcast).

- While it isn't the perfect Futurama movie, it's always nice to have more of it. Ideally this set of four movies (the next two will be released in November '08 and early '09) will sell well enough to merit a full resurrection for the show on a major network.
- Futurama fans will love this, but neophytes can definitely get a taste of what made the show so great from this movie.

Overall Score: 7/10

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