Futurama: Zapp Gets Canceled
September 11, 2023 2:26 AM - Season 11, Episode 8 - Subscribe

When Zapp Brannigan is canceled for crude behavior, Leela takes over as captain of the Nimbus on a critical mission.
posted by Marticus (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Well, that was another episode. Something something woke.
posted by Marticus at 2:27 AM on September 11

I went into it really afraid that it was going to end up being South Park levels of "The Woke is out of control!" but it was merely meh. This season is just not hitting for me at all.
posted by Etrigan at 7:46 AM on September 11 [2 favorites]

Etrigan, I am sad to agree with you.
posted by billsaysthis at 9:51 PM on September 11

Silence! I concur.
posted by Marticus at 10:23 PM on September 11 [1 favorite]

We've got two episodes left before a hiatus, then another ten afterwards. I'm really hoping for something actually essential in all of that.

Supposedly a season 12 too, but we'll see how that plays out with the reception of this season, the ongoing strikes, and the uncertainty in the streaming market right now.

I was really hoping after all this time that the creators would only have signed on because they had some truly original ideas, not just nostalgia and tepid political-commentary-of-the-week.
posted by Riki tiki at 8:09 AM on September 12

The vibe of this season is that they had no interest in making any more shows but were finally offered a big enough pile of money and figured, ok sure we can shit out some more episodes if you like.
posted by onya at 7:41 PM on September 12 [2 favorites]

Also, even though they weren't firmly on the stop-woke train, two crucial plot points here are "what about the people who like being groped" and therefore "in the end, don't we need the 'politically incorrect' people?"

Also, Kif takes leave to spend time with his kids, but the punchline is that Amy gives the orders?

You know what, this episode was actually pretty regressive. It only seemed less so because the jokes weren't funny enough to land those messages.
posted by Riki tiki at 8:19 PM on September 12 [2 favorites]

In fairness, “actually kind of regressive” has secretly been on-brand for Futurama since kind of the beginning

most episodes this season, I at least got a laugh from a background gag at minimum, but man, this episode was so… mediocre

like why can’t it at least be bad enough to be worth having feelings about it one way or the other
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:00 AM on September 13

like why can’t it at least be bad enough to be worth having feelings about it one way or the other

That may be the harshest single line of criticism I’ve read on Fanfare, truly—and well deserved. For me, maybe the worst thing any creative work can do is be boring. Even bad things have a kind of commitment and are interesting in how they fail, but indifferent work? That’s the worst, utterly disrespectful of our time and energy as an audience.

I see your contempt for me, new Futurama, and will respond by disengaging.
posted by LooseFilter at 7:13 AM on September 13

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