Sunday, July 18, 2010

Futurama | S06E05 "The Duh-Vinci Code"… What Crap!

Futurama, Vol. 4
Bad News Everyone!
The fifth episode of the recently resurrected cartoon series has marked a low point in the shows return. The episode was, to put it bluntly, not funny. It revolved around a search of Rome Italy for clues to Da Vinci’s last great creation. The Professor called Fry stupid a number of times within the first few minutes of the episode and for good, Fry’s idiocy reached a new height while sinking the show to a new low. The Episode begins with a parody of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Fry was the contestant. Now it has been established within the series that Fry is a special kind of guy, he is not clever nor is he in any way articulate but even he would know the answer to the first multiple choice question: “What tool is used to hammer a nail?” And the same bad joke kept coming back throughout the episode about this nail on nail action, it was dull and unamusing. Just like the rest of the episode. As essentially a spoof of The Da Vinci Code which was published in 2003 and made into a movie three years later, the idea seemed somewhat dated and out of place, something the writers’ kind of thought would be a good thing to have an episode about back in 2006. Well, it didn’t work out. Aside from a few flashy digital animations in The Duh-Vinci-Code, with Da Vinci’s greatest inventions being put through an oversized Mouse Trap like device. Other than that, it was the worst episode the show has had since its triumphant return to the silver screen. I’m betting the next installment of the show will win me back. Here’s to hoping. 

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