Friday, July 16, 2010

Futurama "The Duh-Vinci Code" Reaction


Upon first viewing, I wasn't that impressed with last night's episode of Futurama, "The Duh-Vinci Code". I felt like it was another "Fry is stupid" episode with a new shiny wrapper around it, but upon watching it again, I found that the episode was just goofball enough to be enjoyable.

The main plot of the episode went like this: Prof. Farnsworth discovers a secret Da Vinci blueprint, the Planet Express crew goes on a mission to discover its meaning, ends up finding out that one of Da Vinci's flying machines was actually a spaceship that takes them to his real home planet... where it turns out that he's actually the dumbest person there (which is why he came to Earth in the first place). Farnsworth is also relatively dumb on Vinci (the name of the planet) and ends up learning what Fry must feel like in the future.

If that sounds like a not-great episode, well, you're kind of right. The story of the episode itself isn't anything special, but there are enough "moments" in this episode to make it worth watching. For example, in the scene pictured above, Fry is on a "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" style episode and he answers "nail". It seems like just another stupid joke at Fry's expense, but then later in the episode, he actually hammers a nail with another nail. I have to admit, I laughed at that. Also, Bender battling the fountain monster was funny enough, but when they both pulled out guns, I completely lost it.

Here are the other lines of the episode that had me laughing like a Da Vinci-esque moron:


[They're examining "The Last Supper"]
Zoidberg: Maybe Da Vinci painted over something else. It's called a pentimento.
Farnsworth: That's true, Dr. Zoidberg. Eh, how did you know that?
Zoidberg: My doctorate is in art history.
[That explains SO much]

[They go to X-ray "The Last Supper, and instead X-ray Hermes, showing his tiny skeleton]
Hermes: Wait a second. I'm not big boned. I'm just fat!

Farnsworth: We must fly to Rome and exhume the body of Saint James!
Hermes: Didn't we used to be a delivery company?!
[This wasn't quite as good as his "we're talkin' about a lot of things" line from last week, but it was right up there]

Fry: Hi Anamatronio!
[Fry saying this multiple times at just the wrong time was just the right thing]

Farnsworth: I hate these nerds. Just 'cause I'm stupider than them, they think they're smarter than me. Kill them all! Starting with the math teacher!

Oh, that reminds me, Da Vinci's doomsday machine -- a trademark of Prof. Farnsworth's inventions -- was pretty cool. It was also great that Fry saved the day not by being heroic (though he tried) but by being a moron. Again, it wasn't an all-time classic episode, but it was a pretty fun way to spend about 21 minutes.

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