Stars (voices): Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, Dave Herman
Writer
: Dwayne Carey-Hill
Director
: Patric M. Verrone
Network
: Comedy Central, Wednesday nights
Airdate: June 27, 2012

It was a smart move by the FUTURAMA writers to use this year’s election to do their own sci-fi take on campaigning and how society views on voting for a President just never change.

And “Decision 3012” is a smart piece of political satire, even if it isn’t the type of laugh-out-loud funny we come to expect from the show.

The concept is simple. The head of Richard Nixon is running for President of the World once again, and yes, he’s the frontrunner. Then a new candidate shows up named Chris Travers. He speaks his mind, has thoughtful answers and everyone hates him. So Leela decides to get involved and be his campaign manager. She finds a way to get his message across to the world, so even dumb people can understand it.

However, Bender, working with the head of Nixon, try to find dirt on the candidate, but he’s clean. When Bender learns of his middle name “Xazzar“ (which sounds very alien), he tries to make the world think he wasn’t born on earth and they demand to see is earth certificate (which is in a hospital in Kenya).

The twist, he was born on earth, but in the future, sent back to win the election so Nixon doesn’t have another term which causes a robot uprising. The surprise twist at the end is classic FUTURAMA science-fiction and one of the best uses of time travel logic ever.

“Decision 2013” targets everything from the last political election, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, TERMINATOR and even immigration. While not as over-the-top as the animated satire of SOUTH PARK, it still resonates. And, the topic and events will still be relevant and timeless when the series hits reruns.

It’s great when FUTURAMA steps outside of its box to do something different like this episode and again, writer Patric M. Verrone has much more on his mind than simply going for the obvious jokes. A lot of thought and care went into crafting this episode and making a statement without being too heavy-handed. And again, I’ve never seen time travel logic handled so brilliantly. You’ll never look at the TERMINATOR movies the same way again.

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Comments:

  1. Futurama is back! The show isn’t getting as much attention as it should however and I’m a die-hard fan so I will always watch. The new episode airs tonight but unfortunately I’ll be at work. A co-worker at Dish suggested trying out the remote access app. It allows me to stream anything I’ve recorded or live TV to my iPad. It works with my Hopper through the Sling Adapter and it will definitely make my lunch break interesting tonight. I’m dying to see what shenanigans Bender will be up to in order to get his picture of that elusive actor.

    AJ

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