Posted March 30 2003 - 01:10 PM
Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles
| When Fry and the Planet Express gang realize that at 161 years old, the Professor has become too crotchety to handle, they decide he needs to be "youth-a-sized". Traveling to an asteroid, they register the Professor at a posh resort where their full-body bath in searing hot tar is guaranteed to turn back the clock. Through a series of unfortunate accidents, the bath covers not only the Professor but also everyone else and all are affected by the treatment. Back at Planet Express, a now 53-year-old Professor tries to keep a now 13-year-old Fry and other kids under control while looking for a way to reverse the effects of the tar treatment. Meanwhile, "the kids" all react to their newfound youth, including Leela, who decides she could have a taste of the childhood she never had as an orphan. |
The high points
) The "old-man-driving" stereotype was good. Unlimited "warp" capability, but Farnesworth is holding up space traffic with his (right?) signal light on.
) "Age-defying" botox treatment for the skin with ingredients extracted right out of a warm can of mushrooms.
) Bender's devolution to CD-ROM.
) The sewage waste flush that propels Leela & Fry to victory in their swamp boat "drag race".
) great visuals
: The purple whirlpool of the fabled "Fountain of Aging" on a "burnt-out star". I continue to believe that Futurama
most vivid colors and apt background scenery in all tv cartoondom. The characters all look appropriately goofy, while the gadgets and the heavenly phenomena all look astoundingly impressive.
) The Star Trek
"Charlotte's Tholian Web" (child's tale).
The "tricorders" at the Bubbling Geezers spa with the sound effect right out of TOS
"With my last breath I curse Zoidberg."
I think there was one or two more that went right past me.
With regard to the gargoyle Pazuzu (the name of the Babylonian demon from the Exorcist
films, by the way), I missed what it said at the end to the little gargoyle, as well as the French ("bon oui(e)
"???). I assume this was in response to Prof. Farnesworth's saying he would do anything to repay P. for fetching him out of the whirlpool. Anybody know???