Top 20 Worst Episodes of Futurama
The inclusion of Star Trek: I’ve noticed that many fans have come to judge things for very idiotic reasons… especially whether or not Star Trek characters are involved… well… this won’t stop me from judging fairly because in my humble opinion, Star Trek sucks. So it doesn’t add anything positive to the episode. Star Wars rocks, on the other hand… but I wouldn’t judge an episode highly just because characters from that series were to appear randomly either. So the appearance of Star Trek people doesn’t make this episode any better than the lower rated episodes. I never enjoyed the presence of Star Trek characters to begin with, so this episode is a detrimental collection of lame boredom emitted by the many years of Star Trek as a series overall. I hate how Star Trek is even mentioned in this series since it would do better without it. I mean… Star Trek is so darn boring. I hate the mentality of liking something just because it’s classic or “one of the first” of its kind. I will like something, however, if it’s as awesome as Star Wars or Futurama… or say, Mortal Kombat, Spider-Man, Dragon Ball Z, The Sopranos, Oz, The Shield, Dexter, etc. The list is endless for actually enjoyable series out there which happen to be a few million times better than the likes of Star Trek.
Plot: I absolutely detest this episode of Futurama and it’s very hard for me to admit to that because most episodes are rather good. Overall, however, the plot is a complete failure here. David A. Goodman (the writer) did rather poorly at a very simplistic plot. It’s infantile, if anything… and the characters are very stereotypical and boring. Basically, it’s very limited… we find out that Star Trek is banned (when it comes to talking about it, since all the fans from the past were supposedly thrown into a volcano many years ago)… then Fry and his crew land on this planet called Omega 3 (where the cast is supposed to be)… along with a new Star Trek cast member named Welshy… who apparently doesn’t last long as some random big floating energy thing named Melllvar blasts and kills him to prove his powers… with full sincerity. So, basically… this Melllvar fellow annoys the life out of everyone while wasting time onscreen… pretty much forcing the Star Trek cast to be a part of his personal collection. Wow, this plot is really stupid. Fry later convinces Melllvar that one television series can’t be his entire life… which gives Melllvar the incentive to stop acting like a jacka$$ and let them go. The Star Trek cast contemplates if it was so horrible being under Melllvar’s control since he was a floating energy entity and did indeed give them eternal life and pleasure… but come to the conclusion that they’d rather not since he was an annoying fan. That’s about it…
Moral: None. Unless you’re some kind of hardcore Star Trek fan for some odd reason… then this episode’s moral wouldn’t appeal to you… because there hardly is any. An intergalactic entity holding control over a thousand year old television cast doesn’t encompass any form of morality. All it does is proceed to invoke negative ratings like the one I’m about to give…
Melllvar: I absolutely detested this supporting guest character. It was especially annoying when trying to give characteristics to a floating gaseous substance. Other than the fact that it hardly did anything but annoy the rest of the cast, I have no positive things to say about this Melllvar entity. It was just plain annoying and I wanted the episode to end so I wouldn’t see any more of it. The Hypnotoad was an even more clever idea and it didn’t even speak.
Welshy: Probably the only good redeeming factor about this episode was this guy who was supposed to be a replacement for Scotty’s actor. But since he’s killed off before doing anything, the rest of the episode sucked so bad, he didn’t get a chance to make a difference.
Overall: This episode sucked badly… it will likely always remain my least favorite of Futurama because I’ve seen the entire series thus far and no other episodes have invoked negativity from me to the extent that this episode has. It deserves to suck continuously until it is completely forgotten from Futurama history, which would, in turn, make the series better. Sometimes, it’s better to have some episodes like these… to make the actually good episodes seem EVEN BETTER. ” - Zabon