Futurama: Season 2, Episode 18

The Problem with Popplers (7 May 2000)

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The Planet Express crew discovers a delicious snack food on a remote planet, but Leela has a change of heart when she discovers a disturbing fact about the snack food that endangers Earth.


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Episode cast overview:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Announcer / Audience Member (voice)
Molton Boron Singer / Linda / Nd-nd (voice)
Hot Dog Vendor / Fishy Joseph Gillman / Horrible Gelatinous Blob / Lrrr / Lt. Kif Kroker / Waiter (voice)
Hermes Conrad / Molton Boron Announcer / Poppler Salesman (voice)
Amy Wong / Jrrr (voice)


The Planet Express crew discovers a delicious snack food on a remote planet, but Leela has a change of heart when she discovers a disturbing fact about the snack food that endangers Earth.

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If Fishy Joe paid Fry and Bender based on the original deal ($1/dozen), they would have made $16.5 billion. Kif states that 198 billion Poplers were eaten. See more »


Near the end of the episode, after Lrrr has salted the orangutan prior to eating it, after a few moments the massive pile of salt on its head vanishes inexplicably. See more »


Leela: Well, it's a Type M planet, so it should at least have Roddenberries.
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Spoofs Dateline NBC (1992) See more »


Molten Boron Jingle
Music and Lyrics by David X. Cohen
Performed by Tress MacNeille
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The problem with subjective humor
25 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story, the second appearance of the aliens of Omicron Persei 8, has many side-notes worthy of taking interest in. First off is the question that Jrr has to ask of his fellow Omicronians, whether it's okay for them to eat humans as the humans have eaten their young. Eventually, Lrr, the leader of the planet, does eat a certain human hippie, noting that something was wrong before acting as if he is under the influence of a perception-altering drug.

Although it does comment on some social difficulties, such as whether or not it's natural for a carnivorous feline to learn to eat a plant-based product (no), it should be remembered that this show was never intended to be a commentary on the social welfare, just a satire on how things are today. That's not a contradiction, as it's not suggested how these problems could be fixed, but that they'll still have them in the future. And the fact that certain beloved species now are vermin (in the case of owls) or foodstuff in the future (for instance, the fact that the dolphin they ate wasn't that smart in that he gambled his money away) is merely a satirical statement as to how paradigms are likely to shift in the future.

As per other determinations that loving Leela is, somehow, supposed to be associated with bestiality, all I have to say about that is "come on." It's not as if Captain Kirk was accused of it, and he slept with plenty of alien women. And, should you care to investigate further, it turns out Leela is actually a mutant human after all, not knowing until a later season.

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