After destroying the new DOOP space station, Capt. Brannigan is forced to make a living as a civilian. Begging a job at Planet Express, he instigates a mutiny against Leela so he can lead a suicidal charge (for Fry and Bender, at least) against his enemies, the Neutrals. Written by
Brannigan, Begin Again made IGN's top 5 best Futurama episodes list, with the writers of that piece expressing their opinion that Zapp Brannigan is the best character of the series. I'm not sure I'd agree, but he is a funny character- known as a hero but really a buffoon and a coward, a man who mistakenly thinks he's God's gift to women. And here a variety of peoples from across the galaxy see Zapp for the idiot he is when he accidentally, negligently, and ridiculously destroys the headquarters for a peaceful interplanetary organization. Zapp is court-martialed, and along with his assistant Kif, loses his rank. (As a civilian, Zapp actually wears pants- he doesn't seem to as an officer.) Zapp and Kif are then hired by the Professor for his delivery business. When Captain Leela proves to be a difficult woman to work for, Fry and Bender mutiny and declare Zapp to be the new captain.
Although, as we know from later episodes, Fry loves Leela, we see a little complication in their relationship in that Fry considers her to be too strict as a captain. He even makes an unflattering doodle of Leela. But, as Leela says in this episode, she and Fry are friends. This makes the mutiny hurt, although the experience apparently doesn't teach Leela anything as she delightfully suggests at the end of the episode that the crew rebel against the Professor. Besides making fun of Zapp, other humour in this episode is found in Kif annoying Leela, the lack of fiery passion of the Neutral alien civilization, and the Professor's age- here he doesn't remember Bender. The trial is also funny, as we find out the jury witnessed the destruction of the headquarters and Zapp's chances of getting an acquittal are nil. No need for a beige alert- this episode is fine.
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