Futurama: Season 6, Episode 1

Rebirth (24 Jun. 2010)

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Dr. Farnsworth makes a robotic version of Leela for a heartbroken Fry after the original Leela falls into a irreversible coma. But what will happen when the original Leela suddenly comes back to life?

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Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Zapp Brannigan / Dr. Zoidberg / Awakening Machine / Robo-Fry (voice)
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Dr. Farnsworth makes a robotic version of Leela for a heartbroken Fry after the original Leela falls into a irreversible coma. But what will happen when the original Leela suddenly comes back to life?

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Bender, Giff and Zoidberg cannot be revived with human stem cells. See more »

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Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth: Come on, stem cells, work your astounding scientific nonsense!
Philip J. Fry: Fetal stem cells? Aren't those controversial?
Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth: In your time, yes. But nowadays... shut up! Besides, these are adult stem cells, harvested from healthy adults whom I've killed for their stem cells.
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Twisted and funny story, touching love, good 2.5D visuals and intriguing ending but not so creative, no franchise reboot and anticipated episodic format of the bionic pizza
25 June 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I only watched a few episodes of the first two seasons but always considered Futurama one of the best cartoons on TV. However I never became one of its followers as I'm not into episodic shows. Some missions of the week were good but others were disappointing. So when I read that season 6 was about to air I thought it would be the perfect occasion to reboot the franchise and provide its long time fans with a fresh and original production.

Rebirth didn't meet my expectations but it should succeed in entertaining the audience. Indeed some situations were quite hilarious. I didn't dig the whole Bender delirium but most of the jokes were funny. However I found some cultural references a bit lazy, at least two films. I couldn't help comparing it to Space Pilot 3000, that I rated 10 out of 10, and they didn't play in the same creative league. Otherwise the characters spirit hasn't aged and I instantly fell in love again with Leela & Fry. I found some scenes touching and even if their relationship is not as super as Lois & Clark I think it has potential and I hope it'll be further developed in the upcoming episodes.

As for the story it wasn't mind blowing but twisted enough so you should definitely be surprised. Visually it's still a miss of traditional 2D animation and 3D cel-shaded CG. However I think they could have upgraded their vision and made it a bit more modern. Some backgrounds were specially tasteless but overall I think the production quality is good. Last but not least it ended with a cliffhanger and even if I don't expect Futurama to switch to a heavy format, with one story for the whole season, it should intrigue you enough to at least watch the next episode, In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela. So it wasn't a two parts pilot but I think Rebirth deserves your attention. But don't expect Futurama to reinvent itself ! It's really like if the show had never been canceled.


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