Futurama Tonight (SPOILERS) Wow. This has to be one of my favorites so far. The first act was funny (with some amusing use of the Globetrotters, and some Space Jam-esque undertones). But once the time-skip plot got going...it really blew me away. The "skipping ahead" jokes wound up getting slightly tiresome, but they kept them fairly fresh (my favorite: Hermes' "plan" to solve the problem, which somehow winds up with the whole crew in a nude conga line). Bender's obsession with becoming a Globetrotter struck me as rather bizarre at first, since it had little to do with anything we've ever seen in the character before. But the way it tied in with Fry's plight at the end was wonderfully executed (and use of the mournfully whistled "Sweet Georgia Brown" as a symbol of both Fry and Bender's lost dreams was surprisingly affective). I think this episode may well have been the best yet, from a character standpoint. All of the cast is well-handled, and all the main characters have at least one or two memorable scenes. I loved Zoidberg's crying about how lonely he is, then immediately returning to his stoical "consultant" demeanor. Another highlight was the crew trying to figure out why Leela married Fry, and someone proposes, "Maybe you were a great lover!" Amy, who had her little fling with Fry last season, doesn't miss a beat in saying, "No." Leela is a bit cruel toward Fry, but her reasons are believable. Her trying to placate him with a "let's forget all this and just be friends" attitude is sad and realistic ("I guess nothing I can ever do will make you feel the same way about me as I feel about you." "Guess not! Tell you what, why don't I let you fly?"). The marriage-and-divorce angle was very cleverly handled (and gave FOX a little something for their promos to tease the audience . Fry is quite possibly more of a sympathetic character than he's ever been before. He's trying here--he's trying so so hard. I really felt for the poor lug. He buys champagne, he learns how to fly the ship (do you know how hard that would be for even a person of average intelligence, let alone Fry?), he pours his heart out...and he still gets the "let's be friends" treatment. And the ending, with the whole "moving the stars" bit...quite heartwrenching. Fry's jaw-dropping expression at the explosion was worth a million words. Ouch. Something of a downer ending. But a very effective, very funny episode. What more could you possibly want from a TV show? -C Official ToonZone Guy Who Doesn't Use the Board's Smilies.