Futurama was an above-average episode, that suffers from airing at an awkward time in the series. For one thing, it's the season finale--and while a very enjoyable episode, it's just a piece of fluff, and when viewed from the angle of a season finale, it's something of a letdown. There are a lot of funny gags. I liked the satire of Napster, the classic Simpsons-esque filmstrip "I Dated a Robot!" and the bits on the Internet especially. The ending had some tragedy, but a lot of the punch was taken from it because it came so soon on the heels of last week's episode. Last week's episode was a tough act to follow, and it was rather foolish of them to follow it up with another episode focusing on Fry's love life. The number one rule of sitcoms is that you don't address the same point two weeks in a row. And it lost its way toward the end, with the entire third act basically an extended fight scene...but still an enjoyable half-hour. Looks like we won't be seeing anymore until September...or November...or January...or whenever Fox decides to start the season... Simpsons was lame, lame, lame. Almost every joke had my fingers itching for the remote. They were stupid, they were obvious, they were gross, they were poorly-timed, they were badly-delivered...I was cringing the whole way through. And Homer, not only as a *TOTAL* irredeemable jerk...but then going completely deranged and kidnapping the kids?! This is quite possibly the worst characterization we've ever seen for him. Attrocious. The only two moments that got a laugh: Krusty's extended stare after Homer goes over the edge, followed by, "The term 'soccer mom' is thrown around a lot these days, but..."; and the bit with Arnie Pie and Kent Brockman arguing. Other than that, nearly unbearable. Interestingly, The Simpsons Archive summary for this episode said that Ron Howard would guest for a third time, making use of the kids in his latest movie. I'm assuming the thing underwent a drastic rewrite. Too bad...Howard's delivery is usually pretty fun, and the original script couldn't have been much worse than this. -C Official ToonZone Comic Book Guy-esque Reviewer.