'Futurama' always works best, in my mind, when it tackles the pop tech world. When the show struggled to stay on Fox, no other show would even go near the subject in fear of alienating their cool audience by discussing things that only members of the high school audio-visual club could understand without their eyes bleeding.
Apple needed to be taken down a peg or two and that's coming from someone who is pounding out this article on a dusty old MacBook, listening to an Elvis Costello compilation on an iPod and watching his stocks sink into the Earth's core on his iPhone.
This time, the "EyePhone" gets the sharp end of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's very sharp pointing stick and it works ... for the most part.
It's really the perfect target for 'Futurama' because it represents an unrelenting encroachment of technology on our lives and how society just drools at its awesome shininess while overlooking its obvious flaws. Nothing sums up that theme better than Fry's encounter with a "Mom Store" employee who describes the "EyePhone" as a device that comes with only one service provider and get lousy reception, as dumb ol' Fry screams: "Shut up and take my money!" The old saying, "It's funny because it's true," is true
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