This is our review of the second of two new Futurama episodes that aired back-to-back on June 24th. Click here to see our review of the first episode.
The second of two new episodes on Thursday did a much better job of reestablishing a weekly series quality to Futurama than the premiere. While "Rebirth" was forced to reacquaint and catch people up, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" was essentially a standalone episode delivering a lot of laughs and a quintessential Futurama story.
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" was by all accounts a Zapp Brannigan episode. All the main characters had a role to play, but Zapp was the focus throughout, starting with his hilarious black and white 1950's B-movie serial-style dreams. These bits perfectly bookended the episode. All of the segments were great, but I got an extra kick out of seeing Zapp's dream version of Fry as a dopey looking eight-year-old with no lines. Following Zapp through the episode was more fun than I first thought it would be. Too much Zapp can often wear on an episode, but "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" kept the character interesting and more than just the one-note pompous jerk he can sometimes be.
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