Futurama: "Cold Warriors" Review

I know what Thursday night's episode of Futurama was trying to do, but it just didn't work for me. Historically, an episode flashing back to Fry's life in the 20th Century would find a way to tug at your heartstrings. Two such standouts are "The Luck of the Fryrish" and "Jurassic Bark," both of which are considered classics for this series. "Cold Warriors" fell short of those marks. 

The emotional focus of "Cold Warriors" was the relationship between the young Fry of 1988 and his father Yancy. One thing I did like about this episode was that it kept Fry's childhood and family consistent with what we've seen before. I especially enjoyed watching Fry's sports-obsessed mother care more about a football game than her ailing son. Yancy was still his tough-as-nails, former military self. We were even reminded of Fry's lucky seven-leaf clover, though it came off as a forced moment, as if asking, "Hey, remember the great episode where Fry found a seven-leaf clover?" Still, it was nice that if you're going to flashback to Fry's family, they were written as we've grown to know them.  Read More...

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