Futurama has 'The Thief of Baghead'
Written by : goodbadgeeky published Sunday 8th July 2012
When Futurama does it right, it really does it right. Just like it did with its latest episode titled “The Thief of Baghead”.
In my previous review of Futurama which was the hour-long premiere made of two episodes, Futurama of any sort is better than no Futurama at all, but for as much as the show was trying to pull on our heart strings, it felt false or coming up a bit short. In a way, the episodes felt like they were trying too hard to being something akin to “Jurassic Bark” or “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings” and just really missed the mark.
How quickly they recover: the following episode “Decision 3012” was brilliant and hilarious, and even “The Thief of Baghead” continued that winning streak of hilarious and brilliant episodes. In “The Thief of Baghead”, Bender’s new role of “paparazoo” is heralded further not by Calculon but by another actor, a man who wears a bag over his head in anything and everything he does. The actor is named Langdon Cobb, and Calculon even has problems with out acting the guy.
The real thing is that Zoidberg upon watching a documentary explains to Bender who complains on not having anything new to capture via his camera, is that Cobb has never been filmed with his bag off his head. Upon attempting to obtain pictures of Cobb with his bag off ends up being fruitful for Bender at first: he obtains the sacred photograph, but Cobb pleads with Bender that the consequences are too much. Bender of course ignores this and shows the picture to Fry, Amy and Hermes, who are then instantly killed.
Professor Farnsworth quickly explains that this is probably because Cobb is from Byoria 6 home of the quantum lichen people creatures that draw attention from their prey. If any living thing looks at Cobb, his ego will absorb the attention he gets. The ego is usually separate from the quantum lichen beings, and look like a giant mushroom or fungus. When Bender exclaims he saw a weird dog with mushrooms all over his bag that grew in size as he saw it, they all realize what his ego is.
This episode showcases exactly why when Futurama works it just works. From the comedy involving classic characters such as Calculon, it also tells a great sci-fi yarn poking fun at something in our pop-culture such as celebrity. The joke of Bender being in the “paparazoo” in itself is hilarious, but to see the sci-fi bent on it being a being that gets off and is fed by admiration is hilarious as it is genius.
About the author goodbadgeeky
Nick ‘Nitro’ Arganbright has an extreme love for a good story, whether it be in film, tv, video games, comic books, music or more and it shows in each article and podcast he produced. The titular podcast he produces is called The Good The Bad & The Geeky with co-hosts Jon Bettin and Nathan ‘DJ Meat’ Haley. The podcast has helped him make a few contacts within in the industry which he hopes to use to entertain and inform readers of his reviews on Examiner.com and The TV King, offering an average joe opinion that is often overlooked in major print and online publications. If you’d like to e-mail him, please do so at [email protected] or you can tweet him on twitter at @goodbadgeeky.goodbadgeeky's profile | goodbadgeeky's RSS feed
- The "Secrets" of SUITS
- Dystopian COMMUNITY
- A "Trio" of Uneven GLEE Stories
- ‘Survivor: Cagayan’, Episode 3: Jeremiah in the middle
- ALMOST HUMAN Almost Great
- "Brother's War" on VIKINGS
- House of Cards Season 2 Midpoint Check-in
- Leaving DOWNTON ABBEY Once More
- COMMUNITY Celebrates the "Beta Male"
- "Frenemies" Make for Drama-Filled GLEE
- ‘Survivor: Cagayan’, Episode 1: Why this season has already left a bad tast...
- "The Return" of DALLAS
- DVD Review: ‘Legit – The Complete First Season’
- DVD Review: ‘Mama’s Family – The Complete Third Season’
- DVD Review: ‘Family Guy – Volume Twelve’
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine Opens strong with 'Pilot' episode
- First Thoughts: FOX's Enlisted
- Burn Notice glances over an 'Exit Plan'
- Necessary Roughness gets rough in third new season
- Covert Affairs intrigues with fourth season opener 'Vamos'
- First thoughts: Suits third season opener is about loyalty
- Wilfred attempts to 'Comfort' us with all the 'Uncertainty'
- Game of Thrones chants "Mhysa" in the season three finale
- The Office tries 'Livin the Dream'
- The Office attempts to build 'Paper Airplanes'
- Meet the cast of 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water', and new twists revealed
- Breaking Bad Season 6 UK Air Date Confirmed For Netflix UK
- Jeff Probst and 'Survivor' snubbed yet again by the Primetime Emmys
- E4 confirm Skins series 7 air date
- Sky Living Supernatural Season 8 UK Air Date
- Hemlock Grove renewed for a 2nd season by Netflix
- The Walking Dead Season 3 UK Channel 5 Air Date
- LoveFilm secure UK rights for Emily Owens M.D.
- Scandal UK air date for season 2 confirmed by More4
- New Girl Season 2 E4 Air Date Confirmed
- The Mindy Project E4 Air Date Confirmed
- 'The Jeff Probst Show' has been cancelled
- The Mentalist Returns To Channel 5 With Series 5 Part 2 This February
- Doctor Who Return For Series 7 Part 2 This March
- FX's The Americans Coming to UK on ITV
- Can Lightning Strike Twice for...
- Throne Beseiged By Pirates
- Why ‘Once Upon a Time’ Is ...
- 2013 Disney Blu-ray Gift Guide
- 2013 ‘Doctor Who’ Gift Gui...
- Back to TV’s Roots
- ABC's Split Season
- How To Be a TV Reviewer
- R.I.P. Finn Hudson
- TV Neglects Independence Day
- DVD Return Policies Need a Cha...
- Fickle TV Fans
- When Good Shows Go Bad
- Will Amazon Change Television?
- Top 5 British TV dramas