On September 14th, 2017 Chris Hardwick, of the Nerdist Podcast, teamed up with Matt Groening, David X. Cohen and the original writers and cast of Futurama to create the first ever Futurama podcast. What started as a way to promote the new mobile game, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow quickly became a nostalgic sensation. When one first starts listening to the podcast they are embraced by well-known voices of Billy West (Fry), John DiMaggio (Bender), Katey Sagal (Leela), Billy West (Zoidberg and Professor Farnsworth), Lauren Tom (Amy) and Phil LaMarr (Hermies).
Within the episode listeners are told that Futurama is, “the show that never dies” and it’s easy to believe. Per Graeme McMillan, of the Wired, (2013) the famed television show had been canceled twice since its airing in 1999.
The audio starts out as a commercial for Borax Flakes and turns into a twisted tale in which the characters are well aware that they are in a podcast rather than on a TV show. Without giving away too many of the captivating details, the crew is on a mission to Junkleon 7 where they encounter the evil Klaxxon, Chris Hardwick, who dooms them to listen to every podcast ever made at the same time. How will our unlikely heroes get out of this one?
The 50-minute podcast includes gripping drama, mommy issues, and fabulous sound effects. If listening to a podcast in your pajamas isn’t for you the IOS and Android game, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow has same premise, but is slightly more interactive, and consists of the animation we know and love. Either way you will still get to enjoy the story and a bit of Hardwick since he is also a character in the game. In the end, the team behind the Futurama podcast will have listeners asking, will this be the true end of Futurama?
The podcast can be listened to via the Nerdist Podcast.
The featured photo image was found at The Nerdist website.
McMillan, G. (2013, April 22). Dead Again: Futurama Canceled for the Second Time. Retrieved September 23, 2017, from https://www.wired.com/2013/04/futurama-cancelled-again/