Welcome to the world of tomorrow
So this is what we thought the year 3000 would be like in the year 2000? Its a pretty good vision as far as projections go. We seem to have solved some of our most pressing issues of today while keeping a few pending for good measure.
Fry and his colleagues at Planet Express routinely struggle with the same issues that plague us in this time period. Love, loss, employment, meaning, camaraderie, hurt, struggle. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Robots and spaceships don't change the human condition.
The characters of Zapp Brannigan, Dr. Zoidberg, and Bender are the realest and most interesting along with Nixon's head. It is a real treat to be able to explore a possible future and see how the inhabitants of that time period deal with our shared struggles.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey