Sunday, August 17, 2008
Futurama: the Beast With a Billion Backs Review- Warning- Spoilers.
The latest installment of the Futurama direct to DVD series picks up where the last one left off, with a rip in time and space caused by Bender's overuse of time traveling. While panicked at first, the people of the universe learn to live with the rip and go on with their lives. Amy and the amphibian Kif get married on Kif's home wold. Fry also finds love with a girl named Colleen, but is dismayed to find that she is living with 4 other men.
Feeling despondent, Fry flies into the Space time rip where he meets an intelligent orb named "Yivo" who has a single eye and multiple tentacles. Injecting a tentacle into Fry's cerebral cortex.
Meanwhile, the Professor and his rival Wernsworth try to protect the Earth by encasing it in hexagon shaped "Diamondonium" plates. The tentacles have no problem smashing the Diamondonium and proceed to enslave every living being in the universe except for the cyclops Leela. One eyed Leela is able to save humanity by breaking the hold of the monster but humanity decides to go back to the monster voluntarily.
Yivo takes all the beings of the universe to his own universe, which looks a lot like heaven. Meanwhile, Bender has joined a secret society called "the League of Robots." Bender makes a deal with the robot Devil and amasses an army of damned robots to take humanity back from Yivo.
I am not as well versed in synchromysticism as some others, but the symbolics in this dvd is strongly overt at times. There were few parts where I laughed out loud, and I found the overall them of the movie to be just plain weird. When Bender leads the secret society and the army of the damned against heaven, you find yourself rooting for the army of the damned without even realizing it. It's hard to tell who the good guys and the bad guys are. Yivo enslaves humanity, but then releases them so they can choose to be enslaved. The secret society act as humanity's savior when in truth they are the one doing the enslaving. I hope another synchromystic blogger does a review on this soon, my head hurts.
Edit: After thinking about it, I believe Yivo represents god, who turns out to be a one eyed monster with tentacles. The League of Robots could represent any number of secret societies, and one eyed Leela represents the NWO. Or something like that.