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Futurama: Space Pilot 3000

Due to an unforeseen incident, pizza delivery boy Philip J. Fry becomes frozen in a cryogenics lab. When he awakes 1000 years later, he's more than happy to have left behind his dismal past. He meets with an alien, Leela, to receive his permanent career assignment as a delivery boy. Fry refuses to perform the same job that had dissatisfied him in his old life, so he runs away. With the help of a robot friend, Bender, he attempts to permanently escape from Leela and her reminder of the loser he once was.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1ACV01
Airdate: Sunday March 28th, 1999



  • Currently 7.6/10
7.6/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kath Soucie
voiced Michelle
Recurring
Leonard Nimoy
voiced Himself
Recurring
Dick Clark
voiced Himself
Main Cast
Katey Sagal
voiced Turanga Leela, Various
Billy West
voiced Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong, Various
John DiMaggio
voiced Bender Bending Rodriguez (Bending Unit 22), Various
Lauren Tom
voiced Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various
Tress MacNeille
voiced Mom, Linda the Newscaster, Various
Frank Welker
voiced Nibbler, Various
Phil LaMarr
voiced Hermes Conrad, Lionel Preacherbot, Various
Maurice LaMarche
voiced Kif Kroker, Morbo, Walt, Raoul, Various
David Herman (1)
voiced Mayor Poopenmayer, Professor Ogden Wernstrum, Scruffy, Turanga Morris, Larry, Dwayne, Various
Kath Soucie
voiced Cubert Farnsworth, Various
Episode Notes
Opening title: In color

Opening theme cartoon: Little Buck Cheeser by MGM (1937).

Alien code: The introduction of the code is shown in the restaurant Fry and Bender first visit. A sign on the wall reads "Drink Slurm." The same sign appears off to the left, but the word DRINK is written in Alien Language #1. This was to help viewers learn the code and try to decode it.

Alien code: As they're escaping the restaurant, there is graffiti written on the wall in the alley in Alien code. It's a test to see if the viewers figured out the code yet. It reads "VENUSIANS GO HOME."

This episode is the most watched premiere episode in FOX history.

In early drafts, Fry was not a delivery boy; he was a night watchman at the cryogenics lab.

The street number "405" in the fake address that Fry receives is the home address of executive producer David X. Cohen's parents.

Right before Fry falls backwards into the freezing tube, one can see Nibbler's shadow. This was a secret that the creators put in and an important part of the series.

The first shot of New New York when Fry is unfrozen is the first 3-D shot that was animated.

In an early draft, Fry was immediately dragged off upon awakening and auctioned off. He was bought by the Professor for spare organs.

In another early draft, Fry went to Ellis Island after waking up and traveled to the Statue of Liberty for processing. He fell out of the Statue of Liberty's head, but she moved and caught him before he plummeted to the ground.

There was a long cut scene in which a device was hooked up to Fry's head, allowing everyone to view his past memories such as birth and college life.

When Fry approaches the travel tubes for the first time, the man in front of him gives the destination of Radio City Mutant Hall. However, in the original script, he asked for John F. Kennedy, Jr. Airport. The line was changed following the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. in a plane crash.

The Suicide Booth was inspired by a Donald Duck cartoon. In the cartoon, Donald Duck went to a museum and was injured by many coin-operated devices.

Leela's officer code is 1B-DI (i.e., one beady eye).

Bender takes Fry to hide in the Head Museum, exclaiming, "It's free on Tuesdays!" December 31, 2999 will, in fact, be a Tuesday.

In the museum, Fry and Bender are greeted by Leonard Nimoy. Other celebrity heads include Johnny Carson, Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Liz Talyor, Dennis Rodman, Matt Groening, and Barbara Streisand. Presidents' heads that are seen include Warren Harding, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, and Andrew Jackson.

There were many cut scenes with Dick Clark's head, such as an appearance by the heads of Sha Na Na.

In the future, the French language has been replaced by English.



Episode Quotes
Fry: Space, it seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you.

Fry: Oh my god. It's the future! My parents, my coworkers, my girlfriend. I'll never see any of them again... Yahoo!

Scientist 1: (with accentuated voice) Welcome to the world of tomorrow!
Scientist 2: Why do you always have to say it that way?
Scientist 1: Haven't you ever heard of a little thing called showmanship?

Fry: I had nothing to live for in my old life. I was broke, I had a humiliating job, and I was beginning to suspect my girlfriend might be cheating on me.
Leela: Well, at least here you'll be treated with dignity. Now, strip naked and get on the probulator.

Fry: Wait a minute. Is that blimp accurate?
Leela: Yep. It's December 31, 2999.
Fry: My god. A million years.

Leela: Take your hands of me! You've been assigned the job you're best at, just like everyone else.
Fry: What if I refuse?
Leela: Then you'll be fired...
Fry: Fine.
Leela: ...out of a cannon. Into the sun.

Suicide Booth: You are now dead. Thank you for using Stop 'n Drop, America's favorite suicide booth since 2008.

Fry: Why would a robot need to drink?
Bender: I don't need to drink. I can quit any time I want.

Leela: Can't we get away in this ship?
Professor: I suppose it is technically possible. Though I am already in my pajamas.

Fry: Whoa…a real live robot; or is that some kind of cheesy New Year's costume?
Bender: Bite my shiny metal ass.
Fry: It doesn't look so shiny to me.
Bender: Shinier than yours, meatbag

Fry: Why would a robot need to drink?
Bender: I don't need to drink. I can quit anytime I want!



Episode Goofs
The guy on the "You gotta do what you gotta do" poster has 5 fingers.

When Fry and Bender go in suicide booth, it is completely clean. But after Fry and Bender are "killed" there is no method to clean the booth. The odds of the last person who used the machine not spewing any blood after being killed are very unlikely.



Cultural References
Life In Hell

When Fry and Michelle break up, a sign behind them says "Akbar." This is a reference to Matt Groening's characters Akbar and Jeff from his Life in Hell comic strip.

The Time Machine

When Fry is in the freezing tube, the landscape constantly changes out the window as time passes. The scene was inspired by this 1960 H.G. Wells' film about time travel.

(observing a sliding door)
Fry: Cool, just like in Star Trek!

The sliding doors, as well as other technological details, are reminiscent of those seen in this hugely-popular sci-fi franchise that takes place aboard the starship Enterprise. Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock, also makes an appearance as the greeter in the head museum.

Philo Farnsworth

Fry's nephew, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, shares his last name with Philo Farnsworth, an American inventor. He is credited for inventing the television.

Radio City Music Hall

As Fry approaches the travel tubes for the first time in New New York, the man in front of him gives the destination of Radio City Mutant Hall, a parody of the Music Hall. This venue is located in New York City's Rockefeller Center and is a constant source of entertainment events.

The Simpsons

When Fry travels through the tube system for the first time, he passes a three-eyed fish. This fish bears an uncanny resemblance to Blinky, the nuclear-mutated fish from another one of Matt Groening's shows, The Simpsons.

Grover Cleveland

In the head museum, President Grover Cleveland is shown twice, flanking Benjamin Harrison on both sides. This is because Cleveland served two nonconsecutive terms, one before and one after Harrison.

Grover Cleveland

In the head museum, President Grover Cleveland is shown twice, flanking Benjamin Harrison on either side. This is because Cleveland served two nonconsecutive terms, one before and one after Harrison.

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve

Dick Clark has hosted this television program every year since 1973. Clark rings in the new year with events such as dropping of the ball by midnight and presenting musical performances. Dick Clark's head was seen hosting the event before the year 3000.



Episode References
According to Benders Big Score, it was him who had destroyed New York City whilist being chased by Swedish Authorities in 2308.



Other Episode Crew

Director Of Computer GraphicsScott Vanzo
3d DirectorScott Vanzo
 
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