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Roswell that Ends Well

Anthology of Interest IIGodfellas
Production number3ACV19
Reviews written1
Overall rating100%
Voice actor performance100%

Written by cyber_turnip on 11 July 2010.

Overall rating:10
Voice actor performance:10

The show's greatest achievement in my opinion. This episode is absolutely sublime.

Taking inspiration from a number of time travel films as well as an episode of Star Trek, the plot sees the crew travelling back in time. I'm already sold as a huge fan of the time-travel sub-genre. But more than simply going back in time, the characters become the aliens that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in the 50s. It's an absolutely brilliant twist on an otherwise fairly simple plot.

Meanwhile, Fry deals with keeping his grandfather alive, worried that if he dies, Fry himself will cease to exist. This leads itself into one of Futurama's more disturbing moments, but also one that set up for a few future episodes too, which is always a bonus. On the comedy-front, the episode is hilarious. Maybe not Futurama's funniest episode of all time, but it's still very funny.

The episode's direction is spectacular. The animation is gorgeous and every little location and movement is stunning to look at or brilliant in a more subtle way (see Leela's behaviour in the diner). The music is also amongst some of the best in Futurama's entire run and there are countless brilliant action sequences throughout the entire running time.

This episode is, as far as I'm concerned, the peak of the greatest show of all time -therefore making it the greatest piece of television ever. It's easy to see why it finally won Futurama an Emmy.

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