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  1. 1. 2/20/12 Space Pilot 3000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Space Pilot 3000 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Space Pilot 3000" (1st ever episode of Futurama) is the pilot episode of Futurama, which originally aired in "Space Pilot 3000" North America on March 28, 1999 on Fox.[1] It is also the Futurama episode first episode to be set in the 30th century as the third season and beyond are set in the 31st century. The episode focuses on the cryogenic freezing of the series protagonist, Philip J. Fry, and the events when he awakens 1,000 years in the future. Series regulars are introduced and the futuristic setting, inspired by a variety of classic science fiction series from The Jetsons to Star Trek, is revealed. It also sets the stage for many of the events to follow in the series, foreshadowing plot points from the third and fourth seasons. The episode was written by David X. Cohen and Matt Groening,[1] and directed by Rich Moore and Gregg Vanzo. Dick Clark and Leonard Nimoy guest starred as themselves.[2] The episode generally received good reviews with many reviewers noting that while the episode started slow the series merited further viewing. Promotional artwork for the episode. Contents Episode no. Season one Episode 1 1 Plot 2 Continuity Directed by Rich Moore 3 Production Gregg Vanzo 4 Cultural references Written by David X. Cohen 5 Broadcast and reception 6 References Matt Groening 7 External links Production code 1ACV01 Original air date March 28, 1999 Opening caption "In Color" Plot Opening cartoon Little Buck Cheeser by MGM On December 31, 1999, a pizza delivery boy named (1937) Philip J. Fry delivers a pizza to "Applied Cryogenics" in Guest stars New York City. At midnight, Fry falls into an open cryonic tube and is frozen. He is defrosted on Tuesday, December 31, 2999, in what is now New New York Dick Clark as himself Leonard Nimoy as himselfen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pilot_3000 1/6
  2. 2. 2/20/12 Space Pilot 3000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia City. He is taken to a fate Season one episodes assignment officer March 1999 – June 1999 named Leela, a purple-haired 1. "Space Pilot 3000" cyclops. To his 2. "The Series Has Landed" dismay, Fry is assigned the 3. "I, Roommate" computer- 4. "Loves Labours Lost in Space" determined 5. "Fear of a Bot Planet" Frys first glimpse of New New York. permanent career 6. "A Fishful of Dollars" of delivery boy, 7. "My Three Suns" and flees into the city when Leela tries to implant Frys 8. "A Big Piece of Garbage" career chip designating his job. 9. "Hell Is Other Robots" 10. "A Flight to Remember" While trying to track down his only living relative, 11. "Mars University" Professor Farnsworth, Fry befriends a suicidal robot named Bender. As they talk at a bar, Fry learns that 12. "When Aliens Attack" Bender too has deserted his job of bending girders for 13. "Fry and the Slurm Factory" suicide booths. Together, they evade Leela and hide in the Head Museum, where they encounter the preserved heads List of all Futurama episodes of historical figures. Fry and Bender eventually find themselves underground in the ruins of Old New York. Leela finally catches Fry, who has become depressed that everyone that he knew and loved is dead and tells her that he will accept his career as a delivery boy. Leela sympathizes with Fry—she too is alone, and hates her job—so she quits and joins Fry and Bender as job deserters. The three track down Professor Farnsworth, founder of an intergalactic delivery company called Planet Express. With the help of Professor Farnsworth, the three evade the police by launching the Planet Express Ship at the stroke of midnight amid the New Years fireworks. As the year 3000 begins, Farnsworth hires the three as the crew of his ship. Fry cheers at his acquisition of a new job: delivery boy. Continuity While the plot of the episode stands on its own, it also sets up much of the continuing plot of the series by including Easter eggs for events that do not occur until much later[1]: as Fry falls into the freezer, the scene shows a strange shadow cast on the wall behind him. It is revealed in "The Why of Fry" that the shadow belongs to Nibbler, who intentionally pushes Fry into the freezer as part of a complex plan to save Earth from the Brainspawn in the future. Executive producer David X. Cohen claims that from the very beginning the creators had plans to show a larger conspiracy behind Frys journey to the future.[3] In the movie Futurama: Benders Big Score, it is revealed that the spacecrafts seen destroying the city while Fry is frozen are piloted by Bender and those chasing him after he steals the Nobel Peace Prize.[4][5] At the end of the episode, Professor Farnsworth offers Fry, Leela and Bender the Planet Express delivery crew positions. The professor produces the previous crews career chips from an envelope labeled "Contentsen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pilot_3000 2/6
  3. 3. 2/20/12 Space Pilot 3000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia of Space Wasps Stomach". In a later episode, "The Sting", the crew encounters the ship of the previous crew in a space beehive. When discussing this discontinuity in the episode commentary, writer of "The Sting" Patric Verrone states "we made liars out of the pilot".[6] This episode introduces the fictional technology that allows preserved heads to be kept alive in jars. This technology makes it possible for the characters to interact with celebrities from the then-distant past, and is used by the writers to comment on the 20th and 21st centuries in a satirical manner.[2] Production In the DVD commentary, Matt Groening notes that beginning any television series is difficult, but he found particular difficulty starting one that took place in the future because of the amount of setup required. As a trade off, they included a lot of Easter eggs in the episode that would pay off in later episodes. He and Cohen point these out throughout the episode.[7] The scene where Fry emerges from a cryonic tube and has his first view of New New York was the first 3D scene worked on by the animation team. It was considered to be a defining point for whether the technique would work or not.[8] Originally, the first person entering the pneumatic tube transport system declared "J.F.K., Jr. Airport" as his destination. After John F. Kennedy, Jr.s death in the crash of his private airplane, the line has since been redubbed on all subsequent broadcasts and the DVD release to "Radio City Mutant Hall" (a reference to Radio City Music Hall). The original version was heard only during the pilot broadcast and the first rerun a few months later.[8] Although the original line is still used on repeat broadcasts in the UK on Satellite channel Sky One. (The Region 2 DVD has the redubbed line). According to Groening, the inspiration for the suicide booth was the 1937 Donald Duck cartoon, "Modern Inventions", in which the Duck is faced with—and nearly killed several times by—various push button gadgets in a Museum of the Future.[7] Cultural references In their original pitch to Fox, Groening and Cohen stated that they wanted the futuristic setting for the show to be neither "dark and drippy" like Blade Runner, nor "bland and boring" like The Jetsons.[7] They felt that they could not make the future either a utopia or a dystopia because either option would eventually become boring.[8] The creators gave careful consideration to the setting, and the influence of classic science fiction is evident in this episode as a series of references to—and parodies of—easily recognizable films, books and television programs. In the earliest glimpse of the future while Fry is frozen in the cryonic chamber, time is seen passing outside the window until reaching the year 3000. This scene was inspired by a similar scene in the film The Time Machine based on H.G. Wells novel.[7] When Fry awakens in the year 2999, he is greeted with Terrys catchphrase "Welcome to the world of tomorrow." The scene is a joke at the expense of Futuramas namesake, the Futurama ride at the 1939 Worlds Fair whose tag line was "The World of Tomorrow".[9] In addition to the setting, part of the original concept for the show was that there would be a lot of advanced technology similar to that seen in Star Trek, but it would be constantly malfunctioning.[8] The automatic doors at Applied Cryogenics resemble those in Star Trek: The Original Series; however, they malfunctionen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pilot_3000 3/6
  4. 4. 2/20/12 Space Pilot 3000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia when Fry remarks on this similarity.[10] In another twist, the two policemen who try to arrest Fry at the head museum use weapons which are visually similar to lightsabers used in the Star Wars film series; however, they are functionally more similar to nightsticks.[10] The interaction between the characters was not overlooked. The relationship formed between Fry and Bender in this episode has been compared to the relationship between Will Robinson and the robot in Lost in Space.[11] Although both Futurama and The Simpsons were created by Matt Groening, overt references to the latter are mostly avoided in Futurama. One of the few exceptions to this rule is the appearance of Blinky, a three-eyed orange fish seen on The Simpsons, as Fry is going through the tube.[7] Another running gag of the series is Benders fondness for Olde Fortran malt liquor,[10] named after Olde English 800 malt liquor and the programming language Fortran. The drink was first introduced in this episode and became so closely associated with the character that he was featured with a bottle in both the Rocket USA wind-up toy and the action figure released by Moore Action Collectibles.[12][13] The BBC 1990s hit Red Dwarf featured an almost identical pilot; their protagonist is frozen in a cryogenic freezer and wakes up millions of years later to find everything has changed. Broadcast and reception In a review by Patrick Lee in Science Fiction Weekly based on a viewing of this episode alone, Futurama was deemed not as funny as The Simpsons, particularly as "the satire is leavened with treacly sentimental bits about free will and loneliness". The episode was rated as an "A- pick" and found to "warrant further viewing" despite these concerns.[10] Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted that although the episode contained the same skewed humor as The Simpsons, it was not as smart and funny, and he attributed this to the large amount of exposition and character introduction required of a television series pilot, noting that the show was "off to a good start."[14] Andrew Billen of New Statesman found the premise of the episode to be unoriginal, but remained somewhat enthusiastic about the future of the series. While he praised the humorous details of the episode, such as the background scenes while Fry was frozen, he also criticized the shows dependence on in-jokes such as Groenings head being present in the head museum.[15] In its initial airing, the episode had "unprecedented strong numbers" with a Nielsen rating of 11.2/17 in homes and 9.6/23 in adults 18–49.[16] The Futurama premiere was watched by more people than either its lead-in show (The Simpsons) or the show following it (The X-Files), and it was the number one show among men aged 18–49 and teenagers for the week.[17][18] The episode was ranked in 2006 by IGN as number 14 in their list of the top 25 Futurama episodes.[1] References 1. ^ a b c d Iverson, Dan (2006-07-07). ""Top 25 Futurama Episodes"" (http://tv.ign.com/articles/716/716663p3.html) . IGN. http://tv.ign.com/articles/716/716663p3.html. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 2. ^ a b Booker, M. Keith. Drawn to Television:Prime-Time Animation from The Flintstones to Family Guyen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pilot_3000 4/6
  5. 5. 2/20/12 Space Pilot 3000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://books.google.com/books?id=oCJ1ExPYikQC&dq=Drawn+to+television&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0) . Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 115–224. ISBN 0275990192. http://books.google.com/books? id=oCJ1ExPYikQC&dq=Drawn+to+television&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0. 3. ^ Cohen, David X (2003). Futurama season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "The Why of Fry" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 4. ^ Reed, Phil (2007-12-02). "Review: Benders Big Score" (http://web.archive.org/web/20071212202740/http://www.noisetosignal.org/film/2007/12/review-benders-big- score.php) . Noisetosignal.org. Archived from the original (http://www.noisetosignal.org/film/2007/12/review- benders-big-score.php) on December 12, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071212202740/http://www.noisetosignal.org/film/2007/12/review-benders-big- score.php. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 5. ^ Groening, Matt (2007). Futurama: Benders Big Score DVD commentary (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 6. ^ Verrone, Patric (2003). Futurama season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "The Sting" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 7. ^ a b c d e Groening, Matt (2003). Futurama season 1 DVD commentary for the episode "Space Pilot 3000" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 8. ^ a b c d Cohen, David X (2003). Futurama season 1 DVD commentary for the episode "Space Pilot 3000" (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 9. ^ "The Original Futurama" (http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/magazine/15- 12/ff_futurama_original) . Wired. 2007-11-27. http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/magazine/15- 12/ff_futurama_original. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 10. ^ a b c d Lee, Patrick (March 22, 1999). ""Futurama: The futures not what it used to be "" (http://web.archive.org/web/20070612205432/http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue101/screen.html) . Sci Fi Weekly. Archived from the original (http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue101/screen.html) on June 12, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070612205432/http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue101/screen.html. Retrieved 2007-06- 25. 11. ^ Joyce Millman (1999-03-26). ". . . . . . . that 31st century show . . . . . . ." (http://www.salon.com/ent/tv/mill/1999/03/cov_26mill.html) . Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/ent/tv/mill/1999/03/cov_26mill.html. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 12. ^ Janulewicz, Tom (2000-02-29). "Pushing Tin: Space Toys With Golden-Age Style" (http://www.space.com/sciencefiction/toyfair_tinworks_000229.html) . Space.com. http://www.space.com/sciencefiction/toyfair_tinworks_000229.html. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 13. ^ Huxter, Sean (2001-06-11). "Futurama Action Figures" (http://web.archive.org/web/20080623210213/http://www.scifi.com/sfw/cool/sfw7099.html) . Sci Fi Weekly. Archived from the original (http://www.scifi.com/sfw/cool/sfw7099.html) on June 23, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080623210213/http://www.scifi.com/sfw/cool/sfw7099.html. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 14. ^ Owen, Rob (1999-03-26). "Simpsons meet the Jetsons; The Devils Arithmetic" (http://www.post- gazette.com/tv/19990326rob4.asp) . Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/tv/19990326rob4.asp. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 15. ^ Billen, Andrew (1999-09-27). "Laughing matters" (http://www.newstatesman.com/199909270044) . New Statesman. http://www.newstatesman.com/199909270044. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 16. ^ Bierbaum, Tom (1999-03-30). "Fox sees Futurama and it works" (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117492811.html?categoryid=14&cs=1) . Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117492811.html?categoryid=14&cs=1. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 17. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (1999-03-31). "`Futurama Draws Them In" (http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/40180027.html? dids=40180027:40180027&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=MAR+31%2C+1999&author=Lisa+de+Moraes& pub=The+Washington+Post&desc=%60Futurama+Draws+Them+In&pqatl=google) . The Washington Post. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/40180027.html? dids=40180027:40180027&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=MAR+31%2C+1999&author=Lisa+de+Moraes& pub=The+Washington+Post&desc=%60Futurama+Draws+Them+In&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2008-06-15.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pilot_3000 5/6
  6. 6. 2/20/12 Space Pilot 3000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 18. ^ ""Futurama" has popular premiere" (http://news.awn.com/index.php? ltype=search&range=all&search=Futurama&newsitem_no=703) . Animation World Network. 1999-04-04. http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=search&range=all&search=Futurama&newsitem_no=703. Retrieved 2008- 06-15. External links "Space Pilot 3000" (http://www.tv.com/shows/1534/) at TV.com "Space Pilot 3000" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0584449/) at the Internet Movie Database "Space Pilot 3000" at the Infosphere, the Futurama Wiki. Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Space_Pilot_3000&oldid=474371745" Categories: Futurama (season 1) episodes Television pilots 1999 television episodes Cryonics in fiction This page was last modified on 1 February 2012 at 10:06. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. See Terms of use for details. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pilot_3000 6/6