The title of the fourth, and possibly final, Futurama direct-to-DVD movie, Into the Wild Green Yonder, revealed the film's environmental theme, but the most recent trailer explains little about the Planet Express crew's tinfoil hat wearing, robot Mafia shooting, pink camouflage clad adventures. But one reviewer who's seen the movie offers a few more details about the plot and declares it the best Futurama movie yet.
Stuart O'Connor at Screenjabber screened Into the Wild Green Yonder, due out on DVD on February 24th. His review provides a basic outline of the plot without giving away too much of how the story unfolds:
As you may deduce from the title, there is an ecological theme running through the entire movie. We begin on Mars, which is where much of the first act takes place. Property developer Leo Wong (Amy's dad) wants to demolish an entire arm of the Milky Way galaxy to make way for the biggest miniature-golf course in the universe (the first hole is on Pluto's moon, Hydra, and is a 6 billion mile par 2 — "a tough shot"). An accident during some demolition work on Mars (Wong warms up by destroying Mars Vegas to replace it with ... errr ... New Vegas) sees Fry develop mindreading abilities when a piece of women's jewellry gets lodged in his brain. Which leads to him wearing a tinfoil hat to keep the voices out, and joining the super-secret Legion of Mad Fellows (led by "Number 9 Man" — who, according to the Fox press release, is a "mysterious character from the earliest days of the series", but I can't say that I remember him). Meanwhile, Bender starts having an affair with the burlesque-dancer wife of Donbot, head of the robot Mafia (and yes, Clamps is back!) and Leela joins an eco-feminist collective and becomes an outlaw. Oh, and Professor Farnsworth is the scientist roped in to do the environmental impact report for Wong's planned mini-golf course .. which gets the go-ahead. The final piece of the galaxy in his way is a violet dwarf star, which plays a vital part in the climax, so I won't go into details. Except to say that once again, the fate of the universe depends on Fry (yeah, he gets that a lot).
Despite the numerous elements in play, O'Connor assures us that the movie weaves together the various threads nicely, and should provide a satisfying experience for fans:
Plot-wise, it's very tightly-woven and everything comes together nicely for the climax. And the finale ties everything up neatly while still leaving the way open for more, just in case. But I'm sure you're all wanting to know: is Into The Wild Green Yonder any good? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. For me, this was the best of the bunch of these straight-to-DVD-etc movies. It's got some brilliant lines ("bite my shiny metal hat"), and the makers have also stepped up the visual gags a notch — if a few of the Vegas scenes don't have you rolling on the floor, then you must be dead or else someone who simply hates Futurama. And if you're one of the latter, then what the hell are you doing reading this review?
Screenjabber's review makes me cautiously optimistic about this fourth installment (although I found myself a bit more tepid than they were on Bender's Game). Hopefully, if this is Futurama's final chapter, the series will go out on a high note.