2-D Blacktop

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Season 7 episode
Broadcast season 10 episode
2-D Blacktop
No.129
Production number7ACV15
Written byMichael Rowe
Directed byRaymie Muzquiz
Title captionPut On 2-D Glasses Now
First air date19 June 2013
Broadcast numberS10E01
Title referenceThe 1971 film Two-Lane Blacktop
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Season 7
  1. The Bots and the Bees
  2. A Farewell to Arms
  3. Decision 3012
  4. The Thief of Baghead
  5. Zapp Dingbat
  6. The Butterjunk Effect
  7. The Six Million Dollar Mon
  8. Fun on a Bun
  9. Free Will Hunting
  10. Near-Death Wish
  11. 31st Century Fox
  12. Viva Mars Vegas
  13. Naturama
  14. Forty Percent Leadbelly
  15. 2-D Blacktop
  16. T.: The Terrestrial
  17. Fry and Leela's Big Fling
  18. The Inhuman Torch
  19. Saturday Morning Fun Pit
  20. Calculon 2.0
  21. Assie Come Home
  22. Leela and the Genestalk
  23. Game of Tones
  24. Murder on the Planet Express
  25. Stench and Stenchibility
  26. Meanwhile
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"2-D Blacktop" is the one hundred and twenty-ninth episode of Futurama, the fifteenth of the seventh production season and the first of the tenth broadcast season. It aired on 19 June 2013, on Comedy Central. Professor Farnsworth joins a gang of street-racing punks.

Story[edit]

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Act I: "Yo, you wanna hook up wid our crew?"[edit]

While the crew prepare to depart for a delivery, Farnsworth finishes turbocharging the ship's matter compressor and naming the ship "Bessie". Leela argues with Farnsworth over the tradeoff between speed and safety, suggesting that he install seat belts instead. He dismisses her concerns, and she attempts to make the delivery. The ship barely clears the hangar doors before the malfunctioning and crashing back to Earth in a fiery explosion. Representing the severely injured crew, Leela insists on getting a new, safer ship while Sal tows Bessie away. Farnsworth takes this very personally and storms out with an apparently permanent "Goodbye!" He goes on to break into the scrapyard where Bessie lies in a heap, awaiting destruction. He declares that he will convert the ship into a hot-rod using the spare parts lying around the scrapyard.

The next morning, Farnsworth flies away from the scrapyard in Bessie, now a nearly unrecognizable junk heap. Driving like an old man through the city, Farnsworth is unaware that he is impeding a multitude of frustrated commuters. The drivers of two muscle-hovercars move up on either side of him to scold and mock him for "making the streets unsafe for us maniac street-racers." Farnsworth challenges them to a race, which they mockingly accept, given Bessie's condition. As Farnsworth counts to three to start the race, he banks his ship left and right to unload the piles of scrap he has been inexplicably carrying, revealing that he has indeed converted Bessie into a hot-rod. A brief race ensues, in which the police give chase. The other racers flee in a conventional fashion, but Farnsworth escapes the police extra-dimensionally using a dimensional drift device he had installed the night before. He regroups with the waiting racers, who are awestruck by his driving and invite him to join their "crew".

Act II: "Hurray! A tie!"[edit]

At headquarters, Leela unveils the new ship, a windowless, nearly featureless, gray box that promises to be both safe and boring, outside and in. The maiden voyage is to a place of glorious beauty, but the delivery crew have no idea. Not only are they unaware of the grandeur, they are also unaware that the ship has made the delivery for them. It opens the exit door only when it has returned the crew safely back home. Leela seems to have suddenly become a soccer mom: Hermes sends her to shop for groceries and deliver Fry and Bender to karate class. During Leela's return from these errands to headquarters, Farnsworth pulls alongside her in his hot-rod and tells her that she is not cool. Leela exclaims that she can still outdrive him, even in her ultra-safe ship. As they race on a looped track, Farnsworth again uses his dimensional drift device to attempt to win. Unfortunately, he ends up facing the wrong direction toward a head-on collision with Leela's ship. Fry is standing between the two ships as they collide, compressing to near-flatness in a neat disc shape.

Act III: "We're back, baby!"[edit]

Gallows humor notwithstanding, the spectators presume Fry, Leela, and Farnsworth to be dead. The three are not dead; in fact, Hermes' dark humor is closer to the mark. As a two-dimensional but otherwise healthy Farnsworth conjectures, "It seems that colliding at relativistic speed has collapsed us down into two dimensions!" Bender arrives on the scene, explaining that he had been napping onboard Bessie.

Two creatures calling themselves the Lords of Flatbush arrive and report that a feast is being held in honor of Farnsworth and the others. At the feast, when Farnsworth attempts to explain three-dimensionality to the King of Flatbush, the King becomes angry and orders Farnsworth to be executed. Farnsworth and the others flee. Arriving at the two ships, which are perfectly functional, Leela overrides Farnsworth's suggestion that they use the safer ship. Safe from the Flatbushers, Farnsworth laments that he and the others will die here, but Leela suggests that he use the dimensional drift device to attempt a return to the 3-D world. He complies, and just as Sal and the others in the 3-D world begin to cremate the remains, the remains themselves become the normal Bessie and her normal passengers. That is, Farnsworth and the others have returned to the 3-D world. All is well, and Hermes indicates that the entire incident lasted about five minutes.

The episode finishes with a mockingly corny and sappy scene: Minx, the street-racer whose father verbally abused her by leaving things unsaid, receives a phone call from her father, who then apparently says those things.

Production[edit]

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On 14 December 2011, geek blog Geekologie posted a picture of the episode's production script to their Facebook page.[1] The picture was accompanied by the following description.

got to see Matt Groening, Leela AND Fry (Leela has two eyes and looks like Peggy Bundy FYI). No Bender though (I think he was scared)

In February 2012, the episode's title was registered on the US Copyright Catalog.[2]

On 5 February 2013, Vulture.com released a preview clip for the tenth broadcast season,[3] which contained footage from the episode.

On 30 April, Comedy Central released a preview clip of the episode as the first item in the year's Countdown to Futurama, and revealed the episode's air date.[4]

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Additional information[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Allusions[edit]

Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.

Continuity[edit]

The cover of the episode's production script.[1]

Goofs[edit]

  • Leela introduces the new ship as slower to make it safer, however later on she is able to beat the old ship in a drag race.
  • When they are in the race, the Professor is wearing his racing clothes (black leather lab coat, black hat) but when he arrives in the second dimension he is wearing his standard attire.
  • In the second dimension, Bender walks out of the new ship, but, in the establishing shot, only Leela is in the ship.
  • In the second dimension, it would be impossible to turn one's head from right to left, and the Professor does this several times.
  • Initially the Lords of Flatbush have guns, but when chasing the crew they only have spears.
    • It's possible that spears were the closest weapons at hand for them to chase the crew with.
  • The Professor makes it clear that it's impossible to go around others in the second dimension, but when they are eating at the castle, several of the creatures are sitting behind them.
    • The creatures are actually above, not behind. As the Professor says, the laws of physics in the second dimension are different. For example: if the Professor is at coordinate 0,0 another creature could be present at 0,1 or 1,0, etc.
  • Hermes claims the crew has only been gone for five minutes, however it was afternoon when they left, and it's clearly dusk when they arrive back.

Quotes[edit]

    Professor Farnsworth: Ah, perfect timing! I just turbo-charged the ship's matter compressor!
    Fry: What's the matter compressor?
    Professor Farnsworth: Nothing's the matter, Fry, now that I've turbo-charged the matter compressor.

    Professor Farnsworth: That's it, you hoodlums! Your mouth just wrote a PayPal transfer request that your butt has insufficient funds to honor!
    Racer #1: Yo. It is on! Before that it was off.

    Racer #2: Marks. Set. Go, yo!

    Amy: [upset] Do you think they're... dead?
    Hermes: No, no. I choose to believe they're alive in some other dimension. Screamin' in agony.
    [Amy wipes away a tear.]
    Amy: I hope so.

    King of Flatbush: The feast is served. Choose whatever two-dimensional foods you like. Crêpes, flatbread, McDonald's hamburgers. You get the idea.
    Leela: Yum, apples! [She grabs a piece of apple and attempts to eat it.] Hey, how come I can't swallow?
    Professor Farnsworth: Hmm, I guess it's because our two-ended digestive system can't exist in this dimension. I suppose that could be an issue.
    [Leela mumbles and spits the piece of apple out.]
    Leela: I knew it! I knew he'd get us killed somehow!
    [The Professor begins to type on a computer.]
    Professor Farnsworth: As you can see, or rather can't see, but take my word for it, such a digestive system would divide a 2-D being into separate pieces!

    King of Flatbush: He's opening our minds to new ideas. Kill him!

Alien-language sightings[edit]

    Time: 06:54
    Location: Sign on a building next to where Smitty and URL brake their police hovercar
    Language: AL1
    Translation: HOT BLOOD

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wall Photos. (Facebook.) 14 December 2011. Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Just Fan" (23 February 2012). "Futurama: Futurama News (pre-season 7)". (PEEL.) Retrieved on 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ Jesse David Fox (05 February 2013). Watch a Preview of Futurama’s Seventh Season. (Vulture.com.) Retrieved on 17 August 2013.
  4. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Eat and Digest Clip. (Comedy Central Tumblr blog.) 30 April 2013. Retrieved on 30 April 2013.
  5. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Maniac Street Racers. (Comedy Central Tumblr blog.) 13 June 2013. Retrieved on 13 June 2013.