Commentary:The Series Has Landed

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The Series Has Landed
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Production number1ACV02
On DVDSeason 1
Disc 1
Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Executive producer
Rich Moore
Supervising director
Ken Keeler
Peter Avanzino
John DiMaggio
Actor (Bender, etc.)

Topics of Discussion

  • The Producers hoped for this episode to air after the Superbowl.
  • Hermes was originally called Dexter and wasn't Jamaican.
  • The inspiration for Dr. Zoidberg.
    • Zoidberg's name comes from an undeveloped game by David X. Cohen called Zoid
  • Bender and the Professor's voices have changed quite a bit since the earlier episodes.
  • If Sal has a bunch of clones or if he just keeps getting different jobs.
  • The Gophers were meant to have a much longer show.
  • Scientists wrote in saying the episode was a bit unrealistic.
  • The joke with the professor being "already in his pajamas" was meant to be in more episodes.
  • David explains how the lunar pod is still on the Moon after it departed back to Earth and points out a sign that was added late in the development of the episode.
  • John DiMaggio's improvised panting sounds inappropriate when used out of context.
  • About making Bender in 3D for the last shot


    David X. Cohen: Well Zoidberg's name comes from a game I was developing in college called Zoid so his name is dedicated to those wasted three years.

    Ken Keeler: [When they watch the crew jumping over the alligators.] And I believe the single least realistic thing in the entire episode is right here. [They laugh.]
    Peter Avanzino: What do you mean?
    Rich Moore: The way they jump the gorge.
    David X. Cohen: Matt Groening, you had objections to that early on. How do you feel in retrospect? The gators with the space helmets on?
    Matt Groening: I... I was wrong.


  • They notice Leela's nose seems to change size