Cohen Talks the Return of Futurama
BD: So where does the series pick up?
DXC: I want to reassure any hardcore Futurama fan that we are going to deal in some way where we left off in the last Futurama DVD movie [Into the Wild Green Yonder], which was kind of a cliffhanger where our crew was riding off into a worm hole to reappear in some unknown part of space that could be far away, and they were fugitives being pursued by Zapp Brannigan. We left them in a fairly dire predicament at the end of that movie, so the first episode will pick up from there and, relatively, get us back to earth, though in a disastrous way, which leaves everybody very close to death. So, therefore, it's titled "Rebirth," and involves a surprisingly literal use of the Professor's birth machine to attempt to bring our characters back. And, in a related subject, we also have Fry and Leela's relationship heating up a little bit at the end of those movies, so we also pick up with that, although with serious sci-fi consequences.
BD: Do you have fun with more recent sci-fi?
DXC: Yes, we have a brief tribute -- or perhaps the opposite of that -- to Avatar in one of our episodes, with our little attempt to do with red and blue glasses, although just for brief jokes: I don't want to raise anyone's hopes for an entire 3-D episode.
BD: You don't want to give everyone a big headache?
DXC: Well, that is basically the big joke: the intent to give everyone a headache as quickly as possible. Let's see, what other sci-fi. Oh, a big one: we have a guest star Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica. She's going to be in our special Comic-Con episode, which will be on toward the end of summer, when we actually see Comic-Con of the year 3010, and she plays a Comic-Con attendee, who has a strange and unusual fetish.
BD: Is there more fun with Star Trek?
DXC: George Takei will be making his third Futurama appearance this season, so he is taking the lead of the Star Trek originals. But Takei is outdone by Al Gore, who will be back this year for his fourth Futurama appearance.
BD: What's going on with the characters?
DXC: As far as the long-term arcs, we are not going to forget those: Again, we have Fry and Leela picking up where they left off, locked in a steamy kiss as they disappeared on the run to parts unknown, so we're going to see where that goes. And we another ongoing relationship in the show between Amy and Kif Kroker and that is going to face a serious challenge this year as Amy becomes involved with one of our other crew members, messing up her relationship with Kif, briefly, this year. And then Zapp Brannigan's never ending quest for Leela will pick up in with them being stranded on a Garden of Eden-like planet together, with very skin-heavy consequences.