Wikipedia says this was the fourth different episode written to be a series final just in case, but it seems like they've wrapped plots even more than that. And yet they're still hoping to come back for even more, so this was all a conclusion that didn't necessarily have to be an ending.
Leela and Fry getting married was one of the few ongoing lines they haven't ever gotten to, so it's fitting in the occasion and done in appropriately strange enough fashion. Futurama was at it's best weird (Robot Santa Claus) and semental (Jurassic Bark and The Luck of The Fyrish). This was a little bit both, but stronger in the sementality in the end. The realities of TV programming mean Leela and Fry never really get their happily ever after, but they came really close here. (And it did seem like the episode ended before things got reset.)
I lost track of Futurama somewhere along the Fox days and don't think I've ever seen the movies, but got back into in the later Adult Swim days and the later Comedy Central ones. It was good show to pass the time with. The new episodes have been good, if not as memorable as the original ones, and I'd like to see more if they can do them. If they can't, I hope I still stumble along a rerun every so often.
(AV Club reminds me A Game of Tones was a really good episode of the new ones that belongs considered with the older ones.)
I was kinda hoping that when Farnsworth said everything would reset to right before he invented the time button, we'd find out he invented it right before Fry woke up in the future, so that the whole series would get repeated again.
Leela losing her hand and even Fry or Leela possibly dying might have meaning if we haven't seen characters lose limbs and even the whole crew has died and been reborn several times.
This felt a bit like the episode where Fry, Bender, and Farnsworth get stuck in the time machine, and have to wait for time to repeat itself while Leela lives out a sad existence, except a little more upbeat.
I'll admit I've missed most of the last few seasons but I'll go back and catch them on DVD. I still think the first finale (again, with the hand loss...) was the best.
I liked this one a lot. I felt like it was a finale that the show finally earned, instead of just an arbitrary cutoff point like the others. If they never make another episode, I'll be satisfied with this conclusion.
Originally posted by EddieBurkettI was kinda hoping that when Farnsworth said everything would reset to right before he invented the time button, we'd find out he invented it right before Fry woke up in the future, so that the whole series would get repeated again.
I think Comedy Central was hinting at that scenario by replaying the pilot immediately afterwards ... the Professor said he had to go back to before he even conceived of the time button, but didn't specify when that was; so it COULD have gone all the way back to when he first woke up and found his uncle knocking at the door all those years back, thus connecting this finale to the premiere in an infinite loop (cool!).
(edited by Alessandro on 5.9.13 1109) My new inappropriate catchphrase: Vinegar, please!
Agree that it was a strong episode. It was sad to see Vito's children reading about his death (with details) in the newspaper - IMO it brought a deeper level to his death. I think AJ is "this close" to joining the family business.