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Sunday, November 30, 2008


When Nerds Collide

I can't believe I went this long without mentioning the Bailout.

But as promised previously, I thought I'd take a few minutes to discuss the latest Futurama DVD, Bender's Game.

This movie takes no prisoners when it comes to impaling the conventions of fandom, getting its digs in on Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Dungeons and Dragons (the late Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons and Dragons, has a cameo in this film). The gags are non-stop and certainly some of the best from the Futurama writers. However, the story is pretty weak, and the justification for sending the characters on their fantastic journey is flimsy at best. In fact, one could cut a third of the movie (and admittedly some of the best gags) without having any impact on the story at all. That being said, I really enjoyed the movie and rank it above the previous Futurama DVD (The Beast with a Billion Backs) and slightly below the first DVD, Bender's Big Score. But if you're a fan of Futurama and Role Playing Games, I think you'll enjoy this effort.

And now I have an urge to do battle with some savage creatures. Signing off.

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