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Futurama Holiday Spectacular reprises Al Gore, Kwanzaa-bot

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After a month of no new episodes, Futurama has returned with its last episode of the year. “Futurama Holiday Spectacular” worked in several elements the season has been missing so far: a three-story episode, musical sequences, Robot Santa and Kwanzaa-bot (voiced by Coolio).

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Rare Exports — Another potentially awesome Scandinavian horror film

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Perhaps it’s due to global warming, or the worldwide recession, or maybe all those damn Swedish metal bands, but 2010 is turning into a banner year for weird nordic horror movies.

First, there was the Blair Witch-style trailer for The Troll Hunter, a faux documentary out of Norway that followed a band of possible vikings as they chased trolls around cold places.

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Futurama’s time travel, deconstructed

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From Robert Chambers/Kurt Vonnegut-like suicide booths to Robot Arms Apartments (lifted from the prophetic second part of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl), Futurama has embedded allusions to speculative fiction all over its world.

The show absorbs a lot of great sci-fi lore and spits out excellent, silly and original science fiction of its own.

Now that the 6th season of Futurama is almost half-way over (Yay, 100 episodes! — as Hermes Conrad said “That’s almost 10 a year!”), it’s time to celebrate with a little time-travel fun. In episode seven of this season Fry, Bender, and Professor Farnsworth get trapped in a time machine that can only go forward in time.

Here’s a break-down of all the sci-fi references in their travels:

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Dyson balloon porn

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In other science news, it appears some Dyson engineers with a video camera may have stumbled up the fabled Tube Transport System of Futurama.

Watch the above video. Now, granted, the technology isn’t perfect, yet. The balloon bangs into the edges of the fans, is fairly slow moving and, you know, is a helium-filled balloon and not a water-and-gas-and-excrement-filled human. But the idea is there. I swear it.

Here’s more on Fututrama’s futurey transport system (although, let’s not forget, the Jetsons did it first):

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Futurama quarter-season status report

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Good news, everyone!

Futurama is only three episodes into its sixth season on Comedy Central, and we at Handshake already have a bunch to discuss.

The first episode, Rebirth, definitely worked as an explanation for how all the characters returned from a certain final death/wormhole scene in the last movie. The second and third episodes, on the other hand, find the show giving far more not-so-subtle social commentary than it used to.

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Handshake’s Top Five Sci-fi Ball Games

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With the World Cup now in full swing, we at Handshake decided to go through our favorite ball sports in contemporary science-fiction.

Let’s review:

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Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time with Finn and Jake Brings Together The Best Of All Things Geeky

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Cartoon shows hardly ever come in such a neat little package of dorky, non-sensical humor. In Adventure Time, Jake the super-malleable dog and Finn the human do battle with an onslaught of silly villains in an adventure video game-like world. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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