A Eulogy for Futurama


Those who just can’t get enough of my writing (hi, Mom!) should check out my eulogy for the recently canceled science fiction series Futurama. It’s up as a guest post now on one of my favorite blogs, The Erstwhile Philistine.

Office Space in Universe 25

There’s a scene in Mike Judge’s cinematic masterpiece Office Space where the central character reminisces:

Our high school guidance counselor used to ask us what you’d do if you had a million dollars and you didn’t have to work. And invariably what you’d say was supposed to be your career. So, if you wanted to fix old cars then you’re supposed to be an auto mechanic.

I’ve never heard that formula outside of the film, but it definitely sounds an awful lot like something you might hear in one of those starry-eyed public school career classes. The problem with the sentiment is immediately pointed out by another character:

That question is bullshit….If everyone listened to her, there’d be no janitors, because no one would clean shit up if they had a million dollars. Continue reading