The Inhuman Torch
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|The Inhuman Torch|
|Written by||Dan Vebber|
|Directed by||Frank Marino|
|Title caption||AS SEEN AT THE 1939 WORLD'S FAIR|
|First air date||10 July 2013|
|Title reference||See here|
"The Inhuman Torch" is the one hundred and thirty-second episode of Futurama, the eighteenth of the seventh production season and the fifth of the tenth broadcast season. It aired on 10 July 2013, on Comedy Central. Bender becomes a famous firefighter, but the crew suspects him of arson.
On 17 January 2012, Futurama writer Eric Rogers revealed that the episode was being written. On 7 February, an image of the episode's production script cover was posted to Twitter, revealing the episode's title. On 11 December, executive producer David X. Cohen revealed the episode's plot in an interview with Crave Online.
- The helium abundance outside the core of the sun is not very different from that of interstellar gas, so helium mining in the sun is probably not practicable.
- Even if the force field of the helium mine could block out the searing plasma, the photons emitted would surely have fried the miners.
- The photosphere of the sun, from which Flamo claims to be from, is in fact one of its coolest parts. Thermonuclear fusion occurs in the core of the sun, at temperatures reaching 106 K; in comparison, the photosphere is merely 6000 K, hardly hot enough for any nuclear burning to happen. Photons produced deep inside the sun diffuse slowly outward until they reach the photosphere; here, the density is low enough for the photons to escape outward directly. When we look at the disk of the sun, it is these photons that are reaching our eyes.
- Fry asks if they picked a new pope. A new pope was elected exactly 17 weeks before this episode aired.
- After Bender saves Hattie, a journalist can be seen holding a camera just like his.
- Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.
- The episode's title may be a reference to either the Human Torch or the Inhuman Torch, both members of the fictional superhero team the Fantastic Four. It can also be a reference to the original Human Torch, who was actually a robot.
- The title caption is a reference to Futurama's namesake, the Futurama exhibit at the 1939 New York world's fair.
- The plot is very similar to an episode of the science-fiction series Sliders called "The Fire Within". In the episode a sentient flame follows the characters, with the intention of burning everything on Earth.
- The alarm tones are identical to the ones used in the television series Emergency!.
- The name "Count Bankula" is a reference to the literary villain Count Dracula.
- Above the door to the meat market, there is a sign that reads "K", in Alienese. This may be a reference to the discount store Kmart.
- In Bender's locker, there is an issue of Gorts Illustrated, a reference to the robot Gort and to the media franchise Sports Illustrated.
- Flamo may be a reference to the fire demon Calcifer, from the 1986 fantasy novel Howl's Moving Castle.
- Bender's voice should not be affected by the helium in the doom chamber as he doesn't have vocal cords.
- The sound of his mechanical voice would travel faster through helium, making it sound higher.
- In the scene where Bender walks in after coming back from the meat market, Amy's suspenders are switching from on to off between 2 frames.
- Fry's bed is incorrectly layered (time: 17:08).
- One of Leela's breasts is off-model in one frame.
- The fing-longer last appeared in "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences".
- The New New York Times was first seen in "Reincarnation", as the NNY Times.
Professor Farnsworth: We can't have an arsonist in our midst. We can have four idiots and a fat guy, but no arsonists!
Fry: Someone save me! I made a rope from my clothes, but then this fire started.
Location: Meat-market sign
- Mrs. Astor
- Debut: The bank vampire
- Dr. Beeler
- Mrs. Beeler
- Calculon (cameo, 11:33)
- Professor Farnsworth
- Debut: Flamo
- Debut: The helium miners
- The Hypnotoad (heard only)
- Debut: The mystic aldermen of the sun
- Mayor Poopenmeyer
- The pope (mentioned in speech only)
- The queen of Yonkers
- Randy Munchnik
- The Robot Devil
- Ruth and Esther
- Scoop Chang
- Stephanie (cameo, 10:29)
- Zapp Brannigan
- The accusing parlour
- Apartment 00100100
- The Arctic Ocean
- Cairo (mentioned in speech only)
- Debut: Count Bankula Vampire Bank
- Debut: Farnsworth Lanes
- Debut: The meatery
- The Planet Express attic
- The Planet Express employee lounge
- The Planet Express conference room
- The Planet Express headquarters
- The Planet Express lobby
- The Planet Express sub-basement
- Robot Arms Apartments
- Robot Hell
- Debut: The solar helium mine
- The sun
- ^ Eric Rogers (17 January 2012). Kitchelfilms. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 22 January 2012.
- ^ a b cocoa j (07 February 2012). cocoalikesthis. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 08 February 2012.
- ^ Fred Topel (11 December 2012). David X Cohen on ‘Futurama’ Season 7 And Beyond!. (CraveOnline.) Retrieved on 22 December 2012.
- ^ Jesse David Fox (05 February 2013). Watch a Preview of Futurama’s Seventh Season. (Vulture.com.) Retrieved on 17 August 2013.
- ^ Countdown to Futurama: Solar Helium Mine. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 14 May 2013. Retrieved on 03 July 2013.
- ^ a b c Countdown to Futurama: Fireman Bender, Professor Fire Chief & Fire Dalmatian Nibbler. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 15 May 2013. Retrieved on 03 July 2013.
- ^ Countdown to Futurama: Gold Fry, Bender and Leela. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 16 May 2013. Retrieved on 03 July 2013.
- ^ Countdown to Futurama: Bender Saves Fry. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 17 May 2013. Retrieved on 03 July 2013.
- ^ Comedy Central. Retrieved on 02 July 2013.