Calculon 2.0

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Season 7 episode
Broadcast season 10 episode
Calculon 2.0
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Calculon realising that he is alive again.
No.134
Production number7ACV20
Written byLewis Morton
Directed byStephen Sandoval
Title captionTHE ONLY SHOW BROADCAST AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT
First air date24 July, 2013
Broadcast numberS10E07
Special guest(s)Dan Castellaneta,
Robert Wagner
Additional
Commentary
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Transcript
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Season 7
  1. The Bots and the Bees
  2. A Farewell to Arms
  3. Decision 3012
  4. The Thief of Baghead
  5. Zapp Dingbat
  6. The Butterjunk Effect
  7. The Six Million Dollar Mon
  8. Fun on a Bun
  9. Free Will Hunting
  10. Near-Death Wish
  11. 31st Century Fox
  12. Viva Mars Vegas
  13. Naturama
  14. Forty Percent Leadbelly
  15. 2-D Blacktop
  16. T.: The Terrestrial
  17. Fry and Leela's Big Fling
  18. The Inhuman Torch
  19. Saturday Morning Fun Pit
  20. Calculon 2.0
  21. Assie Come Home
  22. Leela and the Genestalk
  23. Game of Tones
  24. Murder on the Planet Express
  25. Stench and Stenchibility
  26. Meanwhile
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"Calculon 2.0" is the one hundred and thirty-fourth episode of Futurama, the twentieth of the seventh production season and the seventh of the tenth broadcast season. It aired on 24 July, 2013, on Comedy Central. It guest-stars Dan Castellaneta as the Robot Devil and Robert Wagner as himself. Bender goes grave-robbing to bring his favourite actor back to life.

Story[edit]

Act I: "Hey, Calculon's back!"[edit]

It has been a year since Calculon killed himself in a failed attempt to win an acting competition by making a death scene more realistic. Fry and Bender are so dissatisfied with Vaxtron, Calculon's replacement on All My Circuits, that they resolve to resurrect Calculon. Bender exhumes Calculon's body on live television, and Farnsworth organizes an occult ritual to return Calculon's soul to his body. The Robot Devil practically begs Fry and Bender to reclaim Calculon's soul, as Calculon has been driving him crazy with badly performed Shakespeare-style monologues ever since his suicide a year earlier.

Act II: "I was enjoying a happy death, thinking I had died a star, until you showed up."[edit]

Successfully resurrected, Calculon returns to Hollywood to resume his role on All My Circuits, but he is rejected by the network president as "hammy" and "old-fashioned". Calculon receives another blow when he views the televised ceremony in which his star is removed from Hollywood's Walk of Fame and replaced with a second star for Robert Wagner. Undaunted, Calculon sees these setbacks as "an opportunity to prove anew" that he "is the greatest actor to ever trod the boards!" Starting at the bottom, he performs "HAL 9000", a one-man play that he had written years earlier; the play is unanimously panned by the critics. Stunned and crushed, he realizes that he is not the great actor he thought himself to be. Fry suggests that Calculon perform his trademark "dramatic pause" to cheer himself up, but Calculon vows never to pause again.

Act III: "Take a bow, Calculon! You're the greatest!"[edit]

As Calculon prepares to begin his journey through life as a non-actor, he solemnly laments his former delusions, moving Leela to tears. She suddenly realizes that Calculon is being sincere for the first time ever. She explains that if he could channel real emotions into his acting and leave out the hamming, he could be "great". She convinces him to audition for a bit part on All My Circuits. Calculon goes to an audition in disguise and finds that he is to portray "Calculon, back from his kidnapping ordeal." The casting team, noting this auditionee's "old, past-your-prime" air, hires him on the spot.

On the set, Calculon returns to his old ways, forgetting the humility he had so recently learned. The script calls for him to whine about how pathetic he is and commit suicide by hanging himself with a rope from the ceiling. Instead, he hams it up, ruining the scene. Leela verbally beats him back into submission, and in the second take Calculon deeply moves everyone on the set, even the network president. Calculon reveals his identity and is prevailed upon to take a bow. He inadvertently pulls on the rope that is still hanging from the ceiling, and equipment begins crashing to the floor, crushing Calculon to death. "On the basis of one performance that almost no one saw," Calculon is posthumously re-awarded a star on the Walk of Fame. Back in Robot Hell, the Robot Devil's torments are just beginning.

Production[edit]

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In 2012, assistant director Aimee Steinberger made three revelations concerning the episode. On 9 March, she revealed that she had "just read [her] next and last [Futurama] script for a while", the script for the episode, that it was "really funny [and] cute" and that she was "looking [forward to working] on it after [the production team finished "7ACV14"]". [1]

On 30 March, she revealed that she was "starting thumbnailing and storyboarding on [the episode]". [2] On 16 May, she revealed that she had "screened [her] last [Futurama episode for] a while [on that day]" - this episode - and that it had "turned out really nice [and] funny". [3]

On 5 February, 2013, Vulture.com released a preview clip for the tenth broadcast season,[4] which contained footage from the episode.

By 19 July, Comedy Central had released a two-minute preview clip featuring Bender and Fry successfully freeing Calculon from Robot Hell. [5]

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Trivia[edit]

Allusions[edit]

Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.

Continuity[edit]

Goofs[edit]

  • The Robot Devil is able to trap Calculon in a flask, yet he constantly complains about how annoying he is.
    • He may have still been able to hear Calculon's voice through the flask.
  • When Farnsworth says "Hail science!", he has skin tags on the left side of his head.
  • The script for Calculon's one-man show should have decayed while he was buried.
    • The material which the script was written on may have been non-biodegradable.
  • Calculon is unaware of what a second take is, but, in "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television", he says that he doesn't do two takes.
    • He may have been being sarcastic, and his reaction to Leela's explanation of what a second take is may be due to outrage, not shock.

Quotes[edit]

    Robot Devil: For Calculon's immortal soul, guess the number I'm thinking of.
    Fry: Uhhhhhm...
    Robot Devil: It's between one and three.
    Fry: Four!
    Robot Devil: Between one and three, not including one or three.
    Fry: "M"!
    Bender: Is he right?
    Robot Devil: [sarcastic] Yes, the number I was thinking of was the letter "M".

    Farnsworth: Now, we just reintroduce Calculon's programming to his body using science!
    Amy: It's like magic, but with electricity.

    Farnsworth: Now, it's a simple matter of reverse-installing Calculon's operating system. Amy, play this installation disc backwards.
    [Farnsworth passes the disc to Amy, who places it on a small turntable-like device and begins to spin it backwards using her finger.]
    Installation disc: Rise from the dead in the name of Satan!

    Fry: No! We like you and your big words, and we need you back on TV, so we can watch and not talk to each other. Our friendship depends on it!
    Bender: [screaming] Your voice is so annoying!
    Fry: [screaming] You always leave the toilet seat crushed!

Appearances[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Aimee Steinberger (09 March 2012). aimeekitty. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 10 March 2012.
  2. ^ Aimee Steinberger (30 March 2012). aimeekitty. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 01 April 2012.
  3. ^ Aimee Steinberger (16 May 2012). aimeekitty. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 19 May 2012.
  4. ^ Jesse David Fox (05 February 2013). Watch a Preview of Futurama’s Seventh Season. (Vulture.com.) Retrieved on 23 June 2013.
  5. ^ Calculon's Immortal Soul - Video Clip. (Comedy Central.) Retrieved on 19 July 2013.
  6. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Fry and Bender in Robot Hell with Robot Devil. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 22 May 2013. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
  7. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Vaxatron. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 23 May 2013. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
  8. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Calculon Performing His One Robot Show. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 24 May 2013. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.