A Farewell to Arms
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|A Farewell to Arms|
|Written by||Josh Weinstein|
|Directed by||Raymie Muzquiz|
|First air date||20 June 2012|
|Title reference||The Ernest Hemingway novel A Farewell to Arms|
"A Farewell to Arms" is the one hundred and sixteenth episode of Futurama, the second of the seventh production season and the ninth broadcast season. It is scheduled to air on 20 June 2012 on Comedy Central. An ancient prophecy from a Martian calendar predicts the world will end in 3012.
The crew discovers a Martian calendar predicting that the world is going to end in 3012. Indeed, typical end-of-the-world things begin happening. Because electrical power has ceased to exist on Earth, Zapp and Kif have to use a pyramid spaceship left on the planet by the ancient Martians that runs on snakes. A Fry and Leela prom takes place.
In 2012, two revelations concerning the episode were made. On 29 February, CGEF revealed the episode's title, its writer to be Josh Weinstein and its director to be Raymie Muzquiz. On 25 April, MSN TV revealed the episode's plot and air date.
In May, Countdown to Futurama began releasing promotional material for the episode. It has so far released five items: a promotional picture showing Leela - on crutches - and Fry on the Planet Express balcony on 7 May, a video clip featuring the crew discussing the end of the world as well as scenes of New New York in chaos on 8 May, concept art of Fry and Leela's Planet Express prom photo on 9 May a second promotional picture showing Leela being entangled by a puddle monster while Fry, whose pants are on the road, watches on 10 May, concept art of an excavated spaceship inside a cave on 11 May and part of the storyboard showing Zapp pressing a button on a spaceship, causing snakes to be released onto Kif, on 12 May.
- The title "Farewell to Arms", which was registered on the US Copyright Catalog on 14 July 2011, was probably a working title for this episode.
- "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" - which is also the second episode of its season - features an end of the world plot as well.
- If the movies are considered canon but non-episodic, then this episode could be considered the 100th episode.
- Alternatively, if each movie is considered one episode, this could be the 104th episode.
- The episode's title is taken from the Ernest Hemingway novel A Farewell to Arms.
- The episode is a parody of the 2012 phenomenon.
Amy: The calendar predicts fires, earthquakes, sharksplosions...then it just ends!
Hermes: Is it just me, or is the world ending more often these days?
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- ^ a b c d Futurama - Episode Guide. (MSN TV.) Retrieved on 26 April 2012.
- ^ Comedy Central (06 May 2011). iTunes - Podcasts - Futurama: Countdown to Futurama by Comedy Central. (iTunes Store.) Retrieved on 10 May 2011.
- ^ Matt Tobey (17 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: The Podcast - Episode 2. (Comedy Centrl.) Retrieved on 17 May 2012.
- ^ Episode Guide: 7 ACV. (CGEF.) 29 February 2012. Retrieved on 29 February 2012.
- ^ "Just Fan" (29 February 2012). "Futurama: Futurama News (pre-season 7)". (PEEL.) Retrieved on 29 February 2012.
- ^ Matt Tobey (07 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: Leela and Fry Watching the Storm. (Comedy Centrl.) Retrieved on 07 May 2012.
- ^ Matt Tobey (09 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: Fry and Leela’s Prom Photo. (Comedy Centrl [sic].) Retrieved on 09 May 2012.
- ^ Matt Tobey (10 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: Puddle Monster. (Comedy Centrl [sic].) Retrieved on 10 May 2012.
- ^ Matt Tobey (11 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: Stone Spaceship. (Comedy Centrl [sic].) Retrieved on 11 May 2012.
- ^ Matt Tobey (12 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: Snake Button Storyboard. (Comedy Centrl [sic].) Retrieved on 12 May 2012.
- ^ Eric Rogers (30 January 2012). Kitchelfilms. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 31 January 2012.
- ^ WebVoyage Record View 1. (US Copyright Catalog.) 14 July 2011. Retrieved on 29 February 2012.