Of course, if “Futurama” is a dolt’s paradise of amazing tech, one can certainly begin to ask if the whole show isn’t also a simulation. Fry would certainly jump at the chance to live in an idealized video game. As mentioned above, he’s the only one to experience wonder at the technology of the future and would easily be lured by the siren song of technology. When Fry yelled “Shut up and take my money,” he was buying consumer electronics.
All of these Cartesian musings are fun to blither about after an edible or two, of course, but what they ultimately do is countermand the cynical comedic conceit of “Futurama,” namely: we’re all still dumb. Despite how smart some of the characters appear to be on “Futurama,” they’re really all dolts at the end of the day. We may have access to alternate dimensions, in the future, as well as VR tech, cloned dinosaurs, robot celebrities, and fing-longers, but we’re too dumb to use those things to their full potential. However enlightened the future may be, we’ll still make dumb jokes, get drunk, and act solely out of base, selfish impulses. In the future, we’re still beaten down by the grind, enslaved by capitalism, and completely unimpressed by the technological marvels that surround us. As a whole, humans will invent some rather impressive machines. We’ll also still be bickersome, gullible meatbags.
Nothing like today.
The entirety of “Futurama” season 11 is now streaming on Hulu.