"Science fiction for the most
part operates on a New Age military motif," in Matt Groening's opinion.
"If we can just follow orders from our benevolent captain then we
can defeat the outside evil and everything will be great."
Get real. The Simpsons creator tells
February's Wired magazine that he's "trying to do something a little
different from Star Trek and Star Wars" in his new animated sci-fi
sitcom Futurama, set for a spring debut on Fox. "I imagine a corporate,
commercial, confusing world where the military is just as stupid
as it is currently," he says.
"One of the fun things about doing
science fiction is that it has this built-in responsive culture,"
Groening says. "We created a character named Cubert who will anticipate
fan complaints about the show's inconsistencies, and then will address
them within the show."
A sci-fi fan himself, Groening also
understands the collector's mentality. Each of Wired's four February
covers serves as a single panel in a sneak-preview Futurama comic
strip. You can already hear the rustle of little protective Mylar