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Episode Reviews

Short Summary

The Duh-Vinci Code
First aired 07/15/10
Rank: 92/124
Reviews: 160
Rating: 76%

The crew races to future Rome to unearth the shocking secret of Leonardo da Vinci.

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#131 by Jarvio
Loved this ep, and I don't understand other people's beef with it. It had a great plot, a unique feel, and just plain funny. I particularly liked the whole combination of Leonardo's inventions, the chain reaction and how they worked together to form that space-ship. Also, I know it's only a small scene, but when the Prof. was turining his head in panic over all those sums and then his neck snapped! That was just hillarious!

Jarvio gave 5 points

#132 by cyber_turnip
'Proposition Infinity' was a gigantic improvement from 'Attack of the Killer App' and 'The Duh-Vinci Code' is a gigantic improvement from 'Proposition Infinity'. Firstly, this is by far the episode that resembles classic Futurama the most so far this season. Last week did a pretty good job but the characterisation was off. This week is the same except that the characters are spot-on albeit exaggerated in certain aspects somewhat for the purposes of the plot. Fry is far stupider than usual because the episode requires it from him, but his intelligence and common sense have always been flexible so it doesn't bother me and character traits have always come in and out of play depending on what was needed. 'The Luck of the Fryrish' for example, makes Fry incredibly unlucky -far more than usual -because it's plot-relevant. That remains one of the very best episodes of Futurama ever.

The episode begins with Fry on a parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire which serves as a lovely segway into duscussion of how stupid he is. A small detail I loved is how Leela actually defends his stupidity -it's a subtle hint at the way that she is warming to the idea of him, setting up their dating for later this season. And whilst we're on the topic of characters, I love the pairing of Fry and the Professor -something we get here -and I adore this episode for finally exploring their relationship as relatives somewhat in-depth -something that they should have done in the first season in all honesty.

The plot itself is nice and fast paced despite a lot of weaknesses and little flaws. It slows down in the final act, but it also gives a nice little sci-fi twist and one that compliments the episode's overall theme of intelligence beautifully. It's very well written in terms of structure. It is a parody of The Da-Vinci Code to an extent, but really -there's very little beyond the basic concept of someone uncovering some sort of conspiracy and Rome being a setting. I haven't read the book and I despised the film (and can't remember any of it) and I was never left not getting the jokes.

It's also a very funny episode. Not one of Futurama's all-time funniest, but on par with their average output. The animation is also top-notch and the music is utterly brilliant. Also, on a minor note, I actually like the title now. At first I hated 'The Duh-Vinci Code' as a name. It seemed incredibly lame, lazy and just a cheap way of referencing The Da Vinci Code, but given that the episode is both about Leonardo Da Vinci and Fry being an idiot, it actually works quite nicely.

If Futurama continues to improve like this, then season 6 could be something special afterall! Here's to the future(ama).

cyber_turnip gave 3 points

#133 by Bigsi
IN THE WORDS OF COMIC BOOK GUY "WORST EPISODE EVER..... na im just kidding... IT WAS THE BEST EPISODE EVER!!!!! "I couldnt find a copy so I brought the original". I laughed at least one per minute, good stuff. More episdoes like this. The opening joke was more tha the average joke it was ever better
These markings indicate how many steps we need to take to get to ST James tomb, ONE... Okay were there, haahahah. Future rome was ace as well

Bigsi gave 5 points

#134 by LuckOfTheFryrish
I'm very happy to see every subsequent episode this season getting stronger and stronger than the last, with the exception of In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela. But I consider that a minor speedbump in an otherwise smooth ride. Still can't believe it's back and I'm so happy to see that CC has not butchered it.

LuckOfTheFryrish gave 4 points

#135 by Kev
Worst episode of them all!

Kev gave 1 point

#136 by Norrah
This wasn't my cup of tea. I mean, The da vinci code, who wants to be a millionaire. Seriously please stop all these pop references, you are raping my childhood.


Norrah gave 2 points

#137 by laustinspace42
best of the new season by far. this actually made me laugh. the art direction was superb and i just can't get over the fact that it was actually funny!

laustinspace42 gave 5 points

#138 by
one of the best gave 5 points

#139 by anonymous
pretty good ep, had some funny moments.

anonymous gave 4 points

#140 by Rolling
The best episode ever

Rolling gave 5 points

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