After another malfunction causes the Planet Express ship to crash again, Leela (Katey Sagal) has it towed away to the city dump. Refusing to let his “Bessie” go, Professor Fransworth (Billy West) sneaks into the dump and steals enough parts to salvage, and supe-up, the ship. Looking for a new direction, the Professor hooks up with a street racing crew (because… um, well why not?).
Meanwhile, Leela, Fry (West), and Bender (John Di Maggio) head out to deliver their first package in the ultra-safe ship Leela ordered as a replacement (whose ultra-safety even Leela eventually gets tired of). Eventually the Professor runs into the Planet Express crew and a street race ensues whose outcome destroys both ships and compresses Fry, Leela, Bender, and the Professor into a two-dimensional world.
The first episode of the show’s final season has some interesting ideas, but even though another Fast& Furious film hit theaters this year the parody looks and feels as old as Farnsworth himself. Needless to say the episode ends with the group making it back to their reality through another “dimensional drift.” Sadly the show doesn’t feel nearly as salvaged or as suped-up as the Planet Express heading into the show’s final season.
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