The ability to travel through time on a whim is a fantasy numerous people have had. Space Pilot 3000, the first episode of Futurama, depicts the idea of time travel. The show focuses on cryopreservation when the main character, Fry, falls into a cryonic tube and is frozen and the events that happened when he awakens after a millennium. By the time Fry awakens, he sees an extremely advanced city and immediately realizes that he is in the future.
Advancement in science and technology as well as in culture is very evident as seen on the people’s way of living. Floating vehicles and transport tubes become modes of travel where you can go to other places in just a matter of seconds. Preservation of heads of some notable people, such as Leonard Nimoy and former American presidents, turns out to be a way of preserving knowledge and wisdom. The Earth is not only inhabited by humans but also by talking robots and alien. DNA probulators, intergalactic spaceships and laser weapons are also some of the inventions that are remarkable. To some extent, this shows humanity’s core greatness, we never tarried to discover and develop.
On the other hand, despite the progress in science, technology and culture, people’s dissatisfaction with their lives still exists as implied by the presence of Suicide Booths where you get to choose between “quick and painless” or “slow and horrible” death. They also have career chips wherein one doesn’t get to choose the kind of living he/she wants. Other people choose what jobs suits them best. “You gotta do what you gotta do.” It’s like what we have now in our system – bureaucracy.
The show gives us a sight of a future we might have. Science advances as time passes. Changes in society, deviations in the system and evolution in technology are factors that affect our way of life.
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Rennie Beth de Guzman