“Futurama” Season 6 Episode 12 “The Mutants are Revolting” concludes the current season of the series with yet another tedious polemic on a burning 21st Century issue in a thinly disguised science fiction context — illegal immigration.
The episode begins promisingly enough with the 100th delivery (for the 100th episode) of an exploding soufflé to an elderly doyen at one side of the same asteroid field that Han Solo had to punch through named “Mrs. Astor.” It seems that Mrs. Astor runs a charity for the education of mutants that allows them to slave over the city’s sewage system. Unfortunately she has a certain, shall we say, condescending attitude toward the denizens of the underworld.
One thing leads to another, with Fry opening his big mouth, and Leela gets pegged as an illegal mutant working one of those jobs humans won’t take, which seems to be a spaceship pilot. So she is consigned back to the underworld. For harboring her, the rest of Planet Express has to go down below for a spell to think about what they did.
There is a long sequence about how the mutants are treated like the sewage they treat, just because they have tentacles for arms or a second head or, in the case of Leela, a single eye. It’s pretty disgusting, so we’ll pass along on it.
Meanwhile, Bender has to celebrate the 100th Delivery on his own. Best line of the episode: “Has the orgy pit been scraped and buttered?”
Inevitably, the ever-pugnacious Leela leads a revolt of the mutants, which leads to even more disgusting happenings, but this time on the surface, with the help of her friends, including Bender, very effective at rerouting sewage pipes.
There is a side joke about Mrs. Astor’s husband going down in the land ship Titanic, thankfully without Celine Dion to serenade. This will figure in the resolution of the episode.
Fry, to prove his love for Leela, jumps into toxic waste and becomes a mutant himself, apparently.
Things comes to a head at city hall as Leela leads the mutant army in revolt, getting ready to rush the place like demented Scotsmen from Braveheart. But then it is revealed that the mutant Fry is not Fry at all, but the mutant Mr. Astor, having temporarily consumed Fry. This melts the heart of Mrs. Astor and, one thing leading to another, the mutants are granted permission to visit the surface world. All is right once again in the 31st Century.
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