Lrrreconciliable Ndndifferences is the latest and hardest to pronounce episode of Futurama. Ndnd kicks Lrrr out, so he decides to use the assistance of the Planet Express crew to get his groove back. Also, Fry is trying to make a comic book. Also, Maurice LaMarche has earned his paycheck.
Ndnd is nagging Lrrr about taking over a planet, so he decides to take over Earth and ends up at Comic Con 3010, where he runs into Leela. Nobody takes him seriously, and he doesn’t even win the costume contest he lands in the middle of. When he returns home, Ndnd has had it with him and kicks Lrrr out. He decides to stay at Planet Express and start dating again, but once he does, it makes him realize just how much he misses Ndnd. To get Ndnd back, he decides to fake taking over Earth, using War of the Worlds. Meanwhile, Fry is trying to start a comic book featuring the superhero Delivery Boy Man, but can’t find his creative voice.
I love the works of H.G. Wells, and I love the whole War of the Worlds hoax, but I was starting to think it’s been done way too many times, and always with Maurice LaMarche. His first guest starring role on The Simpsons was as Orson Welles during the War of the Worlds hoax, and there was a similar episode of Hey Arnold. The twist to this particular version made me laugh so hard I nearly busted a gut. It was a great way to keep something older than dirt fresh, which is good because how many times can Maurice LaMarche do the same thing over and over again?
Katee Sackhoff was great in her guest starring role of Grrrl. The conflict between Leela and Ndnd doesn’t logically make sense, but it’s still pretty funny. There are great relevant heads in the Head Museum when they pick up Orson Welles, I’m pretty sure by coincidence. There’s Futurama voice actor Frank Welker, and author of War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells. Also, Dawn Wells is there – it’s that whole alphabetical order thing at work. Maurice LaMarche also showcases his vocal talents as The Scary Door narrator, Lrrr, Orson Welles, and Kif. There’s a great reference to Mork and Mindy, and a throwback to When Aliens Attack. There’s also a sweet yet funny reference to Hamlet. The Chekov’s Gun is obvious, but it makes for a good Freela moment (not great).
Since Futurama has been back, they have played around with giving the A-story to characters who aren’t the “big three”, but to give it to guest star Lrrr was inspired. It is too tempting to say it’s good, not great, but it was pretty great. Overall, Lrrreconciliable Ndndifferences is an enjoyable episode of Futurama that showcases the awesomeness that is Maurice LaMarche without being stingy on the laughs.