Trivia: This is a very good example of the amount of detailed thought in these episodes. In S01E01 we saw Fry fall into the cryogenic tube and get frozen. In Season 5 Episode 8 (The why of Fry) we see this same freezing scene again but in this episode Fry and Nibbler are under the desk arguing since it appears Nibbler was the one to push Fry into the cryogenic tube. In Season 5 Episode 2 (Jurassic Bark) we see the freezing scene again but if you watch the scene where Fry is about to fall into the tube you can see the shadow of Fry and Nibbler on the floor since we learn that they are under the desk from S5E08.
Trivia: When the series first started, the animators placed five Alienese letters in the background. IN one poster, it said "drink slurm" and in another, drink was replaced by the five Alienese letters. Going on that, fans of the show were able to decipher the whole language in a couple of hours to decode what was written in graffiti on the wall behind the grate Bender and fry used to escape into the sewers. It said "Venutians (People from Venus) go home".
Trivia: David X. Cohen's name is actually David S. Cohen. He was asked why he changed the middle initial to an X and there are two explanations that he has given. Since there was another David S. Cohen who was member of the WGAE, it was necessary to alter the name, so he decided on the initial X change. One explanation for the letter X is because many aliens have an X in their name, and the other explanation is he thought it sounded cool.
Trivia: In the original ending for this episode (as seen in the DVD's deleted scenes), Bender says he'll be less like his old self when robot hell freezes over, to which Fry replies that it does freeze over during the winter. He reads this out of a book. In the aired ending, when Leela asks Bender to be less like his old self, he asks her if she could stand a 100' drop (or something), and Fry says "Good ol' Bender." However, you can still see the book in his hand from the original ending.
Trivia: If you watch closely, after Fry is leaning on the chair just after the countdown to ten reaches zero and he loses his balance, they cut to a close-up of the chair's legs falling over. You can see Nibbler's shadow cast on the wall in front of him. This was however retroactively added to the first season DVD. In the original airing of the pilot on TV Nibbler's shadow was not present.
Trivia: When Lrr and Nd-Nd are dining at the park, trying to get in "the mood", Lrr gets very agitated at his wife. He jumps up and screams to her "One of these days, Nd-Nd, bang. Zoom. Straight to the third moon of Omicron Persei 8." This is a spin-off from the 50s TV show The Honeymooners, in which one of the characters says almost the exact same thing to his wife, Alice.
Trivia: The creators were well into the late animation stage when they realized that the original moon lander had left the moon. They then added the plaque in the background that says "Returned by the historical sticklers society".
Trivia: At the beginning of the episode, when Fry walks into the room wearing an orange space suit, you can see that Amy is busy reading a book (so busy she doesn't mind the odd liquid inside Zoidberg's bathtub being splattered all over her). The book's title is "Martians are from Mars, Venutians are from Venus."
Trivia: On the DVD commentary, David Cohens mentions that Matt Groening's favourite line in the entire show is 'You watched it, you can't unwatch it. Stay tuned for more Tales Of Interest' spoken by Maurice La Marche as the narrator for this episode. Groening confirms this himself.
Trivia: This season was compiled of previously unaired episodes. There were 4 production seasons, but not all of the episodes had been aired due to various reasons. These include Fox thinking some were inappropriate (including "Tale of Two Santas") and schedules being limited.
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Trivia: In the elves' workshop, Leela turns the controls up to the highest speed. This is a reference to a classic episode of I Love Lucy, where Lucy works in a chocolate factory, and the candies come out on the conveyor belt much too fast for her to wrap.
Trivia: In the Slurm ad, there's a condition for the competition which fills the screen and is written in Alienese. It says "the following species are ineligible: Space wasps, Space beavers, any other species with the word space in front, space chickens and the elusive yak-face."
Trivia: When the main characters are watching Fry through the two-way mirror, Hermes is eating popcorn out of a jai alai scoop. This is explained in a deleted scene, where Hermes says someone is stealing silverware from the kitchen so everyone has to use the scoops. The missing silverware is also explained in a deleted scene, where it's explained that the parasites are forcing Fry to eat silverware because they need metal for their city. When the group goes inside Fry to get rid of the parasites, you can see the top of a butter knife as part of one of the buildings.
Trivia: When Bender and Fry are with the Robot-Devil and he spins the wheel to decide whose hands he'll give to Fry, each and every name that appears on the wheel (freeze frame to see them all) are robots that have actually appeared in the series at one point or another. Verified on the DVD commentary.
Trivia: When the head of Al Gore meets everyone in the big dome to discuss the problem with Global Warming, he comments that, according to his books, "Earth in a Balance" and "Harry Potter and the Balance of Earth", that everyone needed to protect the Earth from global warming and "black wizards." Then it cuts to Tim the Wizard, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, sitting in the audience, rolling his eyes and saying "Sure, blame the wizards..." Also, whenever Gore shows that the prize for whoever can solve the global warming problem is a bag of moon sapphires, Tim says "Sapphires? I can use this to get through the gate. hahahaha..."
Trivia: While at Luna Park, Bender throws a beer bottle and it sticks in the moon-head creature's eye. This is a reference to the image of the man in the moon with a bullet in his eye, from the 1902 French film, A Trip to the Moon (considered to be the first sci-fi movie).
Trivia: This episode has a couple of nods to Sci-Fi movies. In the initial attack on Monument beach, the Omicronians destroy the White House the same as Independence Day. Later, Fry is wearing the same helmet as the Rebels in Star Wars, and the Planet Express ship goes by a turret that is copied from the Death Star's turrets.
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Trivia: As the crew look at Blernsball displays, they come to races that broke the color barrier. The uniform and cap on the second one has the Star Trek logos on them, and the fourth is a native of the planet Sharron (Seen in the Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battleground").
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Trivia: In the beginning, Bender and Fry are watching an episode of "The Scary Door", based on The Twilight Zone. In it, a man is billed as "The Last Man On Earth", and he is walking into a library. This is a mirror of the episode "Time Enough At Last", where the man is the survivor of a bombing holocaust, and winds up at a public library, saying there was time at last to read.
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Trivia: There is an outside shot of the Planet Express at the start of the scene where they meet Dan McMasters. During this shot, a truck is visible driving with arcade cabinets attached to the back. One of the cabinets shows the Fix-It Felix, Jr. game from the movie Wreck-It Ralph.