I just recently watched the Season 10 finale of Futurama. While I am not a die hard fan of the show, I do watch it from time to time for the satire and occasional laugh-out-loud moment. Smart writing and great comic delivery make it a futuristic, grown-up version of The Simpsons.
I think Futurama surprised viewers with this romantic sci-fi twist when they showed what two people in love, Fry and Leela, would do if time were to freeze.
First, they go do some cool activities like eat free food at a local food fair (sipping caviar through a straw), walk onto the court of a Harlem Globetrotters game, make a romantic swing out of their friends, then go to the local zoo and sleep on the pandas and koala bears.
And although all their friends and family are frozen, they decide to drag their lifeless loved ones to a church, sit them down in pews, drag a preacher to the alter, and get married. (Aww!)
After their nuptials, Fry and Leela grow old together. doing all the things they ever wanted to do. They explore jungles, walk across oceans, taste the finest foods, and travel all over the world. It could bring a tear or two to one’s eye. It certainly did to mine!
While usually focusing on the amount of laughs, the writers this episode asked an open-ended question that I’m sure all of us have thought about at one time. What would you do with an eternity frozen in time? Money is no object. No job, no responsibilities to worry about. The world is your oyster.
I LOVE this concept. I think my interest in freezing time peaked when I saw the movie “Clockstoppers”. Looking back, yeah the special effects were sort of lame and the plot maybe a little cheesy at times, but having the ability to freeze time? The possibilities seemed endless. And who wouldn’t want to ride bikes on water and pants people without them knowing?!
As we go throughout our daily lives, we are either thinking one of two things. “God, I wish this day was over.” or “I wish I had more time in this day!” So, to take time out of the equation and to just enjoy your life, doing everything you’ve ever wanted to do, is an enduring concept. Whether it’s checking off every travel destination on your bucket list or simply enjoying a sunset and a glass of wine with no disturbances, no stress, and no distractions, there is no feat too big or too small. Just simple peace of mind.
So, this begs the question, what would you do with an eternity frozen in time? For me, I’d definitely want someone to share it with, as spending eternity alone can make you go a little crazy (as we learned in “I Am Legend”).
I highly recommend you go check out the episode but also take away the message. Life is short. We don’t get an eternity and endless time to do what’s important to us. So think of those things that you really want out of life and don’t go another second without them!