Tuesday, May 04, 2010

My Favourite Television Characters Of All Time - Part Fifteen

#15 - Turanga Leela (Katey Sagal) - Futurama

Futurama is one of the few shows on television where nerd jokes are witty and funny, and as you can see Leela is a much loved character. I pray to god that creepy robot doesn't have working orifices....

Sorry to confuse. If you don't know what Futurama is then stop reading and watch this instead.

Turanga Leela believes she is a cyclops from a lost alien race, destined to be alone forever. Eventually she finds out that she is actually a mutant from the sewers. Her parents thought that with her normal-ish looks she could make something of herself above ground, and so they left her at an orphanarium.

She is working as a career placement officer when Fry, a frozen pizza delivery boy from the past, refuses to take his career chip. Leela chases Fry and his new robot bud Bender, bla bla and eventually the three of them work for Fry's great x30 nephew Hubert J. Farnsworth, running a delivery ship.

Leela is tough and strong, but she also wants to find true love. Awww. Fry and Leela care for one another and occasionally become romantically involved, but then Leela remembers that Fry is an idiot and all romance ends. Leela, one lonely drunken night, sleeps with Zapp Brannigan, a sad, sleazy, Shatner-esque ship captain. Brannigan spends the rest of the series trying to get back together with Leela and being physically hurt in the process. Leela's reactions to Brannigan are pretty fantastic.

....sorry, I've just been sent a link that shows Hank Azaria as Gargamel and it's highly disturbed me and distracted me from possibly writing any more about Leela. He looks just like Gargamel?!?!?! What!?!?!?

1 comment:

Lenni said...

You know, I love Futurama. I can honestly say it is my favourite TV show of all time. All the characters are freakin' great. And Leela's good, although not amongst my top characters. But Zapp Brannigan? Sweet Jeebus, he is genius! Whoever came up with that character is the best person ever.

"Brannigan's Law is like Brannigan's Love - hard and fast."