Positive: The outlook with 20th century eyes on the 30th century as a great plot.
Also, the crazy ideas were great (theme park on the moon, 30th "knowledge" of human history, etc....")
As I stated before:
Leela was one character that had an extremely bad start in the series, and TSHL is the "Leela was just not ready designed by the time the series started" episode for me.
(A critical review of her design errors will follow. I will make valid points instead of some random "I do not like Leela because she is a bitch" ranting, but if you happen to be a Leela fan: Maybe you should do yourself a favor and skip the rest anyway....you will most certainly not like it
- TSHL should establish Leela as a "natural leader", and -imhO- she was not recognisable as one.
The writers mission was:
- Grant Leela leader attributes, not
- Grant Fry and Bender so many non-leader attributes, until Leela is the only one left.
Leela is one of the three protagonists, and must have her own personality. Not Fry and Bender's incompetence granting her that planned "leader attribute".
To give a graphic example:
Leela was meant to be a looker, despite of her one eye. Now if some initial design showed Leela as the most ugly female in the series, what are the artists supposed to do:
- Will they get back to the drawing board, and redesign every other female, until most of them are uglier than Leela?
- Or will they redraw Leela alone?
If you need other characters to cheer her up, her character was just not ready designed imhO. It also showed in BBA, which put Leela command "authority" in the center.
How did the writers do so? Did Leela act as captain? No, it was rather:
"Okay, we usually have two comparison dorks to cheer Leela up. But now, we REALLY want to show her as a leader, so we need something special. Hey, guess what: We're gonna use a THIRD comparison dork in that episode"
But it will not make her any more a leader, when that attribute is not only written on her by Fry and Bender's incompetence, but this time also by Zapp Brannigan's incompetence.