Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm
Episode synopsis: After breaking up with Kif, Amy begins a robosexual relationship with Bender. But when they announce they’re going to try and legalize robosexual marriage, the professor will stop at nothing to keep it illegal.
Major developments: As I said last week, it’s Futurama.
What worked: This episode had one of the better cold openings of the series. I really enjoyed watching Bender just be Bender. Seeing him run around and pixel up the city of New New York, it’s the wonderful humor that the show is known so well for and I couldn’t of been happier. Especially when the cops beat the crap out of him when the gag was over. I also liked the way the episode ended, much like the opening, it was classic Futurama, and classic Bender.
What didn’t: This marks the first time that the show has retreaded on an old gag. I’m sure you all remember the ‘I Dated A Robot’ episode in season three, when Fry fell in love with a robot version of Lucy Liu, causing Bender to go on an anti human/robot relations tirade. Well guess what, now Bender is on the other side of that coin. The show is in its sixth season, and while I get that the episode is supposed to be a metaphor regarding the current debate of gay marriage, they could of picked a better way to go about it. Maybe Zoidberg could of fallen in love with one of the sewer mutants. Or how about The Professor begins to date a female clone of himself. Or hell, why not just say that the gay debate still exists in the year 3000 and have one of the team go through a “phase”? All I’m saying is that there were much better ways to go about the gag. Also, that random Hermes joke with the “clownidis” and the “legalize it” moment, was just stupid. Plain and simple.
Final thoughts: Despite a great opening, this episode of Futurama ultimately fell flat. I totally get the show wanting to be more relevant these days, they did a great job of doing that last week, but they just took the wrong route in this episode. I am sure as the series continues on Comedy Central, they will get much better at the relevance thing.
What’s next: The gang heads to future Rome to uncover the secret birth of Leonardo da Vinci
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