On returning home after a long day at the “Sith-War” Renactment, the gang discovers that Bender is going through some malfunctions. At which point it is discovered that Bender suffers from a manufacture defect that doesn’t allow him to upload himself into a new body if something happens to his current one. Upon realizing this, Bender sets out on a journey with Hermes to find his original inspector “Inspector #5” in hopes of finding an answer as to why he was allowed to enter the world.
And so begins another week in the year 3000…
Major developments: The show takes place in the future…
What worked: 99.9% of the episode worked. For over a month now, the show has done nothing but reference old, worn out gags, that ran their course years ago. I recently finished watching all the episodes from when the show was still on FOX, and I realized that it was missing something in these new episodes. It was missing charm, it was missing the random adventures that didn’t try to be relevant. It was missing Futurama just being Futurama. Well, I can say now that Futurama has returned. Seeing Bender forced to deal with the fact that he is not immortal was heart breaking for a while. But right when that joke was about run its course, the episode suddenly takes Bender and Hermes on a wild adventure that lands them in Bender’s birth place. This was also one of those rare episodes where Hermes is one of the leads. Whenever he’s made the lead to an episode (or saves the day in the final act of a direct to DVD film), it usually turn out very funny. This episode was no different. Everything from his limbo gag, to his “too cool to turn around an look at the explosion in slo-mo” moment, the writers were on their game with him. The show also returned with its charming humor, as well as its subtle humor. Charming things like watching inept war robots blow each other up at any word relating to weaponry. And subtle things like Bender pulling a pair of spare legs from his chest after he breaks his current ones after limboing for 12 hours. O, and for the record, baby Bender is the cutest thing ever. I want to see much more of Bender in that state of life. You just can’t help but go, awwwww.
What didn’t: If there was anything that didn’t work, it was the random Star Wars gag at the beginning. I’m not saying it was an old gag (Star Wars never gets old), it was just the way they did it. But that was a small price to pay for what we got three minutes later.
Final thoughts: This is by far, the funniest episode since the shows return. If the writers can keep this up, then my faith will have been fully restored.
Episode: “’Lethal Inspection’” (Season 6, Episode 6)
Airs: Comedy Central, Thursdays, 10pm
What’s next: The Proferssor invents a one-way time machine.
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