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'Futurama' - 'Proposition Infinity' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 9th 2010 3:20PM
Kif and Amy on 'Futurama'(S06E04) "Robotic brothers, the path to Robot Hell is paved with human flesh." - Rev. Preacherbot

"Neat." - Bender

The new 'Futurama' episodes have slowly started to return to their satirical roots and last night's epic half hour of awesomeness marked its official return to the station.

The show has been inching towards its topical nature. The second episode, a rather weak but occasionally funny crack at censorship and unnecessary outrage over TV indecency. Last week's not-so-subtle swipe at Apple had lots of funny moments, but didn't offer any real strong criticism against anything other than the zombie horde that are "iPhone users" (only with less moaning and drooling than actual zombies).

Last night's robotic take on the needless hysteria and blatant hypocricy of gay marriage was not only steeped in satiric goodness, but it was downright hilarious.

Amy's love of bad boys attracts her to the biggest baddie on the show: Bender! The setup was hilarious as Bender gets busted for defacing a number of New New York's various landmarks with his famous grinning face and Amy bails him out, twice, if you know what I mean (and if you don't, I'm talking about "doin' it" and if you still don't know what I'm talking about, order Cinemax).

The basic format of a 'Futurama' or 'Simpsons' episode features a strange opening plot that leads to the meat of the show and the execution, this time, was pretty close to perfect. Bender felt just like his old, conniving self from the beginning to the end. Amy was her usual bubble-headed self as her parents continued their never-ending quest to become grandparents. The show really used the storied and rich history of the characters to its advantage.

It also marked the return of one of 'Futurama's' funniest assets, something I call "joke sprinkling." The great thing about the old 'Futurama' episodes are their replay ability. Anyone can watch the same episode five times in a row and find jokes that they didn't notice and this episode was chocked full of them like the "No Brokebacking" sign hanging below the Wong family's ranch gate. I'm sure there are at least 259 more that I would have seen if I hadn't been multitasking during the episode (and no, I'm not referring to "doin' it," sickos).

The writing, particularly for Bender, also showed some major improvements. He's always been a great character, but he's given a lot more to do this time and the show really knows how to stretch him to his full potential. He's not just dancing the whole time or being a sarcastic ass to everyone around him. He's got a full range of funny emotions that really pay off in the show's climax when he realizes that being married requires him to be monogamous. Even if you could see the twist coming, the execution of him sitting on a beach with two hot robot babes in near silence had me cackling like the neighborhood cat lady.

Other observations:

- George Takei's "head in a jar" cameo was not only one of the funniest moments of the show, but his cameo was one of the best of the whole series. It had everything that makes TV's original Sulu great: deep dramatic pathos, his trademark "Oh, my" and a nice crack at William Shatner.

- Did anyone else find the "pre-op transformer" hot dog cart more than a little creepy? I haven't shivered and chuckled that much at the same time since John Waters' last movie.

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