Jun 26, 2011

Futurama Return "Neutopia" and "Benderama" Review

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Futurama's second half of Season 6 hit airwaves Thursday with back-to-back new episodes: "Neutopia" and "Benderama". The first episode was, in a short summary, about gender equality. Going any deeper about the plot of the episode would require multiple paragraphs. The second episode was much simpler: Bender abuses an invention created by the professor that creates slightly smaller clones of things until the world is overrun by Benders. "Benderama" also guest-stars Patton Oswalt.

I dove into watching the return of Futurama with high expectations, and maybe it's my fault, but neither episode lived up to those expectations. "Neutopia" had no character-relation continuity with previous seasons, instead turning all of the men into over-the-top chauvinistic woman-bashers, the likes of which attributes are usually reserved just for Bender. The plot was all over the place too, just jumping from one moment of the story to another, held loosely together by nothing more than deus ex machina. The episode was great satire about how we perceive gender, as well as sexuality, and hits the nail on the head that most Futurama fans are as Leela puts it, "huge perverts".

The second episode "Benderama" was a much more logical and consistent episode, but just didn't hit strongly. It did had nice emotional attachment to the characters, as there's some great scenes where the characters are relatable and down to earth. Unfortunately, I just didn't find it all that funny. On a personal note, I may have just been put off by Patton Oswalt. Talented guy, but I feel like gets canonized more than he deserves.

These two return-episodes failed me. However, I'm still definitely going to tune in this upcoming Thursday at 10 PM EST on Comedy Central for more new episodes. "Neutopia" and "Benderama" play during the hour-block before this if you want to catch up. Check your local listings if you don't go by EST.

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