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The One With The Giant Heatwave...

10/10
Author: Taylor Kingston from Australia
20 October 2014

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I really loved this episode. It was so good. It's one of my favorite Futurama episodes of all time.

In this episode, Earth is suffering from a gigantic heat wave, due to Global Warming. Nice to know that it didn't kill the planet by the year 3000. Anyway, the Planet Express crew are hired to go to Halley's Comet and retrieve a giant ice block. This is how the planet has been combating Global Warming. They would get a giant cup, attached to a giant drill, the would be used like an ice dispenser. Then they would drop the ice cube into the ocean. But every time, the ice block had to be bigger. When the crew went to do this task, there was no ice on Halley's Comet. It had been completely sucked dry. Eventually, Al Gore holds a Global Warming convention. When there, Professor Farnsworth reluctantly tells the crowd that he sped up the process from the pollution from his robot emissions. Later, President Nixon's Head invites all of the worlds robots to the Galapagoes Islands for a big party. There, he planned to kill all of the robots. Instead, Bender and his robot pals used their emission gases to push them away from the Sun. I'm pretty sure that's one happened. They farted to do something like that.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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Funny even if it is overly lecturing at times

7/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
6 July 2012

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Things are getting hot on Earth due to global warming and the usually solution of dropping huge lumps of ice that have been mined on Halley's Comet into the sea no longer works as all the ice there is gone. So solve the problem all scientists are invited to attend a meeting in Kyoto to come up with a solution. Wernstrom proposes using a giant mirror to reflect the sun's heat back into space but an accident leads to it reflecting a concentrated beam on to the Earth! It is at this point that Professor Farnsworth admits that his actions when he designed robots for Mom have caused the problem... global warming is caused by robots! Soon afterwards Bender receives an invitation from Nixon; he is throwing a party for all robots in the Galapagos Islands... of course it is just a ploy to get them all together so he can destroy them. Luckily the professor has another plan; he just has to put it into action before it is too late.

This episode had plenty of good moments; I liked how Bender finally found a creature he cared about and it was fun trying to spot all the robots from previous episodes at Nixon's party. On the downside the global warming message felt very heavy handed; it even featured Al Gore as his own head giving a speech on the matter! I don't mind stories that deal with issues but they need to be done subtly to avoid giving the audience the feeling they are being lectured to... at least there are enough really funny moments to keep the episode entertaining.

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