Futurama: Season 1, Episode 5

Fear of a Bot Planet (20 Apr. 1999)

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Fry and Leela disguise themselves as robots to find Bender after he fails to return from a delivery to a robot planet, only to learn that he has become a celebrity in a culture which fears humans.


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Episode cast overview:
Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Robot Leaving Theatre #1 / Robot in Jury #3 / Robot Elder #1 (voice)
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Robot Construction Worker / Robot Playing Human / Robot Foreman / Jimmy (voice)
Wendy / Female Robot at Human Hunt / Robot in Jury #2 (voice)
Hermes Conrad / Blern Commentator / Robot Doorman #1 / Rusty (voice)
Robot Doorman #2 / Radio Newsreader / Robot Elder #2 (voice)
Snack Clerk / Robot General / Robot Coming Leaving Theatre #2 / Robot at Human Hunt / Robot Mayor / Robot Judge / Robot in Jury #1 / Robot Elder #3 (voice) (as Dave Herman)
Robot Passerby / Resin Offering Robot (voice)


Fry and Leela disguise themselves as robots to find Bender after he fails to return from a delivery to a robot planet, only to learn that he has become a celebrity in a culture which fears humans.

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The name of this episode references the hip-hop album 'Fear of a Black Planet' by Public Enemy. See more »


In the judgment scene, when the judge freezes up, Fry yells: "Call technical support." In that frame, he is drawn with his manacle chain outside the bars, whereas in all other shots, it's on the inside with him. See more »


Bender: The fact is, humans are completely harmless.
Blue Elder: We're well aware of that.
Bender: You are?
Blue Elder: Of course. But they're useful to us as a scapegoat to distract the public from their real problem.
Green Elder: Like our crippling lug nut shortage.
Orange Elder: And a corrupt government of incompetent Robot Elders.
Yellow Elder: Duh, that's for sure.
Blue Elder: Quiet, Jimmy.
Bender: Well, I'm glad we got all that out in the open. We'll just let ourselves out.
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Bender does some work!
25 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bender is not pleased when he is asked to work on Robanukah; the holiest two weeks in the robot calendar but it can't be helped as Planet Express has bee hired to deliver a package to a planet inhabited by robots who hate humans so much that any human caught there will be killed. When they arrive Fry and Leela stay aboard the ship while Bender gets the job done. Things don't go according to plan though as it seems the robots are so anti-human that they also hate robots that work with humans so arrest Bender. In order to rescue their robotic friend Fry and Leela disguise themselves as robots and head into town. Amazingly they aren't spotted straight away and even take part in the human hunt. They get caught though when they bump into Bender in the robot porn shop. After their trial they find themselves in the presence of the Robot Elders who have invited bender to demonstrate his human-killing skills by executing the two of them… will he relish the opportunity to kill humans or will he help his friends escape.

This was a decent episode with some pretty good jokes; I specifically liked the gag about Bender suffering from 'tube-erculosis' and the construction that resembled a giant game of Tetris. The story wasn't the best but it was good enough; Bender is fun to watch when he wants to kill all humans and it was fun watching Leela trying to persuade the robots that she should be shared as she isn't human… she is close enough for them though!

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