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"Futurama" Fear of a Bot Planet (1999)

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Whole lot of fun!

Author: tv_is_my_parent from Turkey
25 November 2014

You really can't go wrong with a Bender-centric episode. This is one and it's brilliant. He's the funniest character on the show in my opinion.

Bender is sent to a planet consisting only of Robot population where they all hate and missioned to kill humans. Soon Bender gets discovered to be working with humans and Fry and Leela must act as robots to save him.

Based on racial discrimination and with sharp and wit writing and full with satiric lines, this is one of, if not the funniest episode of the first season which is also brilliant. I give it a 9.6/10. Must-watch!

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Thoroughly enjoyable tale... of genocide

8/10
Author: gizmomogwai from Canada
25 January 2009

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Here's an episode I almost completely forgot about until I rediscovered it on DVD. It's fairly good, about a delivery to a planet inhabited only by robots, who despise humans and want to eliminate them. (A possible home planet for the terminator, perhaps?) Fry, Leela and Bender bring a package to the planet, but only Bender can actually leave the ship and make the delivery since the robot radicals would kill Fry and Leela on sight. But when they hear Bender has been arrested as a human sympathizer, Fry and Leela disguise themselves as robots and enter the robot city hoping to rescue Bender.

The episode touches on the basic conflict between man and robot- is the robot exploited, and if so, should we feel bad about it? It's not an issue today since robots aren't yet conscious but I've heard this dilemma could become a reality eventually. Bender is shown resenting how he is treated as a thing, and questions whether the anti-human robots can be properly called radicals just because they "want to kill humans." The humour in that is that it is obviously a radical position. This is actually a comedic episode about a very touchy issue- genocide. The robots having a crime against simply being human is a crime against mere existence, and under that law, all of those guilty are to be executed, and that's what we'd call genocide. The robot leaders also at one point admit that humans are harmless and they're just scapegoats for the planet's troubles. Again, this could be touchy because it reflects how Jews were made scapegoats in Nazi Germany. But Fear of a Bot Planet isn't offensive, I guess because it's not about real holocausts, and it actually succeeds in scoring a few laughs. For example, with the robots making an anti-human horror movie. This is also the episode where the Planet Express ship hits and destroys a tiny planet, a joke the makers of the show liked so much that they used it again in Parasites Lost and the volume 3 DVD menu. Thumbs up from me for this episode.

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Bender does some work!

8/10
Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
25 February 2012

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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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