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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
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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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 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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