Double the Benders means double the fun!
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Double the Benders means double the fun!
60 Second Simpsons - Ep32 - And Maggie Makes Three
I just had a big smile on through this whole episode. It followed one simple, entertaining idea from beginning to end, and Patton Oswalt was a good guest voice. However, I wish we got more of an impression of the mini-Benders spreading out over the Earth (everything was mostly contained in the PE building), and I guess the Earth is covered in gigantic craters now?
Still, these first two episodes were great overall, and certainly better than last year's just-alright season openers.
This was most defiantly the better of the two as it was just really funny throughout and kept an interesting story. They don't take long to build up the story (Bender's laziness and the unattractive giant monster um, ugliness) which really helps the story flow nicely and doesn't take anytime away from the rest of the episode. A few highlights include a drunk Morbo, Patton Oswald's performance as the unattractive giant monster and basically anything the professor and Bender said. This was much better than the last years second episode and a really funny episode of Futurama that I would happily watch again very soon.
The better of the premiere episodes. I would've predicted more conflict between the multiple Benders, where the robots compete with each others' egos.
My friends and I got confused about when these were on, so I haven't caught "Neutopia," but this was a good season (sorta-)opener. The plot was really clever if maybe a bit aimless, and I loved how things came together at the end with Oswalt's character (who was awesome). My only problem is that it did have too much of feeling of familiarity....the "Anthology of Interest" comparison is obvious, but in general there's already a lot of episodes where a Professor invention or some other calamity is threatening the earth and they have to stop it somehow (and things continuously get worse with every effort they make). Not inherently a bad thing, but this episode could have used more of a spin on that formula, I think. But still, a very funny episode that had me laughing through most of it.
"Hey, I know that guy!"
Two eyes, two ears, a chin, a mouth, ten fingers, two nipples, a butt, two kneecaps, a penis. I've just described to you the Loch Ness Monster. And the reward for its capture? All the riches in Scotland. So I have one question: why are you here?
I didn't really care for the story but as usual the jokes made up for it. the nerd character was funny enough
and they sure do like their manwich callback jokes don't they
Much better than Neutopia but Bender was actually getting kinda annoying at times, even to me. The ugly giant guy wasn't really funny though and somehow the main story premise seemed stale. Still, some solid laughs allow me to give this a 3.5/5 rounded down to a 3 on the poll. Pretty disappointed with both episodes actually. The promo for next week with the Robot Devil gives me some hope though...
I had a huge smile on my face as the numerous Benders did their things. Very funny stuff in the episode, vastly superior to the opener. Still, some off jokes, Oswalt's giant wasn't really of much use, and the Manwich callback has been and gone now, right? Please?
Still, I laughed a lot, and smiled all the time. Plus, Morbo saying Fit-shaced. I love an almost-vulgarity.
Benderama is the stronger of the 2 episodes but I would of liked to see more consequences of the minibenders. The plot was a tad bit rushed but overall an enjoyable episode. 4/5
Easily the better episode of the two. Aaron Ehasz's episodes seem to have a very well though-out internal logic to them, so that the Sci-Fi concepts are creative but have a proper grounding to them. The episode took the initial premise of Bender making copies himself and actually thought about where that would go. So yeah I thought the clever the way the ideas all built on one another. So yeah a solid episode without any really jarring out of character behavior, much funnier than the first episode.
But yeah the manwich obsession is getting weird isn't it. Guess it's just one of those things that the writers inexplicably love for some reason.
I think I liked Neutopia a little better. This was still good, though, particularly for the first couple acts. It was a fun, Farnsworth-ish sci-fi plot mixed with an interesting conflict and some solid humor. But the big ugly monster coming back at the end seemed to have little to do with the resolution, as did the Benders arbitrarily flying out into space (why wouldn't they just ignore Bender's request and get back to doing what it was they were doing?). And did anyone else just feel kinda bad for him throughout that whole third act? He ends up getting killed, even.
I think the manwich thing is probably one of those things that's mainly funny because they keep calling back to it somehow. Like the first time it was just a funny thing for someone to yell so passionately about but now the joke is basically that it keeps showing up. I usually laugh at it, actually, so I guess they're doing something right. Although I did find it odd that there were manwich jokes in both episodes(I think?). But that's Comedy Central's fault really.
The sadness of it was probably the joke though in any case.
I'm surprised that they killed the Bender clones so quickly. Weren't they exact copies of Bender, apart from the size? Also I didn't like how the "monster" got beaten up after all he wanted to do was apologise and felt that they should have been able to resolve it without simply killing him. Why couldn't the Benders just have eaten his acne and awkward facial hair?
I liked Kif getting along with Zapp for once but apart from that, it was a pretty "meh" episode.
Felt really bad for the big fat ugly monster thing. Episode was pretty mean to him. But really, this was a great episode. Really enjoyed it. Entertaining, decent plot and SCARY DOOR! Much better than the other one. So many good moments. Loved the lil Bender stuff.
Dont grieve for the big ugly guy, he's in a better place now (the microscopic tummies of billions of teeny-tiny Benders)
Like this ep better than the first ep shown 3/5.
I really dug this one. It did feel like a drawn out AoI segment in a lot of ways, but all the jokes were hitting and the plot was really inventive. Poor Patten Oswald... he did absolutely nothing to deserve his fate, even though his "I'm beautiful" moment was pretty cool. The fact that they left Earth full of holes was a bit annoying, though. Overall, not too much to say about it... neither of the first two episodes felt like more than run of the mill Futurama episodes.
edit: And Scary Door! I cherish each Scary Door.
It's probably not in many more episodes this season as these two episodes have different production codes (This is the 17th episode and Neutopia is the 20th) So it was probably just a coincidence that they both contained the same joke and were aired together...
I have to say, this was the better half of that "one-hour season premiere" that Comedy Central aired. This episode took it's premise and executed it at the right times whenever needed, and the premise of Benders creating another one of each other and threatening to consume all matter is an interesting one indeed that was not squandered.
I have to say, all of the characters were themselves compared to the other episode. This really helps me get into the story and it helps me appreciate the jokes, of which there are a lot of good ones. There really isn't a specific character per say but I have to say that all of the characters were good. Bender may be the star of the show here but all of the characters put their all here.
The giant (performed by Patton Oswald, who I understand has such an electric career.) is one of the more understated guest characters. Hideous appearance, teen like behavior, potential for destruction. I have to say, his appearance in the beginning made up for some laughs and his appearance in the end helped add something to the story. It was sad to see him go but I'm guessing the "I'm beautiful" death scene made it worthwhile.
The multiple benders contribute to some worthwhile scenes and the way they animated it just made it worthwhile. It was pretty entertaining to see just multiple benders roaming around Planet Express, and the scenes later on were also entertaining such as when the Planet Express gang round up the miniature Benders, that was well executed.
I did find the most interesting point to be when the town gets drunk. I'm guessing Bender has the molecule structure for liquor in his system so I didn't mind. (If they actually drank rubbing alcohol then there'd be major problems. Hell, they would be dead by now.) I do find that it was both short and enjoyable, if it was dragged out for longer then I doubt that many people would find it enjoyable.
The ending could of used some work. (The benders suddenly leaving earth while cool, just leaves us asking the questions why didn't they stay? I guess they needed a reason for Earth to remain intact for future episodes.) Some jokes fall flat, there could of been more of a focus of what was going on around the world and some scenes do drag on for longer then they need but other then that, this was a pretty good episode of Futurama.
It's not going to be in anybodies Top 10 or anything but I find it an enjoyable way to spend the night and hell, who doesn't like billions of those tiny Benders?
The Falcon and the D'ohman (4.5/10) Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts (4.0/10) Treehouse of Horror XXII (1.0/10) Replacable You (3.5/10) The Food Wife (4.0/10) The Book Job (8.0/10) The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants (4.0/10) The Ten-Per-Cent Solution (4.5/10) Holidays of Future Passed (8.5/10) Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson (3.5/10) The D'oh-cial Network (2.5/10) Moe Goes From Rags to Riches (1.5/10) The Daughter Also Rises (5.0/10) At Long Last Leave (2.5/10) Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart (1.0/10) How I Wet Your Mother (4.0/10) Them, Robot (3.0/10) Beware My Cheating Bart (5.0/10) A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again (3.0/10) The Spy Who Learned Me (3.5/10) Ned 'N' Edna's Blend (5.5/10) Lisa Goes Gaga (1.0/10)
Oh and something I almost forgot to bring up, when all the tiny Bender's were duplicating why were two of it's duplicates a bronze color (And later in the episode we see the microscopic Bender's are the normal grey/silver color?)
Yeah, he used an orange crayon for matter
I love the manwich gag!
Man I dunno really what to say about this one. It was just hilarious. Usually I find Bender-centric episodes to not really be all that great because he tends to get a bit too obnoxious and go way too overboard but for some reason it really worked with a massive overdose of Bender.
I dunno I just felt everything developed naturally and it really worked and it was really funny.
I thought it was better than the season premiere, but Bender themed episodes get old pretty quickly for me
Hey, that was great. For some reason this is the first episode we got down here and Neutopia hasn't aired yet, unless I missed something, but whatever, what I really want to know is how the little Benders consumed giant dude. If the could consume him than shouldn't the rest of Earth be eaten too? And how'd the water return to normal? Surely I didn't miss that. It was those end bits that were wrapped up too quick that lost the episode a few points from me, but I enjoyed ever'thing else immensely.
does anyone know if that math formula was anything? or just a throw away gag?
Finally got around to watching this. This episode was definitely the stronger of the two episodes. But it still wasn't as strong as it could've been. But it was funny enough and had a nice guest spot by Patton. Hopefully the remainder of the season is at least this quality. Bender was pretty funny in this one but still felt sort of annoying. 4/5 on the poll.
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