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Episode Reviews


Short Summary

A Clockwork Origin
First aired 08/12/10
Rank: 66/124
Reviews: 135
Rating: 81%

The theory of evolution is put to the test on a planet inhabited by robots.
 


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#41 by James
Third best episode of the season. An episode in the top half of Futurama's better episodes. However, some flaws with the episode.

The topical issues again. Not needed as proven by episode 6 and 7. The best episodes of the season. Also, I feel like Dr. Banjo should have been Wernstrom. I understand the satirical idea of Dr. Banjo but Wernstrom would have been better. Wernstrom doesn't have to be pro-creationist. He can be like people evolve from fish and maybe Banjo could have been the god guy so a trio arguing of some sort. Also, Zoidberg and Cuthbert was a massive failure and was filler. That's proven by the end result of the b plot.

Also, the pairings need to stop or at least make sense. Here's one they should've done. Fry, Zapp and Bender get stranded on a planet due to Fry trying to impress Leela by doing a delivery himself. Bender triest to prove that he is not totally into himself and tries to prove it by helping Fry. Meanwhile Zapp tries to prove to Kif that he does not his help and chases after Fry/Bender in an attempt to make a date with Leela. They all crash on the planet. We got the two dumbest characters on the show and the most narcissitic one working together for survival. They can't read signs and they start to go insane. They get beat up by a cute alien monkey. The whole crew tries to find them. It turns out in the end that they were in a vacation resort. Whatever I guess that's just my idea. Maybe a Zoidberg/Fry pairing or a Benda/Leela trying to find Fry after he disappeared. They search the galaxy believes he's dead, have a funeral and meanwhile Fry just went to Comic Con or E3 for a few days.

Those are just ideas. Still a great episode felt sort of like Douglas Adams. 5/5


James gave 5 points
13.08.2010

#42 by Pandora
Very good ep!

Pandora gave 4 points
13.08.2010

#43 by Hoovus
Enjoyed that one it had a nice balance of using an epic sci-fi story to make a satirical point, while being quite a fun light hearted episode.

There were lots of funny bits of dialouge in this episode that weren't really jokes but were just very odd and funny.

Hoovus gave 5 points
13.08.2010

#44 by tuvgbhinjkl
Noooo THE EPISODE SHOULD HAVE ENDED BY SHOWING THE GOD-MACHINE IN SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tuvgbhinjkl gave 4 points
13.08.2010

#45 by Nick
They have done an episode where they touch on stem cell research, Tregóremember the ep where the professor covers his face with stem cells to look younger and falls in love with a woman who isn't all that she seems, either? But I won't argue about this issue again here. (I wrote about it on my review of the iPhone episode.)

I thought this episode was great. Lots of funny lines, the reference to Jurassic Bark, the underlying message, Zoidberg's pathetic attempt at fatherhood. Perhaps not quite as good as the last three episode, but still superb.

Nick gave 5 points
13.08.2010

#46 by Renfro
I laughed a couple of times. not the best of the season but i still liked it

Renfro gave 4 points
13.08.2010

#47 by Jarvio
Liked it, interesting storyline, and always good to have another Prof-heavy ep. I liked the ape guy, and the robot dinosaurs. I thought the Zoidberg/Cubert plot was crap though. Overall, a decent ep

Jarvio gave 5 points
13.08.2010

#48 by Thrustingthor
Hilarious poke at creationism

Thrustingthor gave 5 points
13.08.2010

#49 by wilyfish
Yo dawg I herd you like superheroes I put a mural on your wall.

I had a lot of laughs on this one. A real freezeframer with all of the signs!

wilyfish gave 5 points
13.08.2010

#50 by AdrenalinDragon
The episode was good, but a little shaky in the first act. The evolution proving part with the Professor and Dr Bamjo was maybe dragged out a little too long, but other than that, most of the first act was good. The episode gets better once they get onto the planet with the robotic dinosaurs, as the jokes pop up and work more often, and its more memorable due to the animation and well placed quotes during the dinosaur/robot encounters.

As for the rest, I thought the subplot with Zoidberg and Cubert was quite good, though it doesn't really have a full conclusion, ending with a quick quote to end the subplot, but both Zoidberg and Cubert come out with some funny moments. Other things I liked were the courtroom scene with Bender in those suspenders, but like I said, most of the jokes were in the 2nd act, but it's still good enough to give the episode a solid 4 out of 5, and I personally thought it was an interesting take on evolution/creationism.

AdrenalinDragon gave 4 points
13.08.2010


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