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Episode Reviews

Short Summary

Ghost in the Machines
First aired 06/30/11
Rank: 47/124
Reviews: 97
Rating: 85%

After Bender dies, his software takes on a ghostly existence.

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#71 by ross420
great episode kept me laughing through the last half of the episode

ross420 gave 5 points

#72 by Faith Armbruster
This was my favorite epsiode of the season. I was laughing all the way through it.

Faith Armbruster gave 5 points

#73 by crushinatrix2009
It wasn't perfect but it was a pretty fun episode over all.

crushinatrix2009 gave 4 points

#74 by
farnsworth stabbing the benders to death was worth 5 stars alone. gave 5 points

#75 by Foot Mutant

Foot Mutant gave 5 points

#76 by John Cheesa
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John Cheesa gave 5 points

#77 by Ryan
Good episode.

Ryan gave 4 points

#78 by Otis P Jivefunk
I found this episode to be highly enjoyable, and as Iíd predicted it was most comical and fun to witness Bender posses various machines in which to haunt with. The parade was an alright start to the episode and set it up well. I liked that it introduced a new futuristic concept and I have no problem willingly accepting without question that Fry hasnít heard of it before, after all, itís Fry isnít it?...

The Robot Devil was totally on form, it was a nice surprise to see him used again. I loved the joke about the song, and seeing the Robot Devilís disappointment in being asked not to play it again for Bender...

I had a slight problem with Bender being so mean and ruthless in his quest to kill Fry. I know heís a mean robot, but still. Thankfully he redeemed himself later on in the episode though. My favourite joke was Scruffyís "Bite My Shiny Metal Ass" line and the graph going back up, that got a lol out of me. I wasnít too keen on a Fry sleeping with the Mayors wife line though...

Although I wasnít too keen on the Amish world, I also liked how it called back to the beginning of the episode; where instead of Fry saving the nerd from the spherical object rolling towards him; it was Bender who saved Fry from the spherical object rolling towards him. Nice way to tie the two events together...

Iím amazed after having read through this entire review thread that one thing has not been picked up on as it was a major gripe I had with this episode. The nurse advised Fry that "No machines are allowed" on the Amish home world and then not long after the crew come visit Fry, Leela has her electronic wrist thingamajigger on, the very same wrist thingamajigger that Bender had used earlier on in the episode to slap Fry with several times. This bothered greatly as it seemed like a major contradiction and an obvious continuity error. I think Iíll make a thread about this issue actually...

Another thing I donít get is all this praise for the animation. It seemed quite average to me, sometimes below average, and on one occasion Fry and Leela were so badly off-model that it took my mind right out of the scene before the scene had really started. It has to be one of the worst drawings of Fry and Leela that Iíve seen on the show. It looked like something I would expect from the Futurama Comics. It was at 11:46 just after Fry had put the money into the Fortune-Teller machine. Didnít anyone else notice this? Apparently no other review so far has mentioned this appallingly off-model abomination...

The ending did feel a bit rushed, and the wrap up all a bit too convenient, but I would say this episode was better than the two last week, and one of the better new eps...

Otis P Jivefunk gave 4 points

#79 by Niniogorila
Another perfect episode of this season.


Niniogorila gave 5 points

#80 by cyber_turnip
The first act is gold, the second act is hit and miss and the third act is kind of bad.
I like the concept of the episode very much, but it just isn't pulled off very well. A lot of this has to do with the direction of things rather than the writing - for example, I despise the ghost-design of Bender. We've seen robot ghosts before in 'The Honking'. They looked great. I know that Bender's reasoning for becoming a ghost is different to theirs so this isn't a continuity error, but it'd just make the episode that much better if he didn't have a cartoony, whispy tail. Things like that, combined with how lazy much of the episode feels (awful continuity regarding 'Lethal Inspection', it messes with the show's world in a big way and the resolution is horribly rushed -not to mention all the plot holes, most noticably being that if Bender can possess electronics, he could just possess a blank robot such as the ones seen in 'I Dated a Robot' and "come back to life" so to speak -at least long enough to get a new body built for himself or something of that nature). Anyhoo, that combined with a few bad jokes bring the whole thing down for me in spite of a lot of nice moments.
Sadly, it's one of the weaker episodes of season 6 (although far from the worst).

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cyber_turnip gave 3 points

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