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Episode Reviews

Short Summary

Near-Death Wish
First aired 08/15/12
Rank: 90/124
Reviews: 104
Rating: 77%

The Professor is deeply disturbed when his parents return from virtual retirement aboard the Near-Death Star.

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#1 by Randy
It was a nice episode. I didn't care for the Matrix jokes but I lol at the naked professor ones. I really liked the ending.

Randy gave 4 points

#2 by Daniel Bosch
IMHO, the best episode of the new season by quite a margin.

Daniel Bosch gave 5 points

#3 by SGB
Fur sure a great episode full of great humor, references, and plot-points. I really liked Bender in this one. "That's one crazy uncircumcised old man!" XD


SGB gave 5 points

#4 by Jarvio
What a brilliant episode. Funny, intriguing, touching, and plenty of the professor. 10/10

Jarvio gave 5 points

#5 by Tom_Apples
This episode seemed average, to me(I'm not trolling). Between some jokes in this episode and the mistakes.
Ok let's get started:


-The joke from the Proffesor's father
-Fry and Leela are possibly no longer "off again-on again"
-The Clippee Awards part(One's who were gone in the line of duty)
-Return of the Near Death Sphere


-I can't tell if this is an exaggeration in the episode or just a plain mistake, when Fry said that he was their grandson to the Proffesor's parents, wasn't Fry his own Grandfather?
-Leela pissed off about the Matrix, she also got pissed off about TRON Legacy in "A Farewell to Arms". Which made me annoyed.
-Beginning felt rushed, ending also a bit rushed
-Leela didn't show any signs of her regular personality.

So I really should give this a 6/10. Not good, not bad.

Tom_Apples gave 3 points

#6 by rok
Good job the writers of The Matrix!

rok gave 5 points

#7 by Terrick
Loved it! Almost as good as luck of the Fryrish!

Terrick gave 5 points

#8 by Olwood
A solid episode!

Olwood gave 5 points

#9 by Beatle60
Best episode of the season so far, great jokes,references, and touching moments.

Beatle60 gave 5 points

#10 by Mr Snrub
I loved:

The opening scene in the club. Delivery Boy of the Year is a wonderfully silly yet simple idea that gave some good laughs. I liked how Fry was going up against three dead people and still didn't look like he thought he'd win. For those wondering why Bender and Leela weren't there with him, it seemed to be a family only thing, as shown by Dwight/Hermes/LaBarbara and the other young Delivery Boys.
"Let's boldly go where we've gone before!"
More Fry/Leela/Bender trio interaction. While the long Matrix reference was kinda dumb, it felt like the equivalent of elevator small talk, and I like moments between them that seem a bit real. Also, the shot of them falling into the virtual reality was badass. (and 'it's 40% safe!' might be my favourite use of that catchphrase yet.)
Hermes and Bender are still friends! Hooray for consistency!
Fry spending time with his 'grandparents' were sweet, and it was good to see Fry be a bit childish again after his serious first 5 minutes (as much as Leela approved.)
I seem in the minority with this point, but I liked the idea that the Professor isn't actually senile, he was always insane. I don't know why, maybe it makes me more sympathetic towards him? The Brain-O poster made me nerd out a little bit as well.
The ending was sweet, and I think was sort of done as a one-last-time sort of thing. Farnsworth's parents won't be coming back. At least I don't think so.

Mr Snrub gave 5 points

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