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Episode Reviews

Short Summary

Obsoletely Fabulous
First aired 07/27/03
Rank: 86/124
Reviews: 256
Rating: 79%

Bender is about to get an upgrade to compete with the Professor's latest acquisition. But in the end, he isn't all that sure about it.

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#171 by John, sweden
Very entertaining, great episode.

John, sweden gave 5 points

#172 by AntMo

what was the quote... something like

"A war on technology worthy of a anthem by Rush"

What other program references Canadian Heavy Rock

AntMo gave 5 points

#173 by Mike!
Boring! This reminded me of that desert island Simpsons episode, especially the nonsensical ending.

It started off promisingly, with the robot fair (Mom's a great character, and it was good to see that the writers had remembered she's not supposed to be nasty in public), but as soon as the Professor bought the new robot it went downhill.

The idea of the three out of date robots was brilliant, but it's a shame that, apart from the cartridge robot, their weaknesses were forgotten after the opening scene.

I didn't like the idea of Bender being made of wood (although Leela's reaction to it was quite funny), and although I quite liked the 'it was all just part of the upgrade' ending, the bit outside the factory at the very end was just stupid. Oh, one more thing - I didn't like the scene with Bender out on the boat - it looked way too computer generated.

Overall, it wasn't a terrible episode, but the fact that it featured Bender practically all the way through didn't do it any favours.

Mike! gave 2 points

#174 by James
This is a brilliant episode. Some of you are comparing it to the rather average 30% Iron chef, I'd say it's more worthy of comparision to an episode like Godfellas (both in quality and structure). I laughed alot during this episode, I thought Bender was particularly good. I loved the out-dated robots, especially the tape robot "What!?".
Other highlights were Farnsworth finally punching Wernstrom, the panic attacks that the water wheel robot has every time the water runs out, Wooden Bender, trying to find a socket for the blender, some cool CGI waves, and the brillaint ending.

James gave 5 points

#175 by a person
i really liked if it even if though
it took a while for the jokes to really start
the episode deserves better than 79% so i'll give it an extra point

a person gave 5 points

#176 by Lee
This episode wasn't only great but it was rated as number 7 out of 10 to watch this week! It was truly Obsoletely Fabulous.

Lee gave 5 points

#177 by Athos
Nice one. Better than "Bender Should Not Be Allowed On TV", and maybe even a little better than The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings".

The highlights for me where Bender and the stones at the beach ("HELF"), the Tape Robot, Bender shouting "Save my friends! And Zoidberg!" and the stone-throwing catapult on Bender's ship (reminded my of Monkey Island Part One).

Although.... the idea of non-alcoholic robots..... horrible! :)

Athos gave 4 points

#178 by Super King
i loved the bit with the nanny bot and the 2 kill bots their should be more killbots in futurama

Super King gave 5 points

#179 by Killed by: DarkSim
OK, Any episode with a Fight Club segment in it is alright by me. Tress as the panicy waterbot had me in stitches "OH GOD! I'LL NEVER MAKE IT!"

"HELF" That's all I can say without laughing out loud.

In conclusion I am very dissapointed with CGEF for not including my favorite sound-bite of the episode.

"Take that Beethoven, you deaf bastard!"

I just might remember that line to the day I die.

Killed by: DarkSim gave 4 points

#180 by Flexo
I don't get it this was a really great episode.

Death to the 1X robots

Flexo gave 5 points

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