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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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#241 by Toasty McGee
Perhaps this is just my interpretation, but for anyone who has ever had an LSD experience, I believe this episode may have been inspired by an LSD trip. The whole theme of the episode, along with many quotes, lead me to this seemingly far-fetched conclusion.

LSD tends to make one appreciate the simple, naturalistic qualities of life while rejecting technology and consumption, which Bender begins to appreciate during his time on the primitive island. Quotes such as, "Why watch TV when you can watch a snail crawl for hours on end?" or "CD's are unnatural. Why don't you just listen to the ocean?" echo this view. One also finds the urge to emancipate others from the business and complication of modern life after the experience, such as Bender does near the end of the episode.

LSD also has the tendency to make a tremendous impact on one's personality and outlook after the experience. Before seeing this episode, I had often referred to the experience as an "upgrade", which I believe cemented the connection in my mind further. Using the LSD interpretation, the ending makes MUCH more sense and is much more satisfying when viewed this way, as these experiences often feel as real as Bender's upgrade did.

"If that stuff wasn't real, how can I be sure anything is real? Is it not possible, nay probable, that my whole life is just a product of my or someone else's imagination?"

Again, anyone who has not used this drug in the past could not possibly understand or accept this interpretation, and I realize that. If you are one of these people, please do not tell me that my head is fried to come to these conclusions either. It has been a long while since I've ingested the drug, but even upon subsequent viewings, it appears to be a plausible explanation, especially with the subtle psychedelic drug references in previous episodes (30% Iron Chef with the "secret ingredient" being LSD, The Problem With Popplers quote, "I used to find edible mushrooms on my bathmat!" etc.)

I'm curious if anyone else accepts this interpretation?

Toasty McGee gave 5 points

#242 by escape goat
funny, funny stuff

escape goat gave 5 points

#243 by Welbeck Kane
Upon first watching this, the "it was all a dream" ending seemed a bit of a cop-out. But if you view it as a scenario designed solely to change Bender's mind, it's pretty clever. Not one of the great episodes, but there's plenty to enjoy, mainly the water-powered robot's continual struggle. And the brief glimpse of Bender's view of the world at the end is well worth hanging on for.

Welbeck Kane gave 3 points

#244 by David
My fav episode. "erm....i didn't get the coins"..... "i love you", "ok fine" lol

David gave 5 points

#245 by Stephen
One of my favorites.

Stephen gave 5 points

#246 by d
anybody know what the name of the metal song that was playing when Bender and the island robots started to smash up the city?

d gave 5 points

#247 by patar
this episode was hilarious! under rated i think.


patar gave 5 points

#248 by GoldHusky
Dan doesn't really write the episodes completely to bender's personality, this episode can prove it. But nevertheless one of my fave episodes by my fave writer.

GoldHusky gave 4 points

#249 by cyber_turnip
Feels somewhat half-baked, but throroughly enjoyable regardless. Plenty of funny moments and interesting imagery to keep you watching.

cyber_turnip gave 3 points

#250 by comicbookking
Vebber's best episode plain and simple.
One of the most overlooked all time best episodes.

comicbookking gave 5 points

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