The Bots and the Bees Online / A Farewell to Arms
After months of waiting, Futurama made its hour-long return to the airwaves tonight, starting with “The Bots and the Bees.” And considering the show is now on its seventh season, it’s truly astounding that the show still has original stories to tell with these characters. Season 7 kicked things off with a very Bender-centric episode in which we learned a thing or two about robo-procreation.
Professor Farnsworth sends a signal to the Planet Express crew, and they all rush to the Planet Express building – including Fry, Leela and Bender, who are on the ship being attacked by a giant space spider. After all of the crew has arrived, Farnsworth announces that the company has acquired a new soda machine. The crew are all overjoyed at this, and Fry quickly seizes the opportunity to purchase large amounts of Slurm Loco. Bender asks the machine, who is sentient, if any alcohol is available. When she explains to Bender that people are not supposed to drink alcohol at work, Bender mocks her. Introducing herself as Bev, she takes the opportunity to mock him back. Later that day, Fry continues to drink large amounts of Slurm Loco, announcing that his urine has turned green. Meanwhile, Bender and Bev continue to trade insults, culminating in Bev criticizing his “shriveled up antenna.”
Highlights of the half-hour included a hilarious throwback to Fry’s Slurm addiction days in the episode called Fry and the Slurm Factory and an emotional angle related to fatherhood. While Fry had the B-plot firmly in his hands, the real story was with the latter as Bender was tasked with raising his son Ben after Bev abandoned him for an unspecified period of time during which Ben evolved from infant to tween.
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