Futurama Review: "The Prisoner of Benda"

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Some episodes of Futurama are brilliant satires of modern culture with a science fiction twist and others, are well, just hilarious stoner comedy.  Last night's episode, "The Prisoner of Benda" definitely falls into the latter column.

The Prisoner of Benda Picture

Using a body-swapping device the Professor made, the Futurama writers had a field day exchanging bodies in what could have been the most convoluted episode ever, saved only by the fact the characters inexplicably kept their original voices after a swap.

With unlimited potential (okay, limited, but we're scared of math), this silliness led to way more hits than misses when it came to jokes, easily making it one of the funniest episodes of the new season.  We'll take a silly plot over an intelligent one any day for non-stop laughs because, in the end, it's just a cartoon.

Some highlights of the swapping?

  • Bender in pretty much anyones' body.
  • Leela and Fry making out in Zoidberg and the Professor's bodies.  Hilariously disgusting.
  • Scruffy and the Wash Bucket's forbidden love.

It was complete nonsense that ended with the Harlem Globtrotters fixing everything.  Of all the chaos, the ending some how made the most sense.  Our favorite Futurama quotes from this great episode are after the jump.

Professor: As a man enters his 18th decade, he thinks back on the mistakes he made in life.
Amy: Like the heaps of the dead monkeys?
Professor: Science can not move forward without heaps! | permalink
Amy: We're just the people this mind-switcher was made for by us! | permalink
Linda: Tonight at eleven.
Morbo: DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM! | permalink
Fry: As I told you on Suckerpunch Day, I'm through being a chump! | permalink
Fry: Mmm, what smells saturated?
Amy: Deep fried ice cream sandwich wrapped in frosting and lightly baconed. | permalink

Review

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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (12 Votes)

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Futurama Season 7 Episode 10 Quotes

Professor: As a man enters his 18th decade, he thinks back on the mistakes he made in life.
Amy: Like the heaps of the dead monkeys?
Professor: Science can not move forward without heaps!

Of course, it would all require split second robot timing. That's where I come in. You see, I own a watch.

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