I fucking loved this episode. It wasn't quite Futurama at its best, but it was still highly enjoyable. It felt more like the show used to and it relied on an actual storyline with some emotion involved, as opposed to 900 jokes. But there were still jokes. When we got to the sign pronouncing the Bot Mitzvah of Ben "Vending" Rodriguez, I about died. Plus, the hugging noises? Oh my gosh. The terrible, terrible jokes of "There's a dam"/"Dam", "There's a grate"/"Great" were terrible! And I like terrible puns.
I loved this episode too. I'm pretty much always going to love episodes that focus on Fry being adorable, not to mention Fry/Leela, and the animation in this episode was freaking amazing. Amazing.
"It was worth waiting five hours to hear you finish that sentence!" = ALL THE LAUGHTER. ♥ Meta-humour will always be my favourite of the humours.
"But for now, enjoy the sounds of the world's smallest violin." = AGAIN. ALLLLLL THE LAUGHTER.
Also, the ending was surprisingly sweet, considering it involved severed arms.
Could it be? Has Futurama found its voice again? Another shiny gold star. They just really seem to have found the balance between sentimentality (Fry/Leela, Bender as a dad), 'issues' (election stuff), satire (the birther debate), sci-fi (the twist to this week's plot), and lowest common denominator humour (like stupid animal gags) again. Either that, or I am now waaaaay more forgiving. I do think that in the original run they were far more generalised in their issue tackling, for the most part, whereas these days it's very obvious what they're drawing on.
"Someday I might be rich and then people like me better watch their step." = I know people with this mentality.
I was kind of pissed off at the ending, to be honest, but I know why it had to be that way. It still managed to be delightfully satirical.
I don't think Futurama could ever be as brilliant as it once was --- I'm a firm believer in 'you can't go home again'. But I do think it's still worthwhile viewing.