Maybe it was just because I've been so tired from work this week, but watching last night's "Futurama" episode, I just didn't feel into it. I tried re-watching it today, but on the whole, "A Clockwork Origin" just fell flat for me.
When I try to think of why I didn't like this episode, I think back something Hermes said in "The Duh-Vinci Code":
Farnsworth: We must fly to Rome and exhume the body of Saint James!While I sometimes like the grand scale of "Futurama", when EVERY episode takes place in a wider universe, it just gets tedious. Also, maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a "Creation vs Evolution vs Intelligent Design" story, especially when the outcome was painfully obvious to me (and probably to most viewers) while somehow Professor Farnsworth remained oblivious.
Hermes: Didn't we used to be a delivery company?!
That wasn't to say last night's episode wasn't without its moments. I mean, hell, it had robot dinosaurs, which really appealed to the seven-year-old in me -- and I'm not being snarky when I say that. While animated shows like "Futurama" are definitely made for adults, there's no reason they can't include something for the kid in us, and I don't know any American boy who hasn't dreamed of robot dinosaurs at some point. In fact, I kind of wish they'd done a whole episode about robot dinosaurs. The Bronto/T-Rex/Tricycletops fight wasn't nearly long enough.
Some other quick thoughts: while the main plot didn't do anything for me, the Zoidberg/Cubert subplot (Farnsworth leaves Cubert behind and puts him in Zoidberg's care) was just right ... I can only hope Dr. Banjo becomes a recurring character, since he provided some of the best laughs last night ... I know it's juvenile of me, but I laughed every time they referenced "Homo Farnsworth" ... Bender's "evolutionary" spring robot was so stupid it was hilarious.
Lastly, the "Jurassic Bark" shoutout -- when Hermes found "another" of Fry's fossilized dogs -- was phenomenal. Hell, ya know what? Even an episode that for the most part I didn't like still has some pretty good parts. Which is more than I can say for "Family Guy".
OK, on to this week's top five lines:
Prof. Farnsworth: As a professor of science, I assure you that we did in fact evolve from filthy monkey men.
Dr. Banjo: I cannot speak for you, sir, but my ancestors were not monkeys. They were orangutans. Hard-working, patriotic orangutans.
Dr. Banjo: Pshaw! Things don't exist simply because you believe in them. THUS SAYETH THE ALMIGHTY CREATURE IN THE SKY!
Zoidberg: Cubert, I felt we needed some father/son bonding time, so I found a couple of baseball gloves and boiled them up for lunch.
Cubert: Why don't you just go to hell?
Zoidberg: Wait, we still have to discuss the facts of life! What are they?!
Prosecuting Attorney: [re: Bender] Objection! In the absence of pants, defense's suspenders serve no purpose.
Judge: I'm going to allow them. For now.
Prof. Farnsworth: I'm not crazy. I created you all. And I came here in a homemade spaceship and lived in a cave. If you don't believe me, ask my uncle.
[Points at Fry, who smiles crazily and gives a thumbs up]