I think Bend Her and Love and Rocket are great gems and are two episodes you rarely hear mentioned. Bend Her I can see being not for everyone, but Love and Rocket is Futurama at its finest: a wonderfully cute but insane sci-fi plot, with shout outs to one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, with a wonderful guest performance of one of the greatest heroines in science fiction film: the voice of Ellen Ripley herself. It's Futurama in its purest form and it's a treasure.
I also think... ...I Dated a Robot get[s] a lot and I do mean a lot, of undeserved hate. Lucy Liu is easily one of the best guest stars on the show, and the death of Liubot is also one of the most genuinely touching moments on the show: it turns out its not just a man, but an audience who can grow to love a holographic image of a human actress projected onto a robot, and even to this day I feel very, very sad when she gets deleted. And this is coming from someone who was dry eyed during any thing to do with Seymour.
Y'know, I agree with this completely, and yet I think it's not a great episode due mainly to the really anvilicious anti-piracy message. Yes, I would
download a car. I would download an intergalactic bloody spaceship
if I could. Were it possible, I would download the power to re-shape the universe according to my will (and I'd show absolutely no restraint in using
I would definitely
have downloaded a celebrity or seven for sex as a horny, single, teenager. The sharing of information is nothing new, and the whining about it from an industry crammed with people (even at the middle levels) who earn enough money each year to carpet the Sudan (whilst I usually have to decide what I'm going to do without for a while after visiting the cinema) is tedious and annoying enough to make me want to download many things (cars, an ocelot, various people's talent for acting or singing, priceless art, food, knowledge, every copyrighted work ever, etc) purely out of spite.
The now-so-dated Nappster reference is somewhat off-putting, as well.
As for TDK, I do not
agree with it being an overlooked gem. As a cat person, I found it to be full of the sorts of clichés you'd expect from a writing room full of dog people, and didn't really care for even the jokes that weren't
about cats. It was a waste of a perfectly good premise, and that for me epitomises what's wrong with so many CC run episodes.