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PEE Poll: What's your rating for this episode?
1 - Poopy!   -2 (2%)
2   -2 (2%)
3 - I've had worse, but I can't remember when.   -2 (2%)
4   -1 (1%)
5 - Decent!   -4 (4%)
6   -8 (8.1%)
7 - Pretty darn good!   -20 (20.2%)
8   -25 (25.3%)
9 - Great!   -28 (28.3%)
10 - One of the best episodes EVAR.   -7 (7.1%)
Total Voters: 99

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« Reply #200 on: 07-21-2013 21:57 »
« Last Edit on: 07-21-2013 21:59 by totalnerduk »

Bender was made in an assembly line and was fed alcohol. Why was his kid drinking milk?
If anything, baby robots should be fed a diet of metal, silicon, and plastic. The building blocks of life!

Milk contains a sugar that can be polymerised to form a bioplastic similar to cellulose (which is what sellotape, wood, paper, and some plastic drink bottles are made of), and other chemical units that can be processed and polymerised to form a biodegradable thermoplastic suitable for use as a film or membrane. Both of these would be very useful polymers for a young, growing robot.

Pretty much anything with organic chains in it is a useful feedstock for robots in the Futuramaverse. Alcohol provides energy, but they also ingest oil and other substances. The beer with metal shavings in it from TROAE, for example. The stuff that Bender orders when dining at Elzar's. There's no reason that I can see why a robot wouldn't see milk as a potentially useful dietary intake of raw materials.

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« Reply #201 on: 07-18-2014 06:41 »

I just rewatched this episode for the first time in quite a while - probably over a year and a half.

I had remembered this episode for the lower points of the revived series: strange logic (robots making babies, Leela being unable to pilot through a storm even though she could just fly over it), fast-paced plots, retconning (Bender already had a kid in Beast With A Billion Backs, but now he doesn't even know he could have a kid), and bad puns (the robo-floozies ordering a 'screwdriver' to 'loosen up,' Bev coming to take and leave with Ben after Bender saying he could 'take him or leave him,' 'for a guy who's not too bright, you're too damn bright,' the 'damn' 'dam,' and the 'great' 'grate').

Upon viewing the episode again, I see that my memories were a bit too harsh. I forgot how funny this episode can be when it isn't too busy forcing bad puns. I think my favorite jokes here were actions and visual gags, rather than spoken jokes. Bender sawing the rope holding an anvil above him as soon as he gets to sit down at night while watching Ben and Bev turning off the lights to Ben's room by ramming into the switch (and causing a bit of damage, too) were brilliantly executed and just plain funny.

I also have to commend this episode for its visuals in general. The animation is smooth and their are plenty of little artistic twists. I appreciate that they kept incorporating new designs, such as the brain-like pets a couple was walking in the opening scene. The Batman-style Planet Express logo reflecting in Zoidberg's eyes was genuinely pretty. The 0s and 1s sequence in the video "Sex Ed. Volume 1: Director's Cut, or Pants Full of Shame" was creative. The design of Bender's bloodshoot eyes was a stroke of genius. Bender reaching toward the hovercopter was animated in a very ambitious and inspired way.

I forgot the proper order of Arabic numbers, so I think I'll just arbitrarily assign this episode an 8/10.

Good stuff.
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