But anyway, this is probably my second-favourite episode of the first season. The jokes come in hard and fast
Like Brannigan's love.
Anyhow, SILENCE! I CONCUR!
Well, it's not my second favourite. But it's up there. It's a great episode from what might just be the strongest overall season, and it set up several things which have proved to be important later on. Robot Hell, Preacherbot, the Robot Devil, and the musical number, are not just highlights of the episode, they're highlights of Futurama as a gross entity. At least two of those are not just highlights, but staples and fan favourites.
This episode might as well be a tutorial on how to write a good Futurama, a good Bender, or even a good Beelzebot episode, really. It starts strongly, it's consistently funny, it has a strong ending which doesn't take a spiked dildo slathered in peppermint oil to the anus of continuity (something that episodes would increasingly fall victim to in later seasons), and it's got a major guest star who doesn't feel shoehorned in, and doesn't feel like he's voicing a character who could have been voiced by anybody
. Which is a complaint I had about Yivo and The Ugly Giant in particular (although there are others too). I mean, David Cross and Patton Oswalt each did a fine job. But their roles could have been filled by almost anybody at all without it being a loss to the scenes in which they appeared.
This is an episode that truly deserves a hallowed place on the episode playlist of any fan. It's not the absolute best ever
, but it's a great example of what the show was when it was at its peak.
It would have made a great Season One finale, come to think of it.