Futurama season 7 episode 7 review: The Six Million Dollar Mon

Review Cameron K McEwan 30 Jul 2012 - 20:02

It's Hermes and Zoidberg's turn in the spotlight in the latest episode of Futurama. Here's Cameron's review...

This review contains spoilers.

7.7 The Six Million Dollar Mon

After a Leela and Amy ep comes another pair-themed instalment of the animated sci-fi sitcom, and this time it's the turn of the boys - Hermes and Zoidberg.

Now, Hermes is probably the male equivalent of Leela; a solid enough character but one whose laugh-delivering skills are certainly not as rich as plentiful as the rest of the Planet Express gang (with the exception of 2000's How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back).

There's no real change here as the limbo king plays the straight-man to Zoidberg's crustaceously outrageous mirth-machine in this wonderfully bizarre tale from award-winning Futurama old-hand, Ken Keeler (behind brilliant stories such as Time Keeps on Slippin, Godfellas and, my personal favourite, The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings).

Hermes, after a nasty run-in with pyscho-robot Roberto (making a short-lived return), decides an upgrade is necessary and begins to enhance his body with robotic appendages and gizmos. Doctor Who fans take note: the words "Delete" and "Excellent" are not used here.

There's an amusing predictability to the proceedings (with the odd off-colour dirty gag thrown in there for good measure) as the bureaucrat continues his mechanical journey. Thankfully, his "buddy" Zoidberg (who is oblivious to Hermes' hatred of the lobster) is on hand, keeping the Jamaican's human remains for his own puppet - which he uses for a ventriloquist stand-up act.

As Hermes becomes more machine than man (sorry, couldn't resist), the episode feels more like an extended segment from Futurama's equivalent of the Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror series, Anthology of Interest.

Indeed, this tale would have made a tip-top Halloween episode - illustrated no more perfectly than an hilarious pastiche of The Monster Mash from Zoidberg. Seeing the lobster Doctor dancing around, singing harmonies with his meat puppet Hermes is a classic moment from the show, and one to drink in and enjoy over and over.

The Six Million Dollar Mon is a real gem and it is a pity they didn't save this for Halloween, but anytime is a good time for some goulish and giggle-filled Futurama fun.

Read Cameron's review of last week's episode, The Butterjunk Effect, here.

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