The fourth ‘Futurama’ episode this season, ‘Proposition Infinity,’ is an altogether tight episode that suffers a bit from the “torn from the headline” syndrome. It isn’t as bad as the last episode, ‘Attack of the Killer App,’ which was full of references that just fell flat. “Wait, did he review that one?,” you say. “Well no, it was 4th of July weekend as well as my birthday, and even bloggers get a day off once in a while!,” says I.
There’s a lot going on in ‘Proposition Infinity,’ but the main story centers around the proposed legalization of marriage between humans and robots. This all stems from Kif dumping Amy for swooning over “bad guys.” After she gets binned by Kif, the Martian klutz turns to the baddest boy around – none other than the beer swilling, cigar smoking, ring stealing Bender. They keep the relationship secret for a while, but it’s not long before they’re found out.
Most of the Planet Express crew are cool with it, but Professor Farnsworth is dead set against it. From there, the episode starts get a little bit obvious in terms of its message. A robot preacher comes down on Bender for his sins, and Amy’s parents try to make her choose a human. Bender and Amy launch Proposition Infinity, which would legalize marriage between robots and humans. Observant viewers – and non-observant ones too – will notice that the symbol for infinity looks just like a sideways eight.
There’s a pride parade for robot and human couples that features robots in very broad gay stereotypes, as well as Hedonism Bot, who’s generally up for anything. Old people are against the prop, while young people are generally okay with it. It all comes down to a vote based on a debate between Bender and Farnsworth, who reveals that he once was in love with a robot.
The message heavy parts of the episode get tiresome quickly, but there are some absolutely brilliant moments. Leela’s question about the cattle prod is a fantastic laugh, as is Bender’s go-to line of “Oy, this guy” when the preacher comes on screen.
The one other thing that could get problematic fast is the throwback to characters from older episodes. It’s fun to see Roberto again, and the robot preacher and the Wong family, and the bevy of characters that appear in this episode. But after too many, it just starts to get overwhelming.