Hermes gets upgraded in FUTURAMA - Season 7 - "The Six Million Dollar Mon" | ©2012 Futurama TM and ©2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved

Hermes gets upgraded in FUTURAMA - Season 7 - "The Six Million Dollar Mon" | ©2012 Futurama TM and ©2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved

Stars (voices): Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, Dave Herman
Writer
: Ken Keeler
Director
: Peter Avanzino
Network: Comedy Central, Wednesday nights

Airdate: July 25, 2012

Hermes gets an episode all to his own with “The Six Million Dollar Mon”, an incredibly deranged and incredibly weird episode of FUTURAMA that results in some pretty oddball subplots.

Being Planet Express’s efficiency expert, Hermes does a staff evaluation saying he’s going to fire the most useless person on staff. What he discovers is that he should be the one that’s fired.

After his firing, and an altercation in the park with thug robot, Hermes decides to upgrade his body so he can be a better person, worker and man. It gets out of hand though when he suddenly becomes more robot than human.

Meanwhile, Zoidberg is missing the old Hermes – the one that despised him with passion and said horrible things to him on a daily basis. So Zoidberg decides to take Hermes’ leftover human parts and make a flesh puppet out of him – resulting in his own twisted stand-up act.

Yes, this is just as disturbing as it sounds.

There are a couple of other great twists along the way, and another very weird sequence involving Zoidberg singing a variation on the song “Monster Mash” – and singing harmony with themselves to boot (which disturbs Amy).

The jokes fly fast and furious, and there’s some funny quasi-bad one-liners associated with a Paul Lynde-type character.

The other great thing about many FUTURAMA episodes, is that unlike a series like FAMILY GUY, every joke, every seemingly non-sequitur event is usually paid off by episode’s end. Case in point, a really funny gag about the soup Hermes eats (which is so hot, it burns through the floor and all the way to Robot Hell).

It’s nice to get a Hermes-centric episode and it doesn’t disappoint. When FUTURAMA gets surreal and pushes itself to the limits, it really comes up with some clever storytelling and “The Six Million Dollar Mon” is one of them.

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Comments:

  1. I did enjoy this episode more than last week’s, even though it wasn’t centered on Fry and Bender. But I can’t get enough Zoidberg, especially when it’s dealing with his long-standing feud with Hermes. I wonder do Zoidberg’s people consider hatred as a form of affection? I missed the musical sequence but saw it this morning on my way into work with the Dish Remote Access App for my iPad.. My coworkers at Dish love Futurama but I think I’m the only one who loves Zoidberg. He’s the lobster monster with a heart of gold!

    Max Power

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