In “Futurama,” Season, 6 Episode 4: “Proposition Infinity,” the series delves into heavy-handed social satire for the second week in a row. If the revival of the series becomes burning issue of the week, it is in trouble.
Spoilers surely follow.
Amy and Kif are having relationship problems: Amy because she is a trollop with a roving eye and a lust for bad boys (of any species), Kif because he is such a nebbish, green cucumber. Meanwhile, Bender is up to committing more felonies, this time tiled graffiti.
After the inevitable bailout from jail, one thing leads to another, and Amy and Bender wind up sweating between the sheets. This is understandable because Amy is a slut and Bender loves to do what is forbidden. And, apparently, in the 31st Century, sex between humans and robots is forbidden.
Yes, there you have it: The “Futurama” analogue with the 21st Century controversy of same sex marriage. One wonders why this is so. Women have been appreciating their vibrators since the harnessing of electricity. Robotic sex toys are cutting-edge in this century and, while a little bit gross, are not likely to be forbidden by law.
In any event, Amy and Bender are found out, as often happens with couples who can’t keep their hands off of one another. Amy is dragged off (literally) by her parents to force her to have sex with a humanoid. Bender is dispatched to the robot preacher to have the robosexuality reprogrammed out of him.
The star-crossed lovers are rescued by their friends, sans Professor Farnsworth, who is robophobic, and are now determined to marry. And, there will be no going off to some planet that allows robot/human unions either. A new ballot initiative, Proposition Infinity, is written and campaigned upon.
That all climaxes in a debate between Farnsworth and Bender, moderated by the head of George Takai (see the same sex marriage analogue rammed home once again). Things turn out happier than in real life once again, as Farnsworth determines that his robophobia stems from an unhappy love affair he had many decades ago with a-you guessed it-robot. Farnsworth renounces robophobia, and Proposition Infinity passes overwhelmingly.
But, the path to true love never did run smoothly. With robot/human unions no longer forbidden, such has lost its appeal with Bender. And marriage has this quaint little concept called monogamy, something Bender could never adhere to.
But all is not lost. Kif has undergone a makeover of his own. Gone is the “Star Trek”-style minitunic. On goes the shades, the leather jacket, and the motorcycle. If Amy wants a bad boy, then she will get one. And they ride away, their love renewed.
Until next time.
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