A Clockwork Origin

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  • 8.5


    By gpph, Feb 05, 2014

    A very clever and thoughtful episode, though not as funny as some others.

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  • 9.0

    Great episode. Something for everyone... science nerds, religious nuts, dinosaur lovers and zoidberg fans.

    By goooofball, Jun 27, 2011

    this episode worked great but would have loved to have seen more of the robot world and less of the zoidberg/cubert story which was actually not much to begin with.

    The A story was great dealing with evolution. The gag where Farnsworth showed proof to the doubting Dr. Banjo was great. No proof was good enough.

    But the show took off when they went to the asteroid and everything evolves uberfast from the professor's goo eating machines to clean the lake. The part that worked least was the B story where zoidberg is taking care of cubert. this was another pairing from the new season that was new but this one didn't work very well. zoidberg is great as usual but the idea of him taking care of cubert in those short few minutes just didn't go anywhere. and there's definitely something missing with that storyline. in one scene they fight and cubert feels bad. then they bond. then next thing you know it's the end and zoidberg is trashing him. seems like some stuff was edited out.

    many many great lines... my top 5 (in no particular order)

    1) To the science mobile... it's just that you never called it that before but ok 2) Things don't exist simply because you believe in them... this sayeth the almighty creature in the sky 3) What have we got to eat that's not poisoned with pineapple 4) Uh oh... It's another one of fry's dogs 5) The water's as sterile as my milkman trusting fathermoreless

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  • 8.5

    A good episode with an interesting futuristic take on evolution/creationism

    By AdrenalinDragon, Jan 26, 2011

    "A Clockwork Origin"

    Grade: B

    So here is Futurama's futuristic take on the missing link and the theory of evolution/creationism. Is it any good, yes it is! The episode was entertaining, but a little shaky in parts during the first act. The evolution proving part with the Professor and Dr Banjo was perhaps dragged out a little too long, but other than that, most of the first act was good, and there were some funny jokes and references in there. The episode gets better once they get onto the planet with the robotic dinosaurs, as the jokes pop up and work more often, and its more memorable due to the animation and well placed quotes during the dinosaur/robot encounters.

    As for the rest, I thought the subplot with Zoidberg and Cubert was quite good, though it doesn't really have a full conclusion, ending with a quick quote to end the subplot, but both Zoidberg and Cubert come out with some funny moments. Other things I liked were the courtroom scene with Bender in those suspenders, but like I said, most of the jokes were in the 2nd act, but it's still good enough to give the episode an 8.5 out of 10, and I personally thought it was an interesting take on evolution/creationism.moreless

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  • 10

    Great episode. A lot of laugh out loud moments.

    By justrezza, Jan 26, 2011

    It was also refreshing to see an episode that challenged the rather banal, and close-minded, view of evolution espoused by many people. The show did a nice job of portraying the irrationality of both sides, particularly those intolerant proponents of evolution who believe that their opponents are all gibbering, ignorant red necks. This episode was a real highlight for this season. The story was tight and wasn't as desultory as the other new episodes. I thought it was a return to form, especially the twist at the end. I also thought the subplot about Zoidberg and Cubert was pretty uninspired.moreless

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