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Futurama: Season 5

5x04 A Taste of Freedom

  • 2002-12-22T19:00:00-08:00 on Comedy Central (US)
  • 20 mins
  • United States
  • English
When Zoidberg publicly devours an Earth flag, he is sentenced to death for his anarchic behavior. Before the sentence can be carried out, the Decapodians come to Zoidberg's aid by invading Earth, teaching the populace the true meaning of freedom.

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Well, I have to disagree with my earlier comment about a year ago. On rewatch, I love the political commentary in the episode as much as I love the brilliant humor of it, but more than anything, I appreciate how it's a character-focused story of Zoidberg. It tells a tidy-little tale about Zoidberg's shifting impulses, from his love of Earth, to his sense of betrayal at his being punished for exercising his freedom, to the rekindling of his love when he sees the people from his old planet stomping freedom out and the Earthikans fighting for it. There's a sweet, almost immigrant pride story there, that adds some heft to the enjoyable silliness of Nixon's usual amusing fascism, the jabs at the Supreme Court, and the entertaining if fairly thin commentary on the flag-burning controversy in the United States.

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It's mostly a gagfest, but I Zoidberg is well motivated and there's some entertaining political commentary as well.

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