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Neutopia (Futurama)

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Neutopia
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Gender stereotyping can work at times, but this episode was an example of how not to make a good one.
Part of Season: 6
Episode Number: 20
Air Date: June 23, 2011
Writer: J. Stewart Burns
Director: Edmund Fong
Previous episode: Ghost in the Machines
Next episode: Yo Leela Leela


Neutopia is the 20th episode of the sixth season of Futurama.

Plot

Gender roles and sexuality get turned on their heads when an alien traps the men and women of Planet Express on an abandoned planet and conducts experiments on how men and women interact.

Why It Sucks

  1. The very misogynistic overtones.
  2. Much like the Teen Titans Go! episode "Boys vs. Girls", it manages to insult both genders by using very offensive (and overused) stereotypes, to the point where it ended up being repetitive and annoying.
  3. This also comes with the message of your personality being defined by your gender.
  4. Commits the common sitcom writing cliche of suddenly making all the male characters act like sexist jerks just to make the women look better.
    • Speaking if characters reduced to personalities based on gender, Zoidberg is out of character in this episode as previous episodes had him show confusion towards the male and female genders of humans and the stereotypes that come with them as he once prescribed women’s makeup to Bender in one episode. He is also seen smoking a cigar with the rest of the men in planet express even though he is a doctor who should know the negative effects of smoking and he is never shown to have an interest in tobacco in previous episodes.
  5. The episode feels like a rehash of "Amazon Women in The Mood"... and a very bad one at that. The aforementioned episode had similar gender stereotyping, but got it right and had a better execution, so this in turn becomes inexcusable.
  6. Not only are all the men turned into women, but Bender becomes a fembot again, which shows that the writers did not listen to the criticism from the "Bend Her" episode.
  7. By inverting everyone's genders, the episode becomes insulting to viewers of the LGBTQ+ community, as the inversion mainly insults those of the transgender community.
  8. There are a handful of really disgusting scenes, such as the photo shooting montage near the end with some half-naked shots of female Zoidberg and female Professor Farnsworth.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The idea of an alien that can change people's genders is creative.
  2. The genderbent males are nice to look at when they're not overly sexualized.
    • Bender's "Coilette" form from "Bend Her" makes a return.
  3. A handful of the jokes are pretty funny.
  4. The scene with the genderless Fry, Leela and Amy sleeping together in the hammock is one of the most adorable scenes in the entire show.
    • Plus, it also contains a great line from Fry: "I have no opinion".

Reception

This episode mainly received mixed-to-negative reviews from fans and critics of the show due to it being reminiscent of "Amazon Women in the Mood", but not in a good way.

Trivia

  • It spawned the "No Need to Thank Me" meme.

Gallery

Videos

It was put on #1 at Jem Review's list.
It was put on #2 at PhantomStrider's list.

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