Sunday, March 22, 2009
Hermaphrodites and the Intersex in Cartoon: Bender's Game
"Bender has always been a friend to the human race, even if he won't admit it. However, he still takes great pride in believing that he's better than everyone on the planet. His pride is in danger when he fears he can't emulate the common human activity of having an imagination."
"Ignoring Professor Farnworth's orders to conserve fuel due to a rise in dark matter prices, Leela borrows the Planet Express ship to enter in a demolition derby. As punishment, she is fitted with a "shock collar" to correct her violent behavior; however, she gradually gets used to the shocks and even comes to like them. Meanwhile, Bender finds Cubert and Dwight playing Dungeons and Dragons with their friends and wants to join in, but cannot since, as a robot, he has no imagination. Trying with all his might, he manages to imagine himself as a medieval knight named "Titanius Anglesmith" and enters the game. Unfortunately, he soon gets lost in his fantasy and abruptly goes on an "insane rampage" through the city, resulting in his commitment to an insane asylum for robots."
"As the group sets out, the intersexual, pacifist centaur "Hermaphrodite" (Hermes) bars their passage, since his/her people are opposed to the violence that Frydo and company intend to do. However, he/she is easily pushed aside by Leela, who leads everyone else on toward the Cave of Hopelessness."
Phil Lamarr is the voice of Hermes
"These storylines come together, oddly enough, when the 12-sided die used in the D&D game is the key to breaking the fuel shortage. Further, Fry and Leela somehow get sucked into a parallel world where Bender's fantasy seems to have come true: Bender is now the knight Titanius Anglesmith, the Professor is a magic user, Leela has become the cyclops-centaur Leegola, Amy is the water nymph (and nympho) Gynacaladriel, Zoidberg is a giant monster, Hermes is the "androgymous"centaur Hermaphrodite, and Fry becomes Frydo, obsessed with the magic 12-sider. Oh, and Mom is now the villainous Momon."
at 6:55 AM