Ep.49: A Pharaoh to Remember (Notes)

  • Bender’s Existential Crisis: it is interesting that Bender is concerned about what happens after he dies since, as a robot, he alleges, at this point in the series, anyway, thinks that he cannot die. So, here, Bender is not concerned about his death insomuch as he is concerned about his reputation; to him, people not knowing him even while alive is just as good as being dead. As with human existentialism, then, Bender is attempting to find meaning to his life in an otherwise empty existence of late-capitalism. It is noteworthy that Bender finds meaning through the enslavement of others. Negative enlightenment.
  • A runaway semi driven by the Incredible Hulk: Bender’s favorite cause of death.
  • A .04 nickel impurity: to Bender, this is what makes him, him.
  • Osiris 4: the people visited Ancient Egypt and learned from the ancient Egyptians. This is odd since usually, the reverse is true– the Earthlings learn from the aliens since they are the ones with the advanced technology. I wonder why such aliens would see ancient Egypt and be inspired to take on their customs. Perhaps it is for religious and aesthetic reasons; maybe the people of Osiris place much pride in art and spirituality? The inhabitants of the planet don’t seem very moved by their culture, after all, so it does feel like they are merely searching for meaning themselves and find it through other cultures.
  • Once more, we see the Australian man laboring; the series standard for poor fools who get conned into working. How was he enslaved this time? At another point in the series, we learn that he was tricked by Zoidberg into laboring but how did he end up here? Is he too a delivery man?
  • “People of Osiris 4. Please welcome someone who started as a slave but worked his way up to lord of all creation…” is probably the best parody of capitalistic enterprise I have seen yet.
  • Bender’s fear of being forgotten eventually leads to his statue, but not his legacy as a dictator, being destroyed. This at least means that he values those close to him more than abstract concepts.
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