I had a little free time while I folded laundry on Sunday afternoon, so I watched the 3rd in the Futurama direct-to-video movie series, Futurama: Bender’s Game, through Netflix streaming. is the third of the four direct-to-DVD Futurama films that make up the show’s fifth season. So far, I’ve seen the 1st, 2nd, and now the 3rd. One more to go after this, and I’ll be all caught up.

I am a big fan of the television series, but I have sadly not enjoyed the direct-to-DVD movies. The jokes have been lame, and the stories haven’t been exciting. I would go out on a limb and say that the films have been boring. Was it a lack of focus by the writers? I couldn’t tell you. Still, I respect the series enough to continue to slug through each film. Sadly, my reviews have found the films to be less than praise worthy.

In this film, the plot is standalone from the previous films. There is a plot about dark matter being overpriced fuel, and controlled by the evil Mom. For some reason, the writers used a series of fantasy themes, such as Dungeons & Dragons, and The Lord of the Rings, and quickly beat the jokes to a pulp. It was funny for a little while, but after a while, meh.

Yet another bad review of a Futurama movie. Sigh, this is getting annoying. I’d give up, but the new 6th season of Futurama has been almost as good as the early seasons in terms of quality. One more film to go — Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder.

Futurama: Bender's Game (2008)

Futurama: Bender's Game (2008)