Bob's Burgers Season 13 E01 Review: Ham Legs & Theater Trickery

FOX's Bob's Burgers season 13 premiere brought a mix of Shakespeare tales and sibling rivalry, all thanks to Mr. Fischoeder & his brother Felix. Warning, some spoilers may be waiting ahead for you, so make sure to watch the episode first and then come back if you don't want anything revealed to you. Otherwise, see you on the other side of this image break…

Bob's Burgers Season 13 E01 Review: Ham Legs & Theater Trickery
Source: 20th Television

In "To Bob, or Not to Bob," the Belcher family gets a taste of conflicting emotions. For Bob, the emotions surrounding possibly expanding the restaurant make for much more than just an easy "YES," and Louise's desire for more restaurant responsibility becomes a race to grow up fast. In this episode of Bob's Burgers, there are lessons in staying in the present moment without looking to the future in a limiting way, as well as holding onto the past for such a long time that it takes over what you care about. One part of this episode that helped make it a decent return for the series was part Linda's supportive nature and the realization the Belcher kids are able to come to on their own when issues arise.

Bob's Burgers made a good decision going with a Fischoeder-related plot for the first episode. It connected well to memories from the film and used an often superb character set in Mr. Fishoeder & his brother, Felix. While the writing was often spot on with the jokes, it felt like things could have been pushed further into fun and absurd moments we've gotten from the series in past seasons. Moments such as Linda talking about dreams featuring a "penis basketball" and Mrs. Fischoeder accidentally watching a production of Hamlet when he hoped it was actually a burlesque show titled "Ham Legs" was the comedic bright spots I would have hoped for more of in the episode. While a truly entertaining episode, mainly because of jokes & some minor character development, this Bob's Burgers opener could have been truly great but felt like nothing I'd re-watch often like other episodes.

Episode Store Title, Van Title & Burgers:

"Tan in Real Life"

"The Merchant of Vermin"

"I Like Walnuts and I Cannot Lie Burger (comes with walnut pesto)"

"Mid-Cucumber Night's Brie-m Burger"

"Dirty Rotten Tendrils Burger (comes with pea tendrils, not rotten)"

"Cauliflower Me Maybe"

"All The World's a Sage"

Bob's Burgers Season 13 Episode 1 "To Bob, or Not to Bob"

Review by Brittney Bender

7/10
FOX's Bob's Burgers S13E01 "To Bob, or Not To Bob" was a truly entertaining episode, mainly because of jokes & some minor character development, but this opener could have been truly great but felt like nothing I'd re-watch often like other episodes. 
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About Brittney Bender

In love with media, from TV to film, you'll find me writing recaps, TV/Film reviews, TV news, opinion pieces and more! Bisexual, queer, and proud! A bit of a creative mess with a love for dark humor, promoting important projects, and sharing interesting finds.
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