REVIEW: ‘Forky Asks A Question’ Season 1, Episode 6 – What is a Computer?

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What is a Computer?

Forky Asks A Question returns as this week Forky (Tony Hale) confers with Trixie (Kristen Schaal), the dinosaur introduced in Toy Story 3, about “What is a Computer?.” In Toy Story 3, Trixie had an online love affair with a toy across the street. Previously, the show explored “What is Love?” when Forky spoke to three senior toys about their experience with the complicated emotion. Now, Trixie’s love and passion for computers takes center stage.

However, despite Trixie’s passion and clear explanations, Forky struggles to understand exactly what the mysterious box does. Instead, he begins to use British sayings, having watched English dramas with Bonnie’s mother, and only confuses himself and Trixie further. After finally losing her resolve and agreeing that is it is merely a device to type on and yell at, Forky proceeds to dance on the computer letting out his inner Fred Astaire. But jumping on and pressing keys at random has consequences.

Trixie is not my favorite character in Toy Story but in Toy Story 3, Schaal’s performance was delightful. However, in “What is a Computer?” it feels like an absolute waste. Trixie doesn’t get to be funny and instead of humorous, Forky comes off as obnoxious. The dynamic between the two is not strong. The chemistry Forky had with Rex and even Mr. Pricklepants, is just not present. Additionally, Forky’s dialogue and attempts to channel British humor just fall flat. Until Trixie asked Forky directly if he had watched Bonnie’s mom’s British dramas I didn’t know that is what he was referencing or trying to emulate.

Considering how strong previous episodes featuring Toy Story characters were, it is disappointing to see this one fall so flat. “What is a Computer?” is not a funny episode and at times feels awkward because of the strange and nonexistent chemistry between the two characters. My recommendation is to rewatch “What is Time?” and skip this episode, though, with a less than four-minute runtime, including the introduction and credits, it’s not like you would be wasting a lot of your time by watching it.

Episode six of Forky Asks A Question, “What is a Computer?” is streaming now on Disney+ with new episodes dropping weekly.

Forky Asks A Question Season 1, Episode 6 - What is a Computer?
  • 5.5/10
    Forky Asks A Question Season 1, Episode 6 - What is a Computer? - 5.5/10
5.5/10

TL;DR

My recommendation is to rewatch “What is Time?” and skip this episode, though, with a less than four-minute runtime, including the introduction and credits, it’s not like you would be wasting a lot of your time by watching it.