Bypassing the obligatory introduction yet again, my feelings on “The Falcon and the D’ohman” were generally predictable, as I had thought I would not enjoy this episode whatsoever and lo and behold, I was right. Let’s roll the tape.
The Comic Book Guy cold open was an “okay” use of his character; the Poochie doll and the Bart lamp with Blinky inside were, as aforementioned, “okay”; on the subject of lackluster jokes, the opening ‘number’ featuring Homer was unneeded but I did chuckle at the “60s Day” qu0te-unquote joke. As predicted, Kiefer Sutherland’s performance was not needed and the trying-to-make-him-appear-edgy character development didn’t work whatsoever. The “Moe’s Tavern” scene featuring Wayne and Homer is filled with unfunny lines and, as usual, bland storyline. The entire “training” scene, as described by Wayne, lasted entirely too long and, reminiscent of “Stop or My Dog Will Shoot!” referenced several pop-culture movies that may or may not be dated in the years to come.
The “Next Media Animation” reference wasn’t terrible, but then again it wasn’t funny either; it reminded me too much of Family Guy. The Lauren Bacall reference was a nice touch to a generally unfunny and soon-to-be-dated season premiere. The quote-unquote clever hiding of the results of the Nedna poll were nicely hidden but overall the I suspect the relationship will fail and its ending will be reminiscent of the end of “Homer Loves Flanders”, except unfunny and post-reanimation.
As for the B-plot, featuring Marge’s ‘dream’ to become a Top Chef, was, as suspected, a failure. Despite a promotional image featuring the bit and its seeming to have a high involvement in the episode, it ended after only a minute or two. Back to the A-plot, the Ukranian YouTube reference wasn’t funny, then again what was in this episode?, and unneeded; those two adjectives describe the entire episode, really. So, Nedna stay together, the B-plot failed (horribly), and the ending joke lasted too long. We’re off to a great start in season 23; I rate this episode a C+|2.5/5.
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