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17
Feb
12

Triplrama Feature; Critic’s Corner: #PABF03, #PABF05, #PABF06

As we writers here at Everything Simpsons took an impromptu delay (hell, we knew the delay was coming eventually when we came back, it’s just a matter of time before another “impromptu” delay comes again), I missed four new episodes of The Simpsons, thus rendering me unable to register my disgust with the internet in a matter of seconds of its end. Roll the tapes!

Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson (aired January 8th, 2012)

Before I start this episode, I want to say that I heard nothing from the plot beforehand, so I don’t know what exactly to expect. Let’s see.

Being five minutes in and still having nothing to note, I finally did – Bart refers to YouTube by its proper name, but when the logo is shown, it’s “MyTube?” What was the point? The reference to Bart’s video of Homer being “Jimmy Fallon’d’ was slightly accurate – he takes videos and makes them unfunny. If they had mentioned “unfunny” along with it, it would have been 100% accurate.

Homer’s show beginning with him feeding seed to wooden chickens made me chuckle, but only for a second. Homer’s way of pointing out that he says things people are afraid to say, but not racist things, was a nice reference to the racism on shows like his (FOX News’s shows come as a reminder), I also chuckled at him zooming into “Dateline: Nebraska,” making me also laugh at his expression when he said “soccer.”

This episode seemed short in terms of funniness and entertainment, but overall, it wasn’t overly terrible. I’d give it a B-, 3/5.

Because of the damned football, I will not be able to review “The D’ohcial Network,” so let’s go on to the new episode.

Moe Goes from Rags to Riches (aired January 29th, 2012)

Unlike the previous episode, I (just now, but I read) read about the plot and I’ve come to the verdict that it will be boring. Let us see.

While I like some aspects of the rag’s (yes, a bar rag – there’s nothing wacky at all about that) story, but it is generally boring. Despite being 20 minutes in currently, I see nothing to note, other than that it isn’t overly terrible, but not entertaining either. The story by the rag (out of context, that would seem odd) isn’t stupid, but him being Moe’s best friend nearly reaches that status, and the fight between Bart and Milhouse isn’t noteworthy of entertaining either. Homer (at least a version of him ) chopping off a corn (or was it a bunion?) into the soup during the Depression-era part of the rag’s story was disgusting, to say the least. Homer’s underwear, on the other hand, “saving his strength” for Homer’s bike ride made me chuckle, if only for a little bit.

Overall, this episode wasn’t that funny, but it wasn’t horrible. I’ll give it another 3/5, B-.

The Daughter Also Rises (aired February 12th, 2012)

Before I start this episode, I’d like to say that my verdict, upon reading the synopsis, is that it won’t be that entertaining, funy, etc. Lt us see.

The couch gag was nice, I liked Apu appearing on Stampy’s back. It was a surprisingly nice couch gag – not too long, overdone, or unfunny. But let us remember it is #499!

“MythCrackers?” How hard, especially when you have the hosts guest-starring, is it to actually reference the real title of the show? (My guess? Incredibly.) Even though I’m at 20 minutes in, I, once again, find nothing extraordinary to note. The episode isn’t particularly funny, nor that entertaining. However, Hemingway’s swordfish appearing to Lisa (“he peed in the fireplace!”) was chuckle-worthy, but that was it for the episode as a whole, really.

Overall, this episode, like the others, wasn’t that funny, but not exceedingly terrible. I’ll give it a 2.5/5, C+.

Thanks for reading,

Judy

 

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17
Feb
12

“Yes, that is right, mother, I already got married. Why I did not bother to tell you? Well, uh . . . the reason is . . . um,” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

[Homer sticks his finger up, as if going to give Apu an explanation, written on a piece of paper]

17
Feb
12

It’s 2012!, however, impromtu delay causes whipping of Everything Simpsons writers

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years celebration! We writers at Everything Simpsons were busy with family, jobs, and other unimportant things like that to update for Christmas or the start of 2012, but we hope you all had a very wonderful holiday with whatever you celebrated.

With The Simpsons’ 500th episode approaching, we realized that we hadn’t updated in awhile (two months, to be exact) so we decided that before this (slightly more above meaninglessness, but only slightly) milestone, I would update with my reviews of the previous -00th episodes (starting with “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadassssss Song”) before the 500th episode premieres on February 19th. Let the countdown begin!

Thanks for bearing with us and still reading,

Judy

13
Dec
11

Triplrama Feature; Critic’s Corner: #PABF01, #PABF02, & #NABF18

Hello, once again! I lost (again, I should be better organized) my full review for the sixth episode of The Simpson’s 23rd season, titled “The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants,” but to sum it up in a few words:

The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants (aired November 27th, 2011)

This episode came off as bland, per the usual, and a cheap reference to Mad Men (was it meant to be a reference to Mad Men at all, though? I presume so since John Slattery, who stars in the show, guest starred). “The Diversity Kitties of Meltingpot Mountain” was a joke I enjoyed, along with the subsequent joke of ‘apples-and-oranges-make-pears’. The “sub-plot”, featuring Bart’s blossoming interest in classical literature, was as uninteresting as the A-plot, and seemed to fizzle out even before ten minutes were over. Overall, I’d give this episode a low B-, 3/5.

As for the following episodes, titled “The Ten-Per-Cent Solution” and “Holidays of Future Passed,” respectively, I still (luckily!) have the full reviews for those individual episodes. Without further adieu,

The Ten-Per-Cent Solution (aired December 4th, 2011)
Before I start this episode, I want to say that it reminds me of a simple rehash of “Krusty Gets Kancelled,” but less funny (unfunnier? is that a word?). Nevertheless, roll the tape.

Why is there an abundance of shortened intros lately? In the classic era, there was an occasional shortened intro, but not every episode after another. The reference to “The King’s Speech” was unneeded, not pertaining any revelance to the episode; the accompanying ‘joke’ of Maggie doing the Bellamy (Nazi) salute was in poor taste. Despite not containing any relevance, the “The King’s Speech” reference was partially made up for when they made fun of their own complaints, with Krusty saying that ‘his show looks ‘dated’ and ‘hacky,’ because the references to movies (TKS, “The Social Network,” among others) take so long to animate. A ‘clever’ joke at their expense, I guess. The Hulu reference was another self-aware gag, albeit out of nowhere. The reference to “King of the Hill” was funny; however, the “The Honeymooners” cop-off “The Adventures of Fatso Flannigan” was unfunny, but again there was another self-aware joke, with Marge dismissing “TAOFF” as a “The Honeymooners” rip-off. The callback to Krusty’s superfluous third nipple and bovine birthmark was interesting, although I didn’t notice his pacemaker scar.

There wasn’t anything worthy of note for the rest of the episode; it went here and there, nothing very funny. I’d give this episode a C+, 2.5/5.

Holidays of Future Passed (aired December 11th, 2011)

It’s Xmas (Christmas is an archaic pronunciation) time again! We are given yet another future, post-“Lisa’s Wedding,” episode. The plot seems generally uninteresting at the most; but who knows? Roll the tape.

I enjoyed the couch gag, featuring the family as gingerbread, accompanied by a hand putting a note with “For Santa” written on it, and Homer taking a bite of himself. Marge’s Christmas sweater, which she unveils after Thanksgiving dinner, was a subtle, meaningless thing I enjoyed more so because I see myself wearing such a thing.

Lisa’s flocked spiked-hair, as seen in the photo montage, was a nice (was it even meant to be so?) callback to her ‘do in “Lisa’s Wedding.” Lisa’s marrying of Milhouse and later having children with him is a (semi-) cop-out, because I don’t really see Lisa consider marrying Milhouse, but it’s not that much of a bother. Still in the montage, I notice Jenda? Isn’t she Bart’s (didn’t she become ex-) girlfriend who  admitted she bedd’d Rod (or was it Todd?) in Futur-Drama? Anyway, air travel becoming the subway compared to teleportation was somewhat funny, along with the “Dr. Suess’ birthday” reference to Google; however, the jokes that followed afterward weren’t very funny, and I didn’t really get (or didn’t really care for) the “Ralph’s  clones” joke.

Overall, this episode was not very outstanding (not surprising?) with jokes, and the entire episode reminded me of a “The Simpsons” fan fiction I once read on an obscure “The Simpsons” fan site in the mid-2000s. Anyway, I’d rate this episode a 3/5, with a “so-so” B+.

Thanks for reading,

Judy

13
Dec
11

“Mr. Simpson, I believe something of yours struck my car yesterday.” – Astrid Weller

“Oh yeah? Prove it.” – Homer

“That’s your license plate, isn’t it?” – Astrid Weller

24
Nov
11

“Now, before we sit down to our delicious turkey purée, I have some, uh, happy, news. The following people have relatives that wish they could be here today; Antonovsky, Conroy, Falcone, Martin, Thorson, and Walsh.” – Springfield Retirement Castle Administrator

“Oh, and Mrs. Spencer . . . you too.” – Springfield Retirement Castle Administrator

“Oh, I knew they wouldn’t forget me.” – Mrs. Spencer

Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate it!

22
Nov
11

Critic’s Corner: #NABF22

Before starting this review, I want to say that this particular episode, titled “The Book Job,” sounds like uninteresting soon-to-be-dated dribble. The “tween literature” aspect of the episode is completely uninteresting, and unfunny at that. Roll the tape.

Ralph’s “I want to go back to Mommy” didn’t bring that much of a laugh, but it was chuckle-worthy and appropriate for the moment at hand (the ‘terrifying-for-younger-children’ dinosaur show). The “lit majors desperate for work”, followed by the subsequent hosing of an exhausted aforementioned lit major was funny, as well. Along with that, another funny moment was when Marge, upon being told by Lisa that Betty Crocker® was an invention by Marjorie Husted (?, unknown if this is the actual person mentioned by Lisa as creating Betty Crocker, but in actuality, she did), goes outside and, as seen through the kitchen window, dumps her remaining cake mixes in the garbage can.

At 23 minutes in, I have little to say; the plot is rather plain (yet at the same time interesting?), and there is little to note about this episode. The final minutes were predictable, the switch that Lisa made of the flash drives containing the two versions of Homer and the others’ fantasy novel has been done for the nth amount of times in media; however, this cliche’s damage, if any, is somewhat undone as Lisa points that she got the idea of switching the flash drives from every movie ever made.

All in all, the episode was generally plain; I’d give it a high B, 4/5.

Thanks for reading,

Judy