06
May
09

If you stop praising it: Waverly Hillis 9-0-2-1-D’oh

“I’m sick of you people, you’re nothing but a pack of fickle mush heads!” – ‘Diamond’ Joe Quimby

“He’s right!” – Female Fickle Mush Head

“Give us hell Quimby!” – Male Fickle Mush Head

I usually look around various Simpsons forums so as to poke fun at the faithful before I watch the weekly crap fest, but this time I decided to watch it first.  And may I say that was a terrible episode, right on par with the rest of the season, and preceding seasons to boot.  I would also like to add that more and more of the comments/reviews are turning against the show, so finding good ones to make fun of is getting a bit harder, although not that hard yet.

But don’t take my word for it:

“Very entertaining it was, A better episode than I deserved.” – Gatorgod (nohomers.net)

And I thought low was my self-esteem. Make a pill for that they do.

“Its been a while for a pretty good episode this one was a good episode.” – Corey M. (hulu.com)

In case you were wondering, Corey’s review was titled “good episode”

“I was almost rolling on the floor when Skinner got so offended that Chalmers sees over other schools!” – Ryan (simpsonschannel.com)

Good thing you have self control, perhaps you should apply it to your television choices as well.

“First two minutes, bashing on vitamin water and check engine lights. HA!” – R F (hulu.com)

And I thought I was the only one who finds humor in engine lights. (note: R F is this week’s grammar rodeo:  head buckaroo)

“Take that preschoolers, Al Jeans’ got his eye on you.” – FlyingHellfish (tv.com)

You were all thinking it, FlyingHellfish here was just the first to say it.

“I wish they had spent a little more time lampooning the culture at such high schools…” – aliv3nw3ll (hulu.com)

I also wish The Simpsons would spend more time disseminating high school culture with 8 and 10 year olds. That’ll show them.

“Funniest scene was when Bart realized he had to go back to Springfield because he was in the middle of a Hide and Seek game with Milhouse.” – Grilka (fanforum.com)

Funnier yet is that you mean that as a compliment.

Shame the ending felt rushed. Still very good though. 4/5″  -civver (nohomers.net)

Interesting. Not only is your definition of ‘felt rushed’ the complete opposite of mine, so is your definition of  ‘very good’.

Another interesting note is that more and more of the discussions I read, especially on Hulu, turn into rants against Family Guy. I haven’t been religiously watching that show lately, but seriously, anyone who thinks Zombie Simpsons is good and recent Family Guys are terrible needs to go play with something poisonous.

Strike that, anyone who thinks Zombie Simpsons is good needs to go play with something poisonous. There we go.


8 Responses to “If you stop praising it: Waverly Hillis 9-0-2-1-D’oh”


  1. 1 Ryan
    6 May 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I admit I’m fairly easy to please, but I really enjoyed this episode. The Simpsons is much more entertaining than most of the crap they put on television and while the earlier seasons may be more beloved by fans, I’m still very happy with what they’ve been doing recently. It’s still the Simpsons and it’s still hilarious. And quite frankly, I think that season 19 was one of the best. It had several episodes that had very good jokes and fairly coherent storylines. I haven’t seen all of 20 but I’ve been impressed with what was there.

    I think you should stop complaining and enjoy the show.

  2. 2 Charlie Sweatpants
    6 May 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Ryan,

    I’d call what we’re doing ‘criticizing’ not ‘complaining'; either way we’re certainly not going to stop. But the fact that you haven’t seen all of 20 is itself a marker of just how far the show has fallen. In the early years a new Simpsons episode was can’t miss television. Now, even someone who thinks the new episodes are “hilarious” hasn’t even seen many of them. That alone speaks volumes.
    Having said that, what “several episodes” were you fond of in Season 19? I’ve only seen a few from 19 and I thought they were atrocious so I don’t feel like plowing through the whole thing, but if you recommend a couple I’ll give them a fair shake.

    • 3 Ryan
      6 May 2009 at 2:14 pm

      Funeral for a Fiend was great. That was the new Sideshow Bob episode. Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind wasn’t necessarily one that I found extremely hilarious but it was very well done. E Pluribus Wiggum was hilarious because it was so extremely zany. That 90’s Show was easily my favorite from the season because I loved most of the references. The Debarted was another that I found particularly entertaining. Mona Leaves-a was a very sweet episode. And All About Lisa was also one that really enjoyed, partially because of the role Sideshow Mel played; I really like his character.

      I’m a college student who is often involved in lots of college theater. This Sunday’s episode was actually the first I’ve seen live in about 2 years. I often watch the episodes on FOX.com. I haven’t gotten caught up with season 20 yet. I have seen every simpsons episode up through season 19 and I really do plan on seeing the rest of 20 soon. I am only now seeing free time again.

  3. 4 steve
    6 May 2009 at 3:31 pm

    is this an actual fucking site lol

    get a life loser

    • 5 Mad Jon
      6 May 2009 at 8:44 pm

      No, its a make believe site run by the Magical Man from Happy Land in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane!

  4. 6 CrashMacKenzie
    7 May 2009 at 10:46 am

    I visited your site for the first time today and I’m a little curious about something. It’s clear that you believe The Simpsons are no longer capable of producing quality episodes. So, why do you continue to watch?

    Your reviews and thoughts of the show certainly can’t be taken too seriously. You are predisposed to hate every episode that comes out. Acknowledging that they can still put out the occasional good show would undermine the entire premise of your site, yes?

    These last few posting are a little telling. You really surfed around the web to find good reviews just to cut them down? You edited an entire IGN review? How are you trying to convince?

    Peace

  5. 7 Charlie Sweatpants
    7 May 2009 at 11:23 am

    “It’s clear that you believe The Simpsons are no longer capable of producing quality episodes. So, why do you continue to watch?”

    This has come up a lot in recent comments so maybe it’s something we need to be more clear about, but the word there I’d quibble with is “quality”. I’d agree that Zombie Simpsons is higher “quality” than most other television shows, but that’s not exactly a high bar to set, is it? Where it falls so tragically short is in comparison to the old episodes. Even in the best of the current crop there are only a handful of good jokes and there are long stretches where they’re not even trying to be funny, that’s a huge difference from Seasons 1-6. The disparity between the quality of the old ones and the carelessness with which the new ones are slapped together is what makes Zombie Simpsons so painful to watch, and what causes a lot of the cathartic vitriol you see around here.

    I stopped watching the new ones on a regular basis back in 2002, the only reason I’ve seen all of Season 20 is because we started this site. Every once in awhile I’d catch a new one because someone would recommend it or I’d be over at somebody’s house and it’d be on, but I haven’t seen anything to alter my conclusion that the show is barely a shadow of itself. No one would be happier than us if they started making good Simpsons again, but after almost a decade of waiting I don’t have much hope.

    As for the IGN thing, I see that as completely separate. IGN is a tiny part of the overall Fox conglomerate and the reviews they produce are both relentlessly positive and sloppily written. They’re basically astroturf style propaganda (IGN started “reviewing” Simpsons right after Fox bought it), and that’s how we treat them.

  6. 8 CrashMacKenzie
    7 May 2009 at 11:43 am

    To your first point, I see what your saying and I agree.

    To your IGN point, however, I must disagree. As a daily (at least) visitor to IGN.com, I must say that IGN’s reviews of the show over the past few seasons have been largely negative. Now, I don’t know when FOX bought them, but the mostly positive reviews only started recently.

    Peace


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