A blog called “No Pun Intended” has been, amongst other things, watching and reviewing Simpsons episodes from the before time, the long long ago. I’ve linked to a couple of them in Reading Digest but they deserves a little bit more attention than that (and they sent us an e-mail). Here they are discussing “Mr. Plow”, “Life on the Fast Lane”, and “Lisa the Iconoclast”. Tim, the guy who writes these, has a very keen bead on things. There’s too much for me to quote, but this response to a reader comment ably demonstrates that he is on the side of the righteous:
Yeah, I consider The Simpsons canon as nothing really past the 12th season, so I don’t really “count” those later episodes.
Yes, yes, a thousand times Yes!
There are certainly a few things I don’t agree with. For example he argues for Jacques as the best Albert Brooks guest voice whereas I have no favorite. Picking a “best” out of Cowboy Bob, Jacques, Brad Goodman and Hank Scorpio is like asking whether you prefer joy, bliss or happiness. But I digress. The point is, they’re an enjoyably thoughtful read.
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