“What’s normal to him, amazes us.” – Future Guy #1
“He will be our new god.” – Future Guy #2
“Yay!” – Future Crowd
I’ll start right off by saying that this is easily the best Zombie Simpsons episode so far this season. That alone isn’t much of a compliment (if it is one at all), so let me clarify by stating unequivocally that the “First Church of Lard Lad” is the funniest thing I’ve seen on Zombie Simpsons in a long, long time. Even better, it was accompanied by a couple of other decent little set pieces that were more than a little reminiscent of some of the less boring new Futurama episodes. The show only really had one kind of joke (“look at how things in the future are exaggerated versions of things now”), but did wring a few entertaining iterations out of it.
Sadly, all was not smiles and sunshine. Many of those same set pieces either didn’t work at all or were dragged on far longer than they should have been. The plots, three of them in one tangled mess, didn’t make any sense individually or as a whole. Half the ideas were directly or indirectly recycled from “Lisa’s Wedding”. And by the end it felt like they were ticking off a list of their most used characters just so we could check in with the future versions of all of them. The Ralph one was as painful and long as it was predictable, though, to my surprise, Comic Book Guy didn’t rate an appearance while Lenny and Carl did.
Sadder still, this was basically a Futurama episode and they can’t do that every week, so it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season. When they’re stuck back in present times in boring old Springfield we’re all but guaranteed to be back to getting the kind of undifferentiated garbage that we’re accustomed to on Sunday evenings.
Anyway, the numbers are in, and, as expected without a late FOX football game, they have plummeted back to earth like an insane airliner with the cockpit windows boarded up (which was funny). Last night’s trip through time caused only 6.45 million viewers to wonder if Zombie Simpsons will be on Season 53 in 2041. That’s back to being well below the Season 22 average of 7.10 million viewers, and it’s lower than any fall episode in either Season 21 or Season 22. So while for one night I didn’t totally regret watching Zombie Simpsons, I’m still glad only a few people bothered to do the same.