“Come on, who wants to complain with me?” – Lisa Simpson
The obvious big news this week was the renewal. For those of us who were paying attention, it wasn’t the least bit surprising. For the overwhelming majority of people who have the good sense not to be paying attention, it was big news. So the Simpsons signal-to-noise ratio went bonkers and, as is always the case when that happens, this is a pretty short Reading Digest. We’ve only got one renewal link, and that was just because it has a marvelous headline.
In other not-news news, there will be no more Simpsons DVDs. Once again, we have a lone link because there just isn’t much here. When they did that cash grab Blu-Ray/DVD release of Season 20 (sans extras or commentaries) back in 2009/2010, I joked that they were probably never going to catch up because at the rate they were doing them, Season 20 on DVD wouldn’t be coming out until like 2018, and does anyone really think people are going to be buying DVDs in 2018? Well, it turns out there are some people who thought that, and they are upset about this. We have an outraged YouTube video from one of them, but I only made it about a fifth of the way through the fifteen minutes runtime. I have long experience caring about things most people don’t care about, but there are limits.
But, hey, we’ve also got some fan art, more cross stitch, an excellent piece of usage from a financial analyst (of all people), and more.
MR BURNS – Fan made drawing of Burns and Smithers in what I assume is one of Smithers’ favorite positions. (NOTE: It’s not as dirty as I just made it sound.)
Etsy: Moe Szyslak Cross Stitch – The Moe cross stitch has been completed.
The Simpsons go to the boards in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play – Backstory on the play coming to Toronto.
128th-Final, Round 8: Homie the Clown vs. Bart’s Girlfriend – Oof, that’s tough, though that is a great screen grab of Homer and Flanders from “Homie the Clown”.
Lisa’s Subsitute – This:
-I like Skinner explaining, in excruciating detail, how Lyme Disease works…to a second-grade class.
Meanwhile, Hoover’s standing there getting queasier and queasier. The Simpsons: making malignant spirochetes funny.
Round 1, Battle 11 – (S.3 Ep.13) Radio Bart vs (S. 9 Ep. 22) Trash of the Titans – That’s “Radio Bart” by knockout in the first so hard that the sanctioning body should be ashamed of itself.
Round 1, Battle 13 (S. 9 Ep. 18) This Little Wiggy vs. (S. 5 Ep. 15) Deep Space Homer – Going against Season 9 again, for sure.
Round 1, Battle 14 – (S.4 Ep. 9) Mr Plow vs (S.4 Ep. 14) Brother From the Same Planet – But this one is too close to call.
The Simpsons First-Impression Matrix – Su-san from the country club would probably scoff at this.
‘The Simpsons’s Nancy Cartwright Made A Bartman Statue Out Of Clay – That Bart statue from last week was actually made by Cartwright.
Postmodernity in ‘The Simpsons’ – Always one of my favorite aspects of the show:
Metanarratives play a key role in the structure of ‘The Simpsons’. Authority and authoritative figures are ever-present in Springfield and are almost always cast in a negative light.
And people wonder why kids who were born after the show went south still love it.
Twenty Quotes from The Simpsons That Prove This Show is THE GREATEST – One from Zombie Simpsons, but other than that it’s a great list (and quite original, too, don’t often see some of these on quote lists).
No More “The Simpsons” DVD Sets – I have a hard time caring about this, but that is an inspired .gif choice. In related DVD news, reader Dastardly Devious sent in this YouTube rant about the DVDs. I stopped at the three minute mark when he said he wasn’t addressing people who are capable of admitting the show sucks now, but if you seriously care about Zombie Simpsons DVDs and teevee DVDs in general, I guess you might like it.
Deutsche Bank Bart Simpson ASX chart – Excellent financial/visual usage:
Morgan noted a chart he’d seen which attempted to show recent market tops on the S&P500 were spread 1897 days apart and showing we’re now at the end of the next point in that cycle. Which prompted this:
I usually put this sort of analysis in the same bucket as astrology and tarot card reading, but I had a technical look at our own market and was also alarmed with what I saw. Do you see what I see in there? A Patrick Star gave way to a half-Batman and then yielded to a full Bart Chart. Janet Yellen is right – there is nowhere to go but down from here.
It’s even the Michael Keaton Batman! Well done.
Bart’s Nightmare Review (A Doug Walker Tribute) – No, it was not a great game.
Fox Renews THE SIMPSONS, Water is Wet – Old news, but great headline.
Guessin’ Ages – Heh.
New trending GIF tagged the simpsons awkward laughing… – Troy McClure catching himself laughing from “138th Episode Spectacular”.
Arctic Characters and Character Arcs – Excellent usage:
This is partially a legacy issue. The original crucible for the characters was in the form of short stories, almost like a TV anthology series, where each episode ended with the characters back in the position they were in at the start.
In the words of philosopher and influential third-wave feminist Lisa Simpson:
“Don’t worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make the occasional smart-alec quip, and by next week we’ll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure.”
It is the nit pick of nit picks, but Lisa does say “an occasional” not “the occasional”. Still, that hardly matters. Great quote and very apt.
JOYRICH SIMPSONS SWEATSHIRT POLKADOTS / BLACK – More high end Simpsons clothing.
Parleok Baut – And knockoff but kinda looks like high end Simpsons clothing. No idea what language that is, though.