“Hey, boy, where are you going?” – Homer Simpson
“Father-Son picnic.” – Bart Simpson
“Have a good time! . . . Wait a minute.” – Homer Simpson
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“Anyway, we got a great show for you! Well, actually, the last half hour is a real garbage dump. Ugh. We’ll be right back.” – Krusty the Klown
Ever since the entire text was finally published back in June, the web pages for the mini-book have been among the most popular here at Dead Homer Society. The daily numbers bounce up and down like a carnival ride, but the biggest ups come when someone links to it on Reddit, 4chan, a message board, or something similar (note to everyone: please keep doing that). What’s remarkable is how consistent they are relative to one another. The chart below is September pageviews for each chapter:
Now, WordPress doesn’t have really slick stats that show individual click-throughs, navigation chains and the like, but the numbers displayed above aren’t all that complicated. Only about 40% of people who click on the first chapter go on to read the second one. However, people who make it to Chapter 2 tend to read all the way through to the end.
The dropoff comes at Chapter 13, the first appendix, which sees less than half of the traffic of the main chapters. Less than half of the people who get through all the main chapters bother to read the appendices. But even then, people who read the first appendix are highly likely to keep going all the way to the end.
There’s nothing terribly important about all this, I just thought it was interesting how stable the numbers are. There are basically three groups of people: 1) those who click on the first chapter, get bored and bail, 2) those who click on the first chapter, get hooked, and read through the nominal end, and 3) those who click on the first chapter, get hooked, and read all the way to the last pixel.
Thanks go to anyone who has linked the main book page somewhere out there on the ever expanding plains of the internet. Word of mouth (or keyboard, or whatever) is this book’s only real friend, and I’m grateful for every single href. Please keep it up.
[Speaking of gratuitous link whoring, the new site is finally starting to get its legs under it with non-me authors. These aren’t strictly Simpsons related, but if you’re curious about how American culture is viewed in Britain, the relative merits and awfulness of network television’s realization that non-white people live in America, or just how godawful NPR and company can really be, there’s plenty to check out. End self promotion.]
“And what are your reasons for wanting a little brother?” – Bigger Brothers Employee
“Don’t say revenge, don’t say revenge.” – Homer’s Brain
“Uh, revenge.” – Homer Simpson
“That’s it, I’m getting out of here.” – Homer’s Brain
“Welcome aboard, Mr. Simpson.” – Bigger Brothers Employee
“Eye of the tiger, Bart.” – Bart Simpson
Check out what I found on UK eBay:
Yeah, it kind looks like Bart’s got the 12 stuck in his teeth, but that’s still pretty cool. The little bit of a collar to make his usual shirt look more like a soccer jersey is a nice touch. And it’s only £3. Now you’ll never forget to pick your son up from practice again.
“He’s not dead, is he Bart?” – Edna Krabappel
“Nah, but I wouldn’t give him any homework for a while.” – Bart Simpson
“Very good Bart, thank you.” – Edna Krabappel
“Oh don’t thank me, thank an unprecedented eight-year military buildup.” – Bart Simpson
“Ughhh, this goes on for twelve more minutes.” – Krusty the Klown
“Trilogy” or “storytelling” episodes like this one, where they have three independent segments, have always been maligned, even by people who think Zombie Simpsons doesn’t suck (check out the ratings, poll, and comments here if you don’t believe me). I’ve always thought the reason for this is that there are no genuinely good trilogy-type episodes. They didn’t do the first one until Season 10 (“Simpsons Bible Stories”) long after the show had begun transforming into Zombie Simpsons and so there’s no well of built up good will from which they can draw.
This is the second entry in the series and it’s no winner, although I think it’s noticeably less boring that most of the rest of Season 12. Which is to say that it’s got a small handful of decent jokes as opposed to the one, two, or none that’s more typical of 12. Of course, to get to those you need to wade through painfully unfunny stretches like the hobo making out with himself, the ineffective derringer fight, and the horrifying second segment (where they shoot all the buffalo). The buffalo bit in particular reminds me of nothing so much as the fake SNL skit The Big Ear Family from “Brother from the Same Planet”. There’s a single joke (buffalo die easily!) and then it goes on for four awkward minutes with nothing but exposition to accompany it.
Nine guys on this one.
1:25 – “That couch gag, that was one of my favorites, and I’d completely forgotten it and this was at a time when it was really hard to come up with those couch gags unlike in Season 20.” General laughter. For the record, the couch gag for this one has the family jumping on the couch in a subway station, the train pulls up and then leaves and the Simpsons are gone. If that sounds familiar it’s because it’s almost identical to the couch gag from “Homer the Whopper”.
1:45 – Remembering that the Delaware thing was a call back to “Behind the Laughter” episode about how lame their ideas were.
2:15 – Talking about hobos as a way to avoid the episode.
4:00 – Talking about how now they’re on a “new” four act structure and that’s going to spell the end of these. Gotta pay for that HD animation somehow.
4:30 – Long discussion of how great the animation looks. I don’t think that’s ever been disputed, but who cares?
6:00 – Someone points out that the Paul Bunyan story doesn’t make sense, but then someone else reminds them that it’s okay because they have Lisa point that out.
8:00 – Very little going on right now.
8:45 – They can’t remember if they had to delete some stuff but the trilogy episodes always come in long. Then someone else says “This segment already seems pretty long.” They chuckle.
9:15 – More discussion of how they can’t show butt crack any more.
10:00 – Long silence on the hobo’s craziness as he talks to himself, then as the silence becomes embarrassingly long and the hobo is writhing on the ground, someone deadpans, “I’m surprised we never called this character back.” Indeed.
12:00 – Once again not talking too much about what’s actually going on in the episode, instead discussing how the design is like a Halloween episode and how this got shown at somebody’s kid’s school. Also, silences.
13:20 – Long silence as Homer freaks out.
14:00 – Long, long silence as the cannibalism ending plays out really slowly and then fades back to the Hobo’s list of apple stuff.
15:00 – More discussion of hobos in general.
15:35 – Discussing how great the outfits are. Again with the outfits.
16:50 – Marveling at their ability to swap Nelson for a pig. I realize that some of the guys commenting have done a lot of really funny stuff, both on the show prior to this and in other places, but on these commentaries all they ever seem to be is pleased with themselves for not being able to tell a coherent story or come up with decent jokes.
18:15 – Silence as things get strange again.
19:15 – More silence and uncomfortable non-laughter as Bart and Nelson are fired into the sky and then into the riverboat saloon. It goes all the way through to when the guns get pulled and then someone compliments the animation and then more mostly silence for the ineffectual gun fight.
21:00 – Mostly silence as it gets weird again for the end.
Go and read this thread over at tv.com. It’s only two pages, and a lot of it is box quotes, so it really won’t take long.
I hope the show improves and all the characters go back to their old ways. Bart has become too sensitive in the past few seasons, such as caring for that cow and being sad when Homer stole things as a fireman. Season 5 Bart would have thought that was so cool.
Like when Bart stile [sic] Bonestorm, and was guilty about it?