Posts Tagged ‘Lemon of Troy

14
May
15

Quote of the Day

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“That tree’s been in Springfield since the time of our forefathers.  Give it back, or we’ll bust in there and take it.” – Homer Simpson
“Bust in here and take it?  You must be stupider than you look.” – Shelbyville Homer
“Stupider like a fox!” – Homer Simpson

Happy 20th Anniversary to “Lemon of Troy”! Original airdate 14 May 1995.

04
May
15

Behind Us Forever: Let’s Go Fly a Coot

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“Hey, look, someone’s attractive cousin!” – Bart Simpson

This week on Zombie Simpsons, a bunch of old Air Force pilots show up to threaten Homer into spending time with his dad, or something.  Meanwhile, Milhouse’s hot cousin (voiced by Carice van Houten, a/k/a She Who Queefs Shadows on Game of Thrones) likes to use e-cigarettes.  Nothing much happens in either.

– Short couch gag and shortened opening, don’t see that too often.

– We open at Milhouse’s super elaborate birthday party.  Homer picks up the take home bag and helpfully tells us what each of the contents are as he picks them up.

– Homer is now plotting out loud against elaborate birthday parties.

– And montage.

– Ugh, and as soon as the montage is over, Marge pops up to ask, “Homer Simpson, do you know anything about these epic birthday fails?”.

– More witty, sparkling dialogue:

Homer: I’m not afraid of Big Birthday!  Ahh!  Big Birthday!

– Now there’s a guy in a suit telling us what we’ve just been watching.

– The guy in the suit is still here, and now for some reason he’s threatening Homer with never having balloon animals at his kids birthday parties.  This got super weird faster than usual.

– Now Homer has thrown a party and at air museum for Rod Flanders.  If this was coherent enough to be confusing, I’d be confused.

– Grampa’s old Air Force buddies (don’t ask) just flew in out of the sky.

– Uh, Homer just fed Grampa a carrot and then led him away by his bolo tie.

– Milhouse’s attractive cousin just showed up with an e-cigarette.  This should provide a healthy mix of hapless topicality and expository nonsense.

– The old guys just showed up at the house so Homer can fight them in his underwear.

– Remember what I said about nonsense exposition?  Here’s Milhouse:

Milhouse: Everybody’s got one gift.  Mine is portable, indoor Dutch shuffleboard.

He then puts the game on a shelf labeled “Portable Foreign Games”.  Ugh.

– Apu is now ranting about e-cigarettes.

– But there was a good sign joke in the background.  A video game called “Marbury vs. Madison”.

– The old Air Force guy is now babbling about something.

– And they’re at the movies.  We got another decent sign gag, “The Exhaustibles 3: Arthritis Will Unite Us”.

– But then there was a preview for a movie about a “dystopian future”.  Homer then started listing off dystopian future movies.  It goes on for a while.

– They did mention the Mr. Burns play in the list though.  That was nice of them.

– Oh, the Air Force guy was apparently with them the whole time.  Huh, he didn’t do anything during that whole listing thing.

– Expositing crappy jokes is just what they do:

Air Force Guy: If you love your father, you’ll make sure he doesn’t get disoriented trying to work the knobless faucet.
Grampa Simpson: I’m too cold to trigger the infra-red.
Homer: Ugh

We then see Homer waiting outside the bathroom.

– Now the old Air Force guys are holding Homer at gunpoint to make him hug Grampa.  Yeesh.

– Back in the B-plot, Bart and Milhouse’s cousin are reciting lists of things to each other.

– Marge and Luann just showed up out of nowhere. to catch Bart with the e-cigarette.

– Bart just ran into the kitchen to say that they’re sending Milhouse’s cousin back to Holland.  This show seems to enjoy out of the blue plot swerves.

– And now we’re in a flashback.

– And Lisa interrupted the flashback.  Though she wasn’t there before Grampa started it.

– We’re back in the flashback and Abe is flying a test jet despite the fact that he wasn’t a pilot.

– This flashback keeps going.  We just got a Jack Kerouac reference explained to us.

– And it ends with the revelation that some waitress was really Homer’s mom.  That doesn’t really have any bearing on the rest of this story, but they seemed to think it was a conclusion of some kind.

– Now Bart is chasing Milhouse’s cousin down at the airport.

– Bart is now expositing about, ah screw it.  There’s only a minute to go and this isn’t worth recapping.

– Milhouse has a lizard tongue.

– And then the A-plot showed up to . . . not resolve itself.  Weird.

Anyway, the numbers are in and you’ll be unsurprised to learn that they continue to be historically bad.  Last night, just 3.11 million people wished they were watching Carice van Houten on Game of Thrones instead of this.  That makes it #4 on the all time least watched list and leaves Season 26 with an overall average of 5.00 million.  Season 25’s average was 4.99 million and there are two weeks to go, so Season 26 is almost certainly going to take the title of least watched overall.

14
Nov
14

Reading Digest: Futurama Crossover Reviews, Edition

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“Say, let’s bring him back to life by using technology!” – Future Guy
“Aye caramba!” – Bart Simpson
“Yay!” – Future Crowd

Unsurprisingly, there were a boatload of crossover reviews this week, everything from big publications to regular ole bloggers who just wanted to chip in their two cents.  We’ve got a bunch below, but having read even more of them than I linked, this appears to be the general consensus:

1.  It was better than the Family Guy crossover.

Outside of that, opinions diverged.  Some people really loved it, others thought it was just plain bad.  More than a few people from both camps wished it had been a double episode, either to extend the fun or to give it time to fix the problems.  In addition to those, we’ve got a couple of old episode reviews, plenty of .gifs, an unusual best episode list, a fan video, and lots more.

Enjoy.

Moaning Lisa: New Feelings on an Old Episode – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this heartfelt rewatching of “Moaning Lisa”:

I don’t watch The Simpsons as religiously as I used to. Though I catch the occasional rerun, I usually have to wait a while until the station gets back to the earlier episodes since I have little interest in watching reruns of the newer seasons. And even then, I tend to avoid the first two seasons of The Simpsons mostly due to the rough animation, which is hard to watch sometimes. However, on this particular night, after a long day at work, I decided to just leave the show on in the background even if it was from the first season.

And I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. From the moment Lisa sighs her way through a day at school, uncaring, searching for an outlet through music only to be squashed creatively by her music teacher to the friendship she forms with Bleeding Gums Murphy, I could not focus on anything but the episode. Something clicked in my head and I felt the deepest and most sincere empathy for Lisa because, at one point in my life, I was just like her.

The whole thing is worth reading, especially for those of you who’ve felt the way Lisa does there (and who hasn’t?).

The Lydians – I don’t know enough about music to follow this deconstruction of the theme song, but it certainly seems knowledgeable.  It’s even got a correction at the bottom.

The Simpsons: Season 10, Episode 19 – “Mom and Pop Art” (1999) – A look at the episode, and some of the art and artists in it.

Task 4 – Kinetic Typography Outcome – A short text video of part of the SpiderPig song.  Neat.

“The Simpsons” (Season 5 episode 15: “Deep Space Homer, FOX) – This is what I keep saying:

By virtue of having a science-fiction plot there are plenty of set pieces that parody science fiction classics like “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Right Stuff.” Thankfully, “Deep Space Homer” doesn’t rely solely on references for its jokes. The bulk of the comedy comes from seeing Homer act in a situation where he’s plucked severely out of his element.

Zombie Simpsons writers, please take note.

“Simpsonrama” brings about nostalgia for cancelled “Futurama” – The headline sums up quite a few of the reviews I found, with this being a widely shared sentiment:

The crossover is a love letter to Futurama fans, the rabid fan base who had to recently go through a second cancellation over at Comedy Central won’t have much to complain about. However, it lacks in plot and motivation. While the character interactions are great and there are countless one-liners, it seems tacked on compared to some of the great story arcs that Futurama has produced.

Simpsorama: The Simpsons and Futurama Crossover Episode Review – Similar to the above, but more forgiving:

It was great, but could have been an hour long episode. Putting these two shows together was a great idea. the flow of the story went smoothly, but for the fans that wanted to see more of an interaction between the two shows, it could have been done better.

TV Review: Simpsorama – A very positive review of the crossover.

5-sentence review of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Futurama’ crossover episode – And a not so positive review.

Simpsorama! The Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Review – Again, this seems to be a common sentiment:

Whereas The Simpsons and Family Guy crossover episode earlier this year mirrored its double billing with a double length running time, Simpsorama is a brisk 20 minute jaunt which whilst is certainly funny, simply doesn’t have enough time to become anything more meaningful than an interesting footnote in each show’s history.

The ‘Simpsons’/’Futurama’ crossover: Two great tastes that go pretty well together – Entertainment gossip rag Entertainment Weekly did its best to be enthused:

“Simpsorama” wasn’t a great episode of The Simpsons or of Futurama, but it was a lovely little celebration, a tip of the hat from the class president to the kid who spends lunch breaks inventing new rules for Dungeons & Dragons. Also, Homer twisted the necks off of little green Bart mutants, which isn’t nothing.

Simpsorama – Seeing as how I thought the second production run of new Futurama was much better than the first, I wholeheartedly agree with this:

This crossover within Matt Groening’s universe is a lot more The Simpsons than Futurama. It is nice to see the Planet Express gang, but it left me wanting more after blurting “That’s all they can come up with?”
Now, can we get new Futurama episodes that would definitely be written better than “Simpsorama”?

The Simpsons: Simpsorama Review – That would be sad:

Excuses are the refuge of cowards, crossover shows are the refuge of cowards who have run out of excuses. Someday the future will be here, I mean, when you think about it, the future will be here tomorrow, but there will be a not-too-distant future in the far future and that future may be a future without The Simpsons or Futurama. Of all probably futures, the worst would be that this episode would be the only testament remaining of these two shows.

Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Every ‘Futurama’ Reference In ‘The Simpsons’ Crossover – I don’t know if it’s every one or not, but it’s not a great sign for the overall quality of the episode when so many are from the end credits.

Long gone. – Duffman graffiti in an abandoned building in Belgium.

Interview with Will Stateczny on Monkeys Need Love Too -But did you use your main finger?:

Where did you come up with the name “Topwise” and what are your hopes for Topwise Games?
Topwise comes from growing up watching the Simpsons. Most Simpson fans will know exactly what I’m talking about and where the reference comes from.

Indeed we do.

Interstellar…In 10 Words – Giant space ants would’ve helped, actually.

The TMCC’s Top Ten Episodes of “The Simpsons” – Unusual to see two Season 12 episodes on one of these, but there’s nothing past that.  Also too, this is more thoughtful and explained than most lists.

Treehouse Of Horror II – Episode #042 – Always liked that Homer and Bart bonding was so terrifying to Bart:

Now, what is it that jolts Bart awake? is it the idea that he has the power to turn his father into anything or was it the exchange of “I love you’s” Hmmm…..

Homer Simpson Wallpaper – Heh.

I used it be with it – Still one of the most timeless quotes in a show that has an awful lot of them.

PHOTO: Peter Budaj’s new Jets mask features fighter pilot Ned Flanders – Just what it says.

Lisa Simpson Hipster Pin – And she looks like Blossom.

Simpsons Homer Mr. Sparkle Pin – Join him or die.

Kitty Says Simpson Ay – Simpsons socks.  That is all.

Random Simpsons Screencap of the Day 11/11/14 – Heh.

Random Simpsons Screencap of the Day 11/12/14 – Comet heh.

Siblings’ intimacy – Some .gifs of Bart and Lisa’s memories from the end of “Lisa on Ice”.

27
Jun
14

Quote of the Day

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“When it comes to catching trout, nothing beats the German light infantry.” – Nelson Muntz

15
Feb
14

Quote of the Day

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“Get out here, son!  There’s a doings a transpiring!” – Shelbyville Homer

Happy birthday Matt Groening!

18
Jun
13

Quote of the Day

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“What are they saying?” – Milhouse van Houten
“I’m not sure.” – Bart Simpson
“I thought you said you could read lips.” – Milhouse van Houten
“I assumed I could.” – Bart Simpson

25
Nov
12

Quote of the Day

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“Okay, folks, look, I called the police captain in Shelbyville.  He says he hasn’t seen our kids, but if they show up in the morgue, he’s gonna fax us.” – Ned Flanders




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