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Tourism Brochures Are Funnier Than This

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“Oh, not my Paris backdrop!  How am I gonna make fun of the Frogs?” – Krusty the Klown

At some point the “destination” episodes of Zombie Simpsons became little more than excuses to have Homer and Bart act out in front of famous landmarks or generic “travel” backdrops.  Why yes, Bart brought his skateboard to the Wailing Wall (and got into a pointless chase/fight sequence); why yes, Homer took a nap in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; and they both goofed around in David’s Tomb.  Did they make it to the Dead Sea and the Dome of the Rock?  You know they did! 

It was nice of them to bring along the Hibberts and the Lovejoys and various other stock characters to do little more than listen to a disjointed, hyperactive Sacha Baron Cohen stand up routine.  And, as per usual, individual scenes make little to no sense.  Homer’s video camera vanishes from one shot to another; the church security guards don’t stop a guy from taking a nap on the alter, but appear the instant the show wants to push Flanders over the edge.  Need a camel?  Why it’s right there!  They might as well have had a giant pencil draw it in for Homer, a la Loony Tunes. 

I was slightly worried there might be a decent number this week, Cohen is a big star and anything with the word “Jerusalem” near it gets people buzzing a little, but nope.  The numbers on this creaking hack job are in, and they’re almost identical to last week’s: 5.70 million people waited this one out.  That number is good for fifth worst all time, narrowly keeping “Stealing First Base” in fourth place with 5.69 million. 

Every episode to ever score under six million viewers has come in either Season 20 or 21.  Just two years ago, at the same point in Season 19, Zombie Simpsons was routinely scoring over 7 million viewers.  Thanks to the 20th anniversary hoopla and Spurlock’s thing, Season 21 probably won’t be the least watched season ever.  But the numbers are clearly down, and they show no signs of long term recovery or even of being able to maintain these low levels.  L’Chaim!


3 Responses to “Tourism Brochures Are Funnier Than This”


  1. 1 Lovejoy fan
    29 March 2010 at 1:11 pm

    “It was nice of them to bring along the Hibberts and the Lovejoys and various other stock characters to do little more than listen to a disjointed, hyperactive Sacha Baron Cohen stand up routine.”

    Yeah, it was nice of the writers to remember my favourite characters existed. Too bad the episode was awful.

  2. 2 Celia
    29 March 2010 at 4:46 pm

    This episode sounds dull as all hell – and I checked out the screen grabs, and they look dull as all hell. Also, I think Sacha Baron Cohen is becoming overexposed and overrated.

    Anyway, next episode sounds particularly because-it’s-in-the-script:

    http://tv.msn.com/tv/episode/the-simpsons/american-history-x-cellent/

    Mr. Burns is questioned when a police officer sees a stolen painting at the billionaire’s estate; Smithers runs the power plant while Mr. Burns is away.

    I mean, Smithers can’t run the power plant! That’s like “President Joe Lieberman”. Smithers does not lead.

    • 3 Lovejoy fan
      29 March 2010 at 6:14 pm

      It IS dull as hell. I actually watched this one (for the Lovejoys, just so we know) and it’s like they forgot to add jokes. I don’t think I actually laughed at anything.


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