Reading Digest: Making Death Boring Edition

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“Maybe I need to talk to somebody with a little more age and wisdom.” – Lisa Simpson
“Death stalks you at every turn!” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Grampa!” – Lisa Simpson
“Well, it does.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson

With the return of Zombie Simpsons this week, the internet was flooded with blogs, magazines and websites posting sneak peaks at last week’s episode and an overwhelming amount of speculative garbage because Jean promised that they were going to kill off another character sometime in the not too distant future.  Since most publications are glad to have any excuse to talk about the show, people are taking him seriously. Yawn.

We have one link about the dead character because all of them were pretty much the same and a couple of links about the episode because it was really shitty and lots of people thought so.  In addition to that, we’ve got a couple of non-Zombie lists, two old Nintendo games, Guillermo Del Toro, Harry Potter the Simpsons fan, and a fantastically drawn fan made Kang and Kodos. 

Enjoy; but first, our old friend Robin sent in this outstanding achievement in the field of excellence:

A friend of mine had these custom made.

Pencil Company Executive

Can Lenny have one?

The Simpsums – Season 25 Ep. 1 "Homerland" – Reader Thomas sent in this link to a two minute retelling of last week’s episode that is highly bizarre but very accurate and, to my ear at least, quite a bit funnier than the original:

Well done.  (He’s also go videos for the second half of Season 24.)

Krusty Gets Busted – Episode #012 – Ash’s great Simpsons watch continues with this astute observation about the overall philosophy of the show:

The police are really, really stupid. How could they miss all these vital clues. Kids are smarter than adults.

the itchy and scratchy game-SNES: the best super nintendo Simpsons game, for what thats worth. – And it turns out, that’s not worth much:

Overall this game is intensely mediocre. There is very little here for just about any one.

GBA Review: The Simpsons Road Rage – And speaking of old Nintendo systems:

There have been several games with the Simpsons label on it, and not many of them have been good. This one is no exception to the rule.


The characterization is very childish, and the plot sounds like it could easily have been another episode of The Simpsons. It would have been feasible, considering that the writing had become pretty paper-thin by 2003.

The Simpsons Tapped Out TopiX – Click through for the Guillermo Del Toro opening for Sunday’s Zombie Simpsons.  I’ll freely admit I didn’t catch all the references, but it’s still well done.  The rest of the episode is unlikely to be that tightly packed or entertaining.  The really good news is that it’s nearly three minutes long, which should eat into the rest of the episode. 

‘The Simpsons’: Guillermo del Toro on ‘Treehouse of Horror XXIV’ opening – And here’s a little backstory from the man himself.  This is certainly more interesting than “a guest voice or whip up a simple couch gag”, which is what they first asked him to do. 

Top Five Simpsons Episodes – And not a one past Season 8.  Perfectly cromulent. 

Feature – Top Ten Simpsons movie moments – Also perfectly cromulent as not a one is past Season 8.

Why Homer and Marge’s marriage has always been doomed – It’s true that shotgun weddings don’t have the best track record.  Then again, most shotgun weddings don’t happen in flashback episodes after your show has become a massive hit. 

Daniel Radcliffe Is Secretly Homer Simpson – Fair play, Harry:

If it weren’t for the eyebrows, which are caricatures of eyebrows, exceptionally dark and heavy, Radcliffe might be pretty rather than what he is, which is handsome in a vaguely gothic way. Occasionally, and more so when he is tired, he still shows the same slow, one-eyed blink he did on his screen test. "It’s what Homer Simpson’s eyes do when he’s drunk," Radcliffe said. "I listen to too many directors’ commentaries from The Simpsons, that’s why I know that."

He’s also apparently something of a slob, which makes me wonder if he blows his nose on the towels and puts them back in the middle. 

Business Forum: The rise of information gluttony – Excellent usage:

To quote Marge Simpson’s advice to Homer, “You don’t have to join a freak show just because the opportunity came along.”

Don Jon…In 10 Words – I don’t know what you’ve got planned for tonight, Joseph, but count me out.

Breaking Bad…In 10 Words – Ice to see you.

Doctor Who Monday: Bad Wolf/The Parting of Ways…In 10 Words – Boy cries wolf, has a few laughs, I forget how it ends. 

Mr. Burns a Post Apocalyptic Play – Another rave for the play, including a picture of the playbill. 

Which Simpsons character will get de-animated? – There was much hullabaloo this week when the show announced that one of their characters would be dying.  It’s another dumb publicity stunt from a show that loves dumb publicity stunts (remember that fan made character who died after one line?), so the most fun that can be had here is probably through gambling:

The favourite at Ladbrokes is elderly Abe Simpson (3/1), followed by ne’er-do-well Sideshow Bob (4/1) and Comic Book Guy (5/1).

Would the show’s creators even go as far as striking at the heart of our favourite nuclear family? Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are each at 200/1.

CGI Futurama – I’ve seen these awesomely detailed Futurama images before (love the determination on Kif’s face), but I’m not sure if I’d see the Kang & Kodos one.  Nice to show them when they were posing as newlyweds. 

What It’s Like When I Try To Tell My Friends An Interesting Story Or Explain Something That Is Totally Funny And They Just Don’t Get It – Animated .gif of Milhouse’s sprinkler impressions. 

Goodnight, Sweet Prince – I’m apparently not the only one who writes eulogies for deceased laptops on which I watched lots of Simpsons:

When I was camping in the middle of nowhere I’d switch it on, take care of some pictures, maybe play some videogames and watch an episode or two of The Simpsons or Dr House before sleeping.


Then, today, something happened.

While I was downloading a backup copy of a legally owned Tv show, my netbook shut down and I immediately smelled the stench of Doom. The Cpu was gone. I tried to replace the Cpu with  an MP3 player and a chopstick, but it was no use.

He’s gone for good.

Don’t worry, someday you’ll find a piece of electronics you can love just as much.

Simpsons – I wish I was at home – Screen grab of Homer just wishing Burns would let him bat. 

31 Days of Halloween TV Specials: The Simpsons Halloween Special aka Treehouse of Horror I – Just what the title says, and it agrees with us:

I just want to start by saying that The Simpsons would be the greatest show ever created if it had stopped producing episodes about 10 or 11 seasons ago.

This is what you’ve done, Zombie Simpsons, and all for a few lousy hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Best Cooking Show Ever. – It can still get love from a blog called The Golden Age of Television, though:

With the end of the show, the inevitable question is asked: Is Breaking Bad the greatest show ever? For sitcoms I’ll give the first ten years of The Simpsons the nod over Seinfeld and the original The Office because, as the years passed, lines like, “I’ll just keep these keys”, “Probably misses his old glasses” and “Oh no – Bette Midler!” still get a chuckle out of me.

I’ll get you for this Midler!

Afternoon Delight! – YouTube of Speedway Squad! (In Color).

Developmental–The Simpson’s – YouTube of Homer’s amazing passage through the stages of grief.

Ben and Sarah and Emily – Fifth grade teacher attends wedding of two former students who just had their first kid, plus this:

I was making dinner and invited them to stay. We told stories and quoted The Simpsons, as we’ve done for over ten years.

Congrats all around. 

Bonus Eruptus – Heh. 

Animation Domination Review – 9/29/2013 – Admirably succinct:

I think it’s based on Homeland? I wouldn’t know because I’ve never watched that show, I’m just assuming based on the title of the episode. In this episode Homer goes to a convention, he get’s swag then disappears. He returns home seemingly brain washed. Lisa investigates to find that Homer is possibly involved in a terrorist plot. It’s weird and not really that funny.

1-paragraph review of ‘The Simpsons’ Season 25 premiere – Same as above:

“The Simpsons” spoofed “Homeland” in the premiere of its 25th season. They called it “Homerland.” The episode was about as funny as the title, maybe slightly less, if that’s possible.

Oh, it’s possible. 

18 Responses to “Reading Digest: Making Death Boring Edition”

  1. 1 Mark Rodkin
    4 October 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Any office supply company can have them made up for you.

  2. 4 October 2013 at 2:10 pm

    That first link is golden. I may start watching those instead of the show from now on.

  3. 4 October 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I told you guys someone was going to die, possibly! In a dream I would venture to guess. A UK newspaper told this, I posted the link a few days ago.

    • 4 Stan
      4 October 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Zombies can’t die. Unless you shoot them in the face. So someone’s gonna get shot in the fact, that what you’re tellin us?

      • 5 October 2013 at 12:03 am

        I don’t know! Good point, I think that the only things that can kill zombies are nuclear bombs, acid, fire and decapitation though lol. Or a lack of network funds/faninterest someday :)

        • 6 Stan
          5 October 2013 at 3:17 pm

          Which reminds me of a THoH special where the monsters were killed by simply not looking at them… a clue, don’t you think? =)

          • 7 Charlie Sweatpants
            6 October 2013 at 8:58 am

            Just don’t watch! Just don’t watch! It’ll sound a lot better coming out of Paul Anka.

  4. 8 D.N.
    4 October 2013 at 11:54 pm

    In recent (Australian Rules) Football news, Adam Simpson was named the new head coach of the West Coast Eagles, and one of the candidates he beat was Eagles assistant coach Scott Burns.

    At least one news outlet couldn’t resist the “Simpson/Burns” connection (see headline), and some of the comments played ball…


    • 10 Charlie Sweatpants
      6 October 2013 at 9:04 am

      This is (one of the reasons) why I loathe the entertainment press. We already knew the show was going to be back for at least a partial Season 26, and there’s no direct link I can find that goes beyond the press release platitudes to differentiate as to whether it’s a full season or not.

  5. 12 FireFlower
    5 October 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Here a sample of an episode we could see next season ( I made this one up):

    Fashion Hate

    Marge becomes a succesful fashion desinger but discovers a hidden dark side to the industry.
    Guest starring Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein as themselves.

  6. 5 October 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Daniel Radcliffe listens to the Simpsons DVD commentaries. My day has officially been made.

    So they’re saying that they’re killing off a character played by an “Emmy award-winning actor”. I remember Jackie Mason won an Emmy for his guest spot in Season 3, so my money’s on Rabbi Krustofsky.

    • 16 Charlie Sweatpants
      6 October 2013 at 9:02 am

      I’ve no idea what they’re actually going to do, but that’s a great guess. I waded through a ton of those links this week and I don’t recall seeing his name anywhere.

  7. 17 Jeff
    6 October 2013 at 7:39 pm

    “remember that fan made character who died after one line?”

    No. Was that another contest? I guess they do this stuff so often now I just stopped paying attention.

  8. 17 October 2013 at 3:10 am

    Hi! I just wanted to say thank you so much for linking to my weird summary! And also I just finally finished one for Treehouse of Horror. It is weirder than the last one. Here’s the link if you wanna check it out: http://youtu.be/Gvofe62ULYU

    Thanks again!

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