Sunday Preview: Days of Future Future


Set in the future, Homer has a new clone for every time he dies. Lisa is married to a zombie version of Milhouse, while Bart deals with custody issues with his ex-wife, Jenda. Each defines what love means to them.

Well that reads like a THOH synopsis if  I’ve ever seen one.  Amy Poehler is going to voice Jenda, so obviously she must be in some serious debt, or have some bodies somewhere that Al Jean found out about.

53 Responses to “Sunday Preview: Days of Future Future”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    13 April 2014 at 12:56 pm

    This is getting more ridiculous that the Flintstones making specials about their babies getting married as spunky teens.

    Speaking of ridiculous, though, I can’t stop staring at Dr. Hibbert. It’s like they blindly copied and pasted some beard clipart in the general area of his face.

    • 2 Hannah
      13 April 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Also the perspective on Homer’s left cast seems weird.

      • 13 April 2014 at 1:58 pm

        Looks like his toes make up half the length of his foot. :P

        • 4 Stan
          13 April 2014 at 3:43 pm

          Oh come on, criticizing the plot or story is one thing, but the animation… What’s next? “Azaria’s Apu seems off”?

          • 13 April 2014 at 6:06 pm

            I don’t know who you’re directing this at, but I was just replying to Hannah.

            • 6 Stan
              13 April 2014 at 6:54 pm

              I pointed out the uselessness of criticizing the animation, for whomever does it. Keep calm and carry on please.

              • 13 April 2014 at 6:56 pm

                Can, will, and was already planning to do. ;)

              • 14 April 2014 at 4:47 pm

                Don’t mean to disrespect your authority there Sheriff Stan but you do realise that television is a visual medium, right? The fact that the animation on Zombie Simpsons stinks as bad as, well, everything else in the show is hardly a “useless” point to bring up. In fact the state of the animation goes a good way towards explaining many of the other deficiencies. There was once a time when the the quirkiness of character design and the fluidity of the forms – in other words, the creative talent of the animators – were integral parts of how the show created such engaging characters and also how it subtly displayed emotions so that they didn’t need to be hacktacularly spelled out to the viewer. As with everything else, actually trying to make something original and interesting inevitably waned until they once and for all eliminated such decadence with the implementation of the HD Tyranny. Nowadays, the animators have essentially been replaced by a clipart gallery.

                P.S. Triple-bonus pointless internet comment points for Stan for going the extra mile and rehashing a tired internet meme!

                • 9 Stan
                  14 April 2014 at 6:37 pm

                  Wow, you surely need some Rancho Relaxo on your time being, sir! It’s the wife isn’t it? Can’t live with ‘eh, can’t shoota in the face…
                  Look, Paddy, I don’t want to start a flame war, especially in a language I am prone to lose at. But I cannot say that I don’t agree. Mike Amato (I think) once posted some great examples of how the animation livens a show, in moment where no dialogue is even required. If you think I am a racist sexist mental prick who goes from comment to comment enraging people… Well, I’m not JUST that. Look these posts up and see how I totally agreed with Mike on these things.
                  However, in a given situation where some synopsis is being thrown at us, primarily for the reason of mocking and disregarding the upcoming episode, having someone start to point out flaws in animation is like coming to spit on someone being bullied at the same time for their clumsiness. As soon as one flaw is found, sure, have no shame, lay it all on! Why bother, it’s just some ‘shtick a.k.a. shit-on-a-stick’ right? Same goes for voice performance and those who blame in on the actors aging, because they probably don’t realize that if the interest, the enthusiasm is lost, everyone will half-ass their jobs. No exceptions.
                  So, once again, your concern is?

                  • 10 Anonymous
                    15 April 2014 at 1:56 am

                    I’m the same fella who started this whole thing with Dr. Hibbert’s beard, and also the one who defended the design of that fat kid from the previous week.

                    I noticed the cast and foot too, and they bugged me (although there’s only so much you can mention).

                    Maybe it’s nitpicking, but I feel it’s as noteworthy as anything else. I like animation, and I like the general art direction. And when something looks as distracting as this promo, it’s hard not to point it out.

                    Anyway, the reason I’m bothering to say all this so late is because I do see where you’re coming from – I love this blog because it’s NOT just mindless hate, it’s well-thought-out and actually pretty educational at times (the compare/contrasts in particular). So it’s frustrating if someone’s just looking for things to shit on.

                    In conclusion: that goddamn beard is killing me.

                    • 11 Stan
                      15 April 2014 at 3:26 am

                      If you can find here someone who shits on ZS more than I do, I’ll stand solemnly corrected. Because as you know, rivers always cut through rocks. I.e. when people are given nothing but shit for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they often find themselves specializing in different sorts of shit, and even discussing it.

  2. 12 Tom S. Fox
    13 April 2014 at 1:04 pm

    “Lisa is married to a zombie version of Milhouse…”

    Ha! Even they admit that the characters a zombie versions of themselves now.

    • 13 Anonymous
      13 April 2014 at 1:20 pm

      I’ll confess to not seeing Holidays of Future Passed, so I’ll admit that I could be way off the mark here, and they gave a damned good reason for it.

      But as it is, the thought of Lisa marrying Milhouse is downright depressing.

      It kinda fucks with my whole idea of her character, like Homer’s speech in “Lisa’s Substitute” about how far she’ll eventually go – the suggestion of her marrying mini-Kirk kinda makes it sound like she never truly escapes being dragged down by family or other people who just plain don’t understand her. Considering that next to pretty much every Lisa episode (where the moral is almost along the lines of “don’t stop being yourself or following your passions”) and it just puts such a sad spin on them.

      • 14 Stan
        13 April 2014 at 3:45 pm

        But this is reality, my friend. You got high dreams? Perfect, smash them on concrete, stamp with your foot, and then marry a loser who wanted to fuck you every night of their life.

    • 16 Stan
      13 April 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Shit, I thought Mad Job edited this one on purpose!
      Hmmm, dare I actually break my boycott the second time after THOH and watch this one?

  3. 17 An
    13 April 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I´m more worried about how they gonna handle Maggie and her “no speak” thing…

    • 18 Brad M
      13 April 2014 at 5:14 pm

      I’m already bothered by how she looks practically identical to present day Lisa. Or maybe that’s a Lisa clone.

  4. 19 Hannah
    13 April 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Ugh, a pennant. That’s very reminiscent of the early zombie era. I’ve barely watched any of the later seasons, so can someone tell me if they’ve used that device in a while?

  5. 20 Jeff
    13 April 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Will one of the Homer clones be Peter Griffin, like the last time they did a story with Homer clones?

  6. 22 Stan
    13 April 2014 at 3:49 pm

    So, this is the supposed Futurama ‘crossover’ or am I completely off the grid here?

  7. 13 April 2014 at 3:54 pm

    “Amy Poehler is going to voice Jenda, so obviously she must be in some serious debt”

    She’s on a popular, acclaimed sitcom so that’s not it. She’s just reprising a role from a previous Zombie episode (although it would have been nice if she pulled a Harvey Fierstein.)

    • 26 Rob K.
      13 April 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Indeed and I wonder if this is where “Unpaid Guest” on DHS actually gets his/her name from.

  8. 27 Rob K.
    13 April 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Every idea in this ZS episode has already been done in previous Simpsons episodes, even Dr. Hibberts aged appearance, to a certain extent.

    And as someone else on here pointed out, even Milhouse is now a real zombie of his former character or whatever, lol.

  9. 28 FireFlower
    13 April 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Are they sure that this isn’t a Halloween episode?

  10. 29 Stan
    13 April 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Incredible! 23 comments and the episode hadn’t even started yet. I wonder if DHS has a page 2 for comments, just in case =)

  11. 30 Joe H
    13 April 2014 at 7:46 pm

    These Jetsons episodes just keep getting lamer and lamer.

  12. 31 Rob K.
    13 April 2014 at 8:03 pm

    “Days of Future Past” btw, I just noticed, is ripped of from the X Men comics/graphic novels!

  13. 34 Monty Python Forever
    13 April 2014 at 8:58 pm

    C.B.S. is really improving itself: Getting rid of How I Met Your Mother, Keeping Person of Interest, and now adding a new comedy about a robot that is a big step up from its usual. That one scene shown in Family Guy was a million times funnier and better written than all of its other comedies put together.

    • 35 Stan
      13 April 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Just found out that they returned Brian in a Christmas-themed episode. Fuck you, show, I thought that at least you would be different.

  14. 36 Stan
    13 April 2014 at 10:01 pm

    K so I sat through the whole thing. Bunch of fucking crap. Not a single laugh. Officially over 100 times over. Go rot in hell stupid show.

    • 37 Joe H
      14 April 2014 at 1:31 am

      Haha, ZS made you look……is what I would say if I didn’t experience this crapfest personally.

      • 39 Stan
        14 April 2014 at 3:41 am

        Oh but the only reason I decided to take a look is only because I thought they were continuing with their story from Seasons 11 and 15. Yes, I admit it, I’m the kind of guy who liked to finish watching storylines that were once started, even if they suck ass. And after all, 2 out of 22 is a pretty decent score (last Season I’ve watched at least 15 episodes whole and 2 or so until my nose bled).

  15. 40 Bartist
    13 April 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Marge and Homer look like they haven’t aged in the future, unlike all the other future themed episodes?

  16. 13 April 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I guess the show started early because I missed the very beginning, including the intro, chalkboard gag & couch gag.

  17. 44 Joe H
    14 April 2014 at 1:29 am

    What can I say? I watched this and wish I hadn’t. Really, really, really bad even for ZS. What was the point? Was I suppose to care about anything happening in this episode? There were no laughs, nothing interesting happening on screen. Just complete desperation for laughs by throwing juvenile

    Unlike most future episodes, this one didn’t present itself like a dream or hallucination but as the ACTUAL future of these characters. Which is bullshit because it was nothing more than a parade of rejected Futurama gags. Futurama at least tried to explain the strange stuff a millennia in the future and had these things called wit, creativity, and relatable characters. ZS just throws a bunch of hackneyed sci-fi concepts in a blender with some really half-hearted attempts at satire and irony and call it a day.

    That synopsis is pretty much the whole episode stretched over 20 minutes, except they don’t get anywhere near showing anything clever or remotely meaningful in relation to their love of other people. I guess futuristic tech is going to solve all these problems and create a pleasure-seeker’s paradise? I guess….because the episode is so muddled in bad attempts at humor that anything more sophisticated than a sight gag of future Bart having sex with a space octopus is virtually nonexistent in hindsight.

    Bart to the Future was better than this, and imagining that is just plain scary. Simpsons-o-Rama can’t be this bad….right?

    • 45 Stan
      14 April 2014 at 2:10 am

      When I watched it, I had a feeling as if I was being blasted with tennis balls 1 every 5 seconds. Like, I couldn’t even start swallowing one plot element when they shot me with another, then another. So Homer gets too fat, so he dies. Okay, then for some reason Frink is able to clone him, so… Oh wait, he dies again. Mm okay, he comes back… dies 20 times in a montage… Aaaand we are 30 years in the future now. Great.

      The whole Total Recall dream sequence was stupid because it didn’t lead anywhere. Bart wakes up right after he realizes that he’s back to being self again and Jenda is back dating Alien ripoff again… But he realizes this BEFORE he wakes up, so… Why was he not awake the whole time? See, having someone realize something out of a dream sequence only works if the setup leads to that character actually trying to do what they were told in the dream. If they do it in the dream, still fail, learn to live with it, and THEN wake up, then… why wake up?

      Anyway, the numbers are in and they are minus one person from whatever Charlie publishes tomorrow. Only Stan watched that Futurama ripoff tonight, wondering why can’t he try to parody a stupid paragraph joke if the abortion they show on TV has hard time deciding which one it tries to parody (Total Recall, Resident Evil or Futurama?), all while making it look like they were so clever to not actually hint directly at any of these. Yeah, sure, Lunchlady Dora certainly approves.

      • 46 Anonymous
        15 April 2014 at 2:27 am

        The death montage at least reminded me of that hilarious bit on The Venture Brothers, so there’s that, at least.

    • 14 April 2014 at 2:29 am

      I guess they’re creating an alternate timeline universe of characters that is apparently canon. Futurama needs to become ‘The Farnsworth & Zoidberg Half-Hour’ or something.

  18. 48 ecco6t9
    14 April 2014 at 1:35 am

    Did Grandpa age and de-age in the same episode?

    14 April 2014 at 4:44 am


  20. 14 April 2014 at 6:58 am

    Well, I personally thought that “Days of Future Past” was a (relatively) sorta decent ZS episode. Between the comments on this post, and the general trend of sequels, I might not watch this one.

  21. 51 Oli
    14 April 2014 at 11:58 am

    Well I thought it was great! Lisa’s romance with an English student… the tension between her and Homer… the heartwarming moment when she decided not to marry Hugh because she cared too much about her family… what a great epi- oh…
    Well it appears while watching Days of Future Future I went into a vegetative state and my brain began replaying Lisa’s Wedding to try and stop my body from shutting down due to mass levels of unfunny uninteresting plot… huh.

    • 52 Stan
      14 April 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Your memory has been wiped clean and replaced with Lisa’s Wedding. Some of us were not so lucky, Mr. Quaid.

  22. 53 AManFromDeclan
    26 April 2014 at 7:38 am

    Maybe they should bring back Fish Police and Capitol Critters, just to teach Zombie Simpsons a lesson!

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