09
Sep
14

Quote of the Day

Deep Space Homer9

“Payload checklist: IRS surveillance satellite.” – Race Banyon
“Check.” – Buzz Aldrin
“Any farm.” – Race Banyon
“Check.” – Buzz Aldrin
“Children’s letters to God.” – Race Banyon
“Check.” – Buzz Alrdin


43 Responses to “Quote of the Day”


  1. 1 Jack
    9 September 2014 at 8:37 am

    Shouldn’t that be “ant farm”?

    • 2 Victor Dang
      9 September 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Yes, indeed, the Y key is right next to the T key on American English keyboards, so I DO believe that is a typo.

  2. 3 RaikoLives
    9 September 2014 at 9:13 am

    I wonder if – in universe – they believe they ARE sending them to God, or if they are just destroying them…

  3. 9 September 2014 at 10:36 am

    In Rod We Trust! So many great quotes from that episode alone that you could get nearly a month’s worth of content from it.
    So who was the better guest voice, James Taylor or Buzz Aldrin? I say James Taylor if only for his resort-town ways and ability to create a total vacuum with Art Garfunkle’s air compressor.

    • 5 Cal
      9 September 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Tough call. “Wow, former President James Taylor” is my favorite line, but Aldrin’s “Second comes right after first” line is great too.

      • 6 D.N.
        9 September 2014 at 6:13 pm

        I love how, in the commentary, it’s revealed that there was a back-up line prepared in case Aldrin felt that “Second comes right after first!” was too insulting…but they didn’t need it because Aldrin was fine with what was scripted. Buzz Aldrin seems to have a pretty cool sense of humour. (He’s poked fun at himself on “The Colbert Report” a few times.)

  4. 7 Mister Snrub
    9 September 2014 at 11:36 am

    “Any Farm”? Where’s the any farm?

  5. 10 Frank
    9 September 2014 at 3:40 pm

    You know, joke-wise, this episode was good, but I never liked this episode. I never liked the fact that Homer now becomes an astronaut – very few astronauts actually go into space, from what I hear. Don’t get me wrong, ZS would have made this even more outlandish with Homer saving the world from Saddam Hussein’s ghost and winning the Masters Golf tournament, but this episode was just too outrageous for me. In retrospect, this reminds me of the episode where Homer becomes the selected person to play CBG’s “Everyman”.

    I was really bothered by the whole Golden Grahams singing song – until this episode, Homer singing a song had some more significance than just the writers saying “hey let’s make Homer sing this new outlandish song”. It was just so out of place.

    This was the episode where I realized the ubiquity of Hank Azaria’s generic male voice – and I say this with a great admiration of Hank.

    And I never found the whole 2001-Blue Danube hommage where Homer’s eating the chips all that funny. I mean, I’ve seen 2001, and I appreciate what they wanted to do, but having Homer do it? Seemed out of place. Would have been better if a more introverted, introspective character did it.

    Now that I think about it, this was like an episode where they thought of the jokes first and filled it up with a story rather than the opposite.

    • 9 September 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Regarding the Golden Grahams gag, I think it makes perfect sense that Homer would try to calm himself down in a stressful situation by singing himself a commercial jingle. That’s the kind of guy he is.

      • 12 Dick Steele
        9 September 2014 at 6:26 pm

        Ooey, gooey, rich and chewy inside.
        Golden, flaky, tender cakey outside.
        Wrap the inside in the outside,
        Is it good? Darn tootin’

      • 13 Frank
        10 September 2014 at 3:54 pm

        maybe, but he didn’t look like he need calming down – in fact, he seemed not to be affected by the g-forces or gravity or whatever force was causing the other two to have strained faces.

        then again, maybe it’s because I’m not familiar with the Golden Graham’s jungle?

        The Simpsons has done jingles before – Armor hot dogs, the chicken one, Oscar Meyer Weiners – those all seemed fitting and appropriate – this one? Easily replaceable with $COMMERCIAL_PRODUCT

    • 9 September 2014 at 10:47 pm

      I don’t know I can imagine Homer trying calm himself down with a song about food seeing as this is the same guy who had a fantasy about the land of Chocolate(twice counting the clip show). That and I thought it worked as a stark contrast to the other astronauts who were humming The National Anthem.

      • 17 Frank
        10 September 2014 at 3:49 pm

        weren’t they humming “When Johnny Comes Marching Home?”
        maybe I just don’t remember it properly

      • 18 Frank
        10 September 2014 at 3:56 pm

        whatever it was, I can appreciate the desire for “stark contrast”, but contrast doesn’t mean “out of left field”. I would have chosen a song somewhat related to what the astronauts were singing – maybe the same song, but a more humorous version – or a different country’s anthem (if it was the anthem they were singing)

        • 19 Jack
          10 September 2014 at 4:45 pm

          Why would Homer sing a song related to the one the other astronauts were singing? It wasn’t choir practice; they were just trying to keep themselves distracted.

          Furthermore, Aldrin and Banyon were HUMMING. How do you do a “more humourous version” of a song that has no lyrics? It would make sense for Homer to mess up the words to a song, but not to needlessly add comedy lyrics to one. Or do you mean that you wanted Homer to whip out a kazoo or something?

          The Golden Grahams jingle wasn’t “out of left field” at all. It was completely in character AND funny. You say it could have been replaced with the jingle for any product, but how is that not the case for the Oscar Meyer Weiners and Chicken Tonight recitals? Either way, the joke is that the character is singing a food commercial jingle. The use of this specific product is just as appropriate as the others.

          • 20 Frank
            10 September 2014 at 9:41 pm

            How do you do a more humourous version of a song that has no lyrics?
            Well, i gave an example of what i would have liked to have seen.
            alternatively – he could have been sleeping, humming the theme to a TV show instead of whatever it was the other two were humming.

            The Golden Grahams thing – heck it wasn’t even a song! It was a “spoken jingle”.

            The big problem though was that it wasn’t subtle enough. That’s where the beauty of the Simpsons humour was – not the in-your-face, obvious humour, but the one that made you think about it for just a half second.

            Subtle like determining the rate of change in the curve created by the equation r cubed over 3 (I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised).

            • 21 Jack
              11 September 2014 at 3:30 am

              I really don’t see how the theme to a TV show is any more appropriate, funny or “subtle” than a jingle. Homer loves food and TV with equal passion, and food ads are where these two passions meet.

              I especially don’t see how it would be better for him to be asleep. If he’s asleep during take off, then THAT’S the joke. Having him sing or hum on top of that would just be random, not funny.

              Also, the idea that classic Simpsons should be nothing but subtle humour is grossly misinformed. The subtlety of The Simpsons is in the jokes that occur *between* the big laughs. If everything were subtle, then the audience would have no jokes to appreciate straight away. Although it is true that Zombie Simpsons threw all subtlety out of the window, the biggest difference between the two eras is that ZS’s jokes just aren’t funny regardless of how subtle they are.

              • 22 Frank
                11 September 2014 at 10:17 am

                I actually didn’t mean for him to be sleeping and humming – i wrote too quickly; it should have been “he could have been sleeping OR humming the theme to a TV show…” I agree, sleeping and humming would have been weird.

                Like I said upthread somewhere, maybe it’s because the jingle isn’t a melody. Maybe it’s because i’ve never seen Homer eat Golden Grahams, so that’s why it feels out of left field for me (then again, i don’t have a problem with the Oscar Meyer, etc.).

                I just don’t know why, but I don’t like that scene.

                And after reading your comment, I agree that Simpsons doesn’t have to ONLY be subtle humour, but this particular joke felt like the writers said to each other “what’s the funniest song Homer can sing here?” They cared more about going big than making (in my opinion) a quality joke.

                We’ll just have to agree to disagree. I guess. It is after all, a joke that lasts less than 10 seconds

                • 23 Jack
                  11 September 2014 at 1:43 pm

                  Ah, I see. That makes more sense. I’d say that Homer sleeping would be funny on its own, but would sully the overall story. Homer was a nervous wreck about the launch; he obviously isn’t going to fall asleep during it. The ‘humming a TV theme’ option would work fine too – I just can’t see how it would be *better* than the jingle.

                  As for Homer not eating Golden Grahams, my take is that regardless of what he consumes, Homer watches so much TV that commercial jingles just get stuck in his head, as jingles are wont to do. Because of this, the jingle just happened to be the first song that came to him.

                  Anyway, sometimes jokes – however well written or performed – simply don’t click with some people, and that’s perfectly okay. I just don’t think the writers are at fault here.

  6. 29 anonymous jerk
    9 September 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I can forgive the zaniness of Homer becoming an astronaut because the writers plotted it in a way that made perfect, perfect sense.

    Incidentally, that’s also why the common Zombie Simpsons defense of “but Homer was an astronaut! Surely that excuses all the absurdity of ZS!” doesn’t work. NASA put Homer on the space shuttle for a good reason. There’s no good reason why Moe has a talking bar rag.

    • 30 anonymous jerk
      9 September 2014 at 9:14 pm

      That was supposed to be @Frank. Damnit.

    • 32 Joe H
      10 September 2014 at 2:25 am

      Also, it bypasses a few of its improbabilities in ways that are both funny and acceptably absurd. Such as:

      “How did you get this number”
      “Shut up!”

      In this case, it pokes fun at the improbability of Homer directly calling mission control while setting up a coherent reason why NASA would be interested in sending a guy like Homer into space (i.e. their ratings drop, NASA’s aging, insular brain trust being out of touch with the average modern American, etc).

  7. 33 Stan
    10 September 2014 at 3:25 am

    More and more weird wackos in this blog. Boy oh boy!


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