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Oct
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Behind Us Forever: Treehouse of Horror XXVII

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“No! No, let me explain! Every Friday evening after work Mr. Burns undergoes a series of medical treatments designed to cheat death for another week.” – Mr. Smithers 

I’ve been staying with friends in Arlington, VA this week and doing the D.C. tourist thing in Our Nation’s Capital while a constant loop of “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington” plays inside my head (with a side order of “Amendment to Be“). That left watching another lifeless Zombie Simpsons Halloween special pretty low on my priority list. But watch it I did, and it was, well, lifeless.

At the risk of repeating myself, the attention span of Zombie Simpsons has grown so short that they can’t even write coherent 6-7 minute segments. Like several previous Halloween episodes, this one was atomized even further, starting with an opening sketch with fan service ghosts, then going into a long couch gag that was a parody of Planet of the Apes called “Planet of the Couches” (<- creative!). After that they did their three main segments before ending with a 600th episode montage that made me pine for the days when they refused to celebrate meaningless milestones.

The first segment was a Hunger Games/Mad Max 4 mashup where Burns somehow had taken all the water. Here’s a typically brainless scene:

Lisa: Oh, God, me and my big mouth.
Marge: Ooh, I just donated the winter clothes.
Ralph: I’m a god in this reality.
Lisa: Sure, why not?

After that was an exposition heavy segment where Lisa’s imaginary best friend kills a bunch of people. Remember that line from “Hell Toupee” where Lisa exclaims, “Of course, the transplant! Somehow Snake’s hair must be controlling…” and then Marge cuts her off because everyone’s already figured that out? This segment was an extended exercise in ignoring that. Observe:

Imaginary Best Friend: Hey, Lisa, let’s gossip about boys. Isn’t Milhouse so cute? Oh, of course, he suffocated.
Lisa: My Mom was so right when she said I didn’t need you anymore.
Imaginary Best Friend: Oh, I see, so nosy old Marge was the reason you moved on from me.
Lisa: Oh, no, she’ll kill Mom! What do I do?

Finally there was a Kingsman thing where Moe is secretly running a spy agency out of the bar. Homer is some kind of villain, a lot of it is a weird action sequence that kills a lot of time by killing a lot of people, and then it ends for no apparent reason. As usual, about half the dialogue is them explaining what we’re seeing, but I think I’ve quoted this thing enough.

Anyway, the ratings are long since in and they remain bad even when they’re good. On Sunday, Zombie Simpsons managed to pull 7.44 million viewers, by far their highest since last January when they had playoff football as a lead-in. Unfortunately, since the post-game show had 15.38 million viewers, they once again managed to lose more than 50% of their NFL lead-in.


7 Responses to “Behind Us Forever: Treehouse of Horror XXVII”


  1. 1 Rick
    21 October 2016 at 12:23 pm

    It’s not just that they lost more than 50% of their lead-in, it’s that they did so while having their 600th episode. Less and less people care with each passing day.

    But they deserve that. Sure, meaning milestones and all, but even if Classic Simpsons didn’t make a big deal out of hitting big episode numbers (or even riffed on the tradition, 138th Special, anyone?), they still delivered a quality episode in those milestones. You’d think that, at the very least, Zombie Simpsons would try to air an episode half worth watching for their milestone entries, but they’ll happily give the spotlight to a piece of shit, as evidenced by this episode, their 500th, their 400th, their 300th…

    • 2 Anne Onymous
      24 October 2016 at 1:49 am

      What about their 200th, which I believe was the one where Homer floods the town with trash and everyone moves away (which, to me, would have made the perfect final episode, since it mocks the clichéd sitcom finale episode where the family moves away or the store goes out of business and the family-like ensemble cast have to go their separate ways). It wasn’t a perfect episode, but it was worth it for some jokes and it’s probably the last episode watched by most viewers (since the sight of Homer being a jerkass and the insane direction the episode went was enough to make them throw out their TVs or find something else to watch/better to do on Sunday nights).

      • 3 Anne Onymous
        24 October 2016 at 1:52 am

        And, forgive me for being the odd man out, but the 100th episode was kinda mediocre. Yeah, Skinner and Bart became friends and it was all so very heartwarming, but, after the sequence with Santa’s Little Helper getting trapped in the airvent and Chalmers calling Skinner out for low test scores and having ugly students, it just felt so dull. I think the 100th episode should have been either Bart getting Stampy the elephant or the 100th in production code order (that ended up airing in the sixth season) where Lisa makes friends with that girl who’s better at her in everything that makes her special while Homer hoards sugar he found on the side of the road.

    • 4 Anne Onymous
      30 October 2016 at 11:45 am

      >Less and less people care with each passing day.

      “Fewer”. It’s “Fewer and fewer people care with each passing day”.

  2. 5 frank
    21 October 2016 at 2:17 pm

    intro + couch gag – gag.
    first one: waste of my 7 minutes.
    in the second one, i actually thought Wiggum’s lines (all three of them) were actually funny (“the only imaginary killer I believe in is God”).
    the third one was OK – though I’m a bit biased; I enjoy seeing Springfield bullies get clobbered, but yeah the exposition was pretty terrible. i also like the recurring theme of Moe’s “other” lives, and the not-Michael Caine/Squeaky-voiced teen bit was funny.

  3. 6 Stan
    26 October 2016 at 12:08 am

    You now have to be as spazzed out as Burns in that above pic to actually enjoy their Halloweird specials. 7.44 millions viewers means 3 million idiots and 4.44 million hardcore fans who still haven’t lost their hope.

    • 7 Anne Onymous
      30 October 2016 at 11:43 am

      That’s the smartest thing you’ve ever said in these comments, Stan. You can have a cookie and first pick of toys for the day (don’t go near the Flintstone Phone, though. It’s kinda messed up).


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