26
Aug
17

Zombie Simpsons Gains YouTube Stardom

“Hey, wolfie! Put down that hors d’oeuvre. It’s time for the main course.” – Groundskeeper Willie

No sooner do I decide to take a few days away from the internet than a popular YouTuber drops a 30 minute video that cites this blog and promptly racks up 900,000 views and counting. (My thanks to everyone who alerted me to it via Twitter and email.) The whole thing is worth watching:

Excellent. For starters, my thanks to John Walsh/Super Eyepatch Wolf for the kind mentions and the link to Zombie Simpsons. More importantly, I heartily endorse this event or product’s analysis of how the show went to hell. It identifies Season 8 as a turning point, gives great examples of how layered jokes have been dropped in favor of lazy setup-punchline crap, and contains one of the best explanations of Homer vs. Jerkass Homer I’ve ever seen (22m28s).

Most flattering of all, it led to this tweet from Al Jean himself:

Aww, thanks.

 

 


12 Responses to “Zombie Simpsons Gains YouTube Stardom”


  1. 1 Ryan
    26 August 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Ive never seen an analysis of the downfall of the simpsons that was correct except this site. Saw that video pop up numerous times in my reccommended but never watched it since I figured its be something like, “the show officially jumped the shark with the principal and the pauper!”

    Hilarious that the video actually used tou as a reference and still got it wrong.

  2. 26 August 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I love this video. Think it’s a good “TLDR” to send to people who don’t quite grasp that The Simpsons is effectively 2 different shows.

    Had to confirm for myself that “Homer’s Enemy” is now the highest rated ep on IMDB though. That’s a really odd one to come out on top.

  3. 3 James M
    27 August 2017 at 10:10 am

    An interesting upload from Super Eyepatch Wolf overall because I always saw him as an anime reviewer. Also unusual is that this is a “Why it Sucks” video as his videos usually promote a show rather than put a spotlight on its failure (Berserk 2016/2017 being the one big exception). Though it IS promoting the classic era as “the good Simpsons” so there is some positive spin.

  4. 4 Anonymous
    27 August 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I have yet to watch it myself, but it sounds good from what the rest of you are saying, so I’ll give it a shot as soon as I have a half-hour to kill on a video.

  5. 5 Victor D
    27 August 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I wonder how much extra research that guy would’ve had to do if this site (and its aforementioned excellent, thorough, Al Jean-approved analysis) didn’t exist. Not sure if he says anything that already hasn’t been said on this site, either, which is what I’d be most interested in.

    • 6 James M
      28 August 2017 at 7:53 pm

      I watched it and I would say it is about 99% cribbed from DHS. Though he gives credit to the site and namedrops “charliesweatpants” so it’s no big deal. Also it is has virtually 1 million views, so that mean s more traffic to charlie’s book.

      Also that upvote vs downvote ratio is a good barometer. Means most people agree that the show is a shadow of its former self now

    • 7 Bleeding Gums Murphy
      29 August 2017 at 10:27 am

      Hard to not repeat the same ideas when a dedicated Simpsons fan has spend years telling them and overanalyzing the show over and over and over. Which is why people are more aware of the terribleness of ZS now.

  6. 28 August 2017 at 3:34 am

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    • 9 Concerned DHS reader
      31 August 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Yeah. A good reason I can still stomach this website, and I hope he keeps it that way. Monetization, more precisely injecting ads in your video because you feel like “earning a couple bucks”, will always earn my downvote instead, no matter how good the content. You want to go commercial – take it elsewhere.

  7. 10 Bleeding Gums Murphy
    28 August 2017 at 8:45 am

    I watched the video, and it’s not bad, but while it provides a TL;DR version of the Zombie Simpsons book, it also doesn’t go deep into why The Simpsons ended.

    For example, the author could have compared the way LGBT people where portrayed in The Simpsons and how the show was ahead of its time (except for transgender people, the show did terrible transphobic jokes) versus how Zombie Simpsons use the same cliches over and over. Or, instead of merely talking about Homer’s evolution (which has been done a lot ot times), Lisa, Marge, Bart and others could also been mentioned. And I also think the could have taken a better joke when it’s tine to explain the multilayered nature of The Simpsons’ comedy (Charlie’s example of ruined Krusty asking for money in “Krusty Gets Kancelled” is a better explanation).

    Overall, not a bad video, I just wished it went into further details.

  8. 11 Anonymous
    29 August 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Keep up the good work! Greetings from Germany.

  9. 12 Sarah J
    2 September 2017 at 6:28 pm

    This video mostly felt like a summary on this site, but he did give credit and you seem happy about it, so that’s cool.


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