Posts Tagged ‘Coming to Homerica

18
May
09

The Vapid End of Season 20

Kamp Krusty2

Alright, three whole months of spaghetti-Os and daytime TV.” – Otto

I realized two things watching “Coming to Homerica” last night.

1.  It is nearly impossible to neatly summarize many of these episodes.  The promotional stuff for last night’s talked about Homer forming his little vigilante group, but that tired idea was barely on screen for two minutes.  In actuality the episode was a shop worn and timid take on immigration with Norwegians substituted in for Latinos, but how do you write a coherent summary of that?  The plot is an inch deep and a mile wide, it amounts to little more than a loose connection of disjointed sketches.  Summaries are supposed to tell you what’s going to happen in a show, but writing something like, “Norwegians come to Springfield, wackiness ensues, everyone hugs, the end.” just doesn’t cut it.

2.  I watched last night’s meandering episode live, not on TiVo, not downloaded from some torrent site, and I think I’ve come to a new understanding of why it is people continue to watch this shit and call it gold.  When you see it interspersed with promos for Fox’s other shows, including the other Sunday night cartoons, the mediocrity of Zombie Simpsons is vastly better concealed.  It blends right in with “King of the Hill”, “American Dad” or any of the other garbage Fox was promoting last night.  When The Simpsons was still The Simpsons it stood out from everything else on television; now, not so much.

Anyway, it’s time to set the over/under on the ratings.  Last night had big time cross promotional support from Eminem and it was a night of season finales, on the other hand recent years haven’t seen much of a ratings bump for season finales.  We’ll call it 6.6 million and as always I’m hoping for the under.

Update: The numbers and in and they’re terrible.  Huzzah.  Last night’s Zombie Simpsons season finale managed to attract just 5.86 million viewers.  Eminem and Stewie hosting the night couldn’t save them.  

I’m planning a more detailed and hopefully not completely stupid ratings post for later in the week, but for right now just know that Season 20 averaged only 7.12 million viewers.  That’s down more than a million viewers from Season 19, which was itself down almost a million viewers from Season 18.  Yeah yeah, the internal demographic numbers aren’t as grim, but it’s still a pretty stunning decline.  

One other housekeeping note, since we’re free from new Zombie Simpsons until September (at the earliest) we’ll be doing some different things around here.  The quotes of the day will still go up every morning, but we’re also going to hate on some classic Zombie Simpsons (Season 12 should come out on DVD sometime this summer), take a closer look at the transition from Simpsons to Zombie Simpsons and generally continue to spew truth from every orifice.  

17
May
09

Sunday Preview: “Coming To Homerica”

Coming to Homerica

Yeah, yeah — we already did a combined preview for the last three episodes of Season 20.  Still, tonight’s the season finale, and that in and of itself bears repeating.  We turn to SNPP once again for a description of “Coming to Homerica,” complete with friendly reminders that this episode is likely to retread old ground:

When Ogdenville’s residents abandon the town after an economic collapse triggered by tainted Krusty-brand veggieburgers, Homer forms his own vigilante group no, wait, that’s “Homer the Vigilante”
his own security agency no, that’s “Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge”
his own border patrol to keep the Ogdenvillians out of Springfield

Will ratings be even lower than last Sunday’s new all-time low?  Will Homer be an unamusing jackass?  We’ll find out soon enough.

(Image lovingly yoinked from Simpsons Channel.)

30
Apr
09

The End is Near

 

Season 20: VERY not worthy.

Season 20: VERY not worthy.

Image used under CreativeCommons license from Flicker user windy_sydney

The end of Season 20 is finally in sight.  Simpsons Channel now has promo images and plot descriptions up for all three of the remaining episodes.  It’s almost over.  

First up is Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’Oh, in which Bart and Lisa go to a rich kids school while Homer enjoys the bachelor lifestyle in the apartment he and Marge rented to get their kids into said school.  Also, we’re getting Ellen Page voicing Miley Cyrus Alaska Nebraska.  

  • Jon’s Thoughts:  Didn’t Homer live the bachelor lifestyle with a couple of gay dudes a few seasons ago? Oh God, I think Weird Al was in that episode as a musical guest.  Since this can’t possibly be as good as that awful episode, hopefully it will at least spur some derogatory remarks from Miley Cyrus that will help accelerate her career towards the heroin induced asphyxiation death on which I’m counting.
  • Dave’s Thoughts:  I have the sinking feeling this will be another empty celebrity guest appearance. Not sure I have enough of an emotional connection to tween pop starlets to give a shit about them skewering Hannah Montana.
  • Charlie’s Thoughts:  When I first read this about a week ago there was a faint glimmer of hope in my Zombie Simpsons scarred mind because the plot is relatively original.  Then we had that helicopter parent episode and the tiny ember of hope died.  

Next Sunday is a short-story episode titled Four Great Women and a Manicure.  We’ll let Brian from Simpsons Channel describe it:

they spin four tales of famous women featuring famous Springfield faces: Selma as Queen Elizabeth I, Lisa as Snow White, Marge as Lady Macbeth and Maggie (guest voice Jodie Foster) as the idealistic architect protagonist from Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”.

  • Jon’s Thoughts:  God fucking damn it, nothing pisses me off more than these short story episodes. These are always death.
  • Dave’s Thoughts:  When was the last time Zombie Simpsons did a decent multi-story episode?
  • Charlie’s Thoughts:  I have nothing to add here except to point out (again) that Maggie did once organize the resistance at the Ayn Rand School for Tots, I’m not sure Objectivism is her cup of tea.  Also, “The Fountainhead”?  That’s not even the well known Ayn Rand novel.

Finally we come to the season finale, Coming to Homerica.   The Simpsons Channel description is only two sentences long, but really all you need is this:

Homer organizes a border patrol group.

  • Jon’s Thoughts:  You just know he’ll start as some xenophobic bastard that learns that culture mixing is what made America great and then he’ll end the episode on the side of the illegal aliens ala “Much Apu About Nothing.”
  • Dave’s Thoughts:  No more vigilante groups. Once in a series is more than sufficient.
  • Charlie’s Thoughts:  My colleagues pretty much nailed it: mix “Homer the Vigilante” with “Much Apu About Nothing”, strain out all the intelligence and wit, and shake well.  If we’re lucky, and I wouldn’t count on it, Homer will at least learn his lesson a little faster than he did in “Mypods and Boomsticks”.  



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