Aug 22, 2009
Well, I wasn't expecting The Simpsons to go out on a whimper like this. The idea of Homer and Springfield coming together to keep foreigners out has a lot of potential, but that potential was squandered with the predictable twist at the end.
After a nasty hit to the economy, Ogdenville, one of Springfield's neighbors, quickly fell into chaos. All of its citizens picked up what the had and moved to Springfield, taking jobs left and right, doing things most Springfieldiens ... Read More
Aug 22, 2009
One of the last episodes of the twentieth season was one of my least favorite types of episodes: the telling of stories often centuries old. A lot of these stories don't need to be retold and often end up being ruined in the process, but that wasn't necessarily the case this time around.
The typical setup for the episode was very much out of the ordinary since we were dealing with a story retelling episode. The only modern scenes were ... Read More
Aug 22, 2009
As I attempt to wrap up my reviews of The Simpsons' twentieth season, we run into a real stinker of an episode. After Marge learned how bad Springfield Elementary School really is, she decided it was time to move the kids into a different school. There was just one problem: they would have to move.
The Simpsons manage to get around this legal issue by renting an apartment in the new school's town and Homer got stuck living in the apartment ... Read More
Aug 2, 2009
"Father Knows Worst" doesn't feel like the most original episode in the world, but I still managed to get a kick out of some of Homer's wacky behavior. While he was trying to fix Bart and Lisa's lives at school, Marge was on her own for the most part. She came across a hidden room in the Simpson basement. All this time, they had a sauna and never knew about it. Sure, it was a bit of a ... Read More
Jul 29, 2009
It's admittedly been a while since I've reviewed Fox's animated shows. It's been a busy summer and these just haven't been a priority. Here, we find Milhouse and Bart at odds with one another when a new girl comes between them. Milhouse gets punished for a prank at school, while Bart spends all his time with the new girl, paying no attention to Milhouse, who was suspended and grounded.
The prank that started the episode was rather clever: remove every ... Read More
Apr 26, 2009
Each season of The Simpsons features a few episodes which have one of the supporting characters prominently featured, offering an opportunity to use the character in question in a different way. While I don't think that most of those episodes are any good, this one which featured Moe, was a good example of what can be achieved.
After neglecting to take care of Maggie, Homer gets assigned to watch her every morning. I don't blame Marge for her anger at Homer. ... Read More
Apr 4, 2009
I have to hand it to the writers of The Simpsons for managing to come up with another solid episode. Even though there have been one or two disappointing episodes since going HD, the writers have done a terrific job of late. That opening bit with Comic Book Guy was very well done. It wasn't the typical couch gag.
This episode explored the fact that Homer and Marge's latest re-marriage wasn't legal because Reverend Tim Lovejoy wasn't officially a minister ... Read More
Mar 23, 2009
I'm not sure what is going on, but ever since The Simpsons has made the switch to HD, it seems like the episodes are better. Along with improved visuals, they also managed to introduce fresh material. The writers have done a pretty good job and this episode was no exception.
The Simpsons have traveled all over the world, but I don't believe they've ever been to Ireland, so since St. Patrick's Day is here, it was time for the Simpsons to ... Read More
Mar 21, 2009
The Simpsons finally made a misstep with their latest entry, "Gone Maggie Gone." When Marge loses her vision temporarily, Homer is forced to take special care of the kids, but as we all know, this wasn't going to be easy.
There were some intriguing puzzles introduced in this episode. It felt like National Treasure to some extent, with the puzzles that Lisa was supposed to solve in order to find her baby sister Maggie.
I enjoyed the scene in the rowboat with ... Read More
Mar 21, 2009
It was only a matter of time until The Simpsons aired an episode about the economy and I suppose this was as good of time as any. After throwing a huge Mardi Gras party, Homer learned that his adjustable mortgage rate was going to be changed, which would later cause them to lose their house due to foreclosure.
I think one of my favorite comments in this episode came during that scene where the Simpsons are being kicked out of their house ... Read More