Don't Miss The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror XX (10/18/09)
Wow, the twentieth Halloween special on The Simpsons. The episode airs tomorrow night, so make sure you watch it or set your DVR. Obviously I've always been a big fan of The Simpsons. There was a time when I was teaching and we had thirty minute "advisory" periods and I'd show an episode. This was my way to have a "life lesson" that we could discuss. Sure they weren't necessarily world-shattering lessons but it was still a way to get these high school kids to actually participate when they weren't too keen on the planned curriculum for the period. It was shortly after this that the assistant principal informed me that colleges were starting similar Simpsons Philosophy classes.
As far as the Treehouse Of Horror episodes, you're not going to really get any applicable life lessons. But you will get some entertainment. Wired.com posted a guest blogger's take on tomorrow's episode. According to the synopsis:
Simpsons used to be something I had to watch every time it was on. The Treehouse of Horror specials were always good. But like the rest of the show it has completely lost any magic it once had (for me and considering I'm not Emperor fo Earth that doesn't really mean much... yet) I know it still has its legions upon legions of fans but for me it is simply not half as good as it once was. I mean, the halloween special with the shining spoof, nightmare cafeteria and homer's time travelling toaster is a classic and one which still makes me laugh myself into coughing fit. The ones of the past five years or so simply cannot compare. I blame that smug git Bono. I really do. And I shall explain why. The episode where Homer becomes the trash commisioner (that right? memory little fuzzy on exact details) and I recall U2 being guest voices. At one point I believe the Edge (is that his name? Anyway, he's a runner up for tosser award after Bono) says to another U2 member "oh here we go (inference to Bono) let's go to Moes and have a pint." I can remember this annoying me at the time (not sure how long ago it was) without really understanding now. But of course now older, wiser and hairier, I see why it angered me so. Moe's was always a dive. A place that only pathetic drunks like Barney, Lenny, Carl and whatnot drank in. Yet for some reason its become a place that celebrities want to hang around in (Eric idle did the exact same thing). Petty? Yes. Too pedantic? Certainly. But that is why Simpsons is no longer a show whose new episodes are must see. (that and the fact that Homer's reached new levels of stupidty and is no longer as endearing or funny, Marge just seems to whine all the time, Lisa was never a favourite character, Bart is.... meh.... oh I could go on but I won't.
yay...another hopeless year of the simpsons and another series of butchered horror movies the pain never ends...oh well i have futurama to look forward to in the future. atleast they are releasing in DURING/BEFORE halloween and not weeks later. and next year halloween is actually on a sunday...odds are they'll miss the date
"TAKE THAT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yay...another hopeless year of the simpsons and another series of butchered horror movies the pain never ends...oh well i have futurama to look forward to in the future. atleast they are releasing in DURING/BEFORE halloween and not weeks later. and next year halloween is actually on a sunday...odds are they'll miss the date"
"God... alright, some episodes have been odd or not so good, but they are still the BEST FRICKIN TV SHOW IN THE PAST 20 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You watch Family Guy, don't you. Goddamn Peter was inspiered by Homer Simpson.
obviously, but if that is around for 20 years im gonna be sick and tired of it too. simpsons has long since passed its prime it used to be a show about a disfuctional family that actually ran into realistic problems but as the years progressed lisa got more annoying, homer got dumber and dumber, marge became more and more of a...lack of word describing what she is now, and bart is just bart only 20 years have progressed and he's no longer a bad boy but more of a slacker. the show has turned into nothing but an excuse to have celebrity appearances and rip of movies like the departed, davinci code, cape fear etc...long story short the simpsons died when the actor who played troy mclure got killed by his wife, i miss troy
i dont really like the simpsons anymore. as a child i loved it and watched it all the time, but now that they are on like there millionth season there just isn't much an episode can be about anymore that will be funny... its long overdue cancellation. but i dont see that happening for a while.
futurama FTW!!!! XD!
This episode was forgettable, but the black and white effect was cool when it went all surreal! Overall though not a great Tree House of Horror. I always liked the one where Kodos and Kang are the two candidates, "it's a two party system" that one cracks me up.
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