This punishment is not boring and pointless
couch gag: The Flintstones are sitting on the couch
Director: Mark Kirkland
Synopsis: Bart and Lisa spend the summer at Kamp Krusty, which falls far below expectations (and safety standards).
Discussion: Welcome to season 4! We begin by taking a trip to Kamp Krusty for the summer. Prepare to be disappointed in both the camp and the episode.
Being from “south of the equator” (see what I did there?) we don’t have summer camps here. Our summer vacation is six weeks long and includes Christmas, new year and Australia Day, so there’s really not a lot of time to send kids away to camp. So the premise is pretty much lost on me to begin with. The idea that Kamp Krusty is a hellhole is amusing for about five minutes and gets boring very quickly. It’s predictable that they hate the camp and Bart would take things into his own hands.
Wikipedia tells me that this plot was considered for use in a Simpsons movie; I am very happy it wasn’t. Not that the plot they did go with was fantastic, but that’s another blog post for another time.
The whole episode is very dark for the show. Lisa writes of death marches and imitation gruel, sneaking a letter past the counselors before it can be censored. Given the opportunity, I probably wouldn’t have rushed this to open the season with, it’s quite dark and dampens the mood for the excitement of a brand new season. The eventual appearance of Krusty and the closing montage of him taking the kids to “the happiest place on Earth” (Tijuana, Mexico) is about the best thing of the episode, although Barney’s appearance as fake Krusty (“I am so Krunchy the Klown!”) is also very good.