Homer the Whopper
Billboard: Dr Nick Riviera saying “If I kill you, you don’t pay!”
The class hamster isn’t just sleeping
Couch gag: The family are waiting on a subway platform. When the train comes and the doors open, the couch is inside. The family sit and the train leaves.
Director: Lance Kramer
Matt Groening as himself
Seth Rogen as Lyle McCarthy
Kevin Michael Richardson as the security guard
Synopsis: Comic Book Guy has written his own comic book about an Everyman superhero, and Homer is selected to play the part in the film adaptation.
Discussion: Firstly, let it be said that I don’t like Seth Rogen. He’s a one trick pretentious pony who only knows how to smoke weed. When you look up “overrated” in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Seth Rogen. They’ll let anyone into Hollywood these days…
Therein lies the irony to this Everyman episode. There’s nothing special about Seth Rogen yet he’s the co-writer and guest star in this really stupid episode. The first act is the strongest, with the second and third acts descending into a smoke-driven haze of nothingness. The whole point of the episode is a satire of Hollywood ruining superhero movies… but is that actually what happens? The first Superman movie, the one with Christopher Reeves, rated well with critics and the moviegoing audience. A quick IMDB search of other superhero movies such as 1989’s Batman, The Dark Knight, The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man all rate above 7.4, which is considered a good score (superhero sequels and The Green Hornet are a different story…)
Anyhoo, I digress. The premise of the “satire” is flawed, the writing is lazy (hello, ‘Radioactive Man‘) and the Everyman movie should be crap for other reasons other than Homer gets fat and the editing sucks. It’s just not a well-defined episode, rather self-promotion for what’s-his-face. The idea of Comic Book Guy writing his own comic and going Hollywood is a good idea, and this should have been the theme for the episode rather than rehashing the tired old superhero movie routine which we’ve seen before.
Having said all that, it’s a good start to season 21. I say this because there’s no better way to draw in an audience than a well-known Hollywood star, which is probably the only useful part Seth Rogen plays in this whole debacle. I’m surprised there was no weed in the episode…