The D’oh-cial Network
Billboard: Winter at Squidport: Dead seals wash up daily
We do need no education
Couch gag: The Simpsons fight their way through New York City to be guests on Davide Letterman’s show.
Director: Chris Clements
David Letterman as himself
Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins
Synopsis: Lisa creates an online social network after realising she has no friends in real life.
Discussion: Who here has seen A Muppet Christmas Carol? Hands up if you can’t guess what it’s about. This episode of The Simpsons felt very much like that film (and others of its kind): it’s not a parody if you put different people into the same storyline with much the same characterisation. It’s a remake. The first half of this ep felt like a remake of The Social Network but with Simpsons characters.
Lisa, realising she doesn’t actually have any friends, creates a parody of Facebook, called SpringFace. The townspeople use it constantly, to the point where there have been 35 deaths caused by residents’ failures to look where they’re going and take due care (especially while driving). Lisa is on trial for this destruction and agrees to shut down the site. BORING!
My main issue with this ep is that it lacks any originality whatsoever. It’s not a parody; it’s taking a film and big business (Mapple/Apple) and using it to connect with an audience using familiarity. It’s like that shot-for-shot remake of Psycho. Why bother?
Having said that, there were a couple of highlights in this episode. One was Nelson’s treatment of the nerds as they wrote the code for Lisa’s site and the other is Hans being hit by Homer’s car and desperately hitting the Dislike button. I didn’t even enjoy the short at the end, where Bart and Milhouse get their comeuppance for pulling a prank at the school. When the episode runs too short, I don’t mind something random at the end but it was done much better years ago with “The Adventures of Ned Flanders” short (even though I hated it in my review…)
This is yet another mindless ep which doesn’t add anything to the canon (although it’s full of source material for The Simpsons: Tapped Out game). Maybe best viewed when drunk and/or high.