Homer Goes to Prep School
Billboard: Sideshow Mel is a poster boy for Hair Bone Removal Clinic, Live the bone-free life
Teacher did not get fat over the holidays
Couch gag: The Simpsons enter the living room as different awards, which are then smooshed into a World’s Greatest Grampa award, which is picked up by Abe.
Director: Mark Kirkland
Tom Waite as Lloyd
Synopsis: Homer becomes a survivalist after a riot at a learning centre.
Discussion: I actually rather enjoyed this episode. After yet another Springfield riot, this time in a learning centre, Homer becomes a “prepper”- someone who is preparing for a post-apocalyptic world. This is an actual subset of people who spend every day training themselves for necessary skills after civilisation collapses and hording food (when their potato chips are nearing expiry, do they eat them and replenish their stores?)
Due to Homer’s distraction, an electrical pulse soars through Springfield, rendering the town without electronics. This is the end of the world as we know it, so all the preppers move together to form their new society- Civilisation 2.0: Rise of the Weirdos. Would we really want these preppers to be the forefathers of a new civilisation anyway? Just sayin’.
Anyhoo, everything’s returned to normal and civilisation didn’t die out. The ep brings up a lot of questions about society itself, which aren’t necessarily self-reflected within the episode. IMHO if this had been an early episode, say season 4, the satire of a new society would have been very clear (and hilarious). As it stands, it’s an above-average episode of a shockingly poor season thus far but still doesn’t quite hit the heights that it could. For example, Herman could have more of an impact on the ep but that duty is carried by a newbie named Lloyd. Why introduce a new (and forgettable) character when there’s already a perfectly capable Springfielder?