Couch gag: The family appear rotoscoped; Homer complains and the family turn normally-animated again.
Director: Rob Oliver
Synopsis: Inspired by the 2014 film Boyhood, Bart grows up during the episode.
Discussion: Sorry for the delay in writing, it’s a mad mad mad mad mad time of year!
Anyhoo, Barthood traces Bart from a young child to a teenager. I haven’t seen the source movie so I can’t comment on themes etc. All I can tell you is what is in the episode.
I liked what they were trying to do. The concept of Bart growing up is a good one but poorly thought out. As another reviewer put it, “It was the same jokes with a different hairstyle”. The ep didn’t go anywhere; Bart felt Lisa got all the attention so he acted out… over the course of several years before the final, predictable conclusion.
It’s always nice to see a future episode, where they end up etc. These future episodes are always contradicted which has become half the fun. I’ve said it before and will say it again: Perhaps a good way to freshen the series is to advance the kids’ ages to permanent teenage years. There’s only so many times the innocence of a first love/kiss/crush can be explored for an 8 and 10 year old. The possibilities when dealing with Bart and Lisa as teens are endless. As for Maggie… well, it can still be a running joke that Maggie doesn’t speak, or the audience catches her before or after she’s spoken.
It was a cute episode, but could have been done better.
Paths of Glory
Couch gag: A parody of Yahtzee.
Director: Steven Dean Moore
Synopsis: Lisa follows in the footsteps of Springfield’s first female inventor. Marge and Homer think Bart is a sociopath.
Discussion: So, a Simpson wants to be an inventor… This time, Lisa decides to clear the name of Springfield’s first female inventor, Amelia Vanderbuckle, sent to an asylum more than 100 years ago.
Meanwhile, the diary of a homicidal maniac is mistaken for being Bart’s diary. It could have been a good storyline, if characters stopped explaining everything they’d just read and the concept wasn’t so poorly written. And clearly, it’s not Bart’s handwriting… But never let facts get in the way of a story (however lame the story might be). Marge gives Bart a sociopathic test… Let’s be honest, that whole scene is garbage: Thinking Bart is a dangerous sociopath, Homer and Marge let him do whatever he wants in a montage set to Black Sabbath’s ‘Crazy Train’. It’s nothing more than a muddled attempt at a subplot when the main plot takes up less than half the episode anyway. Did a drunk monkey type this script?
In any case, we’ve seen Lisa solving mysteries before, and done much better. Milhouse is a lousy sidekick sleuth.
Wait- why is Groundskeeper Willie wearing a bra??
Somehow the conclusion to this madness involves being drafted to the US Army and Lisa being right. Yawn. It’s a mishmash of half-arsed, badly executed ideas somehow smooshed together to make a “plot” (and I use the term very loosely). As the credits rolled, I was left scratching my head and wondering what the fuck I’d just watched.