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Nice rapture, Einstein


Thank God, it’s Doomsday

couch gag: All the Simpsons have Moe’s face.

Director: Michael Marcantel

Guest voices:
Baha Men singing the haircut parody of their song, ‘Who let the dogs out?’
Los Lobos performing the end credits

Synopsis: After watching a movie about the Rapture, Homer predicts the apocalypse.

Discussion: Forgive me, Father, for I am about to blaspheme. What in the name of Jesus Christ was this shit?

After watching a movie called Left Below, Homer starts to panic and predicts the Rapture using numerology. His first prediction doesn’t come true but his second one, in which no one believes him, proves to be true… or at least, a very vivid dream.

Homer’s battles with religion are nothing new to The Simpsons. He’s started his own religion, he’s sued the church and taken residence, he’s taken active protests against going to church. Seeing a movie glorifying the Rapture which scares him into believing it could happen any day (and coincidentally, next Wednesday in particular) is completely out of character. Lisa’s quip about many predictions of Doomsday being incorrect is the most intelligent thing about this episode.

Coincidentally (or is it?), as I was watching today’s episode, a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door. They wanted to talk about what happens to people after they die and not the Rapture, but if they did I would have found it amusing for the coincidence. Spooky.

Anyhoo, back to the episode. Homer has dreamed about meeting God before, and Heaven does seem like a rather nice place but Homer being able to get there… well, it’s not going to happen because Homer just isn’t that pious. Surely wishing for the angel concierge’s head to explode proves that?

The Simpsons and religion go together well. This isn’t one of those well-done episodes. What if it were Marge who predicted Doomsday?

PS: Today is the anniversary of watching The Simpsons. Read about the past year here.

I’m George Cauldron, is Suzanne ready yet?


Treehouse of Horror XI

Opening Sequence: A parody of The Munsters: Homer is Herman, Marge is Lilly, Lisa is Marilyn, Bart is Eddie and Grampa is Grandpa. Townspeople drive stakes through their hearts except Lisa, who whistles innocently as she wanders away.

Director: Matthew Nastuk

Synopsis: G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad finds Homer’s horoscope surprisingly accurate and he dies, with 24 hours to do one good deed if he wants to go to Heaven. Scary Tales Can Come True is a parody of Grimm’s Fairy Tales where Bart and Lisa are Hansel and Gretel, finding themselves trapped in a gingerbread house with a witch. Night of the Dolphin sees dolphins taking over the world.

Discussion: I’m not a huge fan of the Halloween episodes, including this one. The stand out segment is Scary Tales, discussed below.

‘G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad’ has Homer’s horoscope surprisingly concise and true: You will die today. Once he dies, he ascends to the gates of Heaven, where St Peter informs him that in order to pass through the gates, he has to do one good deed. A series of good deeds gone wrong occurs and Homer ends up in Hell instead. There’s not a lot of substance to the segment, except the very beginning where an attractive co-worker gives him a compliment (“Ooh, I hope it’s Lenny!”)

‘Scary Tales Can Come True’ has the worst title, but the best plot. Homer is laid off from his job as Oaf and he can’t afford to feed the kids, so takes them to the Deep Dark Woods where they meet a witch living in a gingerbread house. This segment is brilliant: funny, smart, clever. Everything about it works… except maybe the final scene where Homer is laying eggs. Still, it’s a Halloween ep so you gotta expect some crap.

‘Night of the Dolphin’ sees Snorky leading dolphins to take over the world. Meh. There are some funny quips but overall, it falls flat. Although dolphins were chosen because they’re a “friendly” creature, this isn’t the case. Get ready for some biological science: dolphins can be quite mean. They gang-rape their females, often until the females die. They’re quite violent and kill not only porpoise babies but their own dolphin babies too. (There are numerous references a simple Google search will turn up for you; here’s just one to get you started.) Once you know how violent dolphins can be, this segment becomes a lot more sinister. Instead of the higher intelligence they could impart if we knew how to communicate with them, they’d probably be more like this segment: just plain mean.

(On a personal note, I do apologise for not posting for the past three days. There was a medical thing and internet issues which prevented me from doing so.)

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