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Start this thing, I’m not impressed

The Man Who Came to be Dinner

Couch gag: The Simpsons are in an art gallery viewing portraits of themselves. Homer picks up a remote control, changing all the pictures to TV screens.

Director: David Silverman

Synopsis: During a trip to an amusement park, the Simpsons are transported to the home planet of Kang and Kodos.

Discussion: …I really don’t know how to start with this one. In the canon of The Simpsons, it just gets more and more weird, while being less and less entertaining.

This episode doesn’t know what it’s doing. It’s trying to be half a dozen things at once: another Futurama, Star Trek and at one point I even thought it was turning into Hamlet. Apparently this episode was supposed to be two seasons ago, but was held off. The delay was confirmed by writers Al Jean and David Mirkin as being considered as a plot of a possible Simpsons movie sequel. Oh dear God, no!!!

This ep has all the classic people involved: Al Jean, David Mirkin, David Silverman, Alf Clausen. Did they lose a bet where the loser has to pen the worst episode ever and make 10 million people suffer for it? I just don’t understand the motivation to write, animate or screen this utter pile of steaming excrement.

Let’s start at the beginning. We start with another look at Dizneeland, which was first seen in an episode called Old Money, waaaay back in season 2. Bart talks the family into trying out a new ride, and the family end up in Rigel Seven, the home planet of perennial Halloween favourites Kang and Kodos, who decide one of the Simpsons needs to be a sacrifice.

Basically, we’ve seen this all before in different guises. Amusement parks, check. Eating potato chips in space with the Blue Danube playing, check. Kang and Kodos wanting to eat humans, check. Complete and utter snorefest: check.

Don’t waste time watching this shit. Go outside and get some fresh air instead.

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Gump Roast

Couch gag: The Simpsons are on a slot machine, which hits the jackpot and pays out.

Director: Mark Kirkland

Synopsis: Homer is the subject of a roast.

Discussion: Well, um, OK. This is a clip show, showcasing Homer’s best and worst bits during a roast. I don’t have anything against clip shows; sometimes they serve to further a plot (I happened to catch a clip show of Friends yesterday- it was the one where Rachel didn’t accept the invitation to go to Ross’ UK wedding and they were individually recalling the ups and downs of their relationship.) That clip show had a point. This one doesn’t. I understand that the show is in response to a pay dispute (which I remember vividly- all sorts of rumours about the cancellation of the show or hiring new voice actors were being bandied about) but really, does it have to come to a clip show which makes no sense?

Maybe it’s because I don’t really understand the point of a roast. Maybe it’s because Kang and Kodos are trying to destroy the planet. Maybe it’s Dr Hibbert dressed as Darth Vader. Who knows? The point is, there is no point. It’s just an excuse to stick together a bunch of clips, some of which are 10 seasons (or more!) old and are ingrained in the memories of every Simpsons fan. Wait- I know what I just said. Clip shows *are* just an excuse to stick together old clips. But hear me out. Remember Bart’s April Fool’s Day prank and the clip show served to get Homer’s memory back? That had a point. The clip show recalling the romance between Homer and Marge? That had a point. A roast where Homer falls into a drunken coma while Kang and Kodos are given reasons not to destroy the planet? What the…?

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