Couch gag: The Simpsons are various Japanese anime characters
Director: Bob Anderson
Synopsis: Lisa and Mr Burns are in media competition.
Discussion: Although this episode is full of great one liners, it’s instantly forgettable. Mr Burns is a modern Randolph Hurst, taking over all the local media in order to control “free” speech and silence opponents. Comparisons to Rupert Murdoch abound, including a moment where Smithers and Burns concede that no one can control the world’s media, except for Murdoch. As an aside, in this year’s Australian federal election, Murdoch-owned media tried to oust reigning PM Kevin Rudd in favour of his opponent, Tony Abbott. It was a brash move, one that many people did not agree with and opening debates into journalism ethics. The government would have been voted out anyway… But I digress.
Burns vs Lisa. It’s happened before, but this time it’s personal. Well, it turns personal, with Mr Burns projecting lasers on the Moon depicting Lisa kissing Milhouse (“Way to go, Moon Milhouse!”) In the end, Lisa gives up only to find that pretty much all of Springfield have published their own papers.
And speaking of things that have happened before… Lisa’s Red Dress Press feels very similar to Kidz Newz, even with Nelson helping her out on each project. The lowlight of the episode is the scene where Mr Burns is suckling a mole… Ewww.
So, again, it’s an uninteresting episode with loads of deja vu. Instantly (and thankfully) forgettable, and so long to season 15. I’m beginning to think I’m a glutton for punishment, committing to watch every episode…