Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Four Hundred And Forty First Episode Ever!

Here's the plot of The Simpsons season 21 premiere: Comic Book Guy creates a hot new superhero comic which is bought by Hollywood. Homer is chosen to be the lead in the movie so he goes into training. Ultimately, though, his weigh problems guarantee a flop.

Let's see: A character creates a hot new comic. They already did that. Hollywood types invade Springfield. Done more than once. A Simpson appears in a movie. Done. Homer interacts with Hollywood. Done more than once. A citizen of Springfield is chosen to star in a comic book superhero movie. Done. Homer gains or loses weight, and gets in or out of shape. Done many times. Homer's involvement in a high-profile show biz project fails. Done. Weird editing in the final product shows something is wrong. Done.

The Simpsons is still a good show, but it hasn't been essential watching in years. Most sitcoms can't go for more than four or five years without feelings a little stale, so what can you say about a show that's produced well over 400 episodes?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. I watched "THE SIMPSONS" for something like 15 years and then just stopped cold turkey. It's not that the show had gotten any worse, it's just that I felt I had seen all "THE SIMPSONS" anyone really needed to see in a lifetime.

But, oh, to be Matt Groening...

8:19 AM, September 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Simpsons is more like late night TV talk show than a regular TV show. Its on all the time and is topical- the plotty stuff is just window dressing on the topicality. I like the fact that there are hundreds of shows out there that I haven't seen

11:00 AM, September 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Topical? It takes over half a year from conception to result.

11:28 AM, September 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Topical- it only takes a half a year from conception to result.

2:06 PM, September 29, 2009  

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